The World's Famous Antelope and Horseshoe Bend Canyons
After the spectacular Grand Canyon, I headed to the town of Page. It is the base of two of the most popular sights not only in Arizona but also in the whole country – Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. As it is only possible to go with a tour to the first one, I have spent quite a lot of time researching wheatear there is a similar place where I can go unguided. It turns out there are places. In fact, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is full of them, but none will give you the feeling of the Antelope Canyon. And you won’t see the others as a background on your Windows (:.
There are two canyons – Lower and Upper. I had to choose which one to visit and the better choice if you can visit only one is the Upper one. The price of the tour is fluctuating and the average one needs to pay is $40. I checked with a few agencies and finally found one with January discount (: - Antelope Canyon Tours - where I paid only $32. The tour is about an hour and a half long. It starts from the town driving the participants to the entrance of the slot canyon.
It is an easy walk in the canyon and most of the time spent will be taking pictures. I liked the organization inside. The guides have places where they stop with the group allowing everyone to take a picture. The lady which was guiding us was really nice and showed us all kind of cool places to do a nice shot plus the best way to be done. It is a difficult task to take a picture in Antelope Canyon. There is almost no light and without the proper gear, all the images come out blurred.
It is important to choose the right time to go inside. Winter time that would be in the middle of the day – don’t go with the first or the last tour, as it will be even darker than on my pictures. To overcome the problem, the agencies have special tours for photographers – a little bit longer and with a permit to bring a tripod. There are no other benefits than those, so unless you are shooting professionally and planning to use your pictures in some other way, than just posting them in social media – maybe it is not worth to pay more than $100.
My tour ended at about 3 pm and 30 minutes later I was on the way to the Horseshoe Bend Canyon. It is a short walk to the spectacular Colorado Canyon. I took my bear and we hit the road. Everyone likes to have a picture on the edge of a cliff and look fearless. Don’t do that on this canyon, as there were people falling from the same. I only risked my bear’s life. It didn’t mind (:.
I had a great day and truly enjoyed the things I have seen. Anyway, those places were on my list long before I leave my country for this road trip. Plenty of alternatives could be found in the area and I would recommend to everyone to not stop only with those two. After all, the Antelope Canyon was only discovered in 1931 by a young shepherd girl. Maybe there are more hidden treasures to be found.
We will go to Kanab the next time and try to win the famous Wave Lottery.
All pictures are mine, except the ones I am visible. Those are someone’s else.
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Cheers, Eva (: