Travel: Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This post is part of the YAY IN THE USA series. Page, Arizona is the fourth of seven legs in our travels.

The drive from Joshua Tree, California to Page, Arizona was probably the most challenging part of the trip - the endless mountains, the lack of any other vehicle on the road, the quietly setting sun etc. This will however, totally appeal to you if you like long, lonely drives to:

  • Think thoughtful but lonely thoughts
  • Imagine you're on the cartoon set of Disney's Cars
  • Sing Death of a Bachelor (or whatever is current at the time of your travel) about a million times because that keeps repeating on the preview XM-Radio channel.

Yes, #truestory.

We did make a memorable stop at Flagstaff, Arizona - not because of dinner which involved not very good gumbo (no recommendation here), but because of #snow. Let me put this in context: I LOVE #SNOW.

And, in true #darrenndawnsbigadventure fashion, we arrived in Page, Arizona at night.

And the next morning, we found

The Sleep Inn

 (yes, we hotel-ed it this time) stared out into the yonder of amazing dusty red earth, and over to the corner, a glimpse of the Glen Canyon Dam.

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Disclaimer: No, this isn't the view from the hotel.

The highlight of this leg though was the reason we drove 7 hours out here - Lower Antelope Canyon. This slot canyon is located on what's known as the other side of the Grand Canyon - it's not as tourist-heavy and less popular... but that on its own should be reason enough to visit.

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After awhile they do start to look the same...

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But one more.

Walks through the canyon must be booked through one of the tours run by members of the local Navajo tribe. Most guides either do a short walking tour, or a longer "photography" tour - I reckon though that for the comparative cost it's not too bad to do the walking tour as long as you are quick on the metering.

We chose to do our tour with the Dixie Ellis Lower Antelope Canyon Tours, which ran us a no-nonsense walk through the canyon. The guides try to space the groups up, but we suggest being the first group in... to avoid having stragglers from an earlier group in your shot.

Page, Arizona isn't also just about the Lower Antelope Canyon - you've also got the Horseshoe Bend and some other breathtaking sights along the way.

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Above: Scenes from Horseshoe Bend

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All considered, we did a day's drive for half a day's worth of the Antelope Canyon. For sights we'd never be able to see anywhere else in the world, it was totally worth it.

Sleep Inn & Suites 673 Scenic View Rd, Page, AZ 86040 pagesleepinn.com

Dixie Ellis Lower Antelope Canyon Tours Indian Rte 222, Page, AZ 86040 antelopelowercanyon.com

Horseshoe Bend Hwy 89 S, Page, AZ 86040

Glen Canyon Dam Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, U.S. 89, Lake Powell, UT 84533

Postscript: Time spent in Page, Arizona - 1 day, 1 night.