Now that you’ve seen the graceful, undulating red sandstone formations of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most photographed natural wonders.
Prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring road trip to Page, Arizona, by bringing your camera with you.
The best time to photograph Antelope Canyon is during the warm months, which are from late spring through early fall; however, it is extremely hot and dry during the summer months, so keep that in mind before you head out on your adventure.
Page Arizona is the starting point for this project.
In 1957, the town of Page was established to house the construction workers who were building the Glen Canyon Dam. Since the completion of the dam, Page has served as the focal point for recreation on the beautiful Lake Powell reservoir. Every year, more than 3 million people come to this breathtaking area, making it a very crowded place to be.
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are both located on AZ-98, about ten miles apart. Horseshoe Bend is located on the Navajo Reservation, while Antelope Canyon is located on Lake Powell. Before you leave, make arrangements for a tour of Antelope Canyon, which is located on the Navajo Reservation and cannot be visited without a guided tour; tours fill up quickly because of the popularity of the attraction.
In and around Page, there are nearly a dozen RV parks, as well as dispersed camping options for visitors. National Park Service campgrounds such as Lee’s Ferry, Lone Rock Beach, Beehive Campground, Stanton Creek, Hite Primitive Camping Areas, Dirty Devil Primitive Camping Areas, and Farley Primitive Camping Areas are available for a nominal fee.
Hopefully, you had made arrangements for an Antelope Canyon tour before embarking on your journey to the Grand Canyon.
Antelope Canyon is a canyon in the United States of America.
You may already be aware that Antelope Canyon is a popular photography location, but it is also important to the Navajo Nation’s tourism industry. Antelope Canyon was one of the best-kept secrets in the state until it was discovered in 1997. As a result, the area was designated as a Navajo Tribal Park, and the road leading to Antelope Canyon has been gated and locked since that time. It is only permitted guided tours that are allowed to enter the canyon.
While you may be able to book a tour on the spur of the moment, it is preferable to book one well in advance.
Simply put, Antelope Canyon is awe-inspiring and picture-perfect, and it should not be missed. This magnificent slot canyon, with its soaring, 120-foot-tall rippling orange walls, is truly a work of art, sculpted by Mother Nature for our enjoyment. Canyon de Chelly is well-known for the beams of light that shine down from above, casting a supernatural glow on the gently undulating walls of the canyon. Antelope Canyon is unquestionably a nature photographer’s dream come true, and it is impossible to deny.
Antelope Canyon is divided into two sections: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. Depending on the tour you choose, you may be able to see one or both sections.
Antelope Canyon’s upper reaches
According to the Navajo, Upper Antelope Canyon is known as “Tse’ bighanilini,” which translates as “the place where the water comes through.” Indeed, flash floods are common in the area, which is one of the reasons for the guided tours.
The Upper Canyon is the most popular because it has a ground-level entrance and runs the entire length of the canyon. That indicates that it will be a straightforward hike. Additionally, the breathtaking beams of light are much easier to photograph here than they are in the lower canyon. The sunbeams begin to shine into the canyon on March 20 and fade away by October 7, when the canyon is completely dark. During the winter, the colors inside the canyon are more subdued than in the summer.
If you have mobility issues or small children, this is the tour for you; however, you must reserve your spot in advance.
Antelope Canyon’s lower reaches
According to the Navajo, Lower Antelope Canyon is known for its “spiral rock arches,” which are referred to as “Hazdistaz.” Upper Antelope Canyon is only a few miles away from this location.
Even with the stairwell, this is a more difficult tour than the one through the upper canyon. In addition, the lower canyon is narrower and longer than the upper canyon, making footing more difficult. Visitors must climb five flights of stairs to reach the top. Additionally, sand is constantly filtering down from above, making the stairs slippery. This tour is not recommended for people with mobility issues or for families with small children. Rather, it is a tour for the intrepid traveler who is not afraid to take risks.
Lower Antelope Canyon’s light beams are at their best around midday, but photographers will be unable to use their tripods because of the restrictions.
Horseshoe Bend is a bend in the river that looks like a horseshoe.
Horseshoe Bend can be seen without taking a guided tour; simply park off Highway 89, four miles southwest of Page between mileposts 544 and 545, and walk up to the viewpoint. Due to the popularity of the view, however, parking for passenger vehicles, including motorhomes, is charged at a rate of $10 per vehicle.
Horseshoe Bend’s dramatic, glorious, glowing colors are the result of a complex mixture of minerals, including garnet, hematite, and even platinum. When the sun is shining just right, the colors are absolutely stunning!
Once you’ve parked, it’s a three-quarter-mile hike to the overlook; be aware that the trail can be steep and sandy at times. Put on your best hiking shoes and don’t forget to bring your camera! Despite the fact that it is a short hike, it can be difficult for some people, particularly in hot weather. Don’t forget to bring your camera; the view is the reason you’ve come to this location.
The overlook is 1,000 feet above Horseshoe Bend and 4,200 feet above sea level, making it the highest point in the area. The building also faces due West, which means that taking pictures in the afternoon is not a good idea because you’ll be staring directly into the sunlight. Additionally, photographing the Colorado River in the early morning is difficult because the river will be hidden in the shadows of the bend. During the late morning and early afternoon hours, the best time to photograph Horseshoe Bend’s natural beauty is from mid-to-late morning.
If you don’t want to hike, you can take a daily airplane tour over Horseshoe Bend from the Page Municipal Airport, which is located nearby.
Another option is to go whitewater rafting through Horseshoe Bend for a half-day. Because there are no rapids on this stretch of the river, it is completely safe and suitable for children as young as four years old.
Have a good time on a night out.
It’s been a long and hectic day, and there are plenty of places to eat in Page to satisfy your hunger. While Page Arizona is a remote location, it is also a highly popular tourist destination, which means there are plenty of dining and shopping opportunities. Enjoy your trip and make sure to take plenty of memorable photos to share with friends and family!