It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post, but I’ve got a fun one just in time for spring break! This past 10 weeks with school, work, and life got super busy, but now that I’ve graduated I have more than enough time to dedicate to writing in my blog.
So, without further ado, your guide to Page, Arizona – home of the amazingly beautiful Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend!
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. It’s considered a sacred and spiritual place by the Navajo – and if you go, you’ll see why! Years of flash flooding and erosion have caused it to be the spectacle that it is today. Last spring break, my friend Anna and I went on a Great American Southwest Road Trip, which included several stops in Arizona – this being one of them.
We honestly didn’t know much going in – just that we had to buy a ticket online and show up at a designated time. Because the canyon is located on Native American land, there are different tour companies that operate – it’s not something that you can just show up and explore yourself. We went with Ken’s Tours, but honestly both of them seemed reputable. There’s much debate about Lower vs. Upper, but we decided to go with Lower Antelope because it is a little less crowded, longer, and cheaper.
Upon arrival, the land doesn’t look like anything special. Just dry and very dusty. After some waiting with the rest of our group, our tour guide helped us down the nearly vertical stairs down into the canyon. For those afraid of heights, this was a little scary but our Navajo tour guide was incredibly patient in helping us get down.
Once we were down into the actual canyon, the varying colors and textures took my breath away. I’ve traveled plenty and have seen lots of beautiful things in my lifetime, but this was hands down the most beautiful natural thing I have ever seen. Lots of “oh my god”‘s were said.
The next two hours were spent in absolute awe, gawking at the different formations created in the canyon. Our guide even pointed out parts of the canyon that look like different Native American spiritual creatures.
Some parts of the canyon were so narrow that we had to shuffle through one-by-one and sideways! I did begin to feel a little claustrophobic, but it was also kind of fun to squeeze through the canyon’s walls.
Squeezing one-by-one through the canyon! Our guide in the background, LOL!
At the very end of the tour, our guide (who was incredibly skilled at photography and playing with the light down there) showed us a cool trick with the sand that made for an awesome photo!
Another place that was even cooler to see in person was Horseshoe Bend. Located off the side of the road, Horseshoe Bend is super easy to get to and just requires a short (probably 1/2 mile?) walk down to the viewing point. You’ll have to navigate the mass of tourists, but it’s absolutely worth it.
We saw a lot of boats cruising by on Lake Powell below, and we heard that it was a great way to see the Bend from below! Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to do this, but it looked amazing!
The town of Page is absolutely nothing to write home about. Albeit a bit sketchy, Page’s claim to fame is definitely Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon. However, Page is home to some great Mexican food! We went to El Tapatio, which had cheap and delicious food after a long day of being outside. Other than Mexican grub, don’t expect much culinary greatness here.
As a whole, Page is absolutely worth a stop on your road trip! Like I said, Antelope Canyon is basically stepping into a real-life screensaver and will make your jaw drop. It’s an excellent place to learn about the Navajo culture, Southwest culture, and more!