Some time ago, I saw a picture on Instagram that took my breath away. It was an image from Antelope Canyon. I had to google to find out where that was and learned it’s in northern Arizona – near the Utah border. I told myself that I would visit the next time I was in Arizona. At the end of July, I had a week long meeting in Scottsdale. Staying out there for the weekend following the meeting would allow for me to visit Antelope Canyon (and the Grand Canyon and Sedona, too).
We kicked off the road trip with pie from Rock Springs Cafe – peach crumble pie for me!
We drove straight to Lower Antelope Canyon after our stop, which is located near Page, Arizona. The canyon is on Navajo land, and it is stunning. We walked through the canyon for nearly one hour, and I admit to taking photos around almost every corner. The portion we explored was probably between 0.5-1 mile long.
Rather than babbling on, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
[Climbing down the precarious steps to get into the canyon]
[Climbing back out of the canyon]
[From the surface, you would never guess the magnificence that lies beneath!]
Some things are more disappointing in real life versus what you see in a picture, but the Lower Antelope Canyon did not disappoint! It was truly incredible!
As if this site weren’t enough beauty for the little town of Page, we went from the canyon to hike up to the Horseshoe Bend lookout. The welcome sign was a bit ominous, but the views at the top were amazing!
Dinner at Big John’s Texas Barbeque was quite an experience! In such a small town, it’s one of the most popular restaurants for tourists, and there are tourists from all over the world! I actually felt like we were among the only native English speakers. I learned that Root Beer Floats are an American favorite and that tradition is that we eat on paper plates. Thanks to menu for clueing me into these American phenomena!
The next morning, we went for a raft ride on the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon. The scenery was incredible (even if our guide didn’t stop talking or interrogating us for three hours straight)! Our best wildlife siting was a group of big horn sheep scurrying down the side of the cliff! So impressive (and impossible for me to photograph with my iPhone camera from several hundred feet below)!
[Glen Canyon Dam]
Seeing Horseshoe Bend from the water wasn’t as spectacular as it was up above. I’m glad we hiked up the night before!
We made a detour to the Grand Canyon for a very quick photo opportunity. I’ve seen it once before, and it was just as amazing the second time.
And finally, we went to Sedona for a night. We had an amazing dinner at Elote and a great lunch the following day at Wildflower Bread Company. The whole time we were in Sedona, I was marveling at the red rocks. They were stunning!
We hiked Devil’s Bridge in the morning, which was far less terrifying than I anticipated. So much so that I was brave enough to take a jumping photo!
In the afternoon, we did the Broken Arrow tour with Pink Jeep Tours. This was one of the highlights of the trip! It was an amazing off-roading adventure, and the scenery was unbelievable!
I love exploring new places, and I’m glad the US is big enough to offer new experiences. Northern Arizona was beautiful!
I leave you with this gem. I haven’t been in my dad’s house in a long time, because we’ve met up in so many other places. I forgot about some of the pictures he has on display! My brother and I have have to be somewhere between 4-7 years old in this photo. It reflects the short period of time in my life when I was taller than him!