Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Roadtrip
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When going to Vegas most people take tours to go see the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. A few of my friends and I decided we wanted to rent a car and drive to Antelope Canyon instead! To rent a car from Vegas it cost us around $126.00 and we split it between 4 people. It was a lot cheaper than any tour we could have gone on, and this gave us the freedom to stop and do whatever we wanted along the way! Even though it was a 4 1/2 hour car ride I wouldn’t have done it any other way. We woke up around 6:30 am, were on the road by 7:30 am, and arrived at the canyons around 1:00 Pm. Due to time change and a quick stop for food and gas. We were able to take the 1:30 pm tour of the lower antelope canyon. The tour company we used was Lower Antelope Canyon Tours – Dixie Ellis. Our tour guide Ken was absolutely amazing, and was very informative not only about the canyon, but also how to take some incredible photos.
To give a little background of the Antelope Canyon. The Canyon is a sandstone slot canyon that is located on the Navajo land a little east of Page, Arizona. There is an upper and lower canyon, and tours are available for both. The canyon walls are formed from the erosion of the sandstone from the water of flash flooding. The light that shines down from the top of the canyon bounces off of the different minerals found in the sandstone, and displays a wide variety of amazing colors that can change within seconds. It truly is a sight to see!! We did the lower canyon which involves walking up and down some stairs and the hike itself is a little more involved. The upper canyon is said to be a little easier or a hike, but to get the best lighting there is a relatively short window so that the canyon isn’t just full of shadows.
Another awesome thing about seeing the Antelope Canyons is that they are only about a 15 minute drive away from horseshoe bend. Which is also another amazing sight. The overlook allows you to see an incised meander of part of the Colorado River. Horseshoe Bend is also very close to Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. To get to the overlook is a 1.5 mile round trip hike from U.S. Route 89. The overlook is an incredible 1000 foot drop above the Colorado River! Horseshoe Bend is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. It is also something that you do not want to miss!