Explore AZ {Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend}

We are still on the road and the internet is spotty. I’m posting pictures along the way on Instagram, but I want dedicated posts here…so many pictures and things I want to remember!

From the Grand Canyon we headed north towards Page. Page, I’ve learned, is known for 3 main stops: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. Prior to planning our trip I had heard of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Lake Powell was new to us and we WANT SO BADLY to get out on that lake. Take a minute and Google it. I need a houseboat on that lake STAT.

On the way to Page, we pulled over at the Little Colorado. We thought is was a free side stop, but it is run by the Navajo and there is a suggested donation to stop. The kids liked looking at the outdoor market the most, despite it being fairly empty due to off season.

4.16Page-014.16Page-024.16Page-03Once we made it to Page, we headed to Horseshoe Bend to catch the sunset. There is a parking lot right off the main road and then a hike to a ridge and back down a bit.4.16Page-04In the picture below, you can see the main road and the parking lot.4.16Page-054.16Page-06You can see Horseshoe Bend in the distance….4.16Page-07I started scoping out where I wanted to capture the sunrise the next morning.4.16Page-084.16Page-094.16Page-10It was spectacular. I was a bit worried it might not live up to all the hype, but it did. So, beautiful and definitely worth your stop if you are in the area.4.16Page-11The next morning it was supposed to be cloudy and rainy, so I cancelled our sunrise trip back. It ended up being sunny and I totally regretted that decision! We did head to Antelope Canyon. If you are looking for a canyon in the middle of nowhere without crowds…this is not that canyon. It was, however, unlike anything we have ever visited. I’m not a fan of crowds, so I tried not to let that take away from our adventure.4.16Page-124.16Page-13See that little slot? That is the canyon you head down into…4.16Page-144.16Page-154.16Page-17Breathtaking.4.16Page-194.16Page-21And our guide snapped a photo of us popping out. It makes me laugh.4.16Page-23So, if you are thinking that canyon did not look crowded….may I present to you the side of photography I avoid:4.16Page-24I’m working on a SnapShop lesson regarding how to avoid other people in your pictures when you are at crowded places. I’ve had several opportunities to work on that content at a few of our stops!

So, my thoughts on Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon:

Overall, we had an incredible time in Page and would recommend both stops if you are traveling thru the area. They both are uniquely beautiful and famous for good reason. Though Antelope Canyon itself was spectacular – the massive amounts of people put a big hamper on it for me. If you are looking for a slot canyon with easy access and pretty easy hiking, it would be a great fit. The guides even tell you what iPhone filter to use and where to put your camera for the best shots (this did drive me a little crazy). If you are looking for an adventure – climbing, hiking, crawling, a bit strenuous – this is not the canyon for you. Later in the trip we headed to Escalante….and I found my adventure slot canyons there!

 

 

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  • teresa - Stunning… your life, your photography, your family, your travels. We are planning a camping trip to Arizona this summer. I’m taking notes!

  • Angela - Ahh! Beautiful! I did several mission trips out in that area when I was younger, but haven’t been back since college. It’s a magnificent place!

  • emily - Well that looks lovely!

    I always wonder what you do if you need a restroom in a canyon…. 😉

  • kimberly oyler - you are seriously a master at getting pictures without crowds!! can’t wait to read that lesson so i can stop photoshopping strangers out of all my pictures. 😉

  • Sarah - I’m so jealous of your travels with your kids in your camper! We also have a camper and curious if you could do a post on how to efficiently camp with kids. Any tips/tricks you could offer? Efficient storage/ packing solutions? You guys are awesome! Love following your blog. I’m making notes of all your recommended travel destinations for our future travels. Thanks for sharing!

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberly – Woah girl…photoshopping people out?! Way too much time. I’ll get that lesson written soon. Also, come get your sock.

  • Celina - Can’t wait for that lesson on how to keep people out of the shot!! As a huge Disney fan, it’s a huge struggle. These trip photos are gorgeous!

  • Erin - Your family’s trip through national parks in the southwest has inspired our family to embark on a similar adventure. We have a 2, 4 and 6 year old, so we’ll be hiking with kiddos in packs some of the time at least. Thank you for sharing your images and so many details about the places you visited. After seeing this post on Antelope Canyon, we booked a tour. Your pictures inside the canyon are breathtaking, and I was wondering if you would share some of your camera settings like of the one with your kids climbing the ladder, the one right after that and the last one with your whole crew inside the slot canyon. I’m still learning to use my DSLR and would appreciate the tips. I was also wondering how you protected your camera from dust in the canyon. Thanks again for inspiring our family to be adventurous and visit places we’ve always dreamed about! Only a couple more weeks now!