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March 21, 2022

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend 2022

In March of 2022, took a trip from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Page Arizona. Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are two of the top attractions in Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon is a narrow slot canyon with colorful rock walls and formations. Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander in the Colorado River. 

Antelope Canyon can only be visited on a guided tour. The canyon is divided into three areas: Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon, and Antelope Canyon X. 

The canyon was carved by wind and water over time. A Navajo guide can help you photograph the shifting light and creamy colors of the sandstone canyon. 

Horseshoe Bend is less than 5 miles from Antelope Canyon. It's about a mile hike to the overlook.

The price of the trip was US$ 229, and $20 in tips so total of $250, had booked the trip through a Tour company, you can do a search online and pick one. My tour included the transport and tickets to sites, a Navajo guide that was extremely knowledgeable and walked us through the Antelope Canyon’s sculpted sandstone walls, no lunch was included. The tour bus driver did have water bottles free to anyone on the tour, and did stop on the way back at a fast food place for anyone wanting to eat.

I was at the Pickup location at 5:30 AM, the bus was already there and left at around 6 AM, it took over 5 hours to get to Page Arizona, the drive is really scenic. One has to be somewhat fit to go up and down the steep staircase in the Lower Canyon.

Before booking the tour, there were 2 choices, upper or lower Antelope canyon, the choice I made was Lower Canyon as one sees the daylight coming through the narrow openings from the top provides multiple kinds of light reflections, its like amazing. Also Lower Canyon is more narrow, and is more expensive if going on a tour or atleast in my case.

In March of 2022 face coverings or masks were Mandatory and one's temperature was checked.

From Antelope Canyon the tour continued to Horseshoe Bend, it a 15 minute drive distance.

The bus dropped us off in the parking lot and we walked to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook Stand above the Colorado River as you look down upon river at the bottom of Glen Canyon. Horseshoe Bend is an area where the Colorado River makes a complete turn, providing just great views of desert, river, cliffs and canyon.

There is a railing and safe place to take view and take pictures, some of the tourists were taking chances and getting to close to the edge to take Photos.

From Page Arizona we headed back to Las Vegas and passed through Glen Canyon Dam. Picture taken from the window of a moving bus

Glen Canyon Dam

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