Travel Tuesday: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

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I hope you all have been enjoying these weekly looks into all of the beautiful places we visited when we were out west!  It’s been so fun reliving it and giving you all the details to make the most of your trip when and if you choose to take it.  Without further ado, let #TravelTuesday commence.

Up next is yet another beautiful destination and probably my second favorite spot on the trip, Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.  I first discovered Antelope Canyon while scrolling through the explore section on Instagram.  I saw a travel blogger had posted a photo of the inside of the canyon and I knew that had to be one of the stops on our trip.  I feel like I’ve said this about every place we visited on the trip, but it really is something you have to see to believe.  The difference between this and the Grand Canyon, is that the photos look exactly like the real thing, but the photos also look like something a professional photographer took.  I saw the photos and was completely mind blown by them, and I felt the exact same way when I was there. The colors of the canyon were beautiful; it looked exactly like a painting. 

There are two sections of the canyon open for tours, the upper and the lower.  We toured the lower section.  We decided to tour the lower canyon because after some research we discovered that it is known for being less crowded and offers a more enjoyable tour.  The entrance was also more accessible on our route.  I will warn your though, there are multiple steep ladders and stairways you have to climb down in order to access the canyon.  We learned from our tour guide, (who was absolutely awesome by the way), that the orange, tan, and red marbled pattern is caused by wind and water erosion over the years.  All of the curves, shapes, and crevices have been formed by years and years of the world’s natural cycle, that’s pretty remarkable.  The day we went it was cloudy out and it actually began to rain while we waited to enter the canyon.  We were worried we wouldn’t get to fully experience the beauty of the canyon under these conditions, but it didn’t cause a problem at all.  The light shining down into the canyon is what causes the beautiful color to come out.  Even under the gloomy conditions, the colors were out in full.  Seeing the detail and beauty of the canyon just further solidified the power and creativity of our awesome God. 

Having the chance to learn about the creation of the canyon and having our questions answered while hearing some jokes and having a great time just added to the experience.  I highly recommend using Ken’s Tours.  All of their tour guides were great.  It’s always more fun to learn about things like this when your tour guide works hard to make it fun.

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Just a few miles down the road from Antelope Canyon is Horseshoe Bend.  This was just one of those things that we had to stop and see as we passed through.  A few of my friends have had the chance to see it and it has become one of those essential stops on a trip out west.  Plus, it’s free and there is no need for a tour guide.

It’s a bit of a hike to get to the actual bend, but it’s worth the view and photo opp.  (Helpful Hint: You’ll need a really wide-angle lens to capture the whole thing).  If you’re afraid of heights or have small children, this may not be the best stop for you, but it’s fun nonetheless.  I am actually very afraid of heights so it made me a bit uneasy being near the edge.  In order to get a really good photo, you have to bring out your daring side and inch your way to the edge.  So that’s what I did.  I laid down on my stomach and stuck my head just over the edge.  That was terrifying, but the view was pretty awesome.  Then to really give my dad a heart attack, I hung my feet over the edge for this photo:  Again, totally worth it.  Sorry dad.

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Photo by Nicholas Corra

Photo by Nicholas Corra

Hopefully this gave you a few more ideas for your dream trip out west.  I know this series won't cover all the stops by any means, but the places I experienced were definitely worth sharing.  Until next week.  As always, let me know if you have any further questions!

 
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