American Southwest 2: Page & Antelope Canyon

May 22, 2016  •  1 Comment

Page and Antelope Canyon   We drove from Grand Canyon to Page, a small town near the Utah-Arizona border. The town got its start in 1957 as a base for construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, which gave rise to Lake Powell. Over 3 million visitors come here yearly for access to Lake Powell, Colorado River, and, especially for photographers, stunning red rock formations such as Antelope Canyon and Coyote Butte. Coyote Butte requires permits granted on a lottery system and was out of the question on this trip. Hence, Antelope Canyon was our main target.

Slot canyons in the American Southwest are wonderfully photogenic. With light shining into the canyon juxtaposed against swirling sandstone formations, it is easy to get great photos (yes, even with an iPhone). Antelope Canyon is the best known of these canyons. It attracts visitors from all over the world. Access is only permissible via paid guided tours. Antelope Canyon is actually 2 canyons, Lower and Upper, and are quite short in distance (1300 and 660 feet, respectively). We visited both, which took much of the day. They are indeed stunning to see, and the hours passed by quickly with the amazing rock formations all around us. 

Another fascinating sight is Horseshoe Bend just outside Page. This is a peculiar horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River about 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam. A short trail took us to a lookout at the top edge of a vertical cliff 1000 feet above the river. There is no guardrail and definitely is not a place for those fearful of height. In some places where it was necessary to lean over the edge to get a clear view of the river basin, it was simply safer to crawl on the stomach. This is afterall the site of many deaths, some intentional and some, not so much.

Here are some photos:  Antelope Canyon & Page 2016​  or  Antelope Canyon & Page Slideshow   

Links to other blogs of our Southwest trip:  

American Southwest 1: Grand Canyon

American Southwest 3: Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly


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