We had a one-day stop in Page, Arizona, with our friends Tom and Ellen, and certainly made the best of a rainy day, with a quick trip between storms to see Horseshoe Bend Overlook and tour Lower Antelope Canyon. The scenery was spectacular, even if the weather was not co-operating.
HORSESHOE BEND OVERLOOK
Horseshoe Bend Overlook is where the Colorado River makes a 270 degree bend around the rocks in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. I’ve seen many photographs of this area, but never really knew where it was. The orange rock is Navajo Sandstone.
After you park and walk up a small hill, you are greeted with this view. If you look closely, you can see dozens of people in the middle right of the picture.
All those people were looking at this:
If you look really close at the above picture, down at the bottom of the middle, you may notice a couple of yellow kayaks. Here is a zoomed in photo:
Yes, there were people tent camping right on the bend. And, there is even an outhouse down there (not sure who gets to clean that!). I think this would be an amazing spot to kayak and tent camp overnight at. Not sure if this requires a special permit or not.
Even though they charge $11.00 for parking, it is definitely worth a stop to see this overlook…even in the rain!
LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR
We were scheduled for a late afternoon tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, but it was cancelled due to the rain. Flash flooding is a serious concern, and several people were killed a few years ago when the canyon flooded before they could get out. This is why the only way to enter the canyon now, is with a guided tour. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule the next morning.
Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon, made out of Navajo Sandstone. The tour takes about one hour, and you will walk approximately one mile. There are stairs leading down into the canyon, and back out of the canyon. In between, you have many slots to pass through. It’s not recommended for people who are claustrophobic, but the beauty of the canyon may keep your mind off the fact that you are in a small space. My photos really do not do justice to the colors of the sandstone.
There are many narrow passages…
Lots of different formations made over time by the wind and water coming through the canyon…
The light shining down from above, creates different shades of color throughout the day…
Before they added stairs, visitors would climb up the rocks using the gouges in the rocks shown below.
We had a great time during our all too brief visit to Page. There are many things to do in the area, and we are considering stopping back in the fall on our way back to Arizona. But work beckons, so we had to keep going on our journey. Stay tuned…
Quote for the Day: “All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?” – Diane Lane