Paige, AZ Sights - Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
Lower Antelope Canyon
Okay, we have to laugh and get over the fact the only reason we went here is because my friend found it on Pinterest and thought it looked cool. That aside, it was a very good call to go there since it was honestly so beautiful, we couldn't stop snapping pictures. Lower Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land, so to access this slot canyon, you must buy a tour through them. A slot canyon goes down into the ground, and is not very visible from ground level. It is formed from a series of flooding and water events to sand down and polish the walls of the canyon.
On our tour we went about 2-3 stories down into the canyon in the beginning and from there it’s basically flat. Although it’s an easy hike, make sure to at least wear tennis shoes. Some people were in flats which was confusing because it’s still sandy and who wears flats in nature??
We decided on Lower Antelope Canyon, as opposed to Upper Antelope Canyon, because it is marginally less crowded and a bit cheaper. Both appear to be equally beautiful.
When you drive onto Najavo land, you must pay a fee ($8) to just be on their lands, in addition to paying for a tour. Once you are on their land, there are two companies which can take you in the canyon, we chose Ken's Guided Tour because they had reviews to have smaller tour group sizes and better guides. I really enjoyed my tour with them, so I would also recommend. The tour is $20 and I think money well spent. There’s another tour you can take if you’re a real photographer where you’re given more time and photo technique advice. Although my tour was awesome, and gave us photo tips anyway, even recommending filters to use.
Grand Canyon National Park - Horseshoe Bend
This is basically a view point of Horseshoe Bend part of Grand Canyon National Park, which is obviously on the Colorado River. It is relatively easy to access, and is insanely beautiful. Basically, from the parking lot, you hike uphill for about 20 minutes, then downhill to a very obvious viewing area. My friends and I decided to go to Antelope during the day and Horseshoe for sunset and man, are we smart girls. It was absolutely breathtaking to watch the sunset, and photos just do not do it justice. I’ve attached some pictures, but seriously this is just one of those things you need to be there to experience.
We went about an hour before sunset, which was a long amount of time before, but we were just chilling on a rock until the sunset so it wasn’t bad. A main benefit of going early is getting a prime spot to watch the sunset. It’s a relatively popular time to be there, so having a prime spot is honestly key.
Not much else to say, so I will let the pictures do the telling. But, go to Paige, AZ and check out these wonderful sights.