Where’d We Go: Antelope Canyon – Page, Arizona
Mazda’s gimmick is actually all about finding brand-new roads. So then we were in for a treat when our next destination took us to Page, Arizona – just 30 minutes south of the Utah border – somewhere I have yet to explorer. Mazda was generous enough to loan us their completely revamped three-row crossover, the CX-9 because of This specific journey which came in handy during our extremely long single-day adventure.
While the Navigation was set for Page, the item wasn’t exactly our main destination. This specific little town isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot – what is actually however, is actually Antelope Canyon – just a few miles east of Page. Thanks to the entire world of social media as well as instatravelers, Antelope Canyon seems to have been at the top of everyone’s bucket list – including mine. So, using a full tank of gas, 340 miles to empty on the trip computer as well as Circle K coffee inside cup holders, a few friends as well as I parted ways with Phoenix at 7:00am to make the 270 miles journey.
Interstate 17 is actually the gateway in Arizona in which brings travelers coming from the North to the South as well as vice versa. the item’s a stretch of highway in which can change scenery four times in which just goes to show how different Arizona definitely is actually over a stretch of only 100 miles. Flagstaff is actually the ending point for I-17 leaving us to jump onto US-89 in which takes us into fifty shades of beige. Once we get north of Flag, its back to the desert scenery – so long pine trees.
Upon arrival into Page, we arrived a couple hours early – This specific was planned of course. After multiple undeceive choice’s for lunch, I had to dominate as well as made everyone settle for the Ranch House Grille. Lucky for me, they were still serving breakfast as well as got chicken fried steak as well as eggs while everyone else loaded up on beef burgers.
Our tour for Antelope was scheduled for 2:00, although had to check-in by 1:30. Since we still had about an hour before check-in, we took This specific opportunity to nap – knowing we had a long tour as well as a long drive back ahead. Upon check-in, each tour consisted of 15 people to a tour guide. Not in which definitely made a difference, after walking about a quarter of a mile to what we thought was the entry was an hour long wait just to get into the canyon. Apparently This specific is actually normal for afternoon tourist.
Since we had time to stand around inside middle of the desert with limited resources, we took the liberty to chat with additional tourist – some who have traveled all around the entire world to experience such wonders. One guy was coming from Russia, another coming from Australia, a couple coming from the Philippines, a family coming from Madrid, as well as some friends coming from Slovakia. Go figure – we were the only ones in our group coming from Phoenix as well as we thought we travelled far.
We also took This specific time to learn a little more about the Canyon – the item was began in 1997 when the Navajo Tribe turned the item into a Tribal Park. the item wasn’t till about 10 years ago in which they added stairs – which simplified getting in as well as out. The original entry point was our exit point. The entry point currently used to be an unguided, at your own risk tour which was only accessible by rope. I’m so glad I waited till currently.
After an hour of working on my tan, the time nearly came to enter the Canyon. Our tour guide informed us in which the most time spent will be inside first 5% of the canyon – he wasn’t kidding. the item takes 5-flights of stairs to reach the base, as well as some of those flights are not to the faint of heart – even I got scared coming down at one point.
Once we entered the Canyon, we could see why everyone spends most of their time there – the item nothing you have every scene before. There are hundreds of pictures on my Canon although none of them can definitely justify the true beauty of seeing the item for yourself. Our tour guide states in which the design inside canyon walls date back to pre-historic time as well as was caused by flash flooding running through the canyon walls. The beauty of nature.
The Canyon is actually about a mile long, giving you plenty of opportunity to snap some definitely not bad photos. If you’re bad at taking pictures, not to worry, the tour guide is actually definitely helpful at helping you with your camera to even taking some famous pictures. the item took about an hour to experience the entire canyon – even when I thought we were close to the end, we ever informed we had only reached the halfway point.
Once we popped out the end, we arrived like a couple of gofers as well as there was a trail in which led us back to the parking lot. as well as in which meant only one thing… I had to get a magnet. as well as head back home we go.
although before we go, we did take a little, quick, 5 mile detour to visit the infamous Horseshoe Bend. Since we couldn’t get the time zone right, we missed sunset by 15 minutes (we left too early), although the item was still a very beautiful site to see. I’d like to see the item someday without hundreds of tourist too.
using a long day behind us, we set out to return to Phoenix. After 13 hours of being on the road as well as exploring some of Arizona unexplainable beauty – I was needless to say so glad to be home. If you too decide to do Antelope Canyon, I’d recommend getting a hotel as well as doing a morning tour – relax, enjoy your stay!