Visiting Arizona: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend ▲
Tuesday, June 9
We drove down a wide dirt road - it seemed like a dry riverbed - for about 10 minutes before reaching the canyon entrance. Our guide warned us there would be about 700-800 other tourists throughout the canyon while we were in there. The benefit to the photography tour is that the guides block traffic so you can get a tourist-free shot of the canyon. They also throw sand in the air to catch the beams of sun coming down from the open sky. It's scary to think about when you're in there, but the canyon floods pretty regularly. The rushing water is what creates the surreal curved walls.
When our tour was finished we drove about 10 more minutes down the road to Horseshoe Bend. It's only marked by one sign and the small parking lot is right off the highway. You can't see the river from the road, so everything works together to make you feel like it's just some ordinary tourist trap...I mean it's just a river that makes a hard U turn, after all. But when you hike down and get to the cliff overlooking the water, it really takes your breath away. The area had also received more snow/rain during the spring so the banks of the river were lush with green and the water had this unnatural tint to it.
After an hour walking around the steep cliff and balancing on boulders, we got back in the car and drove the rest of the way to the Grand Canyon.
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