Antelope Canyon should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s a breathtaking natural phenomenon created by years of constant wind and water erosion that smooths away the sandstone into beautiful wave-like shapes. Although, I think Antelope Canyon is already on everyone’s bucket list, because it is CROWDED. While we were waiting for our tour to begin, a couple attempted to make a reservation for that day, but there were no openings until the next week.
There’s two types- Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. We visited the Lower Antelope Canyon via Ken’s Tours.
Fun fact! There’s 2 tours available for the Lower Antelope Canyon and that’s Ken’s and Dixie’s. And guess what? They’re siblings. So it’s not really considered “competition” between the two companies- so it really doesn’t matter which one you choose. The prices are the same, the tours run the same, and the days/hours are the same.
Which brings me to my next point: What month/day/time is the best?
High season: June – August
Low season: October – March
Light Beams at the Upper Canyon: June – August
Busy days: Weekends (even in the winter time)
Best days/time to go to avoid crowds with the best light condition: Winter weekdays between 10am – 11am
What’s the difference between the Upper and the Lower Antelope Canyon? You’ll have to be able to climb few set of these stairs in the Lower Antelope Canyon. And that cool photo of light beams shining through? Only happens in the Upper Canyon. But what are the pros of the Lower Canyon? It’s less crowded, it’s slightly cheaper, and it’s still oh-so-beautiful.
Every twist and turn is absolutely photogenic, with any type of camera!
It’s a magical place and it felt so unreal standing below these marvelous rock formations.
After the tour of the Antelope Canyon, we checked into our B&B.
After thorough research, we found Grandview Inn B&B. Located in the upper part of Page, AZ., this B&B had the most gracious host, the best breakfast, and the most beautiful house. The host cooked us the most delicious breakfast every morning including orange scones from Joanna Gaines’ recipe, fluffy pancakes with homemade whip cream & cinnamon, fresh fruits, decked out yogurt parfaits, huevos rancheros, veggie frittata and she even baked us fresh sea salt chocolate chip cookies for the road! I’m still dreaming about those orange scones, and I don’t even like scones. Must.. get.. the.. recipe.
Lucky for us, since we visited during the off season, we had the entire home to ourselves!
30 minutes away from our B&B is this amazing rock formations called Horseshoe Bend, located along the Colorado River. We visited during the sunset to catch the best lighting, but turns out, sunrise has the best lighting (and also less crowded at sunrise). Ha! Oh well, nonetheless, the views are still spectacular.
Sadly, few months after our visit, a 14 year old little girl fell 200 ft to her death at this spot. There is no guardrail that wraps around the cliff, so it’s definitely dangerous for both adults and children. Since we’re both afraid of heights, we were extra cautious peeking over the edge. We pretty much crawled to the edge for photos.
Since Utah is located just a short drive away from northern Arizona, we decided to check out a hike 3 hours away from our B&B. Wire Pass, located in southern Utah was the perfect day hike for us.
We put our names in the lottery for “The Wave,” but we didn’t get it (womp womp). But I’m glad we found this hike. The Wire Pass trail took us through narrow passageways and eventually opened up to a grand red-colored rock formations.
After exploring all of northern Arizona, we checked out of our B&B and headed back home. We stopped by the Grand Canyon on the way back to southern Arizona. Although we skipped the hikes, we were still able to take in the beauty from the scenic point.
Checking off Antelope Canyon from my bucket list (finally, after 11 years) was an amazing accomplishment and a wondrous experience.
Arizona (& Utah), you’re absolutely magnificent.