Last weekend we hiked to jaw-dropping vistas and through epic slot canyons. Not one, but many. Our center point was Page, which was nestled up against the border of Utah about 4 hours from Phoenix. This area is an outdoor playground, although it might not seem that way at first glance when you roll through the drab downtown strip, framed by a coal burning plant and a never-ending network of power lines.
Until you go down the side roads and get on the trails... you realize why this area is a hot spot for road trippers.
Horseshoe Bend is right off highway 89 at milepost 245 before you enter the town of Page. You can't miss it from the crowded parking lot and the obvious highway sign. The hike is about half a mile over a sandy hill and then drops down to the breathtaking view of the winding river.
There are two main campgrounds on the Page side of Lake Powell - Wahweap and Lone Rock. Justin and I aren't campground people so we entered through the Lone Rock area and then hiked our tent to the beach away from the crowds to a perfectly peaceful spot on the beach. The beauty of this area is that you are allowed to pitch a tent anywhere, but for some reason everyone likes to huddle on the east end. Sleeping on the sand was one of the most cushy camping experiences I've had.
The next morning we woke up to take a tour of upper antelope canyon. You are only allowed in antelope canyon with a guide, and it is highly regulated so you won't be able to get here otherwise. Nonetheless, it was an incredible experience that I highly recommend.
We booked through Antelope Canyon Tours, Inc which has a user friendly website to make reservations, which we made a few weeks in advance. The other main company is Antelope Slot Canyon Tours. Either company will get you to where you want to go!
On our way out we hiked through Waterhole Canyon. There were about 10 other places on my list to see in this area, but due to time constraints we had to pick and choose. There is no doubt we will be back here for another road trip to explore all the other amazing surrounding treasures!
I am an outdoor travel junkie with my doctorate in occupational therapy. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.