If you’re driving to the Grand Canyon National Park, you might think about heading north. Just about 2.5 hours drive to the town of Page, Arizona, you’ll find two popular stops. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are both majestic spots that should be on your road trip itinerary.
Horseshoe Bend is a recreational area perfect for some thrill-seekers that want incredible views and canyon pictures. Entrance to the park used to be free, but now there’s an entry fee, $10 per vehicles; $5 for motercyclists and $35 to $140 for buses. The best times for viewing is in the early morning hours when it’s still not too hot and the traffic is much lighter. From the parking lot to the cliff is a short walk on a sandy and rocky path, but not too difficult. At the cliff, you must be careful as there are no railings or a visitor lookout, but if you want great pictures there is plenty of big rocks to sit on for the view (just not too close).
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After leaving Horseshoe Bend and in about a 20-minute drive, you will arrive at the Upper and the Lower Antelope tours. I must say it was hard to decide which tour to do, however, the cost of the tour might help you pick (Upper Antelope is $45 and Lower Antelope is $25). The Upper Antelope seems to be the most visited, so I chose the Lower Antelope. With just about six other people in my touring group, I must say this is an absolute must stop. Basically, all of the pictures I took of the sandy rocks are unique, colorful and just amazing.
- Insider tip: Tour guides may be in a rush to get people through quickly, so don’t be shy to tell them to slow down so you have time to capture your moments.