LOCATION: Page, Arizona
Way out in Page, Arizona there is a small crack in a rock wall that contains one of the most beautiful, and most visited slot canyons in the world. Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land and was formed by the erosion of sandstone during flash floods.
Tours into the canyon are small as to preserve the amazing wave wall features. While it was a five hour drive away from Phoenix, it was also worth it to see this small wonder. Our tour with Antelope Canyon Tours was a 1.5 hour walking tour only containing 14 people for the peak sunlight time of 10:30am. Peak time meant that we would witness the sunbeams gleaming into the canyon through the small crack openings. When we arrived at the canyon, I was disappointed to see that there were also 17 other trucks of 14 guests a piece. This was going to be one over crowded canyon. The canyon proved to be as gorgeous as the pictures led on.
The walls were smooth and carved out interesting rocks formations that look liked bears, hearts and even one that was supposedly Abraham Lincoln; I couldn’t see it. As beautiful as it was, it was really hard to enjoy it with the hundreds of people also in this small area. People shoved their way through just to get the good pictures and most got in the way when trying to get a decent picture as well.
It made the experience there aggravating to say the least. The guide made sure everyone was privy to all the great photographed areas of the canyon, but I really wanted to hear some of the history such as the fact that the lower canyons are now a gravesite to 11 people from 1997 due to a torrential rain that flooded the tight canyon walls and left them there drowning. That’s some interesting stuff that should be mentioned! As glorious as the canyon is, especially when the sun beams shine through, I wish I could have done a private tour instead for a more intimate experience.
Had I known that the small group promise was also with several other small groups as well, I probably would have looked into a private tour more. I guarantee this though: Antelope Canyon is beyond amazing to see, just pay more for a private tour as it would be well worth it.
*Thanks Becky, Andrea, Sha and AJ for accompanying me on this awesome adventure.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? Yes, and it is a must see…but privately if possible.
HOW TO DO THIS: I went with Antelope Canyon Tour group. 1.5 hour scenic tour for $35