Last weekend, David and I drove up to Page, Arizona to explore more of what the Great West has to offer. Page, located just 10 minutes from the Utah border, is a place we’ve been meaning to venture since moving to Phoenix in 2010. The tiny Arizona city is about a four and a half hour drive from Phoenix — one that takes you straight through Flagstaff — and is quite pretty.
My original pull was the grand “Wave,” also in Page, but after doing research, we discovered it is practically impossible to see it. The Wave only allows 20 people in per day and they have a lottery system set up where you pay for a chance to go. You have to literally win The Wave lottery to even see it! Maybe someday.
Anyway, another geographical pull to Page, if you will, was Antelope Canyon. My Aunt Clara had spoken of the impressiveness of this natural wonder shortly after we moved here and I’ve been meaning to explore it ever since. Nearly four years later…
Stunning, right? Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon made of soft sandstone. The nature of this stone — and its location on the Navajo land — has made it particularly susceptible to water/sand erosion over the years. That’s what causes its notable soft twists and turns.
Antelope Canyon has two “sides:” an upper and a lower. For some reason, the upper is more traversed and, as a result, more expensive. I think it has something to do with the way the light shines into the Upper Antelope Canyon, but the Lower Antelope Canyon supposedly has more photographic opportunities in terms of twists, bends and coloring. It’s also brighter. We only explored the lower, and oh my heavens was it beautiful.
I brought my camera with me, naturally, and opted for the “self guided photographer’s pass tour,” which costs about $60, but is worth every penny.
It’s easy to get trapped behind your camera, but I made a concerted effort to bring the camera away from my face and view my surroundings through something other than a viewfinder.
If you ever pass through northern Arizona — or if you’re looking for a destination that makes you feel a certain awe — I highly recommend a trip to Page, Arizona and, specifically, Antelope Canyon.
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures, including my favorite one from the day shown first in the below series:
Antelope Canyon wasn’t the only thing we explored on our visit to Page. Stay tuned for some more pictures!