Today I’m going to talk about what I would call one of the biggest hidden gems in the country that I’ve found so far. Page, Arizona is by far one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. Within 10 minutes of the city you’re in some of the coolest geological spots in the entire country! I’m going to dive into what makes this place so magical and while this will be a short one I promise it’s worth a visit.
You can tell Antelope Canyon is an American stand out from its uber famous pink, orange, and purply sunset colors that are plastered all over Instagram (not that Instagram is what makes places amazing). All of Antelope Canyon is on Native American land so you have basically two choices. I personally went through the Lower Canyon but I know there are options for Upper as well. The only difference I’ve heard is that Lower is longer and Upper has less climbing.
In the Lower there are two options, Ken and Dixie, and our guide explained to us it really doesn’t matter which one you go on because they’re siblings. All the proceeds go back to Navajo land either way and they were seemingly identical with prices and hours that were super similar. I obviously, being the good feminist I am, chose Dixie and it was awesome. Everyone suggests getting reservations before and I don’t disagree. They take you down in groups of 12 and I showed up sans reservation but was flying solo so managed to jump into a family of 11 from Japan. They were AMAZING and so friendly. The grandpa and I were basically best friends by the end, obviously (he took every photo of me, yay adventure friends!).
You start by seeing dinosaur footprints and then, the most surprising part for me, was you climb down about 3 flights of stairs until you are very much underground. I’m not sure why I was so surprised by this but if you’re claustrophobic make sure to bring a brown bag. A guide shows you how to take the best shots and angles with the light and takes you through this amazing, little over an hour, journey. It was so magical and awesome and hearing the stories of how the canyons are formed and preserved is something I’ll always remember.
What I love so much about Page is maybe 10 minutes from Antelope Canyon is Horseshoe Bend. The fact that so many beautiful hot spots are all in one area is just mind boggling to me that more people aren’t swarming here 24/7/365. I went for spring break 3 years ago and it was seemingly empty and I had both venues to myself (huge perks to mid week traveling, thank you teaching).
So you make the grueling 10 minute drive from Antelope Canyon over to Horseshoe Bend for another treat for both the eyes and body. After parking you have to indulge in a 15 maybe 25 minute hike to this beauty. Surrounded by beautiful water Horseshoe Bend is the perfect place to have a snack and hang out for awhile. PLEASE be extremely careful, there are constantly stories of people falling off and I saw looooots of dumb dumbs getting way to close to the edge. It’s beautiful and majestic and definitely not worth losing your life over.
Anyways, after the shortest climb ever you come to a plateau and have free rights to graze and lookout where you wish. My biggest regret of this little trip is not making some time to rent a jet ski and cruise around the water. I’ve seen videos of people doing it and it looks heavenly.
I did say it was going to be a short one but I would feel remiss to not add Page to the list of places for Flashback February. This tiny little town feels just far too magical with so much beauty surrounding it to not be mentioned. Is there any place that you guys absolutely hold in your mind near and dear? A place that every time you think back about it you smile? Tell me what it is so I can go!
Be on the lookout in the next coming weeks for some giveaways and some special fun because you guys, as my readers, are honestly the best. The feedback and support I get every single article blows me away. XxAbby