Arizona Destinations Hiking Outdoors

Antelope Canyon

Our trip to Antelope Canyon was one of the highlights of our trip. My favorite part is how everything came together last-minute since we weren’t originally planning on visiting it. After our hopes of getting two permits to hike to Havasu Falls (if you’ve never heard of this place, please Google it. I’m sure it will be added to your “bucket list”) were crushed, we got in the car and started driving towards Colorado. “Hey, I remember seeing some beautiful canyons somewhere on Pinterest, I think they’re here in Arizona”, I casually mentioned as we drove through miles of desert. After pulling up a few pictures on our phones, and seeing that it was on the way to our next destination we were stoked! 

If you’re making plans to visit the canyons be warned that you can only get in with a tour company. A quick yelp search will give you many options to choose from. We opted for the Dixie Ellis Lower Antelope Canyon Tour, since they send out groups every 15 minutes, and most places were sold out or ridiculously expensive. To enter the Native American land you will have to pay for a “permit” per person, and this money does not go towards your actual tour. Bring cash since they don’t take cards and the nearest ATM is a good 15-20 minutes away. You’re in the middle of the desert after all.

My first glance as we were going into the canyon is one I’ll never forget. Smooth sandstone walls curving and swirling, almost like waves, created a beautiful maze leading deeper into the earth. Even though I was aware that the place was filled with tourists, it never really felt that way. The canyon is narrow is curvy enough to create different “rooms” as you make your way to the other side.

Do you see the face on that last picture? Some people call this wall “The Chief”.

This place is breath-taking, so serene and surreal. Every once in a while, the wind will blow over the canyon and shower you with the lightest dusting of sand. Depending on what time of day you’re visiting, the sand will show you the slivers of light shining into the canyon. Simply beautiful.

Never stop exploring,

Camille

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