Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Horseshoe Bend & Lower Antelope Canyon | Day Three


File Horseshoe Bend under totally unexpected! It's such a neat spot. I had imagined it'd be a quick place to pull over a snap a photo, but it ended up being much more than that. There is a fee to park, and limited facilities. The parking lot is actually about a half a mile 'hike' to the bend. There are fenced in portions, but there are also tons of places you can walk right up to the edge. (Another day of being nervous watching people risk their lives for Instagram shots.)

It's spectacular and huge! In the photo below you can see a boat in the upper right of the bend and maybe that will help you see the depth of this. 




Lower Antelope Canyon was the only place I requested be added to our itinerary. I'd seen it in photos and knew I wanted to go! I am SO glad we went because it was incredible. 

Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land, so you must have a Navajo accompany you. We had an excellent tour guide and he even showed us the best places to take pictures. He knew exactly what settings to use. While the pictures are incredible, just be aware that this is 100% a photo op. That's what you are paying for. (Also, this was another place that only had portapotties!) 




Our guide would even just take our phones and take the pictures for us. He really knew what he was doing, so we were all happy he offered.







I have about 4,000 photos from Antelope Canyon, so I really held back here. Our guide told us in the summer these canyons are so popular they can have 500 people down there at a time. I felt crowded as it was, and our group was only 8, followed closely by another group of 15. 

I included that last photo so you could see just how inconspicuous this canyon is! Same with Horseshoe Bend - you would never know they were there unless you just happened upon it. I had to imagine what the early settlers and native people thought when they found these places hundreds of years ago. 

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