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Exploring Arizona and Utah: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend & Zion National Park

We finally decided to go to Arizona and Utah, and it was one of the most incredible and beautiful road trips of our lives.

First, we went to Page to  visit the Antelope Canyon.  There are two Canyons, the Lower Antelope Canyon and the Upper Antelope Canyon.

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Differences between Lower and Upper Canyon:

Lower Antelope is longer, and thither, you will have to climb some stairs and ladders and walk through very tight spaces. It is less crowed, and is cheaper to visit. Price: $20.00 dollars.

Upper Antelope, is wide the floor is flat, making it easier to explore. There are more tourists, and is more expensive. Price: 40.00 dollars.

Tips: There are hotels around Page, very close to the Canyons. It’s worth it to spend, a couple days in the city.

Don’t forget to make reservations.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Bring water.

Eat and go to the bathroom before.

Check the water before to avoid flash floods.

You have to book the tours separately.

To visit the Upper Canyon, we recommend making reservations.  It can get very crowded, especially during the weekends.

If you go to Lower Antelope Canyon, reservations are not necessary, as there are tour guides leaving every 30 minutes.

Nobody is allowed to go visit the Canyons without a tour guide. There are American Indians working in the entrance of the Canyons, to provide the safety and guidance for the visitors.

The best time to visit the Antelope Canyon is in the morning, or until 1:00pm when the lights are the brightest.

We arrived there at 11:00AM, and it took us almost one hour to go inside the Lower Antelope Canyon. It was also on the weekend.

Tips: Avoid the weekend and holidays, it will make your trip much easier.

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From there we drove to Lake Powell.  To get in, they charge $10,00 dollars. Here you are able to swim, party and drive boats or ride jet skies in the lake. There are companies, which provide, jet skies, boat tours and kayak rentals.

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Lake Powell

 

After spending some time at Lake Powell, we went to Horseshoe Bend.  Here you don’t not need to pay to visit, but to get to the Horseshoe it is about a 1 mile walk, there and back, up and down a hill.

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Horseshoe Bend

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What’s the Horseshoe Bend?

The Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful rock that clearly looks like a horse shoe. Haha

Tips: Make sure to bring a lot of water, put on a lot of sunblock, wear comfortable shoes, and bring an umbrella to protect you from the sun (if you want to).

When is the best time to photograph the Horseshoe Bend? 

The best time to photograph the Horseshoe Bend, is in the afternoon.  In the morning the light is not good.

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Visiting Zion National Park

We drove from Arizona to Utah. It took us about 2 hours, to get at Zion National Park.

The drive along the way was beautiful, with desert and mountain surroundings all around.

Here you will find waterfalls, hike trails, and restaurants. There is a bus, which departures from the entrance, to the top of the mountain, with many stops, you can always choose, where you want to get off of the bus. 

We decided to hike The Narrows.

For prices visit: National Park Service

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The Narrows

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Company : Navajo Tours

How to get to the parks? By airplane and car.

How to get to Antelope Canyon? The closest major airports are Phoenix and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

How to get to Zion National Park? The closest major airport to Zion is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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