I have been vacationing in Arizona since I was a baby and yet somehow I always forget to explore my own backyard. So this past April, my mom and I decided to take a two day road trip to Page, Arizona to explore the wonders of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. We drove north from Phoenix through the desert, glanced up at snow covered peaks near Flagstaff, cruised through vast pine forests and finally arrived in red rock country when the midday sun was high.
WHAT TO DO:
Explore Antelope Canyon: It’s probably best to pre-book a tour before you arrive as spots fill up fast and you can’t visit any of the canyons on the Navajo nation without an authorized guide. If you’re an avid photographer, I suggest taking the photographic tour with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours, which allows you more time to set up your tripods to get a good shot of the canyon walls. It’s best to schedule your tour for 10:30 a.m., the perfect time to catch the rays of sun beaming down on the sandy floor. P.S. no selfie sticks allowed in the canyon!
Visit Horseshoe Bend: This place is quickly becoming one of Arizona’s must see destinations. Similar to the Grand Canyon, its walls are colored with vibrant oranges and browns and the higher the sun is in the sky, the bluer and greener the river looks. There’s no need to schedule a tour, you can drive your car right into the lot (free of charge) and walk the 0.75 miles to the edge of the canyon.
Browse Pow Wow Trading Post: If you have some time to kill, check out the Pow Wow Trading Post on Elm Street. This place has a ton of cool, authentic Indian crafts including hand painted arrows, turquoise jewelry, woven baskets and kokopellis.
WHERE TO STAY
Holiday Inn Express: You won’t find a Ritz Carleton in Page, but the Holiday Inn Express on S. Lake Powell Blvd. is a good second. It’s clean, inexpensive, offers complimentary breakfast and is conveivcntly located near the canyons.
WHAT TO EAT
El Tapatio: There aren’t too many options for restaurants in Page, but this spot is a great one. El Tapatio serves up authentic Mexican dishes that pack a lot of flavor. The interior is covered in traditional, colorful decor, which feels fun and festive and if you’re in the mood for a cocktail, they make mean, classic margarita.