Lower Antelope Canyon
When we started planning the Great Roadtrip my only two must-sees were Glacier National Park and Antelope Canyon. They are two very out-of-the-way locales, thousands of miles apart. But on the Great Roadtrip I finally got to see these spectacular sights- cross them off the bucket list!
After a fairly easy drive from the North Rim of Canyon National Park, we arrived in Page, Arizona. After securing a campsite at an overflow spot in Page, food was the priority. My sister had come to Page and Antelope Canyon with her family just a few weeks before and she recommended this place, Patio 7. A Fry Bread Taco for me!
It was gigantic! This place was neat- outdoor seating and a counter to order at. Everyone was really nice and helped me out since Navajo/Southwest cuisine is something I eat but don’t know much about. Someday this place will be on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Lunch discussion was do we just go to Navajo Country and do Lower Antelope Canyon now or wait until tomorrow morning? I’m a doer and BC is a relaxer but even he said, “Let’s go!”.
Off we went to Navajo Country where $8 gets you in the parking lot. From there you pick one of two companies to take the Lower Antelope Canyon tour. It was super-unorganized to the point they told us tours were full for the day when we asked someone else they retorted that of course there were tickets available- we could go on the next tour at 3:30pm. Okay!
However, we probably should have waited until the next day. The line to get in was huge! We waited in line outside the canyon for an hour or so before climbing down the steep metal stairs into Lower Antelope Canyon.
Inside the holding room we took photos. Our guide was awesome and showed us some neat tricks with our cameras and camera phones. The light in the canyon is always changing so he showed us what worked best.
BC found the passageway a little narrow a few times but since the top of the canyon was high up and there was a lot of natural light, I didn’t feel claustrophobic even a little bit.
We were rushed in some places and left to dawdle in other but Lower Antelope Canyon is pretty long and took us a good 30 minutes to get through (stopping for many photos of course!).
Check out his lip- still swollen but this is sooooooo much better than this morning!
All in all it was an awesome sight, although next time I will come earlier in the day when the light is better and the crowds are thinner.
Dinner included giant margaritas El Tapatio which gave me quite the buzz and some nachos. I had a really good day!
Reader Question: Have you ever been to Lower Antelope Canyon? or Upper? What did you think- overrated or awesome?
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