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I'm trying out something new beginning with this blog. When I post pictures in the blog, they are usually just a small fraction of the available photos taken which deal with the subject matter of that blog post. So......for readers who would rather just look at photos and bypass a lot of my rhetoric I'm going to post links to our Google Photos Albums to enable readers to take a further look.
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On Wednesday (4/26) we decided to visit a few of the nearby beautiful sights. The first on our list was Horseshoe Bend Overlook. This area is reached via a parking area just off of US89 just south of Page. The land is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and there is no admittance fee for this one.
Let me just say that my photo does not do this area justice. It's hard to get a sense of the vastness of this marvel. From the rim to the Colorado River beneath is about 1000 feet.
We stayed for a bit and took a ton of photos from different points along the rim. The weather was beautiful, probably in the low 70s, but I definitely would not want to be trekking out here when the temperatures are high and the wind is kicking up.
The next attraction we had heard about from several of our blog readers as a "must see" was Antelope Canyon. I'm a big researcher when it comes to places to visit, so I discovered that the main tours of Antelope Canyon are divided into the Upper and Lower tour. All tour companies have a general tour as well as a longer photography tour for folks who have nice camera equipment and wish to spend the extra money for more time in the canyon.
All of the tours of Antelope Canyon must be conducted by Navajo guides as the Canyon is on Navajo land. What this means is that in addition to the price of the tours (which are generally $25/person for a standard tour) everyone must pay a Navajo land admittance fee of $8.
There are only a few companies which conduct all of the tours. That generally means that the admission fees are tightly controlled to yield the highest income for the company. The most popular tour seems to be the Upper Antelope Canyon, followed by the Lower Antelope Canyon. The problem with that is that these tours are generally loaded with people. The amount of folks in the tour groups make it very difficult to photograph the canyon without getting shots of your unknown closest friends.
My research turned up a tour of an area named Canyon X (which is just another part of Antelope Canyon) by Taadidiin Tours. The tour was only $5 more than tours described above and the guides and the tour received great online reviews. The big draw was that this area has yet to be discovered by the masses and the walk through the canyon is at a much more leisurely pace. We decided to take a chance! Boy were we happy that we did!
We were VERY HAPPY with our selection of the tour company to visit Canyon X. I can't imagine being surrounded by lots of fellow "tourists" while being forced to move along. If in the area, I would give this company a try if you want to visit Antelope Canyon.
Okay, that was enough for one day. Actually, we were going to return to the visitor's center at the Glen Canyon Dam to take a tour, but the elevator to the bottom is still out of order. We might have to table this for a return visit to the Page area. That wouldn't be such a bad thing!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!