Page AZ, site of the Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon, and Glen Canyon Dam

Page has AT&T 3G or 4G service, but not LTE signal.  Verizon LTE service is available.  Ice is $2 at Walmart there, $3 at other retailers.  A few chain hotels.  Three or 4 fast food outlets (Taco Bell has one power outlet in the back, so does Jack in the Box but with wifi).  What else do you need in life?

Horseshoe Bend was free (for now) and sign indicates it is part of Glen Canyon Recreational Area.  There is a small parking lot for cars and buses, but it gets crowded early.  Some elect to park on highway.  From the parking lot, you have to 10min walk down to the viewpoint.  The walk up is slightly more challenging.  But considerately, there are 2 interim levels of seats and rotundas for the athletically challenged.  Wrapping normally, from upper-left.

  • That’s quite a drop down.
  • Top-level of rotunda, where the trail down starts.
  • The trail of sweaty tourists.
  • That’s quite a crowd forming at the end.  It is free after all.
  • On the return from Horseshoe Bend, you can read the thank you sign.
  • Girl sitting on the far ledge, over the bend.

There are no picnic tables at the sight.  But the area is surrounded by interesting looking geological features, if you are interested.  Or just want a place to pose beside next to a giant abyss.

Antelope Canyon, Upper.  $48/person.  $8 in cash.  Tours only driven in Shuttles to entrance.  Me, I’d recommend a day other than a weekend.  There’s not much room in there, and they got about room for 3 or 4 shuttles inside, staggered at different sections of the canyon.  It is NOT a national park.  It is a Navajo tour in and out of one of their sacred sights.  The price seems a little steep.  Look at the photos.  Remember you’re there already.

Something important for photographers.  No tripods unless you’re on the photographer tour (~$148?).  Normal tours are hour and half.  Photo tours get extra hour.  High ISO setting is recommended.  I had 1.8f and it was ok with lower ISO at beginning with shutter speeds around 1/30, but it gets darker as you get further and I had to up the ISO to 1600 to compensate for my unsteady hand when fighting the crowd.  The guides are very helpful with camera settings, and the popular photo spots.

Something else important: No backpacks, or large bags.  The canyon is basically a large, level crevice with openings as narrow as 5ft.  Chances are, you will make contact with the walls.  They’d prefer it be your beer belly, and not something harder on the mohs scale that will scratch the sandstone wall.

Also, here’s the thing.  When you’re there, with all those people fighting for space, it can seem less than impressive.  Then see the photographs afterward and how well the light from the cracks 120ft above loves the gradiented surfaces inside the canyon, forming a rhythm of shadows.

Iphone 5 on HDR

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Nikon D40 with 1.8f.

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More shots inside the canyon.

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So you get a sense of how crowded it got on a weekend.

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Glen Canyon Dam

A day or 2 of sights at a tiny town of Page, AZ.

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