Antelope Canyon

“Quick! Give me your jacket! I want to cover my camera!” – demanded the guy next to me.

18922710_1225035010958816_2702489384772743225_o

I glanced down at my equipment – a seven year old DSLR camera and a twenty-dollar tripod I acquired from Best Buy the day before my flight, and his gears – two DSLR cameras, one with a telephoto lens and a solid tripod – I figured that he must be serious.

19024900_1225028080959509_5172063794524417635_o

We were a group of ten participating in a photo tour in the Upper Antelope Canyon.

19024931_1225044867624497_6169801630704084138_o

It was the end of May and the canyon was already awash with tourists.

18953515_1225024007626583_8338208505194483752_o

We’ve been shooting incessantly since we got there

19024923_1225042124291438_8016090187459034928_o

Before a sudden wind gust blasted the sand into the canyon blanketing us with sand dusts.

18920738_1225025780959739_6708730716460461538_o

Down there

18922820_1225027280959589_2817885066530874586_o.jpg

one can easily get carried away.

19023621_1225019257627058_7631228241565398672_o

Note:

Antelope Canyon lies on Navajo Nation. To visit, it is required to sign up with a tour operator. There are two types of tours available: sightseeing and photography. With sightseeing tour, you will learn about canyon history, its geological formation and an unfortunate event that happened years ago. With photography tour (DSLR camera and tripod required), the guide(s) will help you set up your equipment, locate the best spot and hold the crowd when you take the photo.

19702128_1253370968125220_2120837241816220397_n.jpg

To get to the canyon from the meeting point, you will likely be riding on the back of these pickup trucks, which is bumpy and dusty. Leave your fancy cloths at home and carry a scarf or a bandanna to cover your face or equipment. Bring water!

Page, Arizona

In addition to Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona is also known for Horseshoe Bend.

18920983_1225045320957785_6832219801857339725_o.jpg

The short walk from the parking lot, can be tormenting under late spring/summer heat and direct sunlight. There are no barriers at the edge.

We stayed in Page for two nights and ate at Big John’s Texas BBQ both nights.

19732121_1253372558125061_4046481485581217055_n

Briskets and ribs are their specialty.

19657318_1253372501458400_312485954418384538_n

On some nights, there’s also a band playing outside next to the communal tables.

19657034_1253372498125067_2715190371890934291_n

And free line dancing lessons 🙂

Copyright © travel-gourmand.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited.

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tour
Address:  AZ-98, Page Milepost 302, AZ 86040 
GPS 36 53 17 N, 111 22 4 W

Horseshoe Bend
Address: Hwy 89 S, Page, AZ 86040

Big John’s Texas BBQ
Address:  153 S Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040 Phone: (928) 645-3300
Advertisements

29 thoughts on “Antelope Canyon

  1. Antelope Canyon looks something out of another planet! It’s crazy to believe it exists on this Earth! I’m getting serious wanderlust to go there someday. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s