2015 - Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, Page, Arizona
Friday, April 3rd
After a 7.5 hour drive from Albuquerque, we arrived at Wahweap Campground, just north of Page Arizona, inside the Glen Canyon National Monument. We had reservations for full-hookup for 2 nights and within 30 minutes we were checked in, given a map of the campground, and sitting at our campsite, #12 on Loop A. This was our first trip out with our new 25' camper!
Wahweap Campground, overlooking Lake Powell
The view from our camper's picture window was amazing!
After we set up the camper, we drove back into the town of Page to check it out. We also looked for landmarks for photo ops and stopped at the grocery store for a few supplies. As we drove through town we found a BBQ place that smelled amazing so we went in and grabbed a togo order of brisket and beans to take back for dinner.
After dinner we grabbed the camera gear and walked on the path (right behind our campsite) down to the lake front. It was a nice mile plus walk. Lots of other people were out walking also, many with their dogs. For those people traveling with their pets, this is a good campground as there are some trees but also tons of walking paths.
Saturday, April 4th
Our Antelope Canyon guided tour was booked for 10:20am. We were up and finished breakfast by 7am so we decided to go check out some scenic views for photos while we waited. We found a "Scenic Overlook" sign and followed it to the parking lot. A short walk down hill over rippled rocks led us to a river overlook just west of the Lake Powell dam.
At 8am we decided to drive out to Ken's Tours, where we had booked our guided tour of Lower Antelope Canyon to check to see if our tour could be moved up sooner. It was a Saturday, so the tours were quite busy. The earliest we could be moved was to 9:20am so we took that time. The tour leaves from just behind the building after walking about 1/4 mile. A series of 5 metal staircases lead down into the canyon. All I can say is WOW. Photos to not show how incredible this canyon really is. Wow. I shot video with my GoPro while Ron shot photos with his Dslr camera.
Video: Lower Antelope Canyon
After an hour of walking through the canyon, stopping every few feet for photos, we climbed out of a narrow slit in the rocks. Wow, amazing that anyone ever found this canyon! It is very well hidden. Just a little over a mile away, the canyon continues and is called Upper Antelope Canyon. A different tour company, also Navajo, leads tours in this section. It is mandatory that everyone has a Navajo guide in all sections of this canyon. This prevents damage to the canyon as well as other issues or injuries. Next time to this area, we will definitely do the tour of the Upper section which we were told is taller inside and less narrow, with more light beams... just a different look.
We finished our tour and immediately drove to Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Since we were able to do Antelope an hour early, we had a couple of hours for lunch and a stop there. Our next scheduled activity was a boat tour on Lake Powell to the water portion of Antelope. Horseshoe Bend has a nice large parking lot and a 3/4 mile hike out to the overlook. There were at least 100 people making the hike. It is also well worth the trouble!
We returned to the campsite to have lunch and relax before our afternoon boat trip. The Antelope Canyon boat tour was set for 2:30pm departure. We arrived at the checkin point in the Lake Powell resort at 2pm. When we arrived, the clerk said that our tour had been cancelled but there was another one at 4:15pm. We switched to that one, and returned 30 minutes before departure time.
We grabbbed seats on the top deck and put on the headphones for the naration. The boat cruised down to the dam first, then back to where Antelope Canyon began from the water side. The canyon got more and more narrow until it ended abruptly. Our captain turned the boat around and back to the dock we cruised. It was truly beautiful!
Back to the campsite for dinner, pack, and check scores of the basketball games. It was a Long but fantatastic day!
Easter Sunday, April 5th
Drive home to Albuquerque!