is a dreamy place. It starts before you even arrive. We drove there from Zion National Park, and the road from Utah into Arizona was picturesque. So much so that I had to hit an airplane pose. How beautiful is this random road? You’d want to do yoga as well.
Page doesn’t look like much-an expanse of desert and canyons off in the distance, but once you hit Glen Canyon Dam, you know there are amazing views in store. Soon after you pass Lake Powell, which is a vivid shade of turquoise, you stumble upon Horseshoe Bend. Okay, not quite “stumble upon,” since there are many cars parked or headed there.
Horseshoe Bend is not visible from the road, and a few signs warn you to carry water. The ten minute hike to the good views would have been a scorcher, had we headed there in the summer. But in the beginning of November, the 70-degree weather made the walk bearable for Genelle and me, as well as every elderly tourist who made the trek.
I am not afraid of heights, but something about Horseshoe Bend made my head spin. The pile of rocks appeared to unsteadily hang off of a cliff. The turquoise lake below was gorgeous, but at 4,200 feet above sea level, I enjoyed it most at the fenced in viewing area.
Genelle, on the other hand, was braver than me.
There were quite a few visitors braver than us, like the guy who used the protective railing like a tightrope. A pretty scary site, especially considering that people do actually fall over. Just this past December, a 14 year-old girl fell to her death. But dying is avoidable if you aren’t going to crazy lengths for the ultimate selfie. So stay safe enough so you can move on to another Page highlight, Antelope Canyon.
Antelope Canyon is made of sandstone, and it was formed by erosion. The upper and lower canyons are on Navajo Land, so you must book a tour in advance, and those tours are run by Navajo families. It is well worth the money to see one of the most marvelous natural phenomena in the US.
After you’ve descended into the canyons, go enjoy some Navajo tacos. Do it because I haven’t been able to find some outside of Arizona, so don’t miss out.