I have always been a huge fan of the state of Arizona growing up, so you can only imagine how excited I was to finally road trip to Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon. Our day in Arizona was a part of our overarching road trip to Zion National Park. We spent our first day in Zion, our second day in Page/the Grand Canyon, and the last day back at Zion. If you’re a 90s kid then you know what Lower Antelope Canyon is. It’s best recognized as the Windows wallpaper from back in the day lol. And the Grand Canyon, well that goes without saying. Here’s all the deets on how to make the most out of a day in Arizona coming from Zion National Park:
The drive was about two hours to our first stop, Page, AZ; another two hours to the Grand Canyon; and four hours back. Over the weekend we drove about 20 hours, but it was totally worth it. I highly recommending planning an Arizona day if you’re visiting Zion. It’s closer than it sounds. Aside from the drive being absolutely gorgeous there are roadside trading posts that you can stop and pick up genuine Navajo gifts and trinkets. The drive back was a bit scary since you’re kind of out in the middle of nowhere, but the view of the stars was unlike any other.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Pictures could not do this beautiful canyon justice. You can’t help but stand in awe of nature’s natural beauty. Since the canyon is on Navajo land you must pay an $8 park fee and a $20 tour fee. The canyon is privately owned so you can only access both the North and Lower canyons with a tour group. The groups are fairly big but even with a big group you can get cool photos without photo bombers. The canyon is about a mile long. You have to walk down stairs and climb ladders to maneuver through the space. Our tour guide was great and even pointed out some prime photo spots to us. Visiting the canyon was the perfect way to start the day.
About 15 minutes away from Lower Antelope Canyon is Horseshoe Bend. It’s literally just off the highway. If you didn’t look you’d totally pass it! We stopped with a bunch of other tourists and ventured on a small hike to the bend. Once we got there I was surprised by how close you had to get to the edge in order to see the bend. I’m afraid of heights so to say my fear was tested one too many times that weekend would be an understatement lol. We hung out around the rim and even laid on the edge for the gram. Horseshoe is a must if you’re already in the area!
The Grand Canyon
After some fun in Page we headed off to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The ride to the Grand Canyon was the wild west wide open road that you would imagine or have seen in movies. On the way to the Grand Canyon you pass a ton of other canyons and sights, so you can easily get distracted en route. We made it there in about two-hours and stopped at the Desert Watch Tower where we got our first view of the canyon. In comparison to the rest of the viewpoints it was probably the lowest on my list, but it offered a great intro to the park. I already told you guys that I’m afraid of heights, but we were feeling adventurous and ventured off and around the trails at different viewpoints. I don’t recommend this if you have bad balance, bad traction, or an intense fear of heights. We stopped at many view points along the way, but the last view at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center was the best. We went off the beaten path and were literally sitting on the edge of canyon with a bunch of other dare devils. We explored, took photos, and got to see the most magical sunset from the edge of the canyon. It was a beautifully surreal experience and perfect ending to our day in Arizona.