Last weekend, as you may have saw on our Instagram, Brandon and I took a little trip to Northern Arizona, specifically to Page. My little sister was planning a road trip with her friend through the Southwest and mentioned that they would be stopping in Page to see Antelope Canyon, so I jumped at the chance to meet her! A random chance to hang out with my sister + getting to mark Antelope Canyon off my bucket list…yes, please!
With Page being a 4.5 drive from Phoenix, the original plan was to drive up early in the morning, see Antelope Canyon maybe grab a bite to eat then head back down to Phoenix. But after Brandon and I talked about it, we decided to just spend the night and squeeze in Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon as well since we had never seen either of those.
Two days was plenty of time to fit the major Northern Arizona sights in and I am so glad we did! The sights are absolutely amazing and it is crazy to think it’s all only a 4 hour drive from the city we currently reside in.
How to Spend Two Days in Northern Arizona
Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land and is therefore only accessible through guided tours. We booked ours about a month out, so there were not a ton of options as far as time. If you want a morning tour, I’d definitely recommend booking early! We ended up with a 1:45pm tour (which honestly worked out perfect with the drive). Our tour was through Dixie Ellis Lower Antelope Canyon Tours and we could not recommend them enough!
Our guide was extremely informative explaining to us how the canyon formed, pointing out specific formations and sharing some very interesting facts about it all. Plus he was AMAZING at taking pictures (and extremely patient :))! We later found out that a lot of the tour guides are photographers, so that is definitely a bonus.
The tour is an hour long starting with about a quarter mile walk to the actual canyon. Once you reach the canyon you have to walk down some pretty steep (and kind of scary) stairs, and then it’s all canyon from there.
Antelope Canyon definitely lived up to the hype! If you are ever in Northern Arizona, I’d highly suggest booking a tour!
Our tour finished up around 3. Afterwards we attempted to rent a boat to take out on Lake Powell, but that was a major fail considering it was a summer Friday. So we headed to Lone Rock Beach to get some swimming in at the lake instead. Lake Powell is absolutely gorgeous as well! Although we didn’t really get to see much of it. It was still a beach and a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
Our guide at Antelope Canyon suggested heading to Horseshoe Bend for the sunset, but since it was super cloudy, we just decided we’d save it until the morning.
Located just 10 minutes from downtown Page, Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe shaped meander of the Colorado River. It was another place I knew I wanted to see. Not like my enthusiasm for Antelope Canyon, but it was definitely up there. You only hike (and I use that term loosely) .75 miles up a slight hill to see the canyon. It’s a quick stop on the Northern Arizona tour, but absolutely worth it.
After seeing both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, I’d have to say Horseshoe Bend tops my list. It is an awe-inspiring view that almost looks fake when you first see it. I have honestly never been taken aback by a view like I was with Horseshoe Bend.
After Horseshoe Bend, Brandon and I headed 2 hours south of Page to the Grand Canyon.
I’ll admit, the Grand Canyon was never high on my list of things to-do in Arizona, until recently. We’ve lived in Arizona for 13 years and figured it was about time we did it.
We entered through the East Entrance and stopped at the first look. This was pointless, in my opinion, except for the mint chocolate chip ice cream cone I got 🙂 Then we headed back on the main road to find a place my brother had told us about, Shoshone Point. He had gone last year and said that nobody was there, so we jumped on that rather than fighting the crowds at other spots.
Shoshone Point is around mile marker 245 off of Desert View Drive. You hike about 1 mile in to reach the actual point, but it’s worth it.
I remember telling someone I didn’t care to ever see the Grand Canyon and they responded by saying that it will absolutely take your breath away. Well they weren’t wrong. It’s definitely a sight to see (although I’m still partial to Horseshoe :))! Just the sheer size of it is breathtaking. Now that I have been I can fully understand/appreciate the importance of the Grand Canyon and the need for everyone to see it at least once in their lives.
So as you can see, the one night we stayed in Page was plenty of time to fit everything in that we wanted. We were definitely exhausted upon returning home, but it was more than worth it!
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