The quickest site seeing stop ever! Driving around, heading to Antelope Canyon, we were so laser-focused on getting there in time before our time slots were sold out. It’s crazy that during this drive that we had no idea that this natural beauty was minutes away from us. We almost missed it. I would’ve been so disappointed if I found that out any later. However, thanks, to Siri and Google Maps GPS for alerting us, setting in motion a two-birds with one shot kill.
This place is beyond magnificent! It’s a short 20-minute hike over the hill to the viewpoint. It is really popular for tourist given that it’s free and there is plenty of parking! Free attraction free parking. Whoot!
The view. It’s all about that view. Before you can soak up this view, as previously mentioned, the 20min hike. It’s not too far of a walk from the parking lot but quite a hike directly in the sun. There’s no shade and it’s an uphill climb in powdery like brown sand. You will have plenty of company on this hike, the crowds of tourist all huffing and puffing up the trail.
Now that you’ve made it, obviously be careful near the edge, don’t be like me. Be adventurous, but don’t be daring.😉 You will quickly notice the reason for being extremely careful. There are no fences or safety rails just one slip and you’re off rolling down into the canyon. I didn’t expect how dangerous this was! Kids are running up and down the rocks, I was gasping every time I saw this. It takes but one wrong footing or just one selfie zombie paying more attention to their phones to bump you accidentally, causing you to slip to your death into the river! Insane that there is absolutely no protection to keep anyone from doing so. However, I am kind of glad it’s being kept all natural — nature’s naked beauty.
The best time to visit is mid afternoon when the sun doesn’t allow for shadow castings like my photos. We arrived at 11 am and didn’t have time to wait given that our next stop Antelope Canyon was almost completely booked. Just imagine the sunsets here, must be insanely gorgeous.
When your rental car gives you problems and refused to start, don’t fret, calmly step out, say a little prayer to the desert gods. Preferably the sun, given that it dominates the entire landscape. After said prayer, just calmly walk back in, start the engine and watch the magic.Remember, the engine died, you didn’t.. so smile!
Look overt the landscape, and say a little prayer.
In my prayer, I also asked for the sun to tone the heat the fuck down, but it said that’s asking too much. And you know what! It was right if the engine works then the AC works. So we had a deal! Just the engine.
When the engine starts up. You do a little gratitude dance.
And we’re off. Antelope Canyon, we’re coming for you!