Dan and I hiked through a slot canyon near Page, Arizona. There is another, seemingly more popular (and more expensive) guided hike, Upper Antelope Canyon, but we opted for the more low-key Lower Antelope, which still isn’t that low key. It’s on Navajo land, so it’s a $24 per-person fee with a guide and a group. We had quite an international group, I there was a family we met from Rimini, Italy, and I heard German and a few other languages in our crew of people.
Our guide was native to the area, he told us there are many other slot canyons around, but this one is easily accessible, therefore more visited. I have been in a couple of slot canyons before, but this one was by far the most beautiful. The morning light makes the canyon glow, and the smooth, curvy sandstone walls formed by flash flooding made for some unique photos. It was fun to walk through and snap different shots. We were lucky enough to see a couple of light beams. Our guide showed us to throw sand up to illuminate the light shining through. It took about an hour to walk through, but it went by so quickly, we were in such awe. Overall we had a great experience in Lower Antelope.
After hiking through the canyon we grabbed lunch at a cafe in Page that was also connected to a river raft store, and there was a group of people getting ready to go on a commercial trip on the Grand Canyon. We were close to the Grand Canyon, but didn’t visit, because Dan and I have both been there, but it was a fun reminder to be around people getting ready for what is definitely going to be an amazing trip for them. Rafting the Grand Canyon (twice! Too lucky) is one of my best memories.