Can You Remember Life Before Instagram?
Think back to ten years ago. Instagram wasn’t yet a word. Several other social media platforms that you probably use today weren’t even thought of.
Also, there is a pretty good chance that you didn’t know about Antelope Canyon. Or if you have not been keeping up with social media, then maybe you still don’t know much about Antelope Canyon. Either way, the relationship between social media and Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona, is inextricable.
Where is Antelope Canyon?
You can find Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, Arizona. The city of Page, founded in 1957 and currently home to about 8,000 residents, has the luck of being right next door to a couple of tourism phenomena. Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend have become tourism magnets over the last ten years. They are responsible for the boom that has come to the small town of Page. But this boom would not have taken place without the invention and proliferation of the smartphone, as well as the social media apps that promote photographs of amateur, everyday visitors, like you and me.
Can You Take an Amazing Photo?
You are an incredible photographer! If you don’t believe me, you need to visit Antelope Canyon. Anyone, with any camera, simply cannot come away from an Antelope Canyon Tour without at least a few amazing photos. And of course, then what we all do is share them! You are guaranteed to get a fews Oooohs and Aaaahs from your friends, and probably make a few of them jealous for having been there before them. Your breathtaking visit will remain in your mind for the rest of your life. It is truly a time that you will never forget. More beautiful images are somehow compacted into this area than probably just about any other place you could find. It is a sensory wonderland!
Antelope Canyon is a natural slot canyon made by erosion of the Navajo sandstone, creating a long, twisting canyon with lines, shapes and forms cut into the rock. As sunlight filters down through the openings, colors, shapes and shadows flourish. Each visit will be distinct, as the time day, weather, and season will play a part in this dramatic show.
What Section of Antelope Canyon Should I Choose?
There are several locations to choose from, any of which will mesmerize visitors. Upper Antelope Canyon offers the widest experience, allowing visitors to walk at ground level through the canyon walls with dramatic views. It is the easiest section for walking through. Lower Antelope Canyon has a steep staircase to climb down into the slot canyon, below ground level. It is a narrower passage and requires a little more mobility, but also has amazing views. Secret Antelope Canyon has less crowds, and small groups are brought in one at a time. At Secret Antelope Canyon, guests are allowed to video their surroundings, which is prohibited at both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Also at Secret Antelope Canyon, there are far less people, so it will be easier to capture photos or video with no one else in the picture. Canyon X is another location option, which does require a bit more hiking to reach the entrance, but also has some unique views, including two connecting sections that form the famous X.
Even more photo excitement?
Only a few minutes away from Antelope Canyon is Horseshoe Bend Overlook. This is an incredible U-shaped bend in the Colorado River. You can stand at the edge of a 1,000 foot cliff overlooking the beautiful river and canyon. This stunning destination does give some competition to nearby Antelope Canyon and will certainly offer a few more amazing shots to share with your friends. Half of the overlook land is owned by the City of Page and is where most people visit, with a small parking fee and about a 20 minute walk over a hill to reach the overlook. The other half is owned by Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, which also owns and operates Secret Antelope Canyon. So a huge benefit to booking a Secret Antelope Canyon Tour is that you are also driven right to the overlook on the private section of Horseshoe Bend, avoiding crowds and the long walk.
However you decide to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you will come away with amazing images, both in your memory and to share through social media.