The Road to Page
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September 21st, 2008 – by: agarcia
My first goal was to drive to Page, Arizona and arrive before noon so that I can catch the sunlight shining from above into Upper Antelope Canyon.
Page, Arizona is approximately 290 miles away from Las Vegas so for my first full day of my vacation I woke up early and was on the road by 4:30 am. The beginning of the drive was a little spooky once I left the city lights with the dark landscape surrounding the few fellow drivers and me. Luckily this only lasted for about 90 minutes before the sunrise.
For this leg of my journey I decided to take the road that passes through the Zion National Park of Utah.
Some side notes about Zion - it looked beautiful. There was a nearby town that seems to serve visitors who want to hike through the park. I wish I had enough time to explore (especially considering that I paid the entrance fee) but since I was on a schedule I was unable to stop to even take a quick picture. I hope to someday come back to specifically explore this park.
I eventually arrived at Page at approximately 11 am (Mountain Time) and I thought I was too late to sign up for the 11:30 am tour. But fortunately, Page follows Las Vegas time so it was only 10 am by their clocks.
The tour consisted of several pick-up trucks with a capacity for about 12-14 people sitting in the back and holding on the railing for safety. This was fine while on the paved roads but in order to reach the canyon site we had to go through a very sandy area. This was not so fine with the ride occasionally making people jump off their seats for a second or two. People were holding onto the railings for their dear lives.
After a mile or two of this sandy drive we arrived at the entrance to the Upper Antelope Canyon. Now I did love the canyon with all the rich orange/red colors and the way it felt cooler within its walls and away from the hot desert sun. One problem though is that with several truckloads of people arriving to the site it was at times crowded walking through some of the narrow portions of the canyon.
Overall, I enjoyed the views and the tour - it is the only desert environment I have ever seen in my life. But if I ever decide to go to Page, Arizona again to see the Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon I hope to pick a time when the crowds aren’t as big.
The tour lasted about an hour so I was back on the road by 1 pm and on my way to my next stop - Moab, Utah. Moab is approximately 270 miles away so another 5 hrs of driving.
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