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Being two of the most popular attractions in Northern Arizona, you’re prepared to share Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend with a few other sightseers, especially if you’re traveling during peak season. But while Upper Antelope Canyon has become an example of “managed chaos,” Horseshoe Bend, on the other hand, has turned from “hot spot” to “hot mess.” Is there any way to escape at least part of this insanity? Yes!
On the Upper Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend Air Tour, you’ll experience these Page, AZ, front-country attractions in a few ways you expect, and a lot of ways you didn’t.
Your day’s fun begins at Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tour* headquarters in downtown Page, AZ. Upon boarding custom-built touring vehicles designed for safety and comfort, you’ll take a 2-mile ride off-road into Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. There, Upper Antelope Canyon waits to enfold you into its surrealistic chambers of gracefully spiraling sandstone, illuminated by soft sunlight, filtered into ethereal shades of sepia, amber, mahogany, ash, and mocha. Every second is a photo opportunity missed as the position of the sun shifts overhead, but your Navajo guide will help you take beautiful shots like a pro, even with just a camera phone. With a mostly flat, even trail of a mere 100 yards in length, this slot canyon is easy for virtually everyone to enjoy.
After spending about an hour in the canyon, you’ll be taken back to Chief Tsosie’s, where you’ll receive directions to the Page Municipal Airport for phase 2 of your adventure: the Horseshoe Bend Air Tour!* That’s right, you’re about to skip the craziness on the ground by getting up in the sky, aboard a fixed-wing airplane. In just 30 minutes of airtime, Horseshoe Bend represents only a tiny fraction of the splendor of the Colorado Plateau that you’ll lay eyes on. You’ll soar over natural and man-made landmarks such as the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell Marina, Padre Bay, Glen Canyon, Lone Rock, and much more! As the sapphire waters of Lake Powell and its towering sandstone monoliths stretch out before you, you realize that this eagles-eye view has enabled you to see far more than you would had you remained earthbound. All that and you only had to make one reservation instead of wading through a bunch of different websites and hitting multiple walls with sold out tours.
*Tour components may be booked in reverse order depending on weather, availability, and other factors.