antelope canyon, az

Moments after Mr. Enthusiasm joined me in the parking lot at the Bright Angel Lodge, we departed for Lake Powell. I was hungry and cranky after my 19 mile trek from the South Rim down to the Colorado River and back, but he suggested we just suck it up and push on so we could get to our hotel, shower and then have a nice dinner. The best laid plans…

An unsigned highway closure and forced detour added over an hour to our drive. By this point, 3 hours after leaving the Grand Canyon, I was ready to gnaw my own arm off.

Sweaty, dishevelled, smelly and covered in an inch of red dirt, we finally succumbed to a primal craving for junk food and pulled into a McDonalds.

Do. Not. Judge. Me.

A Big Mac never tasted so good.

The following day, I was determined to explore Antelope Canyon, a place fellow blogger, Carol, introduced me to a few weeks ago. After seeing her beautiful photos, I knew I could not be that close and not visit this must-see place.

Of course I wasn’t planning on being in near-traction from aching joints and muscles, with heels missing layers of flesh from burst and bleeding blisters. Improvisation was to be the order of the day.

The only way to see Lower Antelope Canyon, part of Navajo Nation, is via guided tour.

And it involves walking. Also climbing.Β On ladders. Giddy up.

From Ken’s Guided Tours website:

“There are steel ladders anchored into the canyon walls. The ladders vary from 3 ft. to 25 ft. being the longest. Ladders over 8 ft. have handrails in place.Β There are escape rope ladders placed on top of the canyon, in metal boxes, for any type of emergencies.”

Me. Enthusiasm was less than thrilled, repeating, “this better be worth it…” several times.

I assured him it would be.

It was, right? Check it out:

And more…

It was really impossible to narrow it down to just these shots. Each turn through the canyon delivered more spectacular art.

Nature porn at its finest…

Have you booked your trip to Antelope Canyon yet? No? How about now…

Lower Antelope Canyon has left an imprint on my heart.


Your beauty was truly humbling.


*** All photos were taken with my iPhone, on the Chrome setting. No other filters applied. Sometimes Mother Nature does the work for us.

Keep moving. Even when it really hurts. It’s always worth it.

xoxo nancy

p.s. This entire post was created and published on my iPhone as I sit in a hotel room, too lazy to pull out my laptop. Apologies for spelling, formatting or any other errors. Travelling all this week.

p.p.s. I edited this post to group the photos into galleries for easier viewing. This was done on a laptop. πŸ™‚

74 thoughts on “antelope canyon, az

  1. those pictures are awesome! πŸ˜€ It looks like an amazing place!

    hmmm…I am not judging your mcdonalds visit…just this once…but only because you did a crazy awesome hike :-p


    • The pictures don’t even begin to do this place justice, Jhanis. Truly awe-inspiring. I finally got to my laptop so I’ve added a bunch more photos now.

  2. Wow! That looks like abstract art! Just gorgeous!

    And I’d never judge you at all, let alone for succumbing to the temptation of the Golden Arches, especially after all that hard work!! Yum. I’m glad it’s a holiday or I too might be tempted!

    • It was absolutely art, Deanna, no doubt about it. I’m planning on blowing up and framing the pics we took on the Nikon – they’re much better quality than these ones.

      And that Big Mac hit the spot like you wouldn’t believe. πŸ™‚

  3. How beautiful!! That was totally worth the journey. Those pictures would make great wall art – I think there are websites that do canvases of phone pics.
    Also, Big Macs are delicious. Hope you had a great weekend!

    • Martha, it was surreal how beautiful this place was. How the light would play on the rocks through the narrow canyon opening at the “ceiling” of the canyon… amazing!

      I think I’m going to enlarge and frame some of the ones I took on the Nikon as they’re even higher quality than these ones.

      That Big Mac may have been the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. πŸ˜‰

  4. Those pictures are gorgeous. Looks like it was indeed worth it. And not only am I impressed you accomplished all this hiking, I’m impressed you managed to write a blog post on your iPhone!

    • I threw my phone at the wall a couple of times last night, but eventually got to upload the original post around midnight.

      Now that I’m back online/laptop, I’ve created galleries and added a bunch more photos, in case you want to check them out.

      It was a definite highlight of the trip, that’s for sure!

  5. Hi Nancy! Glad to hear you are still alive after your big (and crazy-ass) hike! And yes, isn’t Antelope Canyon awesome. We made it a couple of years ago and also took some awesome photos. A truly special place. Keep Moving! ~Kathy

    • It was a definite highlight of the trip, Kathy. I’m so glad I didn’t pull the plug that morning when I woke up hobbling. I literally had to keep talking myself into it. So glad I did though.

    • Oh this one barely qualifies as a hike. You basically walk across the desert about a 1/4 mile, and then start climbing down a series of ladders and narrow steps to get inside the canyon. Once you’re down ‘under ground’, you walk so slowly – because of all the photo-taking. The climb back up on the other end of the canyon only involves 1 ladder, I think. I guess the elevation changed as we walked the length of it. If you’re in the Page, Arizona /Lake Powell area, this is a definite must-see.

      The feet are all back to normal. Amazing how resilient our bodies are!

  6. Beautiful!!!

    Btw, I was just told one step in stairs (climbing) equals ten “normal” steps. Who cares what that really means but it is a great excuse eg to go to a mac Donald’s after serious walking and climbing πŸ˜‰

  7. Thanks for the link Nancy. I wondered why I was suddenly getting likes on that post. HOWEVER we didn’t come across any steps or ladders. It was straight in and straight out. We must have been in Upper Antelope Canyon. SO . . not only do I feel a bit stupid for not knowing, I’ll have to GO BACK as I like your photos better than mine. Oh heck, or similar words.

    • Definitely steps and ladders at the Lower Antelope Canyon, Carol. I’m going to go find the link and add it to my post above. Also, now that I’m at a laptop I’ve added a bunch more photos in galleries. So many to choose from! And those are just some of the ones I took on the iPhone. The ones on the Nikon are even better, but I’m too lazy to download them. πŸ™‚

  8. Absolutely amazing! And I love that it’s that naturally beautiful – no filters or fucking around with it πŸ˜‰ I’ve never seen anything like those colours!

  9. Wow!!! After seeing those pictures I see the need for a road trip vacation.

    On another note…Really? McDonald’s? A Big Mac? They do have a really good grilled chicken Southwest salad. First a Saab and now McDonald’s. What is the blog-o-sphere becoming? πŸ˜‰

      • I’m. Sure. It. Was. I just could not pass up the opportunity, even though I was warned not too, to question your choice. Hopefully you will still be my friend. At home I do not cook with any salt. I find that when I eat at McDonald’s, their food is very salty. Now I’m hungry for In-N-Out. I think today would be a good day to treat myself to a meal out.

      • In-N-Out would have been an amazing choice. In the middle of nowhere (literally) we were lucky to even find the golden arches.

        Good for you for cutting out salt. We definitely still cook with it at home, but – you’re right – eating out is where you tend to get killed with sodium.

  10. Oh my goodness Nancy, absolutely dazzling. I was sure you were going to say that you doctored those photos somewhat, I don’t see how colours that vivid and disparate could exist in nature in the matter of mere rock. Amazing, and gorgeous.

  11. Absolutely spectacular! I am humbled as I can only imagine you were too. My first thoughts were of those ribbon wands ballet teachers give to little dancers. I have a growing list of travels to make and this is now on it. Thanks πŸ™‚

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