Part 2: The Ultimate Roadtripping Guide to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona
Here we are… Part 2 of one of my favorite trips of all time.
After exploring The Grand Cayon all day we had to get a move on. Our next destination was Page, Arizona and wow what a treat! I had added Page to our list of destinations because I had fallen in love with Antelope Canyon via Instagram but knew there was more to that area of the West. It seemed as though every travel Instagram influencer had taken photos at Antelope Canyon so of course, I had to take a look.
Lone Rock Campground
Before I dive into Antelope Canyon I want to talk about Lone Rock Campground.
WOW! This place is incredible. I had only seen pictures of Lone Rock online and they definitely don’t do it justice.
Lone Rock Campground is a primitive campground on Lake Powell in Page, AZ on the shores of Wahweap Bay. “Primitive camping, also commonly referred to as backcountry camping, forgoes reservation campsites in favor of more remote areas without amenities such as bathrooms, running water or first aid supplies.”1 Just because reservations are not needed to enter this area every vehicle does have to pay $14 a night plus a $30 entrance fee and unlike normal primitive camping this campground does have bathrooms and a cold shower. The reason why I love this campground so much is it’s a beach accessible by vehicle, but be careful where you drive if your vehicle is not 4-wheel drive.
We rented paddleboards from a nearby store and just relaxed on the beach and played in the sand all day. It was a great change of pace to miles and miles of hiking. That day was the day I fell in love with Lake Powell. You have the ability to boat or paddleboard into some of the most mindblowing canyons you’ll ever see. It is truly unworldly.
The next day we had scheduled a tour with Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours to explore the Upper Antelope Canyon and I believe it was around $30 to take this tour. Yes, this canyon was absolutely beautiful, but the popularity of it and the fact that you HAVE to take a tour made me less interested and sadly, that’s the situation with a lot of these tours.
They pack you into the back of these trucks where they drive you out to the canyons and pack you into these canyons. You barely have any time to take any photos because you are constantly being told to hurry up by the tour guides. Next time I visit Page, I plan to rent a boat and paddleboard so I am able to view similar canyons without having to take a tour.
The legendary Horseshoe Bend. We’ve all seen the pictures. Horseshoe Bend happens to be a 10-minute drive from Page so of course, we had to stop by! Once again, the popularity of this attraction really dampered the experience for me. It’s no longer a short hike off the highway available to any passerby because it now it has been completely commercialized.
A hike that is commercialized… what a concept…
It’s now $10 to park which is a bummer because at that point I felt like everyone was charging us for everything! The hike to the legendary view is about 1.5 miles and it’s pretty flat which is nice. I would suggest visiting during the early morning or late afternoon for those great golden colors, cooler weather, and, hopefully, less of a crowd.
Well, that about wraps it up for me! Thank you for reading my two-part series on one of my favorite trips I have taken so far to Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon, Lone Rock Campground, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.