We drove out to Page Arizona to photograph Antelope Canyon and then afterwards we headed over to Horseshoe Bend. Unfortunately that meant we got to Horseshoe Bend during midday, not the best time to photograph it but atleast we did not get that deep dark shadow looking over the canyon that you get when the sun is rising / falling behind. So all in all was quite pleased with the lighting for the time we reached the top.. although it was tough work getting to the top with that burning midday sun.
Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.
Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.
It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.
The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.
Formed over hundreds of years of water running through sandstone, Antelope Canyon is both a sacred site for the Navajo.
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon means “the place where the water takes a picture of itself.” Centuries ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon, but according to local Navajos, who have lived here for generations, the canyon ia a place where cattle grazed in winter.
When we started planning our USA road trip Antelope Canyon was the one I was most eager to visit. We took a chance and just drove into Arizona arriving late in the afternoon but was fortunate to get on a tour. A truly magical place and feeling of awe being on Native Indian land with our Navajo tour was just immense.
On this road trip we visited something like 13-14 different USA states but Arizona was pretty much my favourite.