Travel around Grand Canyon, Antelope, Monument Vally, Arch National park, Bryce National Park

Re: when is the best time to visit page, AZ to do the tour of Antelope Canyon?

by Basaic Online NowJun 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

You will get the best views in Antelope Canyon (and the best photos) from about 10 AM to 2 PM. This is when the light is best in the canyon and the colors come alive.

Re: when is the best time to visit page, AZ to do the tour of Antelope Canyon?

by blueskyjohn Online Now  Jun 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

When I was there you could purchase a ticket and that would get you a ride back to where the canyon is located. Then you are free to roam through the canyon. I don’t think that has changed. The canyon is shorter than you might think. Definitely bring a tripod.

The parking area is off of Rt 98. Route 89 and Route 98 are the major roads through Page. 98 starts/ends on 89. Driving away from 89, drive past Coppermine road and about a mile or so you will see the parking area on the right. If you type in “road map to antelope canyon, page az” into google it will give a very good map as well.

As for the time off year to go. I have been there in March, June and July. I have found the best time of year to get those great rays of light is the summer months and around late morning to mid afternoon. The sun is “higher” in the sky so to speak. Meaning more directly overhead for the canyons. In March (and I would assume in October), you will not have the best of angles for this to occur.

Yes, it will be hot. You can always take a dip in Lake Powell 🙂 Of course with any slot canyon, don’t go back here if there is a threat of rain. 11 tourist died in this canyon in 1997

Grand Canyon National Park- South Rim

The South Rim, in and of itself, is a tourist trap. It is said that the average visitor spends only 8 minutes actually looking at the grand Canyon and that the rest of the time is spent wandering around Grand Canyon Village. There are exhibits and observation points that are worth seeing, but making this the entire Grand Canyon experience would be missing out on the place.

Unique Suggestions: Hike below the Rim, at least a little ways. Take Bright Angel Trail down to Mile and a Half Resthouse, at least, or hike a mile or so down the South Kaibab Trail to get a glimpse of the Canyon. Better yet, leave the South Rim and head up to the North Rim.

Fun Alternatives: Visit the North Rim instead. Or, if you have only one day, take a flighseeing tour over the Grand Canyon. At least you’ll get to see it.

Alternative suggestion South Rim

The South Rim draws most of the visitors and is open to the public all year round. At this rim you’ll find most of the facilities for tourists like the Visitors center, the Tusayan Museum and the Yavapai Point Museum. We als went for a strall to the old Santa Fe Station which was closed in 1968.

The South Rim is also the start of the Bright Angel Trail which is a walk of 16 kilometers into the canyon. Of course walking into The Grand Canyon provides you the best information about how this wonder was established.

You must go to see the Canyon at sunrise. It is awesome to see the sun first touch the tops of the rocks, and gradually travel down into the Canyon. It is almost as good at sunset as the shadows creep up the Canyon walls.

Since it is such an arid climate, you won’t have too many days where it is overcast and drizzly all day long.

If you are there at noon especially in the summer, you will need to get something in the foreground to get some idea of the depth. Even then detail and closeup pictures are the items to concentrate on until the sun gets lower in the sky.

Photos can never really do justice to being there in person.

Sunset

You can see from the photo how rich and golden the first light of the day appears on the Canyon. Mather Point is a great place to view the sun rise, and like sunset at Yavapai, don’t be surprised to find a busload of tourists already here when you arrive. Luckily though, most of the other people were looking to the east and the rising sun, so there was plenty of room for me to set up my tripod facing west to capture the first light as it illuminated the canyon walls.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

by mjn_slc Updated Jul 22, 2010 6 reviews

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

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Rainbow Bridge is the world’s largest known natural bridge. Aside from that stunning fact, it’s in the West’s most beautiful lake, Lake Powell. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time–from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year.

Please visit Rainbow Bridge in a spirit that honors and respects the cultures to whom it is sacred.

Trips to Rainbow Bridge may be made across Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area using private, rental, or tour boats. From Wahweap, Antelope Point, and Dangling Rope, travel north. From Bullfrog and Halls Crossing, travel south. Proceed to the mouth of Forbidding Canyon (buoy 49), where a floating sign on the right marks the canyon entrance. Follow the canyon about 2 miles (4 km) to another sign that points the way left through a narrow passage. Proceed with caution! Beyond the wakeless buoys, go slowly so that no wakes, or waves, are made. A courtesy dock is available for short-term docking while people make the 2 mile (3.2km) walk to the bridge.

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