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A Day Trip to Remember: Page, AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 17, 2015

At Shea Homes Arizona, we love Arizona! And Phoenix isn’t the only town that has a lot to offer the Phoenician Weekender. Today’s blog post is the first in a series of day trips around the state we love. We hope it will inspire your adventurous side.

A day trip to Page, AZ is a true dawn until dusk venture from Phoenix, but not one you’re soon to forget. Page is located in Northern Arizona and has more than a few landmarks in its midst. The drive is approximately four and a half hours from Phoenix with a view of the Grand Canyon available to the west on the drive up (you might even see some wild horses running around if you’re lucky).

The two main attractions of Page are Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. You have to travel slightly off the grid to get to both of them, but Page is the closest town. If you find yourself hungry before you begin your adventures, there is a restaurant called ‘Big John’s Texas BBQ’, just off of the highway. It might not look like much on the outside, but this is arguably some of the best BBQ in Arizona.

Antelope Canyon

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Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn from Flickr.com

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon 20 minutes outside of Page that has been shaped over time from running water forming this mysterious, beautiful gorge in the Earth. Standing on the ground looking upwards, the walls reach anywhere from 100-130 ft. There is both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, but Upper Antelope is more popular to tourists because it’s easier to access and it is also larger. Because Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land, participating in a tour is required in order to visit the landmark. Tours usually last about an hour and a half which is more than enough time to walk the entire canyon to the end and back.

Horseshoe Bend

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Horseshoe Bend is a meander of the Colorado River off of the Grand Canyon and is located just four short miles southwest of Page. After millions of years of running water and tectonic movement, we are left with the remarkable structure that is Horseshoe Bend. Tours are not required to visit but are available to the traveler who might be interested in learning more information. It is possible to hike, take a helicopter ride, and also raft or kayak through the river, making it great for both sightseeing and also for exploring.

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