29 Aug Canyon Parks in the Colorado River
by Iván Castelló Serrano from Spain
This is a summary with a selection of my favourite pics of my phototrip in March 2015 around the Canyon National Parks. Despite the Gran Canyon is the most famous one, this area surrounding the Colorado River, and touching 3 states, is plenty of stunning places. You can do it by yourself or book a travel guide to take you through them. I recommend you the second one (distances are long) to be fresh enough to enjoy the scenarios and take good pictures. The trip was booked in Las Vegas through Bundu . It was a 2-days trip with hotel and tickets included (food and drinks are by your own). Like almost all our tours, this is a small group trip. The vehicle used generally had between nine and 14 seats. The guide was skilled in the geology, customs, traditions, history and people of the areas through which you travel.
For fans of old western movies, Monument Valley is the epicenter of the west, with many great cowboys and Indians films having been shot in the area. The familiar rock shapes can be seen from many miles away, with the really great scenery to be seen on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which straddles the Utah/Arizona border.
Amongst the sites that your tour may take in are movie locations, 1000 foot monoliths, rug weaving, and, of course, the famous monuments are visited.
Day 2 – Horseshoe Bend – About an hour
First up today was an optional hike to Horseshoe Bend. Even if it is not part of any National Park ticket, I recommend you a stop in the Horseshoe Bend. The horseshoe bend is a great detour while visiting the antelope valley. There’s a short hike down from the reset stop but the view is spectacular! Be careful when standing near the edge to take pictures as there are no fences around.
Please note that in the winter months it may sometimes not be possible to visit Horseshoe Bend, because of the lack of daylight. There is no problem outside the winter.
Day 2 – Antelope Canyon tour – About 1 1/2 hours
You will be touring Antelope Canyon, in a specially converted off road vehicle, led by a Navajo guide. This stunning place is coloring and shaping the walls while sunbathed. It is not so long but I recommend to flavour every moment looking and paying attention to everything inside the tight pathway. We skipped the queue thanks to our guide who booked the tickets in advance. If not, you must go to the ticket office and wait for a while because it is the biggest attraction there. Anyway, there is a tour every hour.
The road to the small town of Kanab leads past Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Kanab itself has been the setting for many western movies. From Kanab we travelled along a picturesque Utah back road, through some tiny towns, before arriving at Bryce Canyon.