We spent the day that started in Seligman and the two that followed in the stunning landscapes of Arizona and Utah. It was incomparable; those red grounds are engraved in my mind forever.
The first day we visited the Grand Canyon national park. One of the things that surprised us most was that everything around the park was so very green; we thought we were going to a desert! It did not seem a dry land at all :)
We arrived to the South Rim Visitor Center, where very kind rangers explained us that it is better to park the car there (that explains why it was so crowded!), and then use the free bus shuttles to move from one viewpoint to another. We decided to move to the first point and then walk to another two more (like 3-4 miles); we would return from the last viewpoint with the bus directly again to the visitor center. The system works perfectly fine; I thought it was quite convenient for everyone and it additionally allows to cut down the number of cars inside the park.
We slept that day in Page, a town near the Secret Canyon and the Horshoe Bend, which was going to be our headquarters for the following two days. Our arrival to Page was one of those you can’t ever forget. Our gps measured the journey from the Grand Canyon to Page in 3 hours. When we were only 20 minutes away from our hotel, we arrived to a big sign in the middle of the road saying “Road closed”. Bummer! It was already quite late (9:30pm), we were exhausted from the day and so very eager to arrive. The gps alternative road was passing by Tuba City, adding 3 hours and a half to the trip! We finally arrived at 1pm in the early morning to the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel. From that moment on our secret laughing word was “detour!” :)
The hotel was great, a really good choice as it is quite new (has a pool!) and very comfortable with big rooms, but the staff in the reception was the most rude we found in the US. It was not that big problem for us, but it was quite shocking as everyone else in the area was so nice!
Instead of visiting the more crowded Antelope Canyon, we changed it for the Hummer adventures tour to the Secret Canyon. It is a little more pricey but we think it is really worthy, because instead of having to share the slot canyon with lots of groups, you are there all alone, with plenty of time to take pictures. Also the hummer ride driving along the sand dunes was a bonus for us, a little more adventurous as you can only arrive there with that kind of cars. Our guide Paul was very nice and explained us lots of things about Page and the Canyons (he even recommend us a restaurant to have lunch afterwards). He also told us that the road to Page was closed because on January it cracked and sank down, how scary!
The same afternoon we headed to the Monument Valley in Utah. If you think you are not familiar with this place, that can’t be the case :P because it is the scenery used in all the western films, every single one (well, I tend to magnify, you know). However, the day we arrived in Barcelona we went to a store were they had the newest Johnny Deep movie playing on their tvs and we both screamed at the same time: Monument Valley! hahaha.
We arrived a little short of time, so when the sun began to set we decided to stop the car, a few feet ahead of the park entrance, and take the pictures from there. I think they turned good enough, so no regrets on not entering inside the park. I read in a guide that you can hire horse rides across the valley, which sounds nice, maybe a next time? :)
Our last morning in Arizona we visited the Horshoe Bend. It is a hole in the canyons that resembles a horseshoe because of the way the river goes around it. There is a 3 mile walk in the sand to arrive, and then…there it is.. in all its amaziness! Quick go to the left to see the pictures because I am not able to describe :) And yep, be aware the walk under the sun is hard, we carried bottles of water and I had my strawberry Japanese fan with me, and even with all that I really really had a hard time with sunstroke.
Sorry about the long text with this post! Lots of things to mention for those three unforgettable days in the wild (kind of) west!
** This post is part of our US road trip series **
My fearless adventurer! ♥
The slightly foggy views in the back gave it a sense of irreality while the nearest rocks were of much darker colors.
We have a picture together! yei! yei! thanks Albert for this one.
Secret Slot Canyon
The hummer arriving to the secret entrance of the secret canyon, all very secretive indeed :P hahha
From the parking spot we walked towards the Canyon, we found several lizards and some rad cactus
Let’s enter to the canyon, shall we? follow me I know the way!
Paul, our guide, leading the way for us.
Our guide told us that each different line represents a sedimentation of the sand in a certain time. Please, forgive my not very accurate vocabulary!
It looks like pottery! A little sand was actually falling down every time you touched it.
A a hitchhiker’s guide to the valley (please excuse my pun :P)
The road was deserted but once in a while a car passed at a high speed, so here I am making sure that was not the case.
Can you spot Anna in her red skirt? And a big hole just behind her!
There were two boats sailing along the horshoe bend, that must be a fun time.
That little black spot on the right is Carlos taking pictures. I like this one because the height is specially striking comparing his size. Hope you liked it! Which “canyon” catches more your eye?