My wife is a better photographer
Last summer we went on a tour from California all the way to Arizona to the little town called Page. The trip was long and quite eventful since we stopped in multiple awesome spots along the way. We visited Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Sedona, Grand Canyon to name a few.
It was kinda work-related so we figured it’s ok to take our son on a long road trip. Especially now that he is older, has miles of experience and capable of communicating really well his needs and wants. Otherwise, we typically go on fairly short road trips not longer than 1-2 hours drive from our home base at the moment.
Since the road trip went through America’s harshest environment, several deserts and canyon we took two cars. It’s always a good idea to have a backup, and then a backup to a backup; especially if you are traveling with a little child. Check out our tips on traveling with kids.
We had phenomenal time hiking through lower antelope canyon with our parents and son. It was an incredible experience and we enjoyed commemorating the moment with the photographs. These are my wife’s frames. I mean, Peter Lik, can take a break and take some notes from Alisa.
To the Lower Antelope Canyon.
There are 3 apparent tourist locations that you absolutely have to see in Page, Arizona. They are listed in no particular fashion below and we recommend exploring them all, depending on your child’s age.
- Lower Antelope Canyon (accessible with kids)
- Upper Antelope Canyon (older kids only)
- Colorado River Horseshoe Bend (accessible with all kids it’s a 25 min hike uphill though)
You should make reservations ahead of time online. We chose Ken’s Tours, however, there are other ones you should explore before booking your trip:
- Ken’s tours
- Dixie Ellis’ Lower Antelope Canyon Tours
- Adventurous Antelope Canyon.
Keep in mind that you can actually drive up to the tour guide offices on the day of your visit; however, usually, there are almost no spots available unless someone doesn’t show up.
Our mesmerizing hike was narrated by a professional Native American Navajo tour guide. We descended into the narrows after about an hour wait at the check-in station. The path was spacious (enough for a school bus to squeeze through at some archways) and we never felt claustrophobic. Our guide was very thorough and knowledgeable. He also helped us framing the shots and showed us some of the best spots to take photos.
Many reviews recommend going at a certain point in time, saying that the time between 2 and 4 PM is ultimately best to shoot the lower antelope canyon. We would argue otherwise – these sweet shot that my Wife took we later on in the day. Closer to the Golden Hour – btw I share some photography tips in my post from Big Sur in California.
On this trip, we took a gazillion shots and also found out that my wife is a better photographer than I am. In this post, you can enjoy Alisa’s picture in the gallery below. You can see some of my shots in this post. Enjoy.