Antelope, Bryce and Zion
Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
40Trip End Jul 25, 2010
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For the tour to Zion Geoff dropped us at the Navajo tour center in page where they would run the tour out onto the reservation to Antelope Canyon. We were joined by a few others in an open backed pickup and we made our way to the canyon. After ten minutes of driving on the highway we endured a short bumpy section of off roading before reaching the mouth of the canyon. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon, its very small, only about enough to walk through in places and it is cut through the sandstone by flood waters. The walls looked carefully carved and the smooth contours wrap around each other as they go deeper into the canyon and up towards the top where you can see the light cutting in. The light reflects around the canyon highlighting and refracting different colours and showing off the textures of the walls and the effect is really spectacular
Heading North West into Utah we pass the Grand Starcase which is a vast area of stepped land with the grand canyon at the bottom leading up to Bryce Canyon towards the top.
After several hours of driving we are approaching Bryce through Red Canyon. The road weaves through a small but stunning canyon with rugged red rocks and columns lining it sides. Geoff tells us we will stop for some photos on the return journey.
We arrive at Bryce a short time later just in time for our booked horseback ride. Along with Murray and Mary and quite a few others we are lined up and assigned horses. Van gets Little Buck and I get Red River. We are led out to our horses and wait for the group to be led out of the coral. With a guide at the front and back of the column we ride out into some of the forest on the way towards the canyon edge. We have been asked not to let our horses eat the grass on the trek as it makes them sick. It seems however that this is all that Little Buck is interested in doing. After about 45 minutes we reached the canyon edge and are treated to a glimpse of Bryce Canyon, its not on the same scale as the grand canyon but can easily be considered more scenic
After picking up our free photos and learning how to walk again we head back to the tour bus and head on to get a better look at Bryce. Bryce Canyon is truly spectacular, its like a miniature monument valley squeezed into a canyon. It's full of small rocky towers and eroding rock formations and the colours range from a golden yellow to a deep red. After spending some time taking photos of the awesome views we head onwards towards Las Vegas via our final stop at Zion.
We arrive at Zion totally exhausted thinking that we have now seen it all. But Zion catches you by surprise. Just when you think you have seen it all it throws something new at you
With no stops and now travelling on the freeway we make good time towards Las Vegas. The darkness falls as we head through the canyon from Utah into Arizona and finally into Nevada. An hour later we begin to descend towards Las Vegas and the city appears below us like a sparkling lake of gold in the desert, its another incredible site for tired eyes as we return to civilisation. Geoff drops off Murray and Mary at Mandalay Bay and makes one quick stop for us at the Las Vegas sign for a photo before dropping us back to the MGM Grand. We head back to the room and collapse after an exhausting few days.