Lake Powell is the 2nd largest man-made lake in the U.S., and a top-rated destination for boating, fishing, and sightseeing.
One of the features that makes it so unique is the nearly 100 named side canyons where small streams, intermittent creeks, and tributaries feed water into the main channel of the lake. Each is a different world unto itself, that you could spend days, if not weeks, exploring. Unfortunately, your time in Page, AZ, is limited. You’ll be lucky if you manage to squeeze in Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, right?
On the Lower Antelope Canyon and Antelope Point Boat Tour, you’ll experience two distinctly different landscapes, that are actually minutes apart. Your day of discovery and exploration begins at Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. After checking in at the brand new visitor services pavillion, your Navajo guide will escort you to the mouth of Lower Antelope Canyon, where a series of ladders takes you down into a living work of art. Here, furious flash floods and blowing grains of sand have chiseled the sandstone bedrock into graceful spirals, gravity-defying ledges, and artful “bas relief” formations that will captivate your imagination. The sun overhead bathes the chambers in soft, delicate light, whose colors constantly change with every passing minute. Sepia, rust, maroon, vermillion, chocolate, ochre, and coral… even splashes of pink and purple might catch your eye. Along the way, your Navajo guide will give you expert guidance on how to best capture it on camera. In Lower Antelope Canyon, you might encounter an occasional small boulder, along with several sets of stairs and ladders to aid you in climbing to different sections, and eventually out of the canyon. Individuals who are in relatively good health should be able to manage the 600m hike.
The sun overhead bathes the chambers in soft, delicate light, whose colors constantly change with every passing minute. Sepia, rust, maroon, vermillion, chocolate, ochre, and coral… even splashes of pink and purple might catch your eye.
After completing your tour through Lower Antelope Canyon, you’ll be given directions to nearby Antelope Point Marina, where the second half of your adventure takes place: on the water! After checking in at the tour boat counter, a guest services attendant will give you a lift to the dock, where an open-air tour boat piloted by a U.S. Coast Guard waits to welcome you aboard. You’ll cruise between towering sandstone walls, where the patina of millions of years of rainfall tells the story of how these canyons were formed. As the passage becomes narrower and narrower, you catch a glimpse of the beginnings of the slot canyon, and finally, make the connection: this is where the flood waters that sculpted Antelope Canyon complete their journey, and are stored for eventual use for irrigation and culinary purposes in Lake Powell. Eventually, your boat can proceed no further up the channel. Your trained captain turns your vessel around effortlessly, and you make your way back to the marina with a deeper appreciation for Antelope Canyon’s size, scope, and complexity, and its place in the greater Glen Canyon ecosystem.
Upon disembarking from your Antelope Point Marina tour boat, you are welcome to linger for as long as you wish at the lakeside complex that consists of a restaurant, cocktail lounge, gift shop, and marina store. When you are ready to head out, simply flag down a guest services attendant for a ride back up the ramp to the parking lot. Your photos and memories of this day will last a lifetime, but what was really great about it is that you didn’t have to wade through multiple websites and juggle sold out tours in order to make it work. All it took was one easy reservation to handle all the arrangements. Lots of Northern Arizona vacation planners are already taking advantage of this never-before-available opportunity, so don’t get left in the dust. Book your seats today!