We spent about two weeks in Northern Arizona; we plan to spend a lot more time in southern Arizona in January. Northern Arizona is an area known for it’s rugged landscape and variety of environments. A land rich in human history, Native Americans have called this area home for thousands of years and still make up a significant portion of today’s population. The elevation ranges from 2,200 feet at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to 12,633 feet at the highest peak. Layers of brightly colored red rock and canyons dominate the landscape; which were formed, in part, over thousands of years by the mighty Colorado River.
Ok so all that said, what did we do?
Page-Lake Powell Area
We were not familiar with this area nor did we have plans to visit the area. That said we were given a few tips – one from Treasure Richardson, the daughter of Renee’s former boss (Antelope Slot Canyon) and one from Dawn Stewart, a former co-worker of Tim’s (Lake Powell). So we decided to check it out.
In the late 1950s, the U.S. built Glen Canyon Dam, which created America's second-largest reservoir and fueled a boom in the Southwest. Before the dam, there was no Page or Lake Powell and this area was not a popular tourist destination. The controversial dam dominates the area and changed everything forever. We spent some time hiking around the area.
We spent 5 nights in Page, unfortunately it rained every day which meant we were not able to hike the famous Antelope Slot Canyon - flash floods in slot canyons can be deadly and so the canyon was closed. We did however get a change to get out on a boat and tour a little of Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, we took some photos and videos, check it out:
slideshow of various pics we took in the Page-Lake Powell area
Grand Canyon - South Rim
Of course we wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, but we were not sure which side – the South Rim or the North Rim. We wanted to visit the North Rim, but as it turned out there was already a little bit of snow and it was raining, most things were closed for the winter; so we stayed in the South Rim. Not our favorite National Park overall but one of our favorite's for hiking and we enjoyed Mather Campground.
You have to either hike or do an excursion when you visit the Grand Canyon. You can take a helicopter ride through the canyon, multi-day white water boat trip, ride a mule to the floor, camp and ride back to the rim...we decided to hike! We hiked the Bright Angel Trail one day (12 miles roundtrip) and the South Kaibab Trail another day (6 miles round trip) - check out the movie we made of our hikes.
Sort of last minute, we decided to check out the artsy town of Sedona. We did spend an evening in Sedona but the highlight of our stay was the town of Cottonwood, located about 25 minutes outside of Sedona. We really enjoyed Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, below are some of the photos we took of the park.
We decided to check out the famous Sedona sunset at a place called Sound Bites Grill, it was so good!
On the way back we stopped to check out historic Cottonwood, very cute. A Gastropub called RIOT (Rendezvous In Old Town) was showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show, we had to take a few pics. For those of you who do not know the cult classic, check out the video below, and yes that is Susan Sarandon!!!
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