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Dear all -
I'm not sure if anyone who reads me would have any info on this, but...

We are planning a short trip the first weekend in May. We wanted to go see the slot canyons, but we are kind of limited with time - since we are only taking 3 days - and don't want to spend most of the weekend driving from the airport to the destination (we are in SF).
Would anyone have good advice on what we should do?
There are two canyons near Page, AZ and then there is Escalante in Utah that we are considering.
I'm still trying to figure out closest airports etc to these destinations.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Date: 2009-04-15 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenkapenka14.livejournal.com
Too far from either - about 6 hrs of driving :(

Date: 2009-04-15 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righik.livejournal.com
Page, AZ (based on our trip in November 2008):
Antelope Canyon is an absolute must. You can only do tours there, as there is no public access. Highly recommend you get on the early morning tours, either the first one of the day, or the second, depending when there is more sun. Any hotel or any place in the town that gives tours are all withing the same price range. It is important to reserve it in advance, as you will be there in high season. Expect to have a crowd, so that's why it's better to go earlier in the morning. The tour itself is only hour and a half, which includes only an hour inside of a canyon, and the rest is transportation. The canyon is small enough to walk it back and forth during that time, but you will spend most of the time in awe at the lighting and the geological structures. No climbing there.
Once you are done with the tour, and that's when it really helps to have a bigger portion of the day still available to you, your next step is to go to Horseshoe Bend right near Page, AZ. It's stunning and surprising. You can pack a quick lunch and eat it on the edge. You'll spend about an hour there.
Then you can start driving to Marble Canyon through Navajo Bridges (worth a quick stop), you can get as far as you want towards Vermillion Cliffs. Make sure to stop at the balanced rocks, it's fun to go into little shacks built with a wall as a stone.
So Page is one day trip, assuming you stayed there overnight before your start.

Escalante, Utah (based on our trip in November 2007):
The town itself is nothing, and it has only one B&B, but it was simple and nice. They would give you the map to the slot canyons (or find it online). Also, prepare to drive off-road. I believe it was 28 miles one way on a very bumpy gravel road, you go about 30-40 miles an hour. It's a nice hike, but it's barely marked with cairns, so make sure not to get lost. Definitely need good hiking boots, as you'll be scrambling in some points. You can stay there for a day or two, depending on your other plans. Also, depends on the weather, because if it rained, you won't be able to go on slick-rock, as might be somewhat impassable.

I personally liked Page better than Escalante.
Hope it helps.

Date: 2009-04-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenkapenka14.livejournal.com
Thank ya! :)

I've been to Escalante a few years back and loved it, but the problem is all the driving (we only have 3 days) and actually want to hike a lot, perhaps even backpack with an overnight stay, and Escalante is not it, but I am not sure Page is either - I am not a big fan of walking aroudn in crouds :)

Date: 2009-04-16 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righik.livejournal.com
You can check out near Page the area of Vermilion Cliffs/Marble Canyon/Glen Canyon Recreational area and vicinity. Tonnes of hiking there.

Antelope Canyon is just a short adventure, and I do recommend it highly if you are in the area.

Date: 2009-04-16 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ditour.livejournal.com
Antelope Canyon около Page самый зрелищный, пожалуй, но в сезон я бы туда не поехал - толпы. Про Grand Staircase Escalante ты знаешь (кроме обычно посещаемых, там ещё много небольших, но очень красивых каньонов на расстоянии пол-дня от парковки). Ближайший к Escalante региональный аэропорт в Cedar City (UT), по-моему. Но я бы от Вегаса ехал - прилететь туда после работы, к ночи до места доехать, еще и на поспать немного останется...

Попробуй спросить на почтовых листах poxod.com (www.poxod.com - Подписка [poxod@lists.poxod.com]) - по-моему, кто-то из тамошних обитателей в тех краях много ходил.

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