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Page and Upper Antelope Canyon

Echo Cliff

At the end of East Rim Drive from the Grand Canyon, we headed northwards on Route 89, towards Page.  We stooped briefly at Echo Cliff to admire the view and see the stalls of the Native Indians, selling jewellery and other arts and crafts.

Road to Page

Road to Page

Along the road we passed Indian settlements and large rocks protruding upwards.

Glen Canyon Dam at Page

At Page there is the Lake Powell Recreational Area and the Glen Canyon Dam and Glen Canyon Bridge over the Colorado River.  Both are marvels of modern engineering.  The Dam was completed after a 10 year project in 1963 and the bridge was started in 1959 and completed in 1964.  The building of the dam flooded an area that is now Lake Powell.  This was the fourth time we had visited Page and the water levels had varied consideraably between visits.  This time the level was higher than it had been in 2004, but drought conditions have been caused by lack of snow melt from the Rockies, with minimal rainfall.

Glen Canyon Bridge at Page

Dinasaur Footprints at Glen Canyon Visitor Centre

Lake Mead and the Glen Canyon Dam

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge, at Page

Upper Antelope Canyon entrance

We drove south east from Page, on Route 98, and a couple of miles along the road we stopped at Upper Antelope Canyon.  There are two slot Canyons in this location and the other is on the opposite side of the road and aptly named Lower Antelope Canyon.  We had visited both on previous occasions, but for ease of access we chose this time to see again the Upper Canyon.  Having parked the car, we bought tickets and then boarded a 4x4 truck, to speed a mile or so across the bumpy desert to the entrance of the canyon.  The colours and textures of the canyon walls are a photographer's dream, but you really need to spend several hours to get the perfect picture.  Sadly, we did not have the time, so spent about an hour with an Indian Guide who gave us an interesting tour and talk on the history of the Canyon.

See the bear?  Upper Antelope Canyon

See the bear?

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Sand spilling over rocks at Upper Antelope Canyon

Uper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon

The end of Upper Antelope Canyon

On the way to Monument Valley

We continued South down Route 98, then North along Routes 160 and 163 to our next stop at Monument Valley.

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On to Monument Valley