Sometimes waiting to book a getaway last minute pays off. I found an airplane ticket to Las Vegas for $287 and an amazing holiday special at the Red Mountain Resort in Utah. I decided to go away this thanksgiving.
My fellow traveler Laura aka Missbuttercup and I packed our hiking boots and headed to the national parks. We landed in Vegas and drove 2 hours to the Red Mountain Resort. We were giddy like teenage girls in a mustang convertible singing all the way to Utah.
The drive was amazing. The road was straight and wide for awhile then you end up in a land of mountains with massive canyons. This place is overwhelming in its magnitude. The word “majestic” comes to my mind.
There is an overwhelming amount of places to look at and experience to be had around the Red Mountain Area but our heart was set on seeing Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Even though it was 3 hours away, we decided to go for it. In a 3 hour drive, we experienced various types of terrains and trees. America is truly an amazing country and is just so BIG!
Antelope Canyon was jaw dropping. It’s a canyon below the ground level. It is exquisite and every corner looked like an art piece. This is a Navajo reservation area and you need a guide to walk through it. Our Navajo guide, Cruz took us down w/ ten other people properly equipped with cameras. Below, the canyon is a bit crowded with people hogging up shots, but our guide was an expert at moving people along while he was taking great photos for them. He knew all the nooks to get the best photo and more settings on my canon than I knew myself.
After Antelope Canyon, we drove 7 miles down to Horse Shoe Bend. It is a 15 min hike from the parking lot to the U shaped hole w/ emerald green water. We broke out our sandwiches and had the best meal while awing over the site. On the way back, we had a deep gratitude and thankful that we had each other and means to experience what we saw today. We truly felt lucky.