The famous HORSESHOE BEND.
This is an awesome place to come to when in Page (it's free). It's only a 2 mile hike. It's not far from Page maybe a 5 or 6 miles drive from the city itself going south, it's on the right hand side of the U.S. 89 Highway.
I love this place...Of course, everybody comes to Horseshoe Bend to witness the most photographed stretch of the Colorado River north of the Grand Canyon, and with their cameras, then for the next few minutes saying thing like "Ooooh!" and "Ahhhh!" I like to come and gather my thoughts, and to bring all my friends who always say "WOW!!!!"
Now the warning is there is NO guard rail so you have to be very careful and not trip because if you do the fall it's 1,100 down no turning back so to speak.
In fact, Horseshoe Bend is an ideal excursion for those visitors who want to see a great view with minimum effort. The scene is created by a 270-degree bend in the river through the canyon, in what geologists call an "entrenched meander."
Watch out for Dust Storms!
I really wish I had a picture of this, but it's really hard to photograph a dust storm when you're desperately trying to keep your Lake Powell houseboat from crashing into rocks!
We had just moored for the day, and the kids and my aunt were in for a swim. I happened to look out, and there was this awful orange haze across the bay. We quickly realized it was a dust storm, and hollered for everybody to get out of the water. Then Hubby & I spent the next 45 minutes trying to secure the boat tightly enough that it wouldn't crash into the rocky shore, and puncture a pontoon.
I don't know what else we could have done, but just be very careful. Dust storms can be upon you in a matter of minutes.
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Use it or lose it.
The very important thing to do before you start your journey is use the RESTROOM. Because in some areas you will not be able to just off and find a tree or a bush...so when all possible you see a portible pottie, outhouse, or any R.R. in town use it before enjoying your day hike. It's just better to be safe then sorry like this lady in the picture...oops! Was that you?
Always check the forecast when planning any activity in and around Page slot canyons. Even the lightest of rain can be devastating. Also, it may not rain where you are but up stream and will have the same, if not worse effect. Here is information as an example where 11 tourist died in a flash flood outside Page:
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It's funny that Native Americans can have a Eagle feather on them, or in their car, or if they are doing a ceremony it's used in their native costume....but a non-native that is caught with one is usually fined $$$$$$. So just to let you know it's against the law to possess eagle feathers.
These feathers aren't mine, but the person that owns them was kind enough to let me take a picture of it.
There is a serious danger of...
There is a serious danger of flash floods going through slot canyons such as Antelope Canyon. Listen to the Navajo if you are there privately. They know when its not safe. It may be sunny where you are but raining 50 miles away and that could mean disaster if you're in there. The tour operators know as well, and they won't take you if the weather is inappropriate. There was a real tragedy here in the Lower Antelope Canyon in the summer of 1997. About 8 tourists (mostly Europeans) were washed away in a flash flood to their deaths. Most of the bodies were never found as the wash flows into Lake Powell. Others watched in horror from above as this happened. One person survived by hanging on to the side of the canyon. They found him with no clothes and his eyes, ears, nose and mouth were filled with sand, all from the force of the water. As the slot canyons are so narrow, the wall of water crashing through can be 10 or more feet high and boulders and parts of trees can be coming along with it. It's not a situation you want to be in. I'm not trying to scare you, just be informed and play it safe. If the guides tell you it's not safe, it's not safe. This goes for all washes and narrow canyons in the entire Southwest. Be smart.
On the DAM right outside of Page.
The danger here is that if you or a child leans to far over the wall the fall is the green area down below. Also the warning is don't be loud and start talking about BOMBS because then they will ask you to leave the Dam.
This is a ground cover in the desert areas that allows plants to grow, It contains algae, fungi, moss, lichens that all make up a sort of plant food for plants. It also secures to ground from erosion. So the warning is not to step off trails, and especially on this type soil
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Don't forget the sunscreen
I know, everyone tells you to wear sunscreen in the summer, but seriously! Don't forget your sunscreen! I was out from 8:30-10:20 in May and by the time I got back inside, I had a nice, red glow. Ouch! Even when you think it's too early or late in the day, put it on anyway. A lot of people wear wide-brimmed hats out here, too.
Watch Your Speed!
I noticed there were speed traps all over Page. Don't speed unless you want to pay the Page police and get delayed.
Don't mention the word BOMB.
Yes, when taking the tour into the Dam itself the place is guarded very will, and you will be escorted out if threatening the structure of the Dam.
This little guy fell out of his nest in the Lower Antelope Canyon. Was to young to fly so I got my chance to take his picture. This is the first time I have ever been close to any Ravens.
As mentionned, some flash...
As mentionned, some flash flood can show up even when it's sunny where you are. It may be rainning miles away from you, or was an hour ago and it took that long to show up.
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