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Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon

Hi, we will be in Sedona next Saturday and during our stay would love to see Antelope Canyon. I just checked out the rafting trip and almost fainted!!! If you can't afford to do the raft trip can you still see the canyon on foot? Or is that not possible...Thanks, Debbie

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You absolutely can see antelope canyon (upper or lower) and not take a raft trip. Upper antelope is the more accessible one. There are several tour companies you could use. But we just drove up, paid $6 per car to enter the reservation, then it was $20 per person to take the tour. they drive you to the mouth of the canyon, then you walk through and back with a guide who tells you all about the canyon and helps you with taking pictures.

It is very worth while.

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You don't need to do a raft trip to see Antelope Canyon. It's a 3 hour drive from Sedona to Page. Antelope Canyon (Upper and Lower) can be accessed off of 98 just south of town. I recommend going to Upper. That's the one that you've seen in most of the photos. The Navajos will escort you (on foot) through the canyon. Other things to see and do while you're in Page include Horseshoe Bend overlook, Glen Canyon Dam and of course you'll see Lake Powell. No boat or raft trip required.

What else do you have planned while you're here?

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Can't be sure what you were looking at with prices for float trips. You may have been looking at prices for multi-day rafying trips into the Grand Canyon. Float trips from Page that start below Glen Canyon Dam start at about $70 for adults and $60 for children. In any case, there is no connection to Antelope Canyon which is also near Page on the Navajo tribal lands. Antelope Canyon is not on the river.

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The prices I saw were $300.00 and up....Where would I look to find the prices you mentioned? I would like to leave from a shuttle from Sedona.

Thanks you for your help...:)

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Hi RedRox, Thanks to you and all the others I just about have the trip all planned. Your advice has been so awesome! I have booked the jeep ride for the 31st which is the day we fly into Phoenix. I booked the 5:00 o'clock trip. We will do some hiking at Oak Creek Canyon, maybe go to Jerome, shops in town, eat at the Coffee Cup and maybe your favorite Mexican rest., watch the sunset from the airport, would like to do the drive to the Grand Canyon that I posted a moment ago. We have six days so I will pack as much as i can in. Since money is a factor I chose the jeep trip/broken arrow ride.

Got any suggestions? Thanks so much for sharing :) Deb

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Look at www.raftthecanyon.com for the smooth riverraft. Enter reservations for their rates.

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These folks tell you the prices without booking:

www.canyon-country.com/lakepowell/rafting.htm

You drive to Page, and they return you to Page.

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Broken Arrow is a perfect way to get introduced to Sedona on your first day. You'll love it. Have breakfast at the CoffeePot restaurant. They close after lunch hour. You'll see both locals and tourists there. You can choose from 101 different omelettes.

Make sure that you spend time seeing Sedona too. Go to the Chapel of the Holy Cross and enjoy the sights around Sedona itself. If you enjoy shopping, be sure to go to Tlaquepaque.

You've made plans to spend three of your six days on the road. And you'll be driving through Oak Creek Canyon at least four times since that's the route you'll take to get to GCNP and also to Page. And if you plan to hike there too, you'll know every twist and turn and rock and tree by the time you leave to go home to Virginia.

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Well I don't think we will spend the night in Page because of finances so I think we will just have to pick one which will probably be the GCNP. I have hiked it before but my husband has never been there. I copied a post you made a while back which talked about going around the east rim sight seeing. Got any suggestions on doing that? Is the GCNP and Wupatki/Sunset Crater doable in a day?

You are right, I don't want to spend too many of my six days all on the road away from Sedona. How about the vortex sites. Can I just go there without spending money on a tour guide?

We do plan on going to the shops but just to look and maybe have lunch. Really more into nature than stuff if you know what I mean :)

What do you suggest as far as hiking trails?

Thank you so much for your time, Debbie

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If you are planning to spend a night at GCNP, then it does make more sense to go to Wupatki/Sunset Crater on your way up there instead. I did that very trip just about two weeks ago.

We left Sedona and drove up through Oak Creek Canyon and then made a few stops in Flagstaff. My friend had never been there so I did a detour through town that added about an hour to our day. Then we headed out 89 and entered the loop drive at Sunset Crater. We drove through making a couple of quick stops for photos and then proceeded on to Wupatki. We chose to stop at the Wukoki Ruins there for our longest stop (about 20 minutes). All of the ruins sites require a short walk and about the same time at a minimum to enjoy and understand what is there. Since we have visited other ruins sites around Northern AZ together, we didn't want to stop at all of them in Wupatki. All totaled, our detour for the loop was about 2 hours. When we got back on 89 we drove up to Cameron and stopped for gas and a quick bathroom break. Then it was up to the GCNP, east gate. We entered the park at about 2PM and got our first look at the canyon at Desert View where we climbed the tower and spent about 1/2 hour. We spent the next 2 hours touring theeast rim, stopping at several view points and taking in the canyon. We arrived at El Tovar around 4:30 and checked in to our room. We got settled and then took a few beverages in a cooler and walked out along the rim trail from the hotel towards Yavapai Point. We walked to a point where we wnated to sit down along the rim, away from the trail just enough, and we sat there watching the canyon until it was almost sunset. It was peaceful and magical.

I'm of the belief that sunset is not about watching the sun disappear on the horizon. Rather, it's about waht happens to the earth as the sun's light is filtered in the sky as it settles in the west. We observed the light cganging in the canyon and took amny photos. Then we walked back to the hotel and cleaned up for dinner.

The next morning after breakfast we spent time watching the mules and the riders preparing for their departure into the canyon on the Bright Angel Path. Then we rode the red line shuttle out along the west rim drive stopping at the various lookout on the way to Hopi Point. When we returned to the GC village we spent some time there at Kolb Studio and Hopi House. We had planned to hike a short distance down the South kaibab trail before leaving for Sedona, but we decided against that idea when we encountered a massive traffic jam and parking challenge at the visitor center where you have to go to get the green line shuttle to the trailhead. So we exited the park and stopped in Tusayan and watched the IMAX movie instead. I've seen it several times, but my friend never had, and he was glad we did, and said that it was a pefect compliment to all we had seen and learned at the canyon itself. The drive from Yusayan back to Sedona took about 2 hours, as expected.