Horseshoe Bend and Navajo Slot Canyons
One can't travel through Arizona and NOT see these amazing natural wonders. There's barely any hiking involved, and they can all be seen in just a few hours. In other words, you have no excuses - go check it out!
Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon
What do you get when you have orange and red sandstone and millions of years of flash flooding? Probably one of the most beautiful places you'll ever see in your life - I'm not joking. The walls of sandstone are so smooth, it's hard to believe that mother nature made this place on her own. With the light shining in on the walls from above, there are tons of photo ops.
When it comes to slot canyons in Arizona, the entire world has heard of Antelope Canyon. Many have not heard of the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. One tour company, Horseshoe Bend Tours, can get you there and it'll feel a whole lot less crowded than Antelope Canyon. On this tour, you pay for what you get: less people and more time which equals a much better experience and better photographs. Throw in the fun ride there and the tour of a traditional Navajo dwelling the company provides, this tour is a no brainer. Click HERE to book your tour.
Lower Antelope Canyon
There's actually two Antelope Canyons - an upper and a lower. You're required to take a tour when seeing either one. In my opinion, the lower canyon is better. There are more beautiful, smooth features in the lower than the upper canyon. There are also multiple ladders you must climb which make it a bit more fun than the upper canyon.
There's a lot of foot traffic here and the tour operators cram in as many people as they can at a time. There are multiple companies that operate tours to this canyon, so be sure to research the best deal and book your tour in advance of your trip. If you like fewer people and a slot canyon that's just as good, if not better - go for the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon described at the top of this page.
A photo is worth a thousand words, so rather than reading my description, take a look below. Just a hop, skip and jump (a short drive) away from the Navajo slot canyons, there is no tour guide needed here and it's just a short hike to the edge. There will be tons of people, but if you hike off to the far left or right, you'll finally get some peace and quite (and better photos too).