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Antelope canyon for free!

Antelope canyon. On the top of the list “places to visit”. A must on your “before your die” list. A must for photograph lovers. A must for nature lover. A must for the Facebook profile. For whatever reason, Antelope canyon is simply a must, when visiting the USA.

 

Antelope canyon in Arizona is totally a must for so many travelers that this place is becoming so touristic and crowded. And expensive!  That is comprehensive because this canyon is breathtaking beautiful and people are willing to pay a lot of cash and wait in the long line just for a single photo.

But what if I tell you that you can visit Antelope canyon cash free and tourist free? It might not be as beautiful as the lower or upper Antelope or it might…I don’t know as I have never been to either of them. But what I know is that the “free” Antelope I know is gorgeous! We had a hard time leaving this magical place. And now only just by looking at the photos brings tears to our eyes.

Ok, I am sorry, I lied! It’s not totally free as you will need to rent a kayak at the lake Powell point marina. We rented our double kayak for 45$ here. From 8am-4pm you will have the kayak so it is totally worth the money! All the information you need you can find on their website.

Lake powell USA

I have loop in the itinerary from Antelope Marina to Antelope Canyon. It took us about an hour to paddle from the marina to the canyon. And David was basically the one who did it all by himself.

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Kayak USA

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon USA Kayaking

We meet a couple who snap the photo for us if you are wondering!

Now and then we saw tour boats passing us by at the larger passage. The further in we paddled the more narrow the passage became. And more beautiful and peaceful!

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Kayaking

End of the road. From now on one can only explore this magical place by foot.

We didn’t know what to expect when we parked our kayak and walked into the canyon.

Antelope Canyon

The silence, the heat from the stone walls and the shimmering 50 shades of red tooked us by surprise! The only we heard were our own heartbeats and our footsteps in the sand. I couldn’t help myself walking with my fingers stroking the millions of years old walls.

Antelope Canyon Hike

Antelope Canyon

I didn’t mind getting lost in there. For awhile we were imagining that we were the first human on earth exploring this place. We have heard that you can go as far as to the other very touristic parts of Antelope canyons.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

But of course our imaginary adventure has to end because it was getting dark and we needed to return the kayak. But on the way back we stopped for a swim.

Antelope canyon Kayaking

 

Next time when we have more time in the USA we will without any hesitation rent a kayak for a week and explore other wonderful places around lake Powell. We are really looking forward for it!


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117 Comments

  1. We’ve wanted to visit this place for so long and now your stunning pictures have made us want to go even more!!! What an experience kayaking in a canyon! Hope we make it someday.

  2. This is amazing! I didn’t know about this place but I’ve included straight away on my bucket list. Gorgeous pictures, I’m dreaming about being the only human being in a place like this.. especially after having taken the tube in central London!

  3. This looks like the perfect place for an adventure travel vacation! As an avid instagrammer, I’ve seen a lot about Antelope Canyon. I love that you found an alternative with less tourists, I’m definitely taking your advice 🙂

  4. Omg, this is such an amazing places! There’s nothing similar in Europe ( I should definitely go to USA!

  5. I have never heard of this place, but it looks absolutely amazing! I especially love that you brought along your own boat rower- that was clutch. I’m always down for anything that is similar to but less touristy and cheaper than the more famous alternative! And for having someone row me around.

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