We had reserved to be on a tour of three canyon formations which turned out to be essentially a private tour because no one else showed up – despite it being a pleasant sunday in August. On the flip side, we did get to experience the beautiful area at our own pace, and never felt hurried.
Starting from the city of Page, we drove into Navajo land inside a ‘Hummer’, which we soon found out – was likely the only large vehicle which could get us around the area. The tour owners had an exclusive contract with the Navajo tribe head which allowed them access to this private land. To get a sense of where these canyons were located, take a look at this short video :
And when the guide was just getting around (and not climbing steep slopes), this is what a drive around felt like :
Getting into the canyons
This canyon hiking was incredible. We had to climb and jump, crawl, balance and suspend our weight between two canyon walls to squeeze through, and find our own “best” way to solve each situation – we thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is what walking through some of the passages felt like :
At many points, it was quite literally ‘raining sand’ – very fine sand, and here Priya’s telling me to protect and cover the camera, as we look above at a strange formation.
We were back by late afternoon, and felt as if we’d been on the most visually intense and differently beautiful immersions in the great workshop of Nature.
After a relaxed lunch, we began our journey to the Canyonlands national park, our last exploration of this kind of area and geology before heading up north to the utterly magnificent Yellowstone park.
Other parts of this road-trip
- 1. Heading to the Sand dunes of Colorado
- 2. Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge and the Colorado’s horseshoe bend
- 3. The incredible secret canyons of Arizona – Passage, Staircase and Secret canyon
- 4. Visiting Canyonlands and Arches national park
- 5. Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks