Vegas is amazing, but did you know near Vegas are amazing landscapes carved over time through years of erosion form water? No I’m not talking about the Grand Canyon. I’m talking about Horse Shoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Valley of Fire!
Those bright lights, that air, there’s something about the energy in Vegas that’s just addicting. It draws you to it again and again. That’s probably why out of the countless times I’ve gone to Vegas I’ve never went and explored beyond the city.
But beyond that…. is MAGIC.
VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK
To start off the trip we put stopped at Valley of Fire National Park which is only an hour away from Vegas. The grounds here are surrounded by reddish sand stone formations and there are petroglyphs on the walls on several places in the park. Driving through the park we spotted a rainbow landscape that reminded me of my favorite rainbow sherbert ice cream and I had to stop to take some pictures and bask in it.
We raced against time to Horseshoe bend to catch the sunset. Its only a short walk from the parking lot to the head of the bend where the Colorado river turns creating its iconic horseshoe shape. Definitely one of the easiest hikes I’ve done, good thing considering I completely forgot my hiking shoes. We snagged a good spot and sat down waiting for the sun to dip beyond the horizon.
The next day we went to go check out Upper Antelope Canyon located on Navajo land near Page, AZ. We took part in a tour that transports you to the canyon. A beautiful landscape carved from passages of water and air creating unique vibrant structures out of the earth. I’m always in awe thinking about standing in something that was created millions of years ago before any of us were even here, when the planet was still raw. There are so many different ways the lights dance off the wavy canyon walls, you can snap a photo at every turn but the most unique ones are the light beams. These are best seen when sand is thrown through it highlighting the light coming through.
There’s so much to see beyond Vegas and I’m glad I took a little break out of sin city. Now time to dance away at my favorite pool parties
xoxo – Lilan
- To see Antelope Canyon you need a “guide” we decided to just book with the tour in the current parking lot we were at. But it does get booked up fast so if you want a specific time its a good idea to reserve it ahead of time.
- Set your iPhone filter to Chrome and stay in the shadows to get the most vibrant colors on your pictures in Antelope Canyon
- Prime time for Antelope canyon is noon cause that’s when you see the spot lights, so expect it to be very packed
- It takes about 5 hours to drive from Vegas to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, I would recommend getting a hotel in Page and enjoying some of Lake Powell.