1. CORAL PINK SAND DUNES
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes take the word sand to the next level. With over 3,730 acres of soft red sand, these beautiful pink hills are just asking you to ride them. Formed by surrounding red sandstone, these salmon colored dunes are a playground for all ages. Adventurers can choose to hike, ATV, dune buggy, and even boogie board (just to name a few), for a day of speed, sand and smiles. #surfsUP
CORAL PINK SAND DUNES: (ADULTS: $8 / CHILDREN: FREE)
2. LEE’S FERRY CAMPGROUND
What do you call a place with unsurpassed scenery of red sandstone flat tops and mesas as far as the eye can see? A place bordering the Colorado River, so beautiful and serene, offering cool breezes with panoramic views? (Bueller … Bueller) Well if you guessed Lee’s Ferry Campground you are right on the money. This campsite takes the cake for all things awesome and marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon. We had the pleasure of staying here for 5 days but wish it had been for even longer. #theresNOplaceLIKEhome
LEE’S FERRY CAMPGROUND: (CAMPING FEE: $20 - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE)
3. ANTELOPE CANYON
We dreamt of one day getting to Antelope Canyon and now we can proudly say this bucket list item has been officially CHECKED! We opted for the Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tour, a guided tour through the sandstone walls of the upper slot canyon. We took a morning tour, which was absolutely fantastic. As the sun slowly rose, beams of light would stream in between the cracks of the canyon and radiate down upon us. This place is a photographer’s dream. So what are you waiting for? Grab that camera and go, you’ll be glad you did!!!
ANTELOPE CANYON: (ADULTS: $50 / CHILDREN 8-12: $30)
4. HORSESHOE BEND
Have you ever anticipated a destination being absolutely incredible, and then you get there and it blows away any preconceived notions you had prior? #thatJUSThappened when we saw Horseshoe Bend. This natural wonder will have you saying “Oh My!” as you approach the overlook edge. Sitting 1,000 feet tall above the Colorado River, those daring to test their fears can sit atop the cliff, feet dangling over, with unobstructed views of Horseshoe Bend at the forefront.
HORSESHOE BEND: (ADULTS & CHILDREN: FREE)
5. COLORADO RIVER
The Fun fact of the day: the Colorado River formed this small little thing called the Grand Canyon & good ol’ Horseshoe Bend. (#whoKNEW) Spanning over 1,450 miles across five different states this river is a flowing piece of history. It’s cool crisp waters are also conveniently located along Lees Ferry Campground, enticing its visitors to float or even fish the river at their leisure. Oh and did we mention the views surrounding are absolutely to die for? Well, it looks like we just did!!!
COLORADO RIVER: (ADULTS & CHILDREN: FREE)
6. GRAND CANYON – NORTH RIM
The North Rim offers a more remote experience to the Grand Canyon for those who make the trek. Access is seasonal, lasting from March 25th – October 15th each year but is worth a gander. This can easily be done as a day trip (if you start bright and early.) Select a hike of your choice, bring a picnic and plenty of water, then reward yourself once you’ve reached the top at the Main Lodge with an ice-cold beer as you kick back and relax, taking in the panoramic Grand Canyon views. #thatsWHATweDID
GRAND CANYON – NORTH RIM: (NATIONAL PARK VEHICLE PERMIT: $30 / ALL DAY)
7. CATHEDRAL WASH – MARBLE CANYON
This slot canyon hike is conveniently located near Lee’s Ferry Campground (which is why we tried it out.) The Cathedral Wash Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back hike located near Marble Canyon at the base of the Vermillion Cliffs. This particular trail winds you through thick layers of limestone with towering walls of red mudstone, speckled rocks, flat ledges and small pools. If you’re looking for something short and easy, this hike is the perfect choice. #happyHIKING
CATHEDRAL WASH – MARBLE CANYON: (ADULTS: $14 / UNDER 18: FREE)
8. ROAD TRIP SCENERY
We find the best way to truly understand a landscape is by driving through it. Which is why Road Trips always Rank #1 in our travel must have’s. Whether you’re driving from a neighboring state, renting a car or camper van, driving in our eyes is the perfect way to see a place’s local surroundings. Arizona & Utah both have so much to see and do, get behind the wheel and explore what’s most suitable for you!