Let's go on an Arizona Road Trip
FIRST STOP: FLINTSTONE’S BEDROCK CITY
At the corner of Route 64 and U.S. Route 180, this whimsical roadside attraction dedicated to the classic Flintstone’s cartoon is a must stop for photo ops when driving through Arizona!
Parking is free in the lot.
Admission is $5 per person.
Enter through the gift shop to purchase admission and they will let you through the back into Bedrock City.
When driving here, keep your eyes close to the left side of the road for the large Fred Flintstone cut-out. Be sure not to miss the left turn into the parking lot.
There are a ton of photo opportunities with life-size Flintstones’ figures and you can even enter their rooms.
The park is a bit run-down, but it gives it that prehistoric feel. There are no actual moving rides.
SECOND STOP: THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is no doubt a remarkable sight to see. Its depth is an average of one mile (1.6km) and its width spans an average of ten miles (16km).
If you’re looking for the full Grand Canyon experience, there is lodging available inside the actual park. There are also plenty of hotels available right outside or a short drive from the park that are more affordable.
A vehicle permit costs $30 and is good for seven days.
The National Park Services offers free entrance days on certain holidays during the year.
There are multiple parking lots once you enter the park. The best thing to do is to pick your hiking trail and find the closest parking lot on a map.
Plan Your Trip:
South Rim – Open all year round and consists of more visitors’ centers, services, and lodging. Popular trails include:
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail
North Rim – Open mid-May through mid-October and is the more quiet and remote area of the canyon. Popular trails include:
Bright Angel Point
North Kaibab Trail
Ken Patrick Trail
Be sure to pack enough water, snacks, and food for your hike.
Check the weather and make sure you allocate enough time for hiking, sightseeing, and taking photos.
Canyon Village Market General Store is a great place to stop by and stock up on snacks and beverages before your hike. There is also a delicatessen inside where you can order sandwiches, soup, and salad.
THIRD STOP: ANTELOPE CANYON
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located in Page, Arizona, on land owned by the Navajo Nation. It was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone due to flash flooding and other processes. The light beams from the sun give the canyon its bright, natural color in photographs.
There are many affordable hotel options in the city of Page that allow a short drive to the canyon.
AirBnb options are limited.
Be sure to reserve your tour spot ahead of time online and bring cash to pay the fee in person. Entrance fee to the land is $8 per car.
Tour fees vary by tour service, but run around $20 per person.
There is a parking lot available outside of the entrance.
Plan Your Trip:
Upper Antelope Canyon – More popular and easily accessible due to the variety of tour services available.
Lower Antelope Canyon – Less crowded but more difficult to navigate due to tight-spots and steep-ladders. Does not have as many “light-beams” as the upper canyon does.
Getting to the Upper Antelope Canyon
Once you pay the fee and your tour group is called, your tour guide will walk you to the entrance of the canyon which is a 5-10 minute walk from the entrance.
Tips for Upper Antelope Canyon
You are required to enter the canyon through a guided tour. You will need to move through the canyon at the group’s pace. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of photo opportunities as the tour guide to be sure to stop and show you the best spots!
There will be multiple tours going through the canyon at the same time, so it can get very busy.
If you are a professional photographer, you can opt for a special photographer’s tour for a higher admission price.
Some parts of the canyon require stair steps to get down which can be very steep. Other than that, it is a relaxed walk through the canyon.
No monopods or “selfie sticks” are allowed.
Strombolli’s Pizza is a great Italian restaurant to stop by for pizza, huge calzones, salads, and pastas.
FOURTH STOP: HORSESHOE BEND
Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona, is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander. A meander is a combination of a canyon and a river bend. It boasts a stunning view of the Colorado River at the bottom.
There is no entry fee. There is a parking lot available right when you turn in.
Getting to the Destination:
After parking, follow the trail (there will likely be people walking as well) for a 15-20 minute walk to the view.
The walk from the parking lot to the destination is mostly flat land.
It will likely be crowded but there is a lot of space to take photos. Check out multiple spots to see where you can get the best shots.
A wide angle lens is best to capture the width of Horseshoe Bend.
There is no fence or railing at the edge, so be careful!
Big John’s Texas BBQ – An authentic BBQ joint with ribs, chicken, corn, coleslaw… you name it! This restaurant is located at a former gas station, so there is patio seating and live country music outside.
LIST BY: CINDY D
Spoiled by the California sunshine her entire life, Cindy’s yearning to experience changing seasons and different food palates fueled her love for travel. She has spanned most major cities of America and has trekked her way through Seoul. When she’s not working in tech marketing, she’s probably daydreaming about her next trip. Follow her on Instagram: @cindydont