Antelope and Glen Canyons Tour in October

Antelope Canyon  Sun Spot

Antelope Canyon
Sun Spot

October is one of the best months to visit Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.  I will be leading a tour starting from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on Friday, October 11 and returning Sunday, the 13th.  Check this out!

This opportunity is a chance in a lifetime to get those perfect photos.  For example, we will experience a sunset evening cruise on breathtaking Lake Powell, climb down into Antelope Canyon with our Navajo guide telling ancient stories as we go;  and later, it’s a raft trip on the Colorado River near Glen Canyon Dam.  No cameras are allowed on the boats. I wonder why?

Colorado River Rafting

Colorado River Rafting

Sunday, we will be guided through the actual Glen Canyon Dam learning it’s history and how it operates today.  And if we are lucky, we may also have time to hike up through the sandy trail to the Horseshoe Bend overlook for a shutterbug’s dream advantage point above The Colorado River.

Join me on this magnificent tour.  To read more or sign up, contact Affinity Group Tours of Phoenix.  See link below.

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

http://www.affinitygrouptours.com/affinitygroup/Home/?objectID=1419&proAppName=affinitygroup&objectType=event

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Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Tour

Arizonans!  Beat the Heat!   Take a special loved one on a three day trip to Durango to ride the narrow gauge train to Silverton!!!!  On the way,  experience AZ’s Salt River Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Painted Desert. We overnight in Farmington, NM and get up early the next day for the Durango train trip through the San Juan Mountains. That evening we will have a true “Durango Cowboy Cookout”. Yee Haw!  The third day includes Mesa Verde, and a stop on the rim of Canyon de Chelly. This may be one of the most spectacular rides you may ever take with lots of time for photos! Schedule this July 18-20th trip now. Only $554 per person (double room rate). I would love to have you join me!  Grab you cowboy hat! Let’s go!

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad | Especially 4-U Tours
www.especially4utours.com

Acoma Pueblo Rainbow

Acoma Pueblo Rainbow

Acoma Pueblo Rainbow

New Mexico has many unique pueblo villages throughout the state. I recently toured the Acoma Pueblo which is just an hour east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Some of the tribal elders call it “a place that always was”. It’s also known as “Sky City” because the village is perched atop a mesa, where you can see for miles and miles on all sides. The reservation surrounds the mesa, totaling 600-square-miles.

Acoma Pueblo has no electricity, running water, or sewage disposal. Baking ovens are construcetd outside the buildings.   Their water is collected from two natural cisterns. The Acoma potters are quite talented with their intricately carved pieces. Geometric patterns, thunderbirds, and rainbows are traditional designs applied with the spike of a yucca.

There’s a set of almost vertical stairs cut into the rock face, of which, my tourmates and I bravely ventured down. My knees were jelly once I made it to the bottom.  Our tour group also got to experience one of their sacred rainbows from the mesa’s edge.  Incredible!

In 2008 Pueblo Acoma opened the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum at the base of the mesa.  It’s a “must see” experience when visiting New Mexico.

http://acomaskycity.org/