Travel: Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

 

Have you ever been to Lake Powell or Horseshoe Bend? Well if you are ever in Arizona or Utah, you need to go! This is Jon and I’s favorite trip since being married. There are so many things to do here.

{Why Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend Are Worth The Visit}

  1. The views are beautiful! Anywhere you end up in the campsite, you have a view of the lake and the beautiful, huge rocks, backing it.
  2. The campsite is really nice. We stayed at Wahweap Campground. You don’t have to rough it here, if thats not your style. You can stay at the resort, camp in a trailer or RV, or camp in a tent. There are bathrooms nearby and you can even shower there. It is a very clean campsite.
  3. Horseshoe Bend is unique and close by. We went at sunset which was amazing, but it might be worth getting up to go at sunrise!
  4. There are so many different things to do! You can paddle board, jet ski, rent a house boat, swim, kayak, and more. Of course, there is Horseshoe Bend to visit also.
  5. The weather is awesome. We had hot sunny days which were perfect since we were in the water. And at night, there were distant thunder and lightning storms. 

{Tips For Camping At Lake Powell}

  1. Bring your own firewood. There is not a lot of wood lying around so you should definitely bring your own for a camp fire. All we could scrounge up were a few twigs.
  2. Bring a camera…everywhere! The whole area is beautiful.
  3. Bring a waterproof camera! I don’t have one and am so bummed I didn’t have it on our trip. The most exciting, unique, and picturesque part of our trip was when we were paddle boarding, so I did not get one picture of it!
  4. Bring something to create some shade. There are trees and bushes, but around the campsites, they do not provide any shade. And it gets really hot there!
  5. Watch out for red ants! We had a little hill in our campsite and Jon got bit on his foot. His foot really hurt afterwards. We saw some at the beach too.
  6. Visit in September. This is a safe month to go because it is still really hot and sunny, but not horribly hot. We heard that the heat is unbearable in the summer months.
  7. Visit Antelope Canyon. We didn’t get a chance due to time restraints, but we have heard it is amazing. So if you are already planning a trip here, make sure to fit that in. And don’t forget that you have to schedule a tour, so book it in advance! It fills up quickly.

Scroll through my pictures to find out why you should visit too!

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Are you visiting AZ anytime soon? You should make time for these trips also!

Beaver CreekMohave LakeThe White Mountains Lockett Meadow

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Travel: Slide Rock

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Of all the places I have travelled to in AZ, Slide Rock is the one place that has seemed to be the most popular (aside from the Grand Canyon of course). In person, on Pinterest, and on other travel sites, I have seen a lot of hype about this place. Whenever Jon and I drive through Oak Creek Canyon, there are tons of cars parked along the road, and as we look down, the place looks like an amusement park due to the huge crowds. All this to say, we were pretty stoked when we got the chance to go with his brothers and a friend. It was a little less crowded as we were going on a weekday instead of the weekend, so it seemed like a perfect time to go! Except, I am sorry to say, Slide Rock is just not all its hyped up to be. We were very surprised that it turned out to be a less than exciting stop.

{The Cons & 1 Pro of Slide Rock}

  1. Slide Rock is one of the most crowded destinations in AZ.
  2. The water is very dirty as a result of all the visitors.
  3. The very thing that makes Slide Rock popular (a natural water slide in the creek) is not strong enough to actually push you down the rocks. You have to basically push yourself down the whole way.
  4. The place that you slide down is pretty short.
  5. It smells bad as there are bathrooms right next to where you would hang out and go in the water.
  6. Slide Rock has a wonderful view of the Canyon though! Although there are plenty of other places to take in similar views, I still got some great photos here.

I apologize for being so negative about this place, but if you are limited on time when visiting AZ, I would suggest going on some other hikes instead. A few places I like in this area are Beaver Creek, Lockett Meadow, the Lava Tube Cave, Oak Creek, and Fossil Creek. Don’t forget to keep checking in to see what other destinations you should visit! Despite our disappointment, I still got some fun and beautiful photos!

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Travel: Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

 

My husband is part of a big, loud, and loving Italian family. He has seven siblings and they all love to sing, dance, and thankfully travel out to visit us! This time around, three of his brothers made it out along with a friend. This gave us a great excuse to adventure over the weekend in AZ. One of the places we spent most of the day at was Beaver Creek. If you are in the Flagstaff area, you should definitely consider hiking here.

{Description of Beaver Creek}

Beaver Creek is about a  45 minute drive from Flagstaff and is about 3,000 feet less in elevation, so you can catch your breathe a little easier than if you were hiking Mt. Humphrey’s here in Flagstaff. It is a 7 mile hike round trip, but is mostly flat, so it is doable. The hike is a simple dirt path with cactus along the way. There are beautiful red rocks jetting up on one side of the path. On the other side, a little valley sits covered with lush, green trees. Once you make it to your destination, there are several different heights of smooth cliffs to jump off of into the water. So, if you are a little scared of heights, or a risk taker, you can both find a fun jump. One area of the water is a deep and still pool. Above and below, the creek slowly trickles down and is shaded. We hiked up the creek a bit and found a little waterfall and someone we were talking to said they even found fish.

{Tips for Traveling to Beaver Creek}

  1. Bring water, especially if it is a hot day. Consider bringing a water filter to fill up for the hike back.
  2. Bring a hat of some sort. As you can see later on, I ended up soaking my extra shirt in water and wearing it on my head as it was just too hot.
  3. Bring bandaids or moleskin. Since the hike is not a super short hike, someone is bound to get a blister or an owie, and having a way to cover it is always a good idea.
  4. Bring a hammock! My husband and I have hung our Enos Hammocks from REI over a creek twice now and it is amazingly relaxing. It is also lightweight and easy to set up.
  5. Bring a lunch. You need some nutrition and energy since the hike is on the longer side. Also, how nice is it to enjoy a PB&J while hanging over a peaceful creek?
  6. Bring the right shoes. I use my Teva hiking sandals all the time. They are my trusty hiking and adventuring shoes. They are perfect for exploring and going in and out of water. At the end of the hike though, my feet were beginning to hurt and I wished I had a little more support from hiking or tennis shoes. Consider bringing two pairs of shoes: water and hiking.
  7. Bring friends or family! It is so much more fun if you have someone to chat with on the hike.
  8. Watch out for cactus. There is a decent amount on this trip…and it can hurt.
  9. Go on a week day. If you are off of work or school during the week, use that day to go to Beaver Creek. It gets very crowded on the weekends.
  10. Start early. We did not get an early start as we were actually planning on going somewhere else originally. Due to our change of plans, the hike was much hotter and Beaver Creek was pretty crowded.

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{Our List of Injuries & Ailments}

Beaver Creek really is a safe and easy hike. We just found a way to get hurt anyway…

  1. Two thistles stuck in two fingers
  2. One cactus spike embedded in one finger
  3. Two cactus spikes pinned board shorts to one leg
  4. Thirteen bug bites on one person, including one right next to my eye
  5. One blister on one toe
  6. One bloody gash on one toe
  7. One person almost falling out of one hammock on to several slippery rocks