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Postcards from the Edge: Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon

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Postcards from the Edge: Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon

Henley Vazquez

Michelle Robinson, an Aussie native and Los Angeles-based mom of three, is spending the summer traveling with her family. Their adventures have taken them them from California to the Scottish Highlands, but one of their first stops was Lake Powell, which straddles Utah and Arizona, and Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.  

Adventure begins. We drove from LA to Lake Powell and "camped" in our cozy pop-up camper, right next to the lake.  The lake is paradise for boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming, and it’s the perfect place to refresh and cool off in the summer. The boys were in the water from sun up to sun down.

On day two, we drove out to Antelope Canyon, roughly 15 mins from the lake. I recommend going early in the morning for two reasons: first, the light magnifies the golden rich colors, which is a photographer’s dream. Second, it's a little cooler. Middle of the day temperatures hover around 100 and above. We had a friendly guide, which is required, to lead us through the lower canyon. The walk took us just over an hour from start to end, and  it is truly a breathtaking experience. We had a few rest stops along the way to hydrate and to take in our awesome surroundings. It was a fabulous family adventure.

Editor’s Note: Michelle’s family drove their own camper, but you can rent one through Airstream2Go, a young company that offers fully-equipped Airstreams for pick-up in Las Vegas (also LA and Bozeman, Montana). Lake Powell is a four-hour drive from Las Vegas, but the best way to visit on a road trip is with a week-long itinerary that includes stops in Canyon Country, Page and Grand Canyon National Park along the way. For those who prefer a hotel, Amangiri is a thirty-minute drive from Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. Although it feels decidedly adult, children are allowed, but it’s a better fit for older families rather than toddlers. Lake Powell also operates houseboat rentals for those who prefer to stay on the water rather than beside it.