Adventuring into Antelope Canyon (with your dogs)

First off, I have to mention that I was inspired by Lucy, a friend on instagram, to do this adventure and if it weren't for her photos and blog post, it wouldn't have happened!

I love to travel and see different parts of the country with my dogs (and husband) by my side. Our latest adventure took us to Antelope Canyon in Arizona! And I want to share with you all our full experience and detail how we managed to bring our dogs along on our adventure.

Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful slot canyons in the world and it is also one of the most popular. Unfortunately, that means one of the only ways to see the canyon is to take a crowded guided tour (no dogs allowed). But what most people don't know (including me before reading Lucy's blog) is that the canyon extends out into Lake Powell and is only 1 of over 90 canyons you can visit in Glen Canyon National Recreation area. This means that, if you are up for it, you can bypass the guided tours and find your way into the canyon through Lake Powell--with your dogs! Below you'll find out just how we managed on our latest adventure!

When in Page AZ definitely go see Horseshoe Bend!

Planning your trip

I made reservations ahead of time at the Courtyard Page at Lake Powell for September 2nd and September 4th with plans for us to camp on the shore of Lake Powell the night of September 3rd and kayak into Antelope Canyon on the 4th early in the morning. I also reserved a double xl kayak ahead of time to be sure everything was set up and ready for us to go before we arrived. We rented it for 2 days so that we could kayak to our camping spot the day before we planned to go into the canyon.

If you're going to Page AZ, be sure to also plan some time to go see Horseshoe Bend! We went at about 8am and it wasn't too crowded or hot--it is a must see!

Setting up camp

We love our Subaru! They tied up the kayak with pool noodles and secure ropes/clamps.

We arrived at the kayak rental place at about 1:30pm and they helped us suit up our car for the kayak before heading to Lake Powell. The park entrance fee to Lake Powell was about $30 but because we would be camping on the shore, there was no campsite fee.

We pulled into the marina to unload our kayak and camping gear and Nick kayaked with the gear out to a spot on the beach opposite the boat drop-off while I parked the car in the lot near the marina.

Lucy's blog post has a super helpful map that we used to locate our campsite.

The water from Lake Powell was so beautiful and clear. We even let the dogs drink from it--they're very used to drinking out of natural sources of water and have their Lepto vaccines. I wouldn't suggest drinking from it yourself, so be sure to overpack on water especially if you're going in the summer. When we were there, it was easily over 100 degrees during the hottest part of the day.