Upcoming Race: Antelope Canyon Half!

So now that there’s only a little over a week left, I’m officially starting to plan my trip for the Antelope Canyon Half by Vacation Races! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

The plan so far is to arrive in Las Vegas ๐Ÿคฉ at night on Thursday, March 7th, grab our rental car (my boyfriend is joining me!) and head straight out on the 4 hour drive to Page, Arizona. We are staying at a hotel within 2 miles of the start line at the Page Shores Amphitheater to make race morning super easy.

We then have all of Friday to check out the area! Right now all I have planned is a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, but I also plan to attempt to get a walk-in permit to The Wave, though that’s a long shot.

Some other activity suggestions the race provided were The Ropes Trail (sounds like a CRAZY adventure), Buckskin Gulch, the Paria River, and Cathedral Wash, Jackass Canyon, or Soap Creek. I’m still trying to look more into those options and would love any suggestions or advice! Or on other areas not listed as well!

The actual race is Saturday and I’m glad I ended up signing up for “only” the half. (Originally I was thinking of going for an ultra, but waited too long to register.) I don’t like stopping while running and this way I can take in the race without stopping AND THEN get shuttled to the aid stations to cheer on the ultra runners, take in the views while standing still, and take photos! The aid stations we are allowed to spectate at are at Lake Powell, Page Rim, and Horseshoe Bend.

Race Course! For aid station reference

I’ve seen way too many amazing photos of Horseshoe Bend and have wanted to go there forever now so I’m especially excited for that one! Also, from my research it seems more of just a view point than a hike/attraction that will be a lot of exploring and time. Please correct me if you’ve been there and I’m wrong! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

After hopefully having time to check out the Antelope Canyon area to our hearts’ content, we plan to head to Zion (!!!!!!) at some point Saturday evening and will be staying at a hotel nearby the park.

We’ll then have Sunday and most of Monday to explore Zion ๐Ÿ˜ I’m sure it won’t be nearly enough time, but I noticed it was practically on the way between Antelope Canyon and Las Vegas so I couldn’t not! While they have a nice trail guide showing the different trails by difficulty, if anyone has any suggestions on must do trails in Zion they would definitely be welcome!

Anyway, those are the plans so far! I’m stupidly excited and hope to get any guidance you guys have because I don’t want to miss anything!!

7 thoughts on “Upcoming Race: Antelope Canyon Half!

  1. I loved Zion! I chickened out on hiking Angel’s Landing but it seems to be pretty popular. With the time you’re spending there it should be enough time to do a good amount of hiking. Oh and if you want to hike the slot canyon in Zion, be prepared to get wet up to your waist. We only did a small portion of it and turned around because the water was freezing.

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    • haha so I read your post and was kinda ready to chicken out of that one myself but then a friend specifically recommended Angel’s Landing as their very favorite so I might have to see how it looks once there! The Narrows sound BEYOND cool but also I know they had snow like only 2 weeks ago there (another friend did the Zion version of the race I’m doing) so not sure that’ll be do-able ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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