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Waterholes Canyon - Arizona
What to do if you have little time : Great Wall
There are 2 sections in Waterholes Canyon : a slot canyon (lower part) and a "wall" with the appearance of a wave that reminds "The Wave" : Great Wall (upper part). This canyon has a very low attendance.
This canyon belongs to Navajo indians. You first have to buy a permit at Upper Antelope Canyon (12$/person in 2014).
Depending on wish
12$ in 2014
The beginning of the hike is fairly flat. It then goes down in the canyon. Progress is made in the sand, on one side or the other. Warning, do not go beyond the bridge on the west side and power lines on the East side. Beyond power lines a guided tour is mandatory.
Tip : follow the cairns to find the way down to the canyon and your way bach.
Photo tip : for a better light, it's better to come in early morjing or late afternoon.
We completely missed Great Wall during our first visit of Waterholes Canyon in 2009. And yet it is in our opinion the best part of WaterHoles Canyon. The wall that undulates reminds the Wave. At sunset, the color are changing and become very orange. It's really beautiful. The hike, only 0,6 mile one way is really easy.
Access : from Glen Canyon Dam, take US89 South. At mile marker 542 and just before the bridge on US89, the is a small parking on the left, indicating the entrance for Waterholes Canyon. Cross the fence and walk along the north rim of the Canyon (never going down in the canyon) until you reach Great Walls.
The accommodations, although abundant in Page, are however insufficient and very expensive. It becomes very difficult to find accommodation in Page. We strongly advise you to book in advance. Otherwise, you may not find accommodation or pay very expensive. We have tested :
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