Well, it is certainly that time of year here in the Valley that puts a
little damper on recreational riding. If it is not the heat, it is
the nightly dust storms or thunderstorms to dodge. Neither option is good when
considering going for a ride. What it does do is create a little extra time to
do some planning to get out of here and go to a more desirable climate, which is
what I have been doing for the last few days. Seems like the hotter it gets
here, the higher in elevation my riding desires go. So based on the last couple
of weeks, it looks like Canada might get the call for some cooler riding.
In spending some time on Google Maps, I stumbled across little button that
is really cool. When picking back roads to ride, it is always nice
to take a peek at what the terrain might look like before you go. Go into
Maps, right click on a start point on the map
of a road you want to see and click “Directions from Here. Click on the end
point of the road you want to see and click “Directions to Here”. Then to the
left of the map where it tells you the driving directions, there is a little
button that says “3D” with an arrow next to it. Click that button and it will
switch to Google Earth and automatically start taking you down the road. Very
cool feature. FYI, Google Maps will ask you if you want to use the new version.
I could not get this feature to work in that, so I reverted back to the original
If you are looking for a good destination ride to get out of the area for a
couple of days, and experience something really cool, head North to
Page, AZ for the Antelope Slot Canyon Tours. We did this a couple of years ago
and I often think about visiting it again as it is an experience like no other.
I know Page itself is only 4300 feet in elevation, but it is cooler and you have
to go over 7000 feet to get there.
Below is the article I did on the Slot Canyon Tour a couple of
years ago and would encourage you to put this on your list of “Things to Do”. After clicking on the link's to the photos below, I'm sure you will agree with me.
Ride Safe and enjoy the Antelope Slot Canyon’s.
Antelope Slot Canyon
week I am going to bring you a local ride opportunity that probably not many of
you have done. I have
lived here over 30 years and had never taken the time or effort to go to the
Antelope Slot Canyons. Even though these canyons are world famous, they don’t
seem to get that much publicity locally. These had been in the back of my mind
as a destination for a long time, but just never carved out the time to do it.
Probably because I didn’t know how cool they really were. Now that I know, I am
eager to share it with you.
Antelope Slot Canyons are located just 3 miles East of Page, AZ. off of Hwy.
98. There are 2 slot
canyons in this area that are known as the Upper and Lower Antelope Slot
Canyons. The Upper Slot Canyon is located just to the South of Hwy. 98 and
require a .5 mile jeep ride to get to the start of the tour. The Lower Slot
Canyon is located to the North of Hwy. 98 and you drive right to where you start
the tour. So what is the difference between the two? I can’t tell you from
personal experience about the upper canyon, but I can tell you about the lower
the time that we got to Page I knew that we only had enough time to take one of
the tours, so I
wanted to get the best bang for my buck. The upper canyon entailed a ride to the
start and I found out that it was not as deep as the lower and was not as long.
The lower canyon is more of a hike at 1/2 mile long, much deeper and required
some minor climbing around rocks with metals stairs throughout, was a longer
tour, etc. This sounded more adventurous to us, so we chose to go for the gusto
and get the best slot canyon experience that we could. And did we ever, it was
get a good visual, you might want to follow the links that I will have for you
that will give you a photo of what I am talking about. When you pull into the
parking lot of the Lower Slot Canyons you will see a small old plywood building
with some picnic tables in front. This is where you will check in for the guided
tour. The cost is a $6 reservation fee that will get you into other areas and a
$20 fee for the tour. You used to be able to go take the tour on your own, but
in August of 1997 a flash flood from a thunderstorm 5 miles up stream sent 50
feet of water through the slot canyon killing 11 tourists trapped in there. The
water was so intense that it actually deepening the canyon by 4 feet. After a 9
month closure, they added some safety features and now require a guide with a
good weather report from up stream.
the guide is ready, you will walk down to a plaque
with the names of those who perished in
1997 where he will
give you the history of that event and the rules of hiking the slot canyon. Our
guide happened to be the 26 year old son of the Indian owner of this slot canyon
and was able to give us great insight as to the origin of it. The story goes
that his Grandmother was playing in the area and climbed down into the crevasse
in the ground and discovered the canyon. He said as a kid he played in there all
the time, knowing every twist, turn and folklore about the images that had been
etched into the walls by mother nature over the years.
the plaque it is a short walk to what appears to be a small
in the red rocks below
your feet. There is
no sign, no arrow that says “enter here”, just a crack in the ground about 2
feet wide. This is where you climb down and start one of the most unique
outdoor experiences you will ever have. As you descend on a trail through this
canyon of winding red sandstone walls reaching as high as 60 feet tall, you will
notice the sunlight start to filter down the curved sandstone constantly changing patterns and
shadows in many subtle shades of red orange and yellow depending on the
intensity of the light. Some sections of the canyon are wide and bright, while
others are very narrow with no light reaching the sandy floor.
guide will point out many rocks that the Indians have given names to over the
years and the history behind them. Here is one that they
called Eagle rock. Our guide also had
recently taken up playing the wooden flute which added a cultural ambience to
the tour that you wouldn’t normally get that made our tour even more memorable.
Here is a photo of our guide. If you can arrange to get
him I would highly recommend it.
you descend the 1/2 mile hike that is taking you toward Lake Powell, the walls
get higher, the
colors and formations get more intense. You will traverse some makeshift metal
stairways along the way before taking one steep stairway down that will leave you about 100
yards from your long stairwell ascent back to blue skies and about a 1/2 mile
walk back to your car. The whole tour ended up taking about 90 minutes as our
guide was more than willing to give us all the time that we wanted while he leaned against the sandstone walls serenading us with music
from the flute. A truly magical experience that we will not soon
did this particular trip the end of June, but in a little different way, so you will be getting
some bonus pictures in this gallery. I had been wanting to do a tour of the
Grand Canyon from the air for about a year. There are only 3 corridors that you are allowed to fly over the
Canyon at the low altitude of 10,500 feet. So I planned the trip to fly those
corridors and then head Northeast to Marble Canyon where we landed to take a break and
grab some tea at the Chevron station across the road. Check out this great
picture of the Navajo Bridges on approach to the Marble Canyon
there we took off flying over Lee’s Ferry, Horseshoe
before landing in
Page, AZ. We rented a
car and immediately went to the slot canyons to catch the best light for the
tour. We then checked into the hotel, rested a bit and then back to the plane to
take off for about a one hour sunset tour of Lake Powell. For those of you
that are fans of Lake Powell and have been boating up there over the years, you
will love the photos including some shots of the famous Rainbow Bridge from the air. Here is a good shot of
the Antelope Lower Slot Canyon from above.
would highly recommend a visit to the Antelope Slot Canyons. It is a very unique experience and one
that you will probably do more than once. You could easily combine it with a
trip to the Grand Canyon North Rim or on your way to Bryce or Zion. From I-17
and the Loop 101 it is 270 miles to the Antelope Slot Canyons. Just take I-17
North to Hwy. 89 in Flagstaff and follow that to Page. Then go East on Hwy. 98
five miles till you see the sign to the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon.
Canyon, Marble Canyon and Lake Powell from the air as well as photos from the
Lower Antelope Slot Canyon. (Click On Slideshow in upper right for best full screen
Thursday, July 18th
* VIP Motorcycle Parking
* Arrowhead Harley Girls
* Food and Drink Specials
July 25th – Hooter’s, August 1st - Moon Saloon,
August 8th – Cucina Tagliani, August
15th – Barrel Grill.
Saturday, July 20th
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson U-Turn Clinic
. Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson helps you combat the dreaded U-Turn during this
month’s Hogs & Dogs! Join them on Saturday, July 20th from 11AM to 2PM for
FREE food, drinks, a bikini bike wash and U-Turn clinic provided by TEAM
Arizona! Did you know making a U-Turn is one of the most challenging maneuvers
for a rider to accomplish? Join us for this great clinic and go away with great
tips and tricks to practice. To RSVP for the clinic go to http://u-turn.eventbrite.com. Buddy Stubbs Anthem
H-D® is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem AZ. You can also check them out
on the web at www.anthemhd.com.
Saturday, July 20th
Harley-Davidson Bikes and Bikinis
with the Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Girls.
Don’t miss this always popular Arrowhead HD Bikini Contest that starts at 2
PM. The winner of the contest will win a $300 Cash Prize. So dust
off your bikini and enter by emailing Michelle at email@example.com for information and to register.
FREE Bikini Bike Wash by the Arrowhead HD
Girls from 11 AM – 3 PM.
SWAP MEET: 6 AM – 1 PM. Bring those old parts
sitting around the garage and sell enough of them to buy some new chrome! Used
parts only. No competitive items or bike sales. Space is limited so call
623-247-5542 to reserve your spot.
FREE Lunch: Hot Dogs served 11 AM – 1 PM.
While supplies last.
Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in
Wednesday, July 24th
Scottsdale Kid Rock Concert Tickets
. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is giving
YOU a Chance to Win tickets to see Kid Rock LIVE on July 24th at
Ak-Chin Pavilion. Up to 250 tickets to giveaway! PLUS, enter to win up to 4
Grand Prize VIP ticket packages including:
VIP box tickets
VIP Club Access
Open to all Kid Rock ticket holders and contest winners. Meet
at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale at 4:30pm for light snacks and refreshments.
Kickstands up at 5:30pm.
July 25 – 28
Too Broke For
by ABATE of Arizona as our primary fund-raising event. Too Broke, is an Old
School Biker Party. You can rest assured that the money raised goes to a great cause,
fighting for your motorcycling freedoms. Everyone who attends is made to feel
like family, even first timers.
2013 event will be an ADULT ONLY party, attendees must be at least 18 years old
to enter. Proof of age will be required, with or without an accompanying
adult/guardian. You must be at least 21 years old to drink alcohol on
premise. Just like the last eight Too
Broke celebrations, we'll be under the stars and beneath the pines in the cool
North country of Arizona. What better way to beat the heat of the Valley in
July. Too Broke for Sturgis is held at the Mormon Lake Lodge Campground and
Arena. The area offers shade, camping with hot showers available, first-class
biker entertainment, an assortment of vendors and awesome scenery. The
Saturday Poker Run will take you on a tour of that awesome scenery! Live Music
featuring Cell Phone Cowboys Friday and Saturday nights. And don't forget about
the Miss Too Broke Contest, Tattoo Contest, Poker Walk, Bike Games, Wet
Tee-Shirt Contest. Too Broke is just an all-around great old school biker party.
$35 for weekend pass, $25 for Saturday pass. Abate members get $5 off for
the weekend pass. www.toobrokeforsturgis.com
Saturday, July 27th
Stubbs Hogs & Dogs
. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson helps you
battle the AZ heat in July with a Cooling Clinic during their
monthly Hogs & Dogs! Join them on Saturday, July 27th, from 11AM to 2PM for
FREE food, drinks, live music, a bikini bike wash and museum tours hosted by
none other than Buddy! The Cooling Clinic is a part of their popular Educational
Clinic Series taking place throughout the year. Their trained H-D® personnel
will provide tips and tricks as well as showcase great H-D® products that are
designed to help you stay cool while riding in that Arizona summer heat. Please
RSVP early to reserve your space! Don’t miss this summertime escape at Buddy
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson®! Go to http://coolingclinic.eventbrite.com to RSVP for this great clinic. Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D® is located at 13850
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