The Great US Roadtrip- Horseshoe Canyon and Paddleboarding Lake Powell

Lake Powell. This is another one of those places in the world that is hard to describe. It is such a contrast with beautifully cool lake waters, surrounded by landscape that to tell the truth feels like you are on another planet. After our really fast drive from Canada to Arizona (we literally covered 2,700 km in 5 days, a third of our total mileage and had driven most of that in the dark as we had been hiking or sightseeing during the day), we decided to spend two nights at Lake Powell to allow us time to relax and recuperate. After seeing Antelope Canyon, we spent the rest of the day hiking Horseshoe Canyon and paddle boarding Lake Powell.

We tackled the hike first since it was on the way from Antelope Canyon, and we wanted to spend the rest of the day/evening relaxing on the water. Horseshoe canyon is a beautiful canyon that has been cut out of the rock by a mighty river and made for some spectacular scenery. I even made a friend with a little lizard!

The edge of the world

The edge of the world

contemplating life on the edge

contemplating life on the edge

making friends with a lizard

making friends with the local wildlife

After the hike, we spent the rest of the day paddle boarding on Lake Powell. I wasn’t sure at first, but once I got my feet wet I discovered a new love in life when it came to paddle boarding. We paddled around the point and enjoyed the first real sunshine we’d had since our trip started. A few hours of sunbathing and shenanigans followed. It wasn’t until after we got off the lake and were driving back to our campsite that we discovered something. Our campsite was in Arizona. The lake was in Utah. We had been crossing state lines back and forth all day without even realizing it. I had achieved one of the things on my bucket list “to be in two places at once” all day and hadn’t even realized it! Life is awesome sometimes!

paddle boarding Lake Powell

paddle boarding Lake Powell

taking on water sad faced shenanigans

taking on water sad faced shenanigans

looking snazzy in my matching neon yellow life jacket

looking snazzy in my matching neon yellow life jacket

We watched the sun set over the lake, enjoyed some lime popsicles, and reveled in the beauty of this awesome life we have on earth. Not a bad way to end a day.

sunset over the lake

sunset over the lake

our campsite...not a bad view to wake up to.

our campsite…not a bad view to wake up to.

yes my popsicle matches my toes

yes my popsicle matches my toes

The Medical Diagnosis

Accomodations: tenting at Wahweap Campgrounds

Costs: Campsite $26/night, Paddle Board rental $90/day. Since we arrived at the lake later in the afternoon, they prorated us to an hourly rental fee which worked out to around $30 for a few hours.

Things to See: Lake Powell. this lake is beautiful and a day paddling up and down its shore is a treat. There are day trips up the lake to see the famous arches which I would also recommend, we just didn’t have time while we were here. Horseshoe Canyon is also highly recommended, but make sure you bring a lot of water and a hat, because while the hike is not that “strenuous” it is ridiculously hot here and you will become dehydrated fast!

Story Time

Have you ever gone to Lake Powell or Horseshoe Canyon? What other things in the area did you explore and would recommend?