In Page, Arizona lies one of the grandest landscapes you could possibly see. It’s also home to one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever witnessed.
The scene itself is no disappointment. The way the Colorado River cuts through the canyon is a nothing short of a natural work of art. Paired with a dramatic sunset and you’ve got a deadly combination.
Speaking of deadly combinations, this is where the disappointment comes into play. If you mix tourists, cameras, and a 1,000 foot drop, somebody is bound to get hurt, or worse.
Put a giant parking lot and an easy trail to this spot right next to the highway, and what do you have? Selfie-hungry tourists by the hundreds, getting as close to the edge as possible in order to get that perfect Instagram shot. As they disregard the strong wind (geological formations don’t form like that due to perfect weather) and the uneven ledges, it’s a wonder that this place doesn’t see more injuries/deaths.
The more I travel, the more I see that most famous places are much different than they appear on Instagram. People tend to leave out the danger, the imperfections, and the sheer stupidity. So don’t be fooled, friends.
Things aren’t always as they appear.