Travel – Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona – This was a shorter trip that I took recently. Flying into Las Vegas, NV, I rented a car and drove across Utah to end up in Page, Arizona. The goal of this trip was to mainly go hiking and enjoy the outdoors. A good getaway from the crowded city of Los Angeles which I call home. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to get any training in during this trip but hoping to visit Phoenix, AZ soon so I can update the Jiu Jitsu section below with recommendations.

Travel Tips

  • There are quite a few ways to see the Grand Canyon as it is so large. There’s many parts to it. For this trip I drove past the Grand Canyon but I was more focused on Antelope Valley and Horseshoe Bend which technically aren’t part of the Grand Canyon.
  • You can either fly into Page, Flagstaff, or Phoenix if you’re going directly to Arizona for these hikes. Other options include Salt Lake City and of course Las Vegas since it’s much cheaper to fly there from LAX.
  • Bring lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, water, and all your essentials for the dessert weather. Arizona is hot! Especially in the summer months when I went.
  • When driving around the city, be mindful of all the speed limit changes.
  • Get gas when you can. There aren’t that many gas stations around.
  • If you want to go to either the upper or lower Antelope Canyon you must reserve a time slot ahead of time online. If not, you won’t be able to attend a tour. You must be part of a tour to go to these canyons.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for these hikes. Most of these hikes are either through rocks or sand.
  • Rooms in Page, AZ can be very expensive. There’s a tiny town 30 minutes from Page, AZ called Big Water that has a very cheap AirBnb where you can get your own room for a great price. Just note this city has no stores or restaurants. But you’ll save a good hundred dollars or so on rooms if you stay here.
Horseshoe Bend

Places to Visit as a Tourist

  • Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Wahweap Overlook
  • Lake Powell
  • Zion National Park
  • North Rim Grand Canyon

The Food

Very limited food choices in these areas as it’s mainly outdoor activities. You’ll find your typically fast food chains and there is a large Walmart in Page, AZ where you can restock on supplies and groceries if needed. Other than that there isn’t much to choose from.

Mat Surfing

  • Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.

For this trip, I wasn’t able to visit a school in Arizona but I’m planning to return soon to Phoenix, Arizona so this article will be updated at that time with additional details.

[Phoenix, AZ – Coming Soon]


Glen Canyon Dam
Horseshoe Views
Rock Formations
Antelope Canyon
Climbing to the Top!


Great to getaway and it is a very peaceful drive from Las Vegas, NV all the way to Page, AZ. You’ll spend about 4 hours on the road which is not bad at all. During the drive it’s a lot of single lane open road where you’ll pass through mountains and deserts. Be sure to stop on the way at the various points of interest to take in the views. Definitely a great trip and would love to do this again one day. Stay hydrated and bring a hat!

Grand Canyon, AZ – August 2018

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