Thanksgiving Weekend at the Amangiri Part Deux….

  • 1st December 2013

After starting your day with any of our favorite breakfast treats from strawberry filled french toast with vanilla cream to dulche de leche belgian waffles to chef prepared pastries, you can explore any of the numerous trails surrounding the Aman’s property.

 

 

Sunrise at the Amangiri

Sunrise at the Amangiri

 

 

Amangiri hotel

Amangiri hotel

 

The sunrise trail affords views of the mesa illuminated in all hues of pink and orange.  There are also daily complimentary hikes led by Navajo guides to nearby attractions and rock-climbing and repelling for the more adventurous.

 

 

Trails around the property are dotted with bursts of colorful desert flowers.

Trails around the property are dotted with bursts of colorful desert flowers.

Sheer rock surfaces beckon to the more adventurous.

Sheer rock surfaces beckon to the more adventurous.

 

 

On your second day at the resort, the nearby slot canyons call you.  Wind and water, at work for millions of years have created these spectacular canyons about a 30 minute drive from the property.

 

 

Antelope Canyon private tour amangiri.

Antelope Canyon

 

 

Whether you are a guest of the property or not, you must take a guide to enter Antelope Canyon.  However, as a guest of the Amangiri you are afforded the opportunity to tour two other slot canyons in the same region which are only otherwise open to professional photographers.

 

 

Natural light changes minute-by-minute within the canyon creating shadows and shapes such as this 'heart of the canyon.''

Natural light changes minute-by-minute within the canyon creating shadows and shapes such as this ‘heart of the canyon.”

 

 

The slot canyons were discovered in the early 1900s by Navajo women while grazing sheep.  We actually visited on a very overcast day and the colors were still spectacular.

 

 

The very private Rattlesnake Canyon does require some climbing and getting through tight squeezes.

The very private Rattlesnake Canyon does require some climbing and getting through tight squeezes.

 

 

Rounding each corner is more beautiful than the last.

 

The tight twists and turns of Rattlesnake Canyon

The tight twists and turns of Rattlesnake Canyon

 

 

In nearby Owl Canyon a dilemma awaits.  Guides caution that you should be very quiet so as not to disturb the Great Horn Owls that rest in small holes in the rock.  However, because the canyon is so remote about halfway through the canyon you are advised to begin conversing in a loud voice to scare away mountain lions that might be lurking at the end of the canyon.

 

 

Great Horned Owls are some of the biggest in North America.

Great Horned Owls are some of the biggest in North America.

 

 

Again, this is one of the few places that you can experience the natural beauty of this area without being rushed through or busily trying to circumvent everyone else’s photograph.

 

 

This is our guide's car...these two slot canyons are yours to soak in alone.

This is our guide’s car…these two slot canyons are yours to soak in alone.

 

 

Returning back to the Amangiri relax while contemplating how the desert colors have been seamlessly integrated into the décor surrounding you.

 

 

The soothing green of the bathroom tiles mirror the natural sage desert plants.

 

 

 

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Shower tiles in the Amangiri

Shower tiles in the Amangiri

 

 

 

Reflective pools around the property take on the hues of brilliant sunsets:

 

Sunset over the desert at the Amangiri

Sunset over the desert at the Amangiri

Colorful pools are illuminated around the property.

Colorful pools are illuminated around the property.

 

 

Streaks of rust pierce sandy walls mimicking exactly the desert landscape.

 

Desert landscape

Desert landscape

Walkways take exact cues from the surrounding landscape.

Walkways take exact cues from the surrounding landscape.

 

 

 

Before dinner, you can take in any of the complimentary classes and activities offered to guests including: professional landscape photography, wildlife experts, Native American traditions and music, astronomy, etc.

 

 

A bearded dragon takes a rest on the Amangiri couch.

A bearded dragon takes a rest on the Amangiri couch.

 

 

Guests can choose to hold a scorpion.

Guests can choose to hold a scorpion.

 

 

End your intense day with chef-prepared wild game such as an elk chop cooked sous-vide alongside a ‘modern baked potato,’ which has been cooked sous vide and infused with (rather than topped with) butter, sour cream and heavy delicious ingredients.

 

Elk Chop

Elk Chop

The modern baked potato

The modern baked potato

 

 


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