“the most-visited & photographed slot canyon in the Southwest”
Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí(advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Entry to Antelope Canyon is restricted to guided tours led by authorized guides. Despite improved warning and safety systems, the risks of injuries from flash floods still exist. ***The GPS coordinates take you to the Navajo Tribal Park Parking Lot
We went to the lower antelope canyon after reading bad reviews of the upper being crowded. We got there at 11 am and we left with our tour guide at 11:20 the timing was perfect! I probably would even recommend earlier. The sun was bouncing off the walls and allowed for the most beautiful pictures! Bring your camera! The tour guides will even help you adjust the settings for the best pictures! Happy I got to check this off my bucket list!
I have to say I was let down with antelope canyon. I went to the upper canyon, and they pack tours one after another. The tour guides show you the ideal spots to take photos, and you have about two seconds to do so until you're on to the next part. Very rushed, crowded, and anxiety-inducing. the canyon is beautiful but the experience is a commercialized letdown.
Beautiful! We went to Lower Antelope Canyon since there are less people and it was much cheaper as well. Our tour guide, James, was great! He helped us all take amazing pictures. I brought my DSLR camera, but my iPhone took amazing pictures. For lower canyon, visit in the morning or evening for best lighting, for upper canyon, the afternoon is the best.
I highly recommend Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. We went looking for Ken's Tours, but the wait was long so we went next door to Lower AntelopeCanyon Tours. It was $30 cheaper and no wait. What an incredible experience!! It was super hot on the surface but cool and comfortable in the canyon. Pictures were amazing!
I've been to both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon. I can't really say I prefer one over the other, they each have their own draws. The upper canyon is wider and easier to walk through, while the lower canyon uses steep ladder and has smaller slots to navigate. There was more light in lower.
I went in November and there is practically no one there. You can have the canyons to yourself most of the time. Most guides seem great about setting up your camera for you (definitely change your white balance to cloudy or shady!). You will have some amazing photos. Everyone I have recommended this canyon to has also loved their visit.
Beautiful views of the canyons. I would definitely recommend going. Just consider a couple things. You can only go to the canyons with a guide. The upper canyons can start at $40 + $8 parking or $56. Those are the two that tours we saw. Depending on the weather the canyons may be closed due to flash floods- lower canyons close prior to upper canyons (lower canyons closed during our visit.) Make sure you make reservations for the tours!!! Or you will have to wait, but you can drive to horse shoe bend about 6 miles away. The tour took about 1.5 hours including the drive to the canyons.
One last thing to consider when visiting Page, Arizona- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PLACE TO STAY!!! Hotels and motels are booked all summer long, do not plan on finding a place late at night
You're no longer allowed to bring a tripod on the normal tours only on the photography tours which are about twice as expensive. That being said I got some great pictures without using a tripod but the guide was helpful and fixed the white balance for me. It's called a 'tour' but it wasn't a tour in a normal sense, the guide didn't say much at all and you kinda just walked through on your own. It's worth it though.
I toured upper antelope canyon this summer. A great place to see. Bring your camera. You can schedule a photographer's tour so you get more time to take pictures with fewer people around. Make sure to see the Horseshoe Bend section of the Colorado River and Lake Powell which are nearby. Very cool part of the country.
We did the Dixie Ellis tour of Lower Antelope Canyon (first tour of day in mid May). It was absolutely stunning. Best to visit when the sun is not too high, because the colors in the canyon walls are less defined. Our tour guide was wonderful and helped by recommending optimal camera settings, pointing out the most photogenic spots, and taking photos for us. This was definitely the highlight of our southwest tour!
Ventured to Lower Antelope Canyon with the Dixie Ellis Tour. It was amazing and the tour guides were phenomenal! Be sure to bring cash as its an $8 fee per person into Navajo Nation. But if you've got a small group, it's so worth it. I went on the 8:30 tour and it was the perfect time. It wasn't TOO hot and the sun hit the canyon walls in such a beautiful way.
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