Your turning point on your trip to Arizona, Antelope Canyon, is a slot canyon situated on Navajo land east of Page in the American Southwest, Arizona. You’ll be enchanted by reddish, photogenic water-carved curves. Antelope Canyon is separated into two canyon sections, including Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. Antelope Canyon is undoubtedly the place you’ve long dreamed about worth to visit however you’ll find it crowded as many visitors trying to take photos of the stunning beauties.
Where is Antelope Canyon?
Antelope Canyon constitutes a part of the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park brought into being by millions of years of erosion. Encircled by the red canyon walls, this slot canyon is situated 10 minutes east of Page in the vicinity of the Utah-Arizona border containing Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. During flash floods, the water rushing carved a winding path through the stone and formed waving and round walls with intricate lines.
What to See in Antelope Canyon?
It’s recommended to visit Antelope Canyon with a guided tour to help you tour around. There are two divided points you can see refereed as Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. The upper canyon is broader, more popular, and accessible. You’ll find almost all entry points on the ground level at a minor incline of 2%. The lower canyon is narrower with a steeper entry point, where visitors need to walk down multiple stairs.
Upper Antelope Canyon
The stunning mid-day light beam of summer months makes Upper Antelope Canyon the most famous one. Upper Antelope Canyon tours are costly compared to the Lower Antelope Canyon, as you’ll have to pay more if you desire to visit the canyon during the admired light beam hours.
Unlike the Lower Canyon, the Upper Antelope Canyon entrance is at ground level. The path is short, with a narrow two-way traffic lane in common with the opposite direction. So, visitors are not allowed to carry backpacks during touring. Please note standard tours of Upper Antelope Canyon disallow tripods and cameras. You can snap some of the best shots with your mobile.
Lower Antelope Canyon
In recent days, the Lower Antelope Canyon is welcoming more people for it is cheaper comparing the populated Upper Antelope Canyon. If you can’t stand the population and crowds, the Lower Canyon usually fits you. Like usual canyons, the Lower Antelope Canyon is carved into the ground where visitors go down a steep metal stairway to the canyon’s foot.
The Lower Antelope Canyon tour is the best destination for those who don’t want to spend too much money. The Upper Antelope Canyon photo tour is the best choice for photography lovers. But for visitors with no particular interest in photography, the Lower Antelope Canyon is better to snap some shots with less population.
Other Places to Visit
- Lake Powell
- Kayaking in Antelope Canyon
- Horseshoe Bend
How to Get There?
Antelope Canyon is situated close to the town of Page, Arizona. It takes approximately 10 minutes to drive on your own from the city to the Antelope. There’re also some shuttles from Page to the Antelope Canyon. From Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon is the shortest path taking around 5 hours. Route 17 and road 89 are the best routes to drive to Antelope Canyon from Phoenix. It takes about four-and-a-half hours to drive north from Phoenix to Antelope Canyon.
When to Visit Antelope Canyon?
Antelope Canyon welcomes visitors all year long. Summertime is the high season when visitors travel most. From March to October is the best time for mid-day visits when the light beams appear. From November to late February, especially in January, it’s the off-season where fewer people come, and you’ll have more chance of taking better photos. During Arizona’s monsoon season and heavy snow or rain, you may find Antelope Canyon close from June to September.
Do’s and Don’ts
Layered clothing, plenty of sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended. A hat or handkerchief can also be helpful to protect you from the sun. Purses, bags, fanny packs, monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, food, and drink are all banned in the canyon. You’re only allowed to take one bottle of water.