Everything you need to know about Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ. Your questions answered about Upper vs. Lower Antelope Canyon, tickets, tours and more!
Our southwest road trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, at least for someone like me who is always chasing the ‘gram. Even though it’s been stunning for ages (eons?), for some reason it just started showing up on my Instagram feed in the last year or so. The secret is out and the crowds at this tourist destination are a testament to that.
Despite its popularity though, Antelope Canyon still manages to be magical. You just have to suck it up and ignore the crowds and instead get yourself lost in the vibrant colors and swirled rocks. Nature is amazing.
Read on for more information about Antelope Canyon and tons of photos!
Antelope Canyon Upper vs. Lower
Until we started looking into tours, I didn’t even know there was an upper versus lower Antelope Canyon! I would recommend Lower Antelope Canyon all the way. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the tickets are $25 vs up to $200 for Upper Antelope Canyon. Apparently Lower Antelope Canyon is less crowded as well. You can drive your car right up to Lower Antelope Canyon but with Upper you need to be driven there.
Antelope Canyon Tours – Things to Know
- Antelope Canyon is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation
- The only way to visit the canyon is with a guided tour.
- Reservations aren’t essential but recommended, especially during peak season in the summer.
- In addition to your ticket, you’ll have to pay the cash only $8 for the reservation fee. This is cash only.
- Check the forecast before you go. If rain is predicted your tour may be canceled. It only takes a few inches of rain to completely flood Antelope Canyon.
- No tripods are allowed on your tour unless you get the special (more expensive) photography tour.
- On windy days bring a plastic bag to protect your camera.
- For the best cell phone photos, set your iPhone to the “Chrome” filter setting.
Antelope Canyon Tickets & Reservations
We went with Ken’s Tours based on the recommendation of a friend. Our guide was friendly and happy to answer our questions during the tour but I wouldn’t say he went out of his way to make it an interactive experience. Truthfully though, I don’t think it matters what tour group you go with. The tour groups get intermingled and the other guides didn’t seem more animated than ours.
I thought we had ample time to take photos with the general tour, so I’m glad we didn’t spring for the $50 photography tour. Tip – the crowds start to thin as the tour winds along so you’ll have better photo opportunities later.
How to Get to Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon
Page, AZ 86040
GPS Coordinates: 36.902682, -111.411195
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