Photograph Antelope Canyon

Arizona Antelope Canyon

Added by Mark Handy

Explore breathtaking slot canyons with wonderful lighting throughout the day. The tours are guided tours by local Navajo.

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, and requires you to book a tour guide. But don’t let that dissuade you – this natural marvel is well worth it, and this is a must-do for amateur and professional photographers alike.

The canyon is divided into two primary areas: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or "spiral rock arches." Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Tours can be purchased in nearby Page, Arizona and range from $30 to $80 per person, depending on the time of the day and length of the tour.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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about 1 month ago

Next Level Awesomeness

Pictures cant even do this place justice. We toured the lower canyon. Went mid-day to attempt to see the light beams and were not disappointing. The tour we used was Ken's Tours which I thought was very solid. As a couple other reviewers say, I'd HIGHLY recommend the Photography Tour as it gives you double the time in the Canyon. Also, I'm not sure if this is normal but since we had so many people in the tour, 1/2 of us started from the back of the canyon. This made the crowding issue much less of a problem since we weren't stuck within the myriads of other tour groups.

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

This is a must see

It is crowded, but for a good reason. Forgot what settings I used to shoot, but be ready to adjust due to lack of light and a tripod (which most tours don't allow).

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

Crowded

Antelope Canyon is truly an amazing place but is quickly becoming a tourist trap. To make your visit enjoyable I would recommend making a reservation. Also I would avoid going during the weekends.

about 1 month ago

2 months ago

Lower Antelope Canyon changed my life.

I have never photographed something so beautiful with the most beautiful light. We went in the morning, that's the best time if you want to photograph the purple light that you often see in photos.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Crowded but has high payoff!

I come back here every time I'm in the area! Although it's crowded with tour buses and difficult to get a picture without people (you pretty much have to hang out in the back of your group and snap them quick before the next tour group comes around), it's beautiful and great reward for little effort. Come early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds -- I took a 4pm tour and my two girlfriends and I had the whole place to ourselves!

2 months ago

4 months ago

My favorite

I did lower antelope a few months ago... The beauty of it was breath taking.. A place I will never forget!

4 months ago

4 months ago

What A Beauty!

It is as beautiful as the pictures show! It's a breezy easy little hike but worth the money and time.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Truly a gem of the southwest! MUST SEE! Awesome on a night tour as well!

Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons are truly fantastic! The upper canyon is certainly more grandeous, and accordingly, there are hoards of people. Be sure to take a photography-geared tour if you want a prayer of getting shots of the canyon without people in the photo. Here is a link to a guide with some more details on both Antelope Canyons as well as some of the other surrounding slot canyons. http://bit.ly/2arZ41r A night tour is available through the below operator; check it out if you are into night photography, light writing, and/or astrophotography! http://bit.ly/2ajXTCd

4 months ago

5 months ago

Uhhhmazing!

Definitely one of the coolest places to see in the southwest. I'm usually here once a year. One time the tour guide was a 16 year old kid who stopped my group at the memorial before going in and said "8 people died here when it rained" and continued on like it was normal. That strangely added some dark humor that I think only I picked up on since everyone else didn't speak much English. Obviously you're there to focus on the incredible colors of the canyon walls, but when you get into post-processing your photos don't be afraid to turn them black and white or even sepia. It creates a whole different dynamic with the lighting. Since there isn't an option to post a photo here I'll post the link to my own sepia shots to provide an example. https://jblitzphotography.smugmug.com/Lower-Antelope-Canyon-Sepia/

5 months ago

6 months ago

Great, unique photography experience. Expect crowds.

We went to the Lower canyon and had a great time, you can get some pretty unique pictures here. However, expect crowds. It can be difficult to photograph since you have to go in a tour group and there will always be people all around you, but it can be done. I'd recommend this to most anyone. I'd advise going to the lower canyon early morning or late afternoon, as the direct sunlight at midday makes the lighting really hard to get shots.

6 months ago

7 months ago

One of my most favorite places

(The full five stars goes to the place, not the tour we took.) Went through Antelope Slot Canyon Tours: Not much of a tour, but AMAZING place. SUGGESTED MAIN POINTS: -Go on Scenic Tour at peak hour; next catch Lower Antelope Canyon -Very touristy -OK Tour; BEST scenery EVER. If you're looking to learn about the geology and culture of the place and people, I suggest you don't take this tour. However, the place is sacred and so breath-taking, I swear it IS one of my favorite spots in the world, so far. My boyfriend and I decided to go at the peak hour because that is when the light rays come in, offering excellent shots for photographers. It was pretty crowded when we were there, but apparently that isn't considered 'busy' to the tour guides. I guess the tour guides are so used to people caring only about their photos that they just TELL you how and where to take pictures. And, factor in that people from all over the world go to see this site and don't speak English. So, you might as well just hand them your camera and let them take your pictures for you... I really felt rushed and the open car ride to the place was extremely bumpy and dusty. After you take this quick tour to see the Upper Antelope Canyon, hurry over to the Lower Antelope Canyon for a discounted price. THAT tour was similar but MUCH quieter and just as, if not, BETTER than the Upper Antelope Canyon scenery.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Indescribable <3

Antelope Canyon is truly magical. I believe a tour is now required to be able to go, and that means you will be with a whole bunch of people. The experience of the tour was not the best for me, since there were so many people always getting in your shot, plus long lines inside the canyon.. But the canyon itself was BEAUTIFUL.

7 months ago

8 months ago

WOW!

What more can be said about this amazing place? I'm so thankful for being able to visit this place and photographing it. Now whenever people see my photographs, they're left in awe and want to know more about it and where it is. Most of their reactions can't believe that it's right here in our United States! Spectacular place to visit and top of the bucket list for any photographer!

8 months ago

8 months ago

Crazy

Seriously one of the craziest things I have seen. The pictures really don't do this place justice. Unbelievable in person. I did lower antelope canyon and it wasn't crowed at all, and going in March made it a little cooler. I can imagine the summer months are steamy. If you are on the edge of putting this in the plans for you trip, don't think twice. It is so well worth the money.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Magical Place

If you're a photographer, it's almost like a rite of passage to photograph Antelope Canyon. In fact, the most expensive photograph ever sold ($6.5 million) was taken here, called "The Phantom" by Peter Lik. So just be aware, it is a very commonly photographed place. However, this does not take away from it's beauty. Most tours will go to Upper Antelope Canyon. These will be cheaper. However, if you want a less crowded, more intimate experience, go to Lower Antelope Canyon. Word of advice - it gets pretty dark in there. Too dark to get decent, non-blurry iPhone photos. A point-and-shoot camera with a tripod is recommended at the very least. Obviously, a DSLR is preferred. In order to shoot at low ISOs and an aperture to capture the depth of the scene, your shutter speeds will have to be around 5+ seconds. This can make it very difficult to capture with people walking by on the tours as well as guides shining their laser pointers. As others have stated, there is a photographer tour which will be more suited to taking photographs. However, both times I've done this, I've done the regular tour and didn't have much of an issue capturing it. Come prepared!

8 months ago

10 months ago

Crowded But Beautiful

Go in with the expectation that it will be crowded & busy - then enjoy it!

10 months ago

11 months ago

One of my favorite places in the US

Lower Antelope Canyon is one of my favorite places in the US and is a must visit for anyone near the area. If you are a photographer with a DSLR I would encourage you to get the photo package that they offer because you can spend around three hours down in the canyon by yourself taking photos. Doing a group tour will make it extremely difficult to get the shots that you want as they take some time to set up correctly. Be wary of the wind at both ends of canyon! The sand can get kicked up real fast and cause havoc on your gear!

11 months ago

11 months ago

Can't not get a great photo!

After seeing all the beautiful images online, I knew I had to see it for myself. For those who don't know, the Antelope Canyon was made famous because of photographers. And it's near impossible to get a bad photo. Everyone should add this location to their list.

11 months ago

12 months ago

The only reason this don't get 5 stars is the ridiculous crowds. It's worth paying for the photo tour as they'll help keep people out of the way for shots, although I've heard even that's getting harder.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing

My dad and I did the double-time tour when we went and it was definitely worth it (and needed). This was one of my favorite parts of our Southwest trip! Highly recommend taking the time and money to make this happen.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

The colors are outrageous

And they change with the light of the day. Definitely a photographer's dream. One recommendation - try to go early in the morning or be part of the first tour group - that way you see it in a space of solitude before others start trickling in behind you.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

A must-see if you're ever in Arizona. Such a beautiful picturesque spot! You don't even need to be a pro photographer or own a DSLR to get amazing photos.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

There's a special tour for double the time if you have a dSLR and a tripod

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

if you are looking to get good photos, they have a special guided tour that is double the time so that you can get some spectacular snaps!

about 2 years ago

Added by Mark Handy

I am a landscape photographer who travels the world looking for inspiring images. Though based in San Diego, California, I am rarely home. If you'd like to follow my work and travels on a daily basis, I chronicle them on Instagram. Click the Instagram icon and follow me

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