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Antelope Canyon

Page, Arizona

based on 37 reviews


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.

A guide must accompany you when you visit Antelope Canyon. Tours can be purchased with navajotours.com or booked in nearby Page, Arizona and range from $30 to $80 per person, depending on the time of the day and length of the tour.

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Antelope Canyon Reviews

(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.

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.



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!



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.

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!

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

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