A tour of the Antelope Canyon was probably the 2nd most anticipated part of our Arizona trip, Grand Canyon being on top of the list, of course! After our visit to Horseshoe Bend (see blog post here), we headed to Antelope Canyon to see the beautiful rock formations.
5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
You need a Tour Guide
You cannot enter Antelope Canyon without a native Navajo guide – exploring on your own is not an option…
Book your tour in advance online
Tours can get full quite easily especially during high season, so book online in advance for peace of mind.
Mind the time zone
This was super confusing, but the Navajo territory where the Antelope Canyon is, follows Daylight Saving Time (DST) during summer, while most areas in Arizona do not. Be mindful of this when booking your tour to avoid disappointment.
Visiting Antelope Canyon during a flash floods is dangerous.
When it’s raining upstream, tours can be cancelled without prior notice.
There’s no access to water or food onsite
It is wise to bring your own water and eat before you head into the Antelope – remember in Arizona it’s hot & dry so you need to keep hydrated!
UPPER OR LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON?
One of the first questions that come up when doing some research on Antelope Canyon is “should I visit the Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, and what’s the difference?”.
If your budget and time allows it, I would visit both! The common understanding is that Lower Antelope is cheaper and less crowded although you need to navigate some ladders and narrow passages.
We ended up going for a third alternative though, which is Antelope Canyon X. Canyon X is located in the same drainage and south from Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon (5-10min drive) and is operated by a tour company called Taadidiin Tours.
OUR EXPERIENCE AT ANTELOPE CANYON X BY TAADIDIIN TOURS
Taadidiin Tours is proudly run by a Navajo family and has been in business for the past 3 years. The staff was friendly, welcoming and you could tell they genuinely cared about people enjoying their visit.
They limit the amount of daily visitors to provide the most intimate and memorable experience – and this makes a huge difference! It allowed us to enjoy the canyon without being elbow to elbow with other people, plus it was totally easy to get pictures with nobody in the background.
Inside the canyon, there was a person playing the guitar and hearing the sound resonate through the canyon really added to the magical atmosphere (my husband thought it was a bit cliche, but I liked it)
Another touch that we loved was that the guides inside the canyon were so helpful in taking our pictures and suggesting angles that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. They even advise on best camera settings!
Antelope Canyon X by Taadidiin Tours
Hiking Tour Fee: $40 USD (this is what we went for)
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
No tripods or large bags allowed
Open hours in summer: 8am – 4pm (MST)
WHERE TO STAY IN PAGE
We stayed at Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Page Lake Powell and we loved it! The room were spacious and comfortable. Amenities included: free breakfast, free WIFI inside room, coffee/tea maker, iron board, free toiletries, fridge, in-room safe. Read reviews and book here.
Other great alternatives below $100 USD/night:
WHAT TO WEAR / OUTFIT IDEAS
You don’t get to go to Antelope Canyon often, right? So don’t hesitate to bring your fave summer dress and pose away. The most wonderful thing about this place is that it allows you to get creative with photography so why not take the opportunity!
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