Wild Guide: Lower Antelope Canyon

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OVERVIEW

Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon situated on Navajo Land just outside of Page, Arizona. It is a popular spot for tourists and photographers because of the unique arches and textures in the sandstone walls. The contrast of the shapes, shadows, and beaming rays of light make for a vivid display of nature’s forces at work.  This reddish-orange world of wonder was created over thousands of years as wind and water made its way through the sandstone.

SKILL LEVEL

Beginner – but there are very steep stairs and ladders down into the canyon so be sure to wear the proper shoes.

COST

$28 – $82 depending on the time of year

WOW FACTOR (1-10)

It’s a 10!

WHAT TO PACK

  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Proper attire – bring layers for winter months
  • Cash to tip your guide (you can only do this tour with a guide)

ACCESS

Antelope Canyon is located 15 minutes outside of Page, Arizona. Starting in the town of Page, you can get to lower Antelope Canyon by heading East on Arizona highway 98 for 2.5 miles. Turn left on Navajo Route N22B (Antelope Point Road) for 1/4 mile. The entrance is on the left. THE ONLY WAY TO SEE ANTELOPE CANYON IS BY BOOKING A TOUR WITH A NAVAJO GUIDE. This is because the canyon is located on Navajo Land. Tours can be booked in advance online for $28 or you can just show up and take the next available tour. Tours depart every 20 minutes.  They also offer a photography tour that is $50 and 2 hours long.

TIME REQUIRED

Tours are about an hour and 15 minutes.

DISTANCE

1,335 feet

WHEN TO GO

Tours are offered year round and the lighting inside the canyon is good all throughout the day.

DEPTH

120 feet

PHOTO TIPS

If you let the other tourists go in front of you on the tour and stay at the back you won’t be rushed taking your photos, and you will also be less likely to get other people in your images. There are several rock formations which resemble faces, eagles, or other things. Be sure to ask your guide about them.

CAUTION

Most of the hike/walk is through red sand. This makes it not accessible for disabled persons. In addition, the sand can get in your shoes and make your car very messy. Don’t forget to shake out your shoes! The hike through the canyon starts with several long ladders which tourists must be able to climb up and down. Flash floods are also a concern and can happen at any time of year but are mostly a concern during monsoon season.

Desert Vacation: Antelope Canyon

Comments
  • The Sydney Girl

    Gosh, that looks amazing! I would love to go there some time.

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