Antelope Canyon in Page Arizona was our next destination. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon.
The drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was beautiful. Rolling sandy hills and red rock formations lined each side of the road. It was only a couple more hours, but we made it to Page Arizona just in time. Not familiar with the roads and the area, we weren’t keen on driving in the dark.
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Just before the sun set behind the horizon, we found our hotel. It was best that we checked-in first, drop our things and wash up. We found a good Mexican Restaurant in town and ordered one of everything. Just kidding, but we ate way too much! After dinner it was back to the hotel to get ready for the next day.
The next morning, we were up bright and early for our excursion to the lower Antelope Canyon. It was only 15 minutes or so from our Super 8 in Lake Powell. I suggest staying in an AirBnb near Antelope if possible. Use my link for an exclusive$25 off your stay.
We’ve been told that one of the best times of the day to visit the lower canyon was early in the morning. The light at this time is said to be magical and it’s just starting to peak through the crevices.
If you plan on going to Antelope Canyon, you must book months in advanced. We booked our tour very late and were lucky to get in through Ken’s Tours. The cost was a little steep at $105.60 for just the two of us at our preferred time slot. The ticket includes the Navajo permit and tax that you must pay to go on the land the canyon resides on.
I thought the tour was well organized but a little touristy. You can only visit the canyons with a guide and cannot explore on your own. I would’ve really liked to explore the canyon on our own and take our own photos. The guides already know all the best spots for photos, but I would’ve appreciated some time to myself to spark my own creativity.
Before we headed down into the canyon via a series of ladders and stairs, we were told we couldn’t have any DSLR or GoPro cameras. So, iPhone in hand, that’s all I had. We made our way to the sandy canyon floor where the river flows during rainy season. Flash floods fill the canyon walls and carve out the beautiful formations that you in the picture below.
Our guide knew his script well as he gave us inside information on the history of the lower antelope canyon. The tour was almost an hour long, so enjoy so more pictures!
I’m not going to give you all the details of the tour and what we saw because that will ruin the surprises. There is something to be said for the unknown. So know this, this place is worth the admission cost.
“A must-see-bucket-list item.”
One day it’s very possible I will come back to visit the other side of the slot canyon. But next time, I’m going to visit the upper Antelope Canyon. Time will tell!