Isn’t it awesome when a new place completely astounds you? For me, that was Upper Antelope Canyon.
A few years ago, I saw my first photos of Antelope Canyon, with its glowing, red canyon walls, twisted, scalloped rock faces, and beams of light shining through the dusty air.
Does this place really exist?
Yes, it does. Located in Page, Arizona, Upper Antelope Canyon (also simply referred to as Antelope Canyon) is one of several slot canyons available for tourists to visit.
We toured both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon on the same day. It was the Upper Canyon that I fell in love with. However, Tim’s favorite was the Lower Antelope Canyon, with its narrow passages and series of ladders inside the canyon.
How to Visit Upper Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon can only be visited on a tour. There are several companies offering tours into the canyon. The scenic tour lasts 1.5 hours. This time includes 30 minutes transportation to and from the canyon and one hour inside the canyon. In 2019, it costs $68-$78 per person for this tour. You should book your tour at least three months in advance since spots can sell out quickly.
What We Did
We visited Antelope Canyon in May 2017, back when photography tours were offered (this ended in 2018). Tim took the 1 pm Scenic Tour and I took the 1 pm Photography Tour. Both of us had a good experience, and I loved the Photography Tour. For me, it was worth every penny. Who knows if or when I’ll be back to Page, Arizona and it was worth paying the extra money to get these photos.
See for yourself.
Upper Antelope Canyon in Photos
Our Tour Company
We used Antelope Slot Canyon Tours. They are the #1 company offering tours to Upper Antelope Canyon. The meeting point is at their office in Page. From Page, it is a 10 minute drive out to the slot canyon (included in your ticket price). Both of our guides were great, teaching us about the canyon and pointing out the best photography spots.
Important Note: As of spring 2018, Antelope Slot Canyon Tours stopped offering their photographic tour. I did find another company who still offers a photographic tour, Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours. Click here to visit their website.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Just around the corner from Upper Antelope Canyon is Lower Antelope Canyon. You can visit one or both of these in one day. Learn more in these articles:
Have you been to Antelope Canyon? How was your experience? Comment below!
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