Photographing Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon: A Journey in Photos

Julie United States 10 Comments

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?

Awesome Antelope Canyon

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. Upper Antelope Canyon is the most popular, however, Lower Antelope Canyon is quickly gaining in popularity.

We toured both slot canyons 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 2018, it costs $68-$78 per person for this tour. You should book your tour at least one month in advance since spots can sell out quickly.

There is also the option to take a photography tour. These are more expensive, but what you get is more time inside the canyon, a guide who will show you the best photo angles, and a chance to photograph the canyon without any people in your photos. The guide will literally shoo away other tour groups so you can get that perfect shot.

What We Did

We took both tours. 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

Photographing Antelope Canyon

Entrance to Antelope Canyon

Flowing Sand Antelope Canyon

Slot Canyon

Antelope Canyon in Motion

Antelope Canyon Heart

Colors of Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon Rainbow

Antelope Canyon Tour

Upper Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon Arizona
Antelope Canyon Skylight

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 (as of May 2018) who still offers a photographic tour, Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours. Click here to visit their website.

Post updated May 2018.


Antelope Canyon Photos

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  1. Im hoping to gk to antelope canyon this weekend. All the remaining photography tours are booked. Do you have any tips in photographing these amazing sites

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      Linger towards the back or front of your group…you may be able to get some shots without people in them. Some of the best shots are looking up, and these won’t have people in them…perfect! Ask your guide for advice on where to get the best shots while you are there. They are very knowledgeable about the best angles and camera settings. And don’t forget to have fun! Cheers, Julie

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      There are a bunch of places to stay in Page. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, a decent budget hotel. You can check Trip Advisor for more options. Cheers, Julie

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          You’re right! I just called Antelope Slot Canyon to confirm and they stopped offering the photographic tour this month. After asking them several different ways, they would not tell why it was cancelled, only that they do not offer it anymore. That’s a bummer! You can call one of the other companies that offers tours to the Upper Canyon to see if they offer a photographic tour. Thanks for letting me know but I’m very sorry you missed out, if this is something you planned on doing. Cheers, Julie

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