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Antelope Canyon Tours, Top Tips Before You Go

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jun 1, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed sites in the entire state of Arizona – but there are a few things you should know before you go to avoid disappointment. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of your visit to Antelope Canyon Arizona.

Antelope Canyon Tours

Planning Your Antelope Canyon Visit

One of the most popular questions before visiting the Canyon is whether or not you should book a tour guide. Please know that you can not enter Antelope Canyon without a native Navajo guide. Therefore it is not only recommended to book a tour, but absolutely necessary. You don’t have to book a tour guide in advance, though it is highly recommended.

For my trip, I chose Navajo Tours and paid $40 per person to enter at the premium lighting time for tours (10:00am tour) as this is the best chance to take great photos inside the Canyon, when the light begins to pour in through the slots.

There are two departure points for tours – Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper is more popular, particularly if you’re after great photos.

Timing is Everything

The prime times for tours are: 10am, 11am, and 12pm. These tours are more expensive ($40) versus the alternative times ($25), though you will not get nearly as good photos outside of these times.

You can pay double ($80) for a photography tour, but after experiencing the 10am tour I would highly recommend this as sufficient, taken at either 10am or 11am for the best lighting.

Antelope Canyon Tours

Beyond Antelope Canyon

There is much to see and do around the immediate vicinity and further beyond – some ideas include nearby Horseshoe Canyon (Arizona), Zion National Park (Utah), or the popular Grand Canyon (Arizona).