Antelope Canyon Travel Guide

  1. By Jocelyn
  2. On Feb 3, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

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Reason to go:

  1. Antelope Canyon is one of the seven largest wonders for geographic photography. It's the dream destination for photographers.
  2. Antelope Canyon is unique due to its amazing curves and abundantcolorful light beams.


Introduction about Antelope Canyon:

Antelope Canyon is located near Page on Navajo Nation land, just outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town (at milepost 299). Antelope is the most visited slot canyon in the Southwest, partly because it is easily accessible and by far the most publicized, and also since it is extremely beautiful, with just the right combination of depth, width, length, rock color and ambient light; many other slot canyons are deeper, narrower or longer, and some have rock that is even more colorful and sculptured, but here conditions are ideal.

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Tips of antelope canyon tours:

  • You are recommended to wear a gauze mask to prevent the sand blown by the wind, and also sun protection is required.
  • 10:00AM-1:00PM is the best and hot time for photography. You are recommended to book the tour online in advance.
  • There is a tourist gathering place in Page and also one in Antelope Canyon. If you do not spend the night in Page, you can drive to Antelope Canyon's gathering place and then take their exclusive car to enter the Antelope Canyon. Private car is not allowed to enter the Antelope Canyon.
  • The road to Antelope Canyon is gated by the Navajo Nation and entry is restricted to guided tours led by authorized tour guides.


Relevant Fee to Upper Antelope Canyon:

  1. Antelope Canyon Tour:

Mandatory Admission:$28 per person (Lower); $58 per person (Upper)

  1. Individuals:

The admission is divided into three kinds: admission to enter the Navajo Park, admission to Upper Antelope Canyon and admission to Lower Antelope Canyon. In addition, you can choose sightseer's tour or photo tour. More information for your reference:


Reason to go0:

  1. Tour Coach for joining a tour: You can choose to start from Las Vegas for one day, or book a tour package for more days.
  2. Drive by yourselves: Drive to the visitor center firstly. After arriving at visitor center, you will take their car to enter the Antelope Canyon.


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A1. Antelope Canyon is located near Page on Navajo Nation land, just outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town (at milepost 299).


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A2. Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous slot canyon in the world, and it is also the famous attraction for photography.


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A3. 1) Antelope Canyon is 112 miles (180 km) away from Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim); it will cost about 2 hours for driving. The map below is for reference:

antelope canyon to grand canyon national park


2) Antelope Canyon is 348 miles (about 560 km) away from Grand Canyon West Rim; it will cost about 5.5 hours for driving. The map below is for your reference:

antelope canyon to grand canyon west rim



A4. ​Antelope Canyon VS Grand Canyon  (Recommend to visit both)

:2is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. Private tour companies have been permitted to offer tours since 1987. It has been accessible by tour only since 1997, when the Navajo Tribe made it a Navajo Tribal Park. Photography within the canyons is difficult due to the wide exposure range (often 10 EV or more) made by light reflecting off the canyon walls.

    :3 is called Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 20 and disappear October 7 each year.

    :4, called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo Indians, are located a few miles away. Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope. It is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs.

Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper.

The lower canyon is in the shape of a "V" and shallower than the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late morning.


:5, also known as Grand Canyon West, is the shining star of the Hualapai Indian reservation and home of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped, cantilevered glass bridge attraction suspended 4,000 above the canyon floor. The Skywalk's popularity has catapulted the West Rim into Grand Canyon visitors' consciousness.

There are dozens of ways to see the West Rim, from helicopter tours to coach bus rides to pontoon boat cruises, and this is the only place at the Grand Canyon where you can experience a helicopter landing on the Canyon floor. There is easily a half-day's worth of activities available. Walk the Skywalk, marvel at the views from Guano Point and Eagle Point, and watch Native American and cowboy demonstrations; all accessible by a Hop-On Hop-Off shuttle included in the price of admission to Grand Canyon West.