best Lower Antelope Canyon tour, the best place to stay in Antelope Canyon

  1. By kevin
  2. On Apr 16, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

The popular prismatic slot canyon is located on Navajo Native American land near Page, Arizona and is divided into upper and lower sections. Antelope Canyon was shaped by rainwater erosion of Navajo Sandstone and is only accessible through a guided tour. Book the best Lower Antelope Canyon tour on the website, and our travel tips about the best place to stay in Antelope Canyon as below:

Things to Do in Antelope Canyon

Light Beam

The light beams in Antelope Canyon are, to me, exactly what makes this location is so extraordinary. They just happen at particular times of the day and only last for a brief while however when they shine through the openings up leading it’s truly a sight to see.

best Lower Antelope Canyon tour, the best place to stay in Antelope Canyon

I extremely advise preparing your visit so that you can witness the spectacular light beams. Call the tourist guide to see when the very best time to come to see the beams is since that time will vary depending on the time of year. Usually the time will be between 10am-12pm. If you can’t arrive to see the beams, don’t fret, this location is still one of the most mystifying locations you’ll ever visit.

The guides in Upper Antelope will look after throwing sand into the beams to make sure that the light stands out, simply try to time your shots to make sure you capture the beam when the sand is mid-air. And please, as much fun as all of us have tossing sand up in the air, just let the guides manage the sand throwing and work their magic.

There was at least one visitor who tossed up a handful of sand only for it to shower upon on an entire group of professional photographers in front of me. Suffice it to say, he immediately became the least popular individual in the canyon.


No light beams from mid-October until end of March

No light beams prior to 11 AM and after 1:30 PM

No light beams on a cloudy day, even throughout ‘light beam season’

Schedule the 10:30 AM/ 11:00 AM tours to see the beams

Crowd Tips for Upper Antelope Canyon

Midday trips are heavily crowded in between April and September.

Less busy if you book an early morning trip during the week. No light beams though.

Small opportunity for a less hectic time but with light beams: Late March/ early April or late September/ early October integrated with a mid-week trip. However still, do not anticipate a peaceful visit.

Less busy in off-season from mid-October till mid-March without light beams. However still, prevent weekend tours.