- By Dannie
- On Sep 6, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Visit our site to book the right tour on the Antelope tours page and arrange your Antelope holiday nowdays, and our tips for Photographing Antelope Canyon for you as below. It’s hard not to picture the slot canyons of northern Arizona when thinking about the American Southwest; they are an absolute magical place and a visual playground for photographers. It’s also hard to know what to expect when photographing these canyons for the the first time. So with a few trips under my belt (and a few more on the calendar already) I thought it’d be a good time to share some tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Another amazing sight is the pouring sand effect. This happens when the guide throws a lot of the sand onto the canyon walls or also when the sand is blown from above the canyon.
When I visited, a strong wind blew tons of sand from the top so we had more than enough pouring sand to go around. And when I say tons, I mean it felt like I was trapped in the bottom half of a giant hourglass.
Our guide said that’s something that usually doesn’t happen but just be ready for it because it will get everywhere.
Bring a bandana
This is probably not necessary for most visitors. But if you run into a massive sand pouring as we did, a bandana will come in handy to keep all the sand out of your mouth and from running down your shirt.
A few of the guides were wearing these so it’s something to think about. Plus, there’s always the added effect of feeling like a bad-ass because you’re wearing a bandana.
While the canyon is much cooler than the desert air above, don’t forget that you’ll still be getting thirsty and try to bring a bottle of water with you. If you’re going to bring a backpack, try to bring the smallest one possible.
Watch out, it’s dark down there
One thing that I wasn’t prepared for was how dark the canyon got at times. Upper Antelope can get really dark, much like a haunted house you’d go to during Halloween (note Lower Antelope is not as dark).
One unfortunate person in our group was startled during the sand downpour just mentioned and so she took off running through the canyon only to be absolutely leveled and knocked to the ground by a section of the canyon jutting out. Aside from some ego bruising, she appeared to be okay.
So just be careful and even if you are being rushed in a tour; use your hands to get around when you can’t see.
Also, watch out for the photographer groups. While shooting we had the occasional straggler who stumbled right into our shots. Be alert and not try not to be that person, though I will say all of us photographers were extremely polite in those cases.