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Travel Guide to Upper Antelope Canyon

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

Antelope Canyon has become a favorite destination for pro and amateur photographers, tourists, and movie producers. The colors are rich and deep in the morning and afternoon. You can see shafts of light from April through October, although they are strongest during the summer.

Southeast of Page on the Navajo Reservation lies the most photographed slot canyon in northern Arizona. Over the years flash flooding has created this deep, gorgeous passageway known as a slot canyon. It has come to be known as a harmonious and spiritual experience, often being compared to entering a cathedral by many Navajo.

Upper Antelope Canyon measures a quarter mile long and 130 feet deep. It is reached by traveling a 3.5-mile-long dry (most of the time) sandy wash that runs south from State Route 98. From the entrance, it's an easy stroll through the upper chamber, which is fairly level.

The Navajo Nation has restricted access to this canyon; you'll need to pay a fee and hire a guide to visit. Travel companies offer two types of tours:

1) Upper Antelope Canyon Sightseer's Tours

2) Upper Antelope Canyon Photo's Tours

 

History and Culture about Upper Antelope Canyon

The name Antelope Canyon comes from a time when antelopes ran wild in the canyons, but it has since been a place attracting hoards of tourists and large crowds. Antelope Canyon includes two separate slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon . The 600 foot long stretch of Upper Antelope Canyon is the more popular of the two canyons. It is easy to hike for everyone. While exploring the 1/2 mile Lower Antelope Canyon is much more narrow and requires walking up and down metal stairways.

Visitors to Upper Antelope Canyon are also more likely to see the light beams, which are sought after by photographers and can be seen in countless publications. Both canyons have long been considered sacred and spiritual places by the Navajo.

 

How to go to UPPER Antelope Canyon

 

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1) Headed North from Flagstaff on highway 89

Turn right onto highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.

2) Headed South from Page on highway 89

Turn left on highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.

3) Headed West from Las Vegas on I-15 and highway 89 S.

Take I-15 East for 127 miles and merge onto highway 89 South at Kanab and continue 71 to Page. Turn left on highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.

 

Joining Upper Antelope Canyon Tours form Las Vegas

Joining the Upper Antelope Canyon Tours is the best way for touring the Antelope Canyon and also adding to visit more other attractive views. The regulations of the Navajo Tribal Parks Authority state that you can only visit Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide, so joining Upper Antelope Canyon tours is much better for you than traveling alone.

You can refer to the tour: 【1-Day】Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Las Vegas.

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Self-guided tours are not available when visiting Antelope Canyon (both Upper and Lower). You can either book ahead of time with a private tour company or book on site.

Here is a breakdown:

  1. Navajo Park entrance fee: $8
  2. Mandatory Tour Guide: $20-$58
  3. Optional Photography Tour: $42

Total: $28-$108 (depending on the tours,times,season)

 

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The light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon what makes this place is so charming. They only occur at certain times of the day and only last for a short while but when they shine through from the openings up above, it's truly unforgettable.

I recommend planning your visit so that you can witness the magnificent light beams. Make sure to contact tour guides to see when the best time to come to see the beams is since that time will differ depending on the time of year. Upper Antelope Canyon9Once inside, the guides in Upper Antelope will take care of throwing sand into the beams to make sure that the light sticks out. When photographing, what you're going to want to take into consideration is the darkness inside of the canyon and the large crowds of people maneuvering through.

If for whatever reason you can't get there to see the beams, don't worry… it will still be one of the most mystifying destinations that you'll ever visit!

 

Overall, Antelope Canyon is one of the most majestic and surreal places you can ever visit in the United States. You are bound to have an impressive memory in your whole life!