- By Dannie
- On Sep 5, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Both canyons are located on Navajo land and the only way to see them is by taking a guided tour, the Upper Antelope Canyon tours and the Lower Antelope Canyon tours on the site with great discount price. And I only saw Navajo guides, which made it feel more authentic and connected.
What about Upper Antelope VS Lower Antelope Canyon?
Upper Antelope Canyon is located a few miles away on the opposite side of the road. For this one, you’ll climb into a 4 x 4 truck and be caravanned over to the entrance. I highly suggest paying the $10 more for ‘prime time,’ which is when the light beams shine through. I was able to hit both canyons during their prime times by booking Lower Antelope for 10:10 and Upper Antelope for 12:30.
This is the canyon where the guides will throw up dust into the light beams and some will even take your photo for you, which is nice for a solo traveler! I chose Adventurous Antelope Canyon and paid $60. Since I had already paid the $8 Navajo Nation fee, I was able to show the receipt and not have to pay twice.
The light beams are the biggest perk of visiting Upper Antelope Canyon. Most of the famous photos that you’ve seen of these canyons, including the most expensive photo in the world by Peter Lik which sold for $6.5 million, were taken in this canyon.
However, this is highly dependent on time of day so keep that in mind when planning your trip. Ideally the sun will be directly overhead, which in May was at 1 PM. If you’re a photographer, this is probably the better canyon for you to visit if you’re dying to get those iconic light beam shots.
If the idea of climbing stairs in a narrow canyon makes you dizzy just thinking about it, take solace in the fact that this is just an easy, flat, and shorter walk through the canyon. That said, I think this also leads to one of the biggest drawbacks which is that you have two-way traffic going through the canyon. It’s already quite narrow, so this makes it feel even more claustrophobic.