- By Dannie
- On Sep 4, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
For photographers I recommend Upper Antelope Canyon. If you can afford the $195 price tag, the photographic tour is worth it. To visit Antelope Canyon with the best Lower Antelope tours on the site.
If you want to visit both canyons, I recommend visiting Upper Antelope Canyon at 10:30 am (best chance to see those light beams but make sure you book your tickets well in advance!) and Lower Antelope Canyon at 1:30 pm. Now that fewer tours are being offered at Lower Antelope Canyon, midday crowd levels to enter the canyon should be less, and hopefully you will not experience the 1 to 3 hour wait times that they had in 2017. If you want to avoid the crowds at Lower Antelope Canyon, consider booking one of the last tours of the day (although you will be sacrificing the better lighting conditions).
Why to visit Lower Antelope Canyon?
It’s More Fun
Of the two canyons, many people agree that Lower Antelope Canyon is more fun, with narrow passageways to squeeze through and ladders to climb. The narrow walls at the bottom, twisting and turning their way through the canyon, are fun to walk through, sometimes even slide through.
This is the Canyon with Ladders
This is also the canyon famous for its ladders. You will descend down into the canyon on a series of ladders and as you make your journey through the canyon, you will climb several more. People either love them or hate them. We loved them.
It’s Less Likely to Sell Out
With tours running every 30 minutes between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, spots should be available sometime during the day, even in the busier summer months. However, in the past year, the popularity of these canyons has skyrocketed. I would recommend booking your tour in advance just in case it does sell out.
It’s Getting More Crowded
If you read other, older blog articles, they may tell you to visit Lower Antelope Canyon because it is less crowded. This was not true in our case. We visited both canyons on the same day and both had identical crowd levels.
The popularity of these canyons has skyrocketed in the past year. To avoid disappointment, make your reservations far in advance (at a bare minimum, two months in advance, but up to six months in advance during the summer season). People have been writing in that May time slots were selling out in early February!