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Weather and timing in Antelope Canyon National Park

  1. By Dannie
  2. On Sep 10, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

The unforgettable moment in Antelope Canyon National Park is when you see sunbeams shine in through the slot canyon for the first time. This occurs between 11am and 1pm in the spring and summer months. If you’re going in March, make sure you go after the spring equinox. Otherwise, the sun does not rise high enough to shine in to the Canyon.


If you are able to, reserve a 10:30am photo tour, ensuring that you’re in place for optimal light. Those hoping to see lower Antelope Canyon in the same day should schedule their visit for after Upper Antelope Canyon, not before, since you’ll be able to enjoy Lower Antelope Canyon regardless of the time of day.

Reservations

There are several different photo tour operators that take you in and around Upper Antelope Canyon. I went with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours and the experience was $130 for two hours, which includes a half hour of transportation and an hour and a half in the canyon. I booked online and chose this company ultimately because of the reviews. I read that they assisted photographers with camera settings and, being new to the photography game, that was worth a little extra for me.

You’re not allowed to use flash and have to utilize the manual setting to get the best shots. This requires playing with the aperture and exposure settings so it’s best to have an expert on board to help. Note that your mobile device can take great photos as you’re walking, or if you choose to go on a regular walking tour. The guides take pictures all day and know the best spots.

In addition to your photo tour cost, you also have to pay an $8 entry fee for Lake Powell Tribal Park.