Antelope Canyon Tips – Things You Should Know Before Visiting Antelope Canyon

The Ultimate Antelope Canyon guide with Antelope Canyon tips answering all questions about Antelope Canyon you might have

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
Me in Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona in USA © World Travel Connector
Antelope Canyon Tips
Me walking through Antelope Canyon passages in Arizona © World Travel Connector

Have you seen Antelope Canyon photos on social media and now you are dreaming of hiking Antelope Canyon? Thinking of taking a trip to Antelope Canyon and wondering how to visit Antelope Canyon? Or you have just stumbled upon my Antelope Canyon blog and now you are looking at these dream-like images of Antelope Canyon with wonder?! In any case, here’s my Antelope Canyon guide and all Antelope Canyon tips you need for visiting Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

UPDATE Dec 2019: Professional photo tours in Antelope Canyon are closing from December 20 2019, when the last tour will be held. The visitors will still be able to photograph Antelope Canyon with regular cameras and phones.

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THE COMPLETE ANTELOPE CANYON GUIDE WITH ALL ANTELOPE CANYON TIPS YOU NEED

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Antelope Canyon: what is Antelope Canyon, where is Antelope Canyon, how to see Antelope Canyon, what to do in Antelope Canyon, how to get to Antelope Canyon (how to get to Upper Antelope Canyon and how to get to Lower Antelope Canyon), Antelope Canyon nearest airport, when to go to Antelope Canyon, Antelope Canyon Lower vs Upper, Antelope Canyon photo tours and photographing Antelope Canyon, and more. 

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
Antelope Canyon in Arizona in USA © World Travel Connector
Photo of Antelope Canyon among many incredible Arizona photos proving why you should visit Arizona
Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona © World Travel Connector

1. WHAT IS ANTELOPE CANYON

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon that is formed by water coming into a crack or fissure in the bedrock. Slot canyons are geological phenomena that appear by land erosion that happens in the desert areas caused by the sudden exchange of extreme weather conditions such as dry and hot sandstorms and turbulent flooding of sandstone.

Antelope Canyon is one of the top tourist attractions in the US, one of the most famous slot canyons in the world, and one of the most photographed canyons in the world.

Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona should be a part of your USA southwest road trip
Me in Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona © World Travel Connector

2. UPPER AND LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
Antelope Canyon on Navajo Land in Arizona © World Travel Connector

Antelope Canyon is actually split into two sections. There are two Antelope Canyons: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon is named after herds of pronghorn antelope that used to live freely in the area. In case you are wondering now what is antelope, let me just note that antelope is an Old World deer-like mammal.

3. IS ANTELOPE CANYON A NATIONAL PARK? 

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
Lower Antelope Canyon near the town of Page in Arizona© World Travel Connector

Antelope Canyon is often referred to as Antelope Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon State Park, Antelope National Park, or simply Antelope Canyon Park.

But, officially Antelope Canyon is not a US National Park since it is not protected and managed by the US National Park Service.

Anthelope Canyon is located in Antelope Valley Arizona on the Navajo Land and it is officially managed by Navajo Native Americans who organize and guide Antelope Canyon Tours. Antelope Canyon Arizona is believed to be sacred by the Navajo. In the past, entering Antelope Canyon to Navajo People meant entering a holy place that sought to show admiration and respect to Mother Nature.

Nowadays to visit Antelope Canyon you need to pay Antelope Canyon permit of 8 USD in cash for entering Navajo Land that goes to the Navajo Aboriginal reserve.

Furthermore, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park is in charge of Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon, Upper Park of East Waterholes, Lower Park of East Waterholes, and Rainbow Bridge Trail.

4. WHERE IS ANTELOPE CANYON

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
Antelope Canyon in Arizona © World Travel Connector

Where is Antelope Canyon located?

Antelope Canyon is located in the U.S. state of Arizona in the American Southwest. More precisely, Antilope Canyon is in northern Arizona, near the town of Page.

Where is Antelope Canyon in Arizona? What city is Antelope Canyon in?

Antelope Canyon AZ is near the town of Page and near Lake Powel in Arizona on the Navajo Land. Antelope Canyon is about 8 mi south of Page or a 15 min drive from Page.

5. HOW TO GET TO ANTELOPE CANYON

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Lower Antelope Canyon on Navajo land in Arizona © World Travel Connector

Getting to Antelope Canyon

NEAREST AIRPORT TO ANTELOPE CANYON:f there’s any Antelope Canyon airport? Looking for an airport near Antelope Canyon?

Las Vegas airport and Phoenix airport are nearest airports to Antelope Canyon and they are both about a 5-hour drive from Antelope Canyon.

5.1 LAS VEGAS TO ANTELOPE CANYON

Las Vegas airport (McCarran International Airport), along with Phoenix airport,  is the closest airport to Antelope Canyon. McCarran International Airport is about 5 mi south of Las Vegas. Vegas to Antelope Canyon is not a long drive. In fact, visiting Antelope Canyon is one of the most popular day trips from Las Vegas.

How far is Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas? 

Distance between Las Vegas and Antelope Canyon is 279 mi or a 4 hour and a half drive. You can visit Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas by booking a one-day tour to Antelope Canyon. Or you can visit Antelope Canyon from Vegas by renting a car and visiting Antelope Canyon on your own. 

Rent a car: Rent a car at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

Antelope Canyon tours from Las Vegas: 
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend from Vegas 
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend VIP Day Tour From Vegas
Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon Sunrise Tour From Las Vegas 

5.2 PHOENIX TO ANTELOPE CANYON

Another airport close to Antelope Canyon is Phoenix International Airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about 3 mi of Phoneix.

How far is Antelope Canyon from Phoenix?

Distance between Antelope Canyon and Phoenix is about 280 mi or a 4 hour and a half drive. To get from Phoenix to Antelope Canyon you can rent a car at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Rental cars in Phoenix are slightly more expensive than cars in Las Vegas as many people rent them for a road trip through Arizona, while Las Vegas is usually the final destination for people who arrive at Las Vegas Airport.

Rent a car: Rent a car at Phoenix Airport

5.3 GRAND CANYON TO ANTELOPE CANYON 

How far is Antelope Canyon from Grand Canyon? What’s the distance from Grand Canyon to Antelope Canyon?

Distance between Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon is about 225 mi, or 3 and a half-hour drive.  Antelope Canyon is about 2 hours east of the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Sunrise tour from Los Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon Sunrise Tour From Las Vegas 

6. ANTELOPE CANYON ACCESS 

Antelope Canyon how to get there

Both canyons (Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon) are located inside Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, within a 15-minute drive of each other. They are both accessed by Highway 98 (AZ 98). Access to Lower Antelope Canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on AZ-98.  Access to Upper Antelope Canyon takes a 2-mile safari truck ride from the Tribal Park Gate on AZ-98.

7. WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING ANTELOPE CANYON

Wondering where to stay in Antelope Canyon? Or, where to stay near Antelope Canyon? Looking for Antelope Canyon accommodation and Antelope Canyon hotels?

The town of Page is the nearest town to Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is about 8 mi south of Page or 15 min drive from Page. If you want to tour Antelope Canyon unrushed early in the morning or you want to visit both Antelope Canyons in one day, you should stay in Page in Arizona.  The town of Page offers some great accommodation you can choose from for your trip to Antelope Canyon.

Where to stay in Page Arizona – recommended hotels in Page AZ: 
Baymont by Wyndham Page Lake PowellHyatt Place Page Lake PowellCountry Inn & Suites by RadissonWingate by Wyndham Page Lake Powell 

8. HOW TO SEE ANTELOPE CANYON

The only way you can visit Antelope Canyon is to take Antelope Canyon guided tour. In short, you need to book Antelope Canyon tour exclusively managed by Navajo Native Americans.

Can you see Antelope Canyon without a tour? 

Visiting Antelope Canyon without tour is absolutely impossible since Antelope Canyon self-guided tours are not allowed due because of some accidents in the past. So please forget thinking of Antelope Canyon self-tour.

Antelope Canyon booking in advance is recommended and reserve your Antelope Canyon tickets. Make sure to make the Antelope Canyon tour reservation on time.

9. ANTELOPE CANYON TOURS

4 tour companies manage Upper Antelope Canyon Tours and 2 tour companies manage Lower Antelope Canyon tours.

Navajo Antelope Canyon tours

9.1 UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR COMPANIES 

Upper Antelope Canyon tours are organized by 4 tour companies. 3 companies manage Upper Antelope Canyon tours from Page (with round-trip transportation from Page). And, only one company offers Upper Antelope canyon tour from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on US 98 (with direct pick up at the Navajo Park Gate) called Antelope Canyon Navajo Tour. If you want to start touring Upper Antelope Canyon from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate, you should book Navajo Antelope Canyon Tour.

9.2 LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR COMPANIES 

Visiting Lower Antelope Canyon without a guide is not allowed. Only two official tour companies manage visits to Lower Antelope Canyon AZ:

Ken’s Tours: Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours
Dixie Ellis Antelope Canyon tours: Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours  

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA
© World Travel Connector

9.3 ANTELOPE CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR 

Classic Upper Antelope Canyon sightseeing tour lasts about 90 min, while Antelope Canyon photo tour lasts 2.5 hours.  Antelope Canyon photography tours require professional photography equipment (such as DSLR cameras and tripods). If you want to make professional Antelope Canyon pictures, you should arm yourself with a DSL camera and tripod. But if you are not into taking high-quality photos for sale, don’t bother with taking a photography tour. Your Antelope Canyon photos won’t be anything less beautiful!

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Taking photos in Antelope Canyon © World Travel Connector

9.4 ANTELOPE CANYON RESERVATION 

Tours of Antelope Canyon can be reserved online or by phone. Check the websites of Antelope Canyon tour companies for dates and times to find one that best fits your travel schedule to make your Antelope Canyon reservation and buy Antelope Canyon ticket on time.

Upper Antelope Canyon tours:
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours (from the town of Page) 
Antelope Canyon Tours (from the town of Page)
Antelope Slot Canyon Tours (from the town of Page)
Navajo Antelope Canyon Tour (from the Tribal Park Gate )

Lower Antelope Canyon tours:
Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours
Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA

10. ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR PRICE

ANTELOPE CANYON ENTRANCE & ANTELOPE CANYON FEE

Thinking of Antelope Canyon cost? Looking for Antelope Canyon price and Antelope Canyon entrance fee?

10.1 LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON TOURS PRICES

Lower Antelope Canyon tickets:

Dixie Ellis’ Tours  
Adults (13+): 60 USD per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee
Children (8-12): 20 USD + 8 USD per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee
Children under 7:  free

Ken’s Tours
Adults (13+): 50,40 USD
Children (8-12): 28,40 USD
Children under 7:  free

10.2 UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON ENTRANCE FEE 

Adults (13+): 69 USD – 75 USD + 8 USD per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee (depending on the time of the tour, the most expensive is 75 USD at 12 pm)

Children (8-12): 32 USD  – 35 USD + 8 USD per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee (depending on the time of the tour, the most expensive is 35 USD at 12 pm)

Children under 7:  free

Check for the lastest prices update here:
Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
Ekis Antelope Canyon Tours

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours

10.3 UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Must bring tripods, DSLR Cameras – professional photography equipment

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tour:  158 USD
Ekis Antelope Canyon Photo Tour: 125 USD

10.4 CHEAP ANTELOPE CANYON TOURS?

If you want to save some money on visiting Antelope Canyon, you can opt for a tour ‘off-peak’ hours which means earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. 

11. TIME IN ANTELOPE CANYON

How long is the Antelope Canyon tour?

Regular Antelope Canyon sightseeing tour lasts an hour and a half, but the time inside the canyon is about an hour. Regular Antelope Canyon photo tour lasts 2 and a half hours with 2 hours in the canyon.

10. ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR TIMES

10.1 UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON HOURS

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
6:30 am (April – October), 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm

Ekis Antelope Canyon Tours  
7:00 (April – September), 8:00, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30 (April – September)

Adventures Antelope Canyon Tours
8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours
8:45 am – 4 pm

10.2 LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON HOURS

Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours

8:00 am – 4:30 pm (tours go every 30 minutes, March – October)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm (tours go every 30 minutes, November – February)

Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours

7:45 am – 4:15 pm (tours go every 30 minutes, March – October)
8:45 am – 2.45 pm (tours go 30 minutes, November – February)

11. BEST TIME TO SEE ANTELOPE CANYON

The season of the Antelope Canyon light beam lasts from March to October. The light beams are more frequent in Upper Antelope Canyon. The peak months are June, July and August with peak hours from 11 am to 1:30 pm. But you should take into account that the busiest time is the peak hours in the summer months. 

12. BEST TIME TO GO TO ANTELOPE CANYON

The Best Time to Visit Antelope Canyon

The high season in Antelope Canyon is from April to September. The best time of year to visit Antelope Canyon is from April to September when light beams occur. Remember, with sunbeams, tourists come! And there no light beams before 11 am and after 1:30 pm. So, if you are would like to escape the crowds you should tour Antelope Canyon before 11 am and after 1:30 pm.

Low season in Antelope Canyon lasts from October to mid-March when there are no light beams. There are fewer crowds but still, the colors of Antelope Canyon are spectacular.

The best time to hike Antelope Canyon depends on your preferences. Do you prefer to enjoy more solitude in the low season or you passionately want to photograph light beams in the summer season that is also more crowded than the winter season. Antelope Canyon is breathtaking at any time of year, with and without light beams.

Best Time to Visit Arizona

Arizona is a year-round destination, but there’s Arizona Monsoon Season from June to September with the possibility of flooding.

13. ANTELOPE CANYON UPPER OR LOWER

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Me deep inside the Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona © World Travel Connector

Upper Antelope Canyon vs Lower Antelope Canyon

Debating over Upper vs Lower Antelope Canyon? What’s the difference between Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon? Should you visit Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon? 

Touring Upper Antelope Canyon is easier. Upper Antelope Canyon is 90 m long and flat. It is an easy walk with no stairs and ladders.

Lower Antelope Canyon is longer than Upper Antelope Canyon. Lower Antelope Canyon is about 550 m long with stairs and ladders going down the canyon and through the canyon. It requires climbing and stepping over some boulders and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and pregnant women are not allowed to go to Lower Antelope Canyon.

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Me going down the ladders in Lower Antelope Canyon © World Travel Connector

Is Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon better? Which is better Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon?

It’s hard to say since it depends on what you seek and how fit you are. If you are after light beams then Upper Antelope Canyon would be a better choice since the light beams are more frequent in the Upper Antelope Canyon than in Lower Antelope Canyon. But if you prefer a somewhat mystical experience, taking a Lower Antelope tour should be your bet. But then again, if you are slightly claustrophobic, you should rather check out Upper Antelope Canyon. These days Antelope Canyons are equally visited. In any case, you should expect crowds in both canyons.

14. UPPER AND LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON IN ONE DAY

If you want to see both canyons in one day, plan to visit Upper Antelope Canyon for the sunbeams between 11 am and 2 pm. And to visit Lower Antelope Canyon either first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to be able to visit Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in one day.

15. ANTELOPE CANYON OPENING HOURS

Antelope Canyon hours

15.1 UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON HOURS:

6:30 am  – 4:30 pm (April – October)

7 am – 4 om (November – March)

15.2 LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON OPENING HOURS:

7:45 am – 4:30 pm

16. THINGS TO DO NEAR ANTELOPE CANYON

Hiking Antelope Canyon and taking unreal Antelope Canyon photos are things to do in Antelope Canyon. But, what else you can do except Antelope Canyon hike in the nearby area?

Go to the Lake Powel: Lake Powel is just a short drive from Antelope Canyon. If you decide to tour Antelope Canyon in the morning, you should head to Lake Powel for the sunset.

Visit Glen Canyon Dam: Glen Canyon Dam is about 20 min drive from Antelope Canyon

Hike Horseshoe Bend: Horseshoe Bend is about 15 min drive from Antelope Canyon 

Visit Monument Valley:  Monument Valey is 2-hour drive from Antelope Canyon 

Go to the Wave Arizona in Coyote Buttes: The Wave in Arizona is 1,5-hour drive from Antelope Canyon

Head to Zion National Park: Zion National Park in Utah is a 2-hour drive from Antelope Canyon. If you are into hiking adventures you should definitely plan your Zion National Park itinerary and check out some of striking Zion’s treks like Weeping Rock Trail, Grotto Trail, and Upper Emerald Pools Trails.

Tours options:
3 Day Tour Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley From Las Vegas 
3 Day Antelope Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon (With A Helicopter Ride over Grand Canyon!)

17. ANTELOPE CANYON MAP

Map of Antelope Canyon: Antelope Canyon location with Antelope Canyon directions 

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