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“Lower Antelope MUCH more beautiful than its more famous sister, Upper Antelope”
Review of Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Page
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located near Lake Powell, this "slot" canyon is considered sacred by the Navajo.
Reviewed 27 October 2012

If you can only do one, do LOWER Antelope Canyon. We visited Upper Antelope Canyon (first), then Lower Antelope Canyon later that day. I had researched Antelope Canyon prior to visiting, and I was always so perplexed by the reviewers that said that Upper Antelope was disappointing and that Lower Antelope was better. I paid no attention to those reviews. I had seen those amazing photographs of Upper Antelope Canyon and those beautiful rays of light, so I just thought those folks critical of Upper Antelope didn’t know what they were talking about.

But, after actually taking both the tours, I now understand the previous reviewers. While Upper Antelope Canyon was quite beautiful, you just can’t enjoy it because it’s way too crowded. Literally wall to canyon wall of people. There are multiple tour guides shouting and giving bad photography tips (Turn up your ISO to the max? Sure, if you want super grainy looking photos!) and since there’s only one access point to the canyon, people exiting the canyon are always bumping into the folks still on their tours going into the Canyon. Plus, the tour is just so rushed because there is just such a constant flow of people, the tour guides have to keep visitors constantly moving to avoid jams, affecting the time to take photographs. We visited it in October, so I can’t imagine what it’s like during peak summer crowds. The Upper Antelope Canyon tour offerers should take the high road and really limit the number of people they take into the canyon at a time so that visitors can actually take their time and enjoy how beautiful it is. But, I’m sure they won’t do it because, after all, they get $40 per person and kick out the visitors after just one hour. At least at Disney World you pay $89 but get to stay for 12-14 hours. The per hour value of the Upper Antelope tour is just terrible. (No, I am not actually comparing Antelope Canyon to Disney World. I’m just using that as an illustrative example for per hour cost).

Later that afternoon, we went to Lower Antelope Canyon. And just WOW. It was $20 per person (we didn’t have the pay the $6 p/p Navajo Park fee since we had already paid for it earlier that day at Upper Antelope Canyon), and it was such a spectacular experience. No, Lower Antelope Canyon does not have the sun rays like Upper Antelope, but even without them, Lower Antelope Canyon is even more beautiful. Plus, it’s so much more peaceful. We saw maybe only two dozen people during our entire 2 hour photography tour, compared to the hundreds we were bumping shoulders with at Upper Antelope in just one hour. While Lower Antelope Canyon is much more narrow than Upper Antelope, it is much larger in the sense that it takes a lot longer to walk through it. Or maybe that’s just because were actually able to stop and take pictures.

Lower Antelope Canyon is more physically taxing than Upper Antelope, mostly because of some steep ladders and steps throughout the canyon that take you to different levels. The ladders / steps range from one small step with no handrail to probably close to 20 steps with a handrail. I’m 31, in not great (but not terrible) shape, and consider myself to be a klutz and relatively accident prone (I stumble on perfectly smooth sidewalks), but I was able to deal with it just fine as long as I took my time. The first three ladders as soon as you enter the canyon were the most difficult for me, especially since they were very steep, had probably 3-6 steps each, and no handrails. For comparison sake, I had to give up on the Fiery Furnace hike at Arches National Park after the first five minutes because it was too much for my klutzy self. Luckily though I am not claustrophobic, as I can imagine that someone who does not like small or tight spaces might feel uncomfortable. It’s nothing you have to crawl for or not like an obese person would get stuck. It’s just that the walls narrow significantly at certain spots.

Be aware of the potential for disappointment at Upper Antelope Canyon, but still give it a visit if you can. But, if you only have time or money to visit one of them, definitely choose Lower Antelope Canyon! Bring a tripod for both canyons! Even most simple point-and-shoot cameras have a spot to attach a tripod. If you do not bring one, your photos will come out blurry or dark!

17  Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

The canyon is beautiful and won't disappoint. You will however be forced to take a guide, which are all the same so don't concern yourself too much with which company to use. The canyon is full of people so prepare yourself and you won't be disappointed.

My recommendation is to rather go to the lower canyon.

1  Thank nthirion
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Antelope Canyon is a wonder; so beautiful, such spectacular light and colors. I only wish I had a better camera to capture the views - and that the canyon was not chock full of people walking tiny half steps at a time. I know people want to see it, and they should, but the Navajo could regulate access better.

Thank WhiskeyPriest_2012
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

A very bumpy ride. Not sure about the safety requirements for doing 40-45mph on highway with one seat belt holding 2 or 3 people tied together! The guides do 5 groups per day. The theme seems to be "get them in and out quickly -time is money!" I had to tell the tour guide for the following group not to push me along. Rock formations protruding from above at head height and rock bases coming out can be dangerous. When you are looking out for your head, you can't see where your feet are going. Add the poor lighting or glare from natural lighting and you have an excellent environment for accidents.

3  Thank GLT-LCT
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

Absolute beauty! Both myself and my husband were brought to tears from the overwhelming beauty of Antelope Canyon. We were lucky to have Leonard Nez for our tour guide. He was an outstanding guide and an excellent camera man ensuring your pictures are perfect, it is the most photographed slot canyon in the world. Beyond his knowledge of the canyon he plays the flute making you feel why the Navajo call Antelope Canyon a sacred place. I strongly recommend visiting and the price for 90 minutes was$35 and was worth every penny. I look forward to visiting Antelope Canyon again!!

Thank Cheyennie
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