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“Crowded but beautiful!”

Ranked #21 of 45 Outdoor Activities in Page
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We thought the Canyon was beautiful but it was hard to enjoy it at the speed you are forced to maintain. The emphasis seemed to be on getting us through and out instead of letting us enjoy it. Unfortunately, our group was mainly non-English speaking and only interested in taking selfies. Our guide finally gave up and took the rest of us through and gave us a little history and spoke so reverently about the Canyon. She also showed us where and how to take stunning pictures. The ride to and from is fun in itself - you feel like you are on a movie set flying across the sand with a loud Chevy soundtrack. The crowd is the only reason this isn’t 5 stars.

Thank Deborah A
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We travelled with One Day Tours from Vegas with David our driver. It was a long journey by comfortable bus where we stopped for lunch at Denny's ( we liked the food). There was a couple of stops to take photos which we good vantage points, but did not prepare us for the fantastic Horseshoe Bend. We really enjoyed taking photos at this location and we're ready for the finale of Antelope Canyon.
It was busy when we arrived with groups in front of us, but while we were waiting we were treated to the ' hoop dance' by one of the native Indians, which was interesting but not our cup of tea. Our group then were introduced to our guide, who was a young native Indian and provided good information for us throughout.. We then had to queue for about 35 minutes before we could descend into the canyon itself. We absolutely loved it and took so many photos, although we would recommend getting your camera settings organised before you go down ( for example if you have an apple phone you should put on the chrome filter for best effect). Although it was a long day from Vegas we would really recommend it as a trip and particularly if you like your photography..

1  Thank Mhari M
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Our guide was Lorali, who is the granddaughter of the lady who discovered the Upper Antelope Canyon and ran the tours for many years. Obviously, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the canyon and where one can find all the special camera shots. Throughout the tour, I was using a ten-year-old point-and-shoot camera without realizing that the new Samsung Note 8 I just bought was right in my pocket. (By the way, Galaxy S8 or Note 8 take the best pictures in the canyon.) So when Lorali found out that I have a new Note 8, she offered to retake pictures for me and my family on the way out. She wanted to make sure that we didn't miss any good pictures. In my opinion, she really went out of her way to provide excellent guidance and friendly service. We were so lucky to have had her as our guide.

For those who provide negative reviews need to know that the guides are just doing their jobs in a crowded, dusty and cramped environment. All the rules and regulations are there for a reason, which is to make everyone's experience a good one. So try to see the positives and enjoy the amazing product of Mother Nature!

1  Thank David C
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We had been told by our son that we should definitely not miss this tour while touring the Utah/Arizonal National Parks. We succeeded in getting on a tour without a lengthy wait.
After paying $80.00 per person, we were loaded onto a padded seat in a covered pickup truck for the 3 mile drive to the canyon. Once we arrived, "Dale", our guide told everyone straight up they were not children and he did not repeat anything shared. Not a good way to acquainted. Dale has exceptional knowledge about photography, so if that is what you want, Dale is your man. Outside of that, there was no in historical and/or cultural information provided about how the Canyon relates to the Navajo people. You walk through the canyon walls, getting various camera angles and the photos are outstanding if you use the proper settings. It is crowded and dusty, as you walk on very sandy soil. Don't plan to spend much time at each "room" in the canyon because your guide will rush you along.
If you want photography, this is a great tour; otherwise, avoid this tour because it is very expensive for the time spent and lack of information shared.

Thank Larry P
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Upper Antelope Canyon is an amazing destination!!! We made a "courtesy reservation" several months in advance of our visit. Directions on the email were clear and we arrived well before our scheduled time, as requested. On the hour, visitors are called by name in groups of 10 to 12 to open trucks (with padded benches) for the drive to the canyon with an assigned guide. Our guide, Mike, was patient and seemed to be committed to ensuring that guests (addressed by name within minutes) had a positive experience in the canyon and also the best possible photos to take home with them! He was very articulate about the history and geology of the canyon, and provided technical assistance on varied cameras and phones. Highly recommended!!!

Thank Sandra L
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