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Visiting Antelope Canyon (Must-Know Tips, Tour Costs, Where To Stay)


Visiting Antelope Canyon (Must-Know Tips, Tour Costs, Where To Stay)

Visiting Antelope Canyon (Must-Know Tips, Tour Costs, Where To Stay) These must-know tips for visiting Antelope Canyon in Arizona covers where to stay, what to bring, how much it costs, photography tips, and more! Antelope Canyon does not disappoint and is a destination that is sought out by people all over the world.The captivating curvatures of these deep slot canyons are derived from many millennia of seeping water into fissures of the Navajo sandstone. It’s inevitable to be in awe when surrounded by these natural, breathtaking walls. Familiarizing yourself with these must-know tips will allow you to enjoy a stress-free trip to Antelope Canyon!   Tips For Visiting Antelope Canyon In Page, Arizona   There Are Two Canyons (Upper & Lower) The Upper Canyon is undoubtedly the tourists’ favorite. With it being ground level, and less than a 2% incline; it is the easiest to access with the least effort. The majority of photos you’ve seen of this notorious attraction are of the Upper Canyon. It is the deepest canyon of all (there are a few more, other than the Upper and Lower Canyons). The Upper Canyon walls are narrower at the top, with a wider base, providing the perfect formation to create the enchanting, well-known light beams that everyone wants that one photograph of — you know exactly what I’m talking about. These light beams are what the Upper Canyon are known for; they are immensely surreal and breathtaking and most likely what prompted you to book this trip in the first place! This canyon is typically always crowded and will take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to tour. The beauty of the Lower Canyon offers narrower paths where you will be walking and wider at the top — think of a V. These walls provide stunning photography opportunities as well. The Lower Canyon has less tourism however; it has increased in the recent past. This is the canyon for our adventurous, challenge enthusiasts — in some areas, you will utilize steps and ladders due to the limited space. Less expensive tours are offered in the Lower Canyon. Fewer light beams are seen, however, the sun that does come through creates a sensational glow to the walls. (Note: All of the photos shown here were taken in the Lower Canyon.) The Lower Canyon will be between a 1 to 2 hour tour, which is dependent on the type of tour you choose. Both of these beauties are a must see! It is highly recommended to plan for 2 days to see both, the Upper Canyon and the Lower Canyon. Why? Because you will experience the best of both worlds by visiting each canyon around mid morning. However, visiting both canyons in the same day is doable. It would be most beneficial to visit the Lower Canyon as early as possible to make it to the Upper Canyon by mid-morning to high noon for the those light beams you don’t want to miss. Read more: Sedona Travel Guide & The Best Hiking Trails   Best Time To Visit Antelope Canyon The best time to visit Antelope Canyon will be determined by the intention for your travel. For the aesthetic seekers (let’s be serious…these canyons are indefinitely visually pleasing), the light beams are most prominent between the months of May and September. The high sun permeates the canyons during June and July, which inevitably makes this time frame the most desirable to visit. This must-see phenomenon is best witnessed at midday, around 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to visit during the off-season. November through January is less crowded, however, you’ll find little to no light beams. Ultimately, whenever you choose to go, you will, without a doubt, feel the Earthly magic. Read more: Havasu Falls Travel Tips – Havasupai Reservation, Arizona   Tours Are Required For Both Canyons Tours are a requirement to visit both the Upper and Lower Canyon and there are many companies that offer similar options with varying times and pricing. For an Upper Canyon Tour, National Park Express is a reputable company with great reviews and one of the cheaper options, starting at about $125. For a Lower Canyon tour, with hundreds of positive reviews and personable guides, Scenic Bend is your go-to. You will choose between general tours and combination packages. Their prices vary, with tours starting at about $90. Several of the guides are native to this Navajo land and are proud to share with you the importance of it through stories and myths — at times in the Navajo language. And if you are fortunate that day, you may be gifted the sound of the flute being played in the canyon. Definitely overwhelming — in a good way! Read more: Travel Guide to Tucson, Arizona in a Weekend   You Must Book In Advance The truly beautiful Antelope Canyon is in high demand. Due to tours selling out weeks in advance, it is best to book online prior to visiting. Same day tours are no longer being offered. You will need to obtain a park permit as well. These permits are generally $8.00 per person and provided by your guide, or already included in the tour price. For a last-minute Antelope Canyon adventure, it would be advantageous to call the tour company directly to inquire about and possibly purchase a recent cancelation. Read more: Havasu Falls Camping Guide (Permits, Hiking Trails, Packing Tips)   What You Can & Can’t Bring To Antelope Canyon   The “What You Can Bring” List Is Minimal: Small Personal Bag – (Make sure that what you want to bring will fit in it.) Camera – (The camera bag will count as your small personal bag.) Bottle Of Water – (This is my favorite travel water bottle – it’s stainless steel and insulated so it keeps your water cold!) Read more: Best Travel Cameras (Top Cameras For Every Budget)   Let’s Talk About “What You Can’t” Bring: Pretty much everything that is not…

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