Antelope Canyon

Things to Know about Antelope Canyon Tours

Antelope Canyon Tours

When visiting Arizona, do not miss visiting Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is located near Page, Arizona.  It is the most beautiful, natural slot canyon in the world.  The canyon is shaped by the wind and water over millions of years and now we can enjoy nature’s handiwork today. The canyon really lights up near midday when the sun is high overhead. Many structures become visible in the sandstone and when the light shines on the beautiful layers, it is a sight to behold.

There are three canyons that you can visit:  Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon and Canyon X.  The Upper Canyon is basically at ground level and the more popular destination.  Lower Antelope Canyon goes deeper into the ground, so getting inside the canyon requires stairs and ladder systems. Canyon X is a lesser-known section of Antelope Canyon and is located on private land.

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Antelope Canyon is located on the Navajo Nation, therefore, you will need to take a guided tour from an authorized Navajo guide to see the slot canyons.  Guided tours require a reservation and fill up quickly during weekends and busy travel seasons.  Tours are offered all year long, but are subject to cancellation depending on the weather.  Rain and monsoon storms can cause flooding to the canyons and make then inaccessible.  Tours typically last between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The most popular travel times are midday March through October.  During winter months, tours are available but colors within the canyon walls tend to be more muted.

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About the Antelope Canyon Tour

You will meet with your tour guide at a designated area.  Check for the location with your tour guide and you should arrive early.  From there, a guide will take your tour group to the canyon entrances in one of their four-wheeler vehicles.  Guides are extremely knowledgeable about Antelope Canyon.  They’ll describe how the slot canyons were made, different formations and the sacredness of the canyons to the Navajo People.  They are also experts on taking the best pictures.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  They recommend that you wear closed toed shoes, dress in layers and wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. You should check with the tour companies as many do not allow food, drinks, large bags or purses and tripods on the tour.

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Antelope Canyon from Sedona

Many people who visit Sedona, also want to see Antelope Canyon.  Antelope Canyon is located near Page, Arizona, home to Lake Powell. Antelope Canyon is more than 160 miles from Sedona and about a three-hour drive.  Not your typical day trip, but it can be done by taking a tour from Sedona.  Let someone else do the driving, while you sit back and relax.

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This is a full day tour to Antelope Canyon from Sedona. Most tours stop at Horseshoe Bend, Cameron Trading Post and the Glen Canyon Dam. Also most tours include pickup and drop off service, lunch and water.  Antelope Canyon tickets are included.

There is so much to do in Sedona, like scenic drives and hiking, but if you choose to go to Antelope Canyon you may want to stay the night in Page, Arizona.  Then plan to visit the Grand Canyon, here you’ll find more information for visiting the National Park and the Grand Canyon Railway.  We also reviewed Grand Canyon West and the SkyWalk that you might be also interested in, especially if you are heading to Las Vegas, Nevada.