This is indeed a photographer’s dream! Although you are allowed only as a part of a tour, and around 15 people accompany you with a Novajo tour guide, yet the experience is sublime. An hour’s tour of pure bliss, where I touched the cool red sandy walls, and the sun shot soft beams down to the ground, like light playing hide and seek!
The guide also pointed out how some key shots could be taken. Make sure you take cash as it costs $28 to enter the canyon ($20 if you have already paid the $8 park fee at Upper Antelope). For credit cards, an extra 3% is charged. Tours are offered every 30 minutes. Also, try to go when the sun rays are directly overhead to get maximum light peeking in.
In fact we could just visit the lower antelope canyon, and not even go to the upper one. In my research I had read that the lower antelope canyon is much more beautiful due to the base being narrow, less crowded and less expensive. The hike is short about 0.3 miles but then climbing down into the canyon involves almost 4 flights of stairs. It can be a bit cool down there, so it’s recommended to carry a jacket. Our tour guide told us about the various shapes that appeared to be formed in the canyon. Also, how dangerous it can get during rains where the canyon can quickly get filled up with flash floods. Some parts of the canyon were narrow and we had to squeeze to walk, one foot at a time.
My name is Lovya. I left home when I was 17, to study and pursue my dream of being an Engineer, which I am now! But my love for travel never parted with me and even as I grow older, I know there are places and adventures in the world which I have to see. It feeds my soul in a unique way. This blog is a means for me to share my travel stories and hear about your experiences.