A slot canyon you need to put on your bucket list is the infamous Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is located on a Navajo Reservation east of Page, Arizona. Guided tours must be given due to possible flooding with little notice. There have been people that have died due to rain and flood during a hike through the slot canyons. You can read one of the survivor’s interview here. We had little sprinkles of rain right before our tour began, and they felt the rain was not going to get worse so they allowed our tour to proceed. It did clear up once we got out of the slot canyons, which you can see in the photo story below.
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, ‘the place where water runs through rocks’ by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams or shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings at the top of the canyon are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are more muted. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 20 and disappear October 7 each year.
There are tours provided on site when buying your admission ticket. There are several different tours such as the Photography Tour, Vermilion Tour or the Sightseers’ Tour (most popular). The Lower Antelope Canyon tour will involve walking to the slot canyon (not too far of a walk) and going up and down ladders.
•• They will charge you a non-refundable fee to go on their land which is around $10. If it is raining and they have to close the tour, they will either refund you or give your a rain check.
•• Tips are not required, but generous to give after a tour!
•• Depending on the type of tour, will depend on the price. The Sightseers’ Tour we did was around $15-$20/per person
•• The tour goes in groups of 10-20 people and there will be a wait, so make sure to arrive early.
•• Wear closed toed shoes and shoes that will not slip off while walking through the sand and going up and down the ladders.
•• Wear pants or shorts that are not too revealing as there are ladders and stairs that you will have to use.
•• Learn to use your DSLR! Little light is given when you’re in the slot canyons and setting your camera on automatic mode will not necessarily produce a clear picture (unless you have a low light camera). I found it best to use my iPhone. The tour guides on the Sightseers’ tour will let you know specific spots for photo opportunities and filters to use on your cell phone so you’ll have at least some good photographs!
From the admission ticket stand on the way to the lower slot canyon entrance with our group. Down we go!
The whole time you’re there everything feels surreal. You’ll be constantly touching the slot canyons to remind yourself that you’re in reality.
We made it out alive and the sky was beautiful after we were done!
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