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When is the Best Time to Visit Antelope Canyon?

Antelope Canyon is one trip that you don’t want to miss. There are many amazing memories to be made at this incredible natural beauty. However, because this place is so beautiful, many want to come to this beautiful site. It’s important to know the best time to visit Antelope Canyon. Whether you are trying to get great photos or beat the crowds, it is very important to know the best times to visit Antelope Canyon.

The best times for light beams

Many people who are choosing to visit Antelope Canyon are coming for amazing photo opportunities. The first thing that you are going to want to take into account is the time of year that you are visiting. During the months of November through March, you are not going to be able to find light beams. The very best months for the light beams are going to be June, July, and August. The high sun during these months will give you the ability to beautifully capture the light beams. Between 11 AM and 1:30 PM, each day is going to be the prime time to find those amazing photo opportunities.

Planning depending on the weather

When figuring out the best time to visit Antelope Canyon, you need to take into account the weather. During the summer months, you are not going to have to deal with many weather concerns. However, when you are traveling during the winter months, you must be careful. It will be more than just an annoyance if you run into a big rainstorm. You could even have to deal with some dangerous flooding conditions. It is always important to check the weather before you head out on your tour. If you have any medical conditions, it may be an issue to go out when it is too hot, as well.

Finding the right accommodations

During the busiest months of the year at Antelope Canyon, it can even be hard to find the right accommodations. If you are planning on coming during the busy spring and summer seasons, you need to make sure you are finding the right accommodations early on. You wouldn’t want to show up in Page, Arizona to find that you didn’t have a place to stay. However, if you come in the cooler months, you shouldn’t have any problem rolling into town and finding vacancies. It is always a good idea to call in advance and check.

Make Sure you Aren’t Driving at Night

Here at Lower Antelope Canyon, we always advise people to only drive during the day. However, dangerous road conditions can even be hazardous during the day. Navigating the sheer drop-offs, twists-and-turns, and other obstacles is very difficult at night. You could not only damage your rental car but put your life at risk. Make sure to only drive during the day when traveling to or from Antelope Canyon.

How to Avoid the Crowds

If you are looking for a fun trip, but are trying to avoid the crowds, we know just the tips for you. While you may not be able to get all of the great light beam photos during less crowded times, you may just have a much more enjoyable experience overall. Weekends are year-round the least pleasant times to go when you are looking to beat the crowds. The weekdays are always going to have a much more enjoyable feel with fewer people. During the cooler months of the year, you are also going to find that the crowds are much less intense. Going on our guided tours later in the day can also be a great way for you to not have to deal with as many tourists.

Ask Locals for Their Opinion

Once you reach Page, Arizona, it can be great to get to know some of the locals. They will be able to help you find out the tips and tricks that will bring you to the great local spots around Antelope Canyon. While you may have to wait for the best time to visit the canyon, the locals will help you find fun things to do during your downtime. Locals can also help you learn when the best time to visit Antelope Canyon is. Honestly, the locals will most satisfactorily know the best days and times to maximize your Antelope Canyon experience. 

Go With the Lower Canyon

The lower canyon has convinced many people that it offers a greater experience. If you are physically up to claiming stairs and ladders, this is the trip for you. Many travelers are not as used to the obstacles of stairs and ladders and they would rather have a Jeep tour or easy walking tours. However, at any time of the year, the lower canyon will always be less crowded than the upper canyon. Here, you will find more intimate tours with smaller groups at the lower canyon.

Book Your Trip to Include Some Other Great Areas

Zions National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, and The Wave are only a few of the incredible places nearby that allow you to experience even more of the area. When learning about the different places nearby, you can determine the time of year you would want to take your trip. While Antelope Canyon is a great trip year-round, places like The Wave can be very dangerous during high rainfall or high temperatures. 

If you want to hit up different places on your trip, make sure to take into account the time that would be great to go to those places as well.

When finding the best time to visit Antelope Canyon, know that just about any time of year provides a great experience. However, different times of year are better for whatever you want to accomplish. If you are trying to beat the crowds, try coming during the winter. However, if you are trying to get amazing light beam photos, you should come during the summer.

So what are you waiting for? Now that you know the best times to come to Antelope Canyon, contact us to set up your amazing Lower Canyon trip.