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How to Visit Antelope Canyon


Antelope Canyon is commonly considered the most beautiful slot canyon in the Southwest of America. It is gorgeous, natural, vibrant colors that are sure to take your breath away. It is a great spot to visit because it is within a short driving distance to a lot of different sites. Even if you just want to really stop, explore, and visit Antelope Canyon Tour, it will be well worth your time.


The canyons make a good trip for anyone that enjoys nature. It also is for anyone that wants to feel like they have stepped out of this world and into another world. Both the upper and lower canyon have their pros and cons so you will have to choose what is a better fit for you. The upper canyons are larger and are a better fit for anyone that has physical disabilities or is elderly. The lower canyons are cheaper to get into and it is about twice the size of the lower canyons. 


Below is some more in-depth information about the canyons and also what you are going to need to visit Antelope Canyon.


Information on Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land in Arizona. This means you cannot visit without a tour from a certified tour guide. You will need to get a guided tour before you head out to Antelope Canyon. The canyon is considered a slot canyon and has two distinct canyons that are referred to as the Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope Canyons. Both of the canyons are about six million years old and are located in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nations. They both were mainly made due to flash flooding and erosion of the sandstone.

Before you head to Arizona, you want to be prepared so you can have an amazing trip while you visit Antelope Canyon. Here are several things that you need to do before you visit Antelope Canyon:


You, Will, Need a Tour

As mentioned above, Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land so you cannot just visit Antelope Canyon and walk around without a guided tour. This makes it harder to visit because tours are limited and there are only so many certified tour guides and companies. Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours is a certified tour group and we are passionate about getting you into Antelope Canyon and telling you all about the history and interesting facts about the canyon.

These tours do fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance. It is extremely hard, and maybe even impossible to go up to Antelope Canyon and get a tour group from the entrance. This is not something you will want to put off, which is why it is listed as the first item that was mentioned. It is best to plan months, sometimes even a year in advance. This will allow you to get the right time and group that you want when you visit.


Upper vs Lower Canyon

It has been touched on briefly in this article but let us get into each of the different canyons. There are two canyons, the Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. They are several miles from each other so if you want to go see both of the canyons you will need to think about a rental car and extra time for traveling between the two canyons.

Lower Antelope Canyon is our specialty at Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. It is a less touristy canyon but it is well worth the visit. There are several staircases that have to be climbed but with a Lower Antelope Canyon tour guide, you will have a great time.

Upper Antelope Canyon is more expensive to see but it is not as demanding as the Lower Canyon. The whole canyon is level so there are not any stairs to climb. This might be the better option if you have younger kids or elderly travelers with you when you visit Antelope Canyon.


Be a Smart Traveler

There is nothing worse than going to a new place and not being prepared. Antelope Canyon is busy during the summer months and Arizona gets hot. In the daylight, it can reach extreme temperatures that may require you to stay inside or to go out in the evening when it starts to cool off. 

To beat this you will want to plan ahead. Choose a month and time that is not too hot or too cold. Bring plenty of water while you are hiking and be sure to bring good hiking clothes. Plan and use your time wisely while giving yourself enough time to rest and recover. This should lay a solid groundwork for you to have a great trip when you visit Antelope Canyon.


Check Your Rental Options

If you do not want to take your own personal car down to visit Antelope Canyon, rent a car. Check your options before you go to make sure you can get around Antelope Canyon. The best thing to do is plan ahead. Make your reservations for a car several weeks before you head down to visit Antelope Canyon.

You may want to go out and see some other amazing sites that are near. When you visit Antelope Canyon there are tons more to do. You can get great deals on rental kayaks and four-wheelers if you want to do some exploring and adventuring.

Whether you decide to come during the high season or during the low season, it doesn’t matter. Antelope Canyon’s gorgeous sites are sure to take your breath away. The canyons are definitely a spot that is worthy of photos and selfies, so be sure to bring your camera of choice. 


What’s stopping you from taking a visit to Antelope Canyon? Be sure to give us a call or contact us at Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. Let us help you plan your trip.

We want to answer any questions that you have. 

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