What You Should Know Before Visiting the Lower Antelope Canyon
Planning a trip to Arizona this year? Why not include an amazing adventure to the picturesque Lower Antelope Canyon, located in Page, Arizona? Its proximity to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, or even as a road trip from Las Vegas, a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon is a must-have on anyone’s bucket list.
Come prepared, below is a reference on what a visitor should know before visiting Lower Antelope Canyon!
How to Get to Lower Antelope Canyon
- Upon booking a tour with Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours, you will receive an email confirmation which will include driving directions to the Canyon. You may also type in “Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours” to your GPS or smartphone to find our location.
- Since the Canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation, it does not have a physical address. We are located 3 miles East of Page, AZ on HWY 98 East. Make a left onto Antelope Point Marina Road (N 222 B), make another left-hand turn less than 1/4 of a mile onto a gravel road. You will see us, off-road.
- All guests must arrive 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.
- Please note we follow Arizona Standard Time -MST, we are the same time as the City of Page, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Grand Canyon. During the summer months, this is one hour behind Utah and New Mexico
- Keep in mind, The Navajo Reservation and Utah state both observe Daylight Savings Time. Both are 1 hour ahead of Arizona, and your electronic devices (such as your cellphones and GPS navigation) will automatically switch over to daylight savings time during the summer months.
- Please be mindful of time changes when planning your trip to Lower Antelope Canyon.
- Estimated Travel Time to the Lower Antelope Canyon:
- Las Vegas: 4 hours 49 minutes
- Bryce Canyon National Park: 2 hours 46 minutes
- Zion National Park : 1 hour 56 minutes
- Grand Canyon National Park: 1 hour 46 minutes
- Flagstaff: 2 hours 9 minutes
- Sedona: 2 hours 50 minutes
- Phoenix: 4 hours 12 minutes
What’s the Difference Between the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon?
The differences between Upper and Lower Canyon can be confusing, in regards to; what is the best time to visit? Why should I visit Lower / Upper? Do you drive /or walk? Which has sunbeams?
Lower Antelope Canyon
You must arrange your own transportation to the canyon. After parking your vehicle, and checking in, you will meet with your tour guide and tour group (which is no larger than 10 people per tour guide), you will walk less than 10 minutes to the canyon entrance. You will descend down the first of nine staircases, which is 76 steps to the base of our canyon. You will hike 3/4 of a mile and spend one hour inside the canyon. The Lower Antelope is a V-shaped canyon, it has a narrow base and a wider opening. This allows more sunlight to enter the canyon and creates the “Changing Canyon Colored Walls”, which we are known for. For the best lighting for tours booked from March to October, the ideal time to visit is from 7:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Upper Antelope Canyon
All tour companies offer transportation to the entrance to the Upper Antelope Canyon, which is 7 miles from the main highway. Upper Antelope Canyon is at ground level and does not require you to climb stairs and ladders. It is one way in, and one way out; there is a constant flow of traffic throughout their Canyon. Upper Antelope is an A-shaped canyon, it has a wider base and a narrow top, allowing it to capture and create sunbeams/rays, in the colorful display that the canyon is famous for. To enjoy the sunbeams, you will want to book a tour between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
What Can/Can’t I Bring on My Lower Antelope Canyon Tour?
For security purposes, no solid-colored bags are allowed into the Canyon. However, you may bring a clear, see-thru bag. Other items not allowed on tour include:
- Fanny packs/waist pouches
- Camera bags
- Tripods & Monopods
- Selfie sticks
You are more than welcome to bring a DSLR camera provided you have a neck strap attached. We do ask our guests to have free mobility of their hands while on tour. You may bring your own bottle of water, but we do offer out guests a complimentary bottle of water after your tour is completed.
Our season kicks off in March with Spring Break. Please remember to book a reservation one-to-two months in advance. We are happy to accommodate any changes to your reservation or cancel if needed. We just ask that changes or cancellations are made 24 hours in advance to avoid penalties or fees.
A tour of Lower Antelope Canyon is an unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do in Arizona! Start planning your day trip to the canyon with Dixie’s Lower Antelope Tour Company!