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Your 1st Time to Antelope Canyon


Are you excited about your 1st time to Antelope Canyon? Because we are excited for you. Antelope Canyon is an excellent and unique place you will not forget. We want you to have a smooth experience without any issues.

The more you know about Antelope Canyon, the more you can enjoy it. Regardless if you or someone in your group has been dying to go here, anyone will enjoy the breathtaking sites.

There are certain things that you need to know before you go to Antelope Canyon. We will cover all you need to know before you head over. Also, we will go over some things that you don’t need to know but it makes Antelope Canyon way more interesting.

1st Time to Antelope Canyon: Where is it?

Antelope Canyon is located in the Southwest of the United States. It is found in the northern part of Arizona. Visitors find that they can easily go into the State of Utah and see sites there as well. You can decide if you want to stay close to Antelope Canyon or spread out and see what is around.

Overall the Southwest of the United States is a desert and dry. If you live somewhere with humidity, you may want to pack some lotion and conditioner. Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water throughout the day.

Another thing to mention is that Antelope Canyon is not surrounded by civilization. It is in a secluded area. You will want to pack food, water, and anything else you will need. There are no shops that you can pop into to purchase something.

Navajo Land

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Antelope Canyon is on Navajo Land. The Navajo are a Native American Tribe that resides in the Southwest of the United States. Navajo Land covers more than 17 million acres and covers three states. These states include parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

When you visit Antelope Canyon you are on Navajo Land. You may see Navajo people at different sites as you travel. We ask that you are respectful to the land and the people.

Slot Canyon

Antelope Canyon is classified as a slot canyon. What is a slot canyon? It is a canyon that has small trails going through it. The depth of the canyon is going to be greater than the width of the canyon. This allows sunlight to stream into the canyon while you get to stay shaded during your hike.

The best part about Antelope Canyon is that is regularly ranked as one of the best slot canyons in the world. It makes 1st place for several lists of slot canyons in the Southwest. You know that you are seeing one of the top slot canyons when you come to Antelope Canyon.

Navajo Nation

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You will most likely hear the terms Navajo Nation and Navajo Land when you are down in Arizona. This is just referring to the Navajo Tribe and also the land that they live on.

The Navajo Nation is known for its food, jewelry, and culture. The Navajo Code Talkers are heroes who played a major role in World War 2. When you visit their land, you will see local stalls with Natives selling jewelry and other souvenirs. Buying from these stalls is a great way to support locals.

Your Visit to Antelope Canyon

The most important thing to remember is that this is your trip to Antelope Canyon. You will read different travel plans and what you should see and do. The great thing is that you do not have to follow any of this advice. If you really want to see something, go see it. You do not have to pack your schedule full of things to do, you can relax.

We want your visit to be tailored to you. Get a tour or do an activity that is right for you. It should be something that excites you. Try some new food or get lost in a museum. Stay in a hotel or go camping. You have a lot of options and you get to choose what you want.

Monsoon Season 

The Southwest goes through something that is referred to as monsoon season. It lasts about 4 months through the months of June to September. What happens during this season is that the desert experiences hard rain accompanied by thunder and lightning for short amounts of time.

While they don’t last long, monsoons can be damaging to the landscape of the desert. It can result in flash flooding and can cause damage to houses and wildlife. We believe that safety comes first so tours do not happen if there is rain. Full refunds are available if your tour does not happen due to the weather.

Time to Visit Antelope Canyonrain hike

Now that you know a little bit more about Antelope Canyon, you want to know when is the best time to go. That answer depends on what you want to see with Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is known for its colorful stripes and the sunlight streaming down into the canyon.

If you need to see sunlight streaming into the canyon, your best bet will be to go sometime during the late spring or summer. It will be hotter during the days but the sunlight will be there to shine down into the canyon. If you just want to see the canyon, you can go during the winter months because it will be less crowded.

Tour Operators

Since Antelope Canyon is part of the Navajo Nation, you will need a tour guide to go inside the canyon. You need a certified Navajo guide throughout the canyon and lead your tour. These bookings must be made before you go to the canyon.

You can get to Antelope Canyon by yourself but you will not be allowed to go inside the canyon. The best way to ensure you go inside the canyon is to get a tour guide. Book these tour guides with different tour operators. Lower Antelope Canyon Tours is a tour operating group that specializes in Lower Antelope Canyon.

Photography Tour

There are tour groups that offer photography tours during your tour. This is a great way to get some good photos of your trip to Arizona.

If you cannot find a tour group that offers photography during your trip to Antelope Canyon, be sure to book a tour. You will find that tour operators are friendly and can take photos of you.

Navajo Guides

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Since you need a Navajo tour guide to see the canyon, you will want to book through a tour operator. The great thing about Navajo tour guides is that they are local and know the area very well.

They have most likely grown up on the reservation and have spent years on the land. Most will have stories about the land and can tell you all about the culture. Navajo culture is steeped in superstition so be sure to ask questions about their stories and culture.

Book a Tour

Now that you know all about Antelope Canyon, are you ready for your 1st time to Antelope Canyon? Bring some water, sunglasses, and your sense of adventure. Get ready to learn about Antelope Canyon and Navajo culture.

We only hire staff that loves the culture and land as much as we do. Our favorite thing about our job is the stories that we share and hear from everyone we meet. Be sure to bring your listening ears for your tour and get ready to snap some amazing photos. We can’t wait to show you around this amazing canyon.

Questions About Your 1st Time to Antelope Canyon?

You’ve made your booking and have plans to get to Arizona. But you still have questions about your trip. That is where we come in. Lower Antelope Canyon Tours is not just a tour group, we are a resource for all travelers.

Feel free to give us a call or ask us questions about your trip. We know the area because we are local. This allows us to give you all the secrets, such as the best places to stay and where to eat. If you need help with logistics or getting from one place to another, we have you covered.

We can point you in the right direction and give you references to visit. If we do not have the answer to something, we will do some research and find an answer for you.

On To Your Next Adventure


When we say that tours fill up fast, we mean it! The most popular times to go are in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Booking in advance allows you to get the date and time that you want for your tour.

We hope that you have a great trip if it is your 1st time to Antelope Canyon. It makes sense why people from all around the world come to see this gorgeous slot canyon.