Your Guide To Antelope Canyon
It might be one of the most world-famous natural locations on the planet. Antelope Canyon attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, all seeking to explore its winding canyon corridors, its massive sandstone rooms, and the rare beams of sunlight that radiate down to the sand floor. This ethereal canyon belongs to the Navajo, and was a critical aspect of their ancient history. Discover the wonders of this mystical destination for yourself when you visit the Navajo Nation.
Where Is Antelope Canyon?
Antelope Canyon is nestled in the desert landscape southeast of the city of Page, AZ at the Arizona-Utah border. Page is a 4 hour and 45 minute drive from Las Vegas and 2 hours north of Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Best Time to Visit Antelope Canyon
The most popular times to visit Antelope Canyon are between the end of March to early October, because the infamous light beams that enter Upper Antelope Canyon can be seen during these months. If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, consider visiting between November and March.
Arizona weather is dry and arid nearly every day of the year. Summers often breach 100 F (38 C), and winters tend to be brisk but dry. Light clothing, hats, and skin protection are highly recommended when visiting Antelope Canyon.
Do I Need An Entrance Pass To Visit Antelope Canyon
To enter Antelope Canyon, which sits on the Navajo Nation, guests are required to pay an entry fee that varies depending on the region of the canyon. Guests aboard an Antelope Canyon tour with Papillon Airways will have their fees included as part of their tour price. Guests touring Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend independently will be charged $6 to enter the Navajo land, then between $30-$40 to enter the Upper Antelope Canyon, and $20 to enter the Lower Antelope Canyon.
About the Navajo Nation
The most impressive natural landforms in Page, Arizona - including Tower Butte, Horseshoe Bend, Rainbow Bridge, and Antelope Canyon - are actually within the property of the Navajo Nation. This reservation spans an incredible 17.5 million acres and is bigger than several U.S. states. Navajo land is sacred to its people; they and their ancestors have inhabited the area for centuries. It is said that Navajo warriors would hide within the depths of Antelope Canyon while their adversaries rode across its inconspicuous surface unknowingly. Visitors to the Antelope Canyon will receive a tour by a knowledgeable local Navajo tour guide, who can answer questions about the Navajo culture, Navajo Tribal parks and relay more history and legends about this mysterious canyon.
Antelope Canyon Attractions
Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photogenic destinations in the world. While the Lower Antelope is a narrow slot canyon buried beneath the earth’s surface, Upper Antelope Canyon offers a much different - but equally impressive - sightseeing experience. Upon entering the thin fissure in the side of the massive canyon wall, Upper Antelope opens up into several “rooms” with natural canyon corridors connecting them. An Antelope Canyon tour is a fantastic opportunity for group photography, including families, wedding photos, and more.
Lower Antelope Canyon is one of the most world-recognized slot canyons, known for its rippling sandstone walls and rare beams of sunlight that filter through to the floor. This hidden gem of the American Southwest appears on the surface to be just a fissure within the desert earth. Descend into its depths and walk between the narrow walls of this fantastical natural corridor.
The American Southwest is adorned with several magnificent natural monuments and landforms, including Tower Butte. Like a massive skyscraper emerging from the desert earth, this butte quite literally “towers” over its surroundings at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. Visitors can only reach the top of this remarkable landmark onboard a helicopter tour. Tower Butte offers one of the widest views of the desert expanse, Lake Powell, and the distant city of Page, Arizona.
This world-famous twist in the Colorado River has been an inspiration to photographers and artists alike for decades. Here the water runs through rocks causing the river to curve into nearly a full circle offering a spectacular sight to those who make the journey to see it, whether by hiking on foot or flying over it on an air tour. Just a short distance from the Page Municipal Airport, incredible aerial views of Horseshoe Bend can be seen in minutes.
Rainbow Bridge is the world’s largest natural stone bridge, formed by thousands of years of wind and water erosion. This near-perfect arch rests on Navajo land and has been considered sacred by the Navajo people for centuries. To reach Rainbow Bridge, one must hike 14 miles through rugged Navajo land. The fastest and easiest way to view this remarkable natural landform is onboard an airplane tour, where fantastic aerial sights abound.
In the middle of the Desert Southwest, this massive body of water has become a paradise for locals and tourists alike. Each year, over 3 million people visit Lake Powell and enjoy swimming, boating, and other water sports. Take a dip in the crystal waters and escape the desert sun, or see the incredible 2,000-mile shoreline from the sky on an airplane tour.
A Note About Antelope Canyon’s Accessibility
Destinations like Antelope Canyon, Tower Butte, and Horseshoe Bend are nestled within a natural desert landscape, extra caution is advised for guests with limited accessibility who plan to visit them. There are no paved areas surrounding these rock formations. To reach the bottom of Antelope Canyon, one must descend a series of steep steps. The walking space within the canyon can also be very narrow in some areas.
Where To Stay Near Antelope Canyon
There are a variety of hotels in the city of Page, Arizona - all within short driving distance of Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon hotels are available for any price range, from budget-friendly to 5-star accommodations with gorgeous pools and spas. Additionally, visitors can rent earthy tents at a nearby eco-retreat for a more rustic experience.
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Neighboring the city of Page, AZ, the Navajo Nation spreads across over 27,000 square miles. This ancient tribe has sought shelter in the depths of Antelope Canyon during battle and have named a great deal of its formations. Learn the history of this important indigenous nation before visiting the remarkable landmarks in their territory.
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