Antelope Canyon – One of Arizona’s Hidden Treasures
We hear it often as residents of Arizona – I have lived here all my life and have never been to … (fill in the blank). Many have never even visited the Grand Canyon!
Another place many residents have never seen is Antelope Canyon just outside of Page.
Arizona is a diverse state providing residents a plethora of world-class opportunities for adventure. Visiting Antelope Canyon should be on the short list. The canyon is magnificent in every way with smooth mesmerizing rock structures to navigate through. Photo opportunities for pros and amateurs can be found at every step through the short quarter mile walk.
An interesting fact about upper Antelope Canyon is that the world-record for most expensive photo ever sold was recorded in 2014 for $6.5 Million. Peter Lik sold his famous “Phantom” photo of the canyon to a private collector.
Beginning of Group Tour
Many years ago there were no restrictions to visit Antelope Canyon but now all visitors are required to join a guided tour. There are numerous companies that offer tours like Antelope Canyon or Navajo Tours. Visitors can tour lower or upper Antelope Canyon which are located directly across the highway from one another.
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GPS Coordinates: 36.897254, -111.407440
Headed North from Flagstaff on highway 89Turn right onto highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.
Headed South from Page on highway 89Turn left on highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.
Headed West from Las Vegas on I-15 and highway 89 S.Take I-15 East for 127 miles and merge onto highway 89 South at Kanab and continue 71 to Page. Turn left on highway 98 and head east 5.8 miles. The parking lot will be on your right. Look for the lifted blue trucks that transport visitors to the site.
Sand Wash in Upper Antelope Canyon
Visitors can either choose a private photography tour or a group tour. If you are serious about photography, and want to use a tripod, choose the professional photography tour which departs in the mornings. If you just want to explore, and take handheld photos, the afternoon group tours will be a fine choice.
Prices range from $32 - $50 per person for the group tours and around $120 per person for a professional photography tour. Some tour companies include a required $8 Navajo Parks & Recreation permit fee and others don’t so look at for this detail when making a reservation.
Participants need to arrive early, even if you have a reservation, and the round trip tour takes approximately 2 hours.
- Arrive Early
- Make Reservations
- Wear comfortable walking shoes
- Bring water
- No backpacks or large purses are allowed
- Bring a camera
Getting There – Located about 10 minutes from Antelope Canyon. Horseshoe Bend overlooks a unique area of the Colorado River that forms an almost perfect horseshoe layout.
The parking lot is located between mile markers 544 and 545 on highway 89 . The parking lot is just off the highway and the round trip hike is 1.5 miles (2.4 km).
Dress appropriately for the weather/season. If visiting in the summer bring lots of water and wear sunscreen as there is no shade at the view point.
The best way to describe Lake Powell is “Sedona underwater”. The rock formations throughout make Lake Powell one of the most magnificent lakes in the world. A visit to Antelope Canyon would not be complete without a visit to Lake Powell. A simple drive across Glen Canyon Dam is well worth it and minutes away. If a boat ride can be scheduled into your visit there are rental options available at many of the nearby marinas.
Warning – if you decide to rent a boat and explore you may end up wanting to stay for multiple days.
Navajo Bridge near Lees Ferry
Navajo Bridge near Lee's Ferry
From the air, Navajo Bridge is just a stone’s throw from Horseshoe Bend. Unless you have a private aircraft backtracking a bit is required for a visit, but well-worth it.
The old bridge provides visitors a unique aerial view of the new bridge and the Colorado River below making for great photography opportunities.