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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / September 16, 2015

To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, first you need to decide if you want to do Lower, Upper, or the water section of Antelope Canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon

If you want to do Lower, then there are two companies

Ken’s Tours lowerantelope.com

SUMMER HOURS:
Third Week in February – First Week in November
8 AM – 5 PM
Tours begin at 8:30 AM, leaving every half hour; last tour leaves at 4 PM

WINTER HOURS:
Second Week in November – Second Week in February
9 AM – 3 PM
Tours begin at 9:30 AM, leaving every half hour; last tour leaves at 2 PM

Lower Antelope Canyon Tours

No website, but you can give them a call at 928.640.1761


Upper Antelope Canyon

If you want to do Upper, than there are 3 companies. All the services and prices are basically the same, so go for the best time slot for you.

Time (AZ) Hrs Company Website Tel
Antelope Canyon (non-photo)
8:00 AM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
8:30 AM 1.5 Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
8:30 1.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.187
9:30 AM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
10:30 AM 1.5 Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
10:30 AM 1.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
11:30 AM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
12:30 PM 1.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
1:00 PM 1.5 Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
1:30 PM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
2:30 PM 1.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
3:00 PM 1.5 Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
3:30 PM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
4:00 PM 1.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
4:30 PM 1.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
5:00 PM 1.5 Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
Antelope Canyon Photo
10:30 AM 2.5 Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
10:30 AM 2.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
11:30 AM 2.5 Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Adventures antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
1:00 PM 2.5 Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
2:30 PM 2.5 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874

 


 

Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell

If you want to do a water tour, there are two companies that do tours to Antelope Canyon on Lake Powell

Antelope Point Marina – An Antelope Canyon boat tour on a 30′ pontoon, this tour is operated out of Antelope Point Marina. The tour is much smaller and more intimate. It is also much shorter (mostly because Antelope Point is located right next to Antelope Canyon)

antelope-canyon-boat-tours

Wahweap Boat Tours

  • 1½ hour trip – several departures a day during peak season
  • Canyon is over 10 miles long, you will see approximately 4 miles of the canyon wall before it narrows
  • See stunning towering Navajo Sandstone geologic formations
  • Pass Glen Canyon Dam, the second largest concrete arch dam in the United States
  • Due to fluctuating water levels, this tour may be longer than advertised.

We recommend you bring your own lunch or snacks as they do not offer any food. Complimentary coffee, water & lemonade are provided.

lake-powell-boat-tours

Tour Schedule (Wahweap)

Times Dates Rates
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
April 1 – October 31 Adult: $45.00
Child (Age 3-12): $30.00
10:30 am – 12:00 pm November 1 – February 28
(Wednesday and Friday only)
Adult: $45.00
Child (Age 3-12): $30.00

 

 

 

About the author

Ryan

Ryan is an avid hiker and long time resident of Page, AZ. What he lacks in spelling and grammatical expertise he makes up for with extensive knowledge from a lifetime of questionable choices and the ability to ask for help from great editors

53 comments
Neal - February 19, 2017

Ryan – Thank you for all the helpful information! Is there an ideal time of day you recommend scheduling a tour for the best lighting in the canyon? Best regards! Neal.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 21, 2017

    Hi Neal,
    Ryan is on holiday, but I lived in that area for many years, so I’m happy to help you!
    Prevailing wisdom is that Antelope Canyon is best seen at mid-day when the sun is almost directly overhead. If you’re wanting to see the shaft of light in Upper Antelope Canyon, that holds especially true. However, be prepared to share the canyon with a lot of other people with the same thing in mind! If you don’t care for crowds, then consider touring Antelope Canyon during one of the “off” times, such as earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. No light beams, but the colors of the canyon will still be beautiful, though slightly darker. Also, the light beam phenomena only occurs in late spring-summer-early fall. If you’re traveling here in the next couple of weeks, the shaft does make an appearance, but doesn’t extend all the way to the canyon floor.
    Hope that helps ~ have fun!
    Alley Keosheyan

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Paul Kristoff - March 24, 2017

Ryan,

Thank you for all the wonderful information. I was wondering if the light beam would be available in late April (29th-May 2) and also if the beams appeared in the lower canyon?

This is not quite on the slot canyon but on horseshoe bend. Is it better to do sunrise of sunset as far as photographing?

Thank you so much.

Paul

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 27, 2017

    Hi Paul and thank you for visiting our site. Ryan is out of the office at the moment, but I’m happy to answer your question! The light beams typically begin appearing in Upper Antelope Canyon at mid-day in mid-March and continue through early October. They do occur in Lower Antelope Canyon, too, but not to as dramatic effect as they do in Upper. In late April/early May, you might also find that while the shafts of light make an appearance, they might not extend *quite* all the way to the canyon floor, but I wouldn’t let that be a deterrent by any means. The canyon is beautiful any time of year, or day!
    As for Horseshoe Bend, opinions differ on best time to visit, but the general consensus is that mid-day is something of a bust for photography because the sun overhead washes out the colors of the canyon walls. Just after sunrise and just before sunset are recognized as prime time to visit due to the angle of the sun. Just before sunrise, and just after sunset, the ‘bend will be in shadow, but that still doesn’t stop people from snapping away. For more details on the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend, read this piece on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com http://horseshoebend.com/best-time-visit-horseshoe-bend/
    While you’re here, think about taking part in other fun activities such as the Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip or a scenic air tour
    Happy traveling!
    Alley

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      Paul Kristoff - March 28, 2017

      Alley,,

      Thanks,

      Paul

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 1, 2017

        You are most welcome! 🙂

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Ashley Fisher - April 17, 2017

Do you have a recommendation on a hotel that is nearby this area? I’m doing the full hike with the antelope canyons, horseshoe bend and Zion all included. If you have a suggestion on a unique place to stay that would be most helpful. I’d rather a more rural, rustic place rather than your typical hotel.

Thank You
Ashley

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2017

    Hi Ashley and thanks for stopping by.
    If you’d prefer to avoid chain hotels and motels, you’ll be happy to know that there are many options for doing so in the Page, AZ area. Start by checking on vacation rental homes. Granted, the majority are within the town of Page itself, but our location in and of itself is very unique and rural, with beatiful views around every turn. Vacation Rentals By Owner, or VRBO for short, is a good site with a variety of options, from rooms within a home, to luxury “villas” with all the bells and whistles.
    If you want to go a little further off the beaten path, check out the Paria Outpost, situated between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89. They have a small room that they rent out to travelers, and the price includes a cooked-to-order breakfast. Paria Outpost Bed & Breakfast
    Hope that gives you some ideas to start your planning.
    Alley

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John McKearney - May 2, 2017

Alley:

Do you have to book a tour to visit antelope canyon? or can you go there on your own? It seems that you can only book a tour. However, if I can do it on my own with a friend (even if there is a fee involved) where can I find that information.

Thank you

John M.

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 2, 2017

    Hi John, and thanks so much for stopping by!
    Antelope Canyon is situated on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. Therefore, it is necessary to go to the canyon with a licensed guide and/or tour operator. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on one’s point of view 😉 – Antelope Canyon has become a very popular attraction, so advance reservations are strongly recommended for touring. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
    In the event Antelope Canyon tours are sold out on your desired day, here are some tips on how to handle that situation ->: “Help! Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out”
    Take care and safe travels,
    Alley

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      John McKearney - May 2, 2017

      That is what I thought. Thank you for the update

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JR - May 4, 2017

Will be in Antelope Canyon area abt 16th or so of May. Please tell me what tours/outfitters have easier DoD cuz my husband has foot pain. which he can bear but we do limit hiking & climbing.

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 4, 2017

    Hi JR, thanks for your question!
    Upper Antelope Canyon is definitely the easiest of all local slot canyon tours. It’s a 100 yard trail through the canyon itself, mostly flat and fairly well compacted. People who use walkers, canes, etc. have been able to manage it, so that should tell you a lot right there.
    The main thing is to reserve your tour well in advance. Antelope Canyon has become a very popular attraction and many tours are reportedly sold out already. How to Book A Tour of Antelope Canyon
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley

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Teresa - May 15, 2017

Hello all!!

Thank you so much for all the very useful information!!!

I am planning a trip for my parents and myself, we plan to drive to Antelope Canyon and take one of the upper tour.

However, that’s all I have planned, wondering if there is any advise on what’s the best way to see the other amazing spots in the area? Perhaps not too tiring as they are not young?

I see there’s the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell (whats the best way to see them?)

Thank you so so much, you very kind people!!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 16, 2017

    Hi Teresa, and thank you for writing!
    Hopefully you have made reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour. It is a very popular attraction and tours have been selling out.
    As for visiting the other area attractions you mention, unfortunately, they do involve a bit of a hike that many people are not able to make, especially Rainbow Bridge. To see Rainbow Bridge the traditional way also involves a 6-hour boat tour that your folks may not be up for.
    There is, however, a way to see Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge quickly and easily, without breaking a sweat and that’s to fly over them. The Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge air tour will cover all that and more in just 30 minutes time!
    Another popular activity that is not strenuous is the Colorado River Discovery Half Day Float Trip through Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. During the summer months, you should definitely take the early morning departure.
    Hope that helps. Safe travels to you and your family!
    Alley

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Janice Lipshy - May 21, 2017

Planning to go to Antelope Canyon from Detroit Michigan the last week in October2017…and wondering where we should fly into…..have previously been to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Vegas, etc….but would not be opposed to a revisit….just want to get to Page the most scenic and beautiful route…have have nine days, eight nites start to finish…please assist and thank you for your time.
jan

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 22, 2017

    Hi Janice!
    October is a wonderful time to visit Arizona. Since you’ve already done the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/Bryce/Zion loop, I would recommend flying into Phoenix. The drive from Phoenix to Page is stunning, going through expansive stands of saguaro cacti, the Verde Valley, Coconino National Forest, and Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments.
    A logical and wonderful stop to make on this trip would be Sedona, AZ, which is just 2 hours from Phoenix. Many people recommend staying there at least 3 days and rightfully so! There’s a lot to see and do, including just chilling out 🙂
    With the time you have, you can easily revisit Grand Canyon South Rim if you wish, or maybe add Monument Valley to your itinerary.
    Whatever you do, be sure to book all your lodging and tours in advance. Like I said, October is prime time to visit Arizona, and that secret got out years ago!
    Hope your travels are safe and happy,
    Alley

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      Liz - May 31, 2017

      Hello Alley,

      WE have a mule trip booked for Oct 20/21 and would like to include a visit to antelope canyon. I have 4 women all healthy and active but I have one with a fear of heights (she is not doing the mule trip). We have a whole day tos pend at antelope canyon. What do you suggest for the best way to tour? I hve seen upper canyon, lower canyon and kayak tours so not sure which way would be best to go. thank you!

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        Alley Keosheyan - June 2, 2017

        Hi Liz,
        Congrats on snagging a spot on the mule trip! It’s an awesome experience, and one that’s hard to come by. You’ll have a great time.
        Touring Antelope Canyon takes anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on whether you tour Upper or Lower (the latter is longer). Which one you choose depends on your party members’ fitness level. Upper is a breeze, at only 100 yards in length and flat the whole way. Lower is more physical requiring some stair climbing and light boulder scrambling. With a full day to work with, you might do one of the walking tours and a kayak tour. It would certainly give you a perspective not shared by the masses! Speaking of masses, Antelope Canyon tours are selling out this year, even at the time of year you’re visiting, so be sure to make advance reservations. What To Do If Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out.
        Be sure to stop by Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way into town. Also, we would strongly recommend staying overnight in Page, AZ to get the most out of your visit.
        Have fun and safe travels!
        Alley

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Kathy - May 29, 2017

We’re going to go to Antelope on September 5th of this year. What is the best time of day for light and photos??
Thanks!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 29, 2017

    Hi Kathy, thanks for your inquiry.
    Mid-day is generally regarded as prime time to visit Antelope Canyon for quality of light and photos. That is when you’re most likely to experience those famous light beams everyone is so fond of. However, you’ll also find it to be crazy-busy as a result. I would not be surprised if tours for all time slots were sold out, but be sure you check with all the outfitters before assuming that to be the case. What To Do If Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out
    Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley Keosheyan

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Beth - June 4, 2017

I’m planning to visit Antelope Canyon this year and was wondering if there is a season that makes the canyon more beautiful. I did see in the comments that the light beam is present in late spring, summer, and early fall, and strongest… I have a very flexible schedule for travel and wanted to know if have a recommendation for a time of year that affords better conditions/weather or fewer people. I appreciate any help you can provide!

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 5, 2017

    Hi Beth, and thanks for visiting our site!
    You have correctly deduced that the late spring-summer-early fall time period is best if you have your heart set on seeing Antelope Canyon’s famous light beams. However, there is a price to be paid for the experience, namely, paying higher prices for tours, and having to contend with more people for seats. Indeed, there are reports all over the internet of peak-time tours being sold out well into October.
    If you don’t care one way or the other about seeing the light beams, and would prefer to experience the canyon in more moderate temperatures with fewer people, you might consider visiting in late March/early April or mid-October/early November. Mind you those are transitional periods from winter to spring and fall to winter respectively, so you might encounter inclement weather, but usually not so extreme as to result in cancellation of tours. Daytime temperatures are typically pleasant and crowds are thinning, too. At least with kids back in school, it’s just us grown-ups out there 😉
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley

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Mandar - June 8, 2017

Hi,
Could you please suggest a good company for helicopter tours in Grand Canyon? Thanks in advance

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 9, 2017

    Hi Mandar,
    There are 3 companies that offer Grand Canyon helicopter tours: Papillon, Grand Canyon Helicopters and Maverick Helicopters. Since Grand Canyon Helicopters is actually a subsidiary of Papillon, that narrows it “technically” down to two.
    Which one should you choose? Well, their flight routes are going to be virtually identical since these are regulated by the FAA. The type of aircraft they fly are also very similar. Two tours are offered, one 25-30 minutes in length, and a 45-50 minute flight.
    Our suggestion? Select the operator who has availability at the time slot you desire, and at the best price. We recommend flying in the morning for better light and less wind.
    Hope that helps – happy traveling!
    Alley

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jamie - June 13, 2017

Hi Alley,
We will visit Page in the end of July. Like to tour both upper and lower antelope canyon. So I already book the 12:00 tour for lower, what is the best time to book for upper canyon? 9:30?
Thank you for all your tips of travelling,
Jamie

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 13, 2017

    Hi Jamie,
    In light of the fact that you have already booked a 12:00 Noon tour to Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d recommend booking an Upper Antelope Canyon tour that departs afterward. The reason why is that we’ve received reports of Upper Antelope Canyon tours not departing on time due to extreme popularity this season. A 9:30 AM tour would theoretically end at 11:00 AM, giving you enough time to get lunch, then go down to the entrance of Lower Antelope to catch your tour. If the tour didn’t depart on time, though, you’d potentially miss your tour, and not be eligible to get your money back.
    Another consideration: since you’d already be at Antelope Canyon’s entrance on the highway, it makes no sense to traipse back to Page to pick up a tour that will just take you down to where you already were, so I’d recommend catching one of the tours that departs directly from the Tribal Park entrance on highway 98. Visit Navajo Tours for availability and reservations.
    Should Upper Antelope tours be sold out (which is a distinct possibility), all is not lost. You might consider touring an alternative slot canyon such as Antelope X, Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon or Cathedral Canyon, or touring Antelope Canyon from the waterside by Stand-Up Paddleboard or Tour Boat from Antelope Point Marina.
    Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
    Alley 🙂

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Yiling - July 6, 2017

Hi! I am planning to visit Antelope Canyon in this August and have already booked a Upper Antelope tour at 2:30 pm. However, I have just found a same tour available at 1:30 pm. Since I would very love to see the famous light beam, I am wondering whether it is possible for the tour at 1:30 pm to see the light beam and whether it is necessary for me to book it.

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 7, 2017

    Hi Yiling and thank you for visiting our site.
    If you can get on an Antelope Canyon tour at 1:30 PM, grab it. And yes, it is necessary to book it. Antelope Canyon tours are selling out this summer, especially at peak times.
    Happy traveling!
    Alley 🙂

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Amy Dexheimer - July 11, 2017

Alley – I am so happy I came across your information! I booked a Canyon X tour with one of the links you provided. Thanks for the info!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 12, 2017

    You’re welcome Amy! Hope you enjoy your tour, and your visit to Page, Arizona. Be sure to let your tour outfitter know how they did by posting a review on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google or your personal favorite consumer review site when you get home.
    Alley 🙂

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Brenda - July 26, 2017

We are coming to Page in September, arriving Friday afternoon Sept 8. We have reservations at Best Western Plus at Lake Powell.
First, about how long does it take to climb Horseshoe Bend? Perhaps we could do that after our arrival from GCNP that day.
Then, on Sat, Sept 9, we want to do Upper Antelope and the calm river rafting that we will have to meet at 12:30 PM. I’m concerned the 10:30 canyon tour will be too close in time to be able to get to Colorado River Discovery Center……how far apart are the two venues? Will we be likely to see any light if we take the 8:30 or 9:30 AM slot Canyon? Thanks!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 26, 2017

    Hi Brenda, and thanks for visiting our site!
    The trip to Horseshoe Bend isn’t so much a climb, more of a moderate hike of .6 miles each way. The typical visit is anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours, including time to walk to the overlook and back. If you’re coming into town from Grand Canyon South Rim, Horseshoe Bend is an easy stop on your way to the hotel, about 5 miles South of Page, AZ.
    As for your Antelope Canyon tour/Colorado Float Trip day, I agree that you have the two activities a little too close for comfort. Check-in time for the 12:30 PM float trip is 12:00 Noon, which is precisely when your Antelope Canyon tour would conclude under ideal circumstances. Not knowing which tour outfitter you’re going with, I assume it’s one of the companies that pick up in Page, in which case, the venues aren’t too far away from each other, but with Antelope Canyon’s popularity exploding this year, you might end up waiting beyond your scheduled tour time. IMO it would be prudent to schedule one of the earlier tours. The light will be fine, you probably won’t see the beams penetrate all the way down to the canyon floor, but it definitely won’t be a case of “lights out, money blown.”
    Hope that helps and that you enjoy your visit!
    Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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别树一帜篇的旅游贴士 – Taste of Life - August 8, 2017

[…]        羚羊谷这个景点其实分两个,上羚羊谷(Upper Antelope Canyon)和下羚羊谷(Lower Antelope Canyon)。上羚羊谷需要坐提供的越野车到谷口,谷里的距离要大一些,光线要多一些;下羚羊谷是直接排队然后爬梯子进去(所以腿脚不便的可能会被推荐去上羚羊谷),谷间距离小,进入到谷里的光线少点。羚羊谷如果不是跟旅行团去、而且旅游时间计划是定好的话,最好提前在网站上预约好,因为这个景点必须跟着印第安人的团,地点又小,所以好的时间(正午,光线进入古里的时间,最好的是11点,11点半)被订光的非常快,现场基本买不到这个时间点的票。如果订了票只需要提前半小时去烤太阳就行了,如果没有订的话,只能烤一次一个多小时的太阳买票,还得在预约好的时间再去。这个链接是当地所有团的联系,因为我只去过一次,不做任何推荐。 […]

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Sophia - August 11, 2017

Hi! I’m planning 5 days trip to Grand Circle early Oct start from Phoenix or Las Vegas. Noted it’s tight, so the key spots will be Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Moument Valley, Arch National Park, Canyonland and Bryce. Does it works in terms of distance?
Also any recommendation for me in transportation as I don’t drive. Believed it’s tough.

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 11, 2017

    Hi Sophia!
    Well, there’s good news and bad news here. The good news is that October is a great time to travel to this area.
    The bad news is, because you don’t drive, you’re going to be extremely limited on your options. Arches is probably going to have to come off your wish list because of the distance involved in getting there from Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, etc. I was able to find a tour that included it, but it takes 7 days, plus there’s no guarantee that it would operate in October. Golden Bus Tours Las Vegas Grand Canyon Antelope Canyon Bryce Canyon Arches Tour
    Bindlestiff Tours offers a 3-day package that covers Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks, but knowing the distances between these attractions personally, I can tell you that this will be a very rushed itinerary. Here again, you’ll be at the mercy of their schedule, and possibly be limited on dates.
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll soon discover that in this part of the US, mass transit options are indeed few and far between. The best and only way to plan a trip to this area on your terms, and your timetable, is to drive yourself, of travel with someone who can drive you.
    Alley 🙂

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      Sophia - August 13, 2017

      Thanks Alley,
      Thanks for your quick response. Total understand “N O CAR, NO LIFE” in US. I tried to looking for friend to come but failed. So that’s why I fall into the tough situation but I really want to come. Is there any tour
      From Page covers Antelope Canyon, Montument Valley, Arch, Bryce and back to Page?

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Bonita - August 15, 2017

Hi, We are planning to visit Lower Antelope on Sep. 5th 2017. If we book an early am tour(before 8am) , can we avoid the long wait times and tour buses? Will there be enough light in the canyon at that time for decent photography? Thanks for your thoughts ! Bonita Kolb

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 16, 2017

    Hi Bonita, thank you for your inquiry!
    The 8 AM tour is popular, but as you have deduced, tends to be a bit less crowded than mid-day tours. If you truly wish to avoid large numbers of people, though, the best way to go is with an Antelope Canyon Alternative Tour. Though more expensive than tours of the main branch of Antelope Canyon, some occur in lesser-known drainages of the same canyon, plus tour group sizes are deliberately kept smaller for a more personalized experience.
    At any rate, though, there is plenty of light in Lower Antelope Canyon at 8:00 AM. In fact, some people say that the colors of the canyon walls are much richer and deeper at that time of day. Your tour guide will give you whatever assistance you require to get good photos.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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JoAnna - September 20, 2017

Alley,
Thank for this wonderful website and information! I need your priceless advice!

I will be in Page on May 28, 2018. I’m planning the following for this day:
Page area:
Heli Butt Landing Tour @ 730 am,
Upper Canyon Tour (Ekis) @ 1130 am, and maybe
Antelope Canyon Tour on Lake Powell (by boat) @ 230 pm…

Then, drive South to GC Village while stopping by Horseshoe Bend (spend there an hour or so?)

Is this feasible? Or should I skip the boat trip?
I understand, from the Horseshoe Bend to the GC Village is about 2.5 hr drive…

Please help…
Thanks!
Jo

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 20, 2017

    Hi Jo,
    Thanks for stopping by today! Kudos to you on planning your Arizona vacation well in advance, too.
    With the activities you’re proposing to do, you can theoretically drive to Grand Canyon South Rim with a stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way, but you may not want to do that. May temperatures are typically quite warm, which, even if you take proper precautions to stay hydrated, can take a lot out of you. The walk to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook may be quite taxing especially as there’s some uphill walking required and the trail is completely exposed. But then again, some of these problems may be solved by the time you arrive since improvements to the trail, overlook and parking area are in the works.
    The main thing is to avoid driving at night – artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a minimum in this part of the country, so once the sun goes down, it gets really, REALLY dark. Plus deer, elk and other wildlife are quite nocturnal with a tendency to congregate near roadways. Running into one can wreck your vacation, let alone your car. Sunset at Grand Canyon Village occurs at about 7:15 PM, so you’ll want to time your drive (~3 hours) accordingly.
    Long story short, I don’t recommend skipping any of the activities you have planned, per se, I would just recommend staying the night in Page and then making the drive over the South Rim the next morning, so you’re not pressed for time.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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JoAnna - September 21, 2017

Dear Alley!
Thank you so much for the advice! I completely forgot about this walk to the Bend in the middle of nowhere 🙁
That would definitely make me end up driving to GC at night… which I definitely don’t want to do.

Your comment about potential nightly escapade brought back a frightening memory. When I was serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Huachuca, I took the trip with a friend from the base to Lake Powell, staying in Page, then in Flagstaff, visiting everything at fast pace, only to be stuck on the scenic route towards Sedona. My friend and I didn’t make reservation there and of course by the time we made it to town it was way after midnight and no place to stay. So we kept on driving through the night looking for any hotel, which we finally found, at 7 am, in… Phoenix. It was after the sunrise, so the heat was already scorching. I don’t even remember how we even made it back to Fort Huachuca… !
No thanks, never again. This drive in pure darkness, sharp switchbacks, fairly narrow roads – was beyond frightening.

My lesson learned was quite simple: always reserve places to spend night and be familiar with the terrain (distances to drive/walk and the time it takes to travel these distances depending on the time of the day).

Now, 16 years later, I intend to fix my reckless mistake; I’m planning ahead, measuring twice, and asking for advice. Thankfully, I have more time now to visit than back in 2001 (4-day pass). Miraculously, I just reserved a hotel in Page, on exactly the same day as all those years ago… arriving there on May 26, ha, ha! It must be a sign, right?

Anyway, thanks so much for bringing me back to reality, I’m making adjustments to my original plan 🙂

Best!
Jo

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Tracy - October 8, 2017

Hello. We are staying in Page AZ in early October and would like to do the North Rim. From Page what sites can we take in on our way to the North Rim or on our way back to Page (same day). Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 9, 2017

    Hi Tracy, thanks for coming by today.
    There’s a plethora of possible sites to take in on your way to or from Grand Canyon North Rim. Before I get too far into it, just want to make sure you know that Grand Canyon North Rim’s visitor services close for the season on October 15th.
    The most direct way to go is via US89A through Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry.

    Just South of Page is the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. It’s a moderate .6 mile walk each way from the parking lot to the viewpoint. Allow for at least 1 hour here.
    Continuing on, many travelers like to stop at the scenic viewpoint just past “The Cut,” which provides a sweeping panorama of the Colorado River as it cuts through the plateau leading to the Grand Canyon. You might even be able to pick up some jewelry or other souvenirs from one of several Navajo families who sell their wares at the overlook.
    As you get off US89 onto 89A, you might take stroll over the historic Navajo Pedestrian Bridge. California Condors are fond of sunning themselves on the steel support girders under the bridge. Time permitting, take a slight detour to Lees Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch Historic District, site of one of the earliest settlements on the banks of the Colorado River. Some of the original buildings are still standing, and the adjacent orchard still produces delicious fruit, which visitors are welcome to pick (if there’s any left 😉 Proceeding West on US89A, you’ll find a cluster of gravity-defying balanced rock formations near Marble Canyon that will no doubt be a photo op you can’t pass up.
    You’ll also be able to enjoy views of the Vermillion Cliffs prior to arriving at the Jacob Lake Inn, where a stop for lunch, or at least some of their world-famous home-made cookies is a definite must. From Jacob Lake, you then proceed South on AZ67 to Grand Canyon North Rim.
    This drive, done directly, typically takes 2.5 hours, but as you can see, there are plenty of points of interest that can easily turn this into a half day’s adventure. Get an early enough start back to Page from the North Rim so you can avoid driving in the dark. Sunset occurs at ~ 5:30 PM in October.
    Have a fun time, and thanks for visiting our site!
    Alley 🙂

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Rahul - October 11, 2017

Thanks for this post – it is super helpful. You have mentioned three touring companies, but there seems to be a fourth one (http://navajotours.com/) which is offering tours to the upper antelope canyon. How are they different? And not listed here? Is it the same tour that they are offering?

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 11, 2017

    Hi Rahul,
    Thanks for catching that omission, we will look into getting it corrected ASAP.
    Navajo Tours does offer the same Upper Antelope Canyon Tour as the other outfitters listed, with one significant difference: instead of being picked up and dropped off in the town of Page, AZ, you would be required to drive down to the Tribal Park Entrance on US98 just Southeast of Page and begin your tour from there. This option tends to be more convenient for visitors who are planning to travel to Monument Valley, the Four Corners and other points East after the tour, but otherwise, it is the exact same tour as the other three companies offer, right down to the footsteps, and the price.
    Hope that answers your query. Thanks again for visiting us!
    Alley 🙂

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Toni Bright - October 30, 2017

Hello Ally,
We are planning to be in the area the first week of January. We will only be able to do the Upper Canyon tour due to my wife’s physical limitations.
My question is how far in advance do we need to book a tour? We will be driving up from Sedona early in the morning on Wed or Thurs so I believe we can get a tour as early as 11 A.M.
This trip is to expose our daughter from the Philippines to the wonders of the Southwestern U.S. She is a travel and tour adviser there. and I will be adding to our own travel website thebrightwayrvrs.com.
Your website is very informative and will aid us in our travels in your area.
Thanks in advance for your advice,
Toni and Sally Bright
thebrightwayrvrs.com

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 31, 2017

    Hi folks, thank you for visiting our site! Hope you’re looking forward to your visit to Arizona.
    The month of January is considered “off-season” due to it being wintertime. Cooler temperatures are a given, and rain and snow are distinct possibilities, but fewer people out touring is a definite plus.
    That said, what with the popularity of Antelope Canyon exploding last tourist season, advance reservations for tours are still strongly advised. The time you’ve expressed an interest in is peak visitation hour in the canyon, so now would not be too early to check availability. In the event that time slot is not available, tours are offered throughout the day, so be open to visiting earlier or later in the day.
    Also, be sure to allow at least 3 hours to drive from Sedona to Page.
    Thanks again and keep us posted on when your website is up and running!
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Cindy - November 1, 2017

Going to try tour lower antelope canyon Thursday, what time are they? How far from Page

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 1, 2017

    Hi Cindy,
    Lower Antelope Canyon tours are offered by two outfitters, Dixie Ellis Tours and Ken’s Tours, both about 10 minutes from Page. Tours depart every 2-2.5 hours throughout the day. Mid-day is generally regarded to be the best time to tour due to the angle of the sun overhead, but any time you can find availability will be fine.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Sol - November 12, 2017

Hi Alley, we are planning a visit in March to the Utah-AZ National Parks. Antelope Canyon area is certainly a “must-see-must-do” on your list. We have a few questions which will help us plan properly. Is there an email address we can communicate our questions?

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 13, 2017

    Hi Sol,
    Check your e-mail for my contact information.
    Thank you for visiting our site!
    Alley 🙂

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