Frequently Asked Questions:

Antelope Canyon is located a few miles Southeast of the town of Page, on US Highway 98, near the Arizona/Utah border. 

Absolutely. Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, therefore, it is necessary to have a tour guide, licensed by the tribe, escort you into Antelope Canyon and its alternate slot canyons. You cannot go on your own.

Antelope Canyon is extremely popular. Tours sell out weeks, sometimes months in advance. Antelope Canyon tours should be reserved well in advance of your vacation. 

Upper is short, approximately 100 yards in length, and manageable for most people, including those with slight mobility restrictions. A 2-mile buckboard truck ride is required to get from the Tribal Park Entrance on Highway 98 to the mouth of Upper Antelope Canyon. Lower Antelope is longer and requires the ability to navigate stairs, ladders, and some small boulders. The approach to the canyon is on foot.

Yes. You might also consider touring one of the land-side branches of Antelope Canyon, and then visiting the water-side portion of the canyon by tour boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

Yes, with careful consideration of your childrens’ age and physical stamina. Families with infants and pre-K kids should probably stick to Upper Antelope Canyon. Those with older kids accustomed to walking unassisted for longer durations would probably be OK in Lower Antelope Canyon or Antelope Canyon X. During the warmer months of summer, morning tours are best for safety and comfort. 

Definitely. Like any other visitor, those over 65 should consider carefully how much walking they are willing to do — or not do — and whether they’d be able to handle outside temperatures over 90°F during the warmer months of the year. 

Yes, they do. Winter visitors might even be able to take advantage of off-season discounts, which are typically offered in January and February.  

On occasion, for visitor safety. When afternoon temperatures exceed 105°F, a frequent occurrence during the summer months, tours may be cancelled at the discretion of the tour company. Flash flood warnings, which typically occur during the summer months, can also result in the cancellation of Antelope Canyon tours. Heavy snowfall, a relatively rare occurrence, can do the same. If your Antelope Canyon tour is cancelled due to inclement weather or other conditions deemed unsafe by your tour company, you will be given the option to reschedule your tour, or receive a refund. 

Only the Upper branch. The terrain in Lower Antelope, Antelope X, and other slot canyons is too rugged for most service dogs to navigate. “Emotional support” animals are not allowed. 

There are many alternate slot canyons in the Page, AZ, area, and nearby Kanab, UT, that are just as beautiful as Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, and far less populated. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Antelope Canyon X
  • Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon
  • Lucky Slot Canyon
  • Waterholes Canyon
  • Cardiac Canyon
  • Cathedral Canyon
  • Owl Canyon
  • Mountain Sheep Canyon
  • Rattlesnake Canyon
  • Wire Pass Canyon
  • Buckskin Gulch
  • Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon
  • Zebra Slot Canyon

Most require a guided tour to visit. Some, such as Wire Pass and Buckskin, can be visited by registering at the on-site kiosk, and paying a nominal permit fee there. 

Antelope Canyon is a tributary of the Colorado River, that empties into Lake Powell. It was formed by an intermittently running creek that branched off into several different drainages, many of them forming their own slot canyons over millions of years. They are: 

  • Upper Antelope Canyon
  • Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon X
  • Cardiac Canyon
  • Mountain Sheep Canyon
  • Rattlesnake Canyon
  • Owl Canyon
  • Mystical Antelope Canyon

Each of them are managed by different tour companies, and vary widely in their physical degree of difficulty. 

Yes, they are. These are typically all-day excursions and the branch of Antelope Canyon that you tour will be pre-selected. These tours usually include a stop at Horseshoe Bend.