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Lower Antelope Full Walkthrough Video

Wondering if you would have any problems with the stairs and ladders of Lower Antelope? Check out this video of the full walkthough from start to finish.

If you just want to skip ahead, the section around 4:00 is probably the hardest section of the canyon.

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  1. We are coming in the middle of May 23. Advice for the lower Antelope as far as best time to tour and weather (clothing).

    1. Hi Diane!
      In mid-May, the best time to tour Lower Antelope Canyon for lighting is mid-day. That’s basically anytime between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Mind you, Lower Antelope Canyon does not get the light beams you have probably seen photos of. That’s strictly an Upper Antelope (and sometimes Antelope X and sometimes Secret Antelope) phenomenon. However, with the sun directly overhead of the slot, the inner chambers of the canyon will be most brightly illuminated.
      Now, from an alternate prospective: daytime high temperatures in Page, AZ, are already getting very hot in mid-May. Temperatures around 100-105 degrees Fahrenheit are not unheard of. While the interiors of the slot canyons tend to remain comfortable, a short walk from the check-in desk to the canyon’s entrance is required. You may find this more enjoyable if you were to book your tour first thing in the morning when temperatures are cooler. The hours just after sunrise are also optimal for visiting Horseshoe Bend during the summer months. Not only can you enjoy cooler temperatures, but smaller crowds tend to be another “fringe benefit” to starting one’s day at the crack of dawn!
      As for clothing, casual and comfortable are the way to go. While jackets are not likely to be required, a light long-sleeved shirt can come in handy as sun protection. A wide-brimmed hat and appropriate broken-in shoes for walking are a definite must.
      Hope that helps! If you have further questions, please contact us directly at horseshoe.bend.az@gmail.com
      Good luck, safe travels, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Praj, and thanks for this great question!
      While there’s no such thing as a “bad” time to visit Antelope Canyon, February is considered “off-season” for the Page, AZ, area. That time of year is winter, so expect the weather to be cold. Although most days are sunny and brisk, rain, sleet, or light snow can occur. Should precipitation be heavy, that may result in the closure of the Antelope Canyons for safety reasons. Naturally, it’s too soon to know what conditions will be like this far out, but start monitoring local weather about 2 weeks before you travel. That will give you the best idea of how to pack. Visit this website Grand Canyon East Planning for current weather predictions and travel planning information.
      Most attractions and activities in the Page, AZ, and Grand Canyon East area will still be open, with the notable exception of water-based activities such as the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip or Kayak Horseshoe Bend. Should you wish to take part in one of these very popular family-friendly tours you may wish to postpone your visit until March or April.
      Hope that helps! Please contact me directly at horseshoe.bend.az@gmail.com if I can be of further assistance.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Diana,
      Well… March weather in Arizona can be like that nursery rhyme about the little girl with the little curl right in the middle of her forehead: when it’s good, it’s very very good, but when it’s bad it’s horrid! Having spent 20+ years in Northern Arizona, I’ve experienced March days that were warm enough to wear shorts and enjoy an outdoor BBQ, and others when late-season blizzards brought everything to a halt for a couple of days (the latter is more likely to happen at higher elevations such as the Grand Canyon; Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are more likely to be rainy and dreary). Of course, it’s too soon to call at this point, but be prepared for anything! Light layers that you can easily peel off and stash in a backpack are usually the safest way to go, and you might want to pack a light jacket and some gloves in case Ol’ Man Winter decides to make one last stand before packing it in for the summer. For touring Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and other outdoor attractions, good sturdy closed-toed shoes are a must anytime of year.
      Start monitoring local weather about 2 weeks before you get ready to travel. That will give you the best idea of what to expect! Page, AZ, East Canyon Weather
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Corina,
      The Antelope Canyons are typically open during the Thanksgiving and Christmas break periods, with the possible exception of the actual holidays. Extreme weather, such as heavy snow or rain, may result in the closure of the canyons, but that is a rare occurrence.
      Advance reservations for Antelope Canyon tours are strongly recommended during the winter holidays as well as summertime.
      Alley πŸ™‚

  2. Hi,

    Can anyone recommend how one should dress for either canyon during August? Also are these canyons scalable for a 9 year old?

    1. Hi Aaron,
      You’ll be happy to know that the Antelope Canyons are perfectly accessible to 9-year-olds! Most of the slot canyons around Page, AZ, are equipped with stairs or ladders in the steeper parts, so as long as your child is relatively fit, they can probably handle them.
      As for how one should dress, since August weather is usually hot, most visitors opt for summer clothing. Appropriate shoes for walking are a definite must, as is sun protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, preferably one with a wide brim. The interior of the slot canyons is usually somewhat cooler than the exterior temperature; not so much as to need a jacket, but a light long-sleeved shirt may come in handy. Since no backpacks or purses are allowed in the slot canyons, extra clothing should be tied around the waist or shoulders.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Vivienne,
      The Antelope Canyons are best illuminated during the mid-day hours, when the sun is directly overhead. At that time of day, you also have a better chance of seeing the light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon (these do not occur in Lower Antelope). The only drawback is that these tours typically come with a higher price tag since they are considered “peak hours.” Honestly, though, there is no such thing as a bad time to visit. Earlier morning departures offer cooler temperatures and deeper, richer colors. Afternoons also have more dramatic light and shadow play on the canyon walls, and in April, outside temperatures are usually quite pleasant.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  3. Our large Party of 10 secured cabins om for the north rim lodging( two nights)for a rim to rim hike on October 2. We were hoping to experience the lower canyon with our drive on sept 30 staying in page.

    There is a waiting list, please Russell Brown for the lower antelope Canyon tour, we’d be happy to accommodate if numbers too large or another time for a summer pre hike training in late august or early September. I can secure with a credit card if necessary.

    Best reached is carol Brown (wife) 4802298522.

    Or place me on a newsletter for updates.

    Thank you.

    1. Russell & Carol,
      Congratulations on securing cabin reservations for Grand Canyon North Rim!
      Your name has been placed on a priority e-mail waiting list to be notified of when the Antelope Canyons reopen. Please note that does not constitute a reservation for an Antelope Canyon tour. If you wish to make a reservation, or be placed on a waiting list with a Lower Antelope Canyon tour company, please contact:
      – Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours (928) 606-2168 http://lowerantelope.com
      – Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours (928) 640-1761 http://antelopelowercanyon.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sara,
      We don’t know yet. We would advise monitoring the Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Department website for status updates, or request to be placed on our priority e-mail notification list to get the heads up the minute the canyons reopen.
      In the meantime, consider kayaking into the waterside of Antelope Canyon, which is on Federal and not Tribal land, or hiking one of several alternate slot canyons which are not located on Navajo land. The nearest one to Page, AZ, is Wire Pass Canyon and Buckskin Gulch.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Megon,
      You are welcome to try and purchase tickets upon arrival at Lower Antelope Canyon, but I would recommend booking your tour in advance of your arrival to avoid the inconvenience of sold-out departures.
      Alley

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