Lower Vs Upper Antelope

By Ryan / September 16, 2015

A frequently asked question is which is tour is better between Upper and Lower Antelope.

Upper Antelope is considerably more popular both in overall visitation and people in the canyon at one time. A common complaint over the years is how crowded Upper Antelope can by. However, you would be hard pressed to be able to tell the difference in photographer between the two canyons.

Lower Antelope is just as beautiful as Upper Canyon, but has serious mobility issues for anybody with joint or strength issues. At a minimum, you must be able to climb multiple ladders at high incline.

The reward for this is that you will be in the canyon with 10x less people. Upper canyon is only 300 feet long, and can easily have 100 people in it at a time. Lower canyon usually has significantly less people that that. In addition, Lower Antelope is a one way hike, so it helps manage the flow of visitors.

 

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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

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Ricky - April 10, 2019

Hello there,

thanks for the information. We are family of couple with 7 and 14 year old visiting Antelope Canyon this coming July. We would like to visit lower Canyon and a boat tour. We are struggling choosing to book a bundle tour vs separate tours considering the cost. I checked this website (is it an official Antelope Canyon website?)
https://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/

It states one of the benefits going with the bundle is
#2 – When you purchase a boat tour combo your Park Entry fees is reduced from $37.00 to $2.00! Just show your Vouchers.

So each time when you enter the park there is $37 fee? The bundle price for a 13+ is $109 and 4+ is $69 which is quite a bit of money considering our travel budget. If we book lower canyon trip with Ken’s, 13+ is $50.4 and our 7 year old is free. Booking the boat tour alone is $48 for 13+ and $20 for 4+. So I don’t understand what would the bundle is a better deal? Or there is any hidden fees I don’t know about if we go with separate tours? Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 11, 2019

    Hi Ricky,
    That does seem like quite a difference in price, I’ll have to see what I can do to find out why that’s the case, but in the meantime, I can tell you this:
    The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area park entrance fee is $30/vehicle, which is good for one week’s time. You would have to pay that anytime you entered Antelope Point Marina, or the Lake Powell Resort Complex. If you were to book the Antelope Point Boat Tour by itself, this fee would not be included in the cost of your tour.
    The Navajo Tribal Park entrance fee is $8/person, which is usually included in the price of most Antelope Canyon land-side and other slot canyon tours. If you were to take more than one slot canyon tour (on land), you would want to hang onto your entrance fee voucher so you wouldn’t be double-charged.
    The main advantage to booking the tours as a “bundle” is the convenience of not having to mess with multiple tour outfitter websites and sold out tour times. As for our website, we are not an “official” website per se, but mainly strive to be an informational resource for planning a visit to Antelope Canyon and the surrounding attractions. Long story short, if you think you can find a better deal elsewhere, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to find it, then by all means, go for it. We simply offer this option as a way to save time and hassle.
    I hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Ricky - April 11, 2019

      Thanks for your reply Alley. Supposing we book separately a lower canyon tour in the morning starting at about 10:00am, how feasible for us to have a boat trip in the afternoon after lunch? Any advice is appreciated like commute from land to marina, time we need to prepare, if rental car available to avoid the $30/vehicle parking as you mentioned above.

      Thanks again.

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 12, 2019

        Hi Ricky,
        Lower Antelope Canyon tours last approximately 2.5 hours, so if you take a tour that starts at 10:00 AM, you should get done by 1:00 PM barring unexpected delays. In July, the Antelope Canyon boat tour departs from Antelope Point Marina at 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM, and 5:00 PM. Check-in would be required 30 minutes prior to departure, and it takes about 20 minutes to get from Lower Antelope Canyon to the Marina. I’d suggest taking the 3:45 PM tour so you can enjoy lunch at the Marina prior to taking your tour.
        Sorry, there are no rental cars or shuttles available to avoid the vehicle parking fee, but again, that $30 is good for one week’s time, so you could visit the Lake Powell Resort complex or revisit Antelope Point Marina at another time during your vacation.
        Have a great time,
        Alley 🙂

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Ling - April 2, 2019

Hi Alley,
We are planning to visit Page for the Easter long weekend. We are from Canada and would love to see it all in a short period of time.
Is that possible to visit upper antelope, take a boat ride and visit horse shoe bend all in one day? Need your professional input on this…
thanks, Ling

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 2, 2019

    Hello Ling,
    Yes, it is possible to manage all the attractions and activities you list in one day!
    For Horseshoe Bend, plan to visit just after sunrise, which occurs at around 5:45 AM. I know – ugh! But the reason I suggest doing this is because right now, the main parking lot of Horseshoe Bend is closed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. During that time, visitors are required to park at an alternate parking lot and take a shuttle to the overlook for $5/person. Frankly, the arrangement is inconvenient, and will probably still be in place at the time of your trip. An early morning visit will allow you to take advantage of cooler temperatures, and fewer people.
    For Antelope Canyon, a reservation for a guided tour is required.
    For a boat ride, it will be most convenient to take a relatively short tour from Antelope Point Marina that goes to the “waterside” where Antelope Canyon joins with Lake Powell. Just recently, it became possible to book these two tours as a package, which is WAY more convenient than trying to sort out two reservations. Upper Antelope Canyon Plus Boat Tour
    Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Denise - March 23, 2019

Hi there, we are looking at coming for a tour April 14th or 15th. Can we arrive on site and hook up with a tour or do we have to book it? We are on a road trip so not sure what ‘fixed’ time we will be there. Also looking for a relatively economical over night stay in the area as we would like to do horseshoe bend as well. As well, is there a time of year that the lower tour is closed as that is what we are interested in.

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 24, 2019

    Hi Denise,
    Lower Antelope Canyon is open year-round with periodic closures for maintenance that usually occur in the off-season. You absolutely MUST book a tour in advance of your arrival. The Antelope Canyons have become crazy-popular in the past five years, and tours are already booking up into the fall. If you find that to be the case, you might consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons that are just as beautiful as Antelope, but a lot less crowded.
    Regarding Horseshoe Bend, some construction projects are taking place that necessitate closure of the main parking area between the hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. During that timeframe, you must park in a temporary lot around the corner from the overlook, and use a shuttle for $5/person. If that doesn’t appeal, consider visiting just after sunrise when the main parking area is open as normal, and you invariably have fewer people to contend with.
    As for inexpensive places to stay, our town has lower-priced hotel chains such as Motel 6, Super 8, EconoLodge, and such. Here again, advance reservations are strongly recommended. Where To Stay In Page, AZ
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Beth - March 21, 2019

Hi! We are coming to Page soon as part of a 10 day trip. We are traveling with our 4 kids aged 2, 7, 9 and 11.
We had booked for us all to do the upper Antelope Canyon, and just my husband and 3 older kids to do the lower canyon.
The tour company we booked upper Canyon with have stopped allowing under 8s since we made the reservation and I’m struggling to find another company with availability for our April dates. Any recommendations for other tour operators for upper Canyon I could try, or other slot canyons in the area which might be suitable for us all to do together? I think lower Canyon would be tricky with the 2 year old due to the ladders..

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robyn dutton - March 5, 2019

Can you tell me how significant or tight the twists and turns are in Lower Antelope Canyon? Do you have to contort and twist your body or just squeeze through some narrow spaces? My 17yo son had Spinal Fusion surgery 5 months ago and isn’t as flexible as he used to be. Do you think this would be an issue?

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 6, 2019

    Hi Robyn, thanks for this excellent question.
    The greatest need for twisting and turning comes at the entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon, and at the exit. As to whether your boy would be able to handle it, I’m not really in a position to say for sure, but would recommend you watching this video: Full Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon If you decide that would be a little too much at this stage of his recovery, you might consider Upper Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. Neither one have ladders, but the initial buckboard truck ride on the dirt road leading to the mouth of the canyons might be something to consider before committing. People with back problems are often advised to call the tour companies and request to sit up front with the driver to minimize the bumps.
    Hope that helps somewhat. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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G Brown - February 23, 2019

Do you have to book one of the tours? Or can you just hike either the upper or lower on your own?

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 26, 2019

    Hi Gail,
    Since The Antelope Canyons are located on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, you must book a guided tour to explore them. You cannot simply hike them on your own. For more information, visit “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Heather Skiba - January 26, 2019

HI! Can you tell me which tour is mentioned in the video for Lower Antelope Canyon that is $28 per person?
We are a family of 5 traveling to do the Grand Circle Tour next summer and will be driving from New Orleans. Page is on our way to the North Rim, and I rearranged our schedule to have a full day in Page. I would like to do the Lower Antelope Canyon tour and the half day float around Horseshoe Bend. What is the best way to do this? Our youngest will be 8, and is a great hiker, so I am sure she will be fine with Lower.
Thanks!
Heather

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 28, 2019

    Hi Heather,
    The price of $28 refers to the child’s price for touring Lower Antelope Canyon. The adult price is ~$50 when you factor in the base tour price, plus the Navajo Tribal Park entrance fee. The tour companies also charge a “processing fee” for making reservations online, I’m not sure what exactly that is, $ amount-wise.
    In order to accommodate both the Glen Canyon Float Trip and Lower Antelope Canyon into your itinerary comfortably during the summer months, you should plan on arriving in Page, AZ, the day prior to your planned activities and staying overnight. Where To Stay in Page, AZ Then, plan on taking the morning departure of the Glen Canyon Float Trip in order to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures in the canyon. Check in is required at 6:00 AM, approximate return time is 12:00 noon. Allow at least 60-90 minutes to grab lunch and drive to the Navajo Tribal Park entrance for Lower Antelope Canyon on US98. The interior of the canyon tends to remain constantly cool, plus there are shade canopies near the mouth of the canyon to protect you from the sun and heat. Nevertheless, be sure everyone in your party is wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, and is carrying water.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Heather Skiba - January 30, 2019

      Yes, thank you! We will be arriving the night before and staying the night of for one completely full day.

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        Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2019

        Heather,
        Good deal! Please contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
        Alley

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barb - January 18, 2019

Hi Alley, for some reason all the posts from October until now are gone so I can’t see your response to me. Is it possible you email directly with the information? Thank you.

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 18, 2019

    Hi Barb,
    That is really weird, because now I can’t find my reply! Hate to ask this, but can you tell me again what your original question was?
    Sorry, will let our webmaster know what’s going on…
    Alley 🙁

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      barb - January 21, 2019

      My original question was about taking 2 days to see the lower antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. You had suggested stopping by Zion on the way back to add a little something to our trip. My next question was would it be too much to do both lower antelope and horseshoe bend in 1 day the spend the next full day in Zion or maybe even Sedona?

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        Alley Keosheyan - January 21, 2019

        Hey Barb,
        Thanks again for reposting your question. Not sure why all of October’s dialogues disappeared!
        Anyway, time, availability, and parking permitting, you should be able to visit Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in one day’s time. If you can’t find parking at Horseshoe Bend, plan on taking a shuttle from Page, AZ, which are offered by Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours or Waterholes Canyon Experience.
        Regarding Zion and Sedona, they are in opposite directions from one another, so if you’re going back to Las Vegas, a trip to Sedona will take you quite a ways out of your way.
        Alley 🙂

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          barb - January 22, 2019

          Thank you so much! I appreciate all the info.

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Olivia - September 24, 2018

Hi- We watched your video you posted on the lower canyon, gorgeous! We are wondering your advice- we will be bringing our 4 month old infant. My husband will carry her on his chest in a carrier similar to a backpack. Do you think we would be able to do this for the lower canyon? Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 24, 2018

    Hi Olivia,
    Honestly, I don’t know as I’d recommend taking an infant that age into Lower Antelope Canyon. Carrying him/her on your chest would make it difficult to navigate the ladders; carrying them in a backpack carrier might run the risk of the baby bumping their head, and we wouldn’t want to see that happen!
    I’d recommend touring Upper Antelope Canyon this time around, and maybe planning a visit to Lower Antelope Canyon when your little one is older and walking.
    Hope that helps,
    Alley 🙂

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Donald MacGillivray - September 19, 2018

Hello Alley
we are a family of 4, and all are able bodied.
If we choose lower canyon for a tour – will we miss out on anything by not going to the upper canyon?
We will only have time for 1 tour.

Donald

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 19, 2018

    Hi Donald,
    It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you and your traveling party are “able-bodied” as you describe, you should have a perfectly fine time touring Lower Antelope Canyon and leaving it at that. If you have any additional time to spend, hit up Horseshoe Bend. That’s someplace you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
    Have fun and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Noel - July 12, 2018

Nice video on lower Antelope canyon walk & gave us a good idea of the walk, but I noticed you’re not offering this tour , and only Upper ? Is there a video also of the Upper Canyon that you offer ? Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 13, 2018

    Hi Noel,
    Really good question! The simple answer is basically because lots of other people have beaten us to it (posting videos of Upper Antelope Canyon). You can find plenty of them on YouTube, Facebook and on the different tour outfitters’ websites. The other reason: Upper Antelope Canyon is a piece of cake to tour. 100 meters, flat trail, super-easy. Here’s a video that shows not only the walk-through, but the buckboard truck ride leading up to the canyon’s entrance. Upper Antelope Canyon – Arizona USA
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Tita - June 27, 2018

How’s the weather in the month of july? We are planning to visit next month. How much is the entrance fee?

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 27, 2018

    Dear Tita,
    The weather at this time of year can be summed up in one word: HOT!
    Be sure you carry ample water at all times, for yourself, your family and any pets traveling with you.
    As for the “entrance fee,” if you’re referring to that of Antelope Canyon, it is $8 per person, however, it will be included in the ticket price of your Antelope Canyon tour.
    Hope that helps – best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Yaniv - March 24, 2018

Can we visit the lower or upper canyon without a tour? or you must be part of a tour in order to enter?

Thanks a lot!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 25, 2018

    Hi Yaniv,
    Both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon require a guided tour to explore. As to which one you tour, it depends on how much physical exertion you can handle. Lower Antelope Canyon is ~600m long and requires some stair climbing and a little boulder scrambling; Upper is easy, flat the whole way and is only 100m long (although a 2-mile buckboard truck ride down a dirt path is required to get to the canyon’s entrance).
    How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
    Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful trip!
    Alley 🙂

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Sarah - January 26, 2018

Which (upper or lower) do you suggest if we will have our 20month old son with us?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 26, 2018

    Hi Sarah,
    Upper Antelope Canyon would probably be the best bet for a family with a toddler in tow. Lower, I would imagine, is a bit too long and too physical. Plus it would probably be awkward carrying your son through some of the tighter squeezes.
    Hope that helps. Whatever you choose, be sure to make your tour reservations well in advance of your arrival.
    Have a great day!
    Alley 🙂

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    Pau - February 21, 2018

    Hi Sarah,

    Could you tell me what was your choice?

    Do you finally visit lower Canyon with your toddler?
    Was it a good idea?

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards

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Margaret - January 25, 2018

We are planning a trip to Antelope Canyon in March during spring break. What is the best time of day to schedule a tour. Which would you recommend: upper or lower canyon? How strenuous is the hike? Thinking of bringing my 70 year old (in pretty good shape) mom along. There are several tour companies out there. Can you suggest which one to go with?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 25, 2018

    Hi Margaret, and thank you for visiting our site today!
    For most parties with seniors, we tend to recommend Upper Antelope Canyon as the safer bet of the two, but then again we have folks 70-80+ hike Lower Antelope Canyon every day without trouble. In order to gauge its feasibility accurately for yourselves, we recommend watching this video of a Lower Antelope Canyon Walk-Through. If you decide against Lower Antelope, then Upper it is.
    As for which tour company we recommend, in all honesty, it’s whoever has availability at the time closest to when you want to go. Between the different outfitters, the tours themselves are virtually identical, right down to the footstep, and the penny 😉 How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley

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Matan - April 26, 2017

Hi..

Just a quick question – I have a full day in page, and I was wondering if I should do both upper and lower canyons or just one of them… either way I plan on doing horseshoe bend at sunset.. would love to hear your opinion..

Thanks, Matan

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 27, 2017

    Hi Matan,
    Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are different enough from one another to ensure that you won’t be bored by any means exploring both. Lower Antelope Canyon requires some stair climbing and mile boulder scrambling whereas Upper is a straightforward 100-yard walk.
    As for seeing Horseshoe Bend at sunset, remember that the overlook faces due East so the sun might be in your eyes at that time. Still, people seem to agree that there’s no such thing as a “bad” time to see it! Best time to visit Horseshoe Bend article
    Good luck!
    Alley

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Lorena - March 8, 2017

Hi,

I’m considering take a family trip during spring break (last week of March). My kids love exploring and I think Antelope Canyon would be beautiful and education for our kids (and us parents too!). I like that the lower Antelope Canyon is less crowded but the stairs may be too difficult for my kids (ages 3.5 and 6). Do you have any other recommendations for places to visit in the area that are good for little kids?

Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Lorena,
    Hello and thanks for visiting our site!
    If you think the stairs in Lower Antelope Canyon might be too much for your kids to handle (and you’re probably right about that), plan to visit Upper Antelope Canyon. It’s an easy 100-yard that’s mostly flat, so it’s good for people of all physical fitness levels. If you wish to avoid the crowds in Upper Antelope Canyon, consider touring at one of the “off-times,” such as early morning or mid-afternoon. The interior of the canyon isn’t as brightly illuminated at those times, but still beautiful.
    As for other activities to do with young children, the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum and the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center have displays tailored to children. They can also earn their “Junior Ranger” badge at any National Park or Monument. Different parks have different programs, so check upon arrival as to what’s being offered, or visit https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm to learn more.
    Happy traveling!
    Alley

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Rick - February 22, 2017

Thanks Ryan! Coming in April! Can’t wait! Think about a week there before going on to zion with the rv. Another other great hikes i need to do??

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 28, 2017

    Hi Rick,
    Ryan is out of the office, but I’d be happy to help you!
    The fact that you have a week there is great, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah have a lot to offer. As for other hikes you might do, the Paria Wilderness Area is considered the “holy grail” of hiking experiences in the Page/Lake Powell area, and for good reason. The scenery is astounding, some might say other-worldly, especially at an area known as The Wave. It also has such revered status because entry to this area requires a permit, which can be somewhat difficult to obtain. Here’s more information on it if you’re interested https://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_buttes.html
    If you’re not able to snag a permit for Paria – April is a popular time to visit that area, so that’s very likely to be the case – visit this site for more suggestions of memorable hikes that are more accessible — https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/day-hikes.htm
    Good luck and happy traveling,
    Alley

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