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 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

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.

    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 🙂

      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.

        Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2019

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

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.

    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 🙁

      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?

        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 🙂

          barb - January 22, 2019

          Thank you so much! I appreciate all the info.

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!

    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 🙂

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.


    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 🙂

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

    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 🙂

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?


    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 🙂

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!

    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 🙂

Sarah - January 26, 2018

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

    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 🙂

    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.


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?

    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!

Matan - April 26, 2017


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

    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!

Lorena - March 8, 2017


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!

    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    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!

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??

    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,

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