Lower Vs Upper Antelope

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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.



  1. Eric says:

    Hi, we are a group of 3-4 and really keen on visiting a slot canyon in the Page area next mid-October 2020. We’d be grateful if you could answer the following questions:
    -Could someone who has had a hip replacement 2 years ago manage the Lower Antelope Canyon?
    -What is the length of the Lower Antelope Canyon compared to Secret Canyon (or Horseshoe Bend canyon)?
    -How awe-inspiring is the Lower Antelope Canyon compared with the Secret Canyon?
    -In mid-October period, how busy is visiting Lower Antelope Canyon? Would we expect to have to wait in line to descend the ladders into the Canyon?
    -Can you recommend any multi-day tours leaving from Las Vegas that include the Lower Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Overlook?
    Thanks very much,

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Eric!
      Thank you for your inquiry that is clear, concise, and to the point 🙂 We definitely commend you for making your American Southwest vacation plans well in advance. So, let’s get on with it!
      1. People who have had knee and hip replacements tour Lower Antelope Canyon every day without problems. As to whether your party member could manage it, only he or she can decide that. I would recommend that they watch this Full Video Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon before committing. You’ll note that in the video, people are carrying backpacks. This is no longer allowed, FYI.
      2. Lower Antelope Canyon is ~600m long; Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (formerly Secret Canyon) is ~450m
      3. Both Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon are beautiful, but there’s no denying that they’re different. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon has no chambers, it is one continuous slot, but what it may lack in variety, it makes up for in ease of access. Since it has no stairs or ladders, most people in relatively good health with minor mobility challenges can handle it.
      4. In mid-October, the Page, AZ, area will still be busy, but not as crazy as the summer months. It’s mostly adults out touring since most children are back in school. Still, “bottlenecking” does occur in the slot canyons as the day progresses. If you book a tour at mid-day, you can realistically expect a 5-10 minute wait before you begin your Antelope Canyon tour (not factoring in the requirement to check in 30-60 minutes in advance).
      5. If you prefer to travel with an escorted tour, there are several companies out there offering a variety of trips to not only Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and other local attractions. Viator is one such company. We also recommend MaxTour. If you go this route, remember that you’ll be at the mercy of their scheduling, and there is usually very little “wiggle room” for tourists to do their own thing. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are very easy to explore on a self-drive basis, which will give you optimal freedom and flexibility!
      For more suggestions on how to make the most of a 2-day visit to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and more, check out our Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, Arizona
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Orli says:

    We plan to visit the antelop canyon on 20/12, is it possibel in this season?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Orli!
      If, by “20/12,” you’re referring to December 12th, then yes, visiting Antelope Canyon is possible! The canyons are open year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving (last Thursday in November), Christmas Day (12/25), and New Year’s Day (01/01). Even though you’re visiting during a slower time of year, advance reservations for Antelope Canyon tours are still strongly recommended.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Tom says:

    Hello from Australia, my wife and I plan to drive from Las Vegas to Page to visit Antelope Canyon on October 26th 2019 for 3 nights and we would like to do the Upper, Lower and boat cruise of the canyons over two days.

    Is there a package available to accomodate the above plan?
    Given it will be the end of October what is the best time to view the canyons?
    What will the temperatures be at that time of year?

    Your advice very much appreciated.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tom and “g’day” from Arizona!
      There is a package that includes both Upper and Lower Antelope, plus the boat tour of the waterside, but at the present time, it’s designed to do all 3 tours in one day. If you’re wanting to do the 3 tours over the course of 2 days, you would need to book either two out of 3 tours as a package, then the stand-alone tour separately.
      At the end of October, mid-day will still be regarded as optimal time for touring Lower and/or Upper Antelope Canyon, but don’t be surprised if you find those time slots already booked. Anytime there is available space is a good time to go. As for temperatures, “slightly balmy” to “comfortably brisk” is the usual temperature range for late October in Page, AZ, with a slight chance for precipitation thrown in for good measure. The interior of the slot canyons, however, tends to remain constantly cool, so a light jacket at the very least should be brought, whatever the circumstances. If your travels are taking you to some of the higher elevation parks in the vicinity, such as the Grand Canyon or Bryce, a few items of heavier clothing might come in handy during the early morning or evening hours. Start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel for a more accurate picture of what’s expected.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Willem says:

    Hi Alley,
    We are planning to visit the Antelope in april 2020.
    Would you be so kind to look al these questions:
    1. is your advise to visit both the upper and lower Antelope?
    2. Is it possible to visit the lower Antelope without a guide?
    3. is april also a month where it is necessary to book in advance?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Willem,
      Thank you for your inquiry that is clear, concise and to the point!
      I will attempt to respond in kind:
      1. While touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is not necessary to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ, you are bound to feel as though it was time well spent. In years past, booking both tours was a hassle, as they are run by different tour companies. Now, it’s possible to book both tours in one step! Lower & Upper Antelope Canyon “Bundle”
      2. It is NOT possible to visit either Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon without a guide. Both slot canyons are situated on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, therefore, you must have a tribal-authorized company guide you into the canyon.
      3. April, and every other month of the year, is a time where it is necessary to book in advance. The Antelope Canyons are very popular attractions, and April coincides with the Spring Break holiday in the U.S., so many families will be traveling in this area!
      Hope that helps! Wishing you good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Kristin says:

    Hi –

    A group of us are planning to visit over Labor Day weekend this year. After reading through the comments it seems that the upper canyon is more crowded than the lower, which makes the lower more intriguing. What time of day would you suggest for upper and what time for lower? Depending on tour availability we may not have the flexibility to choose, but I’d like to know ideal times for both. Also, do you still see the light and get good pictures in the lower?

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kristin!
      Unfortunately, Lower Antelope Canyon is rapidly catching up in popularity and traffic with Upper Antelope Canyon. Seeing as though your visit is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, you’re going to find that prime-time tours (mid-day) are mostly sold out. Book a tour at a time that has available seats and fits your schedule. Whether you tour Upper Antelope Canyon at 6:00 AM or Lower Antelope Canyon at 9:00 AM, no matter when you tour Antelope Canyon, you will have good light and be able to get good pictures. Your guide will give you guidance on how to make the most of the available light.
      In the event you find Antelope Canyon tours sold out, consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons in the Page, AZ, area that are just as beautiful, but far less crowded.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  6. Barbara says:

    Hello, I am going to be at Monument Valley during the last week of September. Is the upper canyon difficult to walk through? What time of day is best? The lower canyon would be too challenging for us. Thanks.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Barbara!
      So sorry for taking so long to reply to your inquiry. I myself was on vacation!
      Upper Antelope Canyon is not difficult to walk through. It’s a 100-yard out and back walk, along a mostly flat trail. The most exciting part of the trip will be the 2-mile off-road trek from the main highway to the mouth of the canyon.
      As for the best time of day, that’s generally regarded to be mid-day, when the sun is directly overhead, but you will pay a higher price, and face stiffer competition for those time slots. Take whatever time slot is available and works for you.
      If you’re driving in from Monument Valley, keep in mind that it’s a 2.5-hour drive from MV to Page, AZ, and that Monument Valley will be 1 hour ahead of Page, AZ, at the time of year you’re traveling. Be sure you factor that in before you leave MV.
      If for some reason you are unable to find space on Upper Antelope Canyon tours, you might consider Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon, which is a longer canyon (~450 yards), but has no stairs or ladders.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Tina says:

    We plan on visiting the lower canyon first week in December. What is the best time slot?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tina,
      Any open time slot should be fine, but for the best quality lighting in the interior of the canyon, shoot for a mid-day departure. You won’t see the light beams in December, but you’ll have fewer people to contend with than you would during the summer months, which is a plus. Make sure you’re prepared for cooler weather and dress accordingly.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Jagadeesh says:


    We are planning to visit upper antelope on Aug 1st 2019 with 2 and 7 years old kids. We are not able buy tickets for my 2 year old kid, while purchasing the tickets I see Not Allowed (0-5 years old).
    Is it during specific season?

  9. Amir K says:

    Honestly, what time is the best to visit the lower canyon ? 7 am or 11 am? to see more light lines and take better photos.

    is there a possibility to close the canyon if temperature reaches 40 Celsius ? Please advise , thank you

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi again, Amir!
      If your visit is taking place anytime between now and late August, I would suggest taking the earlier time slot. In the event of excessive heat warnings, tours may be cancelled for customer safety. This happens fairly frequently during the peak heat months of summer.
      Hope that helps. Have a good trip!
      Alley 🙂

  10. Amir says:

    Hello, we are 5 adults and want to make the lower canyon on AUG 10, 2019. Between 10:30 am and 11:30. Please advise, I couldn’t find these slots online

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Amir,
      So sorry you’re having trouble finding open tour slots for Antelope Canyon, but I’m frankly not surprised about it. It’s a very popular attraction, and tours there sell out weeks, sometimes months in advance.
      Here are some tips on what to do if Antelope Canyon tours are sold out. One suggestion is to check slots in alternate slot canyons, many of which are just as beautiful as Antelope Canyon, but are a lot less crowded.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Marilyn S Young says:

        We want to plan a trip to the canyon but my husband can not walk long distance or rough terrain. Are there places to be able to sit down but not on the ground to rest? Does any of the canyons allow motorized scooters? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Tizameh

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Marilyn,
          At Grand Canyon South Rim, you needn’t walk long distances to be able to enjoy the park. In Grand Canyon Village, the Rim Trail is mostly flat, paved, and has benches placed along it for visitor comfort. Many viewpoints also have paved access trails to the overlooks, as well as designated parking for individuals with disabilities. If you have a handicapped parking placard for use at home, I recommend bringing it with you because that will allow you to drive out to the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive of the park in your own vehicle. Grand Canyon Accessibility Guide
          Unfortunately, the situation is very different in slot canyons. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are not allowed in these areas simply because it wouldn’t be safe or practical. There are no benches in these areas either as that would detract from the natural quality of the environment. If your husband is able to walk ~200 yards, then I’d suggest touring Upper Antelope Canyon. The trail through this slot canyon is mostly flat, but may be sandy depending on recent weather. If he has any doubts about being able to manage the length of the walk, you might consider bringing a folding cane seat or other device just in case. Another consideration regarding Upper Antelope Canyon is the buckboard truck ride from the highway to the mouth of the canyon. It can get quite bumpy. If you think this might be a problem, I’d strongly recommend requesting to be seated in front with the guide, which will require booking your tour over the phone.
          Hope this helps.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  11. Billie-Lynne Fife says:

    We are planning on visiting July 2nd or 3rd and would love to tour the lower canyon. We have a 3 and 6 year old. Is that tour too difficult for them?

  12. Hartono says:

    what is the time to visit Upper and Lower part?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Hartono,
      Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon tours depart every 30-60 minutes throughout the day, depending on season. Duration of Upper Antelope Canyon tours runs ~90 minutes, the same for Lower Antelope Canyon tours. Whichever branch of the Antelope Canyons you opt to visit, advance reservations are strongly recommended. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  13. Blake A Brockhaus says:

    Hi Alley, is a tour required for the canyon?

  14. Deborah says:

    I’m planning a trip with 3 teenage girls in a few weeks. Any recommendations on what to plan 6/19-6/21? We are currently looking into the Grand Canyon, and Antelope Canyon. Trying to decide how to best manage our time and see as much as we can. We will be staying in FLagstaff.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Deborah,
      Using Flagstaff as a “base” from which to explore Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and other attractions in Northern Arizona is OK, but not ideal. It takes 90 minutes, each way, to drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon South Rim. It then takes 2.5 hours minimum, again, that’s each way, to drive from Flagstaff to Page, AZ, to tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Those figures are “wheels turning, no stops,” which rarely happens. Normally, I’d advise staying overnight at the Grand Canyon and Page, but it is probably too late to change your lodging reservations, so here’s what I’d suggest:
      Day 1 (or 2 depending on your preference): Drive from Flagstaff, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim via the East entrance. Just North of Flagstaff, take the loop drive through Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments (if desired). Stop at the Cameron Trading Post for brunch/lunch. After entering the park at Desert View Point, take time to stop at the half-dozen+ named viewpoints as desired. Park your vehicle at the Canyon View Information Plaza and get on the free Village Loop Shuttle (drive time up to this point, ~3.5 hours). Get off at the Grand Canyon Village Historic District to tour the old hotels, gift shops, and museums on the rim. Time/inclination permitting, you might also take the Hermit’s Rest Shuttle to the overlooks on the West side of the village. Exit the park via the South entrance, stop in Tusayan to see the Grand Canyon IMAX film if you wish, head back to Flagstaff.

      Day 2: Drive from Flagstaff to Page, AZ (drive time ~2.5-3 hours), stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, or out, depending on parking situation. Allow 60-90 minutes to visit overlook. Tour Antelope Canyon. Time permitting, visit Glen Canyon Dam and/or John Wesley Powell Museum. Head back to Flagstaff.
      One thing you have working in your favor at the time of year is daylength. Sunrise occurs at ~5:00 AM, sunset at around 8:00 PM. The reason I mention this is because you need to ensure that you are back to Flagstaff before sunset on all of your travel days. Nighttime driving is something you want to avoid in this part of the U.S. due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, and the tendency for deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses to be present at night. A nighttime collision with a large animal in areas where light is scant and cell phone service can be non-existent can be a real buzzkill!
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  15. Gilbert says:

    Me and my wife are planning to visit Grand Canyon. We are from Alberta, Canada, and flight to Las Vegas on 4Aug, and leaving on 9Aug. We would like to spend couple days in Grand Canyon National Park and Lower Antelope Canyon. Are there any suggestions?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Gilbert,
      Flying into Las Vegas on August 4th and out on August 9th gives you four full days in which to travel. In that amount of time, you can accomplish quite a bit, as long as you’re OK with picking up and driving to a new place (almost) every day.
      Here’s what I would suggest:
      August 5th: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive), with stop at Hoover Dam if you wish. Overnight at the Grand Canyon.
      August 6th: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, ~3.5-4 hours drive (factoring in stops), tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page, AZ.
      August 7th: Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive to Zion National Park (~2.5-3 hours), overnight in Springdale, UT
      August 8th: 2nd day/night in Zion
      August 9th: Drive back to Las Vegas (~4 hours*), fly home. *drive time reflects possibility of delays due to construction on I-15 through Virgin River Gorge
      The feasibility of the itinerary suggested will depend largely on Grand Canyon hotel availability, as well as availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Be prepared to flip-flop the above itinerary if Grand Canyon hotel availability and Antelope Canyon tour availability dictate doing so.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  16. Siladitya Basu says:

    We planning upper antelope canyon between May 26th to May 30 , We are 2 adults and 2 kids (1 is 11 yrs and another is 4 yrs) . Is there any restriction for 4yrs old kid to visit upper antelope?
    Aslo could you please let me know ticket availibity between these days?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Siladitya,
      The tour company we contract with on the Upper Antelope Canyon tour on our website does not allow children younger than 6. However, there are three other companies that do allow younger kids:
      Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours (http://www.antelopecanyon.com), 928-645-9102;
      Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours (http://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com), 928.380.1874; and
      Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours (www.navajotours.com), 928-698-3384
      If you are interested in doing the boat tour as well, you would need to call Antelope Point Marina directly at (928) 608-4477.
      Hope that helps,
      Alley 🙂

  17. Gary says:


    We have a group of 14 (6 adults and 8 kids) and we are wondering about the Lower Canyon tour and whether it is an ideal tour for the kids. We have a 3 yr old and a 7 yr old and wonder how “difficult” it would be for them. The 3 yr old would be carried (on some kind of baby carrier/backpack). The Lower Canyon seems more interesting to us but want to get a better idea of how challenging it would be. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated !!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Gary,
      The best way to get a sense for how realistic it would be to tour Lower Antelope Canyon is to watch this Full Walk-Through Video. Bear in mind that even if your tour outfitter allows baby carriers, you must be extremely careful to watch your child’s head. We’d hate to have your little one’s vacation ruined by injuring themselves on a low-hanging rock or ledge. Also, consider your child’s weight carefully and whether or not you can carry them up several ladders and staircases. If you have any doubts, you might want to opt for touring Upper Antelope Canyon this time around. Bringing Kids To Antelope Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  18. Regan Peterson says:

    Hi Alley,

    We are planning a trip to Page in September. Our youngest will be close to 4 at the time of our visit. I am wondering if you think it will be possible for her to do the Lower Antelope Canyon tour? I’ve watched the full walk through and think as long as she doesn’t have to rush down the initial decent she will be fine. Will they let us put her in an Ergo carrier on our back getting down into the canyon and then let her out to walk once we are in the canyon?


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Regan,
      Both Lower Antelope Canyon tour outfitters have indicated in past correspondence that they do allow baby carriers, but I would still recommend calling your chosen tour company directly to get approval for it. Also, bear in mind that you may end up carrying your child for longer than you expect, which may tire you out sooner than you bargained for. If you have any doubts, you may want to opt for Upper Antelope Canyon this time around.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  19. Shital Mehta says:

    Hi there. We are staying in Sedona for a trip in May for our friends 50th birthday and planning a day trip on May 10th to Page and want to do antelope canyon, horshoebend and possibly the boat tour on lake powell. our group age is between 48-63 years. would you suggest we should do both, upper and lower canyon or which one would you recommend and since we are driving from sedona and return back to sedona what would be the things we should do and how much time should we allow for each. Thank you for your help in advance.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Shital,
      In light of the fact that you are visiting Page, AZ, as a day trip from Sedona, AZ, I would recommend against overscheduling your day. You’re looking at ~3 hours, each way, to drive from Sedona to Page. Another factor that could possibly work against you is daylength. You must avoid driving in the dark in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on area roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses that could pose a collision hazard. Sunrise on May 10th occurs at around 5:20 AM, sunset takes place around 7:30 PM. You must time your activities so that you are back on the road to Sedona by at least 4:30 PM.
      Horseshoe Bend can be visited anytime, parking permitting. The most logical way to visit it would be on your way to Page, AZ. If you find the parking lot full at that time, you’ll be asked to return at a later time, in which case, on your way out of town would be when you’d want to try that.
      RE: whether you do Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, that depends on your party members and how much physical exertion they can handle. People in the age bracket you reference enjoy Lower Antelope Canyon every day, but there’s no escaping the fact that it requires navigating some stairs, ladders, and small boulders. If that might be a problem for anyone in the group, then Upper Antelope Canyon is the tour you’d want to take. You can book either Upper Antelope Canyon + a 90-minute Lake Powell Boat Tour as a “bundle,” or Lower Antelope Canyon + the 90-minute Boat Tour in the same fashion.
      To judge whether you’d be able to manage Lower Antelope Canyon, you might watch this full walk-through video.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  20. Jennie says:

    Hi Alley,

    My family is visiting the area in June and we are coming to Page for a day. We have a lower antelope canyon tour schduled and would like to see Horseshoe bend as well. Do you think that a boat tour of Lake Powell is work it? We won’t have time for a float trip which is what my preference would have been. Also, if I buy the $80 national parks pass will that cover my access while in page? I keep reading about a $30 entrance fee.

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jennie!
      Coming to Page, AZ, without getting out on the water somehow would be akin to visiting San Francisco and not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Therefore, if you don’t have time for the Glen Canyon Float Trip, then a shorter boat tour of Lake Powell would totally be worth it. As of right now, the option does exist to book a Lower Antelope Canyon tour plus a boat tour of the water-side tour of Antelope Canyon as a “bundle.” You might check that out to see if it would work for you, and verify that you could cancel your existing tour reservation without a penalty.
      The $80 National Park Pass will cover access to Antelope Point Marina and the Lake Powell Resort Complex, since those are in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but it won’t cover access to Antelope Canyon, since it’s a Native American Tribal Park, or Horseshoe Bend, because it was recently designated as a Page, AZ, City Park. Therefore, the $10/vehicle entrance fee would still be necessary to pay. Unless you are visiting 3-4 National Parks or Monuments on your vacation, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Wupatki/Sunset Crater, Petrified Forest, etc., or you plan to hit 3-4 Federal Fee Areas within one year’s time, you might want to forego purchasing the park pass for now. If you purchase the Lower Antelope Canyon + Boat Tour bundle, your National and Tribal Park entrance fees are included in your tour price.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  21. Ricky says:

    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?)

    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

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      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 🙂

      • Ricky says:

        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.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          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 🙂

  22. Ling says:

    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

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      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 🙂

  23. Denise says:

    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.

  24. Beth says:

    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..

  25. robyn dutton says:

    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?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      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 🙂

  26. G Brown says:

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

  27. Heather Skiba says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  28. barb says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 🙂

  29. Olivia says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  30. Donald MacGillivray says:

    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.


  31. Noel says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  32. Tita says:

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


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      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 🙂

  33. Yaniv says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  34. Sarah says:

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

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      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 says:

      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.


  35. Margaret says:

    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 says:

      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!

  36. Matan says:


    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 says:

      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!

  37. Lorena says:


    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 says:

      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!

  38. Rick says:

    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 says:

      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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