On the last week of March 2017, we decided to make our way to three different destinations in three days across three states. From California, we drove across to Utah, then to Arizona in order to visit some of the prestigious national parks and scenic attractions in the nation: Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. After seeing these places, we hope that what we have presented to you will encourage you to venture out there yourselves, and possibly go even further then we have gotten.
The sights here can only be described as unreal. Located 10 minutes away from Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon has been one of, if not THE most, popular slot canyon site in the United States. It is the site of many tourists, nature freaks, photographers, and more who want to see the unreal rock formations and the light beams that illuminate the walls of the canyon.
There are two parts to the canyon: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. When you step in the bottom of either canyon, you find yourself surround by walls, while at the same time absorbing how grand and wide-spread the canyon is. While it may be quite a financial investment to visit both Upper and Lower Canyons, the experience and the views will remain in your hearts (and cameras) for a very long time.
Antelope Canyon was discovered in 1931 by a young Navajo girl while she herded sheep one afternoon. She went through the canyon thinking it could be a short cut to a feeding location. The canyon itself was form from thousands of years of flash floods carving through the rocks, creating a rippling formation through the rocks while smoothing out the surface. The canyon is currently under the protection of the Navajo Nation, as it is part of its history.
To visit both canyons, you must go with a tour guide, as access to the canyon is closed off from the public due to constant vandalism on the canyon walls. Prices vary for each tour guide company, but normally the Upper Antelope Canyon is more expensive then Lower Antelope Canyon due to the very popular light beams that the upper canyon is fortunate to have. Additionally, there is a photography tour for each canyon as well, which requires additional money but more time to remain in the canyon to take as many nice photos as you want.
Here are the reservation sites of the tour guides that we used to visit Antelope Canyon. Plan ahead of time (even a month in advance) to reserve a spot that fits best with your schedule. For Upper Antelope, I recommend getting a time slot closest to noon, as the sun is right above the canyon and the best time for the light beams to shine through the crevices.
Lower Antelope: http://lowerantelope.com/
Upper Antelope: https://www.antelopecanyon.com/reservations/
Click on the pictures below to go to the pages for Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon for more information on each location!