Lower Antelope Canyon

The lesser of the two canyons in terms of a diverse range of colors and scenery, Lower Antelope Canyon nevertheless amazes with its vibrant and warm hues. Be sure to bring a camera, whether phone or DSLR/mirrorless, to capture as many great pictures of the canyon, but take a moment to just look up and see just how grand and spacious the inside of the canyon actually is, despite its outside appearance.

The tour guide that we found for this area is Ken’s Tours, which is located right in front of the entrance to Lower Antelope. There is another tour guide company next to Ken’s Tours, but look for a building with a big Lower Antelope Canyon sign on it if you want to use Ken’s Tours. Be sure to secure your spot ahead of time, as tickets do run out pretty fast the closer the date gets. Look for the link to the reservation website at the main Antelope Canyon page here.

According to the Ken’s Tours website, the tour normally takes 90 minutes to complete. This is to take into account the very large amount of people you will see that are also taking the tour of the canyon at the same time as you. The canyon will be VERY PACKED WITH PEOPLE WITH CAMERAS, so expect to deal with long lines and lots of personalities. Additionally, the huge number of people and traffic that results from it usually also means that the pace of the tour will also end up being fast if one group is behind schedule.

Be sure to listen to your tour guide as well, as he/she will give you instructions in regards to how to get inside the canyon, any safety precautions that will prevent a nasty accident, and most importantly: how to set your cameras properly so your camera captures the canyon walls properly without making the pictures end up too dark to see. Our tour guide was nice enough to tell us the camera settings ahead of time as well as provide some fun facts behind the canyon as well. Remember to treat your guide with kindness, respect and lots of smiles, as they would have gone through the tour repeatedly throughout the entire day so they may be tired.

Now to the actual canyon: the entrance of the canyon is a set of narrow and step set of metal stairs, preceded by stone and slippery steps where tour groups usually wait in before entering the canyon. Be very careful while you go down as the stairs are pretty steep and small; put away your phones and cameras so you don’t lose your footing. Most of your time will end up being here as you wait for tour groups to go in one at a time.

Once you hit solid ground, you can already see the sights that you see in pictures online. Don’t worry if you don’t catch the initial pictures, as there are more opportunities to take pictures of even better spots throughout Lower Antelope. The trail is narrow at some points and the corner turns are pretty tight as well. As you progress to the canyon, notice how smooth the canyon walls are and also how fresh the air is, despite having lots of people stuck down in the canyon with you. If you enter the canyon midday, you can definitely see just how bright the canyon walls are. The sediment on the rocks include some iron, which give the walls the redish glow once it makes contact with the sunlight. It is rather a surreal experience once you get up and close to the sights. Take lots of pictures!

You will notice the end of the tour when you begin to ascend up some windy stairs. At the end you will emerge from a crevice to the back of the building you started from. The drastic change from a magical wonderland to a desert landscape can throw you off a bit, but don’t be surprised if you end up looking at your camera or your phone at the photos you took throughout the tour. Don’t forget to thank your tour guide!

conclusion.

i90 minutes was all it took for Lower Antelope Canyon to blow my mind. Even though I can live without the loud noise from the large crowd of tourists and a slower pace, I managed to take in the grandeur of Antelope Canyon just by walking through the inner valley. If you are a professional photographer and have a really nice camera on hand, I suggest taking the photography tour to get the best shots of the camera as you can. However, despite the great views and breathtaking lighting, being able to go there once is satisfactory enough, as the price for a tour guide for one day  is not as worth as compared to paying for a 10 day ticket to visit an entire national park. Since it is not a public sight-seeing location, I would say going here once is good enough.

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