You’ve all seen the famous photo of the shaft of light in the Upper Antelope Canyon. That famous shot will cost you a lot of money. And the crowds can be bad.
Instead, go to the Lower Canyon! It’s cheaper and there are less people. That’s like, two wins!
There are two tour groups who operate out of the lower canyon. We went with Ken’s Tours because they start their tours an hour before Dixie Ellis’ Tours, so there are less people in the canyon if you go with the early tour.
Definitely call and get a reservation. The groups are capped at 20 people. We were lucky enough to be in a group with six, plus the tour guide. Speaking of the tour guide, he was hilarious. And he’s a very talented photographer and pointed out the best angles. The tour moves pretty fast so you have to be quick on the draw but it’s almost impossible to get a bad shot.
The canyon is very steep and there are stairs into and out of the canyon so you have to be somewhat physically capable. And the canyon is VERY narrow in some parts.
It was freaking beautiful. I’ve been in slot canyons before but none so beautiful. The walls were all swirly and swoopy and swooshy. Highly recommend.
TIP: Don’t forget about the Arizona time zone!