Visiting Antelope Canyon Arizona – How to Make the Most of your Visit

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Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed sites in the entire state of Arizona – but there are a few things you should know before you go to avoid disappointment. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of your visit to Antelope Canyon Arizona…

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Visiting Antelope Canyon Arizona

Before You Go

One of the most popular questions before visiting the Canyon is whether or not you should book a tour guide. Please know that you can not enter Antelope Canyon without a native Navajo guide. Therefore it is not only recommended to book a tour, but absolutely necessary. You don’t have to book a tour guide in advance, though it is highly recommended.

For my trip, I chose Navajo Tours and paid $40 per person to enter at the premium lighting time for tours (10:00am tour) as this is the best chance to take great photos inside the Canyon, when the light begins to pour in through the slots.

There are two departure points for tours – Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper is more popular, particularly if you’re after great photos.

Timing is Everything

The prime times for tours are: 10am, 11am, and 12pm. These tours are more expensive ($40) versus the alternative times ($25), though you will not get nearly as good photos outside of these times.

You can pay double ($80) for a photography tour, but after experiencing the 10am tour I would highly recommend this as sufficient, taken at either 10am or 11am for the best lighting.

Beyond Antelope Canyon

There is much to see and do around the immediate vicinity and further beyond – some ideas include nearby Horseshoe Canyon (Arizona), Zion National Park (Utah), or the popular Grand Canyon (Arizona).

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    mae marohn
    April 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    visiting the Grand Canyon this weekend…hoping to see Antelope Canyon…thanks for the advice on best photo times!

    Renee Valderama
    May 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

    So pretty! Where did you stay when you visited the Antelope Canyon?

    Sunny Rolfs
    May 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    So stunning! I want to go!

    Sia Sharma
    May 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Awesome Photography …!!
    Nice Blog Post Thanks For Sharing with us…

    Diana | Yellow Mondays
    May 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for all the tips! Definitely some things to take in to account for a trip out to this park!

    Saakshi Kumar
    May 19, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Stunning pictures. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    May 19, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I am planing an American Southwest road trip at the end of this summer, I can’t wait to visit Antelope Canyon!


    The Southern Adventurer
    May 19, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Great post! I went to the Grand Canyon last year but only had time to experience the South Rim. I wanted to see Antelope Canyon so badly but I’ll have to wait and take a trip out there again. Thank you for all the info! I didn’t know I needed a tour guide to take me through the canyon! I’ll remember that for next time!

    – The Southern Adventurer

    May 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Incredible photos! Thanks for the tips as well 🙂

    May 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    All of these photos are SO stunning, my god! Thanks for sharing

    May 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Ahh looks so amazing! I want to go! :O

    May 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This is incredible!

    Jennifer Howze
    May 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

    May 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    SO beautiful!

    May 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    the first picture is absolutely beautiful!

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    May 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm