Lower Antelope Canyon
photo by Jeff Few

Travel Guide

Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a major source of tourism revenue for the Navajo Nation. The has been accessible only since 1997 (by permit), at the time when the Navajo Tribe established it as a Navajo Tribal Park. The Antelope Canyon can be visited with the requirement using guided tours, partly because during the monsoon season rain can flood the beautiful lanscape.

The upper canyon is called by the locals as ‘the place where water runs through the rocks’ and the lower as ‘spiral rock arches’. The former is the most visited, with relatively easy access - the traveller does not need to climb – and the famous beams of light are more prevalent in the upper canyon. They can be seen at their best in the summer months when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. The recommendation is to travel between March and October to experience the feeling of being in a beautiful photogenic Hollywood film set.

The lower canyon has stairways to facilitate travel to its base. The trouble that even with all this help, it's quite a hassle to get down there - and it is quite easy to stumble and fall as the footing is never quite even. This should not deter Antelope Canyon's visitors - ... no pain, no gain.

Antelope Canyon is a example of the power of nature and a spiritual experience at the same time. To many elderly locals entering Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral, an uplifting experience, a reminder that the Earth can be in harmony with something other than ourselves.

Getting there

Antelope Canyon is situated near Page on Navajo Nation land, close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town, at milepost 299


'Antelope Canyon Park Office P.O. Box 4803 Page AZ, 86040 USA Telephone: (928) 698-2808 Email: ac@navajonationparks.org

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1 Review

Ciprian Morar
Ciprian Morar

on Sep 20,2010

I liked

photographic indeed but spoiled by poor management.

I disliked

monopoly by a couple of tour companies. Watch out for arrival time. The park is closed after 5pm and you need to book in advance

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