Antelope Canyon

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  • Information on Antelope Canyon
  • When to visit Antelope Canyon?
  • Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon o Antelope Canyon X: quale scegliere?
  • How to get to Antelope Canyon

THEAntelope Canyon it is one of the most beautiful and evocative areas of the United States. Run by the tribe Navajo, is located in Arizona and is undoubtedly one of the most photographed American canyons.

More precisely, it is one slot canyon and is distinguished by its narrow shape, but easy enough to cross. The environment is made up of bottlenecks sculpted by the erosion of water and wind and the light only penetrates from the top.



Inside the Antelope Canyon you can admire gods beautiful light shows which give the sandstone walls magnificent shades of orange and purple. The canyon is divided into other sections that are not directly connected and to visit it you need to book a guided tour.

Let's find out everything you need to know about Antelope Canyon to spend a wonderful day.

Information on Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon and is a major attraction in the southwestern United States. Geographically it is located on the land of the Navajo, near the town Page, in Arizona.

Formed thousands of years ago for the erosive action of wind and water, its name derives from the fact that the whole area in the past was inhabited by many antelopes. Today it offers a breathtaking view that is difficult to describe in words.


As mentioned, the only way to visit the canyon is via a guided tour. This is because there is a danger of floods and floods.


As for the access times, vary according to the season and can usually be visited from the end of March to the beginning of November and from the beginning of November to the beginning of March. Antelope Canyon is open daily and tours begin at 7:50 am, 9:50 am, 12 pm and 00 pm.

Regarding the timetables, it is useful to specify that Arizona has a slightly different time zone as it does not apply daylight saving time and within its borders it welcomes a large part of the Navajo Nation which instead has decided to adopt daylight saving time. The difference between the Navajo lands and the rest of Arizona is one hour.

Before arriving at the canyon it is therefore essential to obtain a ticket that you can buy directly on the spot or on the official web site. Whichever mode you choose, it is important to book well in advance as tickets are selling fast.

Bought the voucher, you will have to be at check-in one hour before the scheduled time. The excursion lasts about an hour and a half and includes a jeep transfer from Page. Also, it is not allowed to bring a backpack with you ', but you can have a water bottle.


Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend: tour and lunch from Las Vegas

When to visit Antelope Canyon?

The entire Antelope Canyon region experiences cold, short winters, with long, hot summers. During the winter at night it often drops below zero and there is a risk of encountering snow.

Instead, from May to September it is hot during the day and in the months of July and August it can reach peaks of 35-36 ° C. During the year the rains are scarce and only in the warm months there is the danger of sudden thunderstorms.


In fact, it is true that the canyon is accessible all year round, however Indian guides advise against planning a visit if it rains heavily, as there is a risk of flash flood, i.e. floods.

In summary, spring, summer and early autumn are the best times to admire Antelope Canyon. If you want to immortalize the sparkling colors with unforgettable photos, the advice is to make your visit between 11 and 11:30 to find the best light conditions.

Lower Antelope Canyon: entrance ticket and guided tour

Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon o Antelope Canyon X: quale scegliere?

Antelope Canyon is made up of 3 main areas that are close together. L'Upper Antelope Canyon is the most crowded and touristic one, while the Lower Antelope it is shallower and is ideal for photography lovers. Finally, there is theAntelope Canyon X which is the least known of the three and has only one agency to book tours.


Upper Antelope Canyon

Defined by the Navajo as 'the place where water flows through the rocks', it is the most famous and visited area of ​​the canyon and there are many cinque tour operator. This part of Antelope Canyon is characterized by being wider and easier to access.

As it is deeper, inside it is darker and cooler and more frequently it happens to witness phenomena of penetration of light rays. The route explores the canyon 400 meters long and every now and then you have to stop to let people who come in the opposite direction to pass.


Walking into Upper Antelope Canyon you will not encounter passages that are too difficult or too narrow. In short, the experience can be lived by everyone without major difficulties.

Lower Antelope Canyon

Although distinguished by less depth, is particularly fascinating for the wonderful light effects and the particular shape of the rocks that are very reminiscent of those of the Upper Antelope Canyon.

Here they operate exclusively 2 tour operator and therefore there will be less queue. In some cases there is also the opportunity to stop for an extra time, if there are few people. In this canyon the path is one way and moves along 407 meters.

To access the canyon, you pass through some fairly steep iron ladders and at various points the road becomes more complex to tackle, especially due to the very narrow walls. Maybe Lower Antelope Canyon isn't for children and the elderly, but for everyone else there won't be major problems.

Lower Antelope Canyon tour with Navajo guide

Antelope Canyon X

Antelope Canyon X is the least known and visited by tourists and is perfect for those wishing to visit in peace. This area extends 7 kilometers south of Upper Antelope Canyon, in a much more remote and less traveled area.

You will therefore have to join a guided tour and the choice will be much smaller. In fact, there is only one agency that can provide you with a visit, the Taadidin Tours. Antelope Canyon X consists of two different looking slot canyons (North and South) and looks like a fusion of the other two canyons.

The guide will take you to the entrance with a private vehicle that will take you for 4,8 kilometers on a dirt path. There are no ladders and only the initial part is a bit more complicated for some steps. The Antelope Canyon X is then average less expensive and cheaper than the others.

How to get to Antelope Canyon

In general, given the proximity, it is preferable to choose the city of as a base Page, from which Antelope Canyon is just 13 kilometers to the southeast.

Those who have chosen Upper Antelope Canyon must research the meeting point in Page that will be communicated to you by the tour operator, who will then take you to your destination. It is good to remember that the road to get to the canyon is accessible only to tour guides and authorized companies. For that reason, don't try to get there by yourself.

And if you have opted for the Lower Antelope Canyon, you will have to reach the place independently. The precise address is Indian Rte 222 a Page. Finally, those who want to get to Antelope Canyon X must look for the address of the only tourist agency. There you will leave your car and be accompanied by the staff to the canyon.


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