Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
The most beautiful thing I’ve seen to date: Antelope Canyon.
Last week, Gabe and I made a relatively impulse decision to drive up to northern AZ after Christmas. I’ve been looking at taking a trip to Antelope Canyon for about a year now, as it pops up on every must-see AZ list; and with such amazing photographs being taken, how could it not. Recently my mom and I were at a farmers market when I met a photographer who had been to the canyon and many of his pieces were displayed at the market for sale. They were breathtaking. The light shines down so majestically, casting shadows and creating intricate lines along the canyon walls. I just had to see it for myself.
Through my research I learned:
- You cannot see the canyon without paying a fee ($8).
- It is on the Navajo reservation.
- To prevent vandalism and scribbling into the rocks, tour guides are mandatory for both upper and lower antelope canyon.
- The $8 fee is either included in your tour reservation, or if you’ve already paid it, then it can be taken off for most tour companies.
- Children under 13 are less expensive, and the lower canyon is less expensive than the upper canyon.
- Upper canyon tours are taken by jeep right up to the entrance to the canyon and from there you walk in at ground level. Lower canyon tours have a 10-15 minute walk before you get to the canyon and then you take a series of ladders to get down, with no vehicle travel.
- Make your reservations at least a day or two ahead of time, especially for the prime hours. We were there during a very busy week (between Christmas & New Years) and every single tour was sold out for that day (Sunday).
- The upper canyon has prime times for sunlight (late morning, early afternoon). The lower canyon does not have a more prime time than another.
- Tripods are not allowed in the canyon on regular tours, but there are special photography tours.