Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon: Now we know it’s for real!

When we first saw pictures of Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon, we thought to ourselves that they MUST BE photo-shopped! However, after our visit to the Antelope Canyons in Page, Arizona, we finally got to see these images for ourselves…it’s for real!

 The famous candle flame shot as seen in National Geographic
The famous candle flame shot as seen in National Geographic

About Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyons are formed through the erosion of sandstone. Even today, flash floods occur that brings sediment in and out of the canyons. As a result of these water movement, wave like shapes are left behind on the sandstone, revealing these awesome formations!

The Antelope Canyons are located in the lands owned by the Navajo tribe. To access both the upper and lower antelope canyons, you must hire a guide. For the Upper Antelope Canyons, you can choose to hire a guide via

Antelope Canyon Tours
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours

OR Antelope Slot Canyon Tours, the one that we took.

Depending on your interest, tours typically cost about $30 – $60 per person. If you’re a professional photographer, tours can be up to $80-$100 per person. Our tour was $58 per person and started out with a Navajo Hoop Dance. Check out this awesome dance routine. You may see semblance of birds or butterfly in this interpretation. There was even a cowboy impression towards the end of this routine!

About Upper Antelope Canyon Page Arizona

The Antelope Slot Canyon Tours is located in the centre of Page, Arizona. We stayed at Clarion Inn which was within walking distance to the meeting point. The hotel was clean and the breakfast was not too bad as well. All for a mere $50 USD a night.

After the Navajo Hoop Dance performance, we were taken by one of the open air jeeps to Upper Antelope Canyon. The cool thing about Upper Antelope Canyon is that no climbing is involved! As the name suggests, it is located at a higher height as compared to the Lower Antelope Canyon. This is why most people visit the Upper Antelope Canyon and also because of the famous picture featured by National Geographic.

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
Navajo Hoop Dance
Navajo Hoop Dance
Open air Jeep
Open air Jeep

After an approximate 15 minutes ride (which can get rather bumpy at some parts), we finally arrived at the entrance of the Upper Antelope Canyon

Entrance of Upper antelope canyon
Entrance of Upper antelope canyon

As you can see from this picture, the entrance is at the “surface level”. So there’s no climbing required. The walk through the Upper Antelope Canyon is a mere 5 minutes but if you take time to observe and take the many shots like we have, an hour may not even be sufficient. The tour was for 1 hour and the guide was really patient in showing us all the locations to take these fantastic shots…

First Chamber Upper Antelope Canyon
First Chamber
Second Chamber Upper Antelope Canyon
Second Chamber
2bearbear and Bear
2bearbear and Bear

As we entered the Upper Antelope Canyon, we were very much amazed by what we saw. The actual views of what you see in the photos. No photo editing at all! Our guide showed us all the “trick” shots that photographers would take…

George Washington
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
2bearbear and Bear
2bearbear and Bear
Dragon's Eye Upper Antelope Canyon
Dragon’s Eye
Eagle's Wings Upper Antelope Canyon
Eagle’s Wings
Found a heart!
Found a heart!
Bears and heart Upper Antelope Canyon
Bears and heart Upper Antelope Canyon

About Lower Antelope Canyon Page Arizona

Entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon
Entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon

As mentioned earlier, Lower Antelope Canyon requires some climbing. Some years back, a group of tourists visited the Lower Antelope Canyon and were hit by flash floods – only the guide survived. Of course, today, there are warning systems and tours stop when a flash flood warning is sent. Although we didn’t visit the Lower Antelope Canyon this time round, there are still some awesome pictures to be captured here due to the way sunlight hits LAC…

Twin Peaks Lower Antelope Canyon
Twin Peaks
Lady in the Wind Antelope Canyon
Lady in the Wind
Lower Antelope Canyon
Can you find the ladder

Around Antelope Canyon Page Arizona – Glen Canyon Dam and Horse Shoe Bend

Glen Canyon Dam upclose
Glen Canyon Dam upclose
Colorado River
Colorado River
Bear and horseshoe bend
Bear and horseshoe bend

If you’re visiting the Antelope Canyons in Page Arizona, don’t forget to also visit the Glen Canyon Dam and Horse Shoe Bend. But be real careful at these scenic spots and don’t get too carried away with those selfies! Enjoy Antelope Canyon!

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