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There are dozens of nationwide parks within the U.S., every with a definite panorama and a compelling purpose to go to. One in every of my favourite locations is Antelope Canyon, which is adjoining to Glen Canyon Nationwide Recreation Space in Web page, Arizona.
You’ve probably seen dreamy images of the canyon on social media, however photos don’t do it justice. Not solely is it lovely, nevertheless it’s additionally a fantastic place to go to with the entire household. Beneath are a couple of vital suggestions for your loved ones trip to Antelope Canyon.
It’s essential to have a information to enter the canyon
To stop vandalism and shield the land, which has non secular significance to the Navajo Nation, Antelope Canyon was closed beginning in 1997 to members of the general public with no information. The one solution to enter the canyon is with a tour firm that is been licensed by Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.
We selected Ken’s Excursions as a result of it had essentially the most handy tour occasions. Our information, a member of the Navajo Nation, was educated about each the canyon and the land we had been visiting. It was a particular tour that I am grateful I may expertise with my household.
Antelope Canyon is totally lovely. It’s no surprise folks journey from thus far out of the way in which simply to take images. Along with sharing the canyon’s historical past and its significance to the Navajo Nation, our information did a spectacular job serving to us get unimaginable photos to take residence.
Know the distinction between the canyons
Higher and Decrease Antelope Canyon are literally miles aside, however essentially the most important distinction between the 2 is the well-known mild beam images you possibly can snap within the higher canyon.
Stepping into Decrease Antelope Canyon additionally comes with steep stairs down one aspect and up the opposite.
As a result of it’s much less accessible (and arguably much less photogenic), Decrease Antelope Canyon can be cheaper to go to. Our tour to the decrease canyon was $40 per grownup, not together with a 6% Navajo tax and a $32 Navajo allow payment for our group.
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Excursions for Higher Antelope Canyon begin at $70 per grownup and $60 per baby 12 and below. For our household of 4 adults and one toddler, we paid $212.40. If we’d chosen to go to the Higher Canyon, we might have been out greater than $350.
Picture excursions are particularly in style at Higher Antelope Canyon and begin at $150 per particular person.
As I discussed, you’ll have to descend a steep staircase to enter Decrease Antelope Canyon and take a barely much less steep set of stairs to exit on the opposite aspect. When you’re touring with anybody who has mobility points or prefers to keep away from heights, it’s possible you’ll need to stick to Higher Antelope Canyon, which is wheelchair-accessible.
Moreover, visiting the Decrease Canyon with an toddler or toddler would possibly show difficult with the steps. Fortunately, my husband carried our then-14-month-old son down the steps, which eased my thoughts tremendously. You may additionally put on your child in a provider. Older youngsters ought to be capable to go up and down the steps on the Decrease Canyon with grownup help.
Due to the recognition of Antelope Canyon, it could be troublesome to seek out tour availability at occasions. There are comparable slot canyons within the Web page space that are actually open to the general public resembling Canyon X and Secret Canyon. Each of those present comparable experiences they usually often haven’t got the crowds of the group excursions. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Excursions is among the licensed Navajo tour operators that gives not solely personal excursions of a slot canyon, but additionally a non-public overlook at Horseshoe Bend.
The place to remain
Antelope Canyon is positioned in Web page, Arizona, simply past the Utah border; it is a few four-hour drive from Phoenix. When you choose to fly, the closest airports are in Flagstaff, Arizona — a two-hour drive from Web page — and in Web page itself, which you’ll fly to straight from Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport (PHX) on Contour Airways. The airline operates one each day flight beginning at $89 one-way.
We stayed on the Courtyard Web page at Lake Powell for only one night time, as Antelope Canyon was a cease on a bigger Arizona street journey. It is a Class 5 Marriott property accessible from 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors per night time on off-peak dates, or $126. There’s additionally a brand new Home2Suites, a Hilton property, which is out there beginning at 21,000 Honors factors per night time relying on dates.
What to pack
It may be very windy within the space proper above the canyon, and the sand can simply blow into your eyes and mouth. So, be sure you carry sun shades and a shawl or masks to cowl your mouth and face to guard your self from the sand. The wind may even observe you into the canyon, so a light-weight jacket would possibly make you extra snug. Since Antelope Canyon is on tribal land, a COVID-19 masks mandate remains to be in impact for all guests and residents of the Navajo Nation.
The very best time to go to
Antelope Canyon is positioned within the Arizona desert, so the climate is lower than excellent throughout the summer time months. The very best time to go to could be within the spring or fall. Whereas the common temperature remains to be within the mid-80s throughout these months, it nonetheless beats triple-digit highs in Arizona in the summertime.
Winter can be a superb time to go to the canyon as a result of there are fewer crowds. The temperatures, nevertheless, vary from 40 to 60 levels Fahrenheit, which can be much less interesting to some vacationers.
Antelope Canyon excursions can final from one to 3 hours, relying on the kind of tour you select and which canyon you go to. There have been excursions each half-hour after we visited which gave every group time to get far sufficient by means of the canyon and never maintain up any of the next teams.
When you take pleasure in water actions, there are a number of choices accessible within the Web page/Lake Powell space. Nevertheless, be warned that they’re seasonal actions as the world can attain freezing temperatures within the winter months. Kayaking is a well-liked sport, and from Lake Powell, you possibly can entry components of Antelope Canyon from the water.
Horsehoe Bend is a spectacular (and really Instagram-popular) spot. You’ll be able to park and stroll to the rim overlooking the Colorado River because it winds across the sandstone. However what if you happen to may kayak round it as an alternative? Kayak Horseshoe Bend helps guests just do that and the views are unbelievable. Open from March to October for kayak and paddleboard leases, Kayak Horseshoe Bend is a good day tour from Web page. The workplace is positioned in Marble Canyon (Lee’s Ferry) which is roughly 38 miles from downtown Web page. Lee’s Ferry can be the launch level for many Grand Canyon river rafting expeditions.
If flying is extra your model, attempt a helicopter tour that departs from Web page Airport. Grand Canyon Scenic Airways has been in enterprise for greater than 90 years and operates aerial excursions to the highest of Tower Butte, the Grand Canyon or the Rainbow Bridge Nationwide Monument.
Go to different parks throughout your journey
Our journey additionally included a cease on the Grand Canyon, which is a bit more than a two-hour drive from Antelope Canyon and Web page. Stretching from the shores of Lake Powell to Horseshoe Bend is Glen Canyon Nationwide Recreation Space, which is managed by the Nationwide Park Service. Varied guided excursions can be found on this space as nicely.
Zion Nationwide Park is a two-hour drive west throughout the border in Utah whereas Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a two-hour drive east in Arizona.
Antelope Canyon is a mesmerizing vacation spot and a fantastic alternative in your subsequent household trip. Not solely will you stroll away with superb household images you possibly can cherish endlessly, however you’ll even have the chance to expertise the Native historical past of the U.S. by means of a certified Navajo Parks and Recreation information.
Higher Antelope Canyon is finest for vacationers with mobility considerations, because it’s wheelchair-friendly. Sadly, that is additionally the pricier canyon due to the arguably higher images you will get there. Decrease Antelope Canyon is extra inexpensive and, in my view, simply as beautiful, although there are steep stairs you must take into accounts earlier than reserving.
Irrespective of which canyon you select to tour, you and your loved ones are certain to make lasting reminiscences.
Further reporting by Becky Blaine.