Antelope Canyon is one of the most stunning landmarks in the United States. It is not part of a national park as it is located in the territory of the Navajo Nation - the largest Native American reservation. It is a slot canyon in Arizona and is made up of five separate scenic slot canyon sections.
Antelope Canyon is part of the Navajo's Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park and can only be accessed with a guided hike. A full range of guided hikes are listed on the Navajo Nation Parks website and there is a full selection of tours that visitors can choose from. The other major attraction in the Navajo Nation is the iconic Monument Valley with the famous butts of the American southwest.
Upper Antelope Canyon Sightseeing Tour
One of the licensed tour providers is Antelope Canyon Tours and their most popular tour is their Upper Antelope Canyon Sightseeing Tour. This tour departs from the nearby town of Page and is a 20-minute ride over a mildly bumpy road.
It is a fully guided tour of the famous canyon with visitors being immersed in the strange world of sandstone walls shaped by so many years of water and wind. Tours are offered every day with knowledgeable tour guides explaining both the canyon's history and local history.
- Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (Inc. 40 mins Driving To And From)
- Availability: Daily
- Ages: 1 & older
- Departure location: 22 S Lake Powell Blvd Page, AZ 86040
- Season: Year-Round
- Departure Times: 7.50 am, 9.50 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm
- Fee: $90.00 (Including Park Fee)
In total, the tour has around three-quarters of a mile of walking. The tours are offered year-round so be sure to plan for the season - summers can be extremely hot while winters can be well below freezing.
This is their most popular tour option and tickets can sell out far in advance, so plan ahead.
Visit Three Canyons On One Tour
Having come all the way to northeast Arizona it is worth spending a bit more time and money and seeing more of the remarkable canyons in the Navajo Nation. Adventurous Antelope Tours is another tour company offering guided tours into the canyon. One of their tours offers tours into three canyons - the Upper Antelope, Owl, & Rattlesnake Canyons.
This tour has two times - regular time and prime time. The prime times are when the canyons have the most sunlight in the canyon. Regular times are when there is no direct sunlight illuminating the canyon.
- Duration: 3 Hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Ages: 8 & older
- Pregnant Women: Not Permitted On The Tour
- Regular Times: $209
- Prime Times: $234
On this tour, visitors will see the vibrancy of the Upper Antelope Canyon, the twists and turns of Rattlesnake Canyon, and the openness of Owl Canyon.
While babies as young as one-year-old are permitted on the Upper Antelope Canyon Sightseeing Tour listed above, with this tour there is an age limit of 8 years of age. Additionally, no pregnant women are permitted on this tour.
Tour Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon From The Air
Most of the tours of Antelope Canyon offered by the different providers are much the same and are mostly of similar pricing. For another very different way to explore the canyon and wider region, consider taking a scenic flight. The scenic flight includes a guided walk in the canyon and so offers the best of both worlds.
Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines offers a scenic flight of the best of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding landscapes. The tour sets off able Lake Powell and heads to Horseshoe Bend. After seeing the iconic curved stretch of the Colorado River fly over to Antelope Canyon.
Step out of the plane and explore the rippling stone walls of the canyon's interior in person.
- Origin: Page, Arizona (Page Municipal Airport)
- Duration: Approx. 2.5 Hours (Flight Duration 30 Minutes)
- See: Views of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend
- Includes: Guided tour of Antelope Canyon
In addition to Antelope Canyon, there are plenty of other canyons in the Navajo Nation. Time permitting also see the Lower Antelope Canyon, Upper Kaibito Creek, Upper Kaibito Creek, Stateline Canyon, and
Water Holes Canyon to name a few.