“Hold on tight! It’s going to be a bumpy ride!” our tour guide yelled as she hauled herself up into the cab of the lifted truck. Rach, Harry, about 10 other people, and myself were seated on small cushioned bleachers in the bed of a covered truck facing outward to watch the road passing by. We grabbed onto the rails in front of us and enjoyed the ride as the truck drove us 20 minutes to Antelope Canyon.
When we slowly came to a halt we could see the mouth of the canyon in the side of a large red rock wall. We jumped out of the truck and onto the dirt parking area. Rach took her sunglasses off and gently wiped the red dirt off of the lenses that had collected during the bumpy ride. We gathered around our tour guide, adjusted our cameras, and slowly meandered toward the canyon.
As we began walking into the canyon our tour guide described how the rock we snaked back and forth past was carved by wind, water, and sand. We occasionally made stops where are guide pointed out exceptional photo opportunities. After about 20 minutes the walls of the canyon widened and shortened into the earth and we found ourselves at the end of the canyon in a sandy opening under a crisp blue sky. Our guide explained how the canyon was discovered by a young Navajo girl who accidentally lost of a few of her family’s sheep and followed their tracks into the canyon. This was the halfway point of the tour and we tried as much as we could to take our time making our way back to the entrance however, with so many tours going through and so many people trying to take pictures we spent the remainder of the tour trying not to photobomb everyone else’s pictures.
We made it back to the entrance of the canyon and found our seats in the back of the tour bus. Since this trip with Harry we have been back to the Upper Antelope Canyon twice and the lower antelope canyon once. This is an absolute must-stop if you are ever in Arizona.
Here are some thoughts we have about this experience:
1. What is the difference between the Upper and the Lower Antelope Canyon
There didn’t seem to be too many differences between the two tour but we personally felt that the Lower Antelope Canyon was a better value for a few reasons: it is longer and cheaper and offers many of the same views as the Upper Canyon. However, if fitness is of concern the lower canyon is more difficult to walk through. There are numerous steps and ladder-like structures that must be climbed in order to navigate through the canyon.
2. Use your time wisely…
Both canyons home stunning views of unique landscape and it’s definitely easy to get caught up with taking pictures. Although pictures are important make sure you pause and take a few moments to really enjoy being in the canyon. We suggest taking a few pictures at the beginning, when the lighting is good, and take a break when it starts to get darker. Most importantly enjoy yourself, listen to your guide, and take it all in.