The Grand Circle - Lower Antelope Canyon
Last stop in Page, Arizona: Lower Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located right outside Page Arizona within the limits of the Navajo Nation. It is divided into two separate sections, Upper Canyon or 'The Crack' and Lower Canyon, 'The Corkscrew.' The canyon, made of Sandstone, was formed over many years due to flash flooding, which frequents the area. During monsoon season, rainwater rushes into the canyon and over time causes erosion, therefore creating the' flowing' shapes into the rocks. Due to the flooding which still occurs today, Antelope Canyon is only accessible by guided tours.
Upper Antelope Canyon offers no climbing, thus attracting more visitors. It is skinny on the top and wide at the base and sun beams are consistent throughout the canyon from May to October. Lower Antelope requires climbing (up stairs) and is considered a more strenuous trail. It is longer, narrower, and does not offer even footing throughout. Sun beams are best viewed in the early morning or late evening. After researching, we decided to tour Lower Antelope Canyon. While both offer unique experiences, Lower Antelope is less expensive and considered less popular, although it has gained notability in the past few years and may now be as popular as the Upper Canyon. After our experience, I would recommend going to Lower Antelope as the few cons provided no issues. Check out http://www.lowerantelope.com for more details and current pricing.
Entering the Lower Antelope Canyon requires some courage for those who are claustrophobic. However, upon immediate entry the canyon opens up as pictured below. So take a deep breath, count to 5, and take the steps down to one of the most incredible sights of your human life.
The tour lasts about one hour and as you can see there many picturesque spots throughout. Get ready for some phenomenal instagramming opportunities, however be advised that the tour is typically full and you are bound to get another tourist or two in the background! We decided to stay towards the back of the group, which is why we were able to get some empty shots but let me tell you, the struggle is real. Also, leave the tripod at home, it's an extra $22 to bring it in and due to the shape of the canyon, not worth the extra money.
Towards the end of the tour, one of the leaders began playing a Navajo flute which resonated throughout the canyon. It was simply sensational and something you need to experience for yourself. If you have any plans to be within hours of the area (trip to Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, etc.) take a detour and come to Antelope Canyon. Trust me, it's worth it!