A couple of years ago, we did a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, a spectacular slot canyon near Page, Arizona. Prior to that, we did Upper Antelope Canyon. If you have to choose between visiting Lower or Antelope Canyon, my opinion is that you should jump on the chance to visit Lower Antelope Canyon. It’s less expensive, a longer canyon to explore, is less visited, and you can get awesome photographs at any time of day and year. Photographs in Upper Antelope Canyon are definitely better at specific times of day and year so you would want to plan your trip accordingly.
If you’d like to explore Lower Antelope Canyon as a photographer, you can request a photographer’s pass. This will gain you entry to the canyon without a guide, entry a half an hour before other visitors, and allow you to stay in the canyon 2 hours. In order to qualify for a photographer’s pass, each person is required to show the person in the ticket office that they have an SLR camera and a tripod. There are no exceptions to this rule. Photographer’s passes are also $8 more than regular visitor passes.
If you plan to visit Lower Antelope Canyon, bring warm clothes no matter what time of year you visit. It can be very cold in the canyon amongst the sandstone canyon walls. Comfortable footwear is recommended and they only accept cash or traveler’s checks, no credit cards. Additionally, things will work better for everyone if you have exact change (check their website for cost).
Enjoy your trip and be prepared to be amazed! You will want to stay in the canyon for hours snapping photographs. Around every corner is a new and spectacular view. Don’t forget to look up and behind you – the view is ever-changing.
We hope our video will give you a small glimpse of the splendors of Lower Antelope Canyon.