Road trip to Antelope Canyon in Arizona – a spectacular natural canyon experience
One of the most famous landscapes to visit for photography in Arizona is Antelope Canyon located just outside the city of Page. If you plan on taking a road trip through the area, there is definitely a lot of wonderful parks, monuments and landscape to visit in the surrounding region, and Antelope Canyon is one of those must see places to visit. Check out the tour highlights below of this road trip to Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
Why visit Antelope Canyon?
For those that love photography and also visiting natural landmarks, Antelope Canyon offers the best of both worlds with these spectacular formations that you can enter and see such stunning displays of the earth’s motions and formations that really impresses. It is worth visiting when you are looking for something unique and beyond the typical natural phenomena that we are accustomed to seeing around us.
Tour highlights visiting of Antelope Canyon
There are two areas of Antelope Canyon that you can visit – the Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon, and it is possible to visit both sites on the same day. In order to do this, you have to reserved in advanced so you may see one or both parks in your desired time frame.
Lower Antelope Canyon guide
You have to book a tour with a designated guide for a timeslot and the guide will take you through the canyon and share some stories and details of how the canyon was created and found. Our particular guide was also very helpful to spot those ideal photo compositions in the canyon that really highlight the lighting effects and interior details that can easily be missed.
Note – you have to stay with your group and guide for the entire visit, so you definitely have to look and shoot quickly before entering a different segment of the canyon – there is no returning to a previous area that has been visited.
Entering the Lower Antelope cavern and climbing down
Descending the staircase to the lower segment of Lower Antelope
Lower Antelope Canyon Highlights
Visiting the lower Antelope Canyon is an excellent time to not only experience this magnificent landscape but to also create some wonderful photographs. It seems like any spot you look at from above looking down or up, in a detailed presentation or even a selfie, there is so much inspiration to being present and enjoying this amazing and unique landscape.
Antelope Canyon in color
Even if you photograph the images straight on, you can get some fascinating abstract patterns and designs from looking around at different angles. It’s such an inspiring environment to experiment and try different shots and techniques with your camera. Following are some of my abstract studies done in color.
You can get some very interesting compositions by just looking up or in different angles to get a different perspective of the interior and details. The canyon is a fun place to experiment with your camera and take lots of pictures that you can easily edit after the fact.
Tip – use an HDR setting to get both dark and highlight features including the sky images that can easily burn in a normal exposure.
Looking up to the skies
Selfie time in Lower Antelope Canyon
Of course everyone wants to do a selfie in the canyon to highlight their visit. There is a spot above where the lighting is even and highlights anyone standing in the middle. Our guide patiently took pictures individually with the group and I decided to take a slight different approach from a standard portrait shot.
Exiting Lower Antelope Canyon
Leaving out of the canyon, you practically have to crawl out through a tight crack (in the image above) and walk back to the visitors center. The center has a large gift store, food service and even a nice photo gallery of some Indian artist. The most popular item it seems for a typical hot day is any of the ice cream bars selling like hot cakes.
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More details for visiting Antelope Canyon
Tours start from 8am to 4pm MST
Prices are $40 per adult and $20 for children ages 0-12
An additional $8 per person fee for parks and recreation services
There are also special photography focused tours, you can find out more details on the different tours here.
During monsoon season, monsoon season occurs in the area and both canyons can be closed depending on a threat of flooding. Check details on the website here, for updated weather conditions.
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OMG! Totally mesmerizing photos! the kind of pics that make you yearn for that place.
Hope I will be able to get there.
What a scene to behold! Visiting this site, Antelope Canyon,
The tour that is about photography sounds interesting. Your photos are amazing
I love those photos!!! And Antelope Canyon is a place I would love to visit. The only thing is I live in Europe and going all the way to the USA for e.g. two weeks doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble so I am preparing to visit at least for a month.
The Antelope Canyon is amazing and you capture great shot there.
I didn’t know they have tours focused on photography, it must be very interesting especially with all the natural beauty of the canyon, the shapes and different lights.
Fabulous photography as usual Noel. I’ve got the Southwest in my sites for 2017 and I would love to visit Antelope Canyon.
Absolutely stunning photos. I’ve yet to visit Antelope Canyon. Every time I see amazing photos like yours, it reminds me I need to get there. Maybe next year.
Really wonderful photos, those rock formations are amazing. I’d love to include this in part of a longer road trip through the southwest. The entrance fee is steep though, but I understand the are needs to be maintained.
Your photography of the canyon is stunning, I can only imagine how may photos you must have taken! Good to know about reserving in advance if wanting to visit both sites in the same day. Antelope Canyon has been on my radar for sometime, and I’ve found your tips and photos to inspire me further for a visit.
WOW! The world is truly full of natural wonders and this is one we really want to visit, I’m no photographer but I bet even an amateur could get great shots here, it’s too beautiful not to. Your images really are awesome, actually made us feel like we were there. It’s on the bucket list for sure! Happy travels, love the Austins (www.360honeymoon.com)
Antelope Canyon has been on our bucket list for way too long. We were waiting for the kids to be a little older which they are. We are hoping to head that way this coming summer and I pinned this as a reference that I could come back to.
Fantastic photos. I’ve wanted to go and photo Antelope Valley for a long time.