What can I say about my Lower Antelope Canyon tour? In one word it’s “WOW”. The inexplicable and haunting beauty of Antelope Canyon is magnificent. I never believed such place really existed in Arizona. It’s amazing and the view is out of this planet. It is a special place and my trip was worth it.
Lower Antelope ROCKS! I personally loved lower.
When you are considering or thinking about visiting Antelope Canyon, one of the first things you should know is that there is an upper and lower part of the Antelope Canyon.
These Canyons are infact distinctive and one of its kind. The Canyons are naturally formed marvels consisting entirely of Navajo sandstone and formed mostly from flash flooding and erosion. These two canyons attract visitors from all over the world on a daily basis year round non-stop.
I have never seen something so distinct like this before and I doubt I will forget it in a hurry. Lower Antelope is definitely worth a trip to visit.
Lower ROCKS! I loved lower than the Upper. Don’t get me wrong, the Upper is also cool.
Although both are called Antelope Canyon but there are some differences between them:
- It is very easy to walk through the Upper Antelope Canyon, the floor is much levelled and the walls are few feet apart. The Lower Antelope Canyon is not as easy but for almost everyone manageable. The Lower entrance is very narrow with some metal stairs.
- You have to walk the Upper Antelope Canyon back the same way you walked in but at the Lower Antelope Canyon you can go back also through the canyon or use metal stairs close to the lower end to get out of the canyon and walk back along the rim.
- The Upper Antelope Canyon ends with an opening into a wide wash, while the Lower Antelope Canyon ends at a several feet deep drop-off.
- Both Antelope Canyons are a haven for majestic view with great photographic opportunity but I suggest visiting them at different day-times.
- More importantly, all tourists visiting either Lower or Upper canyon are mandatory to do so with a Navajo approved tour guide.
My tour was piloted by a very friendly and understanding Navajo Indian native and she told us that Navajo Indians believe that caves are sacred and evil. She explained it as there are a lot of distractions so your mind keeps wandering. She also said that the canyon is sometimes flooded with water so each time she is in the cave; she always prays for safety for herself and everyone else.
She took her time to show us various features in the canyon. She also made sure we all had amazing pictures taken at interesting spots in the cave.
The Lower Antelope Canyon is simply STUNNING! It has been considered as the ninth wonder of the world. Lower Canyon involves climbing up and down ladders so if you can handle that, you should be okay. The canyon is not so deep, that you can even look up and still see the blue sky.
Because lower canyon begins with stairs, we were not allowed to take photograph on the stairs because it can get too crowed and also for safety purpose. The tour starts quite busy and crowded, feels like you won’t have your clean photo but after awhile it becomes more spacious and you will have time to explore.
My experience was SUPERB. The scenery is unforgettable. The light effect, the red sandstone, climbing down the stairs, gives one the opportunity to experience nature’s beauty!
So, peradventure you only prepare to go to Grand Canyon; please endeavour to create time to go to Antelope Canyon. Try the Lower Antelope. It’s just about two hours drive from Grand Canyon. It is a natural landmark so there are no touristy shops, just a sandy car park and the hike to the edge of the bend. It is definitely worth doing, you won’t regret it.
Hey!!! And don’t miss the HORSESHOE BEND; Horseshoe Bend is an amazing sightseeing location. It is about ten minute drive from Antelope Canyon. I highly recommend it. It is a really cool place where you can have a spectacular view of the super green Colorado River.
Beautiful is an understatement to describe Horseshoe Bend and the great part about it is that it’s a short hike that is absolutely free (Free of charge of entry and parking), It can be extremely hot and sunny there, so be prepare to wear sunblock and bring along a bottle of water but then it doesn’t require much of a hike at all. Horseshoe Bend will always have a special place in my tender heart (lol). I will without doubt propose it for nature lovers, especially if you go to Antelope Canyon, you won’t be disappointed.
Oh before I drop my pen, it will be an incomplete trip if you did not visit the LAKE POWELL. Lake Powell is the ultimate playground. Everyone should see Lake Powell at one point or the other in their lifetime. It is a remote place but with gorgeous views. Did I tell you the lake is HUGE? Hmnn very Huge so you simply have to hire a powerboat or houseboat to explore the second largest man-made lake in the United States!
Other activities at the lake include scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, water skiing, hiking and many more.
These places is a must see attraction. It’s completely charming. It is crowded but if you go with the right outlook then you will love and enjoy it. It will leave you with a very memorable experience.