Laura Stull

Lower Antelope Canyon

Laura Stull
Lower Antelope Canyon

We’ve been cautious of spending money throughout the trip, forgoing the convenience of hotels and showers and restaurants for rudimentary campsites on BLM land and dinners off the tailgate. But when it came to throwing a little extra money toward a few hours in Antelope Canyon, we didn’t hesitate.

Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are located east of Page, Arizona, on Navajo Nation land and are managed by the tribe. Upper Antelope Canyon is the more famous and crowded of the two, so we opted for a photography tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, allowing us additional time, fewer crowds, and clear pathways for photos. 

All the photos we’d seen of the slot canyon could not have prepared us for our afternoon in Lower Antelope Canyon. Carved after centuries of flash-flood rainwater rushing through during monsoon season, the Navajo sandstone slowly eroded to form narrow alleys of smooth flowing corkscrew rock. Light filtering through from above changes the rock to red, orange, and even purple, depending on the time of day. Winding our way through the canyon, though less than 1,500 feet in length, took three hours as we explored the corridors and squeezed around tight passageways. We both shot hundreds of photos, but see a few of our favorites below!

Thank you to Alfredo of Ken’s Tours for such an incredible afternoon!