Which Is Better, UPPER OR LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON?

While visiting Page, Arizona it’s almost guaranteed that every tourist will be going to at least 1 of the Slot Canyons.
Which leads us to the most asked question: Should I visit the Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon?

Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon

I have been to both canyons and think they’re both pretty awesome.
I’ve actually gone to the Upper Canyon twice.
After finally seeing both of them I now feel like I can give a detailed answer to that question.

Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon?

The Upper Canyon is highly advertised throughout Page.
There’s 2 buildings in the middle of town that you can book tours from.
It’s the canyon that you see all the photos of with the light beam shining down.
Even Britney Spears shot her “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” video there.
The Upper Canyon is definitely a moneymaker for the city of Page.
But even with all that said, I believe the Lower Antelope Canyon is the better one to check out.

PRICE.

The Upper Canyon is about $15 more than the Lower Canyon.
This could be alright if it was because the journey is longer, but it’s not.
Your extra $15 to go towards the wear and tear on the Upper Canyon Trucks.
The Upper Canyon is 3 miles away from the parking lot.
Therefore your group has to hop in the back of a pick-up truck(don’t worry, there’s seats), and get driven to the entrance.
It’s completely fun cruising through the deep, soft desert sand in the back of a truck, but I don’t know if it’s $15 of fun.
The entrance to the Lower Canyon is probably less than a half mile away from its parking lot, so your group just walks there.

CROWDS.

Both canyons are going to be crowded no matter what.
However, the Upper Canyon is definitely the more crowded of the two.
The Upper Canyon is advertised more and there’s more photography tours going there to try and replicate the popular photos that are all over.

Another issue with the crowds is when you get to the end of the canyon your only way back to the trucks is to go back the way you came.
This is nice because you get to see everything again, but your guides will tell you to put the cameras down because you’re just trying to rush through to get out.
As a result, there ends up being 2 lanes of traffic in the canyon which makes for a lot of people.
The Lower Canyon isn’t like that.
There is an exit even closer to the parking lot than the entrance.

LIGHTING.

The Upper Canyon is at ground level and you walk between canyon walls, whereas the Lower Canyon is actually in the ground.
That plays a big part in how the light colors the walls throughout the day.
With the walls of the Upper Canyon it can be rather dark in certain areas when the sun is not directly overhead.

The 1st time I went to the Upper Canyon was in October around 10am.
The light was really good and I was able to take some great photos.
The 2nd time I went was 2 years later in September around 2pm and most of the canyon was too dark to really get good photos unless I had a tripod or my ISO was cranked up.
However, the darkness of the Upper Canyon can still be fun because it gives you more purples and blues than the Lower Canyon.
So take that into consideration.

ADVENTURE.

The Upper Canyon is not as adventurous as the Lower Canyon.
It’s not like you’re gonna be repelling down walls or crawling on your belly or anything like that.
But the Lower Canyon is in the ground, so you do have to take a bunch of stairs to get to the bottom.
Then near the end you have to climb up a ladder for a couple of seconds and then maneuver through some tight spots before taking a few more stairs out.
Like I said, it’s nothing crazy, but it is more fun.

Hopefully that helps your decision on whether to visit the Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon.

WHERE TO BOOK YOUR TOUR.

Booking a trip can be done online, in town, or at the sites themselves.
Different companies run tours and they only have a slight price difference.

UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosi.

antelopeslotcanyon.com
55 S. Lake Powell Blvd.
Bookings and a ride to the Upper Canyon Parking Lot can be done here.
Sometimes they’ll have a Native American Hoop Dancing demonstration outside.
Check the website for Prices as they vary depending on the season.
General Tour: Ages 13 & up range from $48-58. 12 & under range from $40-48.
Photography Tour(only 18 and Up): $258.

Antelope Canyon Tours Inc.

antelopecanyon.com
22 S. Lake Powell Blvd.
Bookings and a ride to the Upper Canyon Parking Lot can be done here.
Check the website for Prices as they vary depending on the season.
If you’re trying to go during 11:30am the prices also vary.
General Tour: Ages 13 & up range from $40-58, 12 & under range from $22-48.
Photography Tour(only 13 and Up): $108.

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours.

navajotours.com
Go East on 98 towards the Navajo Generating Station(power plant); the parking lot will be on your right.
You have to pay an $8(in cash) Navajo Parks and Recreation fee before parking.
General Tour: Ages 13 & up – $40, 12 & under – $20.
Photography Tour(unsure of age restriction) $120.

LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON

These tours are both located across the street from Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours.
Go East on 98 towards the Navajo Generating Station(power plant); take a left on 222, follow to the parking lot.
You have to pay an $8(in cash) Navajo Parks and Recreation fee before parking.

Lower Antelope Canyon Tours – Dixie Ellis.

antelopelowercanyon.com
General Tour: Ages 13 & up – $25, 8-12 – $15, 7 & under – FREE.
Photography Tour(No Children Allowed. Age not specified): $47.

Ken’s Tours.

lowerantelope.com
General Tour: Ages 13 & up – $25, 7-12 – $17, 6 & under – FREE.
Photography Tour(only 16 and Up): $47.

Watch The Weather.

The weather is usually nice in Page; but if you arrive during, or even after, some heavy rain you might not be able to visit either canyon.
These canyons can easily fill up with rain in a matter of minutes.
The Upper Canyon can withstand more as it’s at ground level.
Whereas rain can immediately fill up the Lower Canyon with water and cause deadly flash floods.
Go to YouTube and search “Antelope Canyon Flood” to see how impressive mother nature can be.

The Navajo land around Page is full of slot canyons.
There are others that are less popular, more expensive, and harder to get to which might also be something you’re interested in.
A little bit of research online should point you in the right direction.

Hopefully my information has helped you decide.
If you have the funds to do both, DO IT!!!
They’re awesome.
Even if the guides laugh and say “You’re spending your money to look at rocks.”

Have you been to the Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon?
Which one do you like more?

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Loved Antelope Canyon. We visited at the end of the day and almost had the place to ourselves (which was perfect).

Gotta love that place!

Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

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