The Antelope Slot Canyons have been the area’s best kept secrets for generations.
A photographers dream, as beautiful as some of them are, don’t do Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons justice. On entering either one, visitors often gasp in wonder. It’s a must see day trip for photographers of all levels, and greatly recommended for everybody else.
Upper Antelope Slot Canyon Lower Antelope Slot Canyon
When you take a guided van/boat tour arranged by Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, you travel through the beautiful painted desert of Northeastern Arizona arriving at Lake Powell and Antelope Point Marina. Once arriving, your boat captain will take you deep into the depths of Antelope Canyon through towering red sandstone walls close enough to touch from either side of the vessel. During the Summer months you will visit Antelope Island to enjoy your private beach where swimming is allowed. After your boat trip you will have a deli style lunch before continuing into Upper Antelope Canyon by land. This is the part of the tour that has become famous with rays of light beaming through the naturally caved out sandstone canyon. You’ll return to the B&B on your van.
Should you decide to drive yourself for a day at Antelope Canyons, you can visit either or both Upper and Lower. Both Canyons are on Navajo Tribal Land and require a Native guide to take you into them. You pay for your guide and admission at a booth before you are taken into either of them.
Upper Antelope in entered through a jagged opening in the wall of a box canyon (see picture on the left in the collage above). This canyon is the most often photographed of the two because it is the easiest one to carry a camera and tripod into. The floor of the canyon is fairly level and has a soft sandy base. When you get to the South end of the canyon, you turn around and walk back out the same opening that you entered.
Lower Antelope is beautiful in a ‘different’ way and requires a little more strenuous level of activity. You enter thru a ‘slit’ in the sandstone and climb down many sets of ladders (the first of them is depicted in the picture on the right of the collage above) and over sandstone floors as you descend into the earth.
It takes a little more time to visit this canyon. When you get to the end of this guided tour, you ascend on metal stairs and the see top of the canyon zigzagging across the sandstone on your right.