Upper & Lower Antelope, Rattlesnake, & Owl Canyon, Arizona
Page, Arizona is home to a couple of my favorite destinations, one of which is the magnificent Antelope Canyon.
This particular formation is a slot canyon formed by water and sand. These elements have created one of the most beautiful canyons you will ever see. The red from the walls glows as you walk through it. The endless lines and ridges provide some of the most incredible contrasts you will ever photograph and see.
There are five canyons that you can visit to photograph, Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope, Rattlesnake, Owl, and Mountain Sheep
The canyons are now extremely touristy. When I went in 2014 compared to now it is a night and day difference. You used to be able to get a photo pass and walk around the canyons yourself but that is no longer the case. You also need to make sure to make advance reservations for anything that you are going to visit. I was fortunate that I was able to jump into a couple of photography tours and actually visit the sites.
I used Navajo Antelope Canyon Tours as they are really the only ones authorized to do the tours I was looking for.
Upper Antelope Canyon:
The upper canyon is the one that gets the most hype. The beams of light that come through here are extremely well known and are photographed often. There is no hiking involved as it is level the entire way and only a short walk.
If you are looking for the infamous beam of light you need to reserve a place in their noon photography tour to capture it. If you are not make sure you are doing a photography tour in the morning or late afternoon. If you are doing these tours for photography you need to be on a photography tour. You will need a tripod and the guide will help hold people back for you to get your shots!
Lower Antelope Canyon:
Lower Antelope used to be my sole favorite canyon but with the extreme change in tourists upper and lower are now tied. Love this canyon and the photographs you are able to grab!
Rattlesnake canyon is a great little canyon to add to your photography tour but you will need to be there at the very end of the day. It is an extremely exposed canyon which makes it extremely challenging to get photographs.
Owl canyon is more of a hike then a photography experience. It is too exposed
- It is confusing to try and get there. It is 10 minutes outside of Page, Arizona, but there are no signs for it. You need to stay on Highway 89 and turn east on highway 98 and it should appear. I drove around 3 times last time I was there and it was not my first visit!
- Bring Cash!!! The Navajo Tribe does not accept Credit Cards
- Bring a Bandana. The wind can pick up and the entrance and exit of the tunnel and can cause a lot of discomfort without one.
- You need a reservation. The popularity of this place is ridiculous now and if you do not have a reservation you could be sorely disappointed.
- Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ2.8 L II USM Lens
- Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ2.8L IS II USM Lens
- Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
- Canon EF 11-24mm ƒ4L USM Lens
- Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera
- Canon Extender EF 2x III
- Canon EF 24mm ƒ1.4L II USM Lens
- Mefoto Tripod
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The Navajo Parks & Recreation is a nonprofit that helps conservation with parks owned by the Navajo nation. These parks include Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Four Corners Monument, among many others.
The Mission of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.
They have done an incredible job at protecting and preserving the over 17 million acres of pristine wilderness under their care.