Antelope Canyon is a unique piece of Native American land that offers exceptional views from the inside of the cracks and crevasses in the earth. If you are visiting Arizona, put this on the top of your list of things to do and you won’t regret it.
As part of our road trip through the Southwestern part of the United States, one of the areas my Dad wanted to visit was Antelope Canyon. We were a little hesitant at first because the fee to visit was anywhere from $30 to $50 per person. But once we started to research the area online we realized this was not an opportunity to be missed.
When you arrive at the tour site you have to pay a $10 fee to park. From there you walk across a dirt and sand lot to a shack where they are selling the tour tickets. Once you have paid your fee you wait with a group of other tourists (many from around the world, it was awesome listening to everyone speak in different languages). After about 20 minutes of waiting our tour guides collected us and placed us in the back of large 4×4 pickup trucks. And here the adventure began. The trucks were necessary to navigate the 10 minute drive through deep sand and bumpy trails to get to the canyon. The entire ride was filled with ups and downs and sand in your face, hahaha really it was fun!
After the bumpy truck ride we all got out and were led by the guide into the canyon. When you first enter you have to give yourself sometime to adjust. Immediately the temperature is much cooler (much needed in the desert), it is quite dark and sandy, and visually it is stunning. After taking it all in, the guide lead us to the first area where a streak of light through the “ceiling” was visible. It was breathtaking. Luckily the tour guide that we had paid for was also a photographer, so he was able to tell us the correct camera settings to capture images for these lighting conditions.
The images should speak for themselves. At the time I was speechless, and even now it is hard to describe the beauty of this place. I think in the end it cost about $50 per person, but to me it was worth every penny, because I have the memory and photos of seeing one of the most beautiful places.