After flying into Las Vegas, the four of us packed up our minivan rental and started on our epic road trip through Arizona and Utah. When I was planning out our road trip, I already had in mind all the stops I wanted to make… Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and of course Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are both located in Page, Arizona which makes visiting both a no brainer. To visit the iconic slot canyons, you will need to book a Navajo guided tour. There are many to choose from, so definitely shop around, not only for prices but for times. I wanted to get the Instagram worthy sunbeam shot which occurs in the middle of the day, so we booked the 10:30 AM tour from Antelope Slot Canyon Tours. Be prepared to pay a little extra for these “premium tour times”. Antelope Slot Canyon Tours charges more for the 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM tours. Different tour companies offer different times which helps stagger all the groups. It can get crowded in the canyon but all the tour companies do a great job moving everyone along, as well as making sure you get the perfect shot (without any people in it).
Our guide was amazing. Not only was he very knowledgable about Antelope Canyon, but he also knew all the great angles to shoot from while inside. Here’s a little secret… to get those amazing sunbeams, our guide threw sand into the air and presto, sunbeams!
Antelope Canyon was such a cool experience and a must for any nature lover. If you are planning on going in the summer, definitely book way in advance. We went in August and started looking around February, and tours were already sold out especially for those prime time slots. Some advice before you go, definitely use the bathroom beforehand. The tour is 1.5 hours long with no bathroom breaks. You cannot bring any bags, purses, backpacks with you, but do bring some water. Wear proper footwear, you will be walking in sand. We saw a lady wearing heels, not sure if she didn’t get the menu or she thought she looked cute… either way, I can guarantee you she was uncomfortable. And of course, bring your camera! I mean look at this place!