The Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful and photographed canyons, located in the southwest of the United States. It is located in the Navajo land, just east of Page, Arizona.
There are 2 sections to the Antelope Canyon, better known as: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon.
The Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse Bighanilini, which means, a place where water runs through rocks. This canyon was formed by erosion of the Navajo sandstone. Touring of the canyon (Lower or Upper) is available by tour only, given by a member of the Navajo.
I toured the Upper Antelope Canyon with my best friend. When we arrived at the canyon site, we were asked to wait until a group for the noon tour formed; our group was 8 people. A car would drive us 2 miles to the entrance of the canyon; while we waited, rules were explained to us. Simple things such as: no tripods allowed, no backpacks, stick to your group or you could get lost, and be ready to take lots of pictures (the most underestimated ruled of all).
The 2 miles to the canyon were pretty smooth. Because we visited in December it was cold and we were told the rays of light you often see on pictures (mostly on Instagram) would not be seen. You get different rays of light depending on the season you visit. We still got some amazing photos and the trip here was so worth it. I was trying to grasp everything my eyes were seeing as soon as I walked into the canyon. Touching the sandstone is almost surreal. The light reflections are incredible. Our tour guide gave us tips on picture taking to capture shadow and lighting that bounces off the walls of the canyon. There are small sections of the canyon that are darker than others. As usual, my biggest recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes and have the most updated version of the weather. For us, a much thicker jacket was needed. It was pretty cold in there. However, all the beauty of the canyon made me feel I was in heaven and soon forgot how cold it was.
I would definitely like to visit the Lower Antelope Canyon one day and do a private photography tour (when I can spend more time taking pics with a smaller crowd of people). I would like to get views and pictures of various rays of lights during spring or summer months.
Has anyone else been here? What tips might you want to share with those thinking about making this trip here?