Antelope Canyon is the most popular and the most visited place in the LeChee district of the Navajo Nation, near Page, Arizona. Although the LeChee district hosts a number of slot canyons, the Antelope Canyon slots??ª?Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope??ª?is by far the most popular. People from around the globe love to visit this beautiful place, and capture the beauty with their cameras!
Upper Antelope, also known as The Corkscrew, isn??ª?t as long and deep as many other slot canyons, but it is amazingly beautiful. It is also one of the easiest slot canyons to visit, because you can drive right up to the entrance and the ground is even and leveled. During summer tourist season in the slot canyon??ª?you need to be patient in order to enjoy because it is overcrowded and could be frustrating.
On the other hand, Lower Antelope is a long, deep, and more challenging slot canyon??ª?entry is through a slit in the rocks, which is uneven and rocky. Only the first third of the slot canyon is open for tourists, and is the easiest to travel. The other two sections are more rugged with sharp drop offs, and require serious rope work. You must take care while in slot canyons and never go in if there is rain in the region. Flash floods can occur with no warning and can be the result of rainstorms miles away.
Hiking and camping is allowed only with valid permits, as the Antelope Canyon is on Navajo lands. A separate permit is required for entry into Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon; this permit has to be purchased from the Antelope Canyon Unit Office. You will need to keep copy to keep with you during the visit.
You will have to pay a nominal daily fee (per person) to get a permit for hiking. An additional amount per person per night will be charged for camping; however, it is restricted to specific areas. Sometimes, during a particular period of the year, you are required to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide, which is an additional cost.
If you have a chance to visit Antelope Canyon, take it. The red rock scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah is incredible and is an experience that warrants a detour.