I’ve taken these Antelope Canyon Photos during two different visits to the United States. One was in 2010, when we made a roadtrip through the southwest US states. The other one was in 2011, when we crossed the United States coast-to-coast by car. These two stops were made because Antelope Canyon is divided into two different canyons, Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon. For both you have to get a guide, as the property is owned and managed by the Navajo Indians, and if you want to get more time to take Antelope Canyon Photos, you need to get a photographers permit. Make sure to bring your best photography equipment possible – for some guidance, check out my guides for the best travel camera and the best travel tripod (you will definitely need one here).
We’ve stayed in the town of Page, Arizona, each visit. I absolutely love this town as it is just surrounded by scenic wonders like Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell – check out my list of the 10 most beautiful places in the USA. The first time we got there, we got picked up in the city center and descended into Upper Antelope Canyon. Inside the canyon you’ll discover an awesome quite but stunning atmosphere. We wandered through the canyon (which was pretty narrow at some points) and I took many Upper Antelope Canyon Photos, some HDRs as well. On the second visit a year after, we went to Lower Antelope Canyon. This one is a bit more difficult to get through, as you have some ladders, stairs and narrow curves (watch out fat people!). We had a Navajo Indian taking us around, showing us the best opportunities for great Antelope Canyon Photos and he even played the flute for us. Again, this was an incredible trip to one of the most beautiful canyons in the world.
Hans’ Tips for your own Antelope Canyon trip:
Best Photo Spots near Antelope Canyon
- If you are looking for other great spots for Antelope Canyon Photos or near it, you definitely have to go to Horseshoe Bend! It is a meander of Colorado River and one of the greatest lookout points in the United States! There is a small parking lot, from where you will have to walk for 15 minutes until you reach the cliff. Get there by sunset for some of the greatest photos you can take!
- When entering Page through Highway 89, make sure to stop at the border between Arizona and Utah. Stop at the big “Utah” sign and take some travel photographs as you will have some great views on Lake Powell from there!
- If you have the right car for offroad routes, you need to check out Alstrom Point for some awesome photographs! You will have a great view over Padre Bay and should check it out during sunset as well.