We booked with Ken’s Tours to visit Antelope Canyon; one of the most peculiar landscapes I’ve ever seen. I’d recommend watching 127 hours to see its full potential!
We’d heard about Antelope Canyon during our travels around America, but didn’t really know much about where it was or how you could visit.
After looking into the canyon and seeing the amount of ‘Photography Tours’ available, we knew it must be too good to miss. So as a short detour before visiting the Grand Canyon, we hit up Lower Antelope Canyon…
After some research, we ended up choosing Ken’s Tours for our trip to the Lower Antelope Canyon.
Being honest, Ken’s Tours does sound like a slightly dodgy back street company. However, when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. At the end of a dirt track off the main highway, you stumble upon a building seemingly in the middle of nowhere – plenty of room to park our van!
There are steep ladders throughout the tour, and you do need to be mobile in order to successfully complete the tour.
You can see the full list of recommendations and warnings here.
We picked the general tour – the pricing was really straightforward and easy to follow: $40.00 per person but this excludes the Navajo Park Fee of $8, which all parties will have to pay to access the canyon – the only difference is some companies include this whilst others don’t.
Tip: Remember US prices don’t include tax! So the overall price with tax is £50.40 per person – this includes all taxes and fees.
We were lucky enough to have an excellent tour guide, Van, who made the experience entertaining, informative and memorable.
The tour starts with a short 10 minute walk to the entrance of the canyon, after an introductory talk from your designated guide. There were around 10 people in our group, most of which were a group of Japanese tourists that had an interpreter with them. This is did not phase or put off our guide – in fact, he embraced it and made it part of the experience.
After several sets of steps (essentially ladders fixed into the side of a canyon!), you’re at the bottom.
Sights like this soon become the norm and we were in awe (and had neck ache!) from how the canyon felt like a completely different world.
You end up spending around 40 minutes in the actual canyon itself. The guides know the best photo opportunities and they also stop and point out the names of certain rocks, usually named after what they look like!
The guides are full of fun facts, and there is a great balance between just enjoying your surroundings, and learning more about this amazing place.
The tour ends with a light ascent back to the canyon exit. The pictures do not do this place justice at all,
We loved Ken’s Tours & would 100% recommend them. Have you been or have questions? Comment below!