If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Grand Canyon, it is worth it to take a side trip to Antelope Canyon and hop on a photography tour. Located near the town of Page at Lake Powell, this very narrow, stunning slot canyon is one of the must see natural wonders of the world.

You cannot visit Antelope Canyon on your own due to the dangers of flash floods. Several tourists have been killed in the past including eleven people on August 12, 1997. It is now forbidden for anyone to enter the canyon solo so it is important book a photography tour ahead of time.

Antelope Canyon light beam in Arizona

The light beams dance in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon Photography Tour

Tours fill up quickly, and if you like taking photographs, make sure to book a photography tour. If you are not on a photography tour, you will not be allowed to stop for photos the way that the photographers do. The photography tours are given priority and are allowed to walk back and forth through the canyon as opposed to the regular tours that are only allowed one pass.

Even on the photography tour, you will not have a lot of time or room to take your shots. The canyon is packed with people, and groups only get a few minutes in each section to snap their photos before moving on to the next section.

Antelope Canyon Photography Advice

My advice is “Know your camera well” There is a lot of pressure to take photographs quickly and efficiently. Any hesitation will cause you to miss the moment. The best time of day to go is in the morning during the 10:30 tour. There is only one time of the day that the sun beams shoot through from above and you have a total of 10 minutes maximum to capture as many photos as you can.

Bring a tripod and be prepared to have a lot of people get in your way and try to oust you from for your spot. I found that by keeping my camera low to the ground and pointing straight up, I could capture many images without having too many heads pop into my photos.

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Dave and Deb with our Awesome Guide Rob

Our guide Rob did an amazing job keeping people out of our frames and all of the guides work together to hold up groups so that the sun beams are kept free and clear. But be warned, they can only hold people back for so long, so you have to take your photos very quickly.

We booked our tour with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours for $80 per person. You are driven out to the canyon in a group of 12 people maximum and your guide takes you through the canyon setting you up in the best places for the right shots. Stay close to your guide and don’t stop to take photos along the way. He knows the best spots and if you stay near the front of the group and listen to his advice, you will walk away with amazing shots like this one above.

Dave is putting together the most stunning photo story I have seen of his to date and will be sharing his photos from Antelope Canyon next week. But for now enjoy this teaser. I even managed to take incredible iPhone photos (the pressure of taking photographs on my DSLR was too much for me, so I switched to iPhone only)

Antelope Canyon iPhone Photograph

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iPhone photos of Antelope Canyon

I am planning my own photostory to show you how awesome photos can be taken, even with an iPhone too.

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  1. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    I’ve never heard of this part of the Grand Canyon before guys, so thanks for sharing! That’s great how all the guides work together as opposed to them only being concerned about their own particular group. The few shots here are stunning, and I can’t wait to see how the full-blown photo essay turns out! :)

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Tom, it is actually not part of the Grand Canyon but only about an hour and a half away. Many people make the trip to this area and only see the Grand Canyon but there are so many amazing places to see. This is one we think people shouldn’t miss.

    2. debndave Post author

      It is great how the guides work together. They are all native and part Navajo and you can see that they really respect the land and each other. You are going to love Dave’s shots. I can’t wait to share them.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Angela, yes it is a photographers paradise, you’d love it. It’s not enough time and you can’t stay longer because there are strict rules about hiring a guide, but the photo tour does give you more leeway.

  2. Tiffany

    Stunning photos!
    I really want to visit the Grand Canyon but still haven’t gotten the chance to..hopefully I will soon, & will definitely make a trip to Antelope Canyon too!

    1. debndave Post author

      You will Tiffany. We have wanted to go to the Grand Canyon since we first met. It took us 20 years, but we finally made it there. If we can do it, anyone can.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks, luckily we had our guide helping us out with the light. It’s so crowded in there, you need people to hold the groups back and point out where the light is going to be. It’s only there for a short window so it’s literally one chance to capture the moment.

  3. Amanda

    How AMAZING is Antelope Canyon? I insisted on going there on my own road trip last summer, and it was a great decision. I can’t wait to see all your photos!

  4. Tyler

    I just can’t get over what people are doing with their iPhone cameras these days! It blows me away. I’m no photographer – in fact I’d love to better document my travels; this post may have inspired me to use my phone a little more when I’m abroad. Thanks :)

  5. maq203

    That sure is one huge photo tease!! Wow, what an image. Wish I had known about Antelope Canyon when I went to the Grand Canyon a couple of years back! Amazing.

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  7. Mark Wiens

    I’m really looking forward to Dave’s photo essay on Antelope Canyon. I was there many years ago, at a time when I didn’t even own a camera! It really is an incredible natural wonder.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks so much, glad you liked it and I hope that you had the chance to check out the bigger post. Love that you made it to the petrified forest, we wanted to get there too. So much to see in that part of the world.

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