Length: 2-5 miles
Description: Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous and most photographed canyons on earth. You see it on magazine covers, posters and coffee table books. It is beautiful - you gasp with wonder when you see sunlight dancing on the canyon's sculpted walls.
Most people enter the canyon because they want to take photographs. You don’t really hike through it, you position and shoot. The canyon is located on Navajo Nation land and a Navajo-licensed guide must accompany you.
The canyon is located just east of Page, Arizona. It runs north, across Hwy 98, into Lake Powell. The most photogenic section, called the Corkscrew, is located south of Hwy 98. Lower Antelope Canyon is located just north of Hwy 98. It contains deep, twisting narrows but they lack the photogenic qualities found in the Upper Canyon.
A wide expanse of bland, shallow canyon separates the Upper and Lower sections. The two sections must be hiked individually - they are seldom combined into a super hike.
Corkscrew (Upper Canyon)
Because the Corkscrew is so popular, it is wise to make reservations in advance. See this website for details: www.navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyon.htm. To reach The Corkscrew drive east from Page for about 3 miles and then follow a dirt road south for about 2 miles.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon begins just north of Hwy 98. The canyon is well entrenched at that point; entry and exit is via ladders bolted to the canyon wall.
Antelope Canyon From Lake Powell
Lake Powell's water back up into the bottom of Antelope Canyon. You can boat a short distance into the canyon, and hike above the water. However, the canyon is not spectacular in that area. There is no way to hike from the lake to the photogenic sections.