Antelope Canyon- One Last Time

I went to visit Antelope Canyon the other day in Page, Arizona, hoping to tour the Lower Canyon. However, that was closed temporarily so my friend Alison and I went to Upper Antelope Canyon. Even for January, it was fairly crowded.

The one rule change they have instituted is that tripods are no longer allowed!  Panic set in as I have always used a tripod here as it is highly needed due to the low light conditions inside. So I did the best I could by setting my camera to a higher ISO which makes my sensor more sensitive to the low light but produced digital noise.  To get rid of the noise, you use software to eliminate it at the expense of detail. I was mostly shooting at a shutter speed of 1/40 sec. which is slow but manageable at a focal length of 24mm.

The Lower Canyon used to have a photographer’s tour during the winter where you could go by yourself for 2 hours. That has been eliminated. They do have a photographer’s tour at the Upper Canyon but the cost was quite steep.  This will be the last time I or Ali will visit Antelope Canyon










Entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon








20 responses to “Antelope Canyon- One Last Time”

  1. Unfortunately, it’s being loved to death just like our beautiful Zion. Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t been to the Upper Canyon in a few years, even then it was crowded early in the morning. I enjoyed the Lower Canyon a couple of years ago and was able to get several excellent images without a tripod. I won’t be going back either.


  2. Your photos are still great despite all the constraints, like no tripod. I went through Lower Antelope Canyon with a tripod some five years ago. It was okay, but they kept having tours and people were coming and going all the time while I was trying to take pictures.


  3. So sad to hear about the number of people at Antelope Cyn and the changes that are being implemented. This is one place that has been on my bucket list forever. I hope I get to enjoy it sometime without a mob of people also enjoying it. Your photos are lovely despite the lack of a tripod. Looks like you’ve made it to the Wave too. That is one of my ultimate bucket list locations. Was it incredible?


    • Thanks Lexi! I’ve been to The Wave 5 times and was still blown away. It never fails. Best time to visit these locations is in the winter when not so many people are visiting but we have had a very mild winter this year.

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      • 5 times … wow!! If I actually ever finally make a plan to go I will have to ask you some navigation, logistics questions. It is definitely unfortunate how some of these incredible natural wonders are being over run. We hiked the Zion Narrows last year and I was shocked at how many people there were lining up for the park by 8 AM. Fortunately, if you keep on going far enough you lose most of the people. Enjoy your next adventures!!


      • Let me know when you’re in the area and I can lead you to places not many people go. I’m a seasonal park ranger at Zion and we feel the pressure from the crowds. It’s getting out of hand.


      • Oh thank you so much. I will definitely take you up on that offer sometime 🙂 What a great job. My husband and I hiked the Narrows last Memorial Day. It was incredible. Colorado unfortunately is experiencing an incredible migration here and it too is out of hand. Might be headed to Montana 🙂


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