antelope canyons

Discussion in 'Travel' started by plangereis, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. My friend and I are going to spend 2 days in the Page area during March this year. We are wondering if it is possible to do both the upper and lower Antelope Canyons in one day. I know this sounds a bit crazy, but we are also considering visiting other areas around page, such as Whitepocket, or the toadstool area near Paria. So, what are your thoughts? Should we spend one day in each canyon? Are both canyons similar enough so we could visit one, and then see another area close to Page? I am thanking you in advance for any suggestions or comments.
    Paul
     
  2. Hi Paul:
    I think they're different enough that you should visit both if you have time. Be sure to bring a tripod.
    If you're in Page for the whole day, you can easily visit one canyon in the morning and one in the afternoon. When were there in May2009, you could only visit Upper Canyon as part of a tour, it was very crowded and they hustled us through in about 45 minutes.
    We were able to visit Lower Canyon on our own, but I think that may have changed recently. It was much less crowded.
    There are several tour operators in town, and some offer a "photo" tour which is a bit longer, and may be worth the extra cost. We only got a an extra 20 minutes in Upper and our guide wasn't a photographer, but she did act as traffic cop and kept people from walking into our pictures.
    While you're there, try to get to the Horseshoe Bend lookoff. It's just outside of Page and well worth a visit.
    cheers
    Santo
     
  3. You can easily visit both canyons in one day.
    Rather than booking a tour from the operators in Page, drive to the canyon yourself and speak to one of the Navajo guides there. Negotiate with him/her the tour that you want.
     
  4. I have not been to Antelope Canyon but I remember reading that mid-day is best because the sun shines straight down into the narrow slots. Going in the morning for one and the afternoon for the other canyon could miss the best light conditions.
     
  5. I just travelled to both canyons last year and am returning again this year. The good news - these locations are both
    amazing and you will not be disappointed!! The bad news is that I do not believe the light shafts will be present in upper
    canyon in March. They come later in the year.

    That said, there is much to see with or without the light shafts in both canyons.

    Both canyons are definitely possible in one day. In fact, you will only be able to spend about 2 hours in each location per
    guided tour, and you must have a guide for both. They are no more than a couple of miles from one another, although
    depending on the tour you may need to meet in a different location

    I would strongly recommend reserving a guide ahead of time for upper canyon. I used an all day service last year and it
    was too much - ended up in some other canyon not really worth photographing later in the day.

    I am using Chief Tsosie this year and looking forward to it - met his group last year and they got a great shoot - in upper
    canyon most of the guides work together to assist the shoots - make sure you book specifically a poto tour - they are
    longer.

    Also, in March there is no issue with seeing both anyone's in the same day. There really never is - you can see lower
    canyon first, then go to upper - two hours each.

    Tripod absolutely required - most shots of mine were 10-30 seconds.

    Good luck and good shooting!
     
  6. I just travelled to both canyons last year and am returning again this year. The good news - these locations are both
    amazing and you will not be disappointed!! The bad news is that I do not believe the light shafts will be present in upper
    canyon in March. They come later in the year.

    That said, there is much to see with or without the light shafts in both canyons.

    Both canyons are definitely possible in one day. In fact, you will only be able to spend about 2 hours in each location per
    guided tour, and you must have a guide for both. They are no more than a couple of miles from one another, although
    depending on the tour you may need to meet in a different location

    I would strongly recommend reserving a guide ahead of time for upper canyon. I used an all day service last year and it
    was too much - ended up in some other canyon not really worth photographing later in the day.

    I am using Chief Tsosie this year and looking forward to it - met his group last year and they got a great shoot - in upper
    canyon most of the guides work together to assist the shoots - make sure you book specifically a poto tour - they are
    longer.

    Also, in March there is no issue with seeing both anyone's in the same day. There really never is - you can see lower
    canyon first, then go to upper - two hours each.

    Tripod absolutely required - most shots of mine were 10-30 seconds.

    Good luck and good shooting!
    Brad
     
  7. Yes, you can easily visit both Jackalope sections in a day. Upper is only a hundred yards or so long, and Lower is maybe 1/3 mile. Suggest you work your way down Lower, then reverse course (instead of taking the exit ladder.) If you start with Lower in the AM, you'll finish both by noon. Unless the weather is cooperative, I think Horseshoe Bend is better when visited very early or rather late in the day.

    Be advised that the road to White Pocket is full of deep sand and require a SERIOUS 4WD vehicle.
    If you can't get to WP, consider Buckskin Gulch and / or exploring the Cottonwood Canyon Road area. Google Grosvenor Arch, Round Valley Draw, Whaweap Hoodoos, Yellow Rock, Cottonwood Narrows, Hackberry Canyon, and the Paria Movie Set. If you are strong hikers, the Southen section of Coyote Buttes awaits. It's permit based, but has very low visitation and you'll have good odds of winning a pass.
    How many days will you be in the area?
     
  8. Hello?
    6 people respond and you can't be bothered to continue the discussion?
     
  9. I have to apologize for getting back to this forum so late. I would really like to thank each and every individual for their insights. My friend and I have hired a guide to get to White Pocket, Antelope canyons, and Stud Horse Point. I think these 3 locations will keep us more than busy, and I am sure we will get some great shots.
    As much as I am excited about shooting in Antelope Canyons, I am just as (or more) excited to be going to White Pocket. I really like the idea of going somewhere that not everyone gets to, and I think White Pocket is one of those places.
    I am definitely bringing my tripod, my laptop to transfer images to each day, ND filters to hopefully get some interesting long exposures with cloud movement, and ND grads to help with balancing the sky with the the rest of the frame. I know I will not need any filters in Antelope, as there is not a lot of light in them, but for the other places we are visiting, such as Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches National Park, and some areas around Cedar Mesa I am sure filters will come in handy.
    Thanks again for all your input, and, again, I apologize for not getting back to everyone sooner. My life has been really hectic lately, and I will look forward to being on the plane to Vegas tomorrow. Take care, and all the best to each and every one of you.
     

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