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Canyon Antelope Question

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Canyon Antelope Question

After reading trip reports, reviews and forum questions, I'm still not clear about one thing.

If we arrive on our own for the tour and get to the gate where we pay the entrance fee and get assigned with a local guide - is there still a part of off-road driving to be done to reach the canyon itself? If so, is that included in the price of our ticket?

I'm not talking about the Chief Tsosie kind of organized tour, but about the kind where we get to the park on our own.

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1. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

The tour begins at the gate. But they will transport you by truck or open jeep up a 3 mile wash to the entrance to the canyon itself. Then you get out and walk.

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2. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

As Red has said the gate is by the side of the road, but the canyon is further down the wash and and that drive will be taken with a tour guide. It is included in the tour.

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3. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

Ok, got it now! Thanks so much!

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4. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

If you go to the Lower Canyon, you pay at the ticket booth and then walk over to the entrance of the canyon and climb down into the canyon.

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5. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

So traveling on those offroad vehicles is only necessary for visiting the Upper Canyon? If we opt for the Lower, then it's reaching the place with our car, then walking the rest of the way, right?

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6. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

<<So traveling on those offroad vehicles is only necessary for visiting the Upper Canyon?>>

Yes

<< If we opt for the Lower, then it's reaching the place with our car, then walking the rest of the way, right?>>

Yes

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7. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

All clear now - thank you!

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8. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

If Lower Canyon is more accessible, why is it less popular than Upper Canyon? Upper prettier?

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9. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

Upper AC is where you will see the classic slot canyon environment.

Lower is less crowded because it is less spectacular. Upper is a flatter easier walk. Lower does require some climbing and use of ladders.

They are NOT the same at all.

Edited: 01 September 2010, 00:50
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10. Re: Canyon Antelope Question

One reason Lower is less popular is that a lot of people don't want to climb in and out by ladder. It is quite narrow in places and not for the claustrophobic (or, I would say, the very large or out of shape). You don't have to be a super athlete or anything but neither would you want to have moderate to major mobility issues either.

I've also noticed that people traveling with several family members prefer the more spacious walk through Upper, where people can cluster more, be more of a group.