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Antelope Canyon with kids

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Antelope Canyon with kids

I just discovered Antelope Canyon and would like to travel there. We will be in Zion and then drive to Grand Canyon, and Page seems like a good midpoint.

We will be traveling as a family with 2 kids -- 5 and 11. My 11 yr old will be fine but I'm concerned about all the walking/traveling for my 5 year old. I see that there are tour vehicles that stop in the canyon. From that point on, how far is the walk into the canyon and is it steep?

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1. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

Upper Antelope you need to ridein a 4x4 truck up the wash to get to the canyon. Then its a flat sandy walk in the canyon.

Lower Antelope, you drive yourself right near the entrance. Then you enter the canyon via ladders. I think the kids would like Lower better because of the ladders.

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2. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

Upper Antelope is only about a 1/4 mile long. Flat, level, sandy, not a problem at all for anyone.

Lower Antelope has many, many, steps and ladders. The five year old would probably be okay with them, though it will most likely take him/her longer. It is also a longer canyon, maybe 1/2 mile though I can't find a specific length at the moment, but at any rate still not a long hike.

Edited: 02 July 2014, 19:27
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I think you'll be more relaxed about the 5 yo in Upper. About all that can happen is an inattentive head bump where a canyon wall juts out. As the others say it's a very easy walk.

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To visit the upper canyon, you must be with a tour group. Drive yourselves to the canyon. Pay the fee to enter the grounds, and then go to the ticket booth to buy tickets for the next available tour. You will be on an open truck, riding down the bumpy sandy wash to the canyon entrance--takes about 15 minutes one way. You get off the truck and the guide escorts you through the canyon, telling you where the best picture spots are. After you go through the canyon, you have a few minutes on your own on the outside, then you make your way back through to get on the truck to go back to the starting point. The first tour of the day allows you to be there when there are less people--it gets pretty crowded inside. You can then drive across the road (keep the receipt you get when you pay for your entrance since it's good for both canyons), park, and the guide escorts you through the lower canyon. Payment for all is in cash only. You do not need to pay for a tour from Page since this is easy to manage on your own.

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5. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

Thank you all for your responses! The info is very helpful.

My husband and I are thinking of going to the Upper Canyon, since our 5 yr old might not be able to keep up or be running around everywhere. Plus, we will have hiked for a few days in Zion so we may just try and take it easy here. If all is well, we'll return to do Lower Canyon and do Horseshoe Bend in the future.

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Just to clarify @TxOffWeGo, you will need to pay for an entrance fee into the Navajo reservation and pay a separate fee for a guided tour. Are the guides from the Navajo reservation? On the website: navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopetours.htm, they give about 6 tour companies to purchase tickets. So, I shouldn't pay for a tour company in Page to do the Upper Canyon?

Edited: 03 July 2014, 05:30
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7. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

Just drive right up to Upper and get on the next available tour.No need to book thru operators in town.

You can get on the next available tour.Just park near the entance station and get on a tour.

Edited: 03 July 2014, 06:04
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8. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

Sorry, here's the link again: navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopetours.htm

If people can just get on the next available tour and not book through operators in town, how come the Navajo reservation park says you need a guide and lists these operators under "Guided Tours"? It's a bit confusing.

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9. Re: Antelope Canyon with kids

It doesn't matter whether you book ahead in town or just join a tour at the entrance you have and will pay for a guide to take you through the canyon.

If you want a specific time for your tour book ahead of time with the companies in town. They will have you meet in their office in Page and the (usually navajo) guide will take you to the entrance and canyon.

If you don't care what time your tour is and are willing to wait if need be then you can drive yourself to the entrance, park and then join the next available guided tour there.

Either way you will pay per person for a guide to take you through the canyon. You will also pay a per person entrance fee. Last I knew the cost for the guides was the same whether you booked with a company/guide in town or whether you booked with a guide at the entrance.

Costs are higher for the prime noon time tours when during the summer you will have light beams reach the floor.

One of those companies listed on the link you gave is actually the company that is at the entrance... but I don't remember which one it is.

Edited: 03 July 2014, 06:57
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