Formed over centuries, Arizona’s yearly monsoon rains flood the canyons and erode the Navajo Sandstone creating the iconic slot canyons of the area. Antelope Canyon’s Navajo name, Tsé bighánílíní, or “the place where water runs through rocks,” reflects this process.
As a sacred Navajo site, the canyon is only accessible with a Navajo tour guide. There are four Navajo tour companies that offer daily tours to the canyon. We strongly suggest that you reserve your tour ahead of your trip because spots fill up quickly.
All of the tour companies offer guided sightseer tours and guided photography tours. The photography tours are offered specifically for taking professional-level photographs of the canyon, and usually include a professional photographer guide to help you capture the perfect shot. You must bring your own professional photography equipment on a photography tour.
ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR COMPANIES
- Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours
- Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours
- Antelope Canyon Tours
- Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
Pro Tip: Antelope Canyon is pretty busy tourist destination. To avoid the crowds, try to book an early morning tour. You won’t get photographs of the iconic beams of light through the canyon, but you will avoid getting photobombed by hoards of tourists.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind a hike, some of the tour companies offer tours of other slot canyons in the area. Antelope Canyon is the most visited slot canyon because it is the easiest to get into. It doesn’t require any intense climbing or hiking.