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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tour guide? Is it mandatory? Do we have to stay with the tour guide?
Yes, it was mandated by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation after the incident that occurred in 1997 and the guide will remain with you at all times.
Do you need reservations?
We do strongly recommend reservations for any time of the year. While we do take walk-ins, the best way to guarantee that you will be able to take the specific tour you want is by making a reservation.
How do I get to the Upper Antelope Canyon?
You must first obtain a guide from a business permitted tour company, such as ourselves. You will be transported to the Upper Antelope Canyon in a variety of vehicles we possess. Customers are loaded randomly, so we can not guarantee which vehicle you will be in.
How do we find your location?
GPS Coordinates: 36°53'17" N, 111°22'4" We are located on Highway 98, mile marker 302 which is just past the Navajo Generating Station power plant. Our guest parking lot is on the south side of the highway.
What is the time?
We operate on Mountain Standard Time which is the same time zone as our local community of Page, AZ.
While the rest of the Navajo Nation operates on Mountain Daylight Time, we choose to operate our tour schedules in sync with where most of our guests are staying in Page, AZ.
When do the Sun beams/light shaft come into the canyon?
They appear May through early part of October.
During other times of the year, the changing light still illuminates the interior of the canyons. Sun beams will appear between 10:00am through 1:00pm MST, as long as weather permits.
Is the canyon crowded?
Yes, Upper Antelope Canyon is crowded from March to October. We provide access to our 3 private other canyons in order to share a peaceful and private experience with our guests.
Temperature in the Canyons?
The temperature is usually five to ten degrees cooler, all year around
in the canyons. Dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures.
What is the difference between Prime Time Tour 10 versus Tour 9?
Tour 10 is called Prime Time because that is the most sunlight that is possible in the canyon regardless of weather. Tour 9 is the same tour without direct sunlight that lessen the illumination of the canyon.
What is the difference between the morning versus the afternoon photography tour?
The morning photography tours are for individual adult photographers with a DSLR, SLR, or mirror less camera with knowledge of their equipment. A full-size sturdy tripod is required and accompanying guests without equipment are not allowed.
The afternoon photography tours are for any photographer with a tripod/mono pod who would like their family or friends to accompany them.
Are there any amenities or facilities at the canyon?
No, there are no bathrooms or convenience shops at the canyons. Before your departure we do have toilets onsite.
Do we need a Special Use Permit, Wedding/Engagement/Anniversary Permit, or a Commercial Permit?
We are a business permitted company that strictly adheres to the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation policies pertaining to any permits required. Please contact the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park at (928)698-2808 for any information, questions or concerns.
What is the difference between Upper Antelope Canyon versus the Lower Antelope Canyon?
Upper Antelope Canyon - this canyon is above the ground, the canyon walls are in a "A" shape, it is the least strenuous, the length is .25 mile or 402 meters - uneven walking surface at a less than 2% incline
Lower Antelope Canyon - this canyon is below/under ground, the canyon walls are in a "V" shape, it has ladders and is more strenuous. For reservations call Lower Antelope Canyon Tours (928)640-1761
Need to know
Tour Cancellation Request
Please go to our contact page and enter the email address provided for the tour reservation. Verify your email address and choose the Cancel Reservation option. Enter the confirmation number then click Contact Us. You'll receive a confirmation of the cancellation on the web page and an email confirmation.
No Bag Policy
This means no bags of any kind; ie: no back packs, no purses, no fanny packs, no baby carriers, and no water bags.
On our multiple canyons tours - we do allow a small bag but it remains in the vehicle while in the canyon. (AACPT is not responsible for any kind of theft, stolen property, or any damage)
Full Height 69.8" Folded Height, 26.1"
Full Height 72.5" Folded Height, 28.2"
Firearms, Traps and other Weapons
A.) The use of traps, seines, hand thrown spears, nets (except landing nets), firearms (including air or gas powered pistols and rifles), blow guns, bows and arrows, or cross bows any other implements which are capable of trapping or destroying animal life is prohibited unless unloaded and adequately cased, dismantled or otherwise packed in such in a way as to prevent their use while in the park.
B.) When authorized by the director of the parks and recreation department licensed guides in charge of pack trains or saddle horse parties may carry firearms for emergency use as stipulated in a written permit.
C.) Authorized federal and Navajo Nation law enforcement officers are authorized to carry firearms in the performance of their official duties within the park.
For any questions or concerns please contact Navajo Parks and Recreations at (928)698-2808.
Time in the Canyon
We cannot guarantee the full tour time in the Upper Antelope Canyon as there are five companies that operate in the same limited space. Movement depends on the crowd that is in the canyon at that time.
Please use the Weather Channel to check the local weather by using Page,
Arizona's weather. The weather is a huge factor when visiting the
canyons. Of course, we can not guarantee the sun beams, or the absence of clouds, wind or rain.
The vehicles we provide are for safe transportation on the highway and sandy roads. Due to the unpredictable environment of the Antelope Canyon wash, the 2.5 mile ride through the desert to the canyon sites will likely be rough and bumpy.
Arizona Regulations for Child Safety Seats
Children under 8 years old and shorter than 4ft 9in tall must use a child restraint device.
A booster seat is required for children 5 to 7 years old and/or shorter 4ft 9in tall. Once your child is 8 years old or older, or taller than 4 ft 9 in, he or she may use the vehicle's safety belt. You must provide your own child restraint device we do not provide on any of our tours. Arizona Child Restraint Requirements
Closed end shoes are recommended, and are required for our 3 private canyons. We discourage skirts and dresses due to the ladders and the terrain. We ask our guests to dress modest because we do accomodate families.
Canyons can be up to 10 degrees cooler than the external temperature, so layers are recommended for your comfort.
If it is windy, we do recommend a hat and handkerchief to cover your nose, mouth and ears. Sand enters the canyon in all directions so photographers please bring a cover for your camera, a plastic shower cap works best.
Canyon Closure due to weather
The Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation has the authority to close the park in adverse weather conditions that affect safety. When the park is closed our notification is spontaneous, please cooperate with the instructions of your guide and be prepared to evacuate.