The Upper Antelope Canyon is located in the Navajo native reserve. That means you can’t simply drive to the entrance point (the entrance looks like a giant woman’s vagina). You have to go with a tour group through the desert, on the back of a pick-up truck. Exciting! There are a few tour companies running from Page, Arizona. We picked Antelope Slot Canyon Tours because they seemed to be most organized and reputable.
The entire tour of the Upper Antelope Canyon took about an hour and half including a 10-15min very bumpy ride on the back of a pick-up truck. We were stuffed onto the truck with what seemed like a group of mainland Chinese tourists. The ride was fun, loud, and windy. I sat at the very back of the trunk bed so my camera and bag were covered in sand.
Once inside, when the sunlight bounces through the cracks from the top, it made a “Wow” experience. Sometimes the light appears blue, sometimes gold. The walls of the slot canyon, carved by hundreds of years of water running through, looked as if everything was in constant motion. It was cold inside. I had my winter jacket zipped up all the way. Our tour was guided by a local, who was also our truck driver. I thought all of the tour guides were supposed to talk and explain things along the way, but unfortunately ours didn’t talk much, so we followed behind the tour group in front of us. We absorbed many interesting stories told by the other tour guide including how the canyon was formed by water hundreds of years ago, and how the Indians used this place to trap and hunt animals.
If you are planning to visit the Upper Antelope Canyon, be sure to reserve tour tickets in advance because spots are limited. For me, the part that I enjoyed the most was the truck ride. As a city boy, I didn’t get to ride on the back of a truck often. From where I lived that’s even illegal. It’s exciting to ride like a redneck once in a while. Oh yes, the Upper Antelope Canyon is cool too 🙂