Very beautiful, but very crowded nowadays. Especially at noon, it fills up pretty bad and of course, they charge you extra US$ for the "beam" at upper antelope canyon.
The best time to visit Antelope Canyon is either in peak season or low season: The light beams only occur around midday in high season from mid-March until mid-October. However, it gets extremely busy during that time. It’s quieter in low season from November to February but with no light beams.
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- Light Beams (Sun Beams) Tips & Facts
- Avoiding Busy Times & Crowds
- Monthly Weather for Antelope Canyon
- Stay 1-2 Nights (Recommended by Experts)
- Tour Tips & Photography Tours
- Upper Canyon vs. Lower Canyon
- 9 Antelope Canyon Must-Know Tips
- Prices and Fees for Antelope Canyon
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Must-See Nearby Places
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From Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon | Tour Tips
In case you are staying in Las Vegas, this is such a great tour if you like it hassle-free: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour (Particularly great in winter!) Why this one? The tour guides are extremely friendly and have so much insider knowledge. Also, you save time, energy, and the whole tour is very comfortable in a small group! Pick up from your Las Vegas Hotel! And if you're not scared of flying: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour (from Las Vegas with hotel pick-up - via Viator-TripAdvisor Experience)
Places you should visit nearby: Our recently updated articles with many must-know tips and insider knowledge we wrote for you:
- The Wave - Arizona: A once in a lifetime hike! 1,5 hours drive from Antelope Canyon. Our free guide with insider tips!
- Monument Valley: A complete guide & the best tips you should know. 2 hours drive from Antelope Canyon.
Light Beams (Highlight)
Light Beam Facts:
- No light beams from mid-October until end mid-March
- No light beams before 11 AM and after 1:30 PM
- No light beams on a cloudy day, even during ‘light beam season’
- Book the 10:30 AM / 11:00 AM / 12:00 AM tours to see the beams
The light beams in Antelope Canyon start around March 20 and last until early October. Best months for the beams are June, July, and August. The higher sun brings more light into the canyon. Each day the light beams are visible in the midday between 11 AM and 1:30 PM on a sunny day only. There are no light beams when it's cloudy. The most beams can be seen in Upper Antelope Canyon. They occur in Lower Antelope Canyon as well, but light beams are few and far between. You might be wondering if it's still worth visiting Antelope Canyon during off-season, without the light beams? Yes, definitely! Read on for more details:
Avoiding Busy Times and Tourist Crowds
Antelope Canyon by Ron Holder, CC BY
Upper Antelope Canyon became a mass tourism spot, especially during high season as well as during shoulder seasons. Even Lower Antelope got a lot busier in the recent years. Our tips for 2018 and beyond:
High Season - Shoulder Season | Spring - Summer - Fall
Expect a crowded place and fully booked midday tours from April until September. It's worse during peak months (June, July, and August) when the light is just perfect. Midday tours are jammed throughout the season. You have to choose between a crowded place with the magical beams during the season (end of March - early October) or fewer tourists without the beams in the off-season (mid-October - mid-March). You may also book a less busy tour in the early morning without the beams in 'light beams season'. You can still take great photos regardless of the time of day. Another option is Lower Antelope Canyon: Larger area, ladder climbing, fewer beams but also fewer crowds. However, Lower Canyon became much busier as it used to be. Book mid-week and try to go in the shoulder months (April/September), when there are already/still light beams but without the massive summer tourist crowds.
Low Season | Winter Visit
In the off-season (mid-October - mid-March) there are no light beams, but both places are still magical. It's less busy from November to February. However, even in winter, avoid weekends if you visit Upper Antelope Canyon. It's more quiet mid-week. For even more solitude: Visit Lower Antelope Canyon in the winter. It's much quieter during the off-season, and although there are no light beams at all, the colors are gorgeous. Check the weather forecast and try to go between 10 and 11 AM because of better light conditions.
Antelope Canyon Weather
Temperature wise, you can visit any time of the year. In the winter it's much quieter (see above) but also cold sometimes. Snow is very rare. Canyon closures due to winter conditions did happen in the past but they are very unlikely. In the warm summer months, thunderstorms can occur during 'Arizona's Monsoon Season': From roughly mid-June until mid-September. Thunderstorms are usually afternoon thundershowers and more wind and lightning than rain. But still, dangerous flash floods are possible.
More weather details (you can switch between °C and °F): Page, Arizona Climate Details
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