Antelope Canyon is one of the most picture perfect places in the world, and it tops every list of 'must see' places. We saw exactly why it has marveled visitors for years when we stood between the lower canyon's walls.
You must be on a guided tour to legally enter the canyon. Tours are offered by a few companies in and around Page, Arizona. Just an hour before we arrived, we managed to grab the last spot on an early morning tour with Dixie Ellis Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. We were one of the last groups to tour the canyon for the day, because the tour companies must halt tours once the ground temperature reaches 105 degrees.
Our tour guide, Julie, was a native Navajo woman. Even though she was raised on the outskirts of the reservation and is self-admittedly more modern than traditional, she told us of lore and legends that surround the land and her people. She answered every question we had about her culture and was extremely familiar with the canyon. After all, she played in and around it as a child.
After standing in line under large shop fans in the desert heat, we took a few flights of descending stairs and were surrounded by the sweeping, red canyon walls. Every turn of the canyon provided us with new forms and colors to marvel at. Julie added to the experience by taking several pictures for us and pointing out formations on the walls that looked like faces and animals. We took hundreds of postcard-worthy pictures and gained a new love for slot canyons.