ARIZONA – LAKE POWELL NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK – Lower Antelope Canyon
Photo Experience: This was the most intense two-hour photography experience that I can recall. And, although there are a number of caveats listed in Other Info below, this area provides photography opportunities that, as far as I know, are not easily duplicated in the United States. I suggest keeping a wide-angle zoom lens mounted on your camera body and leaving them firmly attached to your tripod. (Precious time will be wasted if you try to set up each time you move to a new location.) That said, I strongly recommend keeping your lens cap on when not shooting and having a blower/brush handy to clean off any dust that may get on your lens. March and April are good months to go relative to where the sun will be. Try to get on a photography tour that starts between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM to optimize the reflected light in the canyon.
Other Info: [Note: This information is about Lower Antelope Canyon. I have never visited the shorter, more easily accessible Upper Antelope Canyon, which is nearby.] Photography Tours last 2 hours, 15 minutes and, at the time of this writing, cost $50. General Tours last one hour and cost $28. (In either case, there is a 3% surcharge for using a credit card.) To go on a Photography Tour, each person must have a DSLR and a tripod that extends at least four feet. This is not a location that I would recommend if you have difficulty being in tight spaces. Also, note that you will need to be able to climb down and up steep metal stairs – one-handed, if you are carrying a tripod. All tours are required to have a Navajo guide present. Bathrooms are available at the ticket office.