After visiting the Horseshoe Bend and Upper Antelope Canyon in the morning, we grabbed an early quick lunch and had nothing else planned for the rest of the afternoon. Touring the Lower Antelope Canyon was a choice, but we were really skeptical because different people had different perspectives about the lower canyons. The one specifically of concern was the difficult nature of the hike and having to climb up and down ladders.
We weren’t feeling too adventurous that day to do ladder climbing, but decided to do the Lower Canyons anyways. I guess it is a good thing we reached the Lower Canyons around lunch time, because it was not too crowded. They don’t take reservations in advance, so it is first-come, first-serve. Means, if it is crowded, you have no choice but wait (sometime for hours!).
Until the tour started, I asked our tour guide, Chris to recommend places to see in and around Page, Arizona. I specifically inquired about the Marble Canyons, which could normally be accessed within an hour’s drive, but since the roads were closed for construction he said it was going to be a huge detour to go to the Marble Canyons. Off the list went Marble Canyons!
It was 1pm; time to begin the tour! Our small tour group of 10 people walked on the barren lands to the entrance of the Lower Antelope Canyon. As we were walking, our tour guide Chris said that just like the upper canyons, when the heavens open up even 15 miles away from the canyons, water comes gushing to the lower canyons, filling them up to the brim. They close lower canyons during that time. He mentioned that the lower canyons were closed that morning for an hour because it rained a bit. Luckily, it didn’t pour heavily.
As soon as we reached the entrance to the Lower Canyons, a ladder took us all the way down into the canyons. The canyons waved in and out, forming different shapes such as lion, tortoise, the Chief, laughing shark, bull, rose, woman with hair flowing, etc. You could let your imaginative side wander and make your own shapes like you’d when you see clouds in the sky. Our tour guide was very knowledge about photography and he borrowed our cell phones are cameras to take some really cool pictures!
As we walked along the canyons, there were a few ladders to climb here and there and a few places where you got to crawl on the canyons. But they weren’t strenuous at all. Actually, we found it to be a lot more fun than the Upper Canyons. Had I known earlier, I would have probably skipped the Upper Canyons and done just the Lower Canyons. Well anyways, I’m glad I did both because now I know! We were able to enjoy our walk, didn’t feel rushed in any way and thoroughly enjoyed!
Happy and Safe Journeys!