We're regretfully stopping Photographic Tours DEC 20th 2019, this will be the last Photo Tour.
It's been many years that we've offered the Photo Tour - we've done what we could to reduce the wait time inside the canyon by only taking 6 photographers max (in hopes others will follow); with a smaller group it made it easier to get photos and allow the flow of the canyon to continue. We at Antelope Canyon Tours also took the photo tour off on weekends and during major holidays to help reduce the negative feedback of the world.
With a recent meeting there was a unanimous vote among all tour operators, conducting photo tours in 2019, to Discontinue Photographic Tours to the Upper Antelope Canyon in 2020 and beyond.
We will continue to offer our Sightseer's Tour where you can still take photos with all forms of handheld cameras/cell phones. However, on the Sightseer's Tour you will not be able to use a tripod. Without photo tours inside the canyon we are in hopes this frees up the walk through, which in return should make for a better experience.
Upper Antelope Canyon
While on tour our guide will be available to patrol traffic to the best of their abilities, depending on the conditions, the guide will also point out highlights of the canyon. Our Photo tours are not workshops, everyone must know their camera before arriving. Tour #2 provides the maximum time we are allowed to be inside the canyon for - 2 hours to photograph and experience the Upper Antelope Canyon (total time 160mins). There is no hiking or climbing involved, the canyon floor is level through and through which makes for easy walking. After your two hours in the canyon the guide will return you to Page Arizona. During the Summer months we can experience highly volume of visitors so be prepared for that. Difference between our Photo Tour and our Sightseer's Tour is with the Photo Tour you're given an extra hour, smaller group (average 6 photographers) but do know this does Not reduce the number of people in the canyon. Both the Sightseer's Tour and Photo Tour you Can Take Pictures - it's just we only allow tripods on the Photo Tour.
Very limited seating, we like to keep the photo tour small in numbers. We recommend booking a tour in advance. Photo tours can sell out months in advance. New for 2019 Photo Tours will only be offered Monday through Friday - no "photo tours" on the weekends.
Departure times & cost:
November through February: Departure times:
9:30 AM (2 or more required);
11:30 AM ( 2 or more required).
Tour duration is 160 minutes (max 2 hours spent in the canyon)
RATES for 2019:
Adults: $125.00 (ages 18 and older)
no children on photo tour.
Rates inclusive with tour cost, taxes, Navajo Park entrance fee but does not include gratuity.
Please use our calendar to see what is available.
if the Calendar indicates tours are Sold Out we are Sold Out.
RATES INCLUDE Navajo Tribal Park entrance fee and local taxes.
up to an additional 8.33% in booking fees on top of tour cost.
Before You arrive
No Photo Tours during...
Major US holidays and also no photo tours during the weekend. With all due respect please do not beg us for a weekend photo tour, we know some of you are visiting from all around the world and if the only day you're going to be here is Sat or Sun we will not create a Photo Tour, very sorry.
Dusty conditions: We advise to dress your camera in a rain jacket (not for actual rain) to avoid the falling sand that is thrown in the canyon. Changing your lens in the canyon is at your own risk - we are not responsible for damaged cameras.
Serious Photographers Only: Everyone on tour must have a camera (mirrorless or SLR), a tripod is very helpful. Those with only camera phones will be taken off the Photo Tour. Please do not book the photo tour because it is the only tour available.
Advance Notice: Being on the Photo Tour does -not- reduce the number of people in the canyon. In order for us to achieve the most amount of shots in a 2-hour time-frame we for the 1st hour we are in the canyon and have to move from spot to spot taking photos, most spots we can only stay for 2-3 mins and we have to move on to have others get the same photo. The 2nd hour we're in the canyon things are a bit calmer and we can take more time to take longer exposures. Whether or not we achieve photos with no one in the shot depends on cooperation of everyone in the canyon, both tour guides and visitors, if everyone plays nice with one another.
Suggested Equipment to take along is a TRIPOD, small pen light to see your settings, extra memory/film, batteries, and remote/cable release, water. We do rent tripods - reserve in advance if you wish for one. One Camera Bag or Backpack is allowed, the smaller the better. No selfie sticks allowed.
Wedding Photography is possible but REQUIRES advance knowledge and special permits BEFORE you arrive, no permits no prior acknowledge no tour. Shooting models for commercial reasons is Not allowed and please don't plan on take multiple pictures of yourself or anyone else that joins the tour with you, this tour is Not designed to be your own personal photoshoot.
We do have tripods available for rent, this will come in handy for some that don't want to travel with their tripod.
If you plan on profiting and or publicly displaying your photographs at a gallery and or photo competition you will need to get a special use permit, some call it a property release form.
This special use permit can be obtained by the Navajo Parks and Recreation; please inquire if you need this permit - we are Trusting you to notify us if you need this permit, it is best to have this permit before your visit - all additional questions about the permit can be directed to the Navajo Parks office.
images on website are property of Carolene Ekis. Images may not be used, reproduced, or distributed by any mean without express written approval.
Rates and fees subject to change