Antelope Canyon - Page, Arizona Complaint - Disappointing Tour of Antelope Canyon
PAGE, ARIZONA -- Photographed and made popular by talented photographers, such as Peter Licht and David Muench, Antelope Canyon now attracts hundreds of daily visitors. The canyon’s popularity supports 3 or more small businesses operated out of Page Arizona and owned by the Navajo Tribe. The tour costs $20.00 to $50.00, including transportation to and from the canyon and takes 1.5 – 2 hours. Considering that you will spend about 20 minutes traveling and waiting for your turn to enter the canyon, your Antelope Canyon experience will run over $27.00 / hour.
As serious photographers, my brother and I signed up for the $50.00 - photographer’s tour which was touted to begin when the lighting was perfect and include fewer people. Since we would arrive before the sun’s ray penetrated the canyon, we took tripods to shoot time exposures. We traveled to the canyon in a modified flat bed truck that held about 10 photographers. When we arrived at the canyon, I counted 12 of these trucks parked near the canyon’s entrance. Immediately, I knew that it would be impossible to set up tripod in a narrow canyon where a hundred or more people were scrambling about. So I used a monopod and kicked the ASA up to 800.
We were instructed to stay with our group leader as she rushed us through the Canyon. I had no time to compose my photographs or even take exposure readings. Whenever I lingered, the leader of the group behind me urged me to move on. The entire tour – from entrance to exit – took about 15 minutes after which we were given another 15 minutes on our own. During this time I managed to get a few decent shots, but to do so I had to meander through swarms of people whose arms, legs and faces littered most of my photographs.
The pressure of having to constantly move and shoot photos on the fly made our visit to Antelope Canyon more like a sporting event rather than the tranquil, leisurely experience that we had expected. If you happen to be in Page Arizona and have nothing better to do, you may want to visit Antelope Canyon. Otherwise, the trip is not worth it. [no solicitations please]