Antelope Canyon has blown up on social media in the last few years. So much so, that the upper and lower canyons have turned into the Disney World of the slot canyons. I honestly do not like crowds and lines and when I stumbled upon Antelope Canyon X, I knew that this was the right choice for us. We wanted to take a lot of photos and have the space and time to do so.
We booked our tour through Taadidiin Tours. This is the only tour company that operates in this canyon, as opposed to the multiple companies that operate in the upper and lower canyon. There are two tour options: a hiking tour or a photography tour. The hiking tour is an hour and a half in length and there are no bags allowed on this one. The photography tour is three hours in length and you are allowed bags.
We booked the photography tour because we needed to bring our camera gear in a bag and also wanted to pack a lunch. The hiking tour is a lot less expensive, so if you are not bringing a bunch of gear with you, it is a good option.
Once at Antelope Canyon X, there are passenger vans that transports you about 3km to the canyon. You then have to hike down a bit of an incline to reach the floor of the canyon. I recommend wearing shoes with good grip as there is a steel grate that you walk along as you go down the incline. This may not be the tour for you if you have mobility limitations.
There was a group of 10 of us on the tour and we each took turns at different areas of the canyon. This allowed us to have each section to ourselves. There was a couple getting their wedding photos taken while we were there, which made this a memorable tour. The guide was also very helpful in giving us tips for framing our photos.
We got some very nice shots and felt like we had lots of time and space in the canon. We went in October, so there weren’t any light beams hitting the canyon floor at that time. If you go mid day, you will have the best lighting in the canon.
I highly recommend this tour, especially if you do not like crowds. We found the photography tour to be a bit long though. I think an hour and a half would have been more than enough time to get in what we needed. While you are in the area, make sure to stop at Horseshoe Bend to see the sunset.
If you have any questions about this tour please ask in the comments below.