We recently traveled through Arizona and tried all of the Antelope Canyon tours over the course of a week, and I would have to say our favorite was the Antelope Canyon X! Here’s our complete review from the visit.
If you haven’t heard of Antelope Canyon, it’s arguably the most famous and beautiful slot canyon in the United States, with its colorful walls, narrow passageways, and dramatic light beams peeking through the ceiling.
However, the Antelope Canyon X tours explore a new section of the canyon that’s only been open to the public for just a few years, so it’s much less popular and touristy compared to the main canyon, which has already become extremely crowded.
Like the main canyons, Antelope X is located on the Navajo Nation, so unfortunately the only way to visit it is with a tour and a local Navajo guide.
In this Antelope Canyon X review, I’ll share our experience and photos from the tour, and then I’ll explain the best time to visit, and everything else you need to know before you go!
We booked our Antelope Canyon X tour with GetYourGuide and had a great experience. The price includes your entry tickets and a Navajo local guide. Everything was communicated clearly by email, and they have a refund policy if you need to cancel in advance.
If you’re coming from Las Vegas, they also have a full day trip to Antelope Canyon X and Horseshoe Bend that includes lunch and pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas. This is more pricey, but it could be a good option if you’re visiting Vegas without your own transportation and still want to see Antelope Canyon.
We’ve used GetYourGuide for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great. Highly recommended!
The Antelope Canyon X tour visits two different nice slot canyon sections that are separated by a short, sandy wash.
After a quick check in process at the company’s parking lot, we hopped in an air-conditioned van and drove 10 or 15 minutes to the start of the canyon. The road was a little bumpy, but nothing too terrible.
To reach the mouth of the slot canyon, you then walk down a tame flight of wooden stairs for another 5 or 10 minutes.
Right away, we were struck by the lack of crowds. The tours here almost have a private vibe to them. Our group had no more than 10 people in it.
Antelope Canyon X is far less busy than the Upper and Lower Canyon, and we found it much easier to take pictures without other people in them.
Personally, I think the scenery at Antelope Canyon X is every bit as good as what you see at the more famous Upper and Lower Canyons, and my wife agreed.
Just like the main canyons, Antelope X has wonderful twisting passageways and beautiful colors of pink and orange sandstone. It actually reminded me quite a bit of the Lower Antelope Canyon.
In total, we spent more than 1 hour inside the slot canyon sections, and we were able to walk slowly and take lots of pictures while also chatting with the Navajo guide about some of the history of the canyon.
It was a great experience and we felt like we got more value for our money compared to the other Antelope Canyon tours (Upper and Lower). We have seen some of the best slot canyons in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, but this one is right near the top.
Overall, I think the Antelope Canyon X tour is fantastic if you’re looking for a beautiful slot canyon without the crowds, cost, and hassle of the main canyons. Enjoy it before it gets too famous!
The best time to visit Antelope Canyon X is generally from the end of March to the beginning of October.
However, unlike the Upper and Lower canyons, any time of day is good for visiting Antelope X. We went in the afternoon at 2:00 PM, and the lighting was great, although you could probably avoid some of the heat by going a bit earlier in the day.
The slots have some areas that are deep, and others that are shallow, so it can be beautiful and photogenic in a variety of lighting conditions.
Yes, the Canyon X is totally worth it! Prices for the tour can be as low as $60 USD, which is a real bargain in my opinion.
In contrast, prices for the Upper Antelope Canyon can be as high as $150 USD per person during the summer season, and it’s a much more rushed and crowded tour.
So which Antelope Canyon is best — Upper, Lower, or X? That’s a good question.
We tried all of the Antelope Canyon tours over the course of a week, and I would have to say the winner for best value (and overall experience) was Antelope Canyon X.
While Canyon X may lack a few of the features that are great for photography in the Upper and Lower canyons, it’s a longer tour, meaning you have more time to take pictures and get creative.
The other thing about Antelope Canyon X is that it’s also much less crowded with tourists compared to the others, and you don’t have to worry about being badgered and rushed through the slot, like at Upper Canyon.
Last, but not least, it’s cheaper and easier to get a tour of Canyon X without booking it months in advance, which is important if you’re going to Arizona without much notice and traveling on a budget.
If you’re interested, I wrote a complete review comparing all of the Antelope Canyon tours to each other (Upper, Lower, and X) in terms of photography, crowds, fun, access, prices, and availability. You can check it out in the link below!
Read More: Antelope Canyon Upper vs Lower vs X
I’m not a doctor, but I think the biggest concerns for pregnant women here would be heat, bumpy roads, and the short uphill hike out of the canyon. All of these turned out to be pretty tame in our experience, but you’ll have to make your own decision based on your personal health, how active you are, and your doctor’s advice.
Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this review of the Antelope Canyon X tours in Page, Arizona. We really enjoyed visiting this special place in the desert.
Don’t forget to check out my complete list of the best slot canyons in Utah and Nevada to see on your road trip as well!
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