Advice from a Navajo Guide: Tips for Staying Cool in High Temperatures

Posted July 1, 2024 by in Weather in Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon from below

Antelope Canyon, located on the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona, is one of the most picturesque slot canyons in the world. With its stunning red sandstone walls and ever-changing beams of light, it’s no wonder that Antelope Canyon draws thousands of visitors annually. However, many worry about visiting during the summer due to the high temperatures. As a Navajo tour guide with years of experience leading tours through Antelope Canyon, I am here to offer tips for staying cool and reassure you that your comfort and safety are our top priorities.

Understanding Antelope Canyon and Its Appeal

Antelope Canyon consists of two main sections: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. Each offers unique vistas and photographic opportunities. The Upper Canyon is known for its easy accessibility and incredible light beams, while the Lower Canyon provides a more challenging and adventurous experience.

The canyon’s narrow, winding passages create a natural air-conditioning effect due to the shade provided by the towering walls, making it cooler inside the canyon compared to the outside desert landscape. This natural cooling is one of the primary reasons why visiting Antelope Canyon in the summer can still be a pleasant experience despite the scorching temperatures.

Tips for Staying Cool During Your Tour

1. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is crucial when exploring any desert environment, and Antelope Canyon is no exception. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your tour. Our tours often provide water bottles, but bringing your own refillable bottle ensures you have access to water at all times. Consider using an insulated bottle to keep your water cool throughout the tour.

Tip: Avoid beverages like alcohol and caffeine, both of which can dehydrate you more quickly.


2. Wear Appropriate Clothing

Opt for light, breathable clothing that covers your skin and protects you from the sun. Lightweight, loose-fitting cotton or moisture-wicking polyester are good fabric choices. This will help you stay cool and shield your skin from sunburn.

Tip: A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can provide additional protection from the sun’s rays.


3. Use Sunscreen Generously

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading out. Choose a water-resistant formula and reapply it every two hours or after sweating. The narrow canyons provide some shade, but you’ll still be exposed to the sun, especially at midday.

Tip: Don’t forget to protect often-missed spots like the back of your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet.


4. Take Advantage of Early or Late Tours

Booking a tour during the early morning or late afternoon can significantly reduce your exposure to the day’s peak heat. The temperature is usually cooler during these times, and the lighting conditions for photography are optimal.

Tip: The light beams are most prominent in the Upper Canyon from late morning to early afternoon, so if these are high on your list, plan accordingly but be prepared for warmer conditions.


5. Pace Yourself

There’s no rush. Our tours are designed to be enjoyable and paced in a way that allows you to fully take in the beauty of the canyon without feeling overwhelmed. Listen to your body, take breaks, and rest in shaded areas.

Tip: Communicate with your guide if you feel overheated or need a break; we’re here to ensure your comfort and safety.


6. Use Cooling Accessories

Consider accessories such as cooling towels or handheld fans. A cooling towel can be dampened and placed around your neck to provide immediate relief from the heat. Handheld fans, especially battery-operated ones, offer a portable breeze to keep you comfortable.

Tip: Many cooling towels are compact and easy to carry, making them a convenient addition to your gear.


A Note from Your Guide

As a Navajo guide, I understand the landscape intimately and am trained to manage the unique challenges it presents. Our team is well-prepared and equipped to ensure that your visit to Antelope Canyon is not only memorable but also safe and comfortable despite the summer heat.

When you tour with us:

  • Guidance: We provide thorough instructions and tips before and during the tour to help you stay cool.
  • Preparedness: We carry supplies such as extra water, first-aid kits, and cooling towels.
  • Knowledge: We know the best spots within the canyon for shade and cooling off, and can adjust the tour route as necessary to prioritize your comfort.

Your comfort and well-being are our utmost priority, and we take pride in delivering an exceptional experience that respects and showcases our cultural heritage.

You Don’t Want to Miss Out

Antelope Canyon is a destination that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The beauty, spirit, and history of the canyon offer a profound connection to the land and culture of the Navajo people. Booking a tour with us guarantees that you’ll see the canyon through the eyes of those who know it best.

Despite the high temperatures in the summer, Antelope Canyon is accessible and enjoyable with the right preparation and guidance. Don’t let the heat deter you from crossing this incredible natural wonder off your bucket list. Our team is ready to help you make the most of your visit, ensuring you stay cool, comfortable, and captivated by the canyon’s splendor.

By following these tips and trusting in the expertise of your Navajo tour guides, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Antelope Canyon and create unforgettable memories. Book your tour today and embark on a journey through one of nature’s most exquisite creations.