Can I visit Antelope Canyon Without a Tour?

Posted October 5, 2019 by in Blog Post

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Many tourists look forward to visiting Antelope Canyon. Some may wonder if they can visit Antelope Canyon without booking a tour — you might even be one of them. The answer might surprise you: no, Antelope Canyon can only be visited through a guided tour. Why is Antelope Canyon restricted? Read on to gain a better understanding of why it is a protected area.

The Navajo Nation and Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon lies on land that belongs to the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. The Canyon is a sacred site of the Navajo Tribe. The Navajo people even stop before entering the Canyon and respectfully frame their minds. Antelope Canyon is like a symbol of the gifts of Mother Nature and reminds members of the Navajo Nation of the power of time and all things larger than themselves. Due to its spiritual significance, Antelope Canyon was named a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997. This is why the canyon cannot be entered without tour guides present. Visitors must also obtain a park permit before touring the Canyon.

Tour Options

If you think that visiting Antelope via guided tour is boring, think again. Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours offers two exciting tour packages that allow you to explore Upper Antelope Canyon and learn about its rich history — as well as the culture of the Navajo People. Our Guided Sightseers Tour allows general visitors and families to visit the Canyon’s most popular locations while learning about its history from a member of the Navajo Nation. If you are a serious photographer who is interested in shooting some beautiful Antelope Canyon photography, our Guided Photography Tour may be for you. No matter what you hope to gain from your time at Antelope Canyon, our guided tours can help you meet your needs.

Book a Tour

Ready to get started with your Antelope Canyon tour? Visit us online to learn about our fun tour packages. We do not require payment until you arrive at check-in, and we even offer tours the day of your visit if you forgot to book. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us anytime.