What Are The Best Times to See the Antelope Canyon Light Beams?

Posted March 30, 2020 by in News, Tour Info, Weather in Antelope Canyon

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Many visitors choose to visit Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona to see the world-famous light beams that are on natural display at the stunning slot canyon. If you are among them, you must understand where and when the lights are visible so you can plan your trip accordingly. Here is all of the information you need to know before you book your tour so you can make sure that you see these amazing lights.

Upper Versus Lower Antelope Canyon

You must understand the differences between the Upper and Lower slot canyons that make up Antelope Canyon before you make tour reservations at either one. Upper Antelope Canyon, also known as the Crack, is the slot canyon that offers visitors the opportunity to view the light beams. It is the more famous of the two canyons as a result. Lower Antelope Canyon, or the Corkscrew, has its charms. However, its natural geography is such that the light beams are not visible in any season or at any time of day. It is also prone to more treacherous travel conditions, which is another reason that many visitors choose to visit Upper Antelope.

The Upper Canyon Peak Season

The peak season at Upper Antelope Canyon runs between May and September. This is because those are the months where the famous light beams are visible for visitors to enjoy. You will want to make sure you visit during this time of year if the lights are your primary reason for booking a tour.

If you would like to avoid crowds or are less concerned about the lights, consider an off-season visit to Antelope Canyon. The walls produce beautiful changing colors that peak season visitors miss out on. All seasons provide visitors with astonishing Antelope Canyon photography and viewing opportunities.

Optimal Time of Day

One of the most popular questions asked is, “When is the best time of day to visit Antelope Canyon?”. Even the sunniest of days will only produce light beams at the Canyon at certain times of day. The sun is at its peak between 11 am and 1:30 pm, so this is the time range to aim for if you want to see the lights. Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours offers guided tours during this timeframe. You can book a tour in advance to ensure that you do not miss your window of opportunity to see this unique display of light.

Weather Details to Remember

It is important to remember that Antelope Canyon weather plays a role in the visibility of the light beams as well. A day with rain or heavy cloud cover could limit, or even prohibit, the viewing of these beams. You will want to make sure you visit on a very sunny day in the spring or summer if you want to have the best chance of seeing the lights. Inclement weather can also lead to closures from Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours in some cases for the safety of our visitors and guides.

Antelope Canyon Reservations

Although temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, please check back to our reservations page for updates on when we will be reopening. For our tours, no prepayment is required and young children receive a discount. If you have questions, call us at 928-310-9458 or 928-691-0244 today.