Hello Everyone! Thanks ahead of time for your advice.
My husband and 2 boys (ages 11 & 15) would like to see the Antelope Canyon. Although we would like to get some photos, we are definitely not going for the purpose of photography, and we are definitely not professional photographers. It looks like 10:30am or 1:00pm are the best times for photography, but the worst for crowds. So I was thinking of doing the 5pm tour of the Upper Canyon & have a few questions. 1.) If we go at 5pm are we making a mistake (this will probably be the only time in our life we will go)? 2.) Is there really that big a difference in the view between the 1:30pm, 3pm and 5pm (I'm assuming less crowds at 5pm)? 3.) If I'm going at 5pm, is the view/lighting similar to what I'd see in the Lower Canyon (which I read is darker in general), and therefore, should I skip the Upper Canyon & just go with the Lower Canyon?
Also, if we do the Upper Canyon, is there any difference with going with a tour company (I hear Chief Tsosie is great) or just going directly to the Canyon Office? I'm guessing one benefit of going directly to the Canyon Office is that you are not tied down to a time slot.
I'm asking these questions because we'll becoming in from the Grand Canyon on June 25th (2013) and was thinking of doing Antelope Canyon Tour at either 3 or 5pm that day (preferably 5pm, to give us more time at the GC). We'll be staying 2 nights in Page at the Lake Powell Resort, but I think I'd like to spend the next day doing the 1/2 Day Raft Trip with Colorado Discovery. I realize I could probably fit both in that 2nd day, but I'm trying to fit in some down time each day as well - so we don't feel like we are rushing from one thing to the next (which is really difficult). I thought that 2nd day we could do the tour of Glenn Canyon Dam in the morning, then the Raft Trip in the afternoon and maybe after dinner hike to Horseshoe Bend - all before leaving for Zion the next morning. It seems like however I spin this, there really won't be any down time (i.e. hanging out at the hotel pool) - right?
Any suggestions on how to do all this the most efficient way, without compromising anything (or minimally) would be greatly appreciated. Nothing is reserved yet (other than our hotel), but I'd like to have a plan and reservations ahead of time, due to our time constraints.
Thank You All :)