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Review of Antelope Slot Canyon Tours

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
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Portland
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“This one is the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

My wife and I just returned from a trip through the Southwest. I am a photographer and had put Antelope Slot Canyon on my short-list of must see sights. After some research (there are a lot of companies that will take you through the canyon) I booked through Chief Tsosie. It was one of the best decisions of the entire trip. We checked in the day before and they had our reservation on file. We arrived early for the 10:30 am tour and watched the "hoop-dancer" who was great. At 10:30 Rob loaded us into the back of the truck and we were off!

Our guide, Rob, was outstanding. We had booked the photographic tour since it gave us more time in the Canyon. Rob was great at getting us into the right position at the right time. I have pictures of light streaming into the canyon, sand falls, beautiful canyon walls, etc. He also helped my wife set up her pocket camera and she got some fabulous pictures. There were several other tours in the canyon at the same time and Rob was great at working us around the other groups. Sometimes this meant that we had to double back, sometimes we waited, sometimes we moved really fast. Whatever it took, Rob knew when and where to be to get the right picture. If you going to visit Upper Antelope Canyon and you are a serious photographer and are looking for some great pictures, you can't do better than Chief Tsosie and ask for Rob.

Visited May 2013
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Whistler, Canada
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“AMAZING... well worth the detour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

we took a 2 hour detour on our recent roadtrip to visit this canyon and it was well worth it! its out of this world. Good value tour, we just did this genral tour, they also offer photography tours if u want to spend longer waiting for the right light and less people. we were there on a quiet day so we defo lucked out as i bet it is packed peak season and hard to take photos with everyone crammed in. would recommend this tour for sure!

Visited April 2013
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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Worth the trip! Hopi hoop dancer!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

More accomodationg than their competitors. We had a great guide. The ride out was a bit bumpy but was a fun part of the adventure, so worth it to see the amazing canyon. We got hundreds of great photos. It was crowded. We did our tour at 1:00 but all tours were full when we booked the day of except the 1 & 5 pm I wonder if 5 pm would be less crowded. Our guide played us a song on her flute at the end of the tour. We also had a Hopi hoop dancer perform before we left town to go to the canyon. Do this tour it is worth it! Be sure to take a bottle of water and use the bathroom before departing to the canyon, no facilities at the canyon site. Be sure to tip your hoop dancer and your guide if you think they did a great job!

Visited May 2013
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Although the process is a bit impersonal, sitting ten in the back of a covered pickup truck, it is well worth it. We had a great guide who made sure everyone got the best possible pictures, even though this was not a 'photographic tour.' In effect they are all photographic tours. The photographers on the photographic tour, which costs more, did have a little more time to set up, but ultimately got the same shots that I did. We went on the 10:30 tour in order to get some sunlight down into the canyon for those extra special shots. We went to the Upper canyon and there are also tours of the Lower canyon that have ladders and steps to climb. The colors you see are amazing and you just wish you could stay there all alone and soak it all in. But alas, there are many groups and things keep moving. Cost for the mid-day tours were $45 pp.

Visited April 2013
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Cheshire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A Tale of Two Parts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

NB 5 stars given for the Canyon and Not the experience!

Ok the good part first. This is a stunningly beautiful Slot Canyon which if you haven't seen should be on the to do list, especially if you are a photographer.

Now the not so good. The Navajo nation has taken it upon themselves to generate as much cash as possible from this wonder of nature and are frankly ruining it. There are literally hundreds of people in a very small space either on a photo specific tour or as general visitors - it is like getting the tube in a London rush hour. We booked with Tsosie who is perhaps no better or worse than the others on offer. The drive out is a ram shackled open backed truck and once you're off the main road the final 10 minutes will shake your fillings loose - if you suffer from a bad back avoid! Similarly, if you are carrying photographic equipment be careful as the vibrations are huge, one chap had the levelling plate of his tripod work loose on the way out.

My gripe with Tsosie is he allows anyone who owns a camera on the photographers tour, with or without tripod. We had to endure 2 people who didn't know how to work their cameras and didn't keep up with the group. It's a terrible contradiction by the Navajo's that they insist on a tripod if visiting Lower Antelope, yet not on the better and more popular Upper.

Finally, you literally have seconds to make a picture as the guide ushers people out of the way. If you don't know your way around a camera you will leave frustrated and disappointed. A cable release and tripod are a must. Leave the camera in Aperture Priority mode at f/11, vast majority of the time you will be shooting upwards and do not consider changing lenses once inside as dust is everywhere. I took 2 bodies in both fitted with lenses, 24 tilt and shift and a 24-70. Both were ideal.

The bottom line is the Navajo nation are poorly administering this wonderful location. I'm glad to have done it and after all said would still encourage people to see it.

Visited April 2013
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