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“Good Slot Canyon”

Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Good Slot Canyon”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Good place to go if you have never been in a slot canyon. The colors and striations of the canyon walls are amazing, especially when sun beams strike them from above. Our driver/guide was great. He explained the geology and history of the canyon and showed us the best spots for taking photographs. Antelope Canyon is a popular attraction so expect to encounter a moderate amount of other people. Some areas of the canyon are very narrow and might bother those who are claustrophobic.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A photographers dream but over crowded”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Fortunately for me, I knew about Antelope Canyon ahead of time from other fellow photographers and was warned it would be crowded. I was told that there would be groups taken in, spaced closely apart, and it would be busy with little time to set up or shoot. But I was ok with that. My expectations were low, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. This is a very popular spot and very busy with many tours bringing people in and out all day. Especially since we were there during the National Park shut down.

It is run by the Navajos and is not open to the public without a tour guide.

We took the 9:30 a.m. tour. We were loaded onto the back of some large 4 wheel drive pick-up trucks and driven about 20 minutes to the slot canyons on the south east end of town. Our guide, Lynette, was very friendly and helpful. She explained how the canyons are formed and how they were found by a young girl looking for her missing sheep. She also took the time to explain what settings you should use on your cameras and where to stand to get the best image. Space inside was very tight and limited, and crowded at times as there are very narrow areas. Once through the canyon you come out the back, are turned around and she quickly gets you back to the front entrance.

We didn't take the more extensive "Photographers tour" but were happy with the results we got while inside on ours. For those more serious photography buffs you may want to try that one for more time to capture the best images.

I was pleased over all with our trip and happy to have been able to go to see a rare display of Mother Natures beauty. I would have rated this higher but it was just almost to crowded and the tours could have been spaced a little better apart.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great trip”
Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We booked the photograph-tour and spent 2 hours inside. The Canyon is beautiful and we really enjoy it.

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Definitely, avoid these guys!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Despite some of the poor reviews (which have been showing up for this company recently) I decided to give them a try and hope for the best. Maybe people were overacting or had a one-off experience. But sadly, no.

I don't doubt there are some good people who work here, but it's not worth the risk. Basically, there are some bad apples here that ruin it for the entire company. You can get a much better experience with another group. If they're all booked, I suggest waiting to avoid this company.

Many of the negative comments which others have posted here are in fact true. It's unfortunate management hasn't taken more action to correct this by now. You do get the impression that they have far too much business, and they're really annoyed by you. Please don't put up with it. Other groups there are clearly in the same position, but able to handle it with a sense of professionalism and dignity, whereas these guys are out of touch.

I took the extended/photographer tour (early October 2013, during the government shutdown). The gentlemen who handled the reservation (by e-mail and phone) was actually responsive and helpful. But the girl working at the desk (upon checking into the tour) was definitely rude and tactless (she seems to be mentioned a lot in other reviews). Indeed, the drive out to the canyon can be dangerous, especially if you're sitting further in the back. Lastly, the guy who gave us the tour excessively (and at times, unnecessarily) chastised everyone around him. Occasionally, it seemed like he was doing it to be funny. Though most of the time, it just felt like he was taking his aggressions out on others. Again, please don't put up with this. Use a different tour group, since it is others there handled things far more professionally.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

I Paid 46$ for this tour at 1130 for peak light. It was crowded with about 58 people on the trip. the staff was friendly at checkin. It was mostly organized as we loaded in the back of 4wd lifted Ford trucks. These were newer trucks with custom seating in the bed. It was 20 minute ride to the canyon entrance. We passed The staging area on our way where other private cars had parked and were departing from there with other tour operators. This would save u a 10 minute ride in the bed of truck but it was nice so I didn't mind. Lynette was our guide and she was friendly and helpful through the trip. She was happy to take photos for you and tell stories of the canyon which seemed partly lore. The lighting was great at 1130
And made for some great photos. We were rushed through though as were all the groups. They (the tour groups in general)take far too many guests through the canyon in a day. Obviously to increase profits but at the expense of peace and leisure. The canyon was crowded often Shoulder to shoulder. There are many guides apparently licensed to give tours and it seemed this one was one of the more professional and organized. It seemed they may give a license to guide to just about any person with a pick up truck. Overall a good company with professional service and great photos to take away from it. They expect tips so I gave them 5$. Bathroom is at the entrance to staging area but they did not stop nor offer too which you are advised of at the start.

Visited September 2013
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