I visited both upper and lower antelope canyons in September 2013 (both in the afternoon), and my experience in the lower canyon was far superior to that in the upper canyon. Even though I paid extra to go on the "photographic tour", I still felt rushed and like I was being herded through the canyon like cattle. There are far too many tours and far too many people being taken into the canyon at once, and my impression (from other reviewers and my own experience) is that it is largely a money generator for the reservation. Our guide did take time to help us adjust our cameras and point out particularly nice shots, but he also frequently pointed out rock formations that looked like things - the fish Nemo, an elephant, presidents, Elvis, etc - which almost cheapened the experience. I was there to appreciate the beauty of this marvel of nature, and it felt more like a carnival show. Whereas lower antelope canyon was quiet and serene, this canyon was full of talking guides and tourists. The only reason I would recommend this canyon is if you are physically unable to climb into the lower canyon. If I were to do it again, I would save my money and only visit lower antelope canyon.
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