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Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

Connecticut
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Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

Help, how to choose? Thanks.

Evanston, Wyoming
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for Page, Grand Canyon National Park
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1. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

It depends on a few things, such as your time constraints (if any), tolerance (or lack thereof) for crowds and fitness level.

If you're wanting something fairly quick and easy in a slot canyon tour, then Upper Antelope Canyon is your best bet. Tours from Page are 90 minutes, or you can drive down to the entrance on Highway 98 and get an escort from there (but be prepared to pay cash, they don't take credit cards). Upper Antelope Canyon is only 100 yards long and the trail through it is flat, so it's an easy walk for most people. Prime time to visit this slot is mid-day when the sunbeams shine down on the canyon floor; however, everyone and his brother wants to see this phenomenon, so the canyon will be crowded between 10 AM and 1 PM. If you don't necessarily have your heart set on the sunbeams, choose one of the "off-hours" for your tour, such as 9 AM or earlier and after 1 PM.

Lower Antelope Canyon is pretty too, but it is longer and requires more exertion: there are ladders and boulders that one has to be able to navigate. But you'll find fewer people here.

Canyon X is further away from Page (about 40 minutes) and access to it is a slightly more difficult - a steep, somewhat rocky path leads to the entrance of the canyon, but that part is relatively short. You have to do a bit more stepping over boulders and such in this particular canyon. Overland Canyon Tours is the only outfitter licensed to visit this particular canyon.

The Secret Canyon area is near Sedona - maybe RedRox can comment on that.

Sedona, AZ
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for Sedona, Arizona, Monument Valley
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2. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

Secret Canyon is not a slot canyon and is unlike Antelope or X Canyons in the Page area. You don't have Sedona on your itinerary. If you choose to add it, you really need at least 3 more days. As great as Sedona is, unless you can add 3 days to your trip plan, I'd save it for another vacation and plan a week here.

Connecticut
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3. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

I think this Secret Canyon is near Page. this is what the hummer tour website says:

VISIT SECRET CANYON: This Hummer tour begins at 12 N. Lake Powell Blvd. and embarks on a 13 ½ mile off-road trail consisting of rock crawls, sand dunes, and wash driving. The trip stops outside the entrance to Secret Canyon and heads out on a 100 yard nature hike through the desert into the canyon. The slot canyon has over 1500 feet of beautiful sandstone formations located in the upper most part of Water Holes Canyon allowing you and friends to enjoy the sights for over 1 hour. Returning in 40 minutes to the hummer shop, with views of Lake Powell in the distance, your memories will last a lifetime

Has anyone heard of this?

Ohio, USA
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for Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, Arches National Park
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4. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

There is a Secret Canyon right outside of Page, and it is a slot canyon. As the previous post indicated, Hummer Tours provides access to Secret Canyon as well as Passage and Staircase Canyons. I did a review of Hummer Tours, so you might want to look for that under Things to do.

My wife and I were in Page last fall and toured Upper Antelope Canyon one day (Chief Tsosie Tour) then took the three canyon tour with Hummer tours. Antelope is a bit prettier, but a LOT more crowded. The three canyons visited on the canyon tours are fairly easy to walk (a little climbing over/under rocks, but nothing major), are still very pretty and were completely deviod of other people (just me, my wife, the guide and a great horned owl...how cool is that). We went to Page to see the slot canyons, so doing both tours was perfect for us. Tough call if I had to pick just one, but I would probably go with the Hummer tour to see Secret, Passage and Staircase Canyons, ditch the crowds and have the possibility of seeing some wildlife. But that's just me.

Arizona
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5. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

there is a secret canyon in Page. It is locaated in the water holes area. The tours are given by hummer advetures in Page Az. It is approx. 1600 feet long. It is a very beautiful canyon. With very small groups usually not more then 6 people in the canyon at a time.

British Columbia...
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for Regina
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6. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

Did the Chief Tsosie Upper Antelope tour at 3pm crowds weren't much of an issue. There's still light coming into the canyon just not as impressive as earlier in the day, but you miss most of the crowds. Plus I was busy with the boat tours earlier in the day.

No real need to do any of the "extra effort" ones, but if you're the adventurous type I imagine it'd be an interesting excursion.

Santa Ana, CA
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7. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

The reason it's called Secret Canyon is because they don't want anyone to know the real name of it. If people knew the real name they might find it by themselves and go there without hiring the outfitter.

Same explanation for Canyon "X".

I recommend all these canyons regardless of cost. Pay whatever they want. I've been to them all.

St. Louis
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8. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

On our recent trip we did photo tours to both "Canyon X" and Antelope Canyon. I recommend both - because they are very different experiences.

Antelope Canyon is beautiful, very accessible and an easy level walk on sand. As a result, it is almost always FULL of people. But the tour guides and most other tourists are surprisingly considerate of photographers, so we still didn't have any trouble getting lots of good pictures. There is just very little privacy. If you like to take photos, I strongly recommend taking a PHOTO tour, not a regular one. The groups are smaller and you get a lot more time in the canyon. Well worth the extra cost.

Canyon X is a private tour, only offered through Overland Canyon tours. The photo tour takes a maximum of 6 people and you have the place all to yourself. That, in itself, is worth the price of admission. It is not as pretty as Antelope Canyon but again, we got many good photos. The big difference is that it is not as physically accessible. If you (like me) are middle-aged, overweight, out of shape, or not used to the 7000-ft altitude, you may have trouble with the steep climb out of the canyon. It took a lot of help from the tour guide to get me out of there, but he had a good sense of humor about it, and I considered it part of the adventure!

I recommend doing BOTH if you have the time and money.

St. Louis
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9. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

On our recent trip we did photo tours to both "Canyon X" and Antelope Canyon. I recommend both - because they are very different experiences.

Antelope Canyon is beautiful, very accessible and an easy level walk on sand. As a result, it is almost always FULL of people. But the tour guides and most other tourists are surprisingly considerate of photographers, so we still didn't have any trouble getting lots of good pictures. There is just very little privacy. If you like to take photos, I strongly recommend taking a PHOTO tour, not a regular one. The groups are smaller and you get a lot more time in the canyon. Well worth the extra cost.

Canyon X is a private tour, only offered through Overland Canyon tours. The photo tour takes a maximum of 6 people and you have the place all to yourself. That, in itself, is worth the price of admission. It is not as pretty as Antelope Canyon but again, we got many good photos. The big difference is that it is not as physically accessible. If you (like me) are middle-aged, overweight, out of shape, or not used to the 7000-ft altitude, you may have trouble with the steep climb out of the canyon. It took a lot of help from the tour guide to get me out of there, but he had a good sense of humor about it, and I considered it part of the adventure!

I recommend doing BOTH if you have the time and money.

British Columbia...
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10. Re: Antelope Canyon, X Canyon or Secret Canyon?

Interesting comparison Donna, thanks. Just one correction the elevation there is closer to 4000 than 7000, about 4300 feet.