Antelope Canyon Weather

Antelope Canyon weather can vary throughout the year; thick snows conceal the winter ground and scorching desert heat saddles the summer air.

While Antelope Canyon is beautiful year-round, there are some things to consider about its weather before you plan your trip.


Rain at Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is located just outside the city of Page, Arizona.

Page is in the middle of the desert and therefore does not get much rain.

This is splendid news for travelers to Antelope Canyon, as rain can wreck a planned tour of the canyon.

Antelope Canyon closes for heavy rain or snow.  In our experience, this is rare—Antelope Canyon usually closes for only 10-15 days per year. 

On average, there are only 44 days of precipitation in Page, but it can rain over all twelve months. 

Arizona’s monsoon season runs from the end of June through September.

It is not uncommon to have afternoon thunderstorms that will drop buckets of water in a short time.

These monsoon rains can sometimes last all day.

During this season, the best bet is to book an Antelope Canyon tour in the morning; the later in the day you book, the higher the chance that your tour will be canceled because of rain.


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Rain Outside of Antelope Canyon

How Cold is Antelope Canyon in Winter?

Antelope Canyon can get below freezing in the winter. Snowstorms happen every winter, and biting winds can make it feel much colder than the forecasted low.

Snow in Antelope Canyon can be a blessing and a curse.  A heavy snowstorm will close the canyon, but a light dusting can add a layer of color that makes for brilliant photos.

Antelope Canyon only averages two inches of snow per year, most of which fall in December and January.

Monitor the weather reports leading up to your Antelope Canyon trip. If there is a heavy snowstorm in the region, they advise not to not travel by car. 


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A rare bit of snow inside Antelope Canyon

Wind at Antelope Canyon

The wind can kick up at Antelope Canyon, and with wind comes flying sand, dust, and hats.

Spring is the windiest time of the year; fall is the calmest. That said, you can find howling winds throughout the year.

The best way to protect against the wind and flying sand is with face masks and sunglasses. 


Horseshoe Bend is more exposed than Antelope Canyon and can be rough in the wind

Heat

After booking a tour with Lower Antelope Canyon, there is a notice on the confirmation page: “… if temperatures reach 105°F (40°C), the canyon may be closed to protect your safety.” Antelope Canyon has seen many boiling days in the past two summers, but we have yet to see the canyon closed due to heat.  

This doesn’t mean the heat isn’t a problem, though. Blazing temperatures in the summer months can make for an unpleasant visit to Antelope Canyon. Here are some tips to deal with the summer heat:

  • Book a tour in the morning.  Morning tours are obviously the coolest time to visit Antelope Canyon.  As a bonus, if you are visiting Lower Antelope Canyon, these morning slots offer the best chances for photos.
  • Bring a hat.  Even though the tour is mostly underground, you might get stuck in the sun if there is a wait to get in to Lower Antelope Canyon (which there often is in the summer).  At Upper Antelope Canyon, there also isn’t much time spent in the sun, but for the few minutes you will be in it, a hat is crucial.
  • Don’t forget a bottle of water.  There is some walking and you will be happy to have brought it.
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The Arizona Desert Gets Hot!

Antelope Canyon Weather in January 

January at Antelope Canyon falls between the cold season and the low season.

Outside of major holiday weekends, tickets are relatively easy to find. The temperatures are cold, and it isn’t uncommon to see snow coating the outside and inside of Antelope Canyon.

Bring your warm clothes and watch out for ice and snow on the roads.

Antelope Canyon Weather in February 

February continues the cold streak at Antelope Canyon, but the weather will break near the end of the month as spring emerges.

Expect cold weather and the chance for snow throughout February. 

Pack warm clothes, including hats, gloves, and jackets.

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The Aftermath of an overnight snowstorm in February.

Antelope Canyon Weather in March 

March is when the weather turns at Antelope Canyon. The cold of winter transforms into the warmth of spring.

With the thaw comes a bit of rain. March is the wettest month of the first half of the year, but “wet” in the desert would still be considered dry by others’ standards. Antelope Canyon averages .07 inches of rain in March. 

Antelope Canyon Weather in April 

April is one of the nicest times of year to visit Antelope Canyon.

The temperature is very comfortable, averaging a high of 68 F and a low of 43 F.

April is one of the best months of the year to visit Antelope Canyon. 

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Antelope Canyon Weather in May 

May is the start of Antelope Canyon’s high season.

The weather is warm, and this is the start of the light beam season.

For the best chances of seeing a light beam, visit between May and September.

The temperature in May begins mildly but can end up hot, with the average high at 81 F and the average low at 56 F.

May is also the second driest month at Antelope Canyon, with only .4 inches of rain a year.

It is for these reasons that many veterans of Antelope Canyon travel consider May to be the best month to visit.  Don feel it.

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Clear weather is important to get this type of color contrast in your photos.

Antelope Canyon Weather in June 

By June, the weather really warms up at Antelope Canyon.

The average daytime highs are 93 F during the day and 66 F at night.

If you are worried about tour cancellations, June is the time to visit.

June is the driest month of the year, averaging zero days of rain and a mere .01 inches of rain for the month.

Regarding rain alone, June is the best month to visit Antelope Canyon. 

Antelope Canyon Weather in July 

Antelope Canyon weather in July is hot, hot, hot!

July is the hottest month of the year, but the onslaught of the monsoon can quickly bring temperatures down.

Even with the monsoon, Antelope Canyon gets only .07 inches of rain on average in July. 

Antelope Canyon Weather in August 

August brings heat and rain.  The Arizona summer heat and Arizona monsoon are both in full swing in August.

The average daytime high is 92 F and, on average, there are five days of rain—more than any other month. 

Taken together with crushing summer crowds, August is one of our least favorite months at Antelope Canyon.


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August is Peak Light Beam Season Though

Antelope Canyon Weather in September 

In September, the heat finally breaks. 

While it can still be blazing hot at the beginning of September, the end of the month brings beautiful fall weather. 

While there are not any fall colors at Antelope Canyon itself, the routes through Arizona and Utah leading to Antelope Canyon are often gorgeous in September.

The receding heat is a welcome sight in this part of the country.

Antelope Canyon Weather in October 

The October temperatures are pleasant, but the rain is not. 

October is statistically the wettest month of the year at Antelope Canyon, but only averages at 1 inch of rain.

Crowds thin during the week in October, but the light beams disappear as well.

Some of the best weather of the year occurs in October; an October day with pleasant temperatures and a light wind is gorgeous. 

Antelope Canyon Weather in November 

The weather at Antelope Canyon in November can be beautiful at the beginning of the month and cold by the end.

Early November is one of the best times to visit Antelope Canyon: the weather is fairly warm, the trees showcase their foliage, and the crowds thin.

The average high for November is 53 F, and the average low is 34 F.

November sees an average of .07 inches of rain. 

Antelope Canyon Weather in December 

If it’s December, winter has definitely arrived.

Expect cold weather and snow on the ground at some points. P

ack warm clothes, and if you’re traveling over Christmas, book your tickets early, as they will sell out quickly. 

What is the best month to visit Antelope Canyon? 

People always ask us: When is the best time to visit Antelope Canyon? 

We like to answer: April, May, October, and the beginning of November. 

November can get cold later in the month, but the first half is lovely.

The most important thing to remember, though, is that Antelope Canyon is a wonderful place to visit year-round.

The views are out of this world, and the most important thing is that you get to see them with your own eyes.

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Matthew Meier
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