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Difference Between Canyon X And Lower Antelope Canyon

Last Update on April 16, 2023
by Sunny Samaroo
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Have you ever heard of Canyon X and Lower Antelope Canyon? They are both stunning slot canyons located within Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.

While Canyon X and Lower Antelope Canyon may look similar at first glance, there are some key differences between these two natural wonders.

What Is Lower Antelope Canyon?

First, let's start with Lower Antelope Canyon. This is the specific section of the canyon that we visit on our Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas. It's more well-known than Canyon X — and for good reason. It is famous for its swirling, colorful sandstone walls that are illuminated by beams of light that filter down from above. 

To enter Lower Antelope Canyon, visitors must go down a series of steep stairs into the narrow, winding canyon. The canyon is narrow and deep but visitors are able to walk through it relatively easily. It is also much longer than Canyon X, with a total length of about 0.25 miles.

What is Canyon X?

Canyon X, on the other hand, is a bit more off the beaten path. Visitors have to walk down a steep path, as well as down a gentle slope into the canyon. Unlike Lower Antelope Canyon, Canyon X does not have any very steep stairs that you need to descend.

Once inside, visitors will notice that Canyon X is much deeper and narrower than Lower Antelope Canyon. The walls are also less colorful but instead are a beautiful shade of red that is unique to this canyon.

Differences Between Canyon X and Lower Antelope Canyon

One of the biggest differences between the two canyons is the length of the canyon. Lower Antelope Canyon is much longer than Canyon X, at over 1.1 miles roundtrip, with .6 miles of that time actually hiking through the canyon.

Canyon X, on the other hand, is much shorter, with two main sections of the canyon that are about 150 feet long each.

Another difference between the two canyons is the price. The various Navajo tour operators price their tours differently but Lower Antelope Canyon is always more expensive than Canyon X. This is because Lower Antelope Canyon is more popular. 

Speaking of the tours, the durations are also different. Tours of Canyon X are longer than tours of Lower Antelope Canyon, with a total time of about 90 minutes compared to 60 minutes. Note that much of the Canyon X tour time is spent driving and hiking the actuall canyon.

Finally, one of the most important differences between these two canyons is the level of physical ability required to visit them. While Lower Antelope Canyon is relatively easy to navigate, visitors must be able to climb up and down steep steps and walk through narrow passages. Those with mobility issues may find Lower Antelope Canyon to be challenging. 

Canyon X, on the other hand, is a bit more accessible. It also has a decent to get it, but it is not as steep. Visitors must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and descend a gentle slope, but there are no very narrow passages to navigate.

Final Thoughts

Both Canyon X and Lower Antelope Canyon are stunning natural wonders that are definitely worth visiting. However, there are some key differences between the two. 

Lower Antelope Canyon is more popular, more colorful, and more physically challenging, and longer, while Canyon X is less crowded, less colorful, and more accessible. No matter which canyon you choose to visit, you are sure to be amazed by the beauty of these incredible natural formations.


Sunny Samaroo

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