How Long is the Hike To Antelope Canyon? (It’s easier than you think)

How Long is the Hike To Antelope Canyon?

They classify Antelope Canyon as a slot canyon and is the most famous slot canyon in the world.   

To get through a slot canyon, you are going to have to do some hiking. For the less fit among us that want to visit Antelope Canyon, this may get us thinking: How Long is the Hike to Antelope Canyon?

There are two sections of Antelope Canyon, Upper and Lower. Let’s take them one by one:

How Long is the Hike to Upper Antelope Canyon?

How Long is the Hike to Upper Antelope Canyon?
The Entrance To Upper Antelope Canyon

Total Hiking Distance: 0.8 Miles, 1.3 Kilometers

Hiking distance inside the canyon: 0.3 Miles, 0.5 Kilometers

Elevation Change: 100 Feet Going Up

Walking Surface: Sand

Difficulty: Easy

COVID-19 Update for 2020/2021: Hikes to Upper Antelope Canyon no longer are done as a loop. To enforce social distancing, when exiting the back end of the canyon you will climb a 100-foot hill and take a trail outside the canyon back to your truck. 

The hike to Antelope Canyon is a very simple up and back that is just a little bit more than half a mile. With the crowds in the canyon stopping to take photos at every turn, the pace of the hike is slow. This hike is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. 

How Long is the Hike to Lower Antelope Canyon?

Hiking Down The Stairs Into Lower Antelope Canyon

Total Hiking Distance: 1.1 Miles, 1.8 Kilometers

Hiking distance inside the canyon: 0.8 Miles, 1.4 Kilometers

Elevation Change: 300 Feet down then back up

Walking Surface: Sand

Difficulty: Easy

Lower Antelope Canyon is more of a hike than the stroll that people take at Upper Antelope Canyon, however it is still fairly easy. The pace is slow because of the other hikers and all the photo-taking. The most difficult portion is the initial descent into the canyon, by 5 flights of stairs. 

The hikes at both sections of Antelope Canyon will be easy for inexperienced and experienced hikers alike. 

Questions about hiking in Antelope Canyon? Reach out to us in the comments.

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Matthew Meier
World Traveler. Mandarin Speaker. Founder of MaxTour.