Lower Antelope Canyon


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Hiking Goals! I thought I was going to have to wait until my kids were in school before my husband and I could go and check this place out. I am happy to report that it is pretty family friendly. The walk to the canyon is very flat. It is not long at all distance wise either. Approximately .5 miles. The challenging part for us was going down into the canyon due to the stairs being so narrow. My 2 year-old was carried down and then I wore the baby to allow my hands to be free for grabbing the staircases. Since, I was babywearing I couldn’t really see my feet which made me a little nervous going down the stairs because of how small and narrow they were. Just take your time and go slow. I would really recommend wearing shoes with amazing grip if you can. I wanted to share some additional things I learned along the way while I was planning this trip.

Things to Know:

  1. You can’t bring anything with you like a backpack, food or water. This mama had a mild heart attack for a moment with the thought of not being able to bring my diaper bag backpack. However, I survived.
  2. You can’t just go and explore on your own. You MUST have a tour guide. There are a couple to choose from but, we selected Dixie Ellis for a couple of reasons. They had a lot of good reviews on various blogs that I read, better customer service and they offer military discounts.
  3. Pick a time right before the noon tour. We got out of the canyon around 11:45 and holy cow were there a ton of people heading to go down! Looking back I am really glad we booked the earlier tour because of the kids and smaller groups.
  4. The tour lasted about an hour which is completely do-able in my opinion with kids. You just really should babywear an infant if you can because the stairs going down into the canyon are very steep. I decided to bring my Baby Tula with me on this trip which worked out even better because there was a little pocket I could stash an emergency diaper just in case. (See bullet 1. as to why this is important.)

Published by Brittany Donnelly

I'm Brittany Donnelly; curator and author of brittanydonnelly.com. I am officially a stay-at-home now, formerly a technical project manager. I am a mom of 2 and a proud Army wife with a love for hiking and traveling. Our home base is now Virginia. I have a passion for travel and adventure and want to inspire all of you to get out and see the world with your families.

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