Last year we explored both Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope is guided only - and the only way to describe it is as a zoo. It's incredibly beautiful, but the tour companies run hundreds of people at the same time through the small slot canyon. The amazing light beam photos you see can be deceptive - as they almost all involve a brief moment of holding the flood of people back for a quick shot.
We had an opportunity to experience Upper Antelope in a different way - though a small night tour. It was just us with 1 other photographer - and amazing peaceful.
Our guide was Lionel Bigthumb - an incredible guide and accomplished photographer in his own right. We highly, highly recommend him out of the multiple slot canyon guide options in Page, AZ. http://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com/tours.html
Looking at the entrance - with the interior light painted by our guide
We have embarked on our 2nd trip to the American Southwest. Last year we visited the Grand Canyon, Page Arizona (to hike the Wave, Horseshoe Bend & slot canyons), and Sedona.
This year we flew into Las Vegas, loaded up on supplies and drove to Bryce Canyon. Jennifer had been once before on a family station wagon childhood trip (Shoutout to Stephie, hanging out in the back!). Laurence had never been to either Bryce or Zion - so this trip begins with 2 classic SW National parks, then on to a 2nd hike to The Wave, a few more days in Page, then a longer stay in Sedona.
Bryce is stunning - we strongly encourage anyone who has never been to plan a trip. It's a small park in size - but packs a punch. It's over 8,000 feet elevation, so hiking involves some extra huffing and puffing, but it's worth it.