This was the only canyon I hadn’t been to yet of the famed Antelope Canyons. The bar was set pretty high from the upper and lower canyons, minus the crowds, so I was hopeful this would solve that. Im happy to report, it was like a private canyon experience. The canyon is only accessible via one tour company. Click HERE for their website. We opted for the photo tour and if you are a photography enthusiast or pro photographer, its definitely worth it. Upon arrival I was immediately impressed. There was a lady manning the booth that may have been the most personable human being alive. Our guide was about the same! We were quickly signed in and directed to the big SUV that would take us to the starting point. We were a smidge early and there was one more person that hadn’t quite made it yet so instead of making us wait around, our guide took us around a bonus tour of the topside of the canyons, explaining how they all formed the local geology.
Once the last person in the group had arrived we picked him up and headed to the first canyon. There are a series of three canyons. First one is the shortest and the most shallow, and they progressively get deeper and longer.
Throughout the first canyon we saw nobody but our guide and the one other guy in the group. The pace was “go as you please” and we had free reign to just explore. A far cry from the upper and lower canyon experience where a bunch of tour groups operate there and its pretty much standing room only.
The gap across the top of the first canyon is pretty narrow, and you can actually jump across it. Yep, you heard that right. I was not brave enough but Andrea was!
After leaving the first canyon theres a bit of a walk. Its a super steep downhill bit maybe a tenth of a mile long. Its only strenuous from the angle going down. It has to be no kidding 45 degree decline the entire way. Once at the bottom everything is easy again. Theres a canyon to the left and the last canyon is another short walk through a wide open canyon.
Entering the second canyon we finally saw some other people other than just the four of us. Luckily they were just leaving the canyon as we were going in. Another sign that Taadidiin Tours knows what theyre doing.
After spending about 45 minutes in canyon two, we were ready to head on to the third. Our other group member was still doing some more detailed photography so our guide just said to head to the third one and we would all meet up down there. So now Andrea and I had the third canyon completely to ourselves! We did have to wait about ten minutes for that other group in front of us to finish up but after that we were just in awe of how quiet and peaceful the canyon was with just the two of us in there.
The last and third canyon is long, and has an exit point at the end that continues down a wash. It has the tallest walls and is also the reason why the canyon got its name “canyon X” At the entrance if you look up, the walls make an X!
Canyon three gets pretty narrow in places as well as pretty dark! Overall Id have to say all three aren’t necessarily as smooth as the upper and lower canyons. But Id take a bit rougher canyon over the ridiculous crowds of the other canyons.
Once everyone was good with the photos they took it was time to head back up the crazy hill to get out. Im not super in shape but im also not out of shape. That was a tough climb. Just take your time and one foot in front of the other. Youll get there. At the top they had cold bottles of water waiting! Yet another thing Taadidiin Tours is doing thats above and beyond. After leaving Andrea and I were smitten, hands down the best experience Ive had at any slot canyon in Page. Will definitely return again when family comes into town!antelope, antelope canyon, antelope canyon x, arizona, az, canyon, canyon x, explore, page, roadtrip, taadidiin, taadidiin tours, travel, x