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Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,703 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Location Pocatello, ID
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Float the slot!
by PaleoRob

  Likely In-Season!
Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous slot canyons in the American southwest. Most people visit the popular tribal park covering Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. There is a third way, however, to see the slot canyon. That is by water.

The paddle into Antelope Canyon is in the exposed main channel of Lake Powell. During times of low water, this area receives a lot of traffic. In Antelope Canyon itself, the lake is very narrow. Boats can approach at high speeds without seeing you. Also, the wakes that these boats create can reflect off canyon walls.

Furthermore, large tour boats visit the canyon. They create massive wakes that can overturn or swamp kayaks. Kayakers should take care to tackle large wakes and waves head-on and not let the waves breach the kayak from the side.

In 1963 the gates on Glen Canyon Dam closed, and water began to fill up in Glen Canyon, forming Lake Powell. With the rising water, the lower 5 miles of Antelope Canyon, a spectacular slot canyon, were filled with water. During the pre-dam years, very few people had ventured up Antelope Canyon, save for river runners. A large pour-over stymied upstream exploration. Now, with the lake filling the canyon, the old pourover no longer presents a logistical problem for upstream travel, as boaters can venture as far as the waterline.

This trip begins at Antelope Point Marina. From the launch ramp, paddle to the left (downlake) for approximately one mile. Antelope Canyon's entrance is on the left, at River Mile 3, and is marked with a white buoy. Turn into this canyon. The walls grow taller and narrower as you get further into the canyon. The end can be reached, but it is not necessary. The canyon can be enjoyed from a brief exploration or deep adventure - the choice is yours.

Kayak Rental
Kayak Lake Powell ( cheapest )
816 Coppermine Rd, Page, AZ 86040
(928) 660-0778

Antelope Point Marine ( closest )

It is possible to camp on the lake opposite the mouth of the canyon.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2012-06-04 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

     Permit $$

    Glen Canyon NRA National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $30

    Boat fees are additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    Paved - Car Okay

    To kayak trip
    From Page, drive east on US98. Turn north at the sign for Antelope Canyon. Pay the entry fee at the entrance station, then follow the signs to the launch ramp. Make sure you have your kayak inspected for Quagga Mussels. It costs you nothing to do it, but if you fail to do so, there is a hefty fine, impounding of your kayak, etc. Not good stuff! Plus, if you do end up introducing Quagga or Zebra Mussels into Lake Powell, guess who is going to be held responsible in a court of law? Don't move a mussel - kayak smart.
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