Antelope canyon for free!

Antelope canyon. On the top of the list “places to visit”. A must on your “before your die” list. A must for photograph lovers. A must for nature lover. A must for the Facebook profile. For whatever reason, Antelope canyon is simply a must, when visiting the USA.


Antelope canyon in Arizona is totally a must for so many travelers that this place is becoming so touristic and crowded. And expensive!  That is comprehensive because this canyon is breathtaking beautiful and people are willing to pay a lot of cash and wait in the long line just for a single photo.

But what if I tell you that you can visit Antelope canyon cash free and tourist free? It might not be as beautiful as the lower or upper Antelope or it might…I don’t know as I have never been to either of them. But what I know is that the “free” Antelope I know is gorgeous! We had a hard time leaving this magical place. And now only just by looking at the photos brings tears to our eyes.

Ok, I am sorry, I lied! It’s not totally free as you will need to rent a kayak at the lake Powell point marina. We rented our double kayak for 45$ here. From 8am-4pm you will have the kayak so it is totally worth the money! All the information you need you can find on their website.

Lake powell USA

I have loop in the itinerary from Antelope Marina to Antelope Canyon. It took us about an hour to paddle from the marina to the canyon. And David was basically the one who did it all by himself.

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Kayak USA

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon USA Kayaking

We meet a couple who snap the photo for us if you are wondering!

Now and then we saw tour boats passing us by at the larger passage. The further in we paddled the more narrow the passage became. And more beautiful and peaceful!

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Kayaking

Secret Antelop canyon kayak lake powellEnd of the road. From now on one can only explore this magical place by foot.

We didn’t know what to expect when we parked our kayak and walked into the canyon.

Secret Antelope canyon

Secret Antelope Canyon kayak lake powell

The silence, the heat from the stone walls and the shimmering 50 shades of red took us by surprise! The only we heard were our own heartbeats and our footsteps in the sand. I couldn’t help myself walking with my fingers stroking the millions of years old walls.

Antelope Canyon Hike Kayak lake powell

Antelope Canyon hidden gem kayak lake powell

Secret Antelope Canyon Kayak lake powell

I didn’t mind getting lost in there. For awhile we were imagining that we were the first human on earth exploring this place. We have heard that you can go as far as to the other very touristic parts of Antelope canyons.

Antelope Canyon Lake powell kayak

Lake powell Secret Antelope Canyon

Antelope canyon hidden gem

Antelope Canyon

Secret Antelope canyon

Antelope Canyon

But of course our imaginary adventure has to end because it was getting dark and we needed to return the kayak. But on the way back we stopped for a swim.

Antelope canyon Kayaking


Next time when we have more time in the USA we will without any hesitation rent a kayak for a week and explore other wonderful places around lake Powell. We are really looking forward for it!

Want to know more about other slot canyons? How about Spooky and Peek-a-boo, have you ever heard about them? Click Here


Spooky slot canyon
Spooky slot canyons

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  1. James Ehle Reply

    Hi there Dawan & David! This article was super informative and helpful for a young guy who will be to Antelope Canyon soon on a trip across the country. I was curious if you guys actually did a loop around the Antelope Island that was pictured on your map, or if you just veered left and went straight to the Antelope Canyon section. I definitely plan on doing this when I go, just wanted to see how you managed to do it! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

    • Hi James, as we only had the late afternoon
      we went straight from Marina into the Antelope canyon. If we had more time we would have camp around the lake! Have fun James and take care on your travels!

  2. Petr Meloun Reply

    Hi Dawan & David,
    Thank you so much for your post 🙂
    We are travelling from Toronto to Ushuaia and we do everything on budget and your post was super useful for us.
    We saw the canyon and had a great exercise on the kayak 🙂 and it cost us just 26 USD 😀
    Yeah, maybe the Lower or Upper canyon can be nicer, but full of tourist for sure and we couldn’t take our dogs with us.
    But that one where we were was just for us and we took there also our the chihuahuas!
    Keep Travelin’
    Petr & Misha

    • Ohh thank you guys for the feedback and I am soo happy to hear that you guys had a great day at the Antelope canyon by the kayak! Keep exploring the world and have fun!

    • Diana Toledo Reply

      Hi Petr meloun i will be traveling to arizona soon
      i wanted to kayak to antelope canyon and was wondering where did you rent the kayak?
      how was the trek to the canyon difficult ?

  3. Once out of the kayak, are you on Navajo land? And do I need any type of permit?

    • Hi Conan, for this route no permit was required and we didnt have to pay anything other than the kayak. This was in 2014 so it might have changed? You could write to where we rented the kayak…link in the post. Have fun, its beautiful out there!

  4. hi,
    thank you so much for your informative article. it opened up new options for us.
    do you think its safe to bring a baby on with you on the kayak

    • Hi Hannah, its hard to say. If the weather is great and not much wind and you have experiences with kayak…and ofcourse of your baby if she/he is able to sit still?😬 Have fun and let us know how it went!❤️

  5. Oh this is so great idea! We have plans to visit Lake Powell and rent kayak, so for sure we will go to Antelope Canyon from the water! Thanks for sharing and inspiration!!!!

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