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Rattlesnake Canyon

Rattlesnake Canyon offers many of the same awe-inspiring features as the other slot canyons, but without the crowds (bring a good camera!!). Since only one tour company offers it as a destination, this canyon offers an intimate, peaceful experience that the others just can’t replicate. I don’t mean to play favorites, but honestly, this is my favorite. Sorry, no drones allowed. 🙁

A tributary to the larger Antelope Wash, Rattlesnake Canyon is not as tall or as long as either Upper Antelope Canyon or Lower Antelope Canyon. It also doesn’t have the famous “light beam” phenomenon that those canyons are known for. However, the color quality of the rocks, the superb lighting, the unique formations, and the winding passageways of this canyon give it a feel and appearance that is spectacular in its own right.

Rattlesnake Canyon is very narrow; at times you have to really squeeze yourself between the rocks. It also requires you to use a ladder in some spots. To me, these things add to the experience, giving the canyon a sort of mystical, other-worldly quality. For others, though, this might prove to be a physical limitation.

If you can make it work, don’t hesitate to book a spot on a tour of this canyon. I promise you won’t regret it!

Please note that you MUST have a Navajo Guide to visit the canyon, typically provided through one of the authorized tour operators. See the link below for more information.

Further Reading

For more information on logistics, required gear and gadgets, and recommended tour operators, visit the Page Slot Canyons Guide.

Day Trip Gear Guide

Photography Gear & Gadgets

Outdoors and Wilderness First Aid

Leave No Trace Principles