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I visit Page every March to see the slot canyons, and I was taken aback by the new pricing when I went to book Upper Antelope for this year. $250 for the photo tour at Chief Tsosie's! Having been on the tour a couple of times, I find that rather insane. Last March I paid $75 for the same tour. I see a few other guides that are around $125, but even that seems unreasonable. They are free to set whatever price they want, but I wonder if the guides/nation have factored in that folks like me are simply going to skip Page altogether from now on.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a photo tour (i.e. tripod allowed) that perhaps I've overlooked?



Jan 24, 2017 at 11:41 PM
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Yikes. I guess it's time to head for Lower Jackalope, which is much more reasonably priced.
http://lowerantelope.com/

Or find another slot canyon to explore...



Jan 25, 2017 at 02:55 AM
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Perhaps, the world has enough pictures of Antelope.


Jan 25, 2017 at 03:34 AM
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Tim Knutson wrote:
Perhaps, the world has enough pictures of Antelope.


Heh, my sentiment exactly. I have driven past it many times, never felt the need to stop. Not when there are a gazillion free ones within a few hour driving radius. Not as impressive and many are (thankfully) not as easily accessible, but certainly far more enjoyable

Why deal with this (credit Jimmy McIntyre)






When you can go to any of these in near complete solitude
http://www.americansouthwest.net/slot_canyons/index.html



Jan 25, 2017 at 05:59 AM
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Canon X.


Jan 27, 2017 at 02:29 AM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
Canon X.


Hum...
It seems 'supply and demand' has kicked in!

The 'good old days' of a ~$25, 4 hour pass to explore and shoot Lower Antelope at your pleasure are long gone.


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Jan 27, 2017 at 03:54 AM
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Last visit of mine to Upper A was in '03. $15 for the ride in, no crowds, (some others were there), stay as long as I wanted with all my gear. Since then it's only been Lower A for me, though both have become truly dehumanizing experiences and total rip off situations. So sad to see the extreme greed of the Navajo people at all tourist destinations on their property.


Jan 30, 2017 at 08:59 PM
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Greg Campbell wrote:
Hum...
It seems 'supply and demand' has kicked in!

Still, it seems the 'good old days' of a ~$25, 4 hour pass to explore and shoot Lower Antelope at your pleasure are long gone.


I remember having Lower Antelope to myself for 3-4 hours back in 05 or 06.



Jan 30, 2017 at 11:37 PM
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Jeffrey wrote:
Last visit of mine to Upper A was in '03. $15 for the ride in, no crowds, (some others were there), stay as long as I wanted with all my gear. Since then it's only been Lower A for me, though both have become truly dehumanizing experiences and total rip off situations. So sad to see the extreme greed of the Navajo people at all tourist destinations on their property.


Greed breeds everywhere...why should the Navajo be different? If you owned the property would you not charge to gain access to it?



Jan 31, 2017 at 12:52 AM
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Jeffrey wrote:
Last visit of mine to Upper A was in '03. $15 for the ride in, no crowds, (some others were there), stay as long as I wanted with all my gear. Since then it's only been Lower A for me, though both have become truly dehumanizing experiences and total rip off situations. So sad to see the extreme greed of the Navajo people at all tourist destinations on their property.


In their defense, they were forcibly locked away on some pretty damn worthless land. If they can generate a few dollars from the local resources, good for them.



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Ken_Cravillion wrote:
I remember having Lower Antelope to myself for 3-4 hours back in 05 or 06.


Yea, it wasn't really all that long ago that both sections attracted vastly fewer tourists.



Jan 31, 2017 at 01:32 AM
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I blame the internet

Heron



Jan 31, 2017 at 03:45 AM
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Greg Campbell wrote:
In their defense, they were forcibly locked away on some pretty damn worthless land. If they can generate a few dollars from the local resources, good for them.



Couldn't have said it any better.


I don't know what is happening but this type of over crowding is taking place everywhere it seems. And not just hot spots such as these slots or other popular photo locations. I see this just taking our mutt for a walk in the NFS lands and National parks like the Smokey Mountains. There seems to a lot more people getting outside in the past 5 years or so.

Dave



Jan 31, 2017 at 05:27 PM
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lighthound wrote:
Couldn't have said it any better.

I don't know what is happening but this type of over crowding is taking place everywhere it seems. And not just hot spots such as these slots or other popular photo locations. I see this just taking our mutt for a walk in the NFS lands and National parks like the Smokey Mountains. There seems to a lot more people getting outside in the past 5 years or so.

Dave


well it is great that people are getting outside



Jan 31, 2017 at 07:08 PM
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Jeffrey wrote:
So sad to see the extreme greed of the Navajo people at all tourist destinations on their property.


I tend to be more forgiving of these practices. Indian reservations as a rule are on land with few, if any, natural resources, sometimes accompanied by extreme poverty due to lack of any gainful employment opportunities other than the occasional gas station or casino. The Native American tribes have been f*cked over many times, and I do not fault them for making the most of the little they have. It is our choice whether to go there, and as others have pointed out, for every icon on their land there is a viable alternative on BLM land within a hour or two driving radius.



Feb 01, 2017 at 07:38 AM
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now if they would open up Kaibito canyon back up (or one of the many other fantastic areas), i would pay a fee to get into there! They could make some coin there


Feb 01, 2017 at 03:08 PM
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For someone who's never been there before but headed to the area in April, does it make sense to pay the price to see it? Is it one of those places that first-timers should just pony up to see? Or are there viable, cheaper, better picture taking opportunities?


Feb 03, 2017 at 10:35 AM
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Ming-Tzu wrote:
For someone who's never been there before but headed to the area in April, does it make sense to pay the price to see it? Is it one of those places that first-timers should just pony up to see? Or are there viable, cheaper, better picture taking opportunities?


Go do the tourist walk through thing. Judge for yourself if you would go back. You might come back with something good. You just wont have as much time to work. And at least you get to see it.

Personally, it would be a cold day in hell that I'd pay the current price, having been there before.






Feb 03, 2017 at 04:10 PM
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Tim Knutson wrote:
Go do the tourist walk through thing. Judge for yourself if you would go back. You might come back with something good. You just wont have as much time to work. And at least you get to see it.

Personally, it would be a cold day in hell that I'd pay the current price, having been there before.



Ok, thanks. Funny is that I thought it said somewhere on the tour website that no tripods or bags are allowed, yet I see tons of monopods and tripods in the picture above. Maybe they changed their tune.



Feb 03, 2017 at 10:56 PM
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Ming-Tzu wrote:
For someone who's never been there before but headed to the area in April, does it make sense to pay the price to see it? Is it one of those places that first-timers should just pony up to see? Or are there viable, cheaper, better picture taking opportunities?


If I'd never seen it, I would be 'sorta OK' with the $47 photo tour of Lower Antelope. They give you 2+ hours and you can bring a tripod. Or pop $25 for the walk-through tour. (No tripods allowed!) If your camera can shoot cleanly at high ISO, you should be able to take some nice pictures.

While there are dozens of equally pretty (in their own way) slot canyons in the general area, both sections of Antelope feature delicate, fluted sandstone features that ARE somewhat unique. I think Waterholes is one of the few accessible alternatives with similar sandstone and erosional features.




Feb 04, 2017 at 03:16 AM
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