Antelope canyon is a hidden gem tucked in Page, Arizona near the border between Arizona and Utah. It is completely water carved which leaves mesmerizing designs throughout its windy underground paths. Something to note is that most hotels charge over $150 a night even on the weekday nights but it is the best option compared to driving up from Flagstaff and back down in the same day.
Currently, no one is allowed to visit Antelope Canyon without a Navajo guide. There is an entrance fee to the park as well as a fee for the tour. Since Antelope Canyon has become extremely popular, there are multiple tours to the upper and lower parts of the canyon. The main differences are that the lower canyon is less crowded, one way route, and narrower with some steep ladders. The upper canyon has more visible light beams coming from the sky but the upper canyon is extremely crowded. There is also a normal tour and a photographers tour that requires a professional camera and a tripod and is generally a smaller group. The one I attended is Ken's tour. They currently have a building with air conditioning for tourists to wait in while some other tours may have you sit out in the heat under some form of shade structure. A tour would depart every twenty minutes and my tour group consisted of around 10 people.
The entrance at first may seem a bit daunting with the steep stairs that sometimes require some people to walk backwards down them. Once inside, the best settings for the camera would be no flash and a slightly smaller aperture to allow the background to be in focus. Another way to let more light into the camera is to decrease the shutter speed but the user must have steady hands or else the picture will come out blurry. If all fails, the guides are experienced and will show you the best camera settings as well as some tips to getting the best angles in the canyon. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!