Whether you’re a professional photographer or not, these Lake Powell canyons are worth capturing. While some canyons are flocked by visitors, others are tucked away in quiet secluded areas. It’s up to you which you’d rather explore. Here’s a look at some of our favorite canyons to take the best photos at.
One of the most highly visited slot canyons in the southwest, Antelope Canyon is our favorite place to take photos near Lake Powell. It’s located near Page, AZ on Navajo Nation land, close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town (at milepost 299). Not only is it extremely beautiful, but it’s also easily accessible…so you won’t have to hike far. Visit at just the right time of day, and you may even capture a ray of sunshine beaming down through the opening above. Keep in mind there is a fee to enter this land.
Navajo Canyon (Chaol Falls)
Upstream from Antelope Point Marina, Navajo Canyon is the longest side canyon of Lake Powell that isn’t considered a river arm. This canyon is unique in that some of its walls as covered in ancient petroglyphs (a great photo op). You’ll want to approach this canyon by boat, perhaps a Forever Houseboat, and then hop on a smaller boat to maneuver into part of the canyon where you’ll get off and hike the rest of the way.
Located on Padre Bay, Labyrinth Canyon is a beautiful but narrow and twisty hike. We advise you to bring your boat up as close as possible. However, you’ll eventually need to kayak or stand-up paddleboard once you approach the entrance (so make sure to bring your waterproof camera case). After a few minutes in the slot, you should be able to touch both sides of the canyon when you extend your arms out. The hike is only about 30 minutes one-way, so don’t worry about packing a ton of supplies. To help you better prepare for this hike, we found a great blog that describes in detail how to navigate the canyon.
Lake Powell is full of amazing canyons that are perfect for photography. For more information about vacationing at Lake Powell, call 800-255-5561 or visit us online today.