My family will be driving from the Grand Canyon (south) the last Friday of July to Page for one night. We're a group of 6, 2 adults, 4 kids (ages 9,11,13,15) and we'd like to visit Antelope Canyon. We'll be leaving the GC in the morning and hope to get to Page in time for the 1:00 or 3:00 tour. I've searched the forum to learn the differences between the Upper and Lower canyon:
Cost: Upper-slightly more expensive than Lower for the guided tour. It seems like you could also pay the permit fee and then do the Lower tour on your own (correct?), however we'd miss out on learning about the canyon, culture, etc. from the guide.
Ride to canyon entrance: Upper-less bumpy. Lower-more bumpy.
Tour within canyon: Upper-flat, easy. Lower-requires climbing up ladders, etc.
Crowds: Upper-more crowded than Lower. It sounds like the number of people permitted to go into the canyon is controlled for the Upper canyon, is this the same for the Lower? In the summer, is the crowd so large that it diminishes the experience? Would it be best to visit the Lower canyon to avoid the crowd?
Is the Lower canyon more fun for kids? It seems like it would be, especially after riding in a car for a few hours. Thanks in advance for your help.