My buddy over at 501 Pressure Washing is always talking about his trips to Arizona. One of the most popular tourist attractions and his favorite in Arizona is the Antelope Canyon. An awe-inspiring rock formation, this slot canyon is a photographer’s haven. Located on Navajo land, just 7 miles east of Page, Arizona. This magnificent Navajo Sandstone formations was form by millions of years of rain and constant flooding, creating a wave-like winding canyon walls. The canyon has two sections, the Upper Antelope Canyon, also known as The Crack and the Lower Antelope Canyon, also known as The Corkscrew.
Upper Antelope Canyon
Referred by the locals as The Crack and called Tse bighanilini by the Navajos are more frequented by tourists. The entrance and the entire area are almost ground level, easily accessible to elderly and small children. The beams of sunlight radiates more in this section of the canyon especially during summer.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon, also called The Corkscrew and Hazdistazi by the Navajos. Despite the difficult trail and hike, it is very popular to photographers. Due to longer area and narrow passage ways, visitors are required to climb ladders, take several flight of stairs to aid in descent and ascent especially towards the exit.
Most visitors in the Upper Antelope Canyon are casual sightseers. The canyon walls rose up to 120 feet from the floor, with its winding walls made up of red swirling sandstone, when hit by light produces mysterious hues draws a lot of photography enthusiasts. Back in 2019, an specialized tour for photographers were available during midday.
Access and Safety
The entrance is gated by Navajo Nation. All visitors must take the guided tours by authorized tour operators only. Flash floods are common in the area. Even rains from miles away may funnel into and flood the canyon anytime. This is the main reason why visits are made exclusively through authorized tour operators.
HOTELS AND CAMPSITE
Camping in the canyon is prohibited. The nearest campsite is at Lake Powell. Hotels and restaurants are on Page, AZ.…