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Antelope Canyon

Stunningly beautiful. A sacred place. Unimaginable blend of natural, glowing colors. Carved by nature over millions of years by flowing water and wind, it's like a collection of real life paintings. Located just east of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is entirely underground on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Beneath the landscape, rays of sunlight penetrate sporadic openings at midday creating at artful collection of illuminated colorful sandstone. It is like a natural cathedral of spiritual beauty. There are two sister canyons. The "Upper Canyon", called "Tse' bighanilini" by the Navajo means "the place where water runs through rocks". It is the most popular of the two canyons and one of the most photographed spots in America. It is a relatively easy stroll through level, sandy paths. The "Lower Canyon" has some very narrow openings and steep declines where ladders have been added to make it an easier hike.

A photographer's dream. No other slot canyon has been photographed more than Antelope Canyon. Midday when the overhead beams of sunlight cascade into the canyon makes for the best photo shoots. The summer months between May and September are the best periods when the most powerful sun rays strike the canyon creating the most vibrant and brilliant colors. Stand in the shaded areas to take your photographs of light beams that make the walls glow with brilliant color. Throwing sand into the rays creates some interesting shots.


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For safety, all visitors must be accompanied by authorized guides. Seasonal waters of Antelope Creek flow through both canyons and drain from the south, into nearby Lake Powell. There is an imminent threat of canyon flooding when rain falls in the surrounding Navajo land. Drainage that sources from dozens of miles away, without warning can present immediate flash flood danger. The rainiest months at the canyon area are generally August and September.

A photographer's dream. No other slot canyon has been photographed more than Antelope Canyon. Midday when the overhead beams of sunlight cascade into the canyon makes for the best photo shoots. The summer months between May and September are the best periods when the most powerful sun rays strike the canyon. creating the most vibrant and brilliant colors. Stand in the shaded areas to take your photographs of light beams that make the walls glow with color. Throwing sand into the rays creates some interesting shots.

Directions To Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon is located about 130 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona on Highway 89. It is about 4 miles east of Page, Arizona and just south of Lake Powell on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The following map to Antelope Canyon shows you the way. Click the map for an enlarged detailed view.

Map of Antelope Canyon

For more information. Visit Navajo Parks and Recreation for tour information and seasonal schedule of tour times. See Silver Spur Tours and Arizona Leisure for more articles about Antelope Canyon.

This page was last modified on 21 December 2011 at 10:32
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