Categories: Destinations

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This canyon is the second most visited in America, right behind the Grand Canyon. But, the thing that is characteristic for this destination is that it is the most photogenic canyon you will ever find. Many tourists come only to take pictures of it and themselves. But on the other side, some come to enjoy the nature, or maybe listen about the history. Come and have fun however you want.

Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches.”

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic “flowing” shapes in the rock. You will certainly need a guide, so allocate some time for finding a good one.