Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park is located just outside of Page. Antelope Canyon is sometimes referred to as Corkscrew Canyon because of the many twisted features. Antelope Canyon consists of two canyons, an upper and lower. The sandstone canyon walls have been carved by wind and rain over eons and the resulting beauty is breathtaking. The Americans named this complex “Antelope Canyon” because pronghorn antelope used to be abundant here.

Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní or “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists. Its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Beams of sunlight radiate from openings in the top of the canyon

 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon is called Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches” by the Navajo. It is located a few miles from the upper canyon. The lower canyon is in the shape of a “V” and shallower than the upper canyon. There are many levels, so be prepared to use stairs and even ladders. It is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope. It is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas.

Both the upper and lower levels of Antelope Canyon can be visited only through guided tours by Navajo approved tour guides. In 1997 eleven tourists were killed in Lower Antelope Canyon by a flash flood. Very little rain had fallen in the canyon area, but an earlier thunderstorm had dumped a large amount of water seven miles upstream.  That is why it is important to have an experienced guide and never try to take a tour when there is heavy rain, even miles away.

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