Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” and “Lower Antelope Canyon”.
Antelope Canyon was formed by massive erosion of Navajo Sandstone, majorly due to flash flooding. Sub-aerial processes also contributed to this. 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 eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic “flowing” shapes in the rock.
In November 2K17, I visited Lower Antelope Canyon which left me spell bounded with the beauty of erosion. The flowing texture in the rock given by rainwater and air is incredible.
We online booked our hotel room which was only 15 mins away from the lower antelope canyon.
Booking of the Canyon Ticket:
You can get your ticked booked online which will cost you :
- Adults: $25
- Children (Ages 8-12): $15
- Children (7 and under): Free
The other way is to reach at the site and get your slot booked. Ticket was of $25 + $9 (Navajo Tribe) per person. There are guided tours only, each group consists of 10 people. Get a slot when the sun rays are max in the canyon as you get to see beautiful colors and photos. We were unable to book our slot online as online tickets were all sold out . To avoid the waiting time to get the ticket its good that you book your tour online.
Inside the Canyon:
The lower canyon is in the shape of a “V” and shallower than the Upper Antelope which is ‘A’ shaped. Lighting is better in the early hours and late morning. There is installation of metal stairways in certain areas as in the staring and in between. Even there are stairways to walk through though it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope. It is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several stairs.
Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper.
Our guide name was ‘Summer’ , she guided us well about the canyon and showed us different formations formed by the contouring of rocks. There was the rose, smiling shark, bear, roaring tiger, american chief.
On looking carefully you will be able to see a roaring tiger’s face formed at the right side of the rock. Few were difficult for me to imagine 😉 but I managed.
Antelope Canyon photo sells for $6.5 million dollars:
Peter Lik set the world record for the world’s most expensive photograph ‘PHANTOM’. It was taken in Lower Antelope Canyon, during one of the light beams.
“Certain textures and contours found in nature lend themselves beautifully to black and white photography,” Lik said in a press release. “The intensity of contrasting light and dark spaces was surprising, but made for some of the most powerful images I’ve ever created.”
The whole tour took 1.5 hrs and indeed it was worth taking and beautiful. Share your experience and photos with me.
See ya till the next post 🙂