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Antelope Canyon

 Antelope Canyon






Description of Antelope Canyon

Location: Page, Arizona   Map


Depth: 120 feet (37 meters)
Antelope Canyon is a natural geologic formation located in the Navajo Nation in Coconino County in Arizona. Antelope Canyon is a narrow geologic formation that is hard to hike, but it offers great chance for a picturesque photo. Broken lines of sandstone and straight lines of sun rays create magnificent views. Antelope Canyon is a protected reserve that protects a large expanse of natural geological formation as the Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon gets its name from light brown, brown red colors of canyon walls that resemble color of the antelope skin color. Ancient human settlers, the Navajo, called Upper Antelope Canyon Tse bighanilini, which can be translated as "the place where water runs through rocks". Lower Antelope Canyon was called Hazdistazi (or Hasdestwazi) that can be translated as a "spiral rock arches". Both geologic formations are part of the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. To get to the Antelope Canyon you need to pay a fee for passage through Indian Reservation.
Antelope Canyon was formed by an erosive action of Antelope Creek that can turn into a large flash flood in late summer and early fall. Additionally a wind action polished the sandstone walls of the canyon. Wavy lines of natural erosion by wind and rare torrential rain floods left numerous cracks at the ceiling of Antelope Canyon that allows sun rays within crevice of the Antelope Canyon.
Hiking and climbing through the Antelope Canyon is fairly easy. Ladders and railings are installed in the Lower Antelope Canyon and make the passage fairly simple.




Antelope Canyon is a "slot canyon", a narrow chasm in erosions in sandstone. Years of water and sand has rounded the edges to form curves and flowing shapes in the rock. Photographers love the beauty and unique shapes and lighting conditions of the canyons. Flash flooding still occurs in the canyon and may, at times, result in up to several months of closing. Since 1997 the area has been accessible only by permit as it is now a Navajo Tribal Park.

Entrance Station Hours, Coppermine Rd. (Navajo Route 20). Summer (March-Oct) 8AM-5PM. Station is closed Nov - Feb, but Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon are both open. Office Hours M-F 8AM-5PM. Entry Fees: Adults $6; under 8: free. No camping is allowed in the park. Access is by guided tour only.
Antelope Canyon Park Office, ☎ +1 928 698-2808, fax: +1 928 698-3360, e-mail: The office is located three miles south of Page, Information and permits can be obtained for Water Holes Canyon and the Rainbow Bridge trails.
Navajo Village Heritage Center, 1253 Coppermine Rd, ☎ +1 928 660-0304.





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