Antelope Canyon: A Must See
The immense Navajo Nation has no shortage of magical places, but the most popular and photogenic might be Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, located just outside Page, Arizona. They are a testament to the power of water and time, as over the years, flash flooding has created deep, gorgeous passageways known as slot canyons. It has come to be known as a harmonious and spiritual experience, often being compared to entering a cathedral by many Navajo.
The name Antelope Canyon comes from a time when antelopes ran wild in the canyons, but has since been a place attracting hoards of tourists and large crowds. The 600 foot long stretch of Upper Antelope Canyon, also known as the Corkscrew, is the more popular of the two canyons. It's less narrow and more level, making it very easy to hike. While exploring the 1/2 mile Lower Antelope Canyon, or the Crack, is much more narrow and requires walking up and down metal stairways. Visitors to Upper Antelope Canyon are also more likely to see beams of sunlight, which are sought after by photographers and can be seen in countless publications. Both canyons have long been considered sacred and spiritual places by the Navajo. It's an unforgettable experience and a place where you can truly immerse yourself in the majesty of mother nature.
Visitors must be accompanied by a guide approved and licensed by the Navajo Nation to enter Antelope Canyon. Fees vary by specific guide and a separate entrance fee is charged. Contact one of the approved tour guides. Some tour companies offer photography and specialized custom tours. The peak season that attracts the largest crowds is April though October. To avoid big crowds, take the earliest tours that typically last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The best time to photograph Upper Antelope Canyon is from 11am-2pm from April through September, when the sun is overhead and casts beams of light into the canyon.
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