The photos in Instagram could be deceiving to visit Antelope Canyon. The only way to get there is through tour. Choose the early morning first tour even choosing the first tour it could very busy and crowded. In some places there is a only room for one person but you got to pass by many people, it is busy just like New York subway!
Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, it is an incredible place where water and time have eroded the rock and turned it into a slot canyon. The result is an incredible formation of smooth, flowing rock. In 1997 the Navajo Tribe turned the area into a Navajo Tribal Park, opening up Antelope Canyon for tourism.
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes.
Navajo Sandstone is a geologic formation that is spread across the U.S. states of southern Nevada, northern Arizona, northwest Colorado, and Utah. The formation is particularly prominent in southern Utah, where it forms the main attractions of a number of national parks and monuments including Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park. [Source]
At Antelope Canyon, 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. Flooding in the canyon still occurs. [Source]
Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level so no climbing is required. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower.
Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors tend to be a little more muted. Light beams start to peek into the canyon around March 15 and disappear by October 7 each year. [Source]
Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. It is entirely located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. [Source]
Visiting Antelope Canyon
– The road to Antelope Canyon is gated by the Navajo Nation and entry is restricted to guided tours led by authorized tour guides
– Cost per person typically ranges from $30-$80 USD. A list of authorized guides can be found here. For our trip we paid $48.23 per person with taxes and fees included.
– As of May 1, 2011, a 2-hour time limit was instated for each section (Upper and Lower)
– Flash floods are a safety risk when visiting Antelope Canyon. Ladder systems are now bolted in place, cargo nets are installed at the top of the canyon, and there is an alarm horn to warn of any dangers
– To visit Antelope Canyon, begin your journey in Page, Arizona
– For more information visit the official website