Southwest Expedition Series Part 8: Antelope Canyon

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• Southwest Expedition Series Index

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ANTELOPE CANYON

ADMISSION: TBA

DESCRIPTION:

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

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• 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, requiring no climbing. 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 are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 20 and disappear October 7 each year.

Difficulty: Easy
Distances: 1 Miles
Duration: 1.5 Hours

Map:

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope_Canyon

• Lower Antelope Canyon:

Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo Indians, are located a few miles away. Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, 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 flights of stairs.

Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper.

The lower canyon is in the shape of a "V" and shallower than the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late morning.

https://ianrolfephotography.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/lower-antelope-canyon-az03-17x25.jpg?w=890&h=605

Difficulty: Easy
Distances: 1 Miles
Duration: 1.3 Hours

Map:

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope_Canyon

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING:
• 4x 1 Lite of bottle water
• Lunch
• Snacks & Fruits
• Sun Screen
• Bug Repellent

RECOMMENDED CLOTHES TO WEAR:
• Hat
• Sun Glasses
• Lightweight clothing
• Hiking Boots or Shoes
• Lightweight Back Pack
• Lightweight workout pants

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