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Antelope Canyon, Arizona Photography Hot Spot Location
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. A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon. According to local Navajos, who have lived here for some time, the canyon and the LeChee area were places where cattle grazed in winter.
To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is a spiritual experience.
Antelope Canyon is divided into two (2) main areas: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the stream bed. Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches” by the Navajo, is located a few miles away. It is still a more challenging hike than Upper Antelope. Lower Antelope is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not always available. In the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs. Photo Credits: Top middle – Luca Galuzzi. Top Left – By Lucas Löffler.
Tours of Antelope Canyon:
Adventurous Antelope Canyon PhotoTours
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours
Antelope Canyon Tours
Grand Circle Adventures
Overland Canyon Tours (Canyon X)
Tse Bighanilini Tours (928)698-3285