US Southwest, May 2008
ANTELOPE CANYON

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

Mother Nature at its most creative: Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page,AZ.
Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or 'The Crack'; and Lower Antelope Canyon or 'The Corkscrew'.
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks".
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. 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.
[Wikipedia]

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Like mystery figures...

 

 

 

Beware of flash floods!

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 


The visit over, people gathered cold but satisfied with the trucks again. Above one sees various tour groups present. It isn't easy with so many people to take photos inside that canyon without any people on them and that is why there is a daily phototour, which takes 2 hours and allows more time so one can use use tripods and take time exposures.

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The canyon is a 15-minute drive out of town and one has to book with a tour operator to get access here. I also saw people at the gate (outside town), don't know if that is cheaper or what they would offer there.

 

 

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