I was one of the lucky people to visit Antelope Canyon this year. Only a limited number of people can visit each day with tickets often reserved months in advance. Antelope is also one of the places in Navajo Nation where you need to obtain a permit to enter and for certain pictures. Be sure to respect these rules.
You can visit either the upper or lower canyon with a Navajo tour guide and see the wonders of this magical place yourself. Antelope Canyon is a sacred place where the Navajo can connect with their ancestors. It is also well-known for the impressive light beams that shine down into the canyon.
I’ve been dreaming of visiting this place for years. While exploring the area, I learned that Antelope Canyon isn’t the only slot canyon in the American Southwest. A slot canyon is much deeper than it is wide, formed by water rushing through the rock formations. You can visit a variety of different ones if you don’t want the traffic at this well-known Canyon.
Walking through the Canyon is incredible. These wavy sandstone rocks were shaped by water from flash flooding and rain. There are flash flood warnings at certain times of the year, which can sometimes shut down tours.
As many of you know, I’ve been trying to expand my photography skills. This Canyon proved to be the ultimate challenge and I was up for it! Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the Southwest region, and I see why.
Awhile back, Antelope Canyon was a self guided tour. That is, until people abused the privilege. Someone even had the audacity to shoot bullet holes at the Canyon. It was actually shut down to the public for many years and was later reopened. Now, a select number of people each year are lucky to receive a guided tour through this sacred place.
Thank you to Navajo nation for allowing us to visit this incredible place. It’s an experience I will cherish forever. Check out some more pictures from my visit below: