Located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona is one of the most unique
formations known as a “slot canyon”. It is characterized by high and narrow sandstone walls
sometimes separated by only a few feet.
The Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are formed by the intense forces of flash floods that
over time have carved the walls into beautiful swirling and colorful psychedelic patterns and
On a sunny day around noon light peeks through the narrow crevices at the top of the
canyon, streams through the dusty air, resulting in glorious columns of light that selectively
illuminates the sandy canyon floor.
Unexpected flash floods are a real danger when entering a slot canyon .Clear skies in the
canyon area does not mean a flash flood cannot occur. Unforeseen rainfall at higher
elevations can and do result in unexpected torrents of water hence the term “flash flood”.
DO NOT ENTER A SLOT CANYON IF THERE IS ANY DANGER OF A FLASH FLOOD.
You could drown or worse yet get swept all the way to Mexico !
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Willis Creek Canyon a similar formation down the road
Wedged stump gives you an idea of the fury of a flash flood
The extended photography tour of the upper canyon, where your
guide will verse you in the geology of the canyon and offer
photography tips on a 15 minute walk through is a must see.
In the past you were then left alone in the canyon to hike, explore,
and photograph the convoluted formations of the upper canyon
The section you get to explore is approximately one quarter mile in
length, but it is jam-packed with spectacular scenery!
Blowing sand can also be a problem in the canyon, so protect your
camera from the “waterfalls” of sand that often flow down from the
openings above when it’s windy.
Update: The Navajo have set new rules for the 2003 season and
beyond—all photographers are allotted a maximum of two hours
in the upper canyon.
Antelope Canyon Advisory
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DO NOT ENTER A SLOT CANYON IF THERE IS ANY THREAT OF NEARBY THUNDERSTORMS.
There is always the danger of flash floods upon entering a slot canyon—be aware of not
only the local weather conditions but also surrounding areas located at a higher elevations.
If extended time is required inside the Canyon, you must go through the Navajo Film Commission
for permits. In addition, you are now required to have an authorized guide present at all times
while inside after some major abuses were reported the previous summer.
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