Antelope Canyon



Antelope Canyon is located just outside of Page, Arizona.

There are two canyons, Upper Antelope Canyon, meaning “The place where water runs through rocks.” and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew, meaning “Spiral rock arches.”

Both canyons are located on the Navajo Nation and are run by two separate Navajo families.

The canyons were formed by erosion, flashflood, and rainwater during monsoon seasons. Water runs into the expansive basin above the slot canyon, as the water pick up speed and sand it races through the narrow passage ways of the canyon, carving out the sweeping forms and shapes from the soft sandstones.  The canyon continues to erode with the passage of time and with each flood creating ever changing corridors.

The photo opportunities in these canyons are a photographer delight. As the sun filters through the canyon openings you will discover brighter and vivid reddish orange hues and sweeping flowing shapes. There are parts of the canyon where there is no sunlight, and the tour company will recommend carrying a flashlight.

One of the greatest issues you have to deal with is the falling sand from the opening on the roof of the canyon, especially in on windy day. You need to protect your camera gear from the damaging fine grit sand. Many photographers use a plastic bag or protective cover made especially for photographic equipment.

If you are interesting in serious photography you want to make prior reservations with a photographic tour, because the regular tours are too short and don’t allowed enough time to capture the best images, a tripod is essential to capture the highest quality images because of the low light level inside the canyon especially in a cloudy day. The regular tours do not allowed tripods because of the limited time inside the canyon, and they usually schedule photographic tours so you will have fewer tourists to get on your way. The best lighting condition can be found during midday when the sun shines directly into the canyon.


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