Are you planning an Antelope Canyon tour, or do you just want to learn more about the slot canyon and its rich history? There are actually quite a few amazing facts about Antelope Canyon that you probably do not know. Here are some fascinating things to know about the Navajo people, photographing Antelope Canyon, and more.
Antelope Canyon is located on land belonging to the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. The Canyon is a sacred site for the Navajo people and is blessed every four years in order to give thanks to the natural elements that led to its wondrous formation. The Navajo Tribe designated Antelope Canyon as a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997. Since then, it has been accessible only by permit, which makes a visit to the Canyon a truly special experience. If you book a reservation with Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours, your tour guide will be a member of the Navajo Nation who will teach you new facts about the Canyon and the Navajo people that you will never hear from anyone else.
Antelope Canyon was naturally formed over hundreds of years. It developed its unique geography from water running through sandstone. Because of this, it is known by the Navajo people as “the place where water runs through rocks.” The Canyon actually consists of two separate slot canyons: Upper vs Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon, or “The Crack,” and Lower Antelope Canyon, or “The Corkscrew.” Each offers its own kind of beauty, with Upper Antelope being the more accessible and popular of the two.
Photographing Antelope Canyon may be one of the most memorable parts of your Antelope Canyon tour. Upper Antelope in particular is known for the beautiful sunbeams that shine through its walls during the warmer weather at noontime. These lights have made Antelope Canyon the most-photographed and most-visited slot canyon in the American Southwest.
If you choose to visit Upper Antelope in the fall or winter, you will be in for another treat—gorgeous changing lights on the Canyon walls that many visitors miss out on. Serious and hobbyist photographers alike will find many sights to capture at Antelope.
One of the best parts of an Antelope Canyon tour is its family-friendliness. An Antelope Canyon Navajo Tour package is open to visitors of all ages, with children zero to 12 receiving a discounted price. Upper Antelope Canyon is all at ground level and only about 300 feet long, so it is a great choice for families with small children, people with mobility issues and others who need or want an easy but fascinating journey. Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the Canyon’s beauty and history each year and leave Antelope as more well-rounded individuals than when they arrived.
Page, Arizona is nearby to Antelope Canyon and offers many other great attractions for visitors. The Grand Canyon, the John Wesley Powell Museum and Zion National Park are only a few local wonders that you can enjoy before or after your Antelope Canyon tour. Many visitors choose to stay in a high-quality hotel on or near Lake Powell for some great picture opportunities in addition to photographing Antelope Canyon.
Are you ready for your exciting Antelope Canyon tour? Book yours with Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours today to get started on your journey. We offer a Guided Sightseers Tour for general visitors and families as well as a Guided Photography Tour for those interested in photographing Antelope Canyon in its best light. Contact us today to make your reservation—prepayment is not required.