Antelope Canyon History

Antelope Canyon has a history that is rich and unique to itself.

Book a Tour

Antelope Canyon History

Are you embarking on an Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas? If so, you may want to brush up on the canyon’s fascinating history before setting off on your one-of-a-kind adventure.


Antelope Canyon, which is known by the Navajo as “The place where water runs through rocks,” was formed over the course of hundreds of years by water that ran through sandstone. The upper part of the canyon is at around 4,000 feet elevation, with walls that rise 120 feet above its streambed. The canyon is unique in that its entrance and the entirety of its length are accessible at ground level, which means that tourists need not climb to experience its wonder and beauty — making it a great choice for travelers who may have physical restrictions that prevent climbing or a fear of heights.

The Canyon, located in Page, Arizona, is the most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest as well as the most visited. The Canyon’s two sections, which are known as Upper Antelope Canyon/The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon/The Corkscrew, are popular with adventurers, families, photographers, and other travelers throughout the year. Many families and individuals flock to Page during the spring and summer months to witness the gorgeous light beams that make Antelope Canyon so famous, while others choose to visit during the less busy fall and winter months to marvel at the breathtaking colors produced by the two slot canyon sections. No matter what time of year you choose to book your Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas, you will be treated to a magnificent experience that you will never forget.

Antelope Canyon and the Navajo

Antelope Canyon is located on land belonging to the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation, and the Navajo Tribe considers the Canyon to be spiritual and sacred to the Navajo culture and way of life — they even stop and frame their minds in the correct, respectful manner before entering. In a sense, the Navajo consider Antelope Canyon to be a symbol of the gifts of Mother Nature, the passage of time, and the fact that there are things larger and greater than themselves. Every four years, the Navajo people have the Canyon blessed as they give thanks to the natural elements of the world that helped to form its unusual shape. Due to its importance to their heritage, the Navajo Tribe made Antelope Canyon a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997, and it has only been accessible by permit since that time.

Book a Tour Today

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours can help you book an Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas. Our tours are special and authentic in that Dalvin Etsitty, a member of the Begay family of the Navajo Nation, provides tours of the Canyon. This allows visitors to get a glimpse into the life of the Navajo people while being guided by someone who knows the site in a personal way. Our company even operates on land owned by the Begay family. Contact us today to learn more.

Book a Tour
tour package image

Book a tour

Booking details

– We accept Visa, Mastercard, Cash and Travelers Checks.

– Reservations are recommended but not required. Visitors must arrive 1 hour prior to their time to reserve their spot.

– For large groups of 20+ people, please contact us at 928.698.3384 to reserve a time for your group that will accommodate your numbers.

– We are located at the entrance to the Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park just 3 miles East of Page, AZ off of Highway 98.