Antelope Canyon is one of the most surreal places I’ve explored. The Navajo sandstone slot canyon was formed over years of flash floods, wind and weather leaving behind the softly flowing curves in the stone canyon. The result is a photogenic wonder, ever-changing as the sun passes over head. The surreal shapes and colors make Antelope Canyon a bucket list destination.
I visited Antelope Canyon as part of a solo road trip. It’s located just outside Page, Arizona on a Navajo Tribal Park.
The only way to gain access to the canyons is through guided tour. I used Ken’s Tours (www.lowerantelope.com, $28) and had a wonderful experience on the hour and a half tour. My guide was incredibly knowledgeable and even played a Navajo flute at one point with the canyon walls echoing it’s sound.
There are actually two separate canyons: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon is more easily accessible and is best seen around noon to see the streaming light coming through the canyon. Lower Antelope Canyon is best early in the morning and is accessed through a series on narrow metal stairs that go down into the canyon.
Once you reach the sand ground, you find yourself surrounded by smooth curves and passageways of red rock ever changing by the light streaming in through above.
While Antelope Canyon isn’t really much of a hike, it’s a beautiful place to visit and should definitely be on your bucket list.
Have you been to Antelope Canyon? What are your bucket list destinations? Leave a comment below and let me know!