The colorful slots of Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

There’s a colorful slot canyon in Arizona where the interplay of light and geometric sandstone create a remarkable effect.

Antelope Canyon consists of an upper and lower section, aptly named Upper Antelope Canyon (The Crack) and Lower Antelope Canyon (The Corkscrew).

Both parts exist on Navajo territory in northern Arizona.

Wind and rainwater eroded and smoothed out the orange sandstone through millions of years. Flash floods, especially during monsoon season, are also responsible for rushing water into the passage through 120-foot-high canyon walls.

After all, the Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is “Tsé bighánílíní,” which translates to “the place where water runs through rocks.”

Antelope Canyon
Photo: Upper Antelope Canyon, Wikimedia Commons/Lucas Loffler

The Lower Antelope Canyon is called “Hasdest” or “spiral rock arches” in the Navajo language.

The Navajo tribe converted Antelope Canyon into Navajo Tribal Park in 1997. It’s since grown into one of the most popular and scenic slot canyon destination in the American Southwest.

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon