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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is an example of a geological marvel known as a “slot canyon.” As the name suggests, slot canyons are tiny canyons formed when water finds its way into a crack or fissure in the bedrock. Antelope Canyon is a "slot canyon", a narrow chasm in erosions in sandstone. Years of water and sand has rounded the edges to form curves and flowing shapes in the rock. Photographers love the beauty and unique shapes and lighting conditions of the canyons. Flash flooding still occurs in the canyon and may, at times, result in up to several months of closing. Since 1997 the area has been accessible only by permit as it is now a Navajo Tribal Park.

Entrance Station Hours, Coppermine Rd. (Navajo Route 20). Summer (March-Oct) 8 AM-5 PM. Station is closed Nov - Feb, but Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon are both open. Office Hours M-F 8 AM-5 PM. Entry Fees: Adults $6; under 8: free. No camping is allowed in the park. Access is by guided tour only.

To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon.

Upper is an easy, flat 100-yard walk following a 2-mile safari truck ride from the Navajo Tribal Park Gate on US98 to the canyon’s entrance.

Lower is longer (~600 yards), requires some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders, access to the canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on US98. 


Time permitting, you might also consider visiting the waterside of Antelope Canyon by boat tour or kayak.


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