Antelope Canyon is composed of the Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon is the most visited slot canyon in the southwestern United States. It is located near Page in Arizona and was formed from Antelope Creek, an approximately 30 km long and only rare, water-bearing after torrential rain in the area of origin in the Mormon Ridge Bach. The river and its canyons run roughly parallel to the Rocky Mountains of south-southeast to the north- north-west in a frequent gap on the Colorado Plateau direction.
Besides the two slot canyons also flooded by Lake Powell Canyon side is called the " Antelope Canyon "; this is navigable for a distance of a few kilometers by boat. In this area, the gorge at the narrowest points is about 10 m wide.
Location and accessibility
The Antelope Canyons are in the vicinity of Lake Powell in the Navajo Nation Reservation. Most of the time both Canyon parts are dry and accessible. If rains are announced is for the canyons because of the danger of flash floods ( Engl: flash floods ) a prohibition order. In 1997, in such a flash flood - which runs completely unspectacular outside the canyons - in Lower Antelope Canyon eleven tourists were killed. Both canyons are accessible only with guided tours paid. Since both canyons on the Navajo Reservation are in addition to the fee-based tour a fee for entering the reserve is charged (May 2012). The fee is valid for both canyons. Transport to the Upper Canyon is done as part of the tour of SUVs. The Lower Canyon is reached by a short walk.
Upper Antelope Canyon
The Upper Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo Tsé bighánílíní (such as: the place where the water flows through the rock ), is a tip for photographers, because it is here by the erosion of red sandstone, which is part of the Moenkopi Formation, exceptional have formed shapes. Mainly in the summer months result from the incoming sun shining from above the so-called Beams, which ensure especially around lunch time often for fantastic color and light games. The Upper Antelope Canyon is accessible at ground level, up to 44.3 m deep and has a length of about 400 m.
Lower Antelope Canyon
The Lower Antelope Canyon, the Navajo Hazdistazí: call (about spiral rock arches ), a few kilometers from the Upper Canyon is located. Through the more uncomfortable boarding and disembarking on steel bars and ladders and the not so numerous existing Beams Lower Canyon is a little less busy. The lighting conditions are here in the morning and early afternoon is best.
The northern part of the Antelope Canyon
The northern part of the Antelope Canyon can be traveled by motor boats or paddle boats. Coming from the Wahweap Marina, keep to the south of the Antelope Islands and branches in the first side to the right. The canyon is getting close after a few kilometers completed a sandbank the waterway. This way also offers specially impressive play of light in the late afternoon and is no separate entry passable. However, daily or hourly basis rented motor boats must be returned shall be 17 clock.