Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon protected by Navajo Parks and Recreation. Its beauty is inspiring and is the result of centuries of erosion caused by flash flooding during the recurring monsoon seasons. Over time this has caused the corridors to become smooth, giving the passageways a beautiful flowing shape. It’s located slightly east of Page, Arizona and is divided into two distinct sections: Upper and Lower.
In an effort to maintain the natural beauty of Antelope Canyon, this picturesque Arizona wonder can only be visited with an authorized tour guide. Antelope Canyon Tours are available with qualified guides to take you through the park and show you the highlights. Book a tour and let the professionals handle all the details—so you can focus on taking in all the sights the canyon has to offer.
Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon’s Navajo name, ‘Tsé bighánílíní’ means ‘the place where water runs through the rocks.’ The entire Upper Antelope Canyon is mostly flat and offers guests breathtaking sights without any required climbing, making it the most popular section of the park among visitors. It’s the least strenuous section to explore and is the best place to view the iconic scene of direct sunlight beaming down through the openings when compared to Lower Antelope Canyon.
Lower Antelope Canyon
This section is called Hazdistazí by the Navajo, which translates to ‘spiral rock arches.’ Lower Antelope Canyon is shaped like the letter ‘V’ and is several miles away from Upper Antelope Canyon. While it is a more difficult hike in comparison, it offers the same beautiful views, especially during sunrise and the early morning hours. Lower Antelope Canyon is more shallow and considerably less crowded, although it’s a favourite amongst photographers.
One of the most iconic sights the areas has to offer is Horseshoe Bend, which is an incised meander that has recently grown in popularity among tourists. Located only 5 miles downstream of the Glen Canyon Dam, the Colorado River makes a unique and striking horseshoe-shaped curved. A hike of only 1.5 miles (from U.S. Route 89), it will take you approximately 1 hour to get you to the viewpoint where you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Or you can opt to see this natural gem via boat by cruising along the river, or from a bird’s eye view in a helicopter. Regardless of how you choose to see Horseshoe Bend, its beauty is an absolute must-see.
Navajo Village Heritage Center
Page, Arizona is also home to the Navajo Village Heritage Center where visitors can put the sites of Antelope Canyon into context by learning about the people. Surrounded by the high desert landscape, the Heritage Center will teach you about the history and culture of the Navajo Nation. Explore the traditionally built hogans, and experience their storytelling and dancing. While it takes only one to two hours to take a tour here, visitors enjoy learning the Navajo’s unique perspectives on life and harmony.