North Rim Grand Canyon travel blog

Entering Lower Antelope Canyon requires agility!

Canyon is VERY narrow in places

The swirls are fascinating

That's us!

Cool

Mesmerizing

The holes beside the ladder are how one used to gain access

Beautiful

The patterns are fascinating

Such great shapes

Awesome

Shape of an eagle on the right side

Spectacular

Wow

We are 78' down

We were surrounded by amazing beauty

Impossible to scale the walls in case of a flash flood

Lovely

Fantastic

Pretty

Glorious

So narrow in places!

Beautiful

Isn't this fascinating?

Seahorse

Headed back up

Emerging from the canyon - easy to see how unsuspecting cows can...


Page, AZ A tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, also called “The Corkscrew”, is an amazing experience. It is the most photographed slot canyon in the world. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons belong to the Navajo tribe. The only way to see them is through a tour. The Lower canyon is the more strenuous of the two. Although the tour is only 1.1 miles, it takes 1 to 1 ½ hours. The canyon is very narrow in places and extremely uneven walking so one must be fairly mobile. Our leader was a Navajo named Chastity. She was very knowledgeable. First, we walked a rocky and sandy trail to the entrance. Then we descended into the canyon via steel stairs. The beginning descent gets very tricky at the last two sections of the steel steps. We went down the steps backward like a ladder. There were only 10 people in our group. Chastity pointed out certain formations like a face with a big nose, a lady with flowing hair, etc. It took some imagination to see them! The canyon has been formed by thousands of years of both wind and water erosion (flash floods), making fantastic flowing swirls and striations in the red sandstone. In 1997, a flash flood roared through Antelope Canyon killing 11 tourists. There was a thunderstorm 15 miles away that dumped a lot of rain that funneled down to the canyon. A wall over 12’ high swept away the tourists. In 2013, a huge flash flood completely filled the canyon. At one spot we were 76’ underground, so the thought of a 76’ high wall of water flowing into the desert was amazing. There was enough warning in 2013 to get everyone out safely. Although we took lots of pictures, experiencing the canyon in person is really awesome.

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