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  Geologic Feature

Antelope Canyon


If you've seen those spectacularly crazy photographs of twisty, screwy, sandstone slots with light beams darting down, you must have had a preview of the Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is at once one of the most breathtaking and tranquil places on earth. Gently carved from the Navajo sandstone over the course of countless millenniums, the slot canyons are majestic and narrow passages, just enough space for a small group to walk the sandy floor - and for the occasional shafts of sunlight to shine down from above.

It is really two separate canyons - Upper and Lower Antelope. Each contains the hidden "slots" carved from the swirling sandstone, and both drain from the south into Lake Powell (once the Colorado River). The canyons are so narrow in places that one can stretch out his or her arms and touch both sides.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or "spiral rock arches."  Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Though dry most of the year, Antelope Canyon runs, and sometimes floods, with water after rains. It is the water, slowly wearing away the sandstone grain by grain, that has formed the beautiful and graceful curves in the rock. Wind has also played a role in sculpting this fantastic canyon.

Recreational Opportunities

Only a general admission is required to hike into the park; but all hikes into the canyons must be accompanied by a Navajo guide. There are several guide services available; one such service is Antelope Canyon tours, which can be reached at, 928.645.9102.  General admission to the park can be obtained at an office near the Le Chee Chapter House, which is 3 mi. S. of Page on Navajo Rte 20 (Coppermine Rd.). Hikers wishing to take a guided tour will have options of tours as short as 1hour 40 minutes. Longer tours and tours designed to capture the right light for photogaphers are also available. Departure times are 11:30 AM March 1 to Sept. 30, 9:30 AM Oct. 1 to Feb. 28/29.

Seasons Accessible

Year round, subject to light availability. The park is open daily during the season, March - October, from 8:00 to 5:00. It is open Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 from November - October.

Fees: General admission to the park; $6.00, children under 7, free. Guided tours start at $32 for adults, $20 Children. Photo tours are $50 Adult, $35 Child.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

This area is not handicapped accessible.

 Pet Friendly Notes

No pets allowed beyond the parking lot. Summer temperatures are deadly for pets in cars.

For More Information, Contact:

Effie Yazzie
PO Box 4803, Page, AZ 86040
928.698.2808 · fax 928.698.9102

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Latitude: 36.874814500
Longitude: -111.438102700
Elevation: 4563 FT (1391 M)
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