Antelope Canyon

It looks like billowing silk in all the colors of a sunset but it’s actually chiseled rock –– canyons cut by erosion and time.

We’re talking about Antelope Canyon in Arizona, a slot canyon of immense beauty. So what’s a slot canyon? It’s a narrow canyon deeper than it is wide, formed by periodic bursts of rushing water –– flash floods and rains –– coming into the canyon and creating a whirlpool effect. The water mixes with sand leaving behind tall, sculpted sandstone walls and soft sand floors.

Located on Navajo land, Antelope Canyon got its name from the herds of pronghorn antelope that once roamed the area and sought refuge in the shade of the canyon. Hundreds of years old, the canyon is both a sacred site for the Navajo and a favorite destination for tourists the world over.

Today Antelope Canyon attracts tens of thousands of people each year, looking to see and photograph the series of miniature sandstone cathedrals and the exceptional way they capture color and light. Truly a masterpiece of nature.


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