Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Antelope Canyon

We took a motorcycle trip over Labor Day weekend. Our original plans, as illustrated in the map below, entailed three days. As the time approached the weather forecast for St. George was over 100 degrees. We modified our plans and first day reservations. In the end we spent the first night in Page, AZ, and visited Antelope Canyon rather than kayaking.

Map: Labor Day Weekend.
Labor Day weekend trip. We modified our plans and did not got to St. George.
(Larger version)

Antelope Canyon, from what I've read, is the most photographed slot canyon in the world. Julie and I have been in other slot canyons but thought a tour of Antelope was needed. Upper Antelope Canyon is wider and most visited but we chose the lower canyon.

Antelope Canyon 1.
Looking up stream while standing near the entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon 2.
The entrance to the slot is sudden and unexpected, a small split in a level sandy wash. Julie follows a young man into the entrance.

Antelope Canyon 3.
The descent is facilitated by steel steps. The slot is over 100 feet deep.

Antelope Canyon 4.
Lower Antelope Canyon is longer and more narrow that Upper Antelope Canyon. The twists, turns and changing colors from filtered light was intriguing.

Antelope Canyon 5.
Julie smiling with enjoyment.

Antelope Canyon 6.
In much of the canyon the sky is hidden and the light is reflected and filtered. In this location sun light colored the sandstone.

Antelope Canyon 7.
Lower Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon 8.
Lower Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon 9.
The top of the canyon is about 133 feet above.

Antelope Canyon 10.
Climbing the steel steps out of the canyon.

Antelope Canyon 11.
Looking down canyon after exiting. The slot ended as suddenly and dramatically as it began.

Antelope Canyon 12.
Looking up canyon from the exit at the top of the slot.


Anonymous alex Pendragon said...

Wow!! And.....WOW!

9/07/2011 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Buffalo said...

What he said! Incredible!

9/07/2011 03:56:00 PM  
Blogger Regenia said...

I can't come up with anything better than what the other two said. WOW! Beautiful. I wonder if I would be able to do that canyon. I've gotten more claustrophobic. Maybe since I could see light at least reflected? Although seeing Julie follow the young guide looked awfully close, even though she was well above the rock and not yet underneath. But I also hate the thought of thinking I can't do something!

9/29/2011 04:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!!

3/25/2015 03:21:00 AM  

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