Antelope Canyon: a work of art

“The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon means ‘the place where the water takes a picture of itself.'” Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours

Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, and is one of the most-photographed slot canyons in the American Southwest. It was formed over hundreds of years; the narrow fissures carved into sandstone by wind and water erosion. The only way to visit is by guided tour, largely because it’s part of the Navajo Tribal Park, but also because the area is prone to flash floods (as recently as three weeks prior to my visit).

What can I say about Antelope Canyon? It’s a natural work of art – the shapes in the canyon walls; the palette of colour and texture on the rocks; the narrow winding passageways; and the light streaming through the gaps from above. It truly was a wonderful experience descending into this stunning slot canyon and spending an hour with our young brimming-with-enthusiasm Navajo guide.

Neither words nor photographs can convey how special this place is; however, I loved taking photographs here. The light was constantly changing, as the sun occasionally drifted behind clouds, and I felt like I was creating my own work of art. Naturally, I would’ve preferred to have been on a photographic tour, where you can bring a tripod and take a bit more time. But even walking along with a big group, I managed to get some really nice photographs.

According to our guide there are representations of a lion, turtle, bear and fox carved naturally into the rocks (and many other things, restricted only by one’s imagination).

Nature’s artworks – the light, colour and texture of the rocks.


4 thoughts on “Antelope Canyon: a work of art

  1. wow – it is spectacular. I’d never heard of it before so definitely adding to my list of places to visit. Although thanks to you that list is getting rather long……. 🙂

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