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Antelope canyon

Antelope canyon (Antelope Canyon)in the state of Arizona, we dreamed of seeing Antelope Canyon (Antelope Canyon) in the state of Arizona, USA, long before our trip to the States, so we were looking forward to meeting the Arizona Indian lands and one of the main attractions of the state, which is located near the city of page at an altitude of 1129 meters above sea level. The Antelope Canyon in Arizona, which is one of the most photographed places in the world, will be interesting for both professional photographers and fans of unusual natural geological formations.

It is best to visit Antelope Canyon in the summer (at this time you can see a beautiful sunbeam among the velvet-red walls of the canyon), and the time should be chosen in the morning between 10 and 12 hours.

Tickets to Antelope Canyon cost $ 50-100. They are sold by Indians, since tours are conducted on their reservation, and the subscription to the national parks of the United States does not apply there. We successfully bought a tour for the best time, but did not see the beam, because we traveled in October. However, the extraordinary beauty of Antelope canyon still won us over.

Antelope canyon is

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a unique geological formation located on the Navajo reservation near the city of page in the U.S. state of Arizona. The walls of this small canyon consist of pink Navajo Sandstone, which looks very beautiful underground, in the semi-darkness of a Sunny day. There are two Antelope canyons — Upper and Lower, located close to each other.

Important to know: Antelope canyon consists of two parts: Upper and Lower. Both canyons are beautiful in their own way and are accessible to tourists, but in rainy weather, the entrance to them is closed due to the risk of flash flooding. The upper Antelope canyon is more convenient for tourists due to the fact that it is wider than the Lower One, and you can easily walk through it without going up stairs. Because of this, it is more popular and you need to buy a tour in advance.

Basic information about Antelope Canyon:

Name: Antelope Canyon (English. Antelope Canyon, Navajo: Tsé bighánílíní dóó Hazdistazí);
Antelope canyon has been open to tourists since 1997;
Where is located (GPS coordinates): 36° 57′ 9.96 “N, 111° 26′ 28.57 ” W;
Distance from page to antelope Canyon is 12 km away;
Canyon length: 200 meters (upper), 407 meters (lower);
Depth: 37 meters;
Canyon type: slotted.
Antelope canyon, Arizona, USA
Tour to Antelope canyon, Arizona, USA

The main feature of the Antelope canyon in Arizona is its unusually curved red-red rocks, very similar in structure to the skins of young antelopes. Although do not expect to see fabulous animals here, because antelopes in the Arizona desert are not found exactly.

This structure of the canyon is a consequence of the climatic features of the state of Arizona. This is a dry place, but precipitation tends to fall here rarely, but abundantly. A stream of rainwater from the surrounding mountains mixed with sand along the narrow canyon and carved its unique walls.

Antelope canyon Arizona USA
Mysterious corridors of Antelope Canyon

Antelope canyon USA
Sunlight illuminates some walls, and some darkens, which creates a unique atmosphere

Antelope Canyon Arizona
The rocks are like the velvet curtain of a theater

The beauty of Antelope Canyon is not only fascinating, but also frightening: in 1998, an accident occurred here — tourists were caught in such a storm that suddenly struck Arizona. Unfortunately, 11 out of 12 people died inside the canyon. During our visit, we were lucky to avoid disaster, as the elements struck the day after we left page after seeing one of Arizona’s dramatic landmarks.

The size of the Antelope canyon, compared to the Colca canyon in Peru, is much smaller, but the attraction of the state of Arizona is much more famous among travelers around the world. Both of these wonders of nature capture the imagination and it is impossible to forget them. I recommend that all travelers in the United States do not regret paying for a Navajo tour and be sure to see Antelope Canyon!

Curious fact. Such a unique and magical miracle of nature could not go unnoticed among American art. Antelope canyon has been the location of several feature films. And this location was used to shoot the video I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman by American singer Britney Spears, glorifying the miracle of Arizona to all America and the world.

Antelope canyon in Arizona

Upper Antelope canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon is one of the most visited canyons in the state of Arizona (after the Grand Canyon) and is without a doubt the most coveted by photographers. This is due to one of its features, which is that a visit to it does not involve any serious effort. The entrance to the canyon is located at the bottom level and therefore it is very easy to get inside (easier than in the Lower Antelope canyon) — you need to go into the gap between the rocks. However, in the photo inside, it turns out to be incredibly beautiful.

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Translated from the Navajo language, the name of this canyon means “water running through a rocky gorge”. Which accurately describes both the phenomenon itself and the geological origin of this natural miracle. The upper canyon is a fairly narrow strip of gorge that ends in a very wide pool, where sand is washed out from all the surrounding rocks during the monsoon.

All those who want to see one of the wonders of nature in the United States are brought to the entrance to the canyon by drivers-guides in the back of large four-wheel drive cars. Then you need to go on foot in places quite a narrow gorge on the flat surface of the main canyon. The total length Of the upper Antelope canyon is 200 m, and the depth is about 37 m.
A special feature of this canyon is the ability to see the famous rays of light inside (direct sunlight coming through a gap on the surface of the earth in the upper part of the canyon). Since the Upper canyon is much closer to the surface of the earth, the light from the sun penetrates here better, giving more intense illumination of its walls.
The famous ray of sunlight does not appear inside the Antelope canyon every time, but only in Sunny weather and at certain times (this requires that the sun is as high as possible in the sky, and this is only possible in summer). It is considered a great success to see it with your own eyes and capture it in a photo.
Useful tips for tourists: the Best time to visit the Upper Antelope canyon is the period from may to September. In addition, in the summer, you can see two types of lighting in the canyon at once and capture them in a photo. On a Sunny day, the canyon walls don’t look the same in the morning as they do in the middle of the day. Therefore, many photographers go on a tour of the Upper Antelope several times to see and photograph the rich pink lighting of the interior rooms of the canyon, as well as to get blue and purple colors in the photo during the penetration of the direct rays of the sun into the canyon.

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