Antelope Canyon must be seen to be believed. Gently carved from the Navajo sandstone over the course of countless millenniums, the slot canyons are majestic and narrow passages that allow 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.

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."

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.

DEFINING LIGHT

DEFINING LIGHT

ILLUSION

LIGHT ILLUSION

STONE ELEGANCE

STONE ELEGANCE

CHIEF SPIRIT

CHIEF SPIRIT

NARROW PASSAGE

NARROW PASSAGE

FINER EDGE

FINER EDGE

ART OF FLIGHT

Lower Antelope Canyon

BEAR DEN

BEAR DEN

BAD DREAM

DREAM SLOT

ANTELOPE BEAM

ANTELOPE BEAM

LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH

FOCAL POINT

FOCAL POINT

CAVERNOUS

CAVERNOUS

VORTICAL

Upper Antelope Canyon

SANDFALL

SAND CASCADE

THE CHIEF

NAVAJO CHIEF