While on a road trip from LA to La., I had an opportunity to stop in Page, Arizona to visit Antelope Canyon. Experiencing this magical place had been on my bucket list for quite some time. Created by spontaneous flash floods, these slot canyons exist below the earth's surface. It is nearly impossible to spot the canyons unless you are standing directly over the opening. Standing even just 10 feet away, you might never notice that such a stunning place exists below the horizon line. Winding down steep flights of stairs, you enter into a world all its own.
As you navigate through the canyons, you are met with beams of light sneaking through the often narrow slots. The sunlight above you seems to dance along the sandstone as you make your way through this quarter mile stretch of slot canyons. Otherworldly in its beauty, Antelope Canyon is a symphony of textures and colors. The tall sandstone-carved walls seem to cascade over you framing out the sky like a James Turrel art installation.
Dozens of feet below ground, you are vividly aware of the marriage between the ground and the sky. I once came across a quote that read, "It is hard to say whether we live on the top of the ground or the bottom of the sky." This quote was never more true then walking through the slots of Antelope Canyon.
Both upper and lower Antelope Canyon are captivating. The above images were taken at lower Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon is more time consuming and hike intensive; however, upper Antelope Canyon is the most photographed due to its large light beams typically seen between 11am and 1pm. In addition to Antelope Canyon, I highly recommend driving 5 minutes down the road to visit Horseshoe Bend. Read more here: VIEW ARTICLE →
What to wear to the canyons?
I have been twice. Once in the winter and it was quite chilly down in the slot canyons. I suggest a warm layer. The second time I visited was in the summer. The weather was completely different and very hot! Dress appropriately for each time of year!