Antelope Canyon Should Be On Your Travel List Of Beautiful Places To Visit This Year
For those nature lovers and adventure seekers, Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring sculptures set in stone of the Lake Powell area. This national park is also known as “Corkscrew Canyon”, one of the few slot canyons in the area and the most photographed destination in the world. Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most mystifying place you could ever visit. Here are the top reasons why you should keep this beautiful destination on your travel list this year.
Rich in History
Antelope Canyon was formed over thousands of years by running water that eroded the Navajo sandstone. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope means “the place where water flows between the rocks.” Rainwater, especially during the flash flood season, carries abrasive sand, rocks, and logs that cut through less-resistant rock creating passages through the soft sandstone. Over the years, these floods sculpted natural corridors that can be as steep as several hundred meters.
Flooding in the canyon still occurs. The last one happened on October 30, 2006, that lasted 36 hours, and caused the Tribal Park Authorities to close Lower Antelope Canyon for five months.
Picture Perfect Destination
Antelope Canyon is an extremely beautiful place to visit, but the greatest thing about this canyon is that here the conditions are ideal: it has the right combination of depth, width, length, rock color and ambient light. The light beams are what make this place magnificent. They only occur at certain times of the day and only last for a short while. The best time to visit the Canyon is around noon, when the most sunlight is coming in. This is an amazing scenario to see while the sun beams enters the canyon.
Lower Antelope Canyon vs. Upper Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is comprised of two separate sections – the Upper Canyon and the Lower Canyon. They are just a mile apart or so. It is recommended to visit both if you have time.
The Upper Antelope Canyon is the more famous of the two canyons – it’s the one you see in all pictures. Here you can find the light beams which appeared to be more dramatic and allowed for stunning photographs.
The Upper Antelope Canyon allows for better mobility because the floor is flat and there are only a few narrow sections. Another thing you should know about Upper Antelope is that you will be transferred in a SUV to the Canyon, located 30 minutes from the main camp.
The Lower Antelope Canyon seems to have the more adventurous appeal of the two, because visitors may be able to venture there without being accompanied by a tour guide and there is a little bit of climbing here and there. One of the big advantages of visiting Lower Antelope is that is not as busy as the Upper, which means you don’t have to deal with big crowds. Another good reason to visit the Lower Antelope is that you won’t have to transfer from the main camp. You will basically arrive to the parking lot of the Canyon and start from there. Keep in mind that even though the canyon spaces are much tighter inside the canyon walls, you won’t have to deal with the big crowds so it balances out.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your calendar and put this destination on your travel list! Take one of these amazing Antelope Canyon Tours and we can guarantee you that you will be inspired to discover more about the world this year than you ever did in the previous years. Safe Travels from our family to yours.