"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Unbelievable Colors of Antelope Canyon, AZ

Page, Arizona
Page Lake Powell RV Campground


Here's a teaser pic!  This is Upper Antelope Canyon.  I've always wanted to go here.  WOW!! Everyone needs to see this!  You need to see these your large screen PC!  I won't write much, the pictures say it all. Campground review at bottom.  It's over 600 ft. long and over 100 feet tall.  You walk mostly on a nice, sandy floor.


 
Summarized from the web:
Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. Private tour companies have been permitted to offer tours since 1987. Photography within the canyons is difficult due to the wide exposure range made by light reflecting off the canyon walls. 

We took the 12:30 tour.  An hour earlier would've given us a better shot at the beams, but it was full.  We took Ken's Tour and it was $28 each with an additional $8 Navajo fee. Our guide was very helpful showing us all how to adjust our different camera settings to get the most out of the conditions and capture the best colors. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding. The Upper Canyon is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky.  Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock

The road to Antelope Canyon is gated by the Navajo Nation and entry is restricted to guided tours led by authorized tour guides.

Here we go.  You can't see the canyon as it's underground.  There are a few very steep ladders you have to use to get down.  So steep it's easier to go down backwards.

One of the ladders.

You wander through the narrow slot canyon, you're jaw just wide open amazement of the colors, patterns and the way the sun bounces around down there.




Hakuna Matata.  The Lion King on the right

 
I don't know what the significance of the dolls were on this guys backpack, but I though it was interesting.  I should've asked him.

This one is know as "The Turtle".
 
One of the few beams we were able to capture.  The sun has to be at just the right point in the sky.

 
Blues, purples, pinks, yellows, reds and oranges.  Just amazing!!




 
Swirls everywhere made by years and years of water rushing through.




The famous, "Twin Peaks".  You had to get on the ground and take this picture from a difficult angle.




Beautiful, right?




I forgot the name of this one.  Pretty impressive as it juts out.

You had to squeeze through some of the areas.



This is looking up at the "ceiling" where the water dripped down.


Taken laying down on the canyon floor.

Looking up.

 
Looking along the wall (L)  and straight up (R).


Coming out of the canyon.  See how narrow?

Looking back, you can't even tell this magical place is down there.

One of the dinosaur tracks in the stone.

Kind of a shame that when you look the opposite way of the canyon, you see the smokestacks of a nearby coal factory.
 
For those of you that ask what my favorite thing is that we saw or did this year on the road,
 THIS WAS IN THE TOP 3!
 
Campground Review:
Page Lake Powell Campground.  Definitely the best price in the area for full hookups.  Nice hike right out of the campground.  Clean and nicely spaced.  Fairly quiet.  When talking to the staff, make sure you talk to the blonde gal (Melissa I think).  Confirm, confirm, confirm is all I can say.  They messed up our reservation two times and we had to move twice.  I was almost ready to just leave but it's only 3 miles to the canyon.  Well worth it in the end.
 

15 comments:

  1. We've always wanted to go there as well. I don't have a problem with the $8 Navajo fee, but I would have a tough time justifying the other $28. But you don't say if you're allowed to enter on your own...or do you have to pay a tour company fee as well?

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  2. Awesome!! Definitely has to go on the list!! Thanks for the pics and write-up!!

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  3. Wow, those are such great pictures. Its definitely been on our bucket list- we'll have to put it on the Short List!

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  4. Magnificent!! We do need to get there. Your photos are so beautiful:) We have stayed in Lake Powell and it was one of our favorite campgrounds. We had the most amazing site.

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  5. The pictures are awesome. That truly is an amazing wonderland.

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  6. Wow, beautiful pictures, Antelope Canyon is on our bucket list. My brother is a professional photographer and my favorite photo of his is from Antelope Canyon.

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  7. First of all, what an incredible place and your pictures are amazing! Secondly, I think the dolls are a little creepy!

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  9. Wow Wow Wow. So amazing and super jealous. Must see for sure!!

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  10. Wow Wow Wow. So amazing and super jealous. Must see for sure!!

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  11. What a gorgeous place to visit. You're right, looking back you'd never know it was so beautiful just below the surface. Your photos are amazing but I'm sure it was super spectacular in person!

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  12. The sandstone is so pretty! Great Shots!

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  13. You got great shots - what an amazing place, has been on my list for years!

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  14. HI Debbie, I just wanted to say thank you for your post about your pit bull on RV-Dreams.com. We are about to embark on a 2-month RV trip to Arizona and California and have been very nervous as we will have out sweet 11-year old pit bull with us.

    I would love it if you had the time to share any "camping with pit bull" tips with us.

    Thanks again for making me feel more comfortable about our upcoming trip!

    Anne
    Emitchell321@gmail.com

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  15. Hey Debbie! We did not visit Antelope Valley/Canyon when were there in May and SO wished we had. I guess that means we have to go back. Haha! Your pics are beautiful and I know from experience, they probably aren't even as beautiful as it is in person. Thanks for the campground info. Have a great Christmas.

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