When I saw images of the Antelope Canyon on the internet, I already knew that this had to be a stop on our road trip. We took a photo tour of Antelope Canyon that began around 0930 am in the cold freezing weather of Page. The slot canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation Park and is only open to the public through a Navajo Tour Company. I parked my car outside their office then we rode a heavy duty pick-up shuttle-truck to the site. The entrance to the upper canyon can be reached via an unpaved road about 3 miles through the dry river bed. It was a 20-minute dusty, bumpy, cold ride, and I even got a huge helping of sand particles that went inside my mouth as an unexpected bonus. 🙂
We went inside the canyon and stuck together, for the most part. All of the tourists were in groups with a guide, and I first had to wait for each area to get clear of tourists before I could get each shot. Our guide pointed out all the best spots to take photos of, but he was a bit sarcastic. “Hey! All you wanna be photographers! Let’s go here! Let me see your shot… and you call yourself a photographer?!” Okay I just paid for an extra hour to hear this crap. Hahaha! It was actually quite dark inside, so I cranked up my ISO to 1000, the shots showed such brilliant sculptures and colors. Most of them were blurry, but some looked amazing.
According to Google, erosion and flash floods created this sculptural wonder. While the location is beautiful, the horror stories of flash flooding here are concerning. Yes, several people had died here before.We left Antelope Canyon with tons of photos (and a stiff neck). We were dusty and hungry. Nino and I went to the nearby Pizza Hut in town but the place was crowded so we ended up eating Alaskan Fish Sandwich at Burger King.
Overall, Antelope Canyon was breathtaking. It’s a great place for landscape photography, but the task is demanding and the excitement is lessened due to the sheer number of people.