Did you know that Antelope Canyon is actually TWO slot canyons? I’ve compiled a few interesting tidbits and information you’ll want to know before attempting the hike.
Remember, if you complete the hike within 72 hours of finishing the Lake Powell Half Marathon, you can join the Antelope Club and get 50% off next year’s registration!
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Navajo land [/nzs_heading]
Antelope Canyon is on Navajo Land, in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. The site is open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for anyone over the age of 8. Younger children get in for free. You can get more info from the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation page.
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Upper Canyon [/nzs_heading]
The upper canyon, which is also referred to as “The Crack,” is the more popular of the two canyons. The Navajo name for this section is “Tsé bighánílíní” which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” The entirety of this section is at ground level, which means there isn’t much hiking required. You are also most likely to see the famous beams of light in the upper canyon. These beams become scarce in later months, but the canyon is always awe-inspiring.
[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Lower Canyon [/nzs_heading]
This section is sometimes referred to as “The Corkscrew.” The Navajos call it “Hazdistazí” which means “Spiral Rock Arches.” This section is mostly visited by photographers and not everyday tourists. The hike requires climbing up and down several flights of stairs to enter and exit, and the trip through is much more challenging and uneven than the Upper Canyon. However, seeing in person the way the rock formations spiral is well worth the trouble.