Nature has always kept us amazed with so many things , and one of them is “Antelope Canyon”.When you hear about Arizona , the first thing that comes to the mind is Antelope Canyon which is the most pleasing and the most photographed slot canyon in American southwest. It is located on Navajo land near land page , Arizona. Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful and popular location for the photographers that has been accessible by permit only since 1997 when the Navajo tribe made it a Navajo tribal park.
Till now,it is not known exactly when people first uncover Antelope canyon.But, according to Navajos who were the inhabitants there for some time , the Canyon and Lechee area were places where cattle pastured in the winter.Antelope Canyon is a devotional experience and it has always allowed Navajos to leave with an uplifted feeling of the nature. One would definitely feel devoted after entering into the Canyons.Navajos would probably pause before entering into Antelope Canyon because entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a Cathedral.
Antelope Canyon has been divided into two photogenic slot canyon sections
a. Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack
b. Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew
Upper Antelope Canyon
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is the bighanilini, which means the place where water runs through rocks .It is at about 4,000 feet raised and the walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. This canyon is smaller but it is filled with beauty and also the Upper Antelope Canyon is worthy for all the age groups . As it entrance is at ground level , visitors feel more inclination towards Upper Antelope Canyon .The light beams certainly get pierced from cracks on the ceiling shining down into the depth of the deep Canyon walls is one of the zenith of the Upper Antelope Canyon.It is said that most of the best photography can be done in the Upper Antelope. The best month for the beams are June ,July,August. So , the most popular time for the sightseekers to photograph Upper Antelope Canyon is around 11 am to 2 pm.The higher sun provides additional sight to the canyon and it will also bestow to the formation of beams of light filtering from selective ceiling track .
Upper Antelope Canyon is slightly compacted smaller if contrasted with Lower Antelope Canyon.The best option to visit Upper Antelope Canyon will be in the fall or spring months as it will be less overfilled and also it may have lower tour costs.Due to limited space at the beam areas, you have to have a courtesy to share the place with other photographers also .It is such a beautiful sight that giving other photographers the shaft is actually considered a good thing .
The beam of light that comes from small cracks at the top as the sun passes aloft during certain times of the day .Upper Antelope Canyon is visited much more than the Lower Antelope Canyon and usually it gets very crowded.One has to arrange a guide and there is a 2 hour limit inside Upper Antelope Canyon .
Lower Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon is called hazdistazi or spiral rock arches by the Navajos . It is located just slightly down the road and across the street from the Upper Antelope Canyon. As compared to the Upper Antelope Canyon, the Lower Antelope Canyon is much larger , longer and it is very less crowded. One has to basically pay an entrance fee to get into both the Canyons . The best time to visit Lower Antelope Canyon is early morning .Depending upon the time of the year , there are few places that a shaft of light appears in the lower Antelope Canyon area.Guides inside the Canyon always answer your questions and they even advice on the best location to photograph. Lower Antelope Canyon contains a long spiral stairway that goes to the surface . The best option is to go up the stairs and walk down the dirt path to the parking lot. It also provides some picnic table next to the parking lot to relax after the adventure. As the sun moves across the sky , the views in the Lower Antelope Canyon keeps constantly changing creating a dazzling display of colour , light and shadow.
Thus , in both the Canyons, rocks are beautifully shaped . For your good understanding of the Canyons ,the guide explains each rock and name it.Most of the people feel that Lower Antelope Canyon is far better that Upper Antelope Canyon as it is more affordable as it does not require any advance booking and usually it is less crowded . But , beauty of both the canyons is beyond excellence .
Even pictures cannot exactly capture the beauty of both the canyons.
The Upper Antelope canyon is darker that Lower Antelope Canyon .One should expect larger exposures for Upper Antelope canyon . Also , using a flash for exposure in Upper Antelope Canyon will ruin other photographers shots that are using long exposures as the flash may bounce off the Canyon walls . Avoiding flash will help to capture amazing pictures in the Upper Antelope Canyon .
The Canyons are made from millions of years of water cutting through a crevasse over time which had made the walls very smooth. Also , the lights from the sun that get through into the canyons cast rays represent the beautiful scenario of the canyons .
Thus , the nature is at its best here . It is one of the amazing places to see before you die .$20 is more than worth for this amazing tour . It is definitely an absorbing and fascinated place to visit .