It is called Antelope Canyon because a long time ago, herds of Antelopes roamed freely in this area. The Navajo name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdeztwazi or "Spiral Rock Arches."


This gem hidden in the ground has been created over many thousands of years by the forces of water and wind, carving the sandstone into forms and shapes which we can see in the canyon today.  As the sun moves across the sky, the views in the canyon change all the time filtering lights across the stone walls. The movement of the sun in the narrow canyon's walls bounces light back and forth and creates an amazing display of light, colour and shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

The lower canyon is in the shape of a "V" and not as deep as the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late afternoon. Around midday the light can be too harsh which makes it hard to take good photos.  The dynamic range between the light and shadows is too high.

 

Please respect this place and be careful with your tripods not damaging canyon walls when walking around.

 



Beware of flash floods in this area.  During monsoon season it can get flooded very quickly because rain doesn't have to fall on or near the canyon for flash floods to go through.  The rain falling kilometres away can quickly flood the canyon with no warning.  

 

 

 

Out of these two canyons we definitely recommend the Lower Antelope Canyon despite the fact that you won't be able to see as many sun rays. This canyon is less crowded which makes it that much easier to take good shots.  It also feels more intimate but is as beautiful as the Upper Antelope.

 

 

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