Shifting Light: Antelope Canyon

The subject of many photographers’ images of the West, Antelope Canyon is a unique natural wonder in northeast Arizona. It’s a fairly new place—to the public, that is—only accessible since 1997. It is on Navajo land, and an only be reached by purchasing a ticket to a tour.

During our trip to Arizona, we made the trek to Upper Antelope Canyon, the most visited of the two canyons found on this land. Called Tsé bighánílíní by the Navajo, this canyon is “the place where water runs through rocks.

Summer is the perfect time to visit the canyon. Photographers love this “slot canyon” because of the way it manipulates light. From May 20–October 7, light beams peek down on the walls, hitting the floor of the canyon at high noon.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our trip to Upper Antelope Canyon.

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Do not let the masses taking pictures distract you from the beauty of this place. Best part is, most of what you’re taking picture of is above everyone’s heads!

Corkscrew.

Corkscrew.

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What to know if you go

We booked our tour Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours ($40 per person, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily). Make sure you arrive 50-60 minutes prior to your ticket time. You do not pay in advance, and they WILL give away your reservation. I did not read this part of the confirmation e-mail and when we arrived 40 minutes early, they had already given away our seats on the jeep. Luckily, they made room for us, but you may not be so lucky. Also note that you need to be with a tour guide at all times during your trip to the canyon. Reading reviews on Trip Advisor will show you that your experience is basically a luck-of-the-draw. Your tour guide may rush you, herding you though the canyon. Luckily our was very pleasant.

Places

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ, United States

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ, United States
http://navajotours.com/

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