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Lower Antelope Canyon

Our walk through Antelope Canyon felt like a visit to another dimension. The canyon was an abstract world of shapes and ever-changing colors depending on how the light moved through.

When researching which of the slot canyons to visit, I chose lower Antelope Canyon because I read that it was less crowded than the more popular Upper Antelope Canyon. Both slot canyons are located on the Navajo reservation and tours are given by the local Navajo guides.  We arrived at Ken’s Tours just before the gates opened and I was surprised to see how many cars were already lined up at the gate.  Once the gate opened up cars full of impatient tourists raced in to get the best parking spots and get in line for tickets. It got even crazier once inside the small building. Our time had already been confirmed so once we checked in we were shown where to wait for our guide Tyler, who was magnificent by the way. He was patient and knowledgeable and a great story teller. At the end of the tour Tyler used the sand and water to demonstrate how the canyons were formed. I was impressed with how he was able to capture the kid’s attention.

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Our guide Tyler leading us to the canyon entrance. Along the way he pointed out shrubs used by local Navajo for teas and tinctures, as well as a beautiful white flower that grows wild and happens to be extremely deadly.

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Walking down the steep staircase down into the canyon was a little frightening. I worried for my 5 year old and urged him to go slow and hold tight to the handrail.

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This rock formation is called The Chief. Do you see him?

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This is what the exit out of the canyon looks like. You can see my husband’s arm as he starts to climb out.

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Tyler demonstrating how the slot canyons formed over millions of years.

 

 

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