Lower Antelope Canyon

A place that is known for its natural wonder, the unique pattern formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone due to flash flood. In addition, the place attracts thousands of visitors every year and is best known for photographers to visit during noontime. It is the Lower Antelope Canyon located in Page, Arizona, US.

Lower Antelope Canyon - National Geographic Picture
The famous National Geographic Picture was taken from this place.  Image: © Ravindra Joisa

How to get to this place?

If you are in Arizona or in Vegas then consider visiting this place. An early morning five hours drive from Vegas will take you to Antelope Canyon. However, there are many tour operators you can opt for who can take you to this place. Other places to visit on the way include Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam. You need to cross the Glen Canyon Dam bridge. Also, you may even visit the Upper Antelope Canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon. Image: © Ravindra Joisa

About Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon has copper-colored walls, full of natural patterns that have formed over the years. As you start walking through the canyon floor’s chalky gold dust, gentle curving lines in the rock creates an illusion of waves, swirling around us in a flood of color. Reds, oranges, pinks, and blues dance, with the sun rays and shadow, adding drama to an already striking location. Lower Antelope Canyon is full of narrow passageways to squeeze through and ladders to climb. Also, the narrow walls at the bottom, twisting and turning their way through the canyon, with the natural design patterns is a lovely walk through, sometimes even scary. The place is famous for some of the iconic national geographic photos. In some places, the rock carvings and formation appear more like a human face, shark face, etc.

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The pattern and design formation and the opening on top - Lower Antelope Canyon
The pattern and design formation and the opening on top. © Ravindra Joisa

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What I did not like

The man-made stairs in this beautiful place made for visitors. Spoiling the nature’s artwork with the drill holes, screw, nut, and bolt is not something that I like. The place is overcrowded most of the time. Also, this place is not something that you can go solo but you will have to go with a guide. The place is scary when you get to see the depth and flash flood stories. In addition, the entry ticket to this place is overpriced at 50-60 USD. In addition, if you are allergic to sand then this is not the place to visit. Note that it is a place to do some photoshoot but tripods are not allowed and as it is a crowded place it is hard to spend even a minute more in one place.

The formation that appears like a human face.
The formation that appears like a human face.  Image: © Ravindra Joisa

To conclude, this is a beautiful place to visit if Antelope Canyon is on the way to your destination. But, if you dedicate a trip only to this place, then it is not worth it considering the time it takes to reach this crowded place. Similarly, we have the Upper Antelope Canyon.

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