The Wonders of Trekking Through Antelope Canyon

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Likely the most recognizable slot canyon in the American Southwest, you'll find Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Like any activity on the rez, visitors must secure a permit and/or a local guide. Navajo guides are as differentiated and complex as anybody. So if you play the cards right you get a guide who intends to give you an experience that pulls back, just a bit, the cultural curtain that divides by sharing stories and history.

You're also taking chances with the weather. Indeed. The stunning, sweeping sandstone walls curl and bend and hook and feel as smooth as a baby's bottom because of the effects of flooding. While the violence of rushing water produces a mystifying art in the rock, it also kills. Most famously in 1997 a deluge of rain fell some 15 miles from Antelope Canyon (not even overhead), funneled into the wash that leads to the canyon, and ran straight into Antelope while there were 11 tourists and a guide inside. The chocolatey mud-water carried boulders and logs with it as it plowed into the narrow slot of Antelope Canyon. Of the 12, one survived likely because of his knowledge of white-water rafting survival — if you're swept into the drink, point your feet downstream and stay on your back. He was found a quarter of a mile from the site where the water first hit the tourists. Consider that for a moment.

We've been gone for almost two weeks, roaming around the backcountry of the Colorado Plateau, and the hike through this slot was one of our activities. The hike is short and flat in Upper Antelope Canyon, while Lower Antelope is longer, tighter, and has several flights of stairs at the end. The canyon transfixed me while giving the little kids visual surprises around each bend. Winner.

Still, though, if there's anything that so quickly tells the story about the dangers and beauties of the natural world as Antelope Canyon, I have yet to find it.

 

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ergo baby carrier
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# ergo baby carrier 2012-06-07 00:21
if there's anything that so quickly tells the story about the dangers and beauties of the natural world as Antelope Canyon, I have yet to find it.
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Ania
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# Ania 2012-06-07 10:28
Wow! It's just beyond what language covers.. so beautiful..
CHLOE IS SO BIG! And Brooke looks great! :) Miss you guys! Glad you're having fun adventures ;)
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# ergo baby 2012-07-02 00:51
Hi, good post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll likely be coming back to your posts. ...
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