Antelope Canyon Facts
- The truly amazing Antelope Canyon represents yet another visually stunning geological formation in its part of the world.
- Furthermore, located within the Leechee Chapter of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, it actually comprises two sections.
- First, is The Crack or Tse bighanilini in the Navajo language, meaning the place water runs through rocks.
- Second is the Corkscrew or Hazdistazi in Navajo, meaning Spiral Rock Arches.
- Since it also formed on what is now on native Navajo land, it remains accessible only by guided tours.
- The terrain in this remote area is rather hazardous and access is strictly controlled for public safety.
Antelope Canyon Physical Description
The astounding beauty of Antelope Canyon is compacted into a short distance, as the canyon only measures a total of about 1,995 ft (607 m).
In addition to its pristine beauty, the breathtaking landscape of this magnificent location also has a rather fascinating origin.
Most notably, long-term erosion of the native Navajo sandstone in the region formed the canyon into two distinct sections.
This occurred over the course of thousands of years primarily due to the flash floods the region remains prone to during the monsoon season.
Also, a secondary erosive effect was that of desert winds funneling through the slot canyon throughout the years, with powerful force.Source: https://bit.ly/2KhM2bO Photographer: Alex Proimos CC License: https://bit.ly/1ryPA8o
Antelope Canyon Location and Hazards
Flash floods also continue to pose a serious danger to the Antelope Canyon, even though safety measures exist. The United States National Weather Service has a warning siren in place at the point where tours enter the canyons.
However, the flow rate of such floods through the two sections of Antelope Canyon is varied and unpredictable.
On August 12, 1997, prior to the installation of the siren, eleven tourists lost their lives in a sudden flash flood in the Lower Antelope Canyon.
No rain was falling at the site, but a locally heavy thunderstorm 7 mi (11.2 km) upstream dumped enormous quantities of water into the slot canyon in a matter of minutes.