Antelope Canyon, east of Page, is one of the "slot canyons" caused by erosion in Northern AZ and Southern Utah. Located on Navajo land, you must go with a registered guide. Speaking to the French and Italian tourists in our jeep-group, our guide asked "Who here can understand me?" Only my wife and I raised our hands. Who knew that slot canyons were so popular among Europeans and less so among local U.S. folks? But overhearing those tourists (I happen to understand those languages), the sense of place didn't seem lost on them. There's no language barrier when you're inside a force of nature.
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Upper Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon has been on my "must see" list for a very long time so you can imagine my excitement when I got there. I love how the lighting and shadows made the most interesting palette of colors hug the sexy curves of the canyon. The land belongs to the Navajo nation and they are the one hosting the tours. You show up at the booth, pay $40 plus a land fee of $6 and off you go. The tour is about an hour long not including the 10 minute drive to the canyon.
The tours are pretty crowded inside Antelope Canyon. They bring people in every hour so if you are looking to be alone with just your camera booking a photo tour is recommended. I did not do any research before so I did not know that it was possible to take photo tours. Not that there was time for that but it's nice to know in advance what they offer. I was able to take this shot only because I got a bit in front of the tour guide and was fast enough to take it before the first tour came back.