Slot Canyons

ToadDate 0038.11.05.2016-AZ

Lower Antelope Slot Canyon

While visiting our friends Rob and Leah in Wisconsin over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend we were talking about some of the places that we’ve visited during the almost 8 months that we have been traveling full-time in our RV.

Some of the photos that I shared with them were from November 2016 when we visited Page, Arizona and Anita Eichhorn took us to Lower Antelope Canyon to tour the slot canyons. Showing Rob some of the photos reminded me that we had not posted about this wonderful excursion, so here is the information.

I think that they must be called slot canyons because they are so narrow and deep. In some places on our tour we had to shuffle sideways because there was not enough room for our shoulders. We climbed about 100 feet into the canyon on steel ladders and ramps, and climbed back out of the canyon after about a quarter of a mile, over an hour later. During the tour, we climbed and descended many steep ladders. If you have difficulty walking, climbing, or looking down 40 – 50 feet as you descend a ladder, then this tour may not be for you.

The Antelope Slot Canyons are in a Navajo Tribal park a few minutes from Page, AZ. Entry fee to the park was $8 per person. You may only visit the canyons with a guided tour which was $20 per person.

The canyons, there are several, were formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily because of flash floods. People have been killed (August 12, 1997) or stranded (July 30, 2010) on tours in these canyons because of flash flooding and floods still occur. The Tribal Park personnel are vigilant about conditions and monitor the rainfall several miles upstream.

The formations are beautiful and photographs from the slot canyons have been featured in many magazines.

We felt that the tour was wonderful and well worth the price of admission. If you are in the Page, AZ area, you should take the time to visit one of the slot canyons. If our experience is typical, you will want to share the photographs that you take with most of your friends.


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