With its strange, almost alien red sand, and hypnotic beams of light, Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the world. It regularly features on people's bucket lists for unique and beautiful places to visit in the world - and rightfully so. Only a few miles from Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon was formed by the monsoon flash floods which are typical of the region. Antelope Canyon is on land belonging to the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation and is made up of two areas – Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon.


1. What is Antelope Canyon?

Antelope Canyon is a perfect example of a slot canyon, which is a geological feature specific to the south-western states. They are formed from water pushing its way into cracks or fissures in the bedrock, and over thousands of years of extreme weather, the stone is worn away. Antelope Canyon is the result of a creek which now empties into the Colorado River, but would often flood during monsoon season. These periods of rain would be followed by long, hot, dry spells full of sandstorms. The result? The swirly striation patterns and ongoing evolution.

Antelope Canyon, sandstone formation, Arizona. Csondy/ Getty Images

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