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Navajo Name: Tse’ bighanilini
Elevation: 4,000’ at upper Antelope Canyon

Arizona USA

Antelope Canyon is at once one of the most breathtaking and tranquil places on earth. Gently carved from the Navajo sandstone over the course of countless millenniums, the slot canyons are majestic and narrow passages, just enough space for a small group to walk the sandy floor – and for the occasional shafts of sunlight to shine down from above.

It is really two separate canyons – Upper and Lower Antelope. Each contains the hidden “slots” carved from the swirling sandstone, and both drain from the south into Lake Powell (once the Colorado River). The canyons are so narrow in places that one can stretch out his or her arms and touch both sides.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the stream bed. Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or “spiral rock arches.” Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Though dry most of the year, Antelope Canyon runs, and sometimes floods, with water after rains. It is the water, slowly wearing away the sandstone grain by grain, that has formed the beautiful and graceful curves in the rock. Wind has also played a role in sculpting this fantastic canyon.
(Navajo National Parks website)

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Comments

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAover 4 years ago

    wow great image Varinia, will have to get there on my next trip. :)

  • Thanks so much Marcus, you can’t see everything thing on one trip for sure, you’d love it :-)

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  • Julian Escardo
    Julian Escardoover 4 years ago

    As a flower that unveils, you’ve captured the essence of this much photographed place….nice work!

  • Many thanks Julian, thankfully most shots are different from this place, glad you like it :-))

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  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 4 years ago

    Marvellous!!

  • Thank you very much :-))

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  • Bob Wickham
    Bob Wickhamover 4 years ago

    Stunning image of an amazing place that I just have to go and see.

  • Thank you very much Bob, you would really love it :-))

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  • Jim Worrall
    Jim Worrallover 4 years ago

    Wonderful, do the walls feel as smooth as they look?

  • Thanks Jim, they resemble fine sandpaper :-))

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  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 4 years ago

    Magnificent tones Varinia

  • Thank you so much Garth :-))

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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Stunning shot Varinia !

  • Always appreciated, thanks Steve :-))

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  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaover 4 years ago

    So incredibly presented, as in so well framed… creating an almost abstract world! This is sensational…. and having seen this place first hand, you have so transported me back there… Love this!

  • It’s one of those places you have to have been in order to feel it’s presence, glad you love it Paul, thank you so much :-))

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  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Wow the light here is just incredible V, amazing shot!

  • Thanks Simone, I love this place :-))

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  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleover 4 years ago

    Outstanding, inspiring image!

  • Why thank you very much Steve :-)

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