Antelope Canyon Stats

Antelope Canyon Stats

What is Antelope Canyon?

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon.

A slot canyon is a deep and narrow canyon formed by fast moving flood water rushing through the canyon and carving the canyon walls.

Antelope Canyon is the most famous slot canyon in the world. 

Antelope Canyon Location: 

Inside the Navajo Nation, part of the Leche Chapter, outside the city of Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon is 274 miles from Phoenix.

Antelope Canyon is 294 miles from Las Vegas

Antelope Canyon is 130 miles from Flagstaff.

Antelope Canyon Weather:

Antelope Canyon is in the desert and receives very little rainfall or snow.

Related Reading: In Depth Antelope Canyon Weather Guide

Antelope Canyon Length: 

Antelope Canyon is 20 miles long, with a few different accessible sections. 

Upper Antelope Canyon Length:

 .3 miles (482 Meters)

Lower Antelope Canyon Length:

 .5 miles (804 Meters)

Related Reading: Lower vs. Upper Antelope Canyon

Annual Visitors to Antelope Canyon: 

An estimated 1.1 million visitors visited Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in 2019. 

Antelope Canyon Name: The name comes from the pronged horned antelope that used to roam the area. There are not any antelope in Antelope Canyon now.

Antelope Canyon Tour Companies:

Upper Antelope Canyon:

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours:

https://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com/

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours

https://navajotours.com/

Antelope Canyon Tours

https://www.antelopecanyon.com/

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours

https://antelopeslotcanyon.com/

Lower Antelope Canyon:

Kens Tours

https://www.lowerantelope.com/

Dixie Ellis

https://www.antelopelowercanyon.com/tours/

Antelope Canyon Entrance Fee

You can only visit antelope Canyon with a certified tour guide working with an authorized tour company. Tickets to enter range from $52 to $108 depending on the section of the canyon, time of day, and time of the year. 

Related Reading: The Cheapest Tickets to Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon Discovery:

Antelope Canyon was always well known among Navajo locals. It has been gaining popularity since the late 70s among travelers.

Antelope Canyon Navajo Name

Upper Antelope Canyon:

Tse’bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.”

Lower Antelope Canyon: 

Hasdestwazi, which means “spiral rock arches.”

Antelope Canyon Deaths:

11 people were swept away and killed in a flash flood on Aug. 12th, 1997.  11 tourists were killed in the flood and one tour guide survived. 

Since then,  all visitors to Antelope Canyon must enter with a certified local guide. There are also strict weather restrictions and monitoring in place to keep people out of the canyon when there is a risk of flooding. 

Antelope Canyon Geology

What is Antelope Canyon Made Of?

 The interior of Antelope Canyon is Navajo Sandstone. Navajo sandstone is a Jurassic-aged (~185-180 million years ago) rock formation that are the remnants of the sweeping dunes of an ancient desert.

The colors of the rock formation come from the chemical makeup of each section. The rust-red sections have an excess of iron oxide, where the white upper-potion has almost no iron-oxide. 

How Was Antelope Canyon Formed?

Rainwater, particularly during monsoon season, collects in the area above Antelope Canyon. As it races towards Antelope Canyon it gets pushed tighter and tighter against the walls of Antelope Canyon.

The soft Navajo Sandstone that lines the canyon walls is more easily eroded than other rocks. This unique combination of water and rock over the centuries results in what we know today as Antelope Canyon. 

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