On the border of Arizona and Utah, near America’s second-largest reservoir, lies one of the most stunning features of the American Southwest. Antelope Canyon is a picture-perfect example of how nature shapes the landscape with wind, water, and time.
Where is Antelope Canyon? It's located just a few hours from both Las Vegas and Phoenix; many people visit Antelope Canyon as part of a trip to Las Vegas. Because the canyon is only a day trip away from the city, booking an Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas is easy.
Today, we’ll look at some of the tour options available at Antelope Canyon and give you an idea of some of the history of the area.
Who Are the Navajo?
As you walk through the canyon, you’ll be walking on the land of the Navajo people. The Navajo Reservation is the largest Native American Tribal Reservation in all of the United States, encompassing more than 27,000 square miles and includes land from three states.
The Navajo people are a Native American tribe that has lived in the US southwest for centuries. After multiple fights and disagreements with the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the Americans, a treaty was signed in 1868 that relegated them to the designated reservation. Over the years, land was added to the reservation until it reached its present size in 1934.
Touring the Canyon
Because the canyon is on tribal land, all tours are conducted by the Navajo Nation. Guided tours are mandatory at the park to ensure the safety of the guests and ensure a high quality experience by limiting over-crowding. A Navajo guide will walk you through the canyon, explain its features, and point out the best places for photographs.
Tours from Las Vegas are available, and are how most people visit Antelope Canyon. Tours typically leave early in the morning and return after dinner time, and many tours that visit Antelope Canyon will also visit the Glen Canyon Dam and the famous Horseshoe Bend feature of the Colorado River.
How Was Antelope Canyon Formed?
What started as a simple crack in the ground millions of years ago has consistently channeled flash floods carving their way through beautiful sandstone. This has exposed many individual layers of rock, and these layers can now be seen as stripes across the canyon walls as the rock bends around corners and over bumps and dips.
For most Americans, a trip to Las Vegas might be your best chance to see America's most photographed slot canyon. Antelope Canyon is just a four hour drive from Las Vegas and tours are available that pick you up and return you right to your hotel.
Come to the canyon and let the people of the Navajo Nation show you one of our country’s most sacred natural treasures so that you can make memories that will last a lifetime.