Antelope Canyon is a canyon located in the American Southwest, on Navajo territory located east of Page, Arizona. These slot canyons are split into two separate scenic sections referred to as “Upper Antelope Canyon” (or The Crack) and “Lower Antelope Canyon” (or The Corkscrew).
Upper Antelope Canyon is known as Tsé bighánílíní to the Navajo people, who call it “the place where water runs through rocks.” The Native American name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi (known as Hazdistazí to the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), which means “spiral rock arches” They are both found in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Guided tours are the only way to access these for the time being.
There are many photographers and sightseers who make the Antelope Canyon their photographic and tourist destination, and for this reason it serves as an important part of the Navajo Nation’s tourism economy. The Navajo Tribe opened it as a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997, and thus it has only been open to the public via guided tours since then. In addition to the Upper and Lower areas, there are other slots in the canyon that one can visit, such as the Canyon X, which is part of the same drainage as Antelope Canyon. Every one of the company’s itineraries is with a licensed tour operator. It is not possible to visit the Canyon without the assistance of a guide.