Day 34, Antelope Canyon

May 14 2005: Page, Arizona, is a medium-sized town, easy to get around and better-off than many of the other towns in the reservations because of its proximity to Lake Powell. It has a lot of interesting geological features similar to what I saw in Sedona: red sandstone rocks, many eroded by wind and water; some standing as monuments and others appearing like giant spaceships in the earth. (Below is the surrounding landscape. The town of Page itself is more like a modern suburb, with a main strip of shopping plazas and other amenities.)

Slot canyons are one of the interesting features in this area. Flash floods, ice, water, wind and sand work to carve out interesting forms in the rocks, notably places like Antelope and Corkscrew Canyon. Sunlight coming through the interior creates sinuously abstract shapes and forms on the interior rocks, which makes this a favorite destination for art photographers.

Antelope Canyon is not accessible to the general public. To see it, you need to arrange a tour with a Navajo guide. This is not quite so difficult as it sounds. The tour offices are located on the main road on a major shopping strip, just a couple blocks away from numerous motels. Guests are transported (along a very bumpy trail) by jeep or truck to the offroad site.