Upper vs Lower Antelope Canyon
I’m at the Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Isn’t it just magical? And just look at that shaft of light. All natural! The Canyon gets its English name from the herds of proghorn antelopes which used to roam around freely here. The Antelope canyon is divided into two parts. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.”, whereas the lower part of the canyon is called Hasdestwazi, meaning “spiral rock arches”.
How was Antelope Canyon Formed?
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone; caused by monsoon floods. Eventually, the passageways eroded and the hard edges were smoothed, creating the characteristic “flowing” shapes in the rocks.
Boy do I feel lucky for being here at the right time to see the beams of light that fall here. They’re said to occur only in from April to September. It’s amazing what incredible sights nature gives us to see!