Antelope Canyon Tours
Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas on earth, and is worth the trip if you would like to experience an area unlike anything you have ever seen. Located on Navajo land outside of Page AZ, Antelope Canyon is actually not a national park because it is not technically in the United States. Because it is located on reservation land that is owned by Navajo Nation, it is instead controlled by the local indian tribe who both makes and enforces the rules and regulations with regards to touring. It is for this reason that it is as good idea to not plan a trip to Antelope Canyon if you need to drive more than about an hour, unless you are planning this visit as part of a larger tour of several national parks. The reason for this is that Antelope Canyon is closed for touring if there is even a slight chance of rain in the area.
Antelope Canyon was created by flash flooding. The process has taken place over thousands of years, where the sandstone floor of the area has been carved away through erosion. The water from rainfall in the area does not disperse the way it would in areas that receive larger amounts of rain. Instead, the water forms a “temporary river” as it flows quickly down paths. These paths erode the ground in the same areas time and time again, forming a slot in the earth. Over thousands of years, this slot has grown to be the size of a canyon, and is literally as deep into the ground as will block sunlight from all sides except directly above. This is what makes Antelope Canyon so special, that it will allow for sunbeams to come down from above at different times of the year, making it even more dramatic.
The flash flooding that created Antelope Canyon also make it unbelievably dangerous in a flash flood situation. This can happen from rain that is not even visible in the area, actually happening miles away. There have been several instances of tours being injured over the years, which has lead the stewards of the area to close it to tours if there is a chance of flooding. For this reason, Antelope Canyon does not allow self-guided tours, and you must be a part of a tour group like those offered by Bindlestiff Tours at https://www.bindlestifftours.com/antelope-canyon-tours/ .
Bindlestiff Tours offers tours of Antelope Canyon as part of their larger packages which also visit Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon. If there is no possibility of visiting Antelope Canyon during your tour day, then Lake Powell or another nearby park will be substituted. This way, the drive to the area will always result in a tour of an interesting area, instead of the possibility of a drive all the way from Las Vegas only to find that the park is closed.