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One Day in Antelope Canyon

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Ofelia Montelongo
Check-in for the lower canyon.
Planning your next road trip? Pack your backs for Antelope Canyon, one of the most visited slot canyons in the Southwest. With its magnificent rock formations, colorful narrow passageways, and breathtaking views, there is no surprise it is considered one of the seven wonders of Navajoland. Antelope Canyon is approximately 277 miles from Phoenix, close to Lake Powell. There are two separate canyons to explore, Lower and Upper Antelope. The Lower Antelope Canyon’s Navajo name is Hasdestwazi, or “spiral rock arches.” The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” They are both located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Some tips: You can’t enter to the canyons by yourself; you need a guided tour. So, make sure you make your reservation in advance — especially during the holidays. Also, pack your hiking shoes and bring lots of water!