Last week I had posted a short video from my unexpected trip through Canyon X. During the same journey and prior to Canyon X, I had visited the lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, and captured the images you’ll see below of the stunning rock formations which have become what they are today through billions of years of transformation.
To give you an idea, there are two types of slot canyons in Page – the lower and the upper canyons. What makes them different is that the upper is on the ground or upper level, while the lower canyons are under ground level. By definition, slot canyons are narrow canyons formed by the wear of water rushing through rocks over time. And they are significantly deeper than they are wide. In some canyons the drop could be more than 30 meters (100 ft or similar to a 10-storey building) to the floor of the canyon.
Although they are very beautiful, it’s always important to check flash flood warnings prior to hiking. If it rains in any surrounding area, the probability of water from anywhere upstream flowing down to the canyons can be very dangerous, and in most slot canyons, it could be miles before you find the nearest exit. In the image below, you will see behind the girl and before the slopes are interesting patterns on the ground. These are the surface areas of the lower canyons. The gaps on the surface let light come through, and you will see in the photos that follow what they look like when you’re inside the canyons.