There was a government shutdown, so being in Canyon de Chelly was pretty fortunate for us. Because the park is part run by an Indian tribe, the park remained open and we were able to enjoy it while most other National Monuments were closed. See the night pictures of the Milky Way by clicking here…
These are some of my all-time favorite pictures. What a great setting for interesting patters, rock formations, etc. We hiked through slot canyons to get some of these pictures.
Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.”
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone,primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock.