Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is one of the more famous slot canyons in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. It is located on the Navajo Nation, just outside of Page, Arizona. Its proximity to a town and its dramatic lighting have made it iconic. There are likely millions of photos of the canyon online. You have to pay a fee to enter the canyon because it is "owned" and operated by a concession from the Navajo Nation. All slot canyons are inherently dangerous and Antelope Canyon is no exception. Not only do people get stuck in slot canyons, they also get killed when there are sudden flash floods. In the past 20 years, at least 68 people have been killed in flash floods in Arizona. See "A brief history of Arizona's deadly flash floods." One of the deadliest occurred in Antelope Canyon when 11 hikers were killed in August of 1997.

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