About two and half hours by road from the east rim of Grand Canyon, the trip to Page, AZ was a visual delight throughout. Running almost parallel to the road, the soaring vermillion cliffs kept us company and offered constantly changing kaleidoscopic views from all angles of the car windows.
In its core (quite literally), the town of Page, holds dear its most sacred secret.
Antelope Canyon is a one-of-its-kind natural formations of otherwise popularly known Slot Canyons. What lends to its unique character is the fact that these canyons are formed by the carving/erosion of soft Navajo sandstone by the sheer forces of nature (rain water and wind). But what you are least prepared for, is the off-the-beaten-path approach and the unbelievable spectacle that awaits you!
An inconspicuous exterior looked no different from a crack in the wall albeit a large opening. It was after stepping into the dark chamber, when our guide raised her torch to reveal formations never ever seen or heard of before. Could such a place truly exist? Isothermal patterns left fossilized impressions on the soft sandstone that framed the crevices and steep canyon walls around us. The insides had been smoothened down from years of erosive water action. It was only later our guide revealed the secret of these gentle undulating wave like formations all along the 120 foot high canyon walls. Coming in from the north, during the monsoon season, Antelope Canyon sometimes experiences flash floods that intensify as they gush through the tiny aperture of an opening and through the mile long narrow slot canyon. In its wake, these flood waters sculpt the soft navajo sandstone grain by grain and finally run off into Lake Powell on the south. Our guide was quick to point out tree trucks and other plant debris caught in the high 60 ft crevice of the canyon walls (imagine how high the waterline might have been). And she made it a point to let us know that the nearest tree grew more than 40 miles away! The floor on which we were treading, was actually the streambed. Thank goodness it was the dry season!