One of my favourite field expeditions of recent years was this trip in mid-2013 to the Slot Canyons of Arizona. Located near Page, the Navajo Nation manages a number of slot canyons, some of which are really enjoyable; others are merely ok. The leader for this workshop, Andrew Lerman arranged the logistics of this trip including visits to all the major canyons.
Lower Antelope & Mountain Sheep Canyons
Not for those with a fear of tight spaces, the entrance to the canyon is through a crack in the ground. This opens up and then uses a series of ladders to drop you down to the main level of the canyon.
The first real ladder encountered inside brings you down into the first chamber.
Faces and alien eyes – lots of strange shapes carved by water.
Rocks eroded into swirl patterns.
Looking like a hooded demon protruding from the canyon walls.
This ladder actually is very close to the end of the Lower Antelope Canyon but requires some attention on descent.
Light streams through the canyon’s open ceiling as the sun passes overhead. With the help of a little sand thrown into the light, the beams become real.
Overall, a wonderful trip. The next part – Monument Valley.
This workshop was led by Andrew Lerman, based out of NY. His work from this trip is amazing:
- Lower Antelope Canyon
- Upper Antelope Canyon
- Secret Canyon
- Rattlesnake Canyon
- Owl Canyon
- Sheep’s Head Canyon