Antelope Slot Canyon

Antelope Slot Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. The way the light bounces off every curve in the canyon revealing the long narrow path you’re heading down is really exciting and sometimes even a bit terrifying. It’s definitely not a place for someone who is claustrophobic.

I arrived at Lower Antelope Slot Canyon around 7:00 a.m. hoping to beat the crowds and catch the light as it passed through the canyon. I was there early and first in line, unfortunately they don’t open until 9:00 a.m.

Once they did open I paid an additional fee for a photographers pass that allowed me four hours in the canyon on my own without a guide. Lower Antelope Canyon doesn’t draw as many sightseers as the upper canyon due to the difficult hiking and climbing which meant I wouldn’t need to worry about other people getting in the way of my shooting. For the first couple of hours the canyon was entirely my playground. I did encounter one other photographer and later a couple of tour groups passed me by but that was all. By 12:45 p.m. I had reached the end of the canyon so I packed up my gear and headed back knowing that this day I had seen something truly amazing — something I would never forget.

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