Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Until recently, we have never even heard about Antelope Canyon, but our friend Anne in Cleveland highly recommended to visit this place, to a point that she threatened Jeff physical punishment if he wouldn't take us there – so he did!

Antelope Canyon isn't assessable without organising a tour as it is on Native Indian land. We booked our tour company run with a local Navajo tribe business. The tour started on a back of a converted V8 pick-up truck which hammered through the town and into the desert and over over a soft sand dry river bed towards the canyon entrance in the middle of nowhere to the delight of CB.

Once inside, we where blown away by a visual firework of sandstone shapes and warm colours of the setting sun that created an astonishing show only surpassed by the stories and musical performance of the guide. The canyon is only about 6000 years old formed by monsoonal flood waters up stream. As the rain waters travel down the valley and dam up in front of the canyon before screaming past inside the canyon towards Lake Powell downstream. As a result it takes about 8 hours for the water to reside and water levels can reach up to 30 meters within the canyon. The force of the water is so powerful that it has eroded the sandstone into amazing shapes – whirlpools creating curved walls and lines. Our guide demonstrated the amazing acoustic qualities if the canyons by playing the traditional flute and later singing us a song. DB was brought to tears.

The canyons hold a very special place for the Navajo people as it was used countless times as an area of protection and safety during wars against enemies. It is also where the Holy People live therefore it is essential that you leave the place with respect. There are no words to accurately describe this place and the photos we took do not give it justice. It is a sacred place and a place that everyone should visit when they travel through Arizona. It meant so much to us to be welcomed into the US by the traditional custodians and owners of this amazing land.

Thank you Anne, for making us go!

We set up camp under a warm evening sky dinning on spicy organic corn chips and salsa in one of the best camp grounds yet – unlimited hot showers AND electrical power points at your campsite with Wi-Fi!

Next Team Berg head up north east to ride along Route 12 – the All American Scenic Byway towards Bryce Canyon and Archers National Park in Utah!

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