Playing the SlotsOn the Road Again, Day 16: Page, AZ
One of the signature experiences around the isolated town of Page (pop. 7,316) is visiting a slot canyon. Slots are formed in arid areas when flash floods propel water through soft rock, such as the Navajo sandstone south of Lake Powell, cutting a narrow canyon. Slot canyons are significantly deeper than they are wide, and in this area they are usually very photogenic with layers of red and orange sandstone formed in swirls and waves over many millions of years.
|No, thanks! (photo from TripAdvisor)|
Around Page, all the slot canyons are on Navajo land. Most of the Navajo tour operators take hikers to Lower or Upper Antelope Canyons in groups of 20 or so on the back of 4WD trucks similar to the one above. Since all these tour operators pack hikers into the same canyons, nightmare stories are common of visitors being crowded in a slot canyon with upwards of 200 people pressed by tour guides to take their photos and keep moving.
|Matt explains how flash floods form slot canyons.|
|Matt leads the way|
|The beauty of the Secret Canyon|
|Definitely not your average roach coach|
|Scenery near Hanging Garden|
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