Antelope Canyon sacred site for the Navajo

Formed over hundreds of years of water running through sandstone, Antelope Canyon is both a sacred site for the Navajo.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon means “the place where the water takes a picture of itself.” Centuries ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon, but according to local Navajos, who have lived here for generations, the canyon ia a place where cattle grazed in winter.

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