Navajo Tribal Parks

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  • Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park manages the following areas:

  • HISTORY

    A long time 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. According to local Navajos, who have lived here for some time, the canyon and the LeChee area were places where cattle grazed in winter.

    To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.

    UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON

    The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

  • Tour Guides are mandatory. Please make arrangements for a tour. Click on Guided Tours.
  • As of May 1, 2011 there is a 2-hour limit inside Upper Antelope Canyon.

    LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON

    Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or "spiral rock arches." Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

  • Tour Guides are mandatory. Please make arrangements for a tour. Click on Guided Tours.
  • As of May 1, 2011 there is a 2-hour limit inside Lower Antelope Canyon.

    UPPER PART OF EAST WATERHOLES

    Upper part of East Water Holes is accessible by guided tours only. Please make reservations with Slot Canyon Hummer Adventures, they are listed under Guided Tours on this web page.

    LOWER PART OF EAST WATERHOLES

    Lower part of East Water Holes Canyon requires a Backcountry Use (Hiking) Permit to access this area, located just off Highway 89 at milepost 542.

  • Hiking Permit necessary.

    RAINBOW BRIDGE TRAIL

    Known as the world's highest natural bridge spans about 275 ft, 42 ft thick & 33ft wide. To the Navajo, this is a very sacred and religious place.

  • Camping Permit & Hiking Permit necessary.

     

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