Earlier this week, I went on a 5-day tour of slot canyons in Utah. This trip was organized by renown storm chaser Roger Hill from Silver Lining Tours. Roger is well known for his tornado tours, but in the off season, he also schedules tours of various slot canyons of southern Utah and northern Arizona. I was impressed with his knowledge of the area.
We first visited this slot canyon near Goblin Valley State Park in Utah (above) before moving down to the area near Escalante, Utah where I saw some of the narrowest canyons possible. Hiking into these very narrow and winding made for one of the most unique hikes I have ever done. In some places, you have to walk sideways with your camera and backpack down by your side just to fit through this.
If you are in the right place at the right time, you can get some beams of light shining through these canyons!
This slot canyon near Kanab, Utah (below) featured red Navajo sandstone which makes for some fantastic color!
Many of these canyons pictured above usually do not see any more than a few visitors a day, which added to even more charm to visiting these places. Our final stop was Lower Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon (pictured below) has probably become most visited slot canyons in the world and has turned into a major tourist attraction. You have to battle the crowds when photographing this famous canyon. However, with some patience and a good Navajo guide to halt the crowds while you photograph, you can still have some great pictures here and it is a magical place to visit.
We also did some night photography in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Here are a couple of my favorites from that night featuring the Milky way and the unusual arches there.