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No more professional photos at Antelope Canyon
Posted on 24/01/2020

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No more professional photos can be taken in Antelope Canyon, one of Arizona's natural wonders.

Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous slot canyons in the United States. What are these slot canyons? They are cracks in rock created by water and wind erosion that are so narrow that only a few people can fit through at a time.

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Antelope Canyon meets all the requirements listed above and is, in fact, one of the most photogenic places in the world. It is located in the Navajo Nation, which is surrounded by the states of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. When you arrive in the vicinity of Antelope Canyon, expectations are not disappointed: the landscape is typical of the American Southwest, the green is scarce, nature here is harsh and reddish in tone and the contrast with the cerulean sky in the background makes the view unforgettable. The best time to visit to witness these spectacular light beams is between the end of March and the beginning of October.

However, too many professional photographers have started to create serious crowds at the attraction, causing the Navajo administration to ban professional photo tours entirely. Tripods are also now forbidden under the ban, which took effect on December 20 last year.

Antelope Canyon can only be visited via guided tour, and previously the administration provided a regular sightseeing tour and a professional photography tour. Around 4 million people visit the slot canyon every year, and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation administration hopes that the end of the photography tours will relieve some of the pressure of long lines and overcrowded tours. Those participating in the sightseeing tour will still be able to take photos with their phones and cameras, but tripods and stopping and holding up the line for multiple shots will be forbidden.