Photo tour: Slot canyons

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A true testament to nature’s raw power and beauty, slot canyons are a must-see for hikers, shutterbugs and amateur geologists alike. Take a look at these natural wonders.

A true testament to nature’s raw power and beauty, slot canyons are a must-see for hikers, shutterbugs and amateur geologists alike. These stunning narrow slivers are formed over thousands of years by the sheer force of running water, and the result is nothing short of magnificent.

What starts as a small sliver in sandstone or limestone gradually grows deeper over time as rushing water carves its way through the rock. The most stunning of these canyons have experienced so much force that the depth reaches the very bottom of the canyon, creating towering rock walls with smooth and polished striations. In the U.S., most slot canyons can be found in desert areas like Utah, Arizona and California. Utah’s Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world, while Arizona’s Antelope Canyon is renowned for its bright colors and remarkable beams of light that shine through to the canyon floor.

You can take a look at these natural wonders for yourself with this slot canyon photo tour.

(Image: fchelaru)
Spooky Gulch, Utah (Image: fchelaru)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)
Tent Rocks, New Mexico (Image: jonhurd)
Tent Rocks, New Mexico (Image: jonhurd)
Tent Rock (Image: allistair)
Tent Rocks, New Mexico (Image: allistair)
(Image: slobirdr)
Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: slobirdr)
(Image: .Bala)
Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: .Bala)
Willis Creek, Utah (Image: twbuckner)
Willis Creek, Utah (Image: twbuckner)
Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah (Image: bloggingbookshelf)
Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah (Image: bloggingbookshelf)
(Image: jankgo)
Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: jankgo)
(Image: srikanth_jandy)
Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: srikanth_jandy)
Fish Creek, California (Image: cloudchaser32000)
Fish Creek Wash, California (Image: cloudchaser32000)
(Image: jankgo)
Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: jankgo)
(Image: flamouroux used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: flamouroux used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)
Buckskin Gulch, Utah (Image: snowpeak)
Buckskin Gulch, Utah (Image: snowpeak)
(Image: Alaskan Dude)
Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Image: Alaskan Dude)

(Main image: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire)

Photo tour: Slot canyons was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.