A woman told me the Navajo Nation flag has several areas to it that represent their tribal heritage. The rainbow represents the people, while the 4 mountain symbols represent the 4 great mountain peaks. The yellow and brown area represents the land of the reservation, and although the reservation is mainly in Arizona, it also stretches to parts of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. And finally, in the center, the yellow represents corn silk and the rest represent the animals they tend...cows, sheep, etc.
The Canyons are called Antelope Canyons because there used to be antelope that used them to cool themselves in the heat of the day. The canyons are always at least 15 degrees cooler than it is outside during the summer, so that would be considerably cooler.
Our guide told us that in the old days the Indians called it Tse' Bighanilini, or "the place where water runs through rock"...memorize that, because there will be a test at the end! haha
The tour guide picked us up in his truck at the RV Park for the ride to the reservation.
And once we got there we had to drive about 1-2 miles in this very deep sand to get to the canyons. This was a blast...it was like 4-wheeling in a truck...we were bouncing so much that at one point Cathy almost ended up in an older woman's lap!
This is a very deceiving entrance. Looks like a regular entrance to a cave, but just keep looking!
The guide told us that these crazily curved walls and tunnels are formed by the power of water running through them, combined with the sandstone that is washed off acting as an abrasive against the walls. The Navajo base some of the tapestry that the women make on the pattern on this wall in the 1st pic.
There are crevices at the top of the canyons that allow in a certain amount of light depending on the time of day...and then depending on where you are standing dictates how light or dark everything looks.
Some of the crevices you are walking through are quite small, but because of how beautiful it is you honestly don't notice. I would usually get a little claustrophobic in a place like this, but I didn't freak out for even one second in here.
In these 2 pics you are looking up towards the light at the top of the ceiling. The guide pointed out that they call the 1st pic their "heart", while the 2nd one looks like Abraham Lincoln (you are looking up from his chin to his nose.)
Aren't these walls fascinating!?
As recently as last month they had a flash flood come through here when they were taking people on a tour. It was only 3 ft high though, so everyone was safe...just a little scared!