New slot canyon near Antelope

Discussion in 'Nature' started by gregr, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. On a visit to Antelope Canyon last week I heard about a woman who is taking
    photographers to a slot canyon that isn't crowded. I was able to get in touch
    with her and ended up spending half a day taking pictures in the "new" canyon.
    It's called Mountain Sheep Canyon and is part of the Antelope Canyon drainage.
    It's got a lot going for it- three big positives: it's nice and quiet, it's a
    mile long (!) and the tour leader (Carol) is just about the nicest lady in the
    world. Carol's family has lived in this area for a long time and it was her
    mother that discovered the canyon when she was a little girl. Visiting a new
    slot canyon was a great treat but to me the best part of the day was hearing
    all the stories Carol had to tell- at times I wanted to put the camera down and
    just listen. There are a few sections in the canyon that are really amazing
    though you won't find those light shafts everyone seems so fond of (they may
    exist but I didn't see any). The patterns and textures in one spot reminded me
    of a mini Coyote Buttes. There is a bit of ladder climbing but not as much as
    Lower Antelope, and there's one spot where it's a little bit narrow (I was able
    to squeeze thru ok with a 38" waist). I believe she is doing two different tour
    types- one is a full day and if you want it will cover Lower and Upper
    Antelope, Rattlesnake and Mountain Sheep Canyon. The cost for that one is $226.
    Then there's a half day tour (what I did) for $126. I imagine the hours will
    not always be the same but for me it was an 8am meet and we got out of there
    around 1pm-ish. I see from her website that she has a hogan bed and breakfast
    deal too. Like the other slot canyons the light is better in different areas at
    differfent times of day so I could easily see spending an entire day just in
    the new canyon.
    Here is Carol's contact info:
    928 380-1874 (has voicemail)
    928 608-7549 (no voicemeail)
    http://www.aacpth.com/
    Have fun,
    Greg
     
  2. Greg - I looked at your site. Very nice photos.

    Do you have some of the new canyon?
     
  3. New Canyon? $226?
     
  4. You've got some really nice wildlife photos! :) -g-
     
  5. Posting this in a forum such as this is a sure way for this new canyon to become just as crowded as Upper Antelope is now. I've also spoken with Carol about this canyon and she suggested I look at your website. I only see 2 slot canyon images. Are these from Mountain Sheep? Before dropping a couple hundred bucks on a guided slot tour, I'd like to see images that prove that this canyon is truly as photogenic as Upper or Lower Antelope.
     
  6. I went to Lower Antelope yesterday and only had two or three instances of avoiding people to walk into the frame. Similarly, my wife and daughter went the Upper antelope at the same time without any problem. Probably, it's on Monday and/or at a little late hour (~12 noon).

    It costed me exactly the fraction of $226, $6 for the entry permit and $20 for the 4hr photo "permit".

    But I probably will visit other slot canyons if I get a chance.

    BTW There is another canyon tour called Canyon X. I'm not if they are the same.
     
  7. Canyon X (see http://www.overlandcanyon.com/) is upstream from Antelope but channels the same Antelope wash/creek. It is expensive but, for me, was worth it as I was the only person there the day I took the "tour." It's hard to put a price on the feeling one gets from standing in total silence and hearing the wing beats of a raven flying high above the canyon. Here's a pic.
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  8. Thanks, Greg, for the headsup.

    Yes, indeed, your wildlife shots are impressive. How long did you wait to get so close to the wolves for those shots in your website? One of the best wolf images I have seen.
     
  9. Thanks.
     
  10. Thanks for all the comments! I've got a few photos from Mountain Sheep Canyon on this page: http://www.gregrothschild.com/MSC/index.htm The first shot is the 'entrance'. There is some good color and very interesting textures and patterns in the rocks. No shafts of light as I mentioned above.
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  11. Hi Greg,
    I'm the other Greg that was on this tour. I can concur with everything that Greg has stated.Very good experience. Here is my favorite sho of this canyon. Hope this picture uploads.
     
  12. Thanks Greg, it helps greatly to see some images of the canyon. It looks like a pretty photogenic slot. Me and a friend are thinking of heading there in 2 weeks!
     
  13. Have some pictures of the canyon on line:

    http://www.onehorsestudio.com/Mt.Sheep%20Canyon/
     
  14. Very cool. Thanks for the heads up !
     
  15. My wife and I will be spending two days with Carol around the end of October exploring the canyons. We are very excited! We're staying with her mother as well at their Hogan BnB. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'll post our pictures and thoughts when we get back. Any tips to share as far as lessons learned?
     

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