The spectacular and surreal colors of world-famous Antelope Canyon, Arizona

June 21, 2014, 1 p.m.
sandstone in a slot canyon

Photo: Steve Dunleavy/MNN Flickr Group

Slot canyon ablaze in color

Red, magenta, gold, orange, pink, vemillion, tangerine... the list of names for colors vibrating off the walls of Antelope Canyon can go on and on. This famous sandstone formation lures visitors from around the world to see the angular walls and spectacular colors that occur when the sun is in just the right position overhead. Not only is this slot canyon a draw for hikers and sight-seers, but it is a photographer's paradise. In fact, it is the most visited and most photographed of all the slot canyons in the southwest. The endless textures, layers, light and color possibilities keeps people staring in slack-jawed wonder as they wander through this amazing natural formation.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.