into the Slot

Waterholes Canyon, Page, Arizona

Many know the famous Antelope. But a few miles south of Page, and easily accessible alongside US 89 there is another slot canyon. It is a mysterious place, full of beauty... and with nobody inside. Usually you can have the canyon all to yourself.

Our first impression: what a deep canyon!

And our first question: where is the entrance?

Finally, the very easy descent appears in front of us, we go down into the canyon!

Younger you are, faster you go...

Now we walk upstream (east) into the sand, fully exposed to the sun.

Walking in the wash...

The landscape is amazing, a joy for your eyes...

The canyon gradually narrows...

...a last turn to the left and we are into the slot!

A few steps from the dryfall...

The ladder to climb the dryfall, the keypoint of the Waterholes...

On the top of the dryfall, just after the ladder.

Curving walls...

Then the Waterholes Canyon opens up, this is the final point you can reach with your hiking permit, a good spot for a pic-nic lunch.

We turn back on the same way, but now downstream the canyon

The slot from above, We have to walk down there...

Who goes first?

This is the way back, we know the place, and the small one goes first...

Again into the slot!

An enchanting passage ...but watch your head!

Before leaving the canyon we want to see another place. we have read a story...

...that in the narrows there is a wreck of an old car, fallen from the bridge many years ago.

...and the car is there!

After 3 hours in total solitude now it is time to leave...

Going out from the canyon!

The bridge on US 89 from the canyon northern rim, on the walk back to the trailhead.

The end of a great day!

Good to Know You can visit Waterholes Canyon on your own without a guide, it is an easy family hike, bring the kids! Buy first the Navajo hiking permit at LeChee Chapter House on Coppermine Road, 3 miles south of Page, then drive to the canyon. From Page parking is alongside US 89, about 5 miles after the turn for Horseshoe Bend, before the bridge.

Read more on: travelourplanet.com an independent travel blog Text and photos: Fabio Achilli

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