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Antelope Canyon - Flooded to the Rim

JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 10:50 p.m.


Probably many of us are familiar with the gorgeous shots of Antelope Canyon with is red curves and wonderful sunbeams. However, not too many people have seen it at full flash flood. It is dangerous, loud, and scary when it is flooding. Many tourists have dies when it looks like this.

Sorry about the horrible acuity, I only owned a Sony FD73 when I took these images.

--- JDR

From Bridge looking south towards Vermilion Cliffs


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JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 10:53 p.m.

Slapping and turbulent

Looking South

JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 10:56 p.m.

When word gets out theat Antelope Canyon is flooding everyone turns up to take a picture or hear the rage.

It has been a few years since we have had a big flood. We don't get the heavy monsoons anymore...not like the late 90s.


JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 10:58 p.m.


Full Load

JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 11:01 p.m.

Looking North.

This is a wide area that defines the Upper and Lower Canyons. Amazing amount of water.

Liquid Mud

JD Rose , Mar 24, 2006; 11:05 p.m.


This is an amazing sight. The flood is forced into a slot canyon only 2 or 3 feet wide here and about 100 feet deep. The speed and sound is amazing.

"No Swimming Allowed"

Diana Lundin , Mar 24, 2006; 11:34 p.m.

What an amazing sight. Thank so much for posting these images.

Gary Anthes , Mar 25, 2006; 07:54 a.m.

A chilling sight, indeed, and a good warning. It's impossible to look at those photos without thinking of the 11 hikers/photographers who died in that canyon the afternoon of Aug. 12, 1997. Foolish but innocent, two were never found. Thanks for posting.

Bill Proud , Mar 25, 2006; 10:48 a.m.


Was this recent? I was just there on the 17th of March and was supposed to go this week but got tied up with other things and the weather didn't look too great.


JD Rose , Mar 25, 2006; 02:36 p.m.

These shots were taken August 7th of 2002 according to the marker on the original files of my floppy disk. That sounds about right, late July and all of August produce our heaviest rains.

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