Antelope Canyon is located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation just outside Page, Arizona.
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Though dry most of the year, Antelope Canyon runs, and sometimes floods, with water after rains. It is the water, slowly wearing away the sandstone grain by grain, that has formed the beautiful and graceful curves in the rock. Wind has also played a role in sculpting this fantastic canyon.
A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon's English name.