Canyon X, Arizona
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Canyon X is a slot canyon just a few feet wide but more than 100 feet deep near Lake Powell in northern Arizona. This canyon has a lot of the same gorgeous features as nearby Antelope Canyon but without the crowds.
It is on Navajo land that is privately run and is fenced off. Visits to Canyon X require a Navajo Reservation permit and are limited to four people at a time (six if they're in the same group), making this the ideal place to enjoy the beauty without large groups of people near you.
The hike is not too difficult but a little scrambling is required.
The canyon is a 45-minute drive out of Page (15 miles), much of it through on rugged dirt roads, sand and over rocks.
Note: Entry to Antelope Canyon is restricted to guided tours led by authorized guides.
WARNING: Slot canyons are particularly dangerous due to the risk of flash floods. Storms far away can send walls of water down the narrow canyons and hikers have been killed in such events. In many slot canyons, it can be miles before a safe exit or rescue is possible. Hikers should check conditions carefully and not rely on seeing the sky to judge the weather. If there is even a slight chance of rain, do not enter slot canyons.
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