Hike through Mountain Sheep Canyon

Rate this Adventure 1.5 miles 100 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jeremy Meek

Lesser known, yet epic slot canyon in Arizona! Neighbor to Antelope Canyon, Mountain Sheep canyon has much "groovier" canyon wall formations. 

As its name suggests, Mountain Sheep Canyon offers a rugged feel and more strenuous hike than the other slot canyons in the neighborhood (Antelope Canyon and Rattlesnake Canyon). The trek is longer than it is for the other canyons (about three-quarters of a mile), and there is quite a bit of scaling ladders along the way. The ladders are all secured to the rock, but a few of the climbs might be enough to make you a bit nervous…especially with younger children. Also, beware that this canyon is not immediately adjacent to the Antelope Wash, where the other slot canyons are located; you will have a bit more adventurous (read: bumpy) ride to get to Mountain Sheep Canyon with your authorized Navajo guide. 

The texture of the stone is a little different here than at Antelope Canyon and Rattlesnake Canyon; it is more rough and has a less graceful "flow" to it. The grooves in the stone are larger, rather than fine and granular. The walls themselves also have a more jagged appearance, in contrast to the smoother walls and arches of its fellow canyons. It makes for a different feel that some might find less impressive — one of the reasons this canyon is not visited nearly as often as the others.  

In my opinion though, if you have the time and energy, a visit to Mountain Sheep Canyon is a great way to round out your slot canyon experience and add a bit of photographic diversity to your experience. For more information on all the other slot canyons in the vicinity, check out this guide. 

My favorite time to do the slot canyons near Page, Arizona is in late spring/early summer, though technically you can visit them year-round. I would recommend avoiding them between July-September due to the heat as well as summer rain storms (you do NOT want to enter the slot canyons if there is a chance of rain in the surrounding area).

Please note that you MUST have a Navajo Guide to visit the canyon, typically provided through one of the authorized tour operators. I used this guide service when I went.

Read More

Tags

Photography
Hiking
Groups
Scenic

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Stay Nearby

Page, Arizona

Wahweap Marina Houseboats

Your Home, Away From It All.All houseboats have comfy beds, a great living space, a fully appointed kitchen and a great sound system. The available luxury models sleep more and include better ameni...

From $530/night

Page, Arizona

Wahweap RV Park & Campground - Airstream Camping

A legendary camping experience for vacationers from all around the world is now available at Wahweap Campground in Lake Powell. Airstream is distinctive in shape and known for their rounded aluminu...

From $237/night

Page, Arizona

Wahweap RV Park & Campground

Full Hook-Up Sites (139) - Loops A, B, C, D, F 30 and 50 amp service, water and septicSites accommodate up to 45’ - very limited sites over 70’; only two vehicles per site; some double-wide spaces ...

From $52/night

Page, Arizona

Lake Powell Resort

Here hotel guests can kick back by the side of the pool and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the West. Take a boat tour, dinner cruise, or rent a powerboat for an afternoon of explorin...

From $93/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Photograph Rattlesnake Canyon

    Rattlesnake Canyon is an add-on to the ever-popular Antelope Canyon photography tour. Both canyons are on Navajo land and only accessible by guided tour.The advantage to Rattlesnake Canyon is that only one tour company is allowed to operate there...

  • Photograph Antelope Canyon

    Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, and requires you to book a tour guide. But don’t let that dissuade you – this natural marvel is well...

  • Hike Cathedral Canyon

    Cathedral Canyon is located just south of Page, Arizona and west of Coppermine Road and is entirely on Navajo Land, so access is possible only by permission from a local or with a permit from one of the licensed tour companies, of which Chief Tsos...

    1 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike the Page Rimview Trail

    This trail is open for use year round. Be aware of snakes along the trail. Due to the exposed terrain and dry, hot climate, be sure to bring more water than you think you need. 

    10 miles 652 ft gain