Hike through Mountain Sheep Canyon

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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.

Distance

1.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

100 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Groups
Scenic

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