20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cardiac Canyon

Cardiac Canyon is one of the lesser known, but spectacularly beautiful slot canyons in northern Arizona. Located on private family land in the Navajo Nation, it is appropriately named for the steep 90-meter long sand hill climb to enter and exit the canyon. Created by flash floods common to the area rushing through cracks in the sandstone rocks over millions of years, the resulting canyon is unique in both its beauty and history. During the late 1800’s when the US Government forcibly removed the Navajo people from their land, Cardiac Canyon served as an escape route and hiding place for those looking to elude capture and preserve their way of life.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2022
Date Uploaded: 09.2022
Photo Location: Page, Ar, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM4
Copyright: © Jim Guerard