Can you do both Lower and Upper in a day?

By Ryan / September 17, 2015

Yes, but it is probably not the best use of your time. You might as well do one or the other and do the boat tour of Antelope Canyon instead.

If you have the time, you would be better off making sure you have seen the other nearby sites, including

White Pockets

Horseshoe Bend

Raft the Colorado River

If you still want to do both Upper and Lower, make sure you save your ticket. You don’t have to pay the Navajo permit fee twice, saving you about 8$




About the author


Ryan is an avid hiker and long time resident of Page, AZ. What he lacks in spelling and grammatical expertise he makes up for with extensive knowledge from a lifetime of questionable choices and the ability to ask for help from great editors

sandy - March 6, 2017


Planning on coming in July & was just wondering if I was interested in doing the following 3 activities and trying to fit it all in one day: Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon & the Horseshoe Bend. What order of those 3 do you suggest that I should start off with and end with to make use of the best lightening, time, weather and heat during that time frame? I notice that only Lower is offered; is there none for Upper? Please kindly advise. Thanks!

    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Sandy and thank you for visiting our site!
    As you’ve already gathered, heat is a very important consideration when planning your itinerary. During the month of July, it’s not uncommon for daytime temperatures to reach above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, though, the interior of Antelope Canyon tends to remain cool due to the fact that it’s shaded for most of the day. Since Lower Antelope Canyon requires more physical exertion, I’d recommend doing that activity during the cooler parts of the day, which tends to be early morning before 10 AM. Upper Antelope Canyon tends to be most brightly illuminated during the mid-day hours, so that section of the canyon is best visited between 10 AM and 1 PM. Horseshoe Bend is the most exposed of the 3 sites, so care must be taken if any of your traveling party is sensitive to extreme heat. Mid-afternoon tends to offer the best photo opportunity, but in July, this might become a secondary consideration to safety and comfort. Mid-morning, after sunrise, might be a better time to visit.
    Another factor that might decide the order in which these 3 sites are visited is your trip itinerary. For example, if you’re coming to Page from Grand Canyon South Rim, Horseshoe Bend Overlook is a convenient stop on your way into town since it’s located just 5 miles South of the city. If you’re driving in from Monument Valley, you could easily hit Antelope Canyon en route to Page since the canyon’s entrance is located on Highway 98 just Southeast of town.
    Whatever you decide, make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring plenty of water. At the present time, there are no water sources at either Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, but that could change in the future.
    Hope that helps. Happy traveling!

Charles DEBRAH - March 21, 2017

Hi Ryan,
Can’t praise you and your team enough for the insightful info on your site. Very much appreciated by all who stumbles on your site.

My wife and I are taking a 7 day trip to see the Utah’s Mighty 5 and Antelope canyon (lower and upper), Horseshoe bend and a tour on Lake Powell (at least we hope).
We are renting a car and drive from Las Vegas to Page on Jul 8th then spend a night in Page and do the Antelope etc then drive to Arches etc to Zion then back to Las Vegas to catch a flight back to Iowa on 7/14 at 8pm
Could you please advice as how best to maximize our time and a suitable itinerary. Thank you so much in advance.

    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Dear Charles,
    Wow – we are humbled and flattered by your praise! I’ll be sure to pass it on to Ryan, who’s out of the office at present.
    So, I’m assuming you have already been to the Grand Canyon, and that’s why you haven’t included it in your itinerary? Going off that assumption, here’s what I’d recommend.
    1. On your way from Las Vegas to Page, consider stopping at the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail. It’s a fairly easy walk, about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The trailhead is located at Mile Marker 19 of Highway 89, between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT and rewards you with some really cool rock formations.
    2. If you arrive in Page in the early afternoon hours before sunset, consider hitting Horseshoe Bend before settling in for the evening. This timeframe is one of the best for photos.
    3. Make a reservation for your Antelope Canyon tour. The time of year you’re visiting is very busy and if you have your heart set on seeing the light beams at mid-day, the canyon will be busy. Since you’re travelling to Arches, I would recommend picking up your tour at the entrance to the canyon on Highway 98 instead of one of the tours out of Page.
    As you can see, I haven’t even brought up the possibility of a Lake Powell boat tour. With only one night in Page, you might not be able to squeeze one in, unless it’s a short one like the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise. Another night in Page may be in order!
    Hope that helps in your planning. Have a wonderful trip.

Ivy - April 5, 2017

Hi Ryan,

We’re planning on visiting Antelope Canyon both upper and lower in late Oct to early Nov. What is the best time for lights at both upper and lower canyons at that time of the year?

    Alley Keosheyan - April 6, 2017

    Hi Ivy,
    Thanks for visiting!
    In late October/early November, lighting in both Upper and Lower Antelope will be optimal at mid-day, however, the light shafts you’ve no doubt seen pictures of are starting to fall short of extending all the way down to the canyon floor. Still, you might catch a glimpse of them, particularly in Upper, if you time your tour for around 11:00-12:00. Then Lower can be fit in around that.
    Hope that helps,

Elena - June 9, 2017

I and 3 others friends are planning to visit Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, south rim of Antelope, horseshoe bend, and Powell river in 4 nights/ 5 days ( June 30-July 4). We are planning to fly to Las Vegas and drive through those places. In what order should we take to make most of our time? Also, do We need to sign up for a tour or we can hike alone? Do we need permits? Where are the best places to stay for those places? Thanks, Elena

    Alley Keosheyan - June 9, 2017

    Hi Elena, and thanks for visiting our site.
    I’m going to get the bad news out of the way first: if you don’t have reservations to go to Havasu Falls already, you’re not going there. Permits are required to visit this area, and due to the nature of the logistics involved to get there, camping or staying in the local lodge for at least 1 night is recommended. Unfortunately, these accommodations are few in number and are booked months in advance. Sorry, but that’s the reality of the situation.
    As for the rest of your itinerary, it’s feasible – if you act quickly. Grand Canyon South Rim lodging also books up well in advance, so the order of your trip should revolve around when you can find availability of hotels. Staying in the park is always most desirable, but if you can’t find availability there, Tusayan (aka Grand Canyon Village South) is your next best option. If nothing is available there, try Williams, Cameron, or Flagstaff, AZ. Visit this link for more information on Grand Canyon Hotels in order of proximity to the park At the Grand Canyon, hiking alone is perfectly fine; in fact, you’re not likely to be alone on the corridor trails Bright Angel and South Kaibab. Just remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours up. Water, sun protection and high-energy snacks should be carried with you at all times.
    For Antelope Canyon, you are required to go with an authorized tour company. Horseshoe Bend can be visited on your own. For Lake Powell, you have a choice of taking a boat tour, renting a boat, or simply going down to a convenient beach and taking a swim. The best place to stay to visit these attractions is Page, AZ.
    Now, seeing as though you’ve had to take one item off your wish list (Havasu), you might consider substituting it with Zion National Park. There’s alot to see and do in this area, and it’s right on your way back to Las Vegas. Lodging location recommended for this park is Springdale, Utah.

    Hope that helps. Thanks again for visiting and best wishes for safe traveling!

Ricky - August 13, 2017

We are planning to see Antelope Canyon 1st week of Oct. What would the weather be like then? Does it usually rain during that time ? Can you recommend a good iterinary for us we have 2 girls, 7 and 10. Thanks.

    Alley Keosheyan - August 13, 2017

    Hi Ricky,
    Early October in Page, AZ is typically marked by very stable weather, warm but not excessively hot, with chances of precipitation usually slight. You should have sunshine and blue skies! But, I would keep an eye on the weather about 2 weeks prior to your trip date to anticipate a potential cold snap or stray thunderstorm. As for a good itinerary, it’s difficult to recommend one not knowing how long you’ll be staying, but popular activities in the area include the Colorado River Discovery Half-Day Float Trip, Lake Powell Boat Tours, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, walking tours of the Glen Canyon Dam, and ample easy but scenic hikes. Check out this sample 2-day itinerary for more ideas! Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

      Ricky - August 13, 2017

      Thanks for the fast reply. One more question though, what is the best time of the day to go see the upper and lower canyon? I checked the tours and upper canyon has 8:45 am and 4:00 pm available toir for now. We will be there for 2 days by the way. Thanks.

        Mina - August 31, 2017

        Hi Ryan/Alley,

        We, too, are planning to visit Antelope the first week of October and are also wondering what the best times for Upper and Lower are.
        Also, since we will be booking the tours online, how would we show the $8 Navajo fee was already paid for one ticket when we go to purchase the other?

          Alley Keosheyan - September 1, 2017

          Hi Mina,
          Thank you for stopping by, and for asking a very good question!
          When making reservations for either Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon tours online, you do not pay the $8 per person Navajo Tribal Park Fee at that time. You pay it when you get to the tribal park entrance on the day of your tour. Per verbiage on Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon tours, for example:

          You will have to pay an ADDITIONAL $8.00 per person (Paid In CASH ONLY) at the Navajo entrance booth before you get to the parking lot! This entrance fee is NOT included in the prices quoted for this tour.

          The verbiage is similar on other tour operators’ sites as well. Therefore, when you take your first tour, you will need to keep your receipt in order to avoid double-paying the fee when you take your next tour.

          As for the best time to visit, mid-day is generally considered most advantageous for lighting and photo ops, however, there is no such thing as a “bad” time to go there. Another consideration: upon doing a cursory check of availability for the first week of October, I personally found many days to be sold out already! So you may want to re-think touring both Lower and Upper Antelope and instead pick one branch (preferably one with availability for tours LOL) then consider other activities to fill up the day, such as visiting the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, taking a boat tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside, or perhaps a kayak tour. This article has some excellent suggestions on other things to do in the area besides Antelope Canyon: “Can You Do Both Lower And Upper In One Day?
          One more thing: if you’re going to Monument Valley, the Little Colorado Overlook or any other Navajo Tribal park upon leaving Page, be sure to keep your $8 tribal park entry receipt from your Antelope Canyon tour. It will get you into these areas too!
          Take care and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

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