Driving to Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / September 17, 2015

Driving Distances to Antelope Canyon from popular starting points

  • From Grand Canyon South Rim – 2.5 hours
  • From Zion National Park – 2.5 hours
  • From Las Vegas – 4.5 hours
  • From Monument Valley – 2 hours

Once you get to town, you should plan to be at your tour companies location 20 minutes before hand. Advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended during the spring, summer, and fall months. The Navajo Nation limits the number of permits available per day, so sold out days are very common.

There are tour companies that leave from Grand Canyon and Las Vegas that include Antelope Canyon as part of a day tour.

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Ryan

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

18 comments
Margie - December 22, 2015

My husband is driving to Antelope Canyon from GC. We would like to see the lower and horse shoes bend. Is it a must to join a tour or We are able to tour ourselves?

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    Ryan - December 22, 2015

    Hi Margie,
    You will need to have a tour guide for Antelope Canyon. Click here to information on how to book a tour.
    Horseshoe Bend is a free hike, you can just park at the trailhead and walk to the viewpoint.

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Jenevie - February 1, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Do you recommend a certain time to hike Antelope Canyon, when the sun hits in between the slots the best?

I was thinking of hitting Horseshoe Bend first then going to Antelope Canyon.

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 8, 2017

    Hi Jenevie,
    This is a common, but excellent question, and the answer depends heavily on what time of year you’re planning to visit.
    Many people have seen the other-worldly photos of a surreal slot canyon bathed in soft sunlight, with a dramatic sunbeam illuminating the chamber and extending all the way down to the canyon floor. This phenomenon, which occurs in Upper Antelope Canyon, takes place during the mid-day hours (between 11 AM and 1 PM) during the late spring-summer-and early fall months due to the near-perfect angle of the sun, facilitated by the tilt of the Earth during the warmer seasons.
    During the late fall-winter-early spring months, the Earth tilts away from the canyon somewhat, so the sunbeams may reach the upper levels of the canyon, but they don’t make it all the way down to the floor. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit – far from it! The canyon is still beautiful, and what’s more, you typically don’t have as many people to contend with on your tour. That’s always a plus.
    As for Horseshoe Bend, it is best seen after sunrise to late afternoon. Sunset isn’t so great because once the sun goes down, Glen Canyon is in shadow. So, hitting Horseshoe Bend in the morning, then Antelope Canyon in the early afternoon is an excellent plan for enjoying a day of sightseeing in Page, Arizona!
    ’til next time, happy travels!
    Alley

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Kate - March 1, 2016

Awesome information Ryan! Thank you so much for creating this website! This is the most helpful website I’ve found so far for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Going alone for my first time and SO looking forward to it. Going to use as many of your tips as possible!

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dahil - July 2, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for creating this page, very helpful. My question is would you recommend Horseshoe bend to a 6 y.o kid (were planning on going to Antelope canyon -upper and the Marina), and maybe going to Horseshoe bend.

kudos,
Hilda

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    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    Hi Hilda,
    A 6 year old can easily do Horseshoe Bend, but depending on the time of year it may be very hot. I would considering bringing shade, and water is a must during the summer. Also be careful of the edge!
    Best,
    Ryan

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Rick - September 15, 2016

Ryan, I want to let you know how much I appreciate all this very valuable information you have posted about the Page area. My wife and I are planning a trip there in October and I have spent quite a bit a time here preparing for our trip. Thank you very much!

Rick

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    Ryan - September 20, 2016

    Rick,
    I’m glad the information was useful, Feel free to ask on here if you have specific questions. It is a great way to help us think of future articles!
    Best,
    Ryan

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Johanna - December 14, 2016

Hi Ryan,
Is it worth the drive to go grand canyon south rim from antelope canyon going back to vegas? I’m thinking of this itinerary
Day 1 : land to las vegas and drive to zion and do a quick hike at riverside trail. Stay the night. Or just stay the night in vegas and drive early morning to zion?
Day 2: hike at zion, maybe emerald pool . Stay there for atleast 4hrs. Then head to bryce canyon then head to Page
Day 3: antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. Stay at page again.
Day 4: grand canyon south then head back to vegas
Should I jusy eliminate one of the park? If so, which one? Is grand a canyon a must? For sure I want to antelope canyon. How about lake powell?
Thank you in advance. We’ll be travelling this coming week… winter time. I’d appreciate your advice.

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hello Johanna,
    Ryan is out of the office, plus it looks like we weren’t able to get to your comment in time for your trip. We hope you had a good time, though your itinerary did look a little rushed. We’d be curious to see how things turned out for you.
    For other travelers to Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, keep these things in mind:
    1. Drive times that Google Maps or Mapquest gives you are rarely what materialize in reality! There is so much to see that you can count on making multiple stops to take photos, buy souvenirs, purchase meals and drinks, etc., not to mention the inevitable restroom stops. In any case, long drives are a fact of life in this neck of the woods and if you’re not used to them, your vacation will feel like drudgery by the time you’re ready to head home. Who wants that?
    2. The bigger the park, the longer you should plan on staying. Zion National Park, for example, is huge and multi-faceted, and warrants at least a 2 day stay. Bryce Canyon, on the other hand, is less than 40 square miles in area, so 1 night tends to be sufficient for most visitors. Lake Powell is another “biggie,” calling for 1-2 nights at the very least. Grand Canyon South Rim can usually be experienced fully with an overnight stay, especially for those coming from or going to Page; a good part of your sightseeing will be experienced on the drive to or from GC.
    In wintertime, it’s important not to schedule yourself too tightly as inclement weather can throw a wrench into your plans.
    Happy travels to all!
    Alley

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Lisa Friebel - January 13, 2017

Your website is awesome. My family and I are flying into Phoenix on Wed, March 15th. If I told you Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon are a must on our list, could you recommend a day by day itenary? We have until Monday March 20th. I’m overwhelmed what to see first, what city to drive too, etc. Happy to have other suggestions of what to see also. Horseshoe Bend? We’re an active, outdoorsy kinda family.
Much success and blessings to you-
Lisa

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for the compliments on our website. With 5 days to work with, Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon will be just a small sampling of the scenic beauty you can enjoy in Northern Arizona!
    After arriving in Phoenix, I would recommend visiting Sedona, Arizona. Located approximately 2 hours from Phoenix, Sedona is home to some of the world’s most famous and beautiful red rock formations, exquisite art galleries and retail shops, and some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the state. With so much to offer, you’ll have no trouble spending 2 fun-filled days in this area! For more information, visit http://www.Sedona.net
    After Sedona, proceed to Grand Canyon South Rim approximately 2.5 hours North of Sedona. Staying at one of the 6 hotels inside the park is most desirable, but if these are sold out (which is quite possible at this point), Tusayan/GC Village South is the next best option just 3 miles outside the park gate. For complete information on Grand Canyon hotels, visit http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Because much of the Grand Canyon can be experienced on the drive to Page, we suggest staying just one night there.
    From Grand Canyon South Rim, proceed East on Highway 64 along the Desert View drive. Plan to stop at a few of the viewpoints along the way. After exiting the park, you’ll be on Navajo Indian Tribal lands. The Cameron Trading Post makes a good lunch stop or at least mid-way bathroom break stop at the junction of Highway 64 & 89.
    About 5 miles South of the town of Page, Arizona, you’ll arrive at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Allow about an hour for the walk there and back, and for viewing time at the overlook. Take care as some parts of the trail are very sandy, plus there are no guardrails at the overlook. Upon leaving Horseshoe Bend, head North to the town of Page for your overnight accommodations. Scroll down to the section marked Page AZ on this link http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    After a leisurely start to your next morning, you can plan to visit Antelope Canyon. You’ll need to decide whether to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, which is a short, easy walk; or Lower Antelope Canyon, which is a bit longer and requires some climbing (staircases, a few boulders). Tours to Upper Antelope Canyon are offered from the town of Page, or at the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98. For Lower Antelope Canyon, pick-ups in Page are not offered, but the drive to the park entrance gate is a short 5-10 minutes.
    Hope that helps and that you enjoy your visit! BTW, here’s a map of the drive I’ve proposed ->: https://goo.gl/maps/fgoQwjAdSfS2
    Success and blessings back to you,
    Alley

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Shoba - March 1, 2017

Is it safe to drive to antelope canyon from Vegas and back same day .

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 1, 2017

    Hi Shoba,
    This is one of those questions to which the answer is “yes” and “no.” The drive takes approximately 5 hours – that’s one-way. Antelope Canyon tours, whether to Lower or Upper, typically take 90 minutes to 2 hours. While in the Page area, you should also plan on stopping at Horseshoe Bend, which is nearby. Factoring in time for lunch or dinner, and fuel stops, you could be driving back to Las Vegas at night, which we don’t recommend due to lack of supplemental lighting on the roadways, and the tendency of wildlife to congregate around them. Staying for a night or two in Page will give you a much more relaxed experience, not to mention time to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
    Hope that helps. Happy traveling!
    Alley

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Sally - March 20, 2017

Hi Alley/Ryan,

Thanks so much for the wonderful information. This is a great website! We plan to visit Grand Canyon/Page/Bryce/Zion end of this April. 2 adults and 2 kids (age 14 and 10). We will head out from Las Vegas early morning on Monday to Grand Canyon. Currently I have 2 nights in park lodging and don’t have overnight at Page, we plan to drive to Page then to Bryce same day on Wednesday. Will one night at Grand Canyon be enough (we would love to hike down to the canyon a little bit and don’t want to rush) so I can allocate one night to Page? Instead of leaving Wed morning to Page, doing Horseshoe Bed and Antelope Canyon tour, then to Bryce, should we leave Tuesday afternoon from Grand Canyon and get to Page, so we can have a bit relaxed time on Wednesday exploring Antelope Canyon and enjoy the scene/hike while heading to Bryce before sunset? Please let me know. Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Hi Sally, thank you for visiting our site, and for your compliments!
    I would strongly advise revising your schedule a bit so you can spend at least one night in Page. Driving from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page direct, without stopping, takes 2.5 hours. The same for driving from Page to Bryce Canyon, but these drives are seldom done direct since they are very scenic and folks end up stopping to take pictures. Another consideration: we don’t recommend driving at night due to the lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of deer, elk and other wildlife to congregate around them at night.
    Dropping a night at the Grand Canyon would allow you a night to allocate to Page without detracting from your Grand Canyon experience because a good chunk of your sightseeing of the Grand Canyon occurs on the drive to Page. The route naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon where there are several beautiful viewpoints worth stopping at. Upon exiting the park and entering the Navajo Indian Reservation, there are even more. Be sure to stop at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of Highway 64 and 89 for lunch or just to stretch your legs/visit facilities. Then hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook 5 miles South of Page.
    As for hiking at the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail would be the most easily accessible from Grand Canyon Park lodging and should be timed so you don’t bite off more than you can chew. 1 hour down = 2 hours out. Water and food must be carried if you’re planning on spending any more than 1 hour’s time.
    Hope that helps. Have a great time!
    Alley

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