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Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell Adventures

By Karlyn / February 8, 2017
Horseshoe Bend

Already did Antelope Canyon? An aerial tour of Lake Powell and Rainbow bridge is a great way to see the rest of the area. Like the Grand Canyon, the lake is simply too large to see from a single viewpoint. The best way to grasp the scale and beauty of the area is to be above it.

In addition to Lake Powell, you will fly over Rainbow Bridge. This is the largest natural bridge in the world, and a United States national monument. It takes about 2 hour to get there by boat, and then you have to hike about a mile with how low the water is.

Highly recommended tour. It’s a great way to spend 25-30 minutes.

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10 comments
mina - April 12, 2017

hi can you do a tour of the upper and lower antelope canyon? Also would like to get down onto river to do boat tour including horseshoe in boat? Would travel from south rim to stay overnight in page and get up early to do these 2 tours if it all fits in one day?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 12, 2017

    Hi Mina,
    Thanks for stopping by today. It is theoretically possible to do all these activities in one day, but it depends on the time of year you’re traveling. The Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip (the boat tour that travels through Horseshoe Bend) only departs once daily at 11 AM from March 1st – 31st and October 1st through November 30th. Due to the shorter day length, you would probably only have time to do either Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon prior to the float trip, then do the second one afterwards.
    During the spring, summer and fall months, you could catch the 7:30 AM float trip, which would end at approximately 11:30 AM. Allowing an hour for lunch, you could then catch the two Antelope Canyon tours in the afternoon.
    Honestly, though, that’s going to make for a day that’s very rushed. Consider getting an earlier start from the South Rim so you can hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, then maybe take one of the tours on your arrival day. That way you’ll have more time between tours on your second day.
    Whichever you choose to do, and in whichever order, we strongly recommend booking both the float trip and Antelope Canyon tours in advance. The links above will give you the appropriate contact information.
    Good luck and happy traveling!
    Alley

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      mina - April 17, 2017

      hi the hop on hop off tour at south rim – do you know how long this takes? does the half day canyon river discovery tours on boat go through horseshoe bend?

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 17, 2017

        Hi again, Mina!
        There are actually several free shuttle lines at the South Rim. They are not “tours” per se in that they are only required by the National Park Service to provide a mode of transport. Some of the drivers actually like giving a tour; others do not, and the former variety cannot be requested. If you want an actual “tour” with educational commentary provided, you’ll have to pay for one. In your case, since you plan to drive to Page anyway, I would suggest the Hermit’s Rest Tour. It’s a two-hour tour offered by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the in-park concessionaire, and presently costs $36 for adults, free for kids 16 and under. http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/things-to-do/motorcoach-railway-tours/
        If you opt to tour the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive by free shuttle, if you ride continuously, no stopping, it takes about 90 minutes to complete the entire route.
        RE: the Colorado River Discovery tour from Page, yes, it does go through Horseshoe Bend πŸ™‚
        Thanks again for stopping by! Let us know how you get on,
        Alley

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mina - April 17, 2017

thanks Alley, can you confirm drive from southrim to horseshoe bend boat trip ( do you know how long drive woul be)then I could drive from end ofboat trip to antelope canyon (do you know how long this drive would be and from what point?. Also are we able to drive any car on these roads?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 17, 2017

    Hi Mina,
    The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to the check-in point for the Colorado River Discovery Float Trip (I assume that’s the one you’re referring to?) in Page, AZ is approximately 2.5 hours driven direct, but people seldom do that as there are a lot of good views to stop at along the way.
    As for the drive from the “end of the boat trip,” what happens is that when you pull off the river at Lees Ferry, you’re then driven by motorcoach back to the Colorado River Discovery office where you checked in. The drive to Antelope Canyon would then be 10 minutes or so. You can drive as far as the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on Highway 98, but then you are required to be escorted back to the canyon entrance by an authorized guide.
    Map:

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Ricardo - September 27, 2017

Hi Alley,

My name is Ricardo and would like to visit Antelope on 16th December 2017.

Besides driving, are there any transportation services which I can use to go to Page or Antelope ?

I will be staying in Vegas.

Thank you.

Ricardo

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 27, 2017

    Hi Ricardo, thanks for visiting our site today!
    Unfortunately, options are somewhat limited for visiting Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas via public/mass transportation. The driving distance (5 hours each way) is probably the primary prohibiting factor. Still, a few ground tour companies offer day tour packages by motorcoach or mini-bus, which you can read about in this article: Visiting Antelope Canyon From Las Vegas
    One option not listed in the above-referenced piece, which has only recently come online, is a private airplane charter service offered by Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines. Flight time one-way is about 1.5 hours and due to the time you’d save by not driving, you’d have enough time on the ground to tour both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Learn more about it here: Private Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Expedition
    Right now, the best option, but in terms of personal flexibility and cost, is to drive yourself and stay a night or two in Page, Arizona.
    Good luck and best wishes for safe traveling,
    Alley πŸ™‚

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Pia - September 28, 2017

Hi Alley,

We are visiting AZ on Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-26). Planning to visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Red Rocks, and Grand Canyon. Will there be tours operating during those dates?

Also, where is the best place to stay to photograph the sunrise and sunset? Is there any overnight tours available on Thanksgiving week?

Thanks,
Pia

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 29, 2017

    Hi Pia and thank you for visiting today!
    If what you’re trying to accomplish is visiting the attractions you listed from Phoenix, Las Vegas or other gateway city, your options are going to be somewhat limited. Thanksgiving, though a relatively busy time for traveling, is considered “off-season” in this part of the country, so many commercial tours are on hiatus at that time of year, or require a certain number of passengers in order to guarantee operation.
    The best way to tour the Southwestern US is to drive yourself. Once you get to the parks, you’ll find that the majority of tours and activities are still running, but there will be some exceptions. In Page/Lake Powell, for example, boat tours and air tours will have ceased operations until spring, but Antelope Canyon tours will still be running. Horseshoe Bend can be visited at your leisure in your own vehicle, or can be combined with a slot canyon tour if you prefer to go with a guide. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tour
    As for the best place to stay to photograph sunrise and sunset, in the Grand Canyon, that’s anywhere inside the park. There are 6 hotels to choose from, all situated within convenient walking or driving distance from the canyon rim. For Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you’ll find a plentiful selection of hotels in the town of Page, Arizona. For “Red Rocks,” I’m assuming you mean Sedona, in which case, you’ll also find a wide range of accommodations from basic to ultra-luxurious and everything in between. Sedona, Arizona hotels
    It is imperative that you reserve your lodging in advance at all of these popular destinations, and that you are prepared for cooler weather, and the possibility of snow at higher elevations.
    Good luck and travel safely,
    Alley πŸ™‚

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