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By Ryan / September 27, 2015

Ultimate one day itinerary in Page, AZ. Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend

One day is not enough time to see everything in Page, AZ. But if you have to do it to stay on schedule, or you booked all your stay before visiting this website, this is the way to get the most out of your time (minimizing driving, and hitting optimal times for tours.) Here is the best one day itinerary in Page, AZ.

  • Sunrise: Β Drive to Page, AZ/Antelope Canyon from where you are. Assuming you are in Zion, Grand Canyon, Sedona, or Monument Valley, this will take you between 2-4 hours.
  • 1030: tour of Antelope Canyon – Book a tour with Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. Both Lower Antelope Canyon companies are suitable, or drive directly to Upper Canyon. Don’t take one of the companies in town, because they will pick up/drop you off in Page (15 minutes in the wrong direction for this itinerary.)
  • 1 pm: Drive to Antelope Point Marina and have lunch at Ja’di’To’oh, the restaurant on the docks of the marina. Despite the funny name, its mostly burgers, pizza, salads, and sandwiches (at marina prices.)
  • 2 pm:Β Book a tour of Lake Powell with Antelope Point marina. This tour will take you up Antelope Canyon on the lake. There are other tours of the lake, but this is the fastest and has the least travel time on the water to get to a canyon.
  • 330 pm: Drive to Horseshoe BendΒ and hike the .75 miles to the overlook. Sunset works well for this location, and hopefully it has cooled down a bit depending on the time of your visit. You should bring water regardless.
  • Sunset: Overnight in Page, AZ. Check out TripAdvisor for recommendations

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

Noor - October 29, 2015

Hi Ryan,

Hope you are well. Is there any way to cover Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend through a tour bus? Are there any tour companies that might have packages for these 3 spots combined. I’m asking because I don’t have a license, so can’t drive to these locations. Please let me know.

    Ryan - October 29, 2015

    Great question Noor,
    There is no tour bus that starts in Page that does these three attractions.
    However, if you are already in town staying at a hotel, most of the Antelope Canyon companies are in the center of town, and easy walking distance from most of the hotels. These companies will drive you to Antelope Canyon.
    If you are too far to walk, you should use Buggy Taxi 1 (928) 645-6664. Rates are usually 10-20$ anywhere in town. They will also take you to Horseshoe Bend during the day.
    Antelope Point Marina and Wahweap Marina both have shuttles that pick up in town and take you to their location. The schedules change depending on time of year, so best to call the marinas directly to find time and pick up locations. Their websites also list their tour times for Lake Powell.

    Melvin Laskoskie - March 13, 2016

    Stop at the local market to get water and snacks for the day. You will want a day pack to carry things in since you will be gone for the entire day.

Diana - November 26, 2015

HI Ryan,

First of all thank you for this wonderful one-day itineirary in Page, AZ. Would like to verify some things regarding doing upper and lower antelope. We are a big family of 9 people, and we’re on a budget, so as much as possible we want to do research first before going and not hire tour guides once we get there on January 3rd. (I believe the antelope and horseshoe bend are open already during this time). We will be driving a private car coming from Grand Canyon South Rim. I was wondering if on Jan. 3 the road to upper antelope is open and can we park there? Is trekking both upper and lower antelope is do-able on our own, without hiring any tour guide? Also how much would permit costs for day-trek? how long does it take to do each leg? Same for horseshoe bend is parking available? Hike do-able on our own? Any permits to pay?

Also, any other suggestion that we can do while in Page for a day, that does not involve so much paying for tour guides, instead spending on local food, things, scenic views?

Thank you!

    Ryan - November 26, 2015

    Hi Diana,
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to go to Antelope Canyon without a tour guide.
    If you are interested in doing a great slot canyon with a small budget, I suggest you consider Lower East Waterholes canyon. This is the only part of Waterholes that you can do without a guide, although you will need a backcountry use permit. You can get a permit at Navajo Parks and Rec office, located next to the LeChee Chapter House, which is three miles south of Page, Arizona on Coppermine Rd. (Navajo Route 20). The hike should take you a few hours to a half-day. As with all slot canyons besides Antelope Canyon, you should consider the technical difficulty of the canyon and the ability of your group before doing the hike. You can read the reviews of Waterholes on TripAdvisor.
    Also, Waterholes is just a few miles south of Horseshoe Bend at mile post 542 (Horseshoe Bend is 545.)
    Horseshoe Bend you can do without a permit or guide, just park and take the 3/4 mile hike. It will be cold during your visit, so dress appropriately. There will be plenty of parking during Jan, and it will take you 1-2 hours.

    In addition to the ideas listed on the one day itinerary, if you are interested in budget items you should consider adding the Dam Overlook, Lone Rock Beach and the Paria Toadstools.

raquel hurst - November 27, 2015

how far is skywalk to antelope canyon and the horsebend

    Ryan - November 28, 2015

    Hi Raquel, The Skywalk at East Grand Canyon is 5 hours and 40 minutes from Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Here’s a map with directions.

Visitor - December 26, 2015

Hello, I find your introduction from Google, very useful. Would you like to share some experiences about going to Antelope Canyon in the end of January? I planned to go there but finds some comments say it’s NG for Antelope Canyon in winter due to the sunshine concern… Thanks for your advise! πŸ™‚

    Ryan - January 14, 2016

    Hi Cat,
    Antelope Canyon at the end of Jan will be quite chilly, but you have the benefit of a much smaller group size! I think it is a great time of year to go. You will not see lightbeams, so if that is a must, then this is not the right time for you. However, unless you are a photographer, I don’t think the lightbeams are a very important part of the Antelope Canyon experience.

Colleen - January 4, 2016

Love this itinerary!!! We are planning our visit for early June with 3 kids (10, 13, 15) We will have a little more time. Maybe another half of a day. What would you add for an activity? Also which RV campground would you recommend?

    Ryan - January 4, 2016

    Hi Colleen,
    It depends on which way you are traveling after you leave Page. If you are traveling west, I would recommend Wirepass Canyon (6$ per person) and Paria Toadstools (free.) If you’re traveling east, then Monument Valley is a great choice. South I would say Grand Canyon south rim! If you are looking for activities around town, I would recommend a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, or take a 1/2 day river float trip down the Colorado river. Colorado River Discovery has a 1/2 day tour.
    For RV camping, I would recommend Wahweap Campground. It is a little outside town (15-20 minutes) but it is walking distance from a swim beach on Lake Powell, so I think it is worth the extra time.
    I hope that helps!

    Ric - April 8, 2017

    Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

Bhea - January 19, 2016

Hi Ryan,

I am planning to go to Las Vegas on Feb.2-6 and will take Grand Canyon tour and would love to go for Antelope Canyon as well. I am a solo traveler who cannot drive in your place so I’m thinking how will I do my itinerary covering Grand Canyon, Antelope, Lake Powell, and Horse Shoe bend. I can adjust the departure location in either Las Vegas or Phoenix, depends on accessibility and availability of the tours.

    Ryan - January 19, 2016

    At this time, there are not any tours that include Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas or Phoenix. It does require that you drive there from either Las Vegas or Phoenix. However, the tour we do recommend is the Scenic Canyon River Adventure from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim…unfortunately it doesn’t begin until March 1st. In the future, there will be a tour from Las Vegas as it is growing in popularity.

Amber - February 11, 2016

Hey Ryan!
Your post is awesome and I am so excited to have come across it. I see that i can do this great trip in one day, so if I have four days and three nights (April 8-11) is that too much time in which I should include a hike elsewhere? I was hoping to start at the Grand Canyon South Rim and drive up to do your above itinerary. In addition, I wanted to possibly do a photo shoot with a bride/groom in Antelope Canyon… So I’m guessing I should maybe try to do Antelope Canyon on Monday so I won’t have too many people around for the shoot? I don’t know how busy Antelope Canyon is in April.


    Ryan - February 29, 2016

    Hi Amber,
    Thanks for the questions. 4 days and 3 nights is a good amount of time to spend in the area. If some of the local hikes are not what you’re looking for (too much off-road, too much technical canyoneerings, etc) it is very common to use Page as a base camp for the near-by parks (Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, etc.) Stopping at the Grand Canyon and exploring for a full day still gives you enough time to make it back to Page before bedtime. A lot of locals will get up early to do day hikes at Grand Canyon south rim, and be back in time for dinner.
    April will be as least busy as it gets for Antelope Canyon. Keep in mind that they canyons are just a few hundred feet long, so it doesn’t take a lot of people to start crowding your shots.

      Susan - August 4, 2016

      Your comments/responses are great…many thanks.

      I plan to visit Zion, Byrce and Arches Parks this October. I will be coming from the East and plan to enter Utah from the south. I definitely will spend at least a day in Page to do the Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. I am allowing for 6 days to visit the 3 Parks, and I want to leave from North Utah for my return trip . Is there a good central location where I can stay for the 6 days, or would you recommend that I spend 2 days as close to each park entrance as I can.

        Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

        Even though this guest’s visit has already taken place, the question is relevant to many travelers planning future visits to the area and warrants a response.
        If at all possible, it’s more desirable and convenient to seek out lodging in or close to the parks you visiting. Distances between parks in the Grand Circle area tend to be quite long, so basing yourself in one city (what we in the industry refer to as a “hub and spoke” approach) to explore them will probably get old after a day or two. The exception to this rule is Arches/Canyonlands National Parks, which do not have hotels within them, but Moab, UT is situated conveniently between them and makes for the best area to stay in to enjoy these parks to the fullest.
        If, for some reason, you are unable to secure lodging in or near your chosen parks – which happens when you wait until the last minute to book their hotels! – then Page, Arizona makes a good “base camp” from which to explore the area of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah known as “The Grand Circle.” http://grandcircle.org/images/stories/graphics/GrandCircle-2016-map.pdf Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon are all 5-20 minutes away from Page. Zion is 90 minutes away, and Bryce Canyon is 2.5 hours away. Moab, UT is approximately 4.5 hours’ drive from Page.
        Hope that helps. Happy travels to all!

Vid - February 20, 2016


Great info. This is exactly what I was looking for. One question, we are driving from Phoenix and are planning to spend 2 days in Page and then drive to Sedona. We like to hike. Do you have any recommendations for the 2nd day that we have at Page? It looks like there are some nice hiking opportunities there.

Thanks again.


    Ryan - February 29, 2016

    Hi Vid,
    There are a couple of great hikes that I recommend for a second day. You should look at doing Wirepass to the Buckskin confluence, which is a pretty easy 3 mile round trip. It takes you to the confluence of the largest slot canyon in North America. You should also consider Wahweap Hoodoos, a rocky but relatively flat 9 miles r/t up a wash to some great hoodoos. If you want some great exercise, then consider Spencer’s trail at Lee’s ferry. It is steeper than the corridor trails at the Grand Canyon, but only 2 miles longand takes you to a great overlook. Cathedral Canyon in the same area is a moderate hike that is about 3.0 miles round trip. Its a little cooler for temps because it is in a canyon, and takes you to the river. Finding the cairns that indicate where you have to scramble down can be difficult but it is one of the more fun hikes.
    If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, research “the ropes trail” on the other side of the Colorado River just across from Page. All I will say is that it is pretty difficult, dangerous, takes you to the river, is the original way down surveyors used for the dam, and the park will do everything in their power to discourage you from doing this hike. It is legal to do, just make sure you have the right experience and bring gloves.
    Hope that helps.

Ginny - February 20, 2016


If I understand what I have read correctly, the entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon is a set of staircases you have to climb down. Is that correct? And it is one-way. So, what are the details on the exiting. I am traveling with older parents who are in fairly good shape and could hopefully manage the climb down, but I wanted to know how we get back out and how difficult that might be. Is it back up more stairs?
Do you think traveling with older folks that going to upper might be a better idea.
Thanks for the info.

    Ryan - February 29, 2016

    Hi Ginny,
    There is a saying we use in the Grand Canyon, “Going down is optional, but going up is mandatory.” πŸ™‚ At time time I am writing this, the tours are traveling up the canyon, finishing close to the parking lot. In years past, they were going the opposite direction. In general, I would say that both directions are equally difficult. If your parents may have trouble with 2-3 flights of narrow stairs, then Upper Antelope is definitely a better choice. Upper is completely flat with no elevation change. Take a look at full walk through video of Lower Antelope, hopefully that will help you make a decision.
    Hope you guys have a fun visit!

Alice - March 6, 2016

Hi Ryan,
7 of my friends & I will be driving to Page, AZ from Phoenix metro next weekend….Staying for 2 nights…..Not so much into hiking but we’d love to see beautiful sights around the area……..Do you recommend doing both lower & upper Antelope Canyon?…..We are leaving around 7am, any suggestions along the way?…..Plan to see the sunset on Saturday….Would really appreciate your feedback……Good day…..

    Ryan - March 8, 2016

    Hi Alice,
    Are you guys Phoenix locals or just flying into PHX? If you’re travelling to Phoenix, I would recommending stopping by the Grand Canyon South Rim and going on a small hike before heading to Page. The most popular choice would be to park at the Bright Angel Lodge, and hike down the Bright Angel trail as far as you want and then turn back when you’re ready. You can grab lunch at lodge, or Cameron Trading post is also a good choice if you’re not hungry yet. Cameron Trading post is on your way from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. It’s about 3.5 hours from Phx to the Grand Canyon, and about 3 hours from the Grand Canyon to Page.
    You could do both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, but I would personally rather do something else since they look very similar. I would do Horseshoe Bend, one of the canyons, the dam overlook and maybe the Glen Canyon Dam. Then I would consider spending a day on Lake Powell, maybe rent a boat or go to Lone Rock Beach!
    Hope that helps!

Dolores - April 11, 2016

is the lower tour safe for kids?

    Ryan - April 11, 2016

    Hi Dolores,
    Lower Antelope is safe for kids if they can climb steep ladders. I recommend you take a look at the walkthrough video to get a better visual of what they will need to do. Hope that helps!

Mira - April 12, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Thanks so much for the informative post! After reading through all the comments and answers and not finding what I am looking for I decided to post my own question πŸ™‚

My friend and I will be traveling to Las Vegas from 31 May – 4 June. We booked a two day tour on 1-2 June, from Las Vegas that visits Zion and Bryce Canyon on day 1 and Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon on day 2 before heading back to Las Vegas.

However, we are considering staying an extra night in Page instead of heading back to Vegas as we would like to do a third day in the desert to visit Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon (either South Rim or Grand Canyon National Park?)

What would be the best option considering we need to be back in Vegas by Friday evening, 3 June:
– Rent a car in Page and drive to Las Vegas, stopping at Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon
– Tour options starting in Page and ending in Las Vegas?
– Transport options from Antelope Canyon to Page (the tour we booked ends here before heading back to Vegas so we would need to find our own transport to Page if we want to stay an extra night)
– If you have any other suggestions of things to see I would greatly appreciate the recommendations!

Thanks again!


    Alley Keosheyan - February 8, 2017

    Although this guest’s visit has already taken place, her inquiry brings up a very important point about mass transit – or lack thereof – from the town of Page, Arizona.
    Page, Arizona is one of the most remote communities in the United States. Though it is within a day’s drive of major cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, it is still quite isolated. Many people have found this out the hard way when they found themselves stranded in this area!
    Mira asks about the possibility of
    1. Renting a car in Page and driving to Las Vegas. That’s easier said than done. Avis and Enterprise Rent-A-Car do have outlets at the Page Municipal Airport (PGA), however, they both charge rather hefty drop-off fees for taking their vehicles one-way. This due in part to the relative difficulty of getting vehicles back to their dispatching origin.
    2. Tour options starting in Page and ending in Las Vegas. There are none.
    3. Transport options from Antelope Canyon to Page. You might be able to book one-way transport with one of the local tour outfitters that pick up in Page, but it would no doubt require a special arrangement. You would certainly need to reach out to the different outfitters by phone to accomplish this, if they’re even amenable to it. Otherwise, Buggy Taxi might be an option.
    4. Other suggestions of things to see? There are almost too many to name in the Grand Circle area! The moral of the story, though, is that you’ll always have the most freedom and flexibility by driving yourself to Page, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. Otherwise, be prepared to be at the mercy of someone else’s schedule, which may not always be most convenient for you.
    Happy travels, everyone, ’till next time –

anna - April 20, 2016

hi Ryan!
thank you so much for one day programm!) it is what i was looking for!)
we are planning to visit page on 25 of june. there will be 2 older ones (60 yo) and 1 – 5 yo. is it tooo hot in the end of june? can we manage 1 day programm and not die?)
thank you in advance!

    Ryan - June 16, 2016

    Hi Anna,
    They itinerary might be a little bit hot for your group. You should consider switching the boat tour for something a little more low-key. You could walk across the Glen Canyon Bridge, and then do a tour of the dam. It also has great views. Then you could do Wahweap Overlook and the Glen Canyon overlook

    That would probably be a little more manageable, and would you would still see the lake and river.

    Hope that helps!

Beth - May 11, 2016

if you had to choose, the boat tour or a walking tour, which do you recommend? We will be coming from Holbrook in the morning and going on to Vegas that evening so I know it will be a long day and I’m not sure we will be able to do both tours but really want to see the canyon!

    Ryan - June 16, 2016

    Hi Beth,
    The walking tour is the only way to see the very popular images that you are probably familiar with. The water tour is a completely different experience that is much more of a lake tour. You should take a look at this video of the boat tour so you can see the difference between that the walking tour.


James - June 8, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for providing the great info. If driving from Las Vegas, would it be possible to see part of Grand Canyon in addition to visiting Antelope (upper), and the Horseshoe bend in a single day? If so, in what order would you recommend organizing the itinerary?

Thank you!

    Ryan - June 16, 2016

    Hi James, Your itinerary is mathematically possible, but it would be pretty exhausting. To drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon south rim would take about 5 hours. If you departed early enough to get to the south rim by 9 am, you could spend two hours at the Grand Canyon, then drive the 3 hours to Page. You would have to be there by 2-3pm at the latest, take the 2 hour tour, then head over to hike Horseshoe Bend. Depending on the time of year, you could still have enough time to catch sunset before driving the 4.5 hours back to Las Vegas via US 89 to I-15.

    I don’t recommend this itinerary, especially if you are driving alone, but it could be done if you had additional drivers. I would recommend driving to the Grand Canyon south rim, spending a few hours there, then driving to Page and overnighting. You could do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in the morning, then adding a few hours at Zion on your way back to Las Vegas. It would still be intense, but significantly more manageable.

    Hope that helps!

Jill - June 11, 2016

Ryan, I appreciate your site and find your advice very helpful. My family and I (family of 4 w/ 17- and 13-year olds) will be traveling in Arizona/Utah for 10 days later this month. I’ve planned 3 nights in Sedona, 2 at Grand Canyon south rim, a night at the north rim, 2 at Bryce, and 1 at Zion. After reading about Page, we’ve decided to skip the north rim and head to Page instead.

We’ll be traveling from the south rim, so I figure we could see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon on our drive north. After spending the night in Page, any suggestions for a day in the area before driving to Bryce that evening? So many great things to do on the water, but they are rather pricey.

    Ryan - June 16, 2016

    Hi Jill,
    That sounds like a great itinerary. If you have an SUV or some vehicle that can drive on dirt, you should consider checking out Alstrom Point, or hiking through Wirepass canyon. Both are on the way to Bryce, and would be excellent choices. A good option to enjoy the lake at a lower cost would be to rent some kayaks, take them to Lone Rock beach and kayak over to Ice Cream Canyon. Hidden Canyon Kayak will rent them by the day.

    Hope that helps!

Dave - June 14, 2016

Hi Ryan:

Came across your website and really like what you had to say. Taking my 3 boys to see Antelope Canyon, GC and maybe Marble Canyon from 7/28-7/30. Seems like Lower Antelope Canyon is better. Not sure I really need the sunlight pictures plus will be less crowded and more to see. Agree?

Can you suggest the best itinerary for 2 full days knowing the canyons we want to see and if there is anything else? Much appreciated.


    Ryan - June 16, 2016

    Hi Dave,
    I agree that Lower Antelope Canyon is probably a better option, if nobody in your party has mobility issues. It is probably still going to feel crowded, as that time of year is pretty popular.

    2 days is a little tight for those 3 locations, unless you really fly through the Grand Canyon. I think a fun itinerary would be
    Day 1 – Grand Canyon
    breakfast at the Bright Angel Lodge
    take the hiker express shuttle to the South Kaibab trailhead
    hike down to Cedar Ridge and back up
    Drive to Page and overnight

    Day 2 – Page
    Antelope Canyon
    Horseshoe Bend
    Rent kayaks and take them to Lone Rock beach

    Day 3 – Marble Canyon
    Take the kayaks to Marble Canyon / Lee’s Ferry and have Colorado River Discovery backhaul you and the kayaks to Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle/float back to the vehicle. It is all stillwater, with no rapids.
    Return kayaks to Page

    That is a pretty active itinerary, and temps will be about as hot as it gets so it will require some research and planning to make sure it is right for you. Hydration will be critical. That said, it is the itinerary I would do. πŸ™‚


Emmy - June 30, 2016

Hi Ryan,

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this website loads of full info about this macnificent place. Will November around thanksgiving week too cold to tour around antelope canyon? When is the nice weather to visit? Spring break? My group will include seniors and young kids. Thanks!

    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    Hi Emmy,
    I think November is one of the best times to do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. The weather has cooled down, as well as the crowds. You should look to come during the first weekend of Novemeber, as that is during the Balloon Regatta. It is also a great time to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the same reasons!

Alex - July 22, 2016

Hi Ryan,
we are from Israel & love the desert, We travel in the Israeli desert with our ATV as my wife has mobility problems (can walk up to 1 mile). We are planning on visiting your area in October. Can you suggest a 3-4 day tour of the area with the above limitations?

    Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

    Hi Alex,
    Ryan is out of the office, but as a former resident of Northern Arizona, I’m happy to help you!
    You do not mention specifically if your wife requires a wheelchair to get around, but if she does, all parks in the U.S. National Park System publish Accessibility Guides for individuals with mobility limitations.
    With 3-4 days to work with, I would recommend spending 1 day at Grand Canyon South Rim and 2 nights in Page, Arizona. At Grand Canyon South Rim, many facilities are historic, and the terrain is rough, but there are a few areas where you can enjoy flat, easy walking with beautiful views, namely, the Rim Trail and the Trail of Time. In addition, most viewpoints are accessible by car and have handicapped accessible spaces. If you have a wheelchair placard, you can drive your own vehicle to the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive. If not, the shuttle system does offer wheelchair access. Note, we’re referring to wheelchairs and not motorized scooters.
    In Page, AZ, Upper Antelope Canyon would be the best bet for someone with mobility issues since it is an easy, flat walk of only 100 yards in length. You can also enjoy the Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip and perhaps a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center.
    For accessibility guides to Grand Canyon click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
    For Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
    Thank you so much for visiting our site!

Xavi - August 8, 2016

Hi Ryan,

First of all, congrats for your site! Here I’ve found really interesting information that didn’t find in other sites.
We are planning to visit Antelope or Cathedral Canyon, but don’t have enought time to see both places. So the question is: Which one should we choose, Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope or Cathedral Canyon? I’ve read in past comments that Upper seems to be the easiest option, but also the most popular (and crowded too), we don’t have problems to climb/walk for a couple of hours, furthermore if we can avoid big groups of people.


    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    Hi Xavi,
    Thanks for the kind comment.

    I would say that any of the tours you listed will be crowded. Upper is the indeed the easiest option but also the most crowded.

    If you want to really get a slot canyon without the crowds you will either have to go to canyon that limits the number of people per group (like Secret Canyon or Canyon X) or you have to hike by yourself to one of the lesser known canyons.

    If I was driving through the area and wanted to do a canyon hike without any crowds, I would probably do Wirepass Canyon. It’s only a few miles to hike to it, and is super fun. Plus you’ll only see a few people, even in the summer. You could also try your luck and sign up for the Wave lottery, as the Wave and Wirepass trailhead share the same parking lot πŸ™‚ Make sure to call the BLM visitor center in Kanab to see what the road conditions are if you decide to do this option

    I hope that helps,

Ernie - August 21, 2016

Hi Ryan,

My wife and I are driving up to Flagstaff or Page on Monday September 19th and would like to see Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and still do the Grand Canyon. We need to be in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 21th to see a evening show. We also thought about a short stay at Zion National park. What would your recommendations be to do this. Vegas is not so important as we are just heading there for the show and then heading back east to Indiana. We will be in Tucson, AZ before driving up to Page or Flagstaff.

    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    Hi Ernie,
    I would start from Flagstaff and go straight to the Grand Canyon and spend the day there and then drive to Page. Page prices can be significantly cheaper. That day would be about 5 hours of driving, and however much time you spend at the rim.

    Overnight in Page, then wake up and do Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, then drive to Zion. You should get there for dinner (maybe a late dinner.) This would be about 3 hours of driving and 4 hours of walking attractions.

    Overnight in Zion (or Springdale.) Wake up and take the shuttle to the various hikes. Most of Zion is only accessible via the shuttle. I would also do some research on which hikes you would be comfortable with. The Temple of Shinawava bus stop is very popular. I would consider getting off on that stop and walking along the river as it winds through the canyon.


Nessie - August 23, 2016

Hi ryan,! Thanks for your post. 3 of us are going on a roadtrip from vegas to phoenix this nov 8-20. We start in vegas-zio-bryce and i was planning a day in page then grabd canyon-sedona-phoenix. Can we do upper and lower antelope canyon and horseshoe bend in a day or just one one canyon the n horseshoe bend? If i have to choose between upper or lower which would u recommend? Can u recommend a tour company as well? We are staying in page then plan to start antelope tours/horseshoe bend and end of the day drive to grabd canyon. Is this doable?

    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    Hi Nessie,
    You can easily do both upper and lower canyon as well as Horseshoe Bend in one day. If you have nobody with mobility issues in the group, I find that lower canyon is more fun because of the stairs. If feels like you are descending into a canyon. Upper is considered to be a little more photogenic, but I would doubt most people could tell from a photograph which canyon it came from.

    I would ballpark 2 hours each for upper, lower, and Horseshoe Bend. That should leave you plenty of time to drive to the South Grand Canyon. From Page to the Bright Angel Lodge takes about 2.5 hours. Keep in mind that on busy days the lines at the entrance to the park can add a lot of time.

    Hope that helps!

marie - August 25, 2016

Hi Ryan!

Thanks for this post! extremely helpful. You note on lines and busy days is useful. We’ll be in Zion-Page from Sep 2-6, Labor Day weekend to do tours and perhaps moderate hikes. Can you suggest when to do what, considering the possible crowd? Thanks!!!

    Ryan - August 25, 2016

    Hi Marie,
    I would recommend doing Antelope Canyon first during August and early Sept. During the monsoon season, afternoon rains are very common and will cause the canyon to shut down for safety reasons. Horseshoe Bend is a great afternoon or sunset hike.
    If you want to do other local hikes, you might consider doing Catherdral Wash by Lee’s Ferry. It would take an hour to drive to from Page, and is a moderate hike to the Colorado River. There is a beach at the end that is a great place to have lunch or fish. There is some scrambling involved, so make sure to research the obstacles and see if it is appropriate for your group. It is my new favorite local hike!

    When you are driving from Zion to Page, it is worth the stop to do the Paria Toadstools. The trailhead is just off the highway between Page and Kanab, and is an easy 1.5 mile hike round trip.
    Hope that helps!

      Marie - August 26, 2016

      Awesome! Thanks a lot for the recommendations.

Jared - August 31, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Your quality content and personal responses to each comment are amazing.

I’m going to visit the Page and Grand Canyon area (driving up from Tucson, AZ) in late October. My group is 4 active adults in good shape. Half the group have never been to the Grand Canyon so we want to make that a full experience. We have about 3.5 days to explore both areas.

How would you recommend splitting the time/ where to spend more time hiking?


    Ryan - September 2, 2016

    Hi Jared,
    Thank you for your kind words!
    I would consider two options. I believe that one of the best parts of going to the canyon is to get below the rim. The end of October is the best time of year. Temperatures will be manageable, and the days still barely long enough to do some long hikes.

    If you are really ambitious, then research hiking all the way to the bottom and spending the night there. I like going down the South Kaibab trail and then up the Bright Angel. You will need to have reservations for the Phantom ranch lodge or the Bright Angel Campground.

    Alternatively, I would spend one day in the Grand Canyon and 2 days in Page. In the Grand Canyon I would walk the rim near the Bright Angel lodge (lots of things to see and places to stop) and then I would do a short hike. A short hike might be taking South Kaibab down to Cedar ridge, which should only take a few hours.

    Then drive to Page and do Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and perhaps a day hike.
    Let me know some more details about how adventurous you’re feeling and I’ll list some hikes I think you might enjoy!

Matt - September 11, 2016

Best website I’ve seen on this topic, thanks. The wife and I are planning a week long (spring break) trip to Utah/Grand canyon/page April 8-16. I like your itinerary for a day. What are your thoughts on this: We will be in Grand Canyon the day before, only have one fullish day there could you recommend a hike? Spend the night outside GC and leave for page early in the morning, do your itinerary, and then head to monument valley to hopefully see the sunset and spend the night. Is this doable? We’re mid 30’s, good shape, love to hike. We’re doing an 8 day road trip from Vegas airport, what would be your “must see” attractions during this time? Trying to do the “mighty 5”, but looks like we might cross arches and capital reef off the list.
Also, is it crowded during this time? Wife is a school teacher, and we try to avoid crowds (kids) during her spring break.

    Ryan - September 12, 2016

    Hi Matt,
    I’m glad you found the information helpful!

    If you are physically able to do so, the bucket list item for the Grand Canyon is to hike down to the Colorado River. April is a great time to go, and you still have a good chance to get a reservation at Phantom Ranch; try to get a cabin. If you guys regularly do marathons, then you could consider doing it as a day hike, but the park strongly recommends against this. I always recommend hiking down the South Kaibab and hiking back up the Bright Angel Trail. Total distance would be 16 miles, but its the elevation change that gets you. That would take you two days (hike down, overnight at Phantom Ranch, hike up) then drive to Page and doing Horseshoe Bend for sunset.
    Wake up and do Antelope Canyon. The boat tour may not be running at that time because it is still off season. Then I would drive to Monument Valley, do the tour and come back.
    Then I would drive to Bryce and do the Queens Garden hike, overnight there.
    Next day drive to Zion, do Angel’s landing if you still have the energy for a vertigo inducing hike. If not, take the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava and hike the narrows.
    Drive back to Vegas.

    What I’ve described is a pretty popular circuit of what is called the Grand Circle. It is a pretty efficient route for Vegas – Vegas.
    Day 1
    -Drive from Vegas to Grand Canyon, stopping at Hoover Dam
    -Walk along the rim at Grand Canyon village and mentally prepare for the hike

    Day 2
    -Wake up early and take the shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead
    -Hike 7 miles all the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch lodge.

    Day 3
    -Realize that you have to hike all the way out, and start early up the Bright Angel trail (9 miles)
    -Drive to Page and stretch your legs going to Horseshoe Bend for sunset

    Day 4
    -Antelope Canyon in the morning
    -Monument Valley and back
    -Stay in Page again

    Day 5
    -Drive to Bryce
    -Hike the Queens Garden Trail

    Day 6
    -Drive to Zion
    -Hike Angels landing

    Day 7
    -Drive back to Vegas

    That’s a pretty serious trip, but is what I would consider the must-do’s of each park. You don’t have to worry too much about crowds, as the season really stars around Memorial day. There will still be people, but much less than peak of season.

    Give us an update after you get back! Safe travels!

Madisen - September 14, 2016

My friend and I are in our early 20s and looking for a weekend from LA to do Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and hopefully the Grand Canyon as well. We’re active and full of energy so don’t mind long days at all! Ideally, we want Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon at optimal time for photos. Which city would be easiest to fly into/leave from? Page and Flagstaff don’t have flights into them so I’d assume either fly into Vegas or Phoenix? Can we do both Antelope/Horseshoe from either of those locations in a day or two? Or should we fly in then drive to another city to complete the trips before flying out of Vegas or Phoenix?

Thank you!

    Ryan - September 14, 2016

    Hi Madisen,
    You can fly to Page via Phoenix, but the schedule can be difficult. Check greatlakesav.com for pricing and times. You should also know that they wind up cancelling the flights a lot.
    You can also fly in through Vegas then drive the 4.5 hours to Page, which is probably what most locals do, but at that point you’re getting pretty close to just driving from LA (9 hours).

    Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are less then 10 minutes from each other and take about 2 hours each so it’s very easy to do both in a day.

    You might also consider flying into Flagstaff (via Phoenix hourly flights) doing the Grand Canyon South Rim for one day, and then doing Page for a day and driving back to Flagstaff.

    I hope that helps! Let us know how it went when you get back:)

Colette - September 20, 2016

Hi Ryan
My partner and I are coming to Kanab Oct 4-7. We are trying to balance doing the touristy stuff with some ultimate experiences. I had originally thought I wanted to do the upper antelope canyon, but the more I read about the crowds, the less inclined I am to want to do it. Is it a must do while we are there? Is there a different experience you would recommend? What would your 3 day itinerary look like if you were a first time visitor and had picked Kanab as your home base for the 3 days?

    Ryan - September 20, 2016

    Hi Colette,
    I would say that doing a slot canyon is a “must do” but that it doesn’t have to be Antelope Canyon. Kanab and Page are both great places to base from. I would apply every morning I could for a permit to “The Wave” and hope you get it for the next day. You might get lucky.
    The first day I would go hike Wirepass to Buckskin, and spend most of the day exploring Buckskin. Hit the Paria Toadstools on the way out.
    If you got the Wave permit the first day, the second day you’ll spend hiking it. It is very common for over a thousand people to apply for any given day; 10 permits are given out online, and 10 are given in person the day before at the Kanab office.
    If you don’t get lucky, I apply for the Wave permit again, and then head out to Page to do Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. A half day boat rental is a great way to explore the lake, or perhaps a still water float down the Colorado River.
    The third day kind of depends on what interests you more. If you like offroading, I would consider going out to Alstrom Point. I would also consider driving in the opposite direction and exploring Zion National Park. Angel’s landing if you’re feeling pretty ambitious, or just riding the shuttle and doing some of the short hikes would be very enjoyable. Zion is mostly closed to private vehicles in Oct so you will need to drive through the whole park to the visitor center and jump on the shuttle.
    If you want a slower day, I would drive from Kanab to the Grand Canyon North Rim and make dinner reservations at the lodge. Watch sunset over the veranda. Hike down as far as you want and start planning for your return visit to hike to the bottom and out the North Rim πŸ™‚
    I hope that helps!

Irene - September 26, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Do you know what the opening business hours are for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend (if there are any)?

Also, I read that you have to book a tour guide to Antelope Canyon. Is it possible to just drive to Antelope Canyon by yourself and pay there?

Thanks in advance! You’re post is helpful!

    Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

    Dear Irene,
    Depending on the time of year, the first tours to Antelope Canyon are conducted between 8 AM and 9 AM. The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open 24 hours a day, but attempting to go there at night is not advisable. Outside lighting is kept to a minimum and the overlook has no guardrails. It is a 700′ drop to the river!
    Regarding Antelope Canyon, it is mandatory to go there with a tour guide endorsed by the Navajo Indian Tribe. There are 3 outfitters offering round-trip tours from the town of Page, AZ and 1 that offers tours from the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98. The latter would be the closest to “just driving to Antelope Canyon by yourself and paying there.”
    Hope that helps!

Sheenz - October 3, 2016

Hey Ryan!

My friend and I are planning to do this ultimate one day itinerary you’ve laid out (which is great btw!), but starting from Vegas on Nov 7th.

Do you think it’s possible to do it all in one day, and drive back to Vegas at the end? Or do you recommend staying overnight in Page?

Any recommendations for activities during night time at Page?


    Ryan - October 5, 2016

    Hi Sheena,
    Driving to Vegas and back in the same day would make for a really long trip. I think you would be a lot better off staying the night. Then you could stop by Zion on the way back, or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon if you wanted too. At night, I would either go to Lone Rock Beach or into the desert and build a bonfire!

Susanna - November 1, 2016

What a super site and such great inside knowledge one would never get from a travel agency! We will visit West Coast US late July – probably from around 20 July onwards and having such hard time trying to decide what to visit! Our list seems to get longer and longer.. Travelling with 3 kids of 17, 15 and 13. Current thinking to get a flight to Salt Lake City, drive southbound and start the visits from Zion, followed by Bryce then Antelope followed by Grand Canyon. One night in Las Vegas before moving to the coast. Hubby wants to also include Monument Valley. It would be great to combine different types of activities as well; hikes, even horses to keep kids also interested – therefore what should we definitely NOT miss, how much time should we foresee for different canyons, parks and places (e.g. places not to miss the sunset or alternatively the sunrise; set XYZ as the base and do different trips from one there; a lodge not to miss etc). Happy for any suggestions you may have to get us started with something more concrete than a never ending list of more and more names.
Susanna from Belgium

    Alley Keosheyan - February 6, 2017

    Dear Susanna,
    Wow, thank you for the wonderful compliments on our site! We compliment you as well for planning your trip to the Grand Circle well in advance.
    I agree that narrowing down what to see and what to skip is crazy-hard! Not knowing how much time you have to work with makes it a bit difficult to advise you accurately, but I’ll do my best πŸ™‚
    The prospect of driving from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas may look good on paper, but in reality, may be somewhat inconvenient and costly. Most rental car outlets prefer that customers drop vehicles off at the same location from which they picked them up. Fees for one-way drop-offs can be quite expensive, and I certainly could think of better things to do with that money!
    I recommend instead using Las Vegas as your “staging” city. From Las Vegas, a popular itinerary is as follows:
    Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, maybe stop at Hoover Dam, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim. Drive time: 4.5-6 hours
    Day 2: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, taking the opportunity to stop at the viewpoints along the Desert View/East Rim Drive and perhaps lunch (or at least a bathroom stop) at the Cameron Trading Post. Stop at Horseshoe Bend prior to arriving in Page. Overnight in Page. Drive time: 2.5-4 hours
    Day 3: More sightseeing in the Page/Lake Powell area. Start with the 7:30 AM departure of the Colorado River Discovery Glen Canyon Smooth Water Raft Trip. Segue into an Antelope Canyon tour. The company that conducts the raft trip offers several tour packages that include Antelope Canyon, so check out all their tour offerings. http://horseshoebend.com/see-the-canyon-from-the-river-colorado-river-discovery/ Spend another night in Page.
    Day 4: Page to Bryce Canyon National Park. Possible stops at the Glen Canyon Dam, the “New Wave,” Lakeshore Drive of Lake Powell, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Big Water, UT. Overnight at Bryce Canyon. Drive time: 3-5 hours.
    Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park, overnighting in Springdale, UT. During the summer months, the main visitor services area of Zion Canyon is only accessible by shuttle from Springdale. Use it to visit the Weeping Rock overlook, Emerald Pools, Visitor Center and Museum. In Springdale, there is also an IMAX theatre with an entertaining and educational presentation on the park.
    Day 6: 2nd day in Zion. Maybe take on a more involved hike such as Angel’s Landing or Observation Point, or drive to the Kolob Canyons section of the park. For more information, click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/upload/2016-Winter-MG-Final-Web.pdf
    Day 7: Head back to Las Vegas. Drive time: 3 hours

    As you can see, we’ve easily filled up 7 days. If you wish to include Monument Valley, it’s best to free up another day, or if that’s not possible, take a scenic flight over it from the Page, AZ Municipal Airport. For more information on Monument Valley air tours, visit http://www.westwindairservice.com/tours-from-lake-powell/monument-valley-air-tour/

    Hope that helps! One more thing: be sure to pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For just $80, this handy card grants you access to all the National Parks and Monuments in the U.S. for one year’s time. It would easily pay for itself on the trip you’re proposing to take.
    Happy travels!

    Susanna - April 11, 2017

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      Alley Keosheyan - April 11, 2017

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      Dank u voor uw bezoek aan onze website. Goeie reis!

Antonia - November 7, 2016

Hey Ryan, your website is awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing it. We are a couple with a 11 months daughter and we have a weekend (2 nights) to explore GC, Page (Antelope, lake powell and horseband) and zion.

I was planning to leave early on Friday visit GC, overnight in Page, in the morning Antelope, lake powell and horseband. Overnight in Springdale, morning in Zion and return to LV.

What part of the grand canyon do you recommend to visit for this plan? Can you recommend a short hike to do in GC? Do you have a better idea of schedule?

Thanks a lot

    Alley Keosheyan - February 6, 2017

    Hi Antonia,
    Thank you for the compliments! We definitely appreciate your feedback.
    In answer to your query regarding which part of the Grand Canyon you should visit, the South Rim is recommended for families like yourself for several different reasons. For one, there are more visitor facilities available in this area of the park, including hotels, restaurants, retail shops and informational centers. Secondly, this area is open year-round, whereas the North Rim is only open from May 15th through October 15th. Lastly, there is more of the Grand Canyon that can be seen from this area by car. In fact, you can do the bulk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, which takes you along the Desert View/East Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are several beautiful viewpoints you should stop at!
    Unfortunately, I have to tell you honestly that your schedule is a little too full for 2 days’ time. It takes 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim and 2.5 hours (driving straight through) to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, another 2 hours from Page to Zion National Park, then 3 hours to drive from Zion to Las Vegas. Going from LV-Grand Canyon-Page in the course of one day is tiring at best, and possibly dangerous if your travels take you along local roadways at night. Artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a minimum in this part of the country to preserve the natural darkness the area is famous for. Deer, elk and other wildlife also like to congregate along the side of the road at night and trust me, you DO NOT want to have a deer vs. vehicle encounter in the dead of night!
    With 2 days to work with, I would recommend going from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, overnighting there, then heading to Page the following day, hitting Horseshoe Bend just before getting to town and spending the night. Depending on when you arrive, you might be able to squeeze an Antelope Canyon tour or a Lake Powell tour in before settling in for the evening. With an 11-month-old in tow, overscheduling your days is not a good idea.
    And, I’m also recommending that you drop Zion from your “wish list.” You simply don’t have time to do it justice. 2 days at the very least is the minimum amount of time you should allot for a Zion National Park visit.
    Hope that helps. Best wishes and Happy Travels!

Abby - November 11, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for the 1 day trip iternary. Me and my pals are planning a 2 days trip with overnight stay in page.

We want to visit Grand Canyon south rim, Horseshoe bend, lower antelope canyon. We will be be driving from Phoenix on Saturday early morning.
We are not that much into hiking. Return back on Sunday evening to Phoenix.
Can you please suggest us a good 2 day itinerary with good hotels to stay in Page.


    Alley Keosheyan - February 3, 2017

    Hi Abby and thanks for writing!
    Due to the driving distances between Phoenix, Grand Canyon and Page, I’d recommend rethinking your itinerary a little bit. It takes ~ 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim, then 2.5 hours to go from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. If you can possibly free up another night to stay at the South Rim, that would make for a much more pleasant experience. Then you can take your time driving to Page and stop at the many beautiful Grand Canyon viewpoints along the Desert View/East Rim drive and the historic Cameron Trading Post. Since Horseshoe Bend is located about 5 hours South of Page, you can easily make a stop there on your way to town. Depending on when you arrive, you might also be able to visit Antelope Canyon before retiring for the evening.
    As for where to stay, Page has ample choices of lodging from budget-priced to higher-end and everything in between. For a complete list of hotels in Page, visit this site and scroll down to the section titled “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    Happy travels!

Nirali - November 14, 2016

Hi Ryan,

Thank you so much for having this site up for us curious folk. I’d like to pick your brain a little bit too πŸ™‚

I live in Tucson, and my parents (68 and 57) are finally going to visit me from the East Coast. This will probably be their only trip to the SW, and I really want to make it memorable. I want to show them Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon Upper, and horse shoe bend at least. Lake Powell sounds excellent too, and I’d like to add that in some how if feasible. We will be leaving Tucson on November 25 and returning on November 27- two nights and 3 days. I really want to break up the driving and avoid night time driving. I was contemplating overnighting in Sedona. I’d also like to try some guided tours, bus vs jeep vs etc– so we can learn things! I found a few bus tours to GC from sedona, and also to antelope canyon from sedona. But I can’t afford to do both, and I also can’t figure out the logistics of when to do what.

What are your thoughts? My parents are not the most adventurous, and I will certainly be pushing them a bit but I don’t want to overdo it either. If the above spots are not feasible in my time frame, what should I nix? Where should we overnight?

Thank you in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Alley Keosheyan - February 3, 2017

    Hi Nirali,
    Two nights and three days is a little rushed IMO to get all this in. If you can possibly free up one more night, that would make a lot of difference.
    It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Tucson to Sedona. Overnighting there is definitely a good idea, but there is a lot to see and do there, so you’ll wish you had more time, trust me!
    To get to the Grand Canyon, Pink Jeep Tours offers an excellent package in very comfortable vehicles https://www.pinkjeeptourssedona.com/sedona-to-grand-canyon-tour/ However, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the easiest parks in the Southwest to self-tour, and you can still learn a lot since the rangers hand you a park guide and other educational materials upon entrance to the park. If you opt for a tour with Pink Jeep or some other outfitter, though, your tour will take essentially all day. That’s why a 3rd night is highly recommended.
    To experience Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, it is also possible to take a package tour to these two attractions from Sedona. https://grandcanyon.com/tours/south-rim-tours/antelope-canyon-horseshoe-bend-from-flagstaff-and-sedona/ This tour is about 7-8 hours hotel-to-hotel.
    Thank you for visiting our site and hope you got on well.

Ken - November 14, 2016

Hi Ryan,

I am planning to visit Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas by car. What would the best route to and from and where I can stay one overnight.

Probably leaving Vegas around noon in mid-December.

Thank you for your suggestion.

    Alley Keosheyan - February 2, 2017

    Hi Ken!
    Ryan is out of the office, but I’d be happy to help you. I lived in the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon area for many years and have made the drive you’re proposing to make many times πŸ˜‰
    From Las Vegas, head South toward Kingman, AZ on Highway 93. If your priority is making the best time, proceed directly over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Going this way, the drive is about 4.5 hours. If you’d like to stop at Hoover Dam, prepare to spend about 5.5 hours total on the drive to Grand Canyon Village. In Kingman, AZ, you then head East on Interstate 40. If you’re into history, particularly Route 66 history, maybe make a stop in Seligman, where the 50’s are frozen in time! In Williams, AZ, you would then proceed North on AZ64 to Grand Canyon Village.
    As for where to stay overnight, it is most desirable to stay inside the park. There are 6 hotels situated on or near the canyon rim. If these properties are sold out, then Tusayan/GC Village South would be your next best option. For a complete list of Grand Canyon area hotels, visit this site ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
    The next day, head to Page, AZ, the town nearest to Antelope Canyon. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to make this drive if you go straight through, but there are a lot of beautiful viewpoints to stop at, so don’t be surprised if it takes longer. Head East on AZ64 along the Desert View/East Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon. Then in the town of Cameron, AZ, you would turn North on Highway 89. FYI, Cameron Trading Post is a perfect place to stop, if not for a quick bathroom break, then for lunch and some shopping!
    If you arrive in Page by mid-day, you can easily join a tour of Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, or perhaps both!
    Since the drive from Page to Las Vegas is a full 5 hours, we strongly recommend that you stay an additional night in Page. If this is not possible, then make sure you get on the road in plenty of time to avoid driving at night. This part of the country has minimal supplemental/artificial lighting, so once the sun goes down, it gets really dark. Deer, elk and other wildlife like to congregate alongside the road and trust me, you don’t want to collide with one of these animals.
    Hope that helps – have a great trip!

      Ola - October 19, 2017

      HI Alley,
      Could you pls advise how to visit most of these places from LVegas if I’m not driving? Are there any public transportation or bus tours that would bring me there and back in a few days?
      Or I would better arrive first from Vegas to AZ and there searched for the bus tours?
      I think of going there in about 2 weeks

      Thanks a lot for your suggestions / ideas.

Michelle - November 29, 2016

Thank you for all the great info! What are your thoughts on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Page vs. the one in Utah ?

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Michelle,
    There is only one Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and it is in Utah. There are, however, several Visitors Centers, including one in Big Water, Utah, which is 13 miles North of Page, AZ. Visitors Centers for this monument are also located in Kanab, Utah and the Paria River Contact Station between Page and Kanab.
    Keep in mind that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument comprises some of the most remote areas in the country and many roads are unpaved and can become impassable when wet. Be sure to check road conditions locally before setting out.
    For more information, visit https://www.visitutah.com/places-to-go/most-visited-parks/grand-staircase-escalante or https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ut/st/en/prog/nlcs_new/GSENM_NM.html
    Thank you for visiting our site!

Karl Dubravs - December 4, 2016

Hi Ryan

We will be staying in Page for 2 nights and have the entire day (June 9th, 2017) to experience this amazing place. I liked your one day itinerary. Would you be able to suggest the best way to maximise our experience – we will have a rental car available to us? Any advice greatly appreciated.


    Alley Keosheyan - February 2, 2017

    Hi Karl,
    Thank you for writing, and kudos to you for planning your trip well in advance! We also compliment you on allowing 2 days to experience the many things Page has to offer.
    As to how to maximize your experience, having more of a “big picture” of your overall trip plan would help us advise you best. For example, will you be coming to Page from Las Vegas or Phoenix? If you are visiting from Phoenix, for example, it takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive to Page. Coming in from the South, you can modify the suggested itinerary. Since you’d come to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook prior to arrival in Page, you could stop there first, then head down to Antelope Point Marina for lunch and a boat tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside. Time permitting, and if you desire, you could then explore Lower Antelope Canyon before heading back to Page and retiring for the evening.
    If Upper Antelope Canyon is more to your liking, mid-day is the ideal time to view this part of the canyon, and you could do that the next day and maybe compliment it with a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center or the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum.
    If you’re open to a rather novel way to see Horseshoe Bend, consider flying over it! http://horseshoebend.com/see-horseshoe-bend-air/
    I hope that helps in your planning. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance!

Chris Molina - December 7, 2016

Hey Ryan,

First off, I just wanna say great site! A lot of useful info. My wife and I are interested in visiting Antelope Canyon in Jan. She’ll be 3mos pregnant by then. Between upper and lower, which do you recommend? And how is touring in January?



    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Chris,
    Thank you for the compliments on our site. Ryan is away from the office, but I’ll be sure to pass along your compliments. Congratulations on your impending bundle of joy! In light of your wife’s pregnancy, Upper Antelope Canyon would probably be the better choice for touring. It is a flat, easy walk at only 100 yards in length. Lower Antelope requires some stair climbing and navigating over and around boulders.
    As for touring in January, it can be quite nice due to the lack of crowds, but then again, inclement weather can put the “kabosh” on plans in relatively short order.
    Hope the two of you got on OK.
    Take care and best of luck to you and your new family!

Akshay - December 20, 2016

Hi Ryan,
First of all thanks a ton for posting the 1 day itinerary for Page. I am planning to do the same. I shall be driving from Kanab to Page . Plan is to do Upper and Lower Antelopes, Horse show bend and Lake Powell at Page and leave for Flagstaff by evening. I would be there December 27th or 28th.

Do you think I can cover all those part and still be able to drive back to Flagstaff? The reason I am planning to stay at FLag staff is that I shall be going to grand canyon the following day.
Thanks again and I would deeply appreciate your suggestions

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Akshay,
    Apologies for not getting back to your inquiry prior to your visit, but since future travelers will certainly be pondering the same question, we’ll go ahead and reply for their sake!
    Long story short, although what you’re proposing can be done, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. The drive from Kanab, UT to Page, AZ takes about 1.5 hours. Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons takes a bare minimum of 3-4 hours. Factor in about 60-90 minutes for Horseshoe Bend, and so far we haven’t even put Lake Powell into the equation. A quick “look-see” can be accomplished in 60-90 minutes, but won’t really do the place justice. Something like a boat tour or perhaps a flyover would allow you to really comprehend its size, magnitude and beauty.
    Driving from Page to Flagstaff (or anywhere in Northern Arizona for that matter) at night is not recommended. Artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a bare minimum in this part of the country, so when it gets dark, it gets DARK. Plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to congregate around the roadways and are notorious for jumping in front of cars without warning or provocation. Staying overnight in Page would definitely be safer, and offer a better quality experience for you.
    Instead of going to Flagstaff, going directly to Grand Canyon South Rim would be more efficient and practical.
    Hope that helps. Hope you had a good trip, Akshay!

Bryan Armstrong - December 29, 2016


End of January is our industry annual convention in Las Vegas. Myself and 4 other colleagues are arriving the Friday beforehand and driving to Page to complete this exact itinerary on Saturday and then back to Vegas for the convention on Monday.

What suggestions do you have for the drive there and back. We are looking for great views, sights, hikes and experiences! Feel free to email me for more details.

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hello Bryan,
    So sorry that we were not able to answer your inquiry before your arrival. We hope you had a great time in Las Vegas and Arizona!

Prashant - December 29, 2016

Hello Ryan,

Could you pls recommend itenarary for 2 days and 1 night covering Page and Monument Valley. How are roads to MV? Is it safe to drive through own car?


    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Prashant,
    Apologies if your visit has already taken place, but other travelers are surely considering the same trip.
    First off, Monument Valley is in a very remote area straddling the border of Northern Arizona and Utah. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Page to Monument Valley, so it makes for a long “day trip.” Likewise if you try to visit on your way back to Phoenix or other destination, it’s still a long drive. If at all possible, we recommend trying to free up enough time in your itinerary to stay overnight at Monument Valley.
    As for the roads, they are fully paved from Page to Monument Valley, but the road through the Valley itself is not paved. I drove a Nissan Sentra through there many years ago, but if you’re driving a rental car, you’d be safer opting for a guided tour since off-road driving is prohibited per your contract. Tours are offered by several outfitters. We recommend Goulding’s Lodge http://www.gouldings.com/tours/ or the View Lodge. http://monumentvalleyview.com/navajo-guided-tours/
    Hope that helps – have a wonderful time in Arizona!

Noi - December 30, 2016

Hello Ryan,

Thank you so much for your ursful review. I do now need help as i have booked flight to Phoenix on 1st Jan 2017 and will arrive at noon. I have no idea or plan for this but what i want to do are to visit Antelope canyon and horseblend follow by your review plan. Im not really sure what to do! I found a one day tour but it costs up to $200 and it picks up at Flagstaff. Are there any recomend from must be much more appreciate. Im thinking on stay overnight at Page at the arriving day but my question is how to get from airport to Page i couldnt drive so far. What tour or what should i do to get to the places from page are there recomend one day tour which cover all with reasonable price?

Thank you alot

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Dear Noi,
    I am so sorry that we were unable to reply to your question prior to your visit! Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays we were closed for an extended period of time. We hope you were able to sort out which tour company to use and that you had a good time. We would be very interested to know how you got on.

Alexander - January 4, 2017

Hi, Ryan! My girlfriend and I are going to Phoenix from NJ on Feb 4, for 8 days. Going back on 2/12. I want to take her to Antelope, Lake Powell, Zion, Grand Canyon, Sedona and whatever other natural wonders we can make in 8 days. What’s the best way to do it? We can skip Las Vegas.

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Alexander!
    Thank you for writing. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I can definitely help you.
    With 8 days to work with, you can definitely accomplish a lot, as long as the weather cooperates. We do receive snow, and sometimes a lot of it, in this part of Northern Arizona, so keep an eye on the weather as your trip date approaches. You can use this site for Grand Canyon South Rim ->: http://grandcanyon.com/category/weather/south-rim-weather/ and this one for Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon area weather ->: http://grandcanyon.com/category/weather/east-weather/
    From Phoenix, I would suggest hitting Sedona first. It’s approximately 2 hours from Phoenix and you can easily spend 2-3 days enjoying what the area has to offer, from red rock formations to unique art galleries and retail shops and some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the Nation!
    After Sedona, head to Grand Canyon South Rim and plan to spend 1 night. If possible, book your lodging inside the park. If these facilities are sold out, Tusayan/GC Village South is your best “back-up” option. For complete information on Grand Canyon South Rim hotels, visit this site ->: http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
    From Grand Canyon South Rim, head to Page and Lake Powell via the Desert View/East Rim Drive. Normally, this drive takes 2.5 hours without stops, but there are many beautiful viewpoints you should definitely take time to enjoy along the way. Plan to stop at the Cameron Trading Post for at least a bathroom break, or a delicious lunch. The house specialty is the Navajo Taco!
    Plan to spend 2 nights in Page to enjoy Horseshoe Bend (which you can catch on your way into town), Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. From Page, Zion National Park is approximately 2.5 hours. 2 nights in this area is also warranted as there is a lot to see and do.
    So far, this proposed itinerary is taking 7 of your 8 days, so you might consider adding Bryce Canyon to your itinerary, or Monument Valley. Since these are relatively small parks, geographically speaking, 1 day is usually sufficient for most visitors. However, the drive from either one back to Phoenix would be 7 hours. If the prospect of that does not appeal to you, you might consider shifting Sedona to the end of your visit so the drive back would be shorter.
    Hope that helps – have a great time! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather πŸ˜‰

Shira - January 16, 2017


I’m super excited to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe bend, and was hoping for some help with our itinerary. We are a group of 3 fit girls and planning on driving up from Phoenix early friday morning, staying the night in Page, and driving back to Phoenix either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Any recommendations on how best to plan this out?

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Shira, thank you for visiting our website!
    First of all, it takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Page. Before you get to town, stop at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook approximately 5 miles South of Page. Keep in mind that the trail is relatively short (less than 3/4 of a mile), but has some deep sand in some areas, so good walking shoes are a must, as is water since this is a dry, desert environment. Also, there are no guardrails at the overlook, so take care when approaching the edge – it’s a 700′ drop to the river!
    After enjoying Horseshoe Bend Overlook, you can then head to Page and check into your hotel. If you’re still feeling somewhat energetic, maybe take a walk along the Rim Trail. This is a favorite among the locals and offers beautiful views of Lake Powell. http://www.glencanyonnha.org/hiking-page-area/
    The next morning, pay a visit to the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum to learn more about the natural and human history of Page and the surrounding area, then head down to Lower Antelope Canyon. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours to walk through the canyon and take in all of its beauty. Here is a link to a map of the area ->: https://goo.gl/maps/kekfwjBXW542 Be sure to book your accommodations in Page well in advance if you haven’t already. For more information on Page hotels, visit this link and scroll down to the section on Page, AZ hotels. http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    Hope that helps – if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again. Have fun!

Dani - January 17, 2017

Hey Ryan,

I just had some question and I was wondering if you can help me out. My friends and I are staying in Lake Powell and trying to cover Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon (lower or upper which ever is best?), and Havasa Falls . I was wondering how you would suggest about planning the day and what are the most affordable tour you would suggest to see all these places, we all are from NYC and we just don’t want to get lost, thank you.

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Dani, thank you for your question. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I am happy to assist you!
    First of all, let me get the “bad news” out of the way. Havasu Falls is located a long ways away from Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon and what’s more, it’s quite difficult to get to. Access is via an 8-mile trail that is only accessible to horses and hikers, so it’s definitely not a “day trip.” Lodging and camping options are extremely limited and require advance reservations, which must be secured with the Havasupai Tribe, and are typically booked out 1 year or more in advance. Long story short: 99.99999999% probability that you won’t be going there.
    Now for the “good news.” Getting to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell is easy! Both attractions are located about a 15-20 minute drive from Lake Powell. No commercial tours go to Horseshoe Bend since it’s so easy to get to (about 5 minutes South of the town of Page on Highway 89). Keep in mind that the trail to the overlook has some areas with fairly deep sand, so good walking shoes are a must. Plus there are no guardrails at the overlook, so take care near the edge, it’s a 700′ drop!
    As for Antelope Canyon, both Lower and Upper are beautiful! Lower is a bit more physical as it requires navigating a few stairs and boulders. Upper is an easy, flat walk of approximately 100 yards. If anyone in your party has difficulty walking, Upper would probably be best, but if you’re all in reasonably good health, you can probably manage Lower Antelope Canyon. In either case, you simply drive up to the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98, pay your entrance fees and a tour guide will meet you shortly thereafter.
    Here is a link to a map of the area ->: https://goo.gl/maps/cq8QKKYffHx
    Hope that helps πŸ™‚ Please don’t hesitate to write again if you have further questions!

Pam - January 28, 2017

Hi Ryan,
I tried looking for the answer to this on in your previous answers and couldn’t quite find it. So, here it goes: We will be in Williams and were planning on doing Grand Canyon south rim (we are not too outdorsy so, maybe just a quick hikes at some point to snap some pics and that’s it) and I really really want to go up to antelope canyon to do both a lower antelope tour and the lake powell boat tour. I checked this all with google maps and it seems possible, although I’m not sure how much time would the grand canyon take. Any thoughts on this? we only have 1 day to do this and we are staying that night at Page to leave the following day to horseshoe bend, zion park and drive to Mesquite to stay the night before getting to vegas. Basically the question is: is this possible?

hope that was clear enough πŸ™‚


    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    Hi Pam, thank you for your question. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I can definitely help you!
    First off, when visiting Grand Canyon South Rim, it is definitely more desirable to stay inside the park. Williams is 1 hour, each way, from the South Rim, so not having to deal with that commute would be a definite plus, especially when going to view sunrise or sunset. If in-park lodging is sold out, then Tusayan/GC Village South is your next best option. For complete information on all possibilities, visit http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
    As for doing both a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon and a Lake Powell boat tour in one day, it is possible in theory, but depends a lot on the time of year you’re visiting. Most Lake Powell boat tours require a minimum of 15 passengers to guarantee departure. That’s typically not a problem during the busy spring-summer-fall timeframe, but if you were traveling in, say, February or early March, you might have a problem fulfilling that requirement. Also, if you were wanting to do one of the longer Lake Powell boat tours, such as the Rainbow Bridge tour, that would take up most of your day, so you’d probably have to do your Lower Antelope Canyon tour the day before or after. For more information, visit http://www.lakepowell.com/things-to-do/boat-tours/ or http://antelopepointlakepowell.com/recreation/tours-2/

    Lower Antelope Canyon walking tours do not adhere to such a strict minimum, and are conducted on a first-come/first-served basis. By the way, Page is about a 2.5 hour drive one-way from Grand Canyon South Rim, but you’ll probably take longer than that since there are many beautiful viewpoints you should definitely stop at along the way. Consider stopping for lunch at the Cameron Trading Post, too! It’s the perfect “mid-way” point between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page at the junction of Highway 64 and 89.

    Hope that was clear enough πŸ™‚ Please don’t hesitate to write again if we can be of further assistance!

Vassily - February 2, 2017

Hi Alley or Ryan,
I thought maybe you could comment on our plan, too. My wife and I are thinking about doing Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon in one day (in mid-April). The plan is to stay overnight somewhere as close to Monument Valley as possible and next morning go on a sunrise tour (pre-booked, of course), then drive to Page and go on a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon (also pre-booked), and then stay overnight in Page. Do you think it’s feasible? If so, what time do you think we should book the Upper Antelope Canyon tour for?
Thank you,

    Alley Keosheyan - February 2, 2017

    Hi Vassily,
    Thank you for visiting our site!
    Your plan is feasible in theory, but might require a little bit of modification depending on how long your chosen Monument Valley tour is.
    There are several reasons why I point this out: 1. Because Monument Valley is on the Navajo Indian Reservation, and they observe Daylight Saving Time. However, the town of Page (where Antelope Canyon tours originate) does not. 2. It takes a full 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page, Arizona. But, since Page is not on Daylight Savings Time, you would “gain” an hour upon arrival in town.
    Let’s say, hypothetically, that you choose a 1.5-hour that departs at 8 AM. That would finish up at 9:30 AM. Allowing half an hour to check out of your hotel and load your vehicle, that would put you on the road at 10:00 AM Reservation Time. However, this is highly contingent on what tours are being offered at this time of year. There are over a dozen tour outfitters in Monument Valley whose tours can vary just as widely, so it’s worth checking out. Here is a page that lists them all ->: http://monumentvalleyview.com/navajo-guided-tours/

    Let’s say you are successful in booking a morning tour. Estimating for two hours to make the drive to Page, you would arrive at 12:00 Noon Daylight Savings Time, but 11:00 AM local/Mountain Standard Time. Anytime between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM is a very good time to tour Upper Antelope Canyon because that’s when the sun is positioned perfectly to beautifully illuminate the canyon. Since you are driving in from Monument Valley, your best is to simply stop at the Upper Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Entrance Gate on Highway 98 and get a tour directly from there.

    If for some reason you opt for a tour of Monument Valley that departs later or lasts longer, simply plan on doing your Antelope Canyon tour the next morning around 10-ish. If you go this route, there are 3 outfitters based in the town of Page offering local pick-ups and round-trip transport. Click on this site to view the complete list of outfitters and tour times ->: http://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/

    Hope that helps. Have a wonderful trip!

Enrique - February 2, 2017

Hi Alley or Ryan,

I will be in Arizona in August and I have some doubts about my trip. I will be in Flaggstaff all my days so I would like to know if its possible to see Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley (or “The wave” if it’s not possible the first option) the same day (and comeback to Flagstaff).

It’s only me so I don’t mind to waking up early and come back to Flagstaff late.

Another question is if there is any atraction between Flagstaff and Page on the road besides Antelope and Horseshoe Bend.

Thank you so much and sorry for my english πŸ™‚


    Alley Keosheyan - February 3, 2017

    Hi Enrique,
    Thank you so much for writing, and your English is fine πŸ™‚
    A short answer to your question:

    if its possible to see Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley (or β€œThe wave” if it’s not possible the first option) the same day (and comeback to Flagstaff).

    is no. First off, The Wave is very far away from Flagstaff, 3+ hours one way. Second of all, access to this area is by permit lottery, which is very hard to get. Third, the drive in is difficult and the hike is as well. So, it’s best if you cross this item off your list. For more information, visit this site https://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_buttes/plan.html

    The drive from Flagstaff to Page, AZ is approximately 2.5 hours one-way. It is feasible to visit Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in the course of a day and drive back to Flagstaff. Adding Monument Valley to the trip is doable, but would make for a V-E-R-Y long day. It takes two hours to drive from Page to Monument Valley, then another 3 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Flagstaff. We do not recommend driving in this part of the country at night due to the fact that it’s extremely dark and animals like deer and elk congregate along the side of the road a lot.

    As to whether there are any other attractions between Flagstaff and Page you might like to stop at, most definitely yes! About 15 minutes North of Flagstaff are Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments, whose predominant features are an Ancestral Puebloan village and a dormant volcano respectively. The two monuments are connected by an easy-to-follow loop drive. At the Junction of Highway 64 & 89 is the Cameron Trading Post, which, as its name suggests, is an actual Native American commerce center dating back to the early 1900’s. https://www.camerontradingpost.com/

    Hope that helps. Thank you so much for visiting our site!

Julie - February 3, 2017

Hi Ryan,
Love your incredible website. You are generous with advice and hoped you could help us as well.
Visiting end of April. Our arrival and departure cities are set, but the order of everything else is flexible. Here’s what we want to do, but not certain how to fit it all in.

Day 1/2: Drive from SLC to Arches. Catch many views of Arches and hikes.

Day 3: Drive to and Tour Monument Valley. ? Where to stay?

Day 4: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon (we will split into 2 groups due to ability at Antelope Canyon) ?where to stay?

Day 5: Drive to Zion

Day 6: Angels Landing at Zion

Day 7: Bryce, drive to Las Vegas, arrive late at night

Thanks so much for your help. This is a beautiful part of our country!

    Alley Keosheyan - February 3, 2017

    Hi Julie,
    Ryan is out of the office, but as a former resident of this beautiful part of our country, I’m happy to help you!
    So the drive from SLC to Moab, UT (gateway city for Arches/Canyonlands) is about 3.5 hours, so having 2 days to spend there is definitely a plus.
    The drive from Moab to Monument Valley is about 2.5 hours. As for where to stay, Goulding’s Lodge (www.gouldings.com) or The View Lodge (www.monumentvalleyview.com) are most desirable, but they may be sold out already, so your next best option for lodging would be Kayenta, AZ, about 30 minutes South. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g31256-Kayenta_Arizona-Hotels.html
    The drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ takes approximately 2 hours. Since you will actually come to Antelope Canyon first, I recommend you take advantage of that opportunity. You indicate that you have two different groups with differing abilities. For those that are more adventurous and athletic, Lower Antelope is the one to choose. For those that wish to take things a little easier, Upper Antelope Canyon is the ticket. The entrances to either section of the canyon are a short distance across Highway 98 from one another. As for where to stay, Page offers everything from budget accommodations (Motel 6, EconoLodge) to higher-end (Hampton, Marriott) and everything in between. For a complete list of hotels in this area, visit this site and scroll down to the middle of the page where it says “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    2 days at Zion is also a good plan, especially since you wish to hike to Angel’s Landing.
    On your last day, I would not recommend trying to drive to Las Vegas at night, especially from Bryce Canyon. This part of the country has minimal supplemental/artificial lighting, plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to congregate around the roads (and jump in front of cars). If you can, get an early enough start to Bryce so that you can time your drive to arrive in Las Vegas during daylight hours or at dusk at the very latest. Keep in mind it takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive from Zion to Bryce and 4 hours to drive from Bryce to Las Vegas.
    Hope that helps. Have a great time!
    P.S. Make sure you pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” when you get to Arches! For just $80 you get access to ALL National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time.

Ankit - February 5, 2017

Hi Ryan,

Your itinerary looks great. It is super useful for folks visiting the area for the very first time and have a little idea about how to plan an itinerary (google has too much info). We are planning to visit Las Vegas and Utah for 10 days (June 1 – 10). Parents (about 60 yrs old), brother, his wife and 2 yr old kid, myself and my wife. Total of 6 adults, 1 kid. After reading your post, I definitely want to visit Page, but wondering how long should I plan to stay at Page. Here is what my current itinerary looks like:

Planning to rent class C RV.

1. June 1 – 3: Vegas, leave for Grand Canyon South Rim, stay overnight
2. June 4: 1 day at South Rim, locations still to be finalized, leave for Page in evening, overnight at Page
3. June 5 and 6: Page. Upper / Lower Antelope, Horseshoe bend and probably boat tour because of parents. Leave for Bryce National Park
4. June 7: whole day at Bryce National Park, leave for Zion
5. June 8: whole day at Zion National Park, overnight at Zion
6. June 9: most likely leave back to Vegas depending on when I book my flight

I was wondering if June would be too hot and how long should we stay at Page, especially because we might not be able to hike everywhere given that parents are with us. Also, is one day good enough for South Rim? Initially I had planned Arches National Park from Page and then drive to Bryce, which could mean we extend the trip by a day and leave back home on June 10 from vegas.

Your help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    Alley Keosheyan - February 6, 2017

    Hi Ankit,
    Ryan is out of the office, but as a long-time former resident of Page, I am happy to help you!
    Your itinerary actually looks quite good. A few things to keep in mind:
    1. If you’re renting an RV because you’re under the impression that it will save you money on hotel costs, you may be surprised – unpleasantly – to learn that those savings will negated by the cost of gas. Plus, summertime RV park rates are sometimes just as much as budget- to mid-range hotels. I know, I sometimes travel in a Class B camper myself. Also, I’m thinking that a Class C RV will be a bit cramped for 6 adults and 1 child, so if you do decide to proceed with the RV rental, make sure the unit you rent is big enough to accommodate all of you comfortably. Here’s a video that explains the differences between the RV classes in more detail ->: https://youtu.be/51ct-ZHWQ9Q
    2. Driving at night should be avoided in this part of the US. Roadways in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah have a bare minimum of artificial/supplemental lighting, plus deer, elk and other wildlife have a penchant for congregating near roads and sometimes colliding with cars. Try to arrive at your various destinations during daylight hours, or around dusk at the latest. So on Day 3, for example, I’d recommend overnighting in Page again then driving to Bryce in the morning, then overnighting in Bryce that night.
    3. Zion National Park is a very large park, so 2 nights minimum there are recommended.
    4. If you can squeeze another couple of days out of your trip, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are beautiful, so do try and get there, but it will be hot.
    5. Speaking of hot, yes, June is one of the warmer months of the year. Make sure you carry water with you wherever you go, and wear plenty of sunscreen, hats and good walking shoes. Keep a close eye on the 2-year-old as children become dehydrated more easily than adults. Limit your more vigorous walks to the morning hours. If you do take a boat tour on Lake Powell, make it a shorter one, such as the Antelope Canyon Waterside Tour ->: http://antelopecanyonboattours.com/
    6. Pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” which grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the US for a year for just $80.
    7. Remember that even if you travel in an RV, camp spot reservations must be made in advance just like hotels. You’ll definitely want to stay in a park so you have access to an electrical hook-up for air conditioning. Here is some information on RV and camping spots near Antelope Canyon ->: http://antelopecanyon.az/camping-and-rv-options-near-antelope-canyon/
    Hope that helps. Have a great trip!

Irene Miranda - February 6, 2017

HI Ryan,

Your website is very useful!
I would like to show the itineray I am planning for June 2017.
20th of June leaving Las Vegas early in the morning to Grand Canyon south rim ( helicopter tour) Sleep at Cameron overnight.
21st Leaving Grand Canyon around lunch time to go to Monument Valley.
After being there driving to Page and sleep there.
22nd Rafting +Antelope, Horseshoe bend
23rd Leaving Page early in the morning to Las Vegas (Our flight back home is at 9 pm)

I would like to know what you think or if u have any suggestions! thank you


    Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

    Hi Irene,
    Thank you for visiting our site, and for your compliments! Ryan is away from the office, but as a long-time former resident of both the Grand Canyon and Page, I am happy to help you.
    Your itinerary is feasible, but be prepared: you’re going to spend a lot of time driving.
    Day 1: It takes 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, longer if you decide to stop at Hoover Dam. A Grand Canyon helicopter flight is a great idea, but keep in mind that you will be required to check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Be sure to book your flight well in advance ->: https://grandcanyon.com/tours/south-rim-tours/north-canyon-tour/
    You should then set aside at least 2 hours to explore Grand Canyon Village Historic District and the Rim Trail before departing for the Cameron Trading Post, which takes 1.5 hours to reach from GC Village if you drive directly, which you probably won’t, because there are several beautiful canyon viewpoints you’ll no doubt want to stop at. Whatever you do, make sure you’re in Cameron before nightfall, or at least by dusk. Driving at night is not recommended due to the scarcity of artificial/supplemental lighting and the tendency of deer, elk and other animals to congregate near the roadside.
    Day 2: It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Cameron to Monument Valley, then another 2 hours to drive to Page. If you manage to leave Monument Valley at a reasonable hour, you might be able to get in a tour of Antelope Canyon en route to Page, however, optimal lighting time will probably have passed. Most people prefer to be there around noon, but that is the most crowded time of day. Arriving later, you’ll still have good lighting conditions and less crowds to jockey with.
    Day 3: Take the Colorado River Discovery Rafting trip at 7:30 AM. During the summer months, the river gets quite hot during the afternoon hours, making the 1:00 PM departure quite uncomfortable. After the tour, drive to Horseshoe Bend. If desired and/or if you have time, you might also visit the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors’ Center.
    Day 4: Drive from Page to Las Vegas. The direct route takes approximately 5 hours. You might also consider going there via Zion National Park, which will add another 60-90 minutes to your drive, but the scenery will make it time well spent.
    Hope that helps! Have a wonderful trip.

Eric - February 12, 2017

Very informative website, thank you. Apologize if you have answered a similar question before, but if the lower and upper Antelope Canyon are very similar, would you advocate hitting both of them in the same day (one in morning, one in the afternoon) or would we be basically seeing the same thing? We’re staying in Flagstaff on March 9th and have hotel in Page for the 10th and 11th right now – I’m wondering if Lower Antelope morning of the 10th, lunch then Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon might be enough?

    Alley Keosheyan - February 13, 2017

    Hi Eric, thank you for visiting, and for the compliment! And no apologies necessary for your question πŸ˜‰
    Actually, Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon do have significant differences from one another which would justify trying to see them both. http://antelopecanyon.az/can-you-do-both-lower-and-upper-in-a-day/ Seeing both in one day would be quite feasible and easy since they are located relatively close to one another. We advise allowing 90 minutes to 2 hours to see each one, but if you were to choose one or the other, we’d definitely advocate for Lower.
    Another option is you could visit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town from Flagstaff, then tour both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon on your second day. http://horseshoebend.com/how-to-get-here/ If you take us up on that, be sure to keep your tribal park entrance fee receipt so you don’t have to pay it twice going from one side of the canyon to the other.
    For lunch, consider Antelope Point Marina, which is just minutes away from Antelope Canyon and right on the shore of Lake Powell. http://antelopepointlakepowell.com/dining/
    Thank you again for visiting. Have a wonderful trip!
    P.S. Be sure to dress warmly as temperatures in March are still apt to be quite cool.

Nakul Bhadoria - March 1, 2017

Hey Ryan,

Very informative web page.

I need your help in preparing my itinerary, My dates are 30th April & 1st May and I want to Cover Grand Canyon, upper & lower antelope canyon and horse shoe band. Please help me in my itinerary. I will be driving my personal car with my wife and daughter.

Any other option to see any good place and if possible will be good.

    Alley Keosheyan - March 6, 2017

    Good morning, Nakul — or good evening in India!
    In order to give the best advice on an itinerary, we would need to know in which order you are wanting to visit these attractions. Assuming that you will visit them in the order given on your enquiry, here is what I would suggest:
    Traveling from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, Arizona will take you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon (AZ64). There are many beautiful viewpoints you can stop at on this route prior to exiting the park. Once you are through the park gate, you are now on Navajo Indian Land. The Cameron Trading Post is a good place to stop for a meal or a quick leg stretch/bathroom break. Leaving Cameron, continuing North on Highway 89 will take you into the town of Page.
    The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located approximately 5 miles South of Page, so you can easily hit this spot on the way into town before settling into your hotel for the night.
    The next morning, drive out to the Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park entrance on Highway 98. This is where the tours of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon depart from. Geographically, it makes more sense to hit Upper Antelope Canyon first, but, if you have your heart set on seeing the light shafts the place is so famous for, doing Lower Antelope first may be the better option. It’s up to you, but whichever you choose, we strongly recommend booking your Antelope Canyon tours in advance as late April/early May is a very busy time of year. Visit this page for complete information on how to go about it ->: http://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/
    If you have time, you might consider stopping off at Glen Canyon Dam for a fascinating tour of this monumental and historically important structure.
    Thank you for visiting and please don’t hesitate to write again if you have further questions!
    Happy travels,

Jade Delarosa - March 7, 2017


Is there an itinerary on the best way to hike just Antelope canyon and Horseshoe Bay in one day?

    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Jade and thanks for visiting our site!
    There is no “best way” to visit these attractions in a single day, but depending on your trip itinerary and the time of year you’re visiting, there are certainly recommended ways to do so.
    For example, if you are traveling to Page from Grand Canyon South Rim, Flagstaff or Sedona, Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just 5 miles South of town, so it’s a convenient stop on your way here. If you’re driving in from Monument Valley, Four Corners or Colorado, Antelope Canyon is conveniently located on Highway 98 just Southeast of Page, so you can easily hit that attraction on the way into town as well.
    If you’ll have stayed the night prior in Page and have the full day to work with, you can visit Horseshoe Bend in the morning, after sunrise, then head towards Antelope Canyon at mid-day, when the light is brightest. Another option is to sleep late, take a mid-day tour of Antelope Canyon, then pop by Horseshoe Bend at mid-afternoon.
    If you’re visiting during the summer months, keep in mind that Horseshoe Bend is completely exposed to the sun, so if you or any of your traveling party are sensitive to extreme heat or sunlight, you might wish to time your visit for the cooler part of the day.
    Good luck and happy traveling!

Janeese Lewis - March 11, 2017

Hey, Ryan and Alley! My husband and I are planning a trip from March 31 – April 3 but keep running into logistic problems. We want to see Upper Antelope Canyon when the light is shining through so preferably midday, lower antelope canyon, Horseshoe Bend either at sunrise or sunset and Monument Valley at either sunrise or sunset. The problem is we haven’t decided where we should fly in and out of as far as Utah, Phoenix or Vegas? And we don’t know where we should set up a base as far as the hotel to be able to see these three at times we want to see them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Janeese and thank you for visiting our site!
    Most visitors to this part of the country use Phoenix or Las Vegas airport as their starting point. Either airport is 4.5-5 hours from the town of Page. Salt Lake City is about 6 hours away from Page. Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you were wanting to visit places like Dinosaur National Monument, Arches/Canyonlands or Bryce Canyon, it would be the most logical place to fly into/out of.
    As for where to stay in order to maximise your sightseeing time at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, pretty much any hotel or motel in Page will do. Page is a small town so staying on one side of town vs. the other will only result in a few minutes time saved, or wasted as it were. Page hotels run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, so you can pretty much take your pick. Just book in advance as spring break is a busy time for travel. Visit this link and scroll down to the paragraph with the headline “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim.” https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    Good luck and happy traveling!

Diana - March 19, 2017

Thanks for this great itinerary. We’re visiting Page next month with our 6 and 9 year old sons as part of our Sedona and Grand Canyon trip. We have booked the half day raft trip and have one more day to plan. Based on your recommendation we’ve booked Lower Antelope Canyon and will definitely check out Horseshoe Bend. Do you think it still makes sense to do the Lake Powell boat trip being that we’ll be on the water for half of the previous day? We were thinking of squeezing in a hike between Lower Antelope and Horseshoe Bend. The boys like scramble on rocks but I don’t want any dangerous ledges for them.


    Alley Keosheyan - March 20, 2017

    Hi Diana, and thanks for visiting our site!
    Your current trip itinerary sounds great for your family. As for doing a Lake Powell boat trip, it would certainly offer a different kind of perspective than the float trip, but I wouldn’t try to fill up 100% of your time just for its own sake. A little bit of “down time” might be welcome here. If you’re still looking for things to do at that point, you might visit the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center.
    As for other hikes you might take during your stay, here is a list of some good suggestions from the National Park Service ->: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/day-hikes.htm
    Speaking of “dangerous ledges,” do keep in mind that Horseshoe Bend Overlook has NO guardrails and it’s a 700′ drop to the river. Make sure your sons are under your control, which means “walk, don’t run!”
    Good luck and happy traveling!

Arby - March 29, 2017

Hi Ryan or Alley,
We are flying into Flagstaff and have 4 days and we want to see Grand Canyon,-1day, 1day- antelope canyon, horseshoe bend and 1day-Sedona.
1. Please suggest the sequence?
2. And also suggest the sequence for antelope canyon and horseshoe bend?
3. Also suggest must places to see in Sedona? Thanks a lot

    Alley Keosheyan - March 31, 2017

    Hi Arby,
    Alley here! So let’s get right down to it:
    Question #1: The sequence in which you visit the various attractions you have on your wish list will revolve around lodging at the Grand Canyon. Sort that out first, and the rest will easily fall into place. For example, if you’re able to secure a hotel at the Grand Canyon directly upon your arrival, you can then go to Page afterward, then hit Sedona last. If you’re not able to find anything suitable until toward the end of your 4 days, then go to Sedona first, then up to Page, then Grand Canyon and back to Flagstaff. For more information on Grand Canyon hotels, this link lists them in order of preference and proximity to the South Rim. grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Don’t fret too much about “what’s best,” just grab what’s available and go from there.
    2. As for the sequence for visiting Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, this can also be done in either order. The consensus on the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend is either just after sunrise or late afternoon just prior to sunset. The best time to visit Antelope Canyon is generally regarded as mid-day when the light in the canyon is brightest and the chance for observing the light shafts is greatest.
    3. Must-see places in Sedona – hope you have at least 2 days, because there’s a lot, including, but by no means limited to, Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park, Pink Jeep Tours, Red Rock State Park, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, scenic air tours. Just do a Google search on “top things to do in Sedona, AZ” and you’ll come up with all kinds of suggestions.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and happy traveling!

ml - April 2, 2017

Hello Ryan,

Thank you for your amazing replies and comments, these sure are a great help especially for first time travellers like ourselves.
we are arriving in Phoenix and staying in scottsdale hotel. Our trip is for five days. travelling with kids (9 and 3 yrs old).
Planned itineraries:
day 1 – exploring/driving to sedona then back to scottsdale
day 2 – driving to page for horseshoe bend and antelope canyon in one day (back to scottsdale end of day), although looking for a night to stay in page but hotels are either fully booked or pricey
day3- grand canyon
any suggestions will be much appreciated.

    Alley Keosheyan - April 4, 2017

    Hi ml, and thanks for visiting our site.
    Your plan looks pretty good, except for the two days exploring Grand Canyon and Page. The drive from Scottsdale to both of these locations is 4.5 hours minimum – one way. Doing day trips out of Scottsdale is going to mean a lot of time spent driving, which is likely to get old pretty quick.
    I know what you mean about Page hotels being a bit on the pricey side, but there are a few that tend to ‘fly under the radar’ due to their location off the main drag of the town, and the fact that they are independently owned properties who don’t take reservations via the usual channels. Lulu’s Sleep Ezze Motel, the Lake Powell Motel, the Red Rock Motel and Debbie’s Hide-A-Way (I’ve personally stayed at Debbie’s several times) are located in a residential area of Page and are actually converted apartments. So for the price of a traditional motel room – sometimes less – you get a bigger space with a separate living area, fully stocked kitchen, and more personal service. Do a Google search of the above-referenced properties and maybe do a price comparison.
    As for the Grand Canyon, you’ll find the same situation re: lodging prices holds true, but by going a bit ‘off-the-beaten-path,’ you can sometimes find a good deal. Click on this link and scroll down for hotels in Valle, AZ (25 miles South of the park) or Williams, AZ (1 hour South of the park) ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Otherwise, get an early start out of Scottsdale, AZ and likewise, start back to Scottsdale well before nightfall.
    Good luck and have a wonderful visit in Arizona!

ml - April 5, 2017

Thanks Alley:-)
Appreciate the tips!
so, our final trip will be:

-staying at scottsdale overnight upon arrival
-early morning heading and exploring Sedona for one day (rock slide -swimming/holy cross chapel
-in the early evening, heading to flagstaff hotel (2nights)?
-early morning next day heading to horseshoe bend and entelope
-overnight stay again in flagstaff
-early morning heading to grand canyon south rim and explore
-leave grand canyon by 2pm ? and headback to scottsdale (4.5hrs drive)

is grand canyon south rim explorable by 3hrs max??

thanks Alley
any inputs will be much appreciated.
God speed!

    Alley Keosheyan - April 6, 2017

    Hi again!
    Staying in Flagstaff, it is possible to see quite a bit of Grand Canyon in 3 hours time, especially if you were to arrive and/or depart via the East Rim/Desert View Drive.
    Driving direct from Flagstaff (or “Flag” as we locals call it) to the Grand Canyon takes 1.5 hours; going and/or coming via the East Rim route adds another hour onto the trip. If you want, you can make a “loop” out of it like so ->:
    Be sure to stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post for a bathroom break, leg stretch, maybe a little souvenir shopping or even a meal! http://www.camerontradingpost.com
    Good luck and God speed to you,
    Alley πŸ™‚

ml - April 5, 2017

by the way Alley,

suggested hotels above will be very useful the next visit!
thanks very much indeed!

Audra Johnston - April 6, 2017

Hey Ryan,

Thanks for this one day intinerary! I am planning my first day (and first time) in Page with it! I’ve enjoyed your website about Antelope Canyon and all the post and comments so much. After two days in Page, I am heading to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I hope you don’t mind me asking about the South Rim. Any suggestions? Must dos and don’t dos?

Can’t wait to visit. Thanks for this website, it has been very helpful!

From Texas,
Audra J.

    Alley Keosheyan - April 6, 2017

    Hi Audra,
    As someone who lived and worked at the South Rim for 7 years, I don’t mind at all answering your question!
    First off, the most logical route from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim is to take US89 South, then get on AZ64 West. At the junction of these two highways is the Historic Cameron Trading Post. It makes for a good bathroom break/leg stretch at the very least, but if you have the time or inclination, maybe stay to do some souvenir shopping, or enjoy their restaurant’s signature dish, the Navajo Taco.
    Upon departing the Navajo reservation and entering the park, there are several Grand Canyon viewpoints you should stop at: the Desert View Watchtower, Lipan Point, Moran Point, and Zuni Point, just to name a few.
    When you get to Grand Canyon Village, the main commerce area at the South Rim, find a place to park, then take the free Village Loop Shuttle up to the stop across from the Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then climb the staircase to the rim. There, you can walk the easy, paved Rim Trail through the Historic District, featuring Verkamp’s, the Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio. Yavapai Geological Museum is a fascinating stop as well, also accessible by the Village Loop Shuttle, as is the Canyon View Information Plaza. Outside the park in Tusayan/GC Village South, the IMAX presentation “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” is also fun.
    For more good suggestions on planning a Grand Canyon trip, visit http://www.grandcanyon.com or http://www.nps.gov/grca
    Happy traveling from Arizona,

Scott - April 7, 2017

Hi Ryan. We will be spending 3 days and two nights in early may in the Page area. Of coarse plan on visiting Antelope canyon and Lake powell. We would like to camp and have a four wheels drive vehicle. Can you recommend any 4×4 accessible remote beautiful places to set up camp?

    Alley Keosheyan - April 10, 2017

    Morning Scott,
    Thanks for visiting our site! There are a plethora of camping options – both developed and primitive – in the Page/Lake Powell area. The reason I mention both options is because you did not expressly state whether your 4WD vehicle was your personal vehicle or a rental. If you’re renting your vehicle, most rental car companies forbid off-road driving, even if the vehicle you rent is a 4×4 or SUV. If you venture off paved roadways and sustain any damage to the vehicle, you would void your rental insurance and be held liable for potentially costly repairs. In this case, you’d be better off sticking to managed campgrounds, such as the Wahweap Campground inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, or the Lake Powell Campground in the town of Page, AZ.
    If the vehicle is yours, then you’re free to camp wherever you wish! Popular camping options for those with 4×4 vehicles includes, but is not limited to, Lone Rock Beach on the AZ/UT border near the town of Greenehaven, and Alstrom Point, which can be accessed via a dirt road from the town of Big Water, UT. For the latter, it is strongly advised to get a map of the local area or discuss your planned route with knowledgeable local residents, such as the employees of the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum.
    Another option you might not have considered is to get off your wheels and get on the water. Rent a boat at Lake Powell Marina and Antelope Marina, find a nice cove or beach, pitch your tent and enjoy! However, for this option, you must provide or rent some type of portable sanitation device. Ditto for places such as Alstrom Point, which have no facilities. Be sure to pack out all trash, as well.
    For more information on camping in the Page area, visit our page “Camping and RV Options Near Antelope Canyon.”
    Have fun!

Cindi Holgash - May 7, 2017

This is an amazing site! Thanks for all your wealth of information. I need help with my planning of our Utah trip. We plan on flying to Vegas –not sure whether to start at Zion/Bryce or go to Lake Powell first.
Vegas to Lake Powell– one night in Lake Powell (boat tour)
Lake Powell to Monument Valley –one night in Monument Valley. My dream is to do a sunset jeep tour if possible here.
Antelope Canyon, Horshoe Bend
Monument Valley to Canyonland to Moab
One – Two nights in Moab (Arches, Canyonland, 7 Dead Horse State Park)
Moab to Capitol Reef (Arches
Capitol Reef to Escalante
Escalante to Bryce/Zion (portion of The Narrows) other various sites there
2-3 nights in Zion
2 nights in Vegas
I am in fair shape but I do have rheumatoid arthritis in my legs. I am 60 and my husband is 63. I would say hiking in the moderate range would be the best bet. Also when would be the best time to go to the Antelope Canyon? Which would be best for us to tackle?
Thanks so much for your help!

Does this sound like a plan? If you have a better itinerary, please give me your better ideas.

forgot to mention that we are thinking of taking the trip mid-July or early August. Thanks!

    Alley Keosheyan - May 9, 2017

    Hi Cindy, thank you for visiting our site, and your compliments!
    First of all, you might want to consider taking Moab off your itinerary. Not that it isn’t beautiful (it is), but there is a major road construction project going on in Arches this year that will significantly impact the quality of your visit. Here’s more information on the project ->: https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/construction.htm
    Not knowing how long you actually have for your trip, I’ll venture to suggest an itinerary as follows:
    Las Vegas to Zion – 2 nights in Zion
    Zion to Page/Lake Powell – 2 nights in Page (boat tour, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend)
    Page to Monument Valley – 1 night in MV
    Monument Valley to Capitol Reef – 2 nights in Capitol Reef
    Capitol Reef to Escalante – 1 night in Escalante
    Escalante to Bryce – 1 night in Bryce
    Bryce to Las Vegas

    For suggestions of good hikes you and your husband can do, I recommend going to http://www.nps.gov and visiting the sites for the individual parks. For Antelope Canyon specifically, Upper would probably be your best bet as that branch of the canyon is flat, 100 yards long (or short, as it were) and manageable for 99% of people who visit. Lower requires some stair climbing and boulder scrambling. Whichever you choose, make sure you book your trip in advance of your arrival. This has become a very popular attraction. In your case, since you’re planning to go to Monument Valley, you can easily do your tour on the way from Page to MV by catching it at the Tribal Park Entrance on US98. Visit http://www.navajotours.com for more information.
    One last thing, keep in mind that it’s going to be hot at the time of your trip, and it’s monsoon season, which means afternoon thunderstorms occur almost daily. It’s nothing to fear, just something to be aware of.
    OK, one more last thing: I notice the Grand Canyon is absent from your trip plan. Have you already been there?
    Good luck and safe travels,

Cindi - May 12, 2017

Thanks so much, Alley. I appreciate your bringing the construction problem to my attention. I will certainly keep it in mind when planning. I checked into it after you wrote about it and people have commented that they made sure they visited first thing in the morning to avoid the most traffic.

Yes, you are correct about the Grand Canyon-I have visited a few years ago, so I will concentrate on other national parks and sites besides the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

Would it make any difference if I reversed your proposed itinerary? Start with Vegas, then Bryce, then Escalante, then Capitol Reef, etc. Any advantage one direction vs. the opposite?

Thanks for all your help!

    Alley Keosheyan - May 12, 2017

    Hi Cindi, thanks for writing back! As to the order in which you visit the parks, monuments, etc. on your itinerary, it doesn’t really make a huge difference. Availability of lodging in the different locations may be the primary determining factor for how you plan your trip. Since you’ll have done a lot of driving on this vacation, you may want to coordinate it so your last stop puts you closer to Las Vegas, in which case, that would be Bryce.
    πŸ™‚ Thanks again for stopping by!
    P.S. Remember to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” at the first park on your itinerary. It will save you a ton of money on park entrance fees! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

Shab - May 12, 2017

Hi, love your website and all the articles!

I am planning a solo trip from Vancouver, BC to visit Antelope Canyon and Horse Bend from June 1-5. My plan is to rent a car from Vegas to Page although a bit nervous about the drive. Any recommendations for this first time solo traveler? Love to make the most of my time while there and hopefully get to do the things you suggested in Ultimate 2-day Itinerary.

So lucky to have come upon this site. Thank you for all your guidance!

    Alley Keosheyan - May 12, 2017

    Hi Shab,
    Thank you for visiting, and for your compliments!
    The drive from Las Vegas to Page is a fairly straightforward one, taking place on paved, well-traveled roads. Driving directly, the trip usually takes 4.5 hours or so, but people rarely drive straight through as there are many beautiful sites and points of interest along the way.
    In your case, you might consider driving through Zion National Park in Utah. It doesn’t add much to your drive in terms of mileage, but for scenic quality, it definitely beats the more direct route.

    The only thing I would caution you or any driver about is not to drive in this area at night. Supplemental/artificial lighting is kept to a bare minimum on local roadways, so once the sun sets, it gets really dark, plus deer, elk and other wildlife like to congregate near the roads at night, and trust me, you don’t want to get in an accident with one of them!
    Here’s a question for you: if you have 4 nights total, did you plan to spend them all in the Page area? You might consider splitting your time between Zion and Page.
    Hope that helps. Feel free to write again!
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley πŸ™‚

      Shab - May 13, 2017

      Hi Alley,

      Thank you so much for writing back and all your advise. You made my day!

      To be honest, I do not have much of clue or itinerary planned. It’s my 45th birthday on June 2nd and have this strange calling that I need to be in Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Other than that I don’t have to stay in Page. But not having been in these areas or ever travelled on my own, feeling pretty nervous and lost. I hope to arrive in Vegas late morning or early afternoon of June 1st so to get a head start. Would like to keep it simple and make most of my days.

      Would it be too much to ask if you have any suggestions or ideas for an itinerary?

      Thank you again for everything. You have no idea how much it means to me.

      Hoping not to chicken out,

Suzette - May 22, 2017

Hi Alley! So glad to have found this site – your responses are a wealth of information!

My friend and I have 2 days/1 night planned in the area and we want to visit GC South Rim and Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend. We’re flying into Phoenix the first day, and probably staying in Page for the night. What do you suggest we visit/do to make the most of our trip??

Your expertise and insights are welcomed! Thank you in advance!


    Alley Keosheyan - May 22, 2017

    Hi Suzette, and thanks for visiting our site today!
    2 days and 1 night really isn’t a lot of time to work with, but making the most of your trip won’t be hard in spite of that.
    The drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ takes approximately 4.5 hours if you drive direct. However, if you get an early enough start, you might swing through Sedona, or stop at Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments just North of Flagstaff. Further North is the historic Cameron Trading Post which is a good bathroom break/leg stretch stop, or if your tummy is growling by this point, maybe have lunch there. The Navajo Tacos are da bomb!
    Antelope Canyon is best seen during the mid-day hours, but these tours are usually sold out, so don’t fret if you have to go later in the day. Antelope Canyon is beautiful any time of day. Don’t forget to hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook on the way into town as well.
    The next morning, rise early and head for Grand Canyon South Rim. The drive takes 2.5 hours if done direct, but again, it rarely happens because of all the viewpoints you can stop at along the way. Don’t be surprised if it ends up running you 3.5-4 hours. Then, you’re looking at another 4 hours or so to drive back to Phoenix.
    Is there anyway you can modify your schedule so you can spend the night at the South Rim? That would make for a much more comfortable experience IMO.
    Good luck and happy travels,
    Alley πŸ™‚

      Suzette - May 24, 2017

      Awesome, thanks so much, Alley!


      Suzette - May 27, 2017


      Need your expert opinion again! We have a 3pm Lower Antelope tour scheduled the day we fly into Phoenix, then overnight in Page, then an 8am mule tour in GC the next morning. Is this the best use of our limited time, (I know you mentioned the overnight in South Rim)?? Maybe we need to flip our itinerary – GC first day, overnight there, then Page the next day? Any advice would be helpful! I’m feeling like our current setup is a little much driving and rushing around.

      Thank you in advance!

        Alley Keosheyan - May 30, 2017

        Hi Suzette,
        Apologies for the delay in replying to your question. Memorial Day weekend – ’nuff said!
        Re: Your 8 AM mule ride at Grand Canyon – which one is it? If it’s the overnight trip to Phantom Ranch, hold onto that with everything you’ve got, it’s an amazing experience, and one that’s very hard to come by. If it’s the Canyon Vistas ride (which I’m relatively sure is what you have), to be honest, I’d say skip it. For one, you’d have to get up awfully early to make it to the South Rim to check in. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon Village. Plus you’d miss the sightseeing opportunities on the East Rim/Desert View Drive. There are lots of beautiful viewpoints to stop at along that route. I’d hate to see you have to do a “drive-by” sighting because you were on a tight deadline for a ride that only goes through the forest up to a single viewpoint (which the Canyon Vista ride does).
        As for whether you need to flip your itinerary around, that’s a six-of-one/half-a-dozen-of-another proposition. It’s ~4.5 hours from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, or Page. If I’d advise any kind of modification to your schedule, it would be to add another night in Page so you can have tour Antelope Canyon at a more desirable time slot (mid-day) and a little bit of “downtime” after all that driving. Of course, it’s all contingent on availability of lodging in Page and/or Grand Canyon, and Antelope Canyon tours as well.
        Hope that helped at least somewhat. If it’s any consolation, you wouldn’t be the first family to tour the area on such and ambitious schedule, and you certainly won’t be the last.
        Safe travels,
        Alley πŸ™‚

Cindi Holgash - May 22, 2017

I am still trying to streamline my itinerary…
Please let me know if this works…
Fly to Vegas (arrive 11 a.m.)
Drive to Bryce –4 hours (stay 2 nights)
Drive to Capitol Reef – 2 hours (stay one night)
Drive to Moab – 2 1/2 hours (stay 2 nights) Arches,* Dead Horse State Park, Canyonlands
*I realize there will be construction starting 7 p.m. on the road to Arches
Drive to Monument Valley – 2 1/2 hours (stay one night) Sunset Navajo Spirit Tour
Drive to Lake Powell — 2 hours (2 nights) Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell Boat tour, Horseshoe Bend
Drive to Desert Pearl in Zion – 2 hours (2 nights)
Zion to Las Vegas – 2 1/2 hours (2 nights in Vegas)

    Alley Keosheyan - June 2, 2017

    Hi and sorry I missed this, it kinda got lost in the mix.
    Long story short, yes, this is more workable than what you had previously proposed. I would strongly recommend padding your driving figures a bit, not because they’re not accurate, but invariably there are going to be stops for bathroom breaks and points of interest between places. As you can see from Sal’s itinerary, there are a lot of “little” things to see before the “big” attractions!
    Many visitors find one night to be sufficient at Bryce since it encompasses a relatively small area, so if you have trouble finding lodging for 2 nights, that can be a “saving grace.”
    I don’t recall when you were visiting, but if it’s during the summer or fall months, remember you’re going to have to factor in time changes. Las Vegas is on Pacific Daylight Time; Arizona is on Mountain STANDARD Time (we’re weird); Utah and the Navajo Indian Reservation are on Mountain Daylight Time. You’ll “lose” an hour going from Las Vegas to Bryce, be on the same time going from Capitol Reef to Moab and Monument Valley, then “gain” the hour back when you get to Page, AZ.
    Thanks and sorry again for the delay in reply,

sal - May 30, 2017


I have found very useful information here. Thank you.

I will be driving from Las Vegas to Page on Saturday. Planning to visit Lower Antelope Canyon then head to Horseshoe Bend. Is it possible/ advisable to both lower and upper canyons on the same day? I’ll be heading back to Las Vegas on Sunday with no rush. Is there anything else to see/visit near Page or on the way back to Las Vegas that doesn’t require advance preparations?

    Alley Keosheyan - May 30, 2017

    Hi Sal,
    Thanks for visiting, and for your compliments!
    This is a great question, and fortunately there is no shortage of free and/or cheap attractions to visit on the drive from Page to Las Vegas. If you go via the most direct route (map below), through Kanab, Colorado City and St. George, some popular places to visit include:
    The β€œNew Wave:” just past the Glen Canyon Dam and opposite the Lake Powell Resort turn-off on US89 is an unmarked road to a small cluster of rock formations that bear an uncanny resemblance to β€œThe Wave.” Unlike the β€œOld” Wave, the β€œNew Wave” doesn’t require a permit, or charge admission. Because the road is not regularly maintained, it does wash out occasionally. If signage states β€œno admittance,” you’ll have to skip it.
    The Big Water Visitor Center: 15 miles Northwest of Page, AZ and just over the Utah border on US89, this unassuming facility offers up some impressive surprises, such as dinosaur bones excavated locally, a topographical relief map of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and paleontology and geology displays kids and adults will love.
    The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: Between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 between mile markers 18 and 19 is a 1.5 mile round-trip trail leading to an unearthly rock garden where bizarre hoodoos, balanced rocks and other geological oddities grow. A moderate walk, don’t stop at what appears to be the end of the trail; the main hoodoo area is located up a short rock scramble.
    Kanab, Utah: a charming small town with a star-crossed path of a different sort, Kanab was once a popular site for Western movies and television shows. These days, tourism gets top billing on the economic marquee. A good stop for shopping or dining, the Rocking V Cafe and Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant are popular among locals and visitors.

    Another possibility would be to make a slight detour via Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry (map below). On this route, good stop-off points include:
    The Cut Overlook: At this pull-out off US89 approximately 30 minutes South of Page, a panoramic view of a vast expanse of the Colorado Plateau is laid at your feet. You might also purchase some jewelry or other souvenirs from the Native American families that run outdoor curio stands in the area.
    Lees Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch: For decades, this was the only place possible to cross the Colorado River. Named for its owner/operator, John Lee, who resided at a nearby farm. Legend has it that his wife took one look at the isolated outpost and exclaimed, “Oh, what a lonely dell!” Today, you can tour the ferry crossing site and the ranch, and wade in the Colorado River itself.
    Marble Canyon: Also an important river crossing site, here you’ll see two bridges side-by-side. The old Navajo Bridge, dating back to the 1920’s, and the new Navajo Bridge, completed in 1995. The old Navajo Bridge was refurbished as a pedestrian walkway, and you might see some California Condors sunning themselves on the rocks below! Stop in to the Visitor Center to learn more about the history of the bridge, and the challenges faced by the people who built it. Impossible-looking balanced rock formations are another scenic highlight of this area.
    Vermillion Cliffs: The Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry detour will take you past the far Southern border of this National Monument, famous for formations like The Wave, White Pocket Fold and the Buckskin Gulch.
    Jacob Lake Inn: nestled in the cool pines of the Kaibab National Forest 67 miles from Grand Canyon’s North Rim, this historic cabin hideaway makes a great stop for a bathroom break/leg stretch, or for a meal. If nothing else, grab a milkshake, or some of their legendary cookies, baked right on-site from time-honored recipes!

    As for whether you can tour both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon in one day, it is totally possible. Whether it’s “advisable” depends largely on you. While some visitors feel that touring both branches of the canyon is worthwhile, others report after the fact thinking that their time might have been better spent doing other activities, such as seeing Antelope Canyon from the waterside on a Stand-Up Paddleboard or boat tour. Can You Tour Both Upper And Lower Antelope Canyon In 1 Day?
    Whichever way you go, advance reservations are a must!
    Hope that helps – have a wonderful trip!

Cindi Holgash - June 2, 2017

any answer on my itinerary posted before Sal’s?

Cindi - June 2, 2017

I understand how a long-winded question can get buried…no problem. I appreciate your help immensely! So if I am able to cut out a night a Bryce, where would be the best place to add on? I chose two nights for Bryce because I figured after flying to Vegas, getting luggage, getting rental car and then driving at least 4 hours to Bryce, we wouldn’t have any time to see or do much that day. I thought we’d spend the next day at Bryce and then start out fresh and early the next a.m. to Capitol Reef. What do you think? Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cindi - June 3, 2017

Alley, any ideas on my above comment…where to add another day?

Mike - June 13, 2017


Spending a week in Kanab so we can stay in one spot and still see lots. Curious your thoughts on our itinerary and feel free to give feedback or suggestions.

Spend 2 days in Zion- one day doing the Narrows and one day doing Angel’s Landing. (Have done them both and the reason we are going back)

1 day driving up to Bryce and Hike the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail. If time we might go to Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

1 day of complete relaxation in Kanab

Thinking of combining Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Navajo Bridge and North Rim all in one day. 6 hours of driving which makes for a long day but then frees up another day.

My main question is do you think that the North Rim deserves its own day or does it make sense to combine them all because if we go to Navajo Bridge then to head back to Kanab we go through Jacob’s Lake which is about an hour from the North Rim? We did the south rim 2 years ago and my kids got bored after a few hours so not sure if the North rim is worth it’s own day or just make it a long day.

Thank you!

    Alley Keosheyan - June 16, 2017

    Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by!
    IMO the North Rim deserves a dedicated day. All that driving just to cram in a bunch of sightseeing doesn’t sound appealing in the least and your kids would probably agree with me.
    There are plenty of activities in the Page, AZ area that can help round out your Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend day, such as a boat tour on Lake Powell, or perhaps a stand-up paddleboard tour. On your way back to Kanab (or on your way to Page from Kanab), definitely stop by the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail. Easy to find between mile markers 18 & 19 on US 89, it’s a fun little hike. Remember that Utah is on Mountain Daylight Time and Page is on Mountain Standard Time, so you’ll “gain” an hour as you go from Utah to Arizona, then “lose” it again going back.
    At the North Rim, you might check out some ranger led activities and if your kids are younger, let them earn a “Junior Ranger” badge. You might also look into some of the mule rides there, they’re typically easier to get on than at the South Rim. Kids have to be at least 7 for the 1-hour rimside ride, or 10 for the half-day ride into the canyon. Grand Canyon North Rim Mule Ride On the way there, definitely stop at the Jacob Lake Inn and pick up some of their home-made cookies. They’re awesome!
    Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful trip! Remember to make advance reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour.

Jan - June 18, 2017

Please could you confirm my planned trip, is possible to do it in one day? We plan our trip on the end of june.. Our group has 3 children (10-13 Y). We will be in Page overnight. We want to visit Antelope Canyon in the morning (8:00?), which one is better for us, upper or lower? How much time does the visit take? Then we want to go to the Monument Valley. During the way to MV, where do you recommend to take lunch? And again how much time do we need for the visit of MV? After MV we want continue to Moab, where we want stay for two nights.
Thanks a lot for your help!

    Alley Keosheyan - June 19, 2017

    Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by.
    Your “planned” trip is possible, but advisable? Not so much…
    Let’s say you take an 8 AM Antelope Canyon tour. Your kids might find Lower to be the more desirable of the two since it involves some ladder climbing and boulder scrambling. Your tour will take approximately 2 hours, so you’d start driving to Monument Valley at 10 AM local time (Mountain Standard). The drive there will take another 2 hours, and since they DO observe Daylight Saving Time, you’ll “lose” an hour crossing over to the Navajo Indian Reservation, so, best case scenario, you’ll arrive at 1:00 PM. You can grab lunch at a number of restaurants in the area. I’m personally partial to the one at Goulding’s Trading Post. Assuming that ordering and eating lunch takes about 1 hour, it’s now 2:00 PM. Doing any kind of tour of Monument Valley would also take a bare minimum of two hours. It’s now 4:00 PM. Then you’re facing a 2.5 hour drive to Moab, UT, putting you there at 6:30 PM at the earliest. Again, these are “best case scenarios.” Accounting for restroom breaks and unexpected stops to photograph something that catches your eye (and there’s a lot here to catch your eye), it’s best to pad driving estimates by 25-30%. I’m getting tired just thinking about it!
    The fact that you have two days in Moab does help, but in my opinion, you’re trying to cram too much sightseeing into one day. Another factor to consider is that June is very hot in this part of the country, which will take its toll on your energy level. I don’t recall seeing where you’ll be in the days prior to visiting Page, but you might consider re-working your schedule so you can tour Antelope Canyon the day prior to driving to Moab.
    Another consideration? If you don’t already have reservations for an Antelope Canyon or Monument Valley tour, or for lodging in Moab, you might find things sold out already! If you find that to be the case with Antelope Canyon tours, consider touring one of the many alternate slot canyons in Page, AZ or traveling with Ligai Si’Anii Slot Canyon Tours out of LeChee, AZ .
    Good luck and best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Ricardo - June 30, 2017

Hi, thanks for all your ideas on trips to antelope canyon.

Unfortunately due to time constraints, I arrive in LV on 13 july and am taking a flight out on 16 july. Is there anyway I can squeeze in a trip to Grand Canyon, antelope canyon and horseshoe bend? Will the drives be too long and tiring, or which should I take out.

Thanks for the help!

    Alley Keosheyan - June 30, 2017

    Hi Ricardo!
    Unfortunately, your time is very tight. Fortunately, there’s a way you might be able to work in everything you desire without too much driving.
    Book 2 nights at Grand Canyon South Rim, wherever you can find availability. Grand Canyon hotels in order of proximity to the park and desirability. Get an early start out of Las Vegas on July 14th. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive, so you’ll want to arrive at a decent hour so you can do as much sightseeing as possible in the Grand Canyon Village area.
    On July 15th, take the Canyon River Adventure Tour. This is an awesome 3-in-1 combo package that includes a plane flight from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, and flies over Horseshoe Bend; an Antelope Canyon 4×4 tour; and a half-day float trip on the Colorado River. It’s about a 12-hour day, but at least you don’t have to drive!
    If the tour doesn’t appeal, you can instead book one night at Grand Canyon South Rim and 1 night at Page (for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend). It takes 2.5-3 hours to drive from the South Rim to Page, but in that time, you can do some quality sightseeing along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon since you pretty much have to pass that way anyway. It then takes 4.5-5 hours to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim.
    It’s a lot of driving, but with determination and patience, it can be done. If you have to choose one over the other, obviously the Grand Canyon should win out, especially if you’re visiting from abroad and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to this area in the foreseeable future.

    Good luck and safe traveling!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Rose Smith - July 6, 2017

what would be the best and easiest hiking trail 4 my kids and me?

    Alley Keosheyan - July 7, 2017

    Hi Rose, thanks for writing us.
    Wish we knew what time of year you were visiting, because that would help us advise you better. If your trip is occurring during the summer months, you might want to walk the paved trail that extends from the Lake Powell Resort to Stateline Launch Ramp. It’s relatively flat, has some shade, plus you and your kids would have opportunities to swim.
    Upper Antelope Canyon is also an easy walk, 100 yards in length, relatively flat and the interior of the canyon stays relatively cool year-round. The trail leading up to the canyon is sandy, so that part might be a bit of a challenge, but that’s about it. Antelope Canyon tours should be booked in advance.
    The Horseshoe Bend Overlook trail, which is less than 1.5 miles round-trip, is doable for most people in good health, but it does have some relatively steep uphill grades and some deep sand. Its most challenging aspect is exposure – there is no shade whatsoever on it, and during the summer months, it’s really hot out there. In fact, a gentleman recently died on the trail πŸ™ Granted there were mitigating factors, namely age in his case, but it stands as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. Go early in the morning, take enough water for your entire party, and be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and appropriate shoes for walking. In fact, that’s good advice wherever you choose to hike in Page, Arizona.
    Hope that helps – safe travels to you!

Zina Dolzikova - August 15, 2017


Let me start off by saying that I think you are doing a great service for helping people who visit your area πŸ™‚ Hoping that you will be able to help us out too.

A quick overview of our plan so far: We are planning to visit the Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Sedona and, if possible, maybe stop by the Marble Canyon on the way to Page. We are hoping to see the sunset in Monument Valley. We are not experienced hikers but like to do so at a reasonable length and would also like to take a short boat tour in the Page area. We are driving from Hoover Dam on October 7th (Sedan car, if that helps) and are planning to leave just after 9 am. We booked 1 night in Williams (Grand Canyon is too expensive), 2 nights in Page, 1 night in Flagstaff, and 2 nights in Sedona.

What specific sightseeing spots, that you can recommend, can we fit in these days?

Do we need to book a tour to the Lower Antelope Canyon through the tour company in Page or drive directly to the canyon and get a ticket there?

Does the Grand Canyon have a specific website for tourists?

Thank you for your help,


    Alley Keosheyan - August 16, 2017

    Hi Zina,
    Thank you for your compliments on our site! October is a great time to be here.
    A couple of things that stand out about your itinerary:
    1. You don’t have a night booked at Monument Valley. You really should stay overnight there for the best quality experience and in order to have time to do one of the tours there. Unfortunately, the best hotels there tend to book up months in advance, so you might be too late. You might have to cross it off your wish list, or resign yourself to taking a day tour there. Swinging through on your way from Page to Flagstaff would be doable, but would make for a long day: 2 hours from Page to Monument Valley, then 3 hours from Monument Valley to Flagstaff. Another option might be taking an air tour from Page, AZ. Fixed wing airplanes depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport (PGA). Contact Westwind Air Service if interested in this activity.
    2. If you’re going to Sedona anyway, it’s only 45 minutes-1 hour further from Flagstaff. You might as well just go all the way there and give Sedona 3 nights. Most people recommend spending at least that many nights there anyway.

    Regarding Antelope Canyon tours, yes, they absolutely must be booked in advance. This attraction has become extremely popular of late, so here again, don’t be surprised if tours are sold out. If you find that to be the case, there are other slot canyons in the area that are just as beautiful but nowhere near as crowded. Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours
    For boat tours in the Lake Powell area, visit Lake Powell Resort & Marina at http://www.lakepowell.com
    Lastly, yes, the Grand Canyon does have a website for tourists: http://www.GrandCanyon.com or the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/grca
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Laura - August 17, 2017

Hi Ryan,

I want to get some good photos of Rainbow Bridge. I noticed a lot of tours leave around 7:30am and last around 6-8hrs. This is way too long and also this will be a non-ideal time to take photos. Do you know of any shorter tours that also leave later in the day?

    Alley Keosheyan - August 17, 2017

    Hi Laura,
    There are no shorter boat tours to Rainbow Bridge. It is 52 miles Uplake from Lake Powell Resort, the sole concessionaire authorized to conduct boat tours to the Monument.
    As for availability of later departures, it depends on the time of year you’re traveling. For instance, if you’re visiting between May 15th and August 31st, there’s a later departure of the tour at 12:30 PM. It would also be a 6-8 day for you depending on the level of Lake Powell at the time. The lower the level of the lake, the longer the walk from the boat dock to the Bridge. If your visit falls outside the 05/15-08/31 timeframe, though, the early morning departure would be your only option for a boat tour.
    Another option would be to fly over Rainbow Bridge. Airplane tours and helicopter flights depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport, usually in the morning. Tours typically last only 30-45 minutes. One disadvantage to these is that they are not allowed to land at the bridge (no airstrip), plus they are required by law to fly at a certain altitude, which may not be ideal for photography purposes.
    Hope that at least helps. Enjoy your visit!
    Alley πŸ™‚

El - August 18, 2017

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for the informative post.

I am looking to travel to Grand Canyon NP in December 20/21/22/23. I will be staying over at Page on the night of 21 Dec, and looking to tour the Antelope Canyons and Horseshoe Bend on 22 Dec.

May I ask you for advice on the following:

1) Is there any one tour provider that handles both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, or is it usual of other travellers to engage two separate tour providers for Upper and Lower sections?

2) Any recommendation for the tour provider(s)?

3) In terms of timing, I was told before that it will take the morning to tour Lower Antelope Canyon and the afternoon to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, leaving a bit of time to drive over to catch sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Is this a feasible plan?

4) Finally on lake powell ride. Since it is winter, I suppose we can give this a miss, both from the perspective of weather and feasibility.

    Alley Keosheyan - August 19, 2017

    Dear El,
    Hello and thank you for your inquiry! We hope you find it helpful as you plan your Arizona vacation. Now, on to your specific questions:
    1) Is there any one tour provider that handles both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, or is it usual of other travelers to engage two separate tour providers for Upper and Lower sections? There is currently no single tour operator that offers package tours of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. What we would suggest you do is tour the branches of Antelope Canyon with the tour companies who operate directly at the canyon’s entrance on Highway 98. For Upper Antelope Canyon, that would be Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours; for Lower, you can choose from Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours or Dixie Ellis Antelope Lower Canyon tours.
    2) In terms of timing, I was told before that it will take the morning to tour Lower Antelope Canyon and the afternoon to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, leaving a bit of time to drive over to catch sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Is this a feasible plan? Definitely! Keep in mind that you should allow approximately 2 hours for each branch of Antelope Canyon, then be at Horseshoe Bend approximately 30 minutes prior to sunset for the best photo opportunities. In late December, sunset occurs at about 5:15 PM in Northern Arizona.
    3) Finally on Lake Powell ride, since it is winter, I suppose we can give this a miss, both from the perspective of weather and feasibility. You’ll probably have to give it a miss anyway since boat tour operations are drastically curtailed in wintertime. A minimum of 10-15 passengers is usually required to guarantee operation of tours.
    Hope that helps and that you enjoy your trip! One more thing: Late December is off-season in the Lake Powell area, which has tons of advantages. The only inconvenience you’re likely to encounter is colder weather. Be sure you pack accordingly, and keep in mind that the tour operators reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tours in the event of inclement weather.
    Take care and safe travels,
    Alley πŸ™‚

Ashley - September 3, 2017

My husband and I are taking a day trip to Page in 2 weeks. We plan to dive from Sedona that morning, with a 10:30 tour of Canyon x as the first stop.

We will then drive to lower antelope, eat lunch at the marina and hopefully catch a tour of lower antelope prior to 1:30. (The visitor center told us they’re first come, first serve.)

I’m wondering how far of a drive it is to Horseshoe Bend from Lower Antelope?

Secondly, we want to make part of the drive to Scottsdale that night, but want to avoid too much diving in the dark. Is Flagstaff the best place for us to stay between Page and Scottsdale? Looking for a nice place.


    Alley Keosheyan - September 4, 2017

    Hi Ashley and thank you for visiting our site!
    First off, good call on booking Antelope Canyon X, it’s a beautiful canyon, and much less crowded than Upper Antelope.
    Regarding Lower Antelope Canyon, though, I’m afraid you have been given some incorrect information. Antelope Canyon’s popularity has skyrocketed this year. It is no longer a “first-come/first-serve” situation by a long shot. Advance reservations are not only possible to make, but strongly advised. There are two outfitters that manage this branch of Antelope Canyon: Dixie Ellis and Ken’s . No need to worry too much about who does the better tour, they will be identical in price and logistics. You also might want to aim for something slightly later, as you might be cutting it fine fitting in lunch at Antelope Point Marina between the two activities.
    As for the driving distance from Antelope Canyon to Horseshoe Bend, it’s 10-15 minutes tops. If you get an early start out of Sedona, you might even hit it on your way into town instead of after touring Lower Antelope.
    If you wanted to get a jump-start on the drive to Scottsdale that night, Flagstaff would indeed be a logical choice. That would put you about 2 hours from Scottsdale. Some of the better hotels in Flagstaff, AZ include, but are not limited to the Little America, Drury Inn & Suites, the Hilton/Doubletree, Hilton Garden and Embassy Suites. For more suggestions, you might check out TripAdvisor’s 65 Best Flagstaff, AZ Hotels.
    Hope that helps.
    Take care and safe travels,
    Alley πŸ™‚

      Ashley - September 5, 2017

      Thank you!

      So if we planned to stop at Horshoe Bend on the way into town, then drive to Lower Antelope first since it says you can wait HOURS past your tour time, could we still do lunch at the Marina? Is it closer to lower antelope or canyon x?

      Then thinking a late afternoon Canyon X tour. Should we be scared to drive to Flagstaff in the dark with the animals?

Stacey - September 24, 2017

Hi! Thanks for all this great information!

My boyfriend and I are planning to travel to Page from Las Vegas around Nov 20. We are unclear if we should do the upper or the lower antelope canyons or both. We are both physically fit so the ladders don’t scare us. Can you do both in one day? What tour company do you recommend – is there one that does both canyons? At that time of the year (Nov) what time of day is best to visit the canyons?

We are then going to drive to the Grand Canyon South – any recommendations on how long to visit there? We are not hardcore hikers but would love to see the views.

Thank you!!!

    Alley Keosheyan - September 26, 2017

    Hi Stacey and thank you for visiting our site.
    If you are both physically fit, you’ll like Lower Antelope Canyon. As for whether you can do both Upper and Lower sections of the canyon in one day, you can, but you may not find it to be the best use of your time. You’d probably find the scenery similar enough to be redundant, so you might consider doing a different kind of activity, such as a Lake Powell boat tour, hiking the Rim View Trail, or visiting the Glen Canyon Dam or John Wesley Powell Museum.
    There is no one company that tours both Lower and Upper Antelope, so you’d have to work with two different companies. Best time of day is generally regarded as mid-day when the sun illuminates the canyon brightest. In November, you won’t see the shafts of light shining all the way to the canyon floor, but the canyon will still be beautiful.
    As for how long to stay at Grand Canyon South Rim, most people find 1-2 nights sufficient. In your case, you’d probably be content with 1 night since you can do a good chunk of your sightseeing on the drive over from Page, AZ. It typically takes 2.5-3 hours to drive to the South Rim from Page, but most tend to take a little longer as there is a lot to see and you’ll find yourself stopping more often than you think.
    Whichever you choose to do, we strongly recommend making your hotel and tour reservations in advance, and be prepared to encounter cooler weather, including snow at the South Rim.
    Best wishes for safe traveling,
    Alley πŸ™‚

Aniketh - November 8, 2017

Hi! Thanks for this information.

I’m planning to visit antelope canyon and grand canyon this december. My itinerary is as follows:

I’m planning to start from Las Vegas on 21st December morning. I’m planning to stay in Page for 2 nights. I would want to cover upper antelope canyon tour, horseshoe bend on 21st.
On 22nd I have planned a drive down to Grand Canyon South Rim do a small hike if possible and drive back to Page.
I was thinking to avoid stay at Grand Canyon village because it is relatively colder than Page and I would definitely want to avoid the chill as much as possible. Or the weather doesn’t differ much between these two places ? In such case I can spend night at Grand Canyon so that I can view sunrise next day morning in Grand Canyon.
I would want to return to Las vegas by 23rd evening and cover hoover dam on the way.

Is this itinerary good enough and doable ? Please suggest if I need to make any changes ? And also how is the visibility in December generally ? I’m visiting this part of US for first time and I surely want my first visit a life time memory and experience.

Thanks in Advance πŸ™‚

    Alley Keosheyan - November 13, 2017

    Hi Aniketh, and thank you for inquiring about your itinerary.
    So, the drive from Las Vegas to Page is approximately 4.5 hours. Another consideration is that Arizona will be on Mountain Standard Time whereas Nevada will be on Pacific Standard Time; therefore, Arizona is one hour “ahead” of Nevada, meaning you’ll “lose” an hour upon crossing the border. What with daylength being quite short in December, visiting both Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on your arrival day from Las Vegas might be something of a stretch. With an early enough start, you could manage an Upper Antelope Canyon tour on your first day out, the hit Horseshoe Bend on your way to Grand Canyon South Rim. It’s right on your way, so it’s logical and convenient.
    Regarding your plan to make Grand Canyon National Park a daytrip from Page, it’s doable, but not necessarily desirable. It takes 2.5-3 hours each way to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, and if you want to do any hiking, you wouldn’t want to be constrained by short daylength and have to hop back in your car just as you were starting to enjoy yourself. I’d recommend staying the night at Grand Canyon South Rim. Grand Canyon Hotels
    Granted Grand Canyon South Rim is going to be somewhat colder than Page, but the convenience of being there for sunrise and sunset, IMO, outweighs the discomfort of cooler temperatures.
    As for visibility, again, this is going to be wintertime, and you could encounter a day when the Grand Canyon is “socked in” by low cloud cover, but then again, you could luck out on a bluebird day that’s brisk and clear. I would start checking weather a couple of weeks before you get set to leave.
    Hope that helps. Thank you and safe travels!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Georgia L. - November 10, 2017

Hi Ryan & Alley,

Thanks so much for this website post and answering all of the comments so thoroughly. It is so helpful!

So we’re planning a trip to Northern AZ in a couple weeks and at the last minute discovered Antelope Canyon and decided to make a detour there. Couple of questions, I tried to look in the comments but nothing addresses at least my first question in particular. I saw something regarding older/not physically fit folks probably not being able to do the lower canyon, but I didn’t see anything with regards to the upper canyon. We are taking my parents (age 70) & my kids ages 9, 7 & 4. My mom & kids I am not worried about. My dad uses a walker and walks slowly and I just assumed he would not be able to do either canyon and we were gonna leave him at the hotel while the rest of us did the lower canyon tour, but upon reading about the walk to upper canyon being a flat walk, (it still seems like a long one though), would it still be advisable that he not try to do that (upper canyon) tour? And as another option, are you actually able to see into the slot canyons on a boat tour?

Second question, does this itinerary sound doable? – Day 1 leaving Cottonwood, AZ, leisurely driving through Sedona and taking in the sites and getting to Horseshoe bend before Sunset, staying overnight in Page. Day 2 early morning antelope caynon tour (just one tour, but probably lower, depending on your answer to question above), lunch at cameron trading post, then through the grand canyon, mostly stops at different viewpoints but not too much hiking/walking around because of grandpa, drive to flagstaff with enough time to hit up the lowell observatory for a couple hours (we have free tix). they close at 10 pm, my kids are fine with staying up late.

another question with regards to horseshoe bend. If we are there for the sunset, how is the lighting for the walk back to the car? Is it a dangerous walk at that point?

Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Alley Keosheyan - November 13, 2017

    Hi Georgia and thank you for compliments on our site.
    I’m actually going to answer your inquiries in reverse order, if that’s OK.
    I’d recommend restructuring your trip if possible to allow for not only more time in Sedona, but Grand Canyon South Rim as well. Most people spend 3 days in Sedona, and end up wishing they had more time. Seeing it on a “drive-by” basis probably won’t satisfy, even with young children and older adults in tow.
    If it’s not possible to accommodate an overnight in Sedona, and you see it en route from Cottonwood, AZ to Page, keep in mind that the 3.5+ hour drive that Google maps shows for that drive is unlikely to materialize in reality. It’s bound to be more like 5-6 hours since you’ll invariably be stopping for photos, restroom breaks, etc.
    Horseshoe Bend is a stop you can make easily before you arrive in Page, as it’s right on your way, just South of town. By the way, if you have doubts about your Dad being able to do the walk in Antelope Canyon, he’s definitely going to have a problem at Horseshoe Bend. As to whether it’s “dangerous” after sunset, not really, but you might want to have flashlights handy if you’re visiting during a waning phase of the moon.
    Day 2, here again, you’re looking at a VERY long day, with most of it spent driving. It takes 2.5-3 hours to get from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, driving directly (which, again, rarely happens); then 1.5 hours from GCSR to Flagstaff. Would it be possible to break things up by staying overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim so you can see sunset? At the very least, we’d hope you’re planning to stay overnight in Flagstaff with a late arrival at Lowell Observatory. Driving at night in this part of the country is not recommended due to the dearth of artificial lighting on the roads here.
    Now regarding Antelope Canyon, you rightfully assume that Lower is not going to be feasible for your Dad. Upper, though, might be doable. It’s only 100 yards in length and fairly flat the whole way. People using canes and walkers tour it all the time. If you’re still apprehensive, a boat tour might be a good compromise, but the slot canyon scenery would not be the same. Another thing to keep in mind is that boat tours typically go on seasonal hiatus in November, or at least require 10-15 people minimum to guarantee operation.
    I know that’s a lot to digest, but I hope it helps somewhat.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Dooie Kim - November 29, 2017

Is it worth going to both Lower and upper? or not worth visiting both?
If one is good enough, what’s better?
it will be for 3 adults, 2 in 30s, 1 in 60s.

    Alley Keosheyan - November 29, 2017

    Dear Dooie Kim,
    Hi and thank you for your inquiry today.
    Though both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are beautiful, it’s not 100% necessary to see both in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. Which branch of the canyon you should see boils down to your party’s physical fitness level: if everyone is OK doing a little stair climbing and scrambling around some small boulders, then you should be fine doing Lower Antelope Canyon. If one or more of your party members has mobility issues and might be hard-pressed to manage the stairs, then Upper would be the better choice as the trail is only 100 yards long and fairly flat.
    If you’re looking for other activities to fill your time in Page, consider Horseshoe Bend Overlook, a Glen Canyon Dam tour, visiting the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Navajo Village Heritage Center, or taking a short drive to the Lake Powell Resort Complex inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
    Hope that helps. Safe travels to you all!
    Alley πŸ™‚

Oyin - December 2, 2017

Thank you so much for this post.
I’m looking for some recommendations.
Will be coming to Arizona Dec 31 – Jan 4
Planning Grand Canyon, Page and Sedona. Initially had a plan but switched itinerary around a bit as my travel partner has to be back at work on the 2nd (Leaving from Flagstaff at 2am!!)
Flying into Phoenix, landing at 12
Any tips on how I should work this? (With the idea that Sedona is closest to Flagstaff I think).
Thinking Page, Sedona, Grand Canyon.

Not sure what to do in Page on 31st as we will likely arrive around 5pm (renting car). Saw something about Glen Canyon overlook. Maybe Cameron Trading Post?
1st – Antelope canyon and Horseshoe bend (anthing else to do?).
Drive to Sedona (Anything to do since it is evening time).
2nd – Pink Jeep Tour, Montezuma Castle and well (Anything else).
Drive to Grand Canyon. See the sunset at the South Rim.
3rd – Bright Angel Hike, maybe walk about town/Tusayan.
4th – Head home.
Any tips/itinerary ideas would be appreciated.

    Alley Keosheyan - December 2, 2017

    Dear Oyin,
    Hello and thank you for your inquiry. So let’s get right to it:
    1. If you do indeed stick to your plan of arriving in Page at around 5 PM, you might as well pack it in for the day, or maybe go get some dinner then proceed to your hotel. Sunset takes place at about 5:20 PM that time of year, so you won’t have much daylight to work with.
    2. If you opt to tour both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on the 1st, try to get your sightseeing done by about 2:00-2:30 PM so you don’t get caught driving after dark. Driving at night in this part of the US is strongly discouraged due to lack of supplemental lighting, and the tendency of deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate near roadways at night.
    3. If you’re flying out of Phoenix at the end of your trip, I’d recommend flipping the order in which you visit Grand Canyon and Sedona. Visit Grand Canyon South Rim after Page, then go on to Sedona the next day. 4. Hiking on Bright Angel Trail may not be feasible at that time of year due to the possible presence of ice on the trail. If it is clear, go ahead and do it (remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours up). If the trail has already iced over, stick to rimside trails in Grand Canyon Village and maybe take a drive along the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive.
    5. A Pink Jeep Tour and a visit to Montezuma’s Well will certainly occupy the better part of a day in Sedona. For more ideas on what to do in that area, go to http://www.visitsedona.com
    6. Make ALL lodging and guided tour reservations in advance! You are proposing to visit over the New Year’s Eve holiday, which is a busy time of year in Northern Arizona tourist destinations.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley πŸ™‚

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