Visiting Antelope Canyon From Las Vegas

If you’ve come as far as Las Vegas, you’ve come too far not to visit world-famous Antelope Canyon and nearby Horseshoe Bend. While we’d heartily agree with you, we’d be remiss in our duty not to offer you a few words of warning:

  1. Hope you like to drive – a lot or
  2. Hope you’re prepared to make some modifications to your trip plans, like dropping a day in Las Vegas (trust us on this)

So, how does one get to Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas? One has two choices: self-drive or take a tour.

To drive yourself:

  • Get on I-15 and follow it Northeast for 127 miles through Mesquite and St. George, UT to Washington, UT
  • Take Exit 16 to UT-9, which turns into UT-59 near Hurricane, UT, then AZ-389 near Colorado City, AZ. In Fredonia, AZ, take AZ-89A due North Kanab, UT. Follow this routing for approximately 70 miles total to Kanab, UT
  • In Kanab, UT, take US-89 East for 75 miles to Page, AZ
  • Just South of Page, AZ, take US-98 6 miles due East to the entrance of Antelope Canyon (or stop in Page and take a tour from one of 3 outfitters in town)
  • Total trip mileage: 278 Total drive time: 4.5 hours one-way

While a day trip from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ is doable, due to the distance involved, we recommend you get an early start out of Las Vegas in order to avoid driving back at night. Due to the scarcity and sometimes complete lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, plus the potential for deer and elk to be present, nighttime driving can be dangerous. Better yet? Tinker with your schedule so that you can spend a night or two in Antelope Canyon’s gateway city, Page, AZ. There’s a lot to see and do here, including, but not limited to: the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, Lake Powell boat tours, smooth water raft tripsairplane and helicopter tours, easy but rewarding hikes, and even more slot canyons! You won’t regret taking the extra time. Most day-trippers, on the other hand, regret not taking it. Page, AZ hotels run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste and budget as long as you book in advance.

Take a tour from Las Vegas:

At the time this piece was written, pickings are on the slim side for Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Tours. We speculate it’s due to the driving distance. But, for those determined to experience Antelope Canyon while based in Las Vegas, and don’t want to self-drive, tours are out there.

  • 1-Day TakeTours Excursion includes:
    • pick-up and dropoff at select Las Vegas hotels;
    • round-trip transportation to Page, AZ;
    • Drive-by Glen Canyon Dam;
    • Lower Antelope Canyon tour;
    • stop at Horseshoe Bend Overlook;
    • Tour duration: 14 hours hotel to hotel
    • Mode of transport: Motorcoach
    • Current price: $120 per person + tax and gratuities
    • Optional add-on: Lake Powell air tour
  • 1-Day Grand Canyon Tours Excursion includes:
    • Hotel Pick up
    • Mesquite, NV breakfast stop
    • Kanab, UT Rest stop
    • Drive over Glen Canyon Dam
    • Lunch in Page AZ
    • Lower Antelope Canyon tour (admission included in price of the tour)
    • Horseshoe Bend
    • Navajo Bridge
    • Comfort stops for meals
    • Hotel drop off
    • Tour duration: 15 hours
    • Mode of transport: 7-passenger van
    • Current price: $149 + tax & gratuities
  • Viator Private Overnight (2-days/1-night) Tour to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Zion National Park includes:
    • Las Vegas Hotel pickup
    • Photo stop at Glen Canyon Dam and LakePowell
    • 1.5 hour Navajo guided tour of AntelopeCanyon
    • Guided walk to Horseshoe Bend
    • Overnight accommodation in Page, AZ
    • Visit Big Water, UT DinosaurCenter
    • Guided walk in ZionNational Park
    • Return transfer to Las Vegas Hotels
    • Private Driver/guide Professional guide
    • All necessary entrance fees
    • Meals per itinerary (B,L)
    • Tour duration: 2 days, 1  night
    • Mode of transportation: varies
    • Current price: $2995 for up to 4 people

Las Vegas Antelope Canyon tours are only offered on select days of the week and may require a certain number of passengers (usually 4) and favorable weather conditions to guarantee operation.

Which way is the better way to go? In the humble opinion of not only this writer and the administrators of this site but many local residents, seasoned travelers, and expert road-trippers, self-driving will always offer you more freedom and flexibility to enjoy Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the myriad attractions in the Page/Lake Powell area at your own pace and on your own terms. But, make every effort possible to visit for more than a day. 10 hours is a lot of driving to do in one day!

If you opt to take one of the above-mentioned tours – or even one we didn’t mention – we’d love to know how you liked it. We welcome and encourage you to post your feedback on this site, or other popular travel and consumer review sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, TourRadar, and don’t forget Facebook and Twitter.

Til next time, happy traveling!

About the author

Alley Keosheyan

With 20+ years in the tourism industry in Northern Arizona, including 7 years at Grand Canyon South Rim and 15 years at Lake Powell, Alley has taken part in virtually every commercial tour there is! She has ridden the Grand Canyon mules, hiked rim to rim, rafted the rapids of the Colorado River (and the smooth bits, too), enjoyed many a houseboat weekend on Lake Powell, logged countless hours on both airplanes and helicopters, walked on air on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and frolicked in the blue-green waters of Havasu Falls. About the only thing on her "to-do" list now is the Tower Butte Helicopter tour! She now makes a living as a freelance writer by day, bass player in a cover band by night.

4 comments
Angie C - September 12, 2017

We’re flying to Vegas Thursday next week and will be starting our hike early from Valley of the Fire in Nevada Friday then drive same day to spend two nights in Page for Horseshoe bend/Antelope Canyon. Can you recommend other interesting stops along the way before we hit Page? I saw Grand Staircase Escalante but it’s so huge and can’t find any info if there’s any entrance along 89.

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 12, 2017

    Hi Angie, thank you for stopping by today.
    Hope you realize it takes 4.5-5 hours to drive from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ. I don’t know how much time you plan on spending hiking around Valley of Fire, but daytime high temperatures are still running in the high 90’s – low 100’s in Las Vegas, NV and the surrounding area. You might be zapped by the time you get done, and in no mood to face a 1/2-day’s drive afterward.
    You might consider cutting down on your driving distance that first day, and spend the night in Springdale, UT, which is ~ 2.5 hours from Valley of Fire. Springdale, UT is the gateway town to Zion National Park, which is a stunning area and makes for a beautiful and interesting drive to Page, AZ the next morning.
    Other stops you might make include but are not limited to the Kanab, UT, the Paria Rim Rock Trail and Toadstools, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitors Center in Big Water, UT. And you’re right about Grand Staircase, it is huge, but the folks at the visitor center can give you some good suggestions for areas you might realistically see in the limited time you have.
    Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Sourav - September 21, 2017

Hello Alley,

This is Sourav here, I and my Wife , we will be going for Leisure trip to Las Vegas on Dec-23-2017 to Dec-29-2017, while each evening and Night we are planning to spend in Vegas only. This is our first trip to Vegas

During the day, I am planning to visit Horseshoe bend and Antelope canyon,
Can you kindly add some more to my list during the day visit..

Regards
Sourav
+19016029371

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 22, 2017

    Hi Sourav,
    Thank you for visiting our site today!
    I hesitate to add more to your list on the day you tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend simply because if you intend to drive yourself, you’re going to be spending most of the day driving – it’s 5 hours each way. Another things to consider is that in late December when daylength is short. Sunrise is at 7:30 AM, sunset is at 5:15 PM.

    If you are able to get an early enough start, some stops you might include in your trip include but are not limited to:

    1. The “New Wave:” approximately one mile past the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge, opposite the turn-off to the Lake Powell Resort complex, turn left instead and you’ll come to a small but interesting cluster of rock formations that bear more than just a passing resemblance to “The Wave.” Unlike the “Old Wave,” the “New Wave” requires no permits, and at the moment, no admission fee. The only caveat: the road is not regularly maintained and prone to washing out. If you see any signage stating “no admittance” or the like, obey it.
    2. The Big Water Visitor Center: located 15 miles Northwest of Page, AZ over the Utah border on US89, this small but impressive facility features locally-excavated dinosaur bones, a topographical relief map of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and award-winning paleontology and geology displays.
    3. The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: at mile marker 19 between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 you’ll find a moderate 1.5 mile round-trip trail leading to a Mars-like landscape of whimsical hoodoos, balanced rocks and other geological oddities. Don’t be fooled by what looks like the end of the trail; a short rock scramble leads to the main hoodoo garden.
    4. Kanab, Utah: once the on-location darling of Western movie producers, Kanab, Utah is a charming small town with plentiful shopping and dining opportunities. Locals and visitors alike are partial to the Rocking V Cafe and Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant.

    If you’d rather spend more time sightseeing and not driving, you might consider chartering a plane from Las Vegas. It’ll cost a bit more, can’t lie about that, but the flight time from Las Vegas to Page is about 1.5 hours each way, giving you more time to sample the many sights in Page, AZ!
    Take care and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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