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Camping and RV options near Antelope Canyon

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Camping and RV options near Antelope Canyon

Primitive Camping

There are a number of good locations where you can put up a tent and enjoy the water and/or scenery. Your experience will depend a lot of whether you want isolation or amenities and convenience (but be prepared to be shoulder to shoulder with other campers during the busy season.)

If you want isolation, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA) is 1.25 million acres, and the Arizona strip (Bureau of Land Management / BLM) is larger than the state of Massachusetts so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a nice 100 acre spot to claim for the weekend. Just make sure you know the regulations concerning overnighting. In general, if you pack everything out that you bring in, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Assuming you want to be relatively close to a road, here are the most popular options for the area around Antelope Canyon.

Lone Rock Beach – Lone rock is a favorite place for locals. A few miles of sandy beach just 20 minutes from Page, you can usually find a good spot near the water and camp for 12$ a night. There are bathrooms, but no showers or water. Be careful driving as the sand can get pretty deep. Lone Rock beach is the featured photograph

Alstrom Point – Alstrom is becoming more popular with visitors with off-road vehicles, as it offers one of the most scenic overlooks of Lake Powell. It is part of the GCNRA. You will need 4wd to get all the way to the end, but there are some great camping sites on the way. Just make sure you don’t camp in a wash, because of the flash flood dangers.

Camping at Alstrom Point

Alstrom Point photo credit: alstrompoint.com

Managed Campgrounds

Managed campground in the area offer amenities such as full hook-ups, showers, and coin operated laundry. It is a good idea to get advanced reservations.

There are two managed campgrounds within 20 minutes of Antelope Canyon

Wahweap RV and Campground – This campground is located in the GCNRA, about 20 miles from Antelope Canyon. It is located next to the marina, so you’ll have full access to restaurants, boat rentals, and a nearby beach. In addition to the nightly fee, you’ll also need to pay for the park entrance fee or have an annual pass. Rates are around 28$ for tent / no hook-up to 48$ for full hook-ups

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Wahweap RV and Campground

Page Campground – Located less than 7 miles from Antelope Canyon, this campground is located 6.2 miles from Antelope Canyon. You’ll need to drive 5 minutes or so to get to restaurants and stores in Page. Rates range from 18$ for tents to 30$ for full hook-ups. Has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi.

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Page Campground

 

8 Comments

  1. Bobby says:

    Hi,

    I am planning a trip to Page, Arizona during July 4th weekend. I am driving from Vegas on the 4th and would want to see the sunset at Horseshoe bend. How crowded is it usually during this weekend? What is the best time to go and where is the best place to park? I plan on sleeping in the car over night, are you able to recommend any places for car camping that would be relatively close to Antelope Canyon? My tour for Upper Antelope Canyon is at 6:30 am, hoping this would be bright enough for beautiful pictures!

    Thank you in advance!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Bobby,
      4th of July is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Page, AZ. At sunset, you will be sharing Horseshoe Bend with a lot of other people with the same idea, that is IF you can find parking. It would be better to plan on visiting the overlook at sunrise, which occurs at ~5:00 AM in July. You would need to be at your Antelope Canyon tour outfitter’s office by 6:00 AM for a 6:30 AM tour. Most Antelope Canyon tour companies are anywhere from 10-20 minutes from Horseshoe Bend.
      Sleeping in one’s car constitutes camping according to local laws, which must be done at designated campgrounds. The closest one to Horseshoe Bend is the Page/Lake Powell Campground, but frankly, I’d advise against doing this at the time of year you’re visiting. July is one of the hottest months of the year and the interior of your vehicle will be uncomfortably warm. Spring for a hotel and enjoy the comforts of air conditioning. Page, AZ, hotels You’ll have a much better time of it, trust me!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. June says:

    Very helpful information for us. Thanks!
    We have a plan to Antelope Canyon in August, and have a question: there have RV parking lot for daytime?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi June,
      You should be able to find adequate parking for your RV, but I would recommend booking your Antelope Canyon tour for an earlier time slot. Later in the day, you’d probably have a harder time finding a place to park.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Crystal says:

    Hello!

    I am looking for your advice on our upcoming trip. We are coming the end of Sept/beginning of October for a wedding and extending our vacation to see the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend and are open to other suggestions! Here are our two scenarios:

    Our initial plan is to fly into Phoenix arriving at 10:15 9/28 then drive to Page, hopefully arriving by 5. We’d have that evening and most of Sunday to tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe bend (maybe Lake Powell if time allowed) then drive to the Grand Canyon late afternoon. In the Grand Canyon we’d have all day Monday and most of Tuesday before heading back to Phoenix. Is this enough time for both locations without being rushed?

    We do have the option to fly in to Mesa late 9/26 and staying overnight then getting up early to drive to Page where we’d have Friday afternoon and most of Saturday for the same attractions (or others if you have any suggestions) before heading to the Grand Canyon late that afternoon. We’d then have all day Sunday & Monday in the Grand Canyon and part of Tuesday before heading back to Phoenix.

    Thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Crystal,
      It looks as though you are allowing enough time in both Page, AZ, and the Grand Canyon to not be rushed. The main thing is to be sure you time all drives you make so that you are at your final destination for the day by dusk. Driving at night is discouraged in Northern Arizona due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, plus the tendency of deer, elk, free range cattle, and sometimes wild horses to graze around them after dark, bumping up your chances of getting into an accident. Sunrise in late September occurs at around 6:00 AM and sunset takes place at approximately 6:30 PM.
      The drive time from Page, AZ, to the Grand Canyon is given on Mapquest and such as 2.5 hours, but in actuality, it tends to be more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours since the drive is very scenic, and you will find yourself stopping often, particularly on the section of the trip between the Eastern park entrance at Desert View Point and Grand Canyon Village.
      Be sure to have all your Grand Canyon lodging and Page, AZ hotels booked, as well as Antelope Canyon tour reservations made, well in advance of your vacation. Now would not be too soon to get on this if you haven’t already. Tours for summer and fall are already selling out from what I’ve heard.
      If you find yourself with more time to work with, another place you might consider adding to your itinerary is Sedona. It’s a beautiful area with lots to see and do. I can almost guarantee that once you see it, you’ll be planning a return visit when you can spend more time! Sedona is ~2.5 hours from Grand Canyon South Rim, then Phoenix is about 2 hours away. For suggestions on what to do, where to stay, etc., go to http://www.VisitSedona.com
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

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