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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

 

16 Responses

  1. Would you recommend this as a family cubscout camping adventure and would March or April be an appropriate time to go?

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      A trip to Page, AZ, would make for an excellent family Cub Scout camping adventure! There’s a lot to see and do here, as you’ve probably already seen.
      As for the better time of year to go, April tends to offer more stable weather than March. March is in that “transitional” zone between winter and spring and is notorious for having a late season snowstorm blow through. It can happen in April as well, but statistically, April (especially the latter half of the month) offers daytime highs that are pleasant (60’s-70’s), and brisk nighttime lows (40’s). The water temperature in Lake Powell is also a bit on the cool side at that time of year (~55-60 degrees F), but the scouts probably won’t be able to resist taking a dip.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hello,

    I am planning on meeting my family at Antelope Point Marina on August 17th but will be arriving late on the 16th and need a place to camp for the night. I will not be getting there until about 11 pm. What do you recommend for me to do since most camp grounds will be closed by this time?

    1. Britney,
      You might see if you can find a space at the Beehive Campground, aka the “New” Wave. This is a free (for the moment), first-come/first-served camping area. To get there, you must cross the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge and on the left side of US89, look for a turn-off across from the turn-off to the Lake Powell Resort. However, you may find this campground full by the time you arrive, and it is monitored by the National Park Service, who frown on “improvised” camping in this area. If that’s the case, just about the only other option would be the Page, AZ, Wal-Mart parking lot, but they don’t allow tent camping, just car and/or RV camping.
      One thing I do wish to point out is that in August, nights are still quite warm in Page, AZ. The current weather forecast calls for daytime highs in the high 90’s/low 100’s, and overnight lows in the 70’s. Not that comfortable for camping of any stripe IMO. I would recommend springing for a hotel. You’ll have a much better night’s rest so you can be refreshed and ready for fun with your family the next morning! For the most reasonable rates, look to the independently-owned properties on the “Street of Little Motels,” which tend to offer lower prices than the chain hotels and motels.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hello, I’m with a party of three and are planning to visit from 3-5 of July. We are wondering if we need o make a reservation for camping spot, and or if we have spots opened for the busy weekend.
    Thank you

    1. Dear Andres,
      You are visiting during the U.S. Independence Day Holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends in Northern Arizona! Reservations are an absolute must for any overnight accommodations, including camping. Speaking of which, you might wish to spring for a hotel in Page, AZ. That time of year is VERY hot, and overnight temperatures probably won’t dip down low enough for camping to be comfortable.
      Whatever you decide, make reservations ASAP!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi , you seem like the most amazing person
        We camp a lot . Its my birthday on 12/01 and i would love to camp and go To check Antelope canyon . I would love to get the free camping but i dont mind to pay! I think its off season but do you think we could be lucky! We will be driving from Cal/Ventura. Thank you so much

        1. Hi Klara!
          At the time of year you’re visiting, I would not advise camping. Not that it isn’t fun, and that there aren’t ample opportunities for tent or RV camping, but at the time of year you’re visiting, nights are starting to get very cold. This week, for example, nighttime lows are expected to dip into the 30’s and 40’s. Unless you have a sleeping bag that’s rated for colder temperatures, I would strongly advise booking a hotel in Page, AZ. Available choices run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and pretty much everything in between in terms of price point and amenity classes.
          Whatever you decide, be sure to book all lodging, and Antelope Canyon tours well in advance of your arrival.
          God luck, safe travels, and hope you have a happy birthday!~
          Alley 🙂

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