Can you do both Lower and Upper in a day?

By Ryan / September 17, 2015

Introducing the Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon Bundle Deal!

You asked for it and we listened!  Until recently the real answer to this question has been yes you can but there was no real easy way to make it happen.  You would have to shop around and contact the different Upper and Lower Vendors individually and then try to find time slots that complemented each other. Many times you were lucky just to find one opening! That is no longer the case.  Book your bundle today and enjoy the natural wonders that are Upper and Lower Canyons!

Upper Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

Benefits of a Bundle Deal…  
#1 – All inclusive booking price.  Don’t get caught with hidden fee’s!
#2 – When you purchase a Bundle Deal you do not have to pay the Navajo permit fee twice, saving you an additional $8.00! Just show your Vouchers.
#3 – Our service does all of the work finding any possible booking combination and times. Saving you valuable time.
#4 – Our bundle deals take into consideration how far you have to travel and how much time you would like between Canyons.  It also allows you to add time for lunch.
#5 – Many times bundle deals are available when stand alone Tours are not!

About the author

Ryan

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

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Ryan - April 20, 2019

Hi guys,

On a trip with my dad. Trying to do Antelope Canyon between Monument Valley and Zion on June 5th. Unfortunately we only have a day between waking up in Monument Valley and sleeping in Zion. I’m very interested in the bundle tours for Antelope but there dont seem to be any options for both Upper and Lower in the afternoon. Is there a reason for this or are they just sold out?

Thanks,
Ryan

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 22, 2019

    Hey Ryan,
    The bundle option has been a long-awaited and very popular option, so tours may indeed be sold out!
    However, I also have to caution against trying to tour Antelope Canyon as a “drive-by” between Monument Valley and Zion. It takes at least 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ. One thing working in your favor, however, is that Monument Valley and the Navajo Reservation DOES observe Daylight Savings Time, whereas Page, AZ, DOES NOT. Therefore, you will “gain” an hour passing from Monument Valley to Page, AZ, but you’ll “lose” it once again as you travel to Utah.
    The drive from Page, AZ, to Springdale, UT, where many Zion National Park visitors choose to stay, is ~2.5 hours “on paper,” but in real life, the drive is very scenic and could take upwards of 3.5 hours when factoring in the numerous photo ops that will inevitably pique your curiosity.
    Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is at the very least a 5-hour commitment. Another consideration is at that time of year, it’s going to be hot. Though the interiors of the slot canyons tend to remain cool, the heat can still zap your energy pretty quick. Coupled with at least 5 hours of driving IMO doesn’t make for a very fun day. I would recommend reconsidering your plan and either staying in Page, AZ, to do the bundle tour, or just touring one branch of Antelope Canyon before heading on to Zion.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Sheri Burroughs - April 15, 2019

Hi
My husband and I would like to come out in September. Where would be the best to fly into and what city would be best to stay in?

Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 15, 2019

    Hi Sherri,
    Most visitors to this area fly into Las Vegas, NV, or Phoenix, AZ, to start trips out to this area. Either airport is about a 5-hour drive from Page, AZ. Salt Lake City, UT is another popular alternative, which is a bit further away, ~6.5 hours from Page, AZ.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Judy P - April 10, 2019

Hi Ryan,

I’m seeing a bundle tour which has upper and lower canyon tours 45 minutes apart – i’ve noticed on other sites that some tours require check in 1.5 hours in advance. Does the bundle take this into account? I want to book but want to make srue this won’t be an issue. Please email me 🙂

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 11, 2019

    Hi Judy,
    The participating tour outfitters have blocked out seats for use in the “bundles,” so the downline tour operators will be aware that you might be checking in a little later than other guests.
    Alley 🙂

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Jenny H. - March 11, 2019

Love you site!

Our family (including a 6 year-old) plan to fly to Flag Staff end of August, and visit both Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon.

Should we go to Antelope Canyon first for 2 days and then go to Grand Canyon for 2 days then back to Flag Staff? Or Should we go to Grand canyon for 2 days then to Antelope Canyon? Does it matter which route? What other must visit place do you recommend?

Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 13, 2019

    Hi Jenny!
    There’s no prescribed order in which you should visit the sites on your list, honestly, it comes down to two important factors.
    1. Availability of lodging at the Grand Canyon
    2. Availability of Antelope Canyon tours (Page, AZ)
    Reserve space when/where you can find it and plan your trip itinerary from there. For Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you’ll want to book lodging in Page, AZ. While you’re there, you might consider taking the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. As the name suggests, the trip does not go through any rapids, but is a wonderful family-friendly activity. During August, you’ll want to take the early morning departure so you can enjoy cooler temperatures.
    FYI, you might want to drop one night at the Grand Canyon and use it to visit Sedona. It’s a beautiful area with lots to see and do, and it’s just a 45-minute drive from Flagstaff. For more information, go to http://www.VisitSedona.com
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Margaux - March 3, 2019

Hi There!

Thank you for taking the time to read everyone’s questions and provide such helpful and thoughtful feedback and recommendations!

My boyfriend and I will be in Page April 1-4. All the sights are so tantalizing to us, but we’re also not really into feeling like tourists and being hustled through attractions (I have already made great notes on alternatives to Antelope Canyon and The Wave, per your recommendations in earlier posts and in this article, thank you!). Having said that, I still want to see both upper and lower Antelope, as I think we will have 3 more days to explore and sightsee around Page.

I read in an earlier post that you recommended doing Horseshoe Bend as early in the morning as possible, and then doing Antelope immediately after. Do you think doing Horseshoe, and then both upper and lower Antelope, all in one day, is doable (assuming tours and tour times work out)?

We will be driving from Vegas on March 29th, which is a Friday, and we’re trying to hit some spots on the way to Page so as not to deal with all the tourist and vehicle traffic at Page over a weekend, and thus get there on Monday (well Sunday night really, but sightseeing starting on Monday). Knowing that my bf and I are active and physically fit, and that we want to adventure while dealing with minimal crowds, what would you recommend we do on the way to Page? We will be camping as much as possible…

Thank you again!

Cheers,
Margaux

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 4, 2019

    Hi Margaux,
    First thing’s first: it won’t make much of a difference whether you arrive on a Friday vs. a Saturday in Page, AZ. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are busy from March through November, depending on weather, so don’t expect the town to be quiet just because you happen to be arriving on a Sunday or Monday. That won’t be the case.
    In the time you have between March 29th and April 1st, I would making a stop at the Valley of Fire State Park, then going on to Zion National Park. Although it is a popular park, there are plenty of hikes you can take that will get you off the beaten path, and away from most of the crowds. Angel’s Landing and The Narrows are considered to be the “grand-daddies” of all Zion hikes in terms of degree of difficulty and views offered. April may be a little early for The Narrows as water flows in the Virgin River are quite high at this time, and that hike takes place in the river itself. Angel’s Landing warrants its own set of precautions, so be sure to do your research before committing to that hike. Springdale, UT, would be the place you would want to lodge or camp, on the Western border of the park.
    Upon arrival in Page, you would be able to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a day, depending on availability of tours. You absolutely must visit Antelope and other local slot canyons with a guided tour, there’s no way around that. I recommend visiting Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise as the main parking lot will be closed during the mid-day hours and the use of a shuttle required to get you to the overlook. This is a temporary situation to allow for the completion of some long-overdue construction projects, but it will probably coincide with your visit. Horseshoe Bend parking restrictions
    With the rest of your time, and seeing as though you are active and fit as you describe, you might consider taking part in some of the areas longer but rewarding day hikes such as to the Wahweap Hoodoos, Wire Pass and/or part of Buckskin Gulch , or you might hire a guide service to take you to Sidestep Canyon.
    Regarding your desire to camp for the majority of your vacation, that will probably be fine, but keep in mind that the timeframe in which you are visiting is the transitional zone between winter and spring. Page, AZ, weather is typically pleasant, but then again, a late season rain or snowstorm could also move through, causing the nighttime temperatures to drop to near or below freezing. In the higher elevations, such as Grand Canyon (7,000′ ASL) and Bryce Canyon (8,000′ ASL), you might find camping to be somewhat impractical. Be sure to start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel. Make reservations for campgrounds and/or lodging well in advance of your departure.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Margaux - March 4, 2019

      Thank you so much Alley! This has been tremendously helpful 🙂

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        Alley Keosheyan - March 6, 2019

        Margaux,
        Glad to hear our advice was beneficial. Hope you have a wonderful trip!
        Alley 🙂

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Bruce Regmi - February 25, 2019

Hi There,

Awesome site!

We are looking to come fly to Phoenix on May 24 and getting to Page, AZ the night of 24. We have to leave Page, AZ by 2pm on May 26. So that leaves us all day May 25 and half a day on May 26. Trying to maximize the trip:
1. Would like to do Antelope Canyon Tours, very fit, avid hikers, so thinking Lower?
2. Would like to do Horseshoe Bend
3. Would like to do Glen Canyon Float Trip – Half Day, May 26, 6:00am-11:30am

So, the question is how to fit in Antelope Canyon Tour and Horseshoe Bend for May 25? Also, will we have time to squeeze in one more activity on May 25?

Thank you again!!!

-Bruce

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 26, 2019

    Hi Bruce, and thank you for your compliments!
    You can get all these activities in in any number of ways since Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are relatively close to one another. First priority is to check availability for Lower Antelope Canyon. It sounds as though your family should have no problem managing that branch of the canyon. If you find Lower Antelope Canyon tours sold out, check out Antelope Canyon X. It’s simply another drainage of Antelope Creek, and very similar in looks and physicality to Lower.
    The Horseshoe Bend Overlook can get very crowded during the mid-day hours, so I recommend visiting it just after sunrise. The light is beautiful then, and there tends to be fewer people around that time, which is a definite plus. Then schedule your Antelope Canyon tour for whatever open time slot you can find. As for other things you might do that afternoon, possibilities are practically endless. One thing you can easily do is pop over to the Antelope Point Marina and take a boat tour or kayak tour of the waterside of Antelope Canyon. Or perhaps treat yourselves to a nice dinner and views of Lake Powell on the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise. You might even fire off a few rounds from a variety of weapons at Gunfighter Canyon, Page, AZ’s indoor shooting range, or enjoy a historical and cultural presentation at the Navajo Village Heritage Center.
    If you do the morning departure of the Glen Canyon Float Trip, allow 60-90 minutes to grab some lunch, then you should be able to make your 2:00 PM departure time easily.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Cathy - January 27, 2019

Thank you for such great advise on this forum.

I plan to drive from LV to Page( didn’t realize it was a 5 hour drive) in the end of June. My plan was to tour lower Antelope canyon that same day and visit Houseshoe bend. Staying in Page that night, I have a private boat tour planned for early next morning for the day. Stay in Page 2nd night, plan to leave early to drive to Zion.

Will I have time to take tour of AC that same day?

Thank you for sharing your great advice.

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 28, 2019

    Hi Cathy,
    Surprise! Long drives are an almost unavoidable fact of life out here.
    If you’re asking if it’s possible to take an Antelope Canyon tour the same day you drive to Zion, the answer is yes — in theory, anyway. As you’ve hopefully realized, Page, AZ’s slot canyons are very popular attractions, and Antelope Canyon tours do sell out weeks, sometimes months in advance. “Help! Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out” Fortunately, during the summer months, when days are longer, the tour companies tend to offer early morning tour departures for those with other places to go and things to see. In June, for example, tours start as early as 6:00 AM. The drive to Zion would then take approximately 2 hours, so if you don’t have anything time-sensitive already scheduled in Zion for that afternoon, you should make it with daylight to spare.
    By the way, you might also plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend that morning before touring Antelope Canyon. Parking at Horseshoe Bend has gotten to be quite a hassle of late, and you may find all spaces full by the time you arrive. Just something to be aware of.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Tay - January 26, 2019

Hi, I was thinking about spending 2 or 3 days checking out upper and lower antelope canyon, a tour of Grand Canyon national park, and a hike in Zion. Is 2 days stretching it?

Also, how is Angels landing in late February? Will there be snow on the trail? I would like to do Angel’s landing, but if the conditions are too dangerous I can always hike other trails at Zion or scratch that all together and hike the Grand Canyon to save time….

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 28, 2019

    Hi Tay,
    The more time you can spend, the more you’ll get out of your visit here! You need at least 3 full days to pull off all the items on your “wish list,” and if you have more time to spare, that’s even better.
    One full day is sufficient at the Grand Canyon, because you’ll actually be doing a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive to Page. The route naturally takes you along the East Rim Drive, where there are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon you can stop at before exiting the park at Desert View. After crossing the park boundary, you’ll be in Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, where there is even more to see, including but not limited to the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s Souvenir Stand, the Cameron Trading Post (good brunch/lunch stop), Chinle formation views and The “Cut” Overlook. On your way into town, try and stop by the Horseshoe Bend Overlook if parking is available. If the parking lot is full, consider other means of getting to the overlook such as shuttle services from Page, AZ, horseback rides, or scenic overflights. “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend” The total drive time from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, is given as 2.5 hours on Google maps, but don’t be surprised if it ends up taking more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours with all the stops you’ll invariably make.
    For touring Antelope Canyon, that can be accomplished in one day’s time. Also, it is not necessary to tour both Lower and Upper in order to have a satisfying visit to Page, AZ. Best to choose one branch of the canyon, then use your time for seeing and doing other things, such as Glen Canyon Dam tours, visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum, taking the scenic Lakeshore Drive loop along Lake Powell (Glen Canyon Entrance fee required for that activity), hiking to the “New” Wave, among other things. Whatever you decide, just be sure to make your Antelope Canyon tour reservations well in advance of your arrival.
    As for Angel’s Landing in Zion, you are very likely to encounter snow on the trail in February, especially on the upper section, which is the most dangerous part. That said, even if you decide to forego the hike to Angel’s Landing, I would still recommend visiting Zion. It is a beautiful park with plenty of other lovely hikes to enjoy. If you can, try to allocate at least one full day for Zion, with an overnight in Springdale, UT.
    However, don’t be surprised to find that you’ll wish you’d given the park another day or two. There’s a lot to see and do there, and one day will only allow you to partake of a small sampling of all it has to offer.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Brenda Daykin - January 23, 2019

Hi There,

My family and I will be visiting the area in hopes for late February. We would like to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Canyon. We are going to be driving from Las Vegas in a rental car. Do you have any tips for tours available for sight seeing and walking tours?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 24, 2019

    Hi Brenda and thank you for visiting us!
    First of all, it takes ~5 hours to drive over from Las Vegas, so hopefully you’re planning on staying at least one night in Page, AZ. Horseshoe Bend can be visited anytime, in your own vehicle… in theory, anyway. In reality, parking can be quite a hassle at Horseshoe Bend during the hours between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Therefore, using an alternate means of getting to the overlook is strongly recommended, including taking a shuttle from Page, AZ, taking a trail ride, or a scenic overflight.
    As for Antelope Canyon tours, there are a number of companies who offer walking tours to different branches of the canyon. Which one you travel with depends on how much exertion you’re willing to endure – or not, plus availability of tours – or lack thereof – will be a major deciding factor in which company you travel with. For more information, recommend you read “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Maite Cardoso - January 20, 2019

Hi Ryan! i’m going to LV in June and I intend to spend a night at Page and visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend and maybe Monument Valley. My doubt is that on the next day we would like to go to Grand Canyon but it’s so big that I don’t know if I should go to the side walk or where should I go to see tha original Grand Canyon. Thanks for you advice.

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 21, 2019

    Hi Maite,
    With one day to work with, you can definitely hit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, but Monument Valley will be a stretch. It’s a 2-hour drive – each way – from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley, so while it’s doable as a day trip, it really deserves its own day to do justice to. Unfortunately, lodging in the Monument Valley area is scarce, and hotels might already be sold out. If that’s the case, you might still be able to work it in. More on that in a minute…
    As for the Grand Canyon, you are correct, it’s very big! The Grand Canyon Skywalk, though novel, does not represent the “true” Grand Canyon, which is Grand Canyon National Park. Since you’re already planning to come to Page, AZ, anyway, you should visit either the North Rim or the South Rim. Either side is ~2.5 hours drive from Page, AZ. The North Rim is a bit further away from Las Vegas (~5.5 hours), and lodging options there are fewer in number and smaller in scale. The South Rim, on the other hand, is ~4.5 hours from Las Vegas, and offers more of a choice of lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities. Whichever side you opt to visit, lodging should be booked in advance of your arrival. Grand Canyon South Rim Hotels
    Regarding Monument Valley – while it sounds as though you won’t have time to visit it by car, there’s still a way you might get to see it anyway, and that’s to fly over it. Fixed-wing airplane flights are operated out of the Page Municipal Airport by Westwind Air Service. Overflights run ~90 minutes in length and include Rainbow Bridge and Lake Powell as well. For more information, visit Westwind Air Service Tours From Page/Lake Powell (you have to scroll about half way down the page to get to the Monument Valley tours).
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Scarlette Liu - January 18, 2019

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for all detail tips for trip to Antelope Canyon. I am actually thinking to visit upper and lower ones on the same day due to tight schedule. I am wondering if I could book:
Upper for 10:00 am (check-in time) – 12:00 (estimated finish time from tour website)
and
Lower for 13:00 (check-in time) – 14:45 (estimated finish time from tour website)?

Would it be sufficient time (1 hour) to switch in between?

Thank you very much.
Scarlette

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 18, 2019

    Hi Scarlette,
    If you absolutely have to do both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon – which isn’t necessary to have a fulfilling visit to Page – then make sure that both tours depart from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on US98. If you do an Upper Antelope Canyon that picks up and drops off in Page, AZ, that adds another 30-60 minutes to get back to Lower Antelope Canyon for check-in. If I remember correctly, the 10:00 AM Upper Antelope time slot is held by Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours, which is one of the companies located at the canyon’s entrance on US98. If that’s who you’re booked with, then you should be fine. Hopefully, there won’t be any unexpected delays occurring on the day you tour.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Scarlette Liu - January 18, 2019

      Thank you very much Alley : )

      I plan to book the upper tour with Tsosie Antelope Canyon Tours (looks like downtown in Page) and the low tour with Ken’s Tour (close to Entrance Gate). Is the tour you mentioned better than Tsosie Antelope Canyon Tour?

      Additionally, I am wondering if there is any big difference between Lower tour starting from 13:30 and the one starting from 14:00?

      Thank you again for the prompt reply!

      Have a great day!
      Scarlette

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        Alley Keosheyan - January 19, 2019

        Hi again, Scarlette!
        All Upper Antelope Canyon Tours are virtually identical, right down to the footsteps. Therefore, the Antelope Navajo Canyon Tour is no better or worse than Chief Tsosie’s. Unfortunately, the Chief Tsosie Tour picks up in downtown Page, therefore, you’re going to waste a lot of time backtracking back down to the Tribal Park Entrance in order to tour Lower Antelope. As I suggested previously, going with a tour operator to Upper Antelope who picks up directly at the Tribal Park Entrance is a much better use of your time since you have to go there anyway to tour Lower. The two operators who stage from the Tribal Park Entrance are Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours and Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours. If you do prefer to travel with Chief Tsosie’s for whatever reason (such as availability), just make sure you have plenty of time to get back down to the Tribal Park Entrance Gate afterwards.
        There will be no significant difference in the Lower Antelope Canyon Tour between 1:30 and 2:00 PM. Pick whatever slot has availability.
        Thanks again,
        Alley 🙂

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          Jiali Liu - January 19, 2019

          Thank you very much Alley! Have a nice weekend!!
          – Scarlette

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      Scarlette Liu - January 18, 2019

      Forgot to mention, the reason that I plan to do the upper and lower in one day is that I could have time to take an aerial tour the next day.

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maria - October 8, 2018

Hello, iam traveling with my husband and my 10 months old baby to vegas next week.
I reaaally wanted to visit antelope canyon, but i made a mistake, i booked for the lower antelope in stead of the upper antelope.
Do you think is a good idea to take my baby there? if so, i have booked the 12:45 tour. do you think is a good time or i should take the 8.30 one?
i hope you understand my pooor english !

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Usha Zacharia - October 1, 2018

I have reservations for Upper Antelope, for 11:30 AM. What time slot would work to do Lower Antelope? I would have to drive from the parking lot in Page, to the Lower Antelope entrance.

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 1, 2018

    Hi Usha,
    It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. I would recommend sticking with Upper Antelope, then using the time you have for other activities and attractions, such as a Lake Powell boat tour, a scenic flight, a half-day float trip through Glen Canyon, or perhaps a 4×4 tour to Alstrom Point. Of course, don’t forget to visit Horseshoe Bend.
    If you feel absolutely have to see Lower Antelope Canyon in addition to Upper, you’ll need to plan for ~90 minutes to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, then allow about 30 minutes before going down to Lower Antelope. This is not because Lower is particularly far away from Upper, it’s to allow for occasional delays in tour start times, and the fact that your Lower Antelope Canyon tour outfitter will want you to check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Lisa Rubin - September 26, 2018

Hi Ryan & Alley,

First I want to thank you for all the insight and recommendations you’ve provided on the board. It’s a bit daunting planning a trip to the parks, but with the help of this page, it’s making it easier for sure.

So myself and 3 others are planning a trip in mid-Nov (11/10 – 11/16). Our plan is to fly into LV on 11/10 and spend the night. On 11/11 we’ll head to Zion and stay in Springdale overnight. On 11/12 head out to Bryce and drive to Page to stay overnight. On 11/13 we’re planning for Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and possibly a boat tour of Lake Powell. From there we’ll either spend the night in Page again and then head to Sedona for the next 2.5 days or drive down to Sedona that same night.

Based on your experience, how does this itinerary sound? And do you think that by spending the full day in Page we’ll be able to do upper and lower antelope canyon, horseshoe bend and a boat tour?

Thank you in advance!
Lisa

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 27, 2018

    Hi Lisa and thank you for your compliments.
    You’re trying to cram too many destinations in a short time.
    Zion National Park, for example, is a HUGE park that really requires at least 2 days to do it justice. Your plan to visit Bryce as a “drive-by” en route to Page is also not recommended. It takes ~2 hours to drive from Springdale to Bryce; it then takes ~2.5 hours to drive from Bryce Canyon to Page. So you’re looking at 5 hours or so behind the wheel in order to accomplish this. Another thing to factor in is daylength, which is shortening at that time of year. Sunrise occurs at about 7:00 AM, sunset at about 5:15 PM. Fortunately, Daylight Saving Time will have ended, so you don’t have to deal with that nonsense traveling between Arizona and Utah.
    On your day in Page, you’ll be very limited on your options for boat tours. The majority of them are on seasonal hiatus at the time of year you’re visiting. The only one still “officially” operating is the Antelope Canyon waterside tour from Antelope Point Marina. Boat tours from Lake Powell Resort may run on an “on-demand” basis with favorable weather conditions and a minimum of 15 passengers. You might try calling them when your trip date gets closer at 928-645-1111.
    If you do drive down to Sedona that night, allow at least 3 hours to make the trip, and be sure you time the drive so that you’re off the road by sunset. Nighttime driving in this part of the country is not recommended due to the lack of supplemental lighting on the local roadways, plus the tendency of deer, elk, and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them.
    Hopefully, you’re planning to spend at least 2-3 days in Sedona, because there’s a lot to see and do there.
    This all brings me to my #1 question: why is the Grand Canyon not included in your itinerary? If you’ve already been there and have no desire to revisit it, I understand, but if you’ve never been there, I strongly recommend rethinking your itinerary so that you may include it.
    Hope that helps. Sorry to potentially be the bearer of bad news on some fronts, but don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
    Good luck and have fun,
    Alley 🙂

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Catherine - September 15, 2018

Hi,

If we only have time to visit the Lower OR the Upper Antelope Canyon, which one do you recommend most for the overall experience and breathtaking views? We are Canadians staying in Sedona for 10 days mid-October 2018 and only have one day to spend near Page. We were planing a guided tour of the Lower OR Upper Antelope Canyon in the morning, followed by a quick picnic lunch back at our car, a boat tour early afternoon on Lake Powell and the last stop would be at the Horseshoe Bend. Is this schedule reasonable? I am aware of the differences between the Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon (one has stairs, one is longer, etc.), that is not an issue. I just can’t seem to pick between the two as they both look amazing but maybe one of them has something special or unique to offer that I couldn’t quite find online? Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 17, 2018

    Hi Catherine,
    If you are physically up for touring Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d recommend doing that. You are correct in that both canyons are amazing, so you won’t go wrong with either one!
    Regarding the rest of your trip plans, one alteration I’d recommend is to hit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning, as in right after sunrise. Parking has gotten to be such an exercise in frustration during the mid-day hours that you could potentially waste hours of precious vacation time waiting to find a spot. If you think I’m kidding, read this article on our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com, “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend
    If at all possible, we don’t recommend doing all this as a day trip. It takes ~3 hours, each way, to drive from Sedona to Page. Antelope Canyon tours take approximately 2 hours. The shortest Lake Powell Boat Tour, a tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside, takes approximately 1.5 hours. Departure times in October are 10.30 AM, 2.30 PM, and 4:15 PM. I’d advise against taking that last tour in order to avoid having to do any of your driving after sunset. Nighttime driving in this part of the country is discouraged due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roadways, and the tendency for deer, elk, and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them. Unless you’re 100% locked into those 10 days in Sedona, try to free up at least 1 night to stay in Page, AZ. That will make for a much more comfortable and relaxing experience for you!
    Hope that helps – good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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QUYNH NGUYEN - June 7, 2018

Hello Alley,

Thank you for answering questions. I would like to ask you few questions. I am planning to take my mom to grand canyon south rim, antelope canyon, and horseshoe bend. I have 2 days. I am planning to drive from Las Vegas to Grand canyon south rim to . After that I will arrive to Page on the same day Day 1. Day 2 I will start visit antelope canyon and horseshoe bend from 8-1 pm. I will drive back to Las Vegas that day around 2 pm and will reach Las Vegas around 8 pm.
1/ Should I visit Lower or upper Antelope?
2/ Can I visit Antelope without a tour? I see the tour is about 90 minutes or more.
3/ Will I be able to visit Antelope, horseshoe bend and drive back to Las vegas on a same day?
4/How long to visit lower Antelope.
Thank you very much and I appreciate your kindness.

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 7, 2018

    Dear Quynh:
    Frankly, I’d recommend trying to free up another day to pull this trip off.
    On Day 1, you’re proposing to do a LOT of driving: it takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim. Then, it takes 2.5-3.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. Not knowing what time of year you’re traveling, I can’t say this for certain, but this plan could put you at risk of having to do some of your driving at night, which we strongly discourage due to the relative absence of artificial/supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of deer, elk, and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them. Try instead to overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim on your first travel day, then overnight in Page on your 2nd day, then drive back to Las Vegas (which also takes ~4.5 hours from Page) the following day.
    Regarding which branch of Antelope Canyon you should visit, that probably will hinge on how much physical activity your mom will be able to endure. At only 100 yards in length, Upper Antelope Canyon tends to be the “go-to” tour for seniors, families with very young children and people with limited mobility. Those who are relatively fit and are OK with navigating some stairs and stepping over a few boulders are usually able to manage Lower Antelope Canyon. To judge for yourself, watch this Full Walk-Through Video of Lower Antelope Canyon. Both branches of the canyon require a guided tour to visit. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours to tour either section of Antelope Canyon.
    Horseshoe Bend also requires a good chunk of time, typically 60-90 minutes, but here again, consider carefully whether your mom would be able to handle it if she has respiratory or mobility issues, or if you plan to travel during the peak heat of summer. For suggestions on how to see Horseshoe Bend for those who can’t make the hike, read this article on our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.comHelp! I Can’t Make The Hike To Horseshoe Bend
    Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      JANE - December 14, 2018

      Hello!

      I also plan to take my parents to see the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. I am allotting 2 days for the trip (Dec30-31); we’d be back to Vegas on the night of Dec31. Reading through the conversation and other questions, I figured West Rim has a shorter distance from Vegas than the South Rim. Knowing this, would my plan be more feasible doing the 2-day tour?

      Option 1: Day1 would be Grand Canyon West Rim; Day 2 Upper Antelope.
      Option 2: Day1 Grand Canyon West Rim; Day2 Upper Antelope for older people (in their 70s); Lower Antelope for younger ones (30s).

      I have a few questions:
      1. Is Option 1 feasible?
      2. Is it relatively safe for older people (in their 70s) to enjoy Upper Antelope while younger ones go to the Lower Antelope?
      3. Can you recommend tour groups who do this route?

      Thanks a lot!!

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        Alley Keosheyan - December 14, 2018

        Hello Jane and thank you for your visit.
        You are correct in that Grand Canyon West is closer to Las Vegas than the South Rim (~a 2.5 hour drive), but you would then be facing a very long drive to Antelope Canyon the following day (~6 hours). Another disadvantage to this plan is the dearth of lodging options in the immediate vicinity of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The closest town with proper hotels is Kingman, AZ, about 90 minutes away.
        Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim on your first day does entail about a 4.5 hour drive to get there, but then the trip to Page, AZ (where Antelope Canyon is), is only about a 3-hour drive. You would then have another 4.5-5 hour drive back to Las Vegas.
        As for whether it’s feasible to have some members of your party visit Upper Antelope while others visit Lower, that depends on Antelope Canyon tour availability. Quite frankly, I am quite certain you’re going to have a problem pulling this off because you’re traveling during the US’s New Year’s holiday. Tours and hotels are bound to be sold out at this point in time.
        Using a guided tour narrows down your options even further. There are some tour companies who travel the route you’re interested in, but they may take longer than 2 days to do so, and it’s highly doubtful they would allow part of your party to tour Upper Antelope while others do Lower. You’re at the mercy of their timetable, and their pre-booked arrangements. That said, tour companies whose programs you may wish to check out are:
        Tours4Fun
        TakeTours
        Canyon Tours
        Viator
        In general, self-driving is the better way to go as this gives you the freedom and flexibility to do what you want when you want, and go where you want when you want.
        Hope that helps.
        Best wishes for safe travels, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
        Alley 🙂

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Imma - April 13, 2018

Hi hi!
I will be travelling to LAS very soon and we have rented a car for visiting the area.
I am arriving to Page in the afternoon so I will be visiting The Horseshoe on that day 29/04.
I want to visit Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley on 30/04. Not sure if I could do both Upper and Lower in the morning and then heading MV? Upper takes 90min but can you please confirm how long the Upper takes? In case these fits in one day, can you please confirm if starting with Lower would be more convenient?
I am planning to sleep in Page on 29/04 and visiting Gran Canyon on 30/04.
Can you please help me and let me know if this is feasible or crazy?
Thank you very much!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 14, 2018

    Hi Imma and thank you for visiting our site.
    Your plan, I’m afraid, is overly ambitious and involves too much driving.
    It takes 4.5 hours approximately to drive to Page from Las Vegas. It then takes 2 hours to drive from Page to Monument Valley, then another 3-3.5 hours to drive from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. With only 2 days to work with, I strongly recommend eliminating the trip to Monument Valley, but there is still a way you can work that into your trip (more on that in a minute).
    It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. Besides, you’re so limited on time anyway, that I would not recommend even trying.
    Try and get an early start out of Las Vegas on 04/29 so you can do a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon that afternoon. The next morning, take a scenic airplane flight over Monument Valley, which lasts approximately 90 minutes. Then head to Grand Canyon. You can stop at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way out of town. The drive from Page to Grand Canyon takes about 2.5 hours driving direct, but that rarely happens as there are many other points of interest on the route that you’ll no doubt want to stop at, including, but not limited to, the Cameron Trading Post, kiosks run by Navajo tribe members where jewelry and other wares are sold, the Little Colorado River Overlook, and about half a dozen viewpoints on the Grand Canyon once you enter the park. It’s not uncommon for this 140-mile drive to take people in excess of 4 hours.
    Be sure to reserve your Grand Canyon hotel, Page, AZ hotel, and Antelope Canyon tour in advance of your arrival.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Venkat - February 26, 2018

Hi,
We are planning to visit both the lower and upper canyon the upcoming weekend. I was wondering if there will be enough sunlight during the day to enjoy the views of the canyon. Also, if the lower canyon tour at 9:30am will be good time to visit the canyon. We plan to visit the upper canyon early afternoon.

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 26, 2018

    Dear Venkat,
    Hi and thank you for visiting.
    Sunrise is at about 6:30 AM and sunset occurs at approximately 6:30 PM during early March, so you will have ample sunlight in order to enjoy both tours. Be sure you make reservations for both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon tours before you arrive. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
    If you find you have time to spare on either end of your sightseeing day, you might visit the John Wesley Powell Museum, the Navajo Village Heritage Center or the Carl Hayden Visitors Center at Glen Canyon Dam. Make reservations for hotels, and don’t forget to stop by Horseshoe Bend, too.
    Hope that helps. Enjoy your visit!
    Alley 🙂

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Lorna - February 9, 2018

Hi we were planning to go to upper or lower canyon this coming Feb 18 what are the requirements. we are coming from Vegas.

Thanks,

Lorna

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 10, 2018

    Hi Lorna –
    First and foremost requirement: choose which branch of the canyon you wish to tour. It will come down to how much exertion you are willing to do, or not do. Upper is “easy peasy,” just 100 yards in length, pretty flat the whole way. Lower is a bit more physical, requiring some stair climbing and simple bouldering. Once you decide on Upper or Lower, make a reservation. How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon
    Since you’re coming from Las Vegas, I strongly recommend you plan your visit as an overnight tour, two nights if you can swing it. It takes approximately 5 hours one way to drive from Las Vegas to Page, so that makes for a very long day tour. If you weren’t planning on driving, you’ll need to take a tour of some sort. Package tours are available from Las Vegas by bus or by plane. How to get to Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Ricky - August 13, 2017

We are planning to see Antelope Canyon 1st week of Oct. What would the weather be like then? Does it usually rain during that time ? Can you recommend a good iterinary for us we have 2 girls, 7 and 10. Thanks.

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 13, 2017

    Hi Ricky,
    Early October in Page, AZ is typically marked by very stable weather, warm but not excessively hot, with chances of precipitation usually slight. You should have sunshine and blue skies! But, I would keep an eye on the weather about 2 weeks prior to your trip date to anticipate a potential cold snap or stray thunderstorm. As for a good itinerary, it’s difficult to recommend one not knowing how long you’ll be staying, but popular activities in the area include the Colorado River Discovery Half-Day Float Trip, Lake Powell Boat Tours, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, walking tours of the Glen Canyon Dam, and ample easy but scenic hikes. Check out this sample 2-day itinerary for more ideas! Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Ricky - August 13, 2017

      Thanks for the fast reply. One more question though, what is the best time of the day to go see the upper and lower canyon? I checked the tours and upper canyon has 8:45 am and 4:00 pm available toir for now. We will be there for 2 days by the way. Thanks.
      Ricky

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        Mina - August 31, 2017

        Hi Ryan/Alley,

        We, too, are planning to visit Antelope the first week of October and are also wondering what the best times for Upper and Lower are.
        Also, since we will be booking the tours online, how would we show the $8 Navajo fee was already paid for one ticket when we go to purchase the other?

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          Alley Keosheyan - September 1, 2017

          Hi Mina,
          Thank you for stopping by, and for asking a very good question!
          When making reservations for either Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon tours online, you do not pay the $8 per person Navajo Tribal Park Fee at that time. You pay it when you get to the tribal park entrance on the day of your tour. Per verbiage on Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon tours, for example:

          You will have to pay an ADDITIONAL $8.00 per person (Paid In CASH ONLY) at the Navajo entrance booth before you get to the parking lot! This entrance fee is NOT included in the prices quoted for this tour.

          The verbiage is similar on other tour operators’ sites as well. Therefore, when you take your first tour, you will need to keep your receipt in order to avoid double-paying the fee when you take your next tour.

          As for the best time to visit, mid-day is generally considered most advantageous for lighting and photo ops, however, there is no such thing as a “bad” time to go there. Another consideration: upon doing a cursory check of availability for the first week of October, I personally found many days to be sold out already! So you may want to re-think touring both Lower and Upper Antelope and instead pick one branch (preferably one with availability for tours LOL) then consider other activities to fill up the day, such as visiting the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, taking a boat tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside, or perhaps a kayak tour. This article has some excellent suggestions on other things to do in the area besides Antelope Canyon: “Can You Do Both Lower And Upper In One Day?
          One more thing: if you’re going to Monument Valley, the Little Colorado Overlook or any other Navajo Tribal park upon leaving Page, be sure to keep your $8 tribal park entry receipt from your Antelope Canyon tour. It will get you into these areas too!
          Take care and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

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Elena - June 9, 2017

I and 3 others friends are planning to visit Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, south rim of Antelope, horseshoe bend, and Powell river in 4 nights/ 5 days ( June 30-July 4). We are planning to fly to Las Vegas and drive through those places. In what order should we take to make most of our time? Also, do We need to sign up for a tour or we can hike alone? Do we need permits? Where are the best places to stay for those places? Thanks, Elena

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 9, 2017

    Hi Elena, and thanks for visiting our site.
    I’m going to get the bad news out of the way first: if you don’t have reservations to go to Havasu Falls already, you’re not going there. Permits are required to visit this area, and due to the nature of the logistics involved to get there, camping or staying in the local lodge for at least 1 night is recommended. Unfortunately, these accommodations are few in number and are booked months in advance. Sorry, but that’s the reality of the situation.
    As for the rest of your itinerary, it’s feasible – if you act quickly. Grand Canyon South Rim lodging also books up well in advance, so the order of your trip should revolve around when you can find availability of hotels. Staying in the park is always most desirable, but if you can’t find availability there, Tusayan (aka Grand Canyon Village South) is your next best option. If nothing is available there, try Williams, Cameron, or Flagstaff, AZ. Visit this link for more information on Grand Canyon Hotels in order of proximity to the park At the Grand Canyon, hiking alone is perfectly fine; in fact, you’re not likely to be alone on the corridor trails Bright Angel and South Kaibab. Just remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours up. Water, sun protection and high-energy snacks should be carried with you at all times.
    For Antelope Canyon, you are required to go with an authorized tour company. Horseshoe Bend can be visited on your own. For Lake Powell, you have a choice of taking a boat tour, renting a boat, or simply going down to a convenient beach and taking a swim. The best place to stay to visit these attractions is Page, AZ.
    Now, seeing as though you’ve had to take one item off your wish list (Havasu), you might consider substituting it with Zion National Park. There’s alot to see and do in this area, and it’s right on your way back to Las Vegas. Lodging location recommended for this park is Springdale, Utah.

    Hope that helps. Thanks again for visiting and best wishes for safe traveling!
    Alley

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Ivy - April 5, 2017

Hi Ryan,

We’re planning on visiting Antelope Canyon both upper and lower in late Oct to early Nov. What is the best time for lights at both upper and lower canyons at that time of the year?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 6, 2017

    Hi Ivy,
    Thanks for visiting!
    In late October/early November, lighting in both Upper and Lower Antelope will be optimal at mid-day, however, the light shafts you’ve no doubt seen pictures of are starting to fall short of extending all the way down to the canyon floor. Still, you might catch a glimpse of them, particularly in Upper, if you time your tour for around 11:00-12:00. Then Lower can be fit in around that.
    Hope that helps,
    Alley

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Charles DEBRAH - March 21, 2017

Hi Ryan,
Can’t praise you and your team enough for the insightful info on your site. Very much appreciated by all who stumbles on your site.

My wife and I are taking a 7 day trip to see the Utah’s Mighty 5 and Antelope canyon (lower and upper), Horseshoe bend and a tour on Lake Powell (at least we hope).
We are renting a car and drive from Las Vegas to Page on Jul 8th then spend a night in Page and do the Antelope etc then drive to Arches etc to Zion then back to Las Vegas to catch a flight back to Iowa on 7/14 at 8pm
Could you please advice as how best to maximize our time and a suitable itinerary. Thank you so much in advance.

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Dear Charles,
    Wow – we are humbled and flattered by your praise! I’ll be sure to pass it on to Ryan, who’s out of the office at present.
    So, I’m assuming you have already been to the Grand Canyon, and that’s why you haven’t included it in your itinerary? Going off that assumption, here’s what I’d recommend.
    1. On your way from Las Vegas to Page, consider stopping at the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail. It’s a fairly easy walk, about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The trailhead is located at Mile Marker 19 of Highway 89, between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT and rewards you with some really cool rock formations.
    2. If you arrive in Page in the early afternoon hours before sunset, consider hitting Horseshoe Bend before settling in for the evening. This timeframe is one of the best for photos.
    3. Make a reservation for your Antelope Canyon tour. The time of year you’re visiting is very busy and if you have your heart set on seeing the light beams at mid-day, the canyon will be busy. Since you’re travelling to Arches, I would recommend picking up your tour at the entrance to the canyon on Highway 98 instead of one of the tours out of Page.
    As you can see, I haven’t even brought up the possibility of a Lake Powell boat tour. With only one night in Page, you might not be able to squeeze one in, unless it’s a short one like the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise. Another night in Page may be in order!
    Hope that helps in your planning. Have a wonderful trip.
    Alley

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sandy - March 6, 2017

Hi,

Planning on coming in July & was just wondering if I was interested in doing the following 3 activities and trying to fit it all in one day: Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon & the Horseshoe Bend. What order of those 3 do you suggest that I should start off with and end with to make use of the best lightening, time, weather and heat during that time frame? I notice that only Lower is offered; is there none for Upper? Please kindly advise. Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Sandy and thank you for visiting our site!
    As you’ve already gathered, heat is a very important consideration when planning your itinerary. During the month of July, it’s not uncommon for daytime temperatures to reach above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, though, the interior of Antelope Canyon tends to remain cool due to the fact that it’s shaded for most of the day. Since Lower Antelope Canyon requires more physical exertion, I’d recommend doing that activity during the cooler parts of the day, which tends to be early morning before 10 AM. Upper Antelope Canyon tends to be most brightly illuminated during the mid-day hours, so that section of the canyon is best visited between 10 AM and 1 PM. Horseshoe Bend is the most exposed of the 3 sites, so care must be taken if any of your traveling party is sensitive to extreme heat. Mid-afternoon tends to offer the best photo opportunity, but in July, this might become a secondary consideration to safety and comfort. Mid-morning, after sunrise, might be a better time to visit.
    Another factor that might decide the order in which these 3 sites are visited is your trip itinerary. For example, if you’re coming to Page from Grand Canyon South Rim, Horseshoe Bend Overlook is a convenient stop on your way into town since it’s located just 5 miles South of the city. If you’re driving in from Monument Valley, you could easily hit Antelope Canyon en route to Page since the canyon’s entrance is located on Highway 98 just Southeast of town.
    Whatever you decide, make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring plenty of water. At the present time, there are no water sources at either Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, but that could change in the future.
    Hope that helps. Happy traveling!
    Alley

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