Can you do both Lower and Upper in a day?

By Ryan / September 17, 2015

Yes, but it is probably not the best use of your time. You might as well do one or the other and do the boat tour of Antelope Canyon instead.

If you have the time, you would be better off making sure you have seen the other nearby sites, including

White Pockets

Horseshoe Bend

Raft the Colorado River

If you still want to do both Upper and Lower, make sure you save your ticket. You don’t have to pay the Navajo permit fee twice, saving you about 8$




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

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 !

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.

    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 🙂

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!

    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 🙂

Catherine - September 15, 2018


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!

    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,, “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 🙂

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.

    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 🙂

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!

    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 🙂

Venkat - February 26, 2018

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.


    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 🙂

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.



    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 🙂

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.

    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 🙂

      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.

        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?

          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 🙂

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

    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!

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?

    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,

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.

    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.

sandy - March 6, 2017


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!

    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!

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