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Driving to Antelope Canyon

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Driving Distances to Antelope Canyon from popular starting points

  • From Grand Canyon South Rim – 2.5 hours
  • From Zion National Park – 2.5 hours
  • From Las Vegas – 4.5 hours
  • From Monument Valley – 2 hours

Once you get to town, you should plan to be at your tour companies location 20 minutes before hand. Advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended during the spring, summer, and fall months. The Navajo Nation limits the number of permits available per day, so sold out days are very common.

There are tour companies that leave from Grand Canyon and Las Vegas that include Antelope Canyon as part of a day tour.

162 Comments

  1. Leann says:

    Hello, we are travelling to Page on Saturday Sept 21st. Since all of the prime time tours for Antelope Canyon are full for that day, is the light better at an 8:30am or 2pm tour? Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Leann,
      The light in Antelope Canyon would be perfectly fine at either time. Pick the time slot that works for you and enjoy it, because in the time it takes to debate when the light is best, someone else could grab your seats!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. MADHU says:

    Hi,
    Am planning as below, let me know if its feasible.

    Will be landing in Las Vegas on 21st Sep 8:00 AM.

    Day1 – Sep 21st:- Las Vegas -> Hover Dam -> GC West Rim Skywalk -> Willams, AZ
    Day2 – Sep 22nd:- Willams -> GC South Rim -> Horeshoebend -> Antelope Canyon -> Page,AZ
    Day3 – Sep 23rd:- Page, AZ -> Las Vegas (to explore nightlife in Vegas)
    Day4 – Sep 24th:- Back home flight at 5:00 PM

    Thanks,
    Madhu

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Madhu,
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun. Hopefully you won’t experience any significant delays with your flight or collecting your rental car when you land in Las Vegas, because you’re looking at a long drive right from the get. The trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Skywalk is approximately 2.5 hours; the drive to Williams, AZ, is approximately 3 hours. The latter half of the trip will take place when you’re tired and maybe experiencing some effects of jetlag. Another consideration is daylength; in September, it’s getting shorter, and you want to be sure to do any and all driving during daylight hours to avoid a collision with a deer, elk, or other nocturnal wildlife that tends to congregate on local roadways after dark. At the time of year you’re visiting, sunrise occurs at ~6:15 AM and sunset takes place at approximately 6:20 PM (Arizona time).
      On your second day of traveling, try to get to the Grand Canyon park entrance before 8:00 AM (it takes ~1 hour to drive up from Williams). The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, will take ~3.5-4 hours. I know Google maps gives the timeframe as 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens since the drive is very scenic and you’ll be stopping to take pictures often. Highlights of the trip include, but are not limited to, over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints, including the Desert View Watchtower, the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, the Cameron Trading Post (a good stop for lunch), Chinle formation views, and the “Cut” overlook. Parking permitting, you could hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town; if not, plan to visit just after sunrise the following morning.
      When you head back to Las Vegas, be aware that there’s a construction project taking place on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge that could tack another 30-60 minutes onto your drive time (which is normally ~5 hours).

      Be sure that you have advance reservations for all lodging on your trip, as well as for your Antelope Canyon tour.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Priyanka says:

    Hi, I’m planning to go to Vegas on October 7th and would like to plan a side trip before or after to visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion and Grand Canyon. Maybe, Bryce too if time permits. I’ve been to Bryce and Zion about 12 years ago and Grand Canyon about 20 years ago. I’ve never visited Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
    I have the following questions:
    1) Can you please advice how many days I should spend in each place and in which nearby cities/towns should I spend the nights? What route should I take for this trip? From Vegas to Zion to GC and back from the south or the opposite direction, from Vegas to GC to Zion, etc.? I’m not much into long hikes but I can do short ones (less than an hour or two). Would love to see an itinerary that you propose.
    2) Should I go to both the south and north rims of GC or just one is enough (which one)? I would like to go to the place where you can walk on some walkway that is sticking out of the Grand Canyon and it offers an amazing view. Is that at a visitor center? I went to GC about 20 years ago. So, it’s not like I haven’t seen it but would like to visit again since I’ll be in the vicinity.
    3) For Antelope canyon, how are the views of upper canyon different from lower canyon? Do you recommend doing both? What about the boat tour — is that a must or can be skipped? Trying to understand what extra or different we see by doing a boat tour? Is it really wow to also see it by the boat. The triple crown tour (both and boat) and is only $30 more than upper-lower combined but it starts at 8am versus the others at 10am …so trying to see if it’s really worth seeing by boat?
    4) Are there any other places in that area that I should visit besides the places I listed above?
    5) How will the weather be to visit during Oct 2nd/3rd to 7th or Oct 10th to 14th/15th?
    6) Are there any special type of clothing, shoes, etc. I need to bring to the trip? I heard there’s a place in Antelope Canyon (Narrows) where we have to walk in water and might need water shoes and a hiking pole/stick?
    7) Is there anything else I need to know that I forgot to ask?
    8) One more different question to explore an alternate option – there are some guided tours from Vegas to Antelope Canyon and Vegas to Grand Canyon and back. If I decide to not bother renting a car and checking in and out of different hotels in other cities and make Vegas my base, do you advice this? Will those separate day tours give enough time to see upper and lower canyon and GC after all the back and forth traveling?
    Thank you very much in advance. I really appreciate your website and the help you are providing to everyone.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Priyanka and thank you for visiting!
      Honestly, you are on the verge of overthinking this trip. I urge you to resist the urge to make it ‘perfect’ by planning every.single.second. of your days, and allow for some downtime and discovery. After all, that’s what vacations are all about, are they not?
      So, in answer to your questions — not necessarily in the order asked — October weather is downright glorious — usually, anyway 😉 Occasional rainstorms may occur, but the typical pattern is for sunny days, pleasant temperatures and cool nights. Whether you visit early or mid-month won’t make much of a difference, so pick the time that works for you!
      One significant piece of “misinformation” I need to clear up is re: the Narrows. This area is not in Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ, but in Zion National Park in Utah. Permits are required to hike a good majority of it, and yes, you should definitely have water shoes and hiking poles, which can be rented on-site. For more information about hiking the Narrows, visit Zion National Park: Plan Your Visit – The Narrows If you decide against this hike, not to worry: there are plenty of beautiful, scenic and easy hikes to be had in Zion!
      Back to your actual itinerary: if you want to visit Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and Zion, you need 7 days. If you don’t have this much time, and you’ve already seen the Grand Canyon, I’d say drop this from your itinerary. If you can spare this much time, then go ahead and visit the Grand Canyon. If you’ve already been to the South Rim, then you might opt to visit the West Rim aka Grand Canyon West this time around. Located approximately 2.5 hours Southeast of Las Vegas, that’s the area you describe with the “walkway that is sticking out of the Grand Canyon and it offers an amazing view.” That is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, an innovative and controversial attraction that definitely wasn’t around 20 years ago. If you are interested in visiting Grand Canyon West, be sure you’re aware of the fees involved — they’re on the high side — and other experiences you might partake of whilst there. The other distinct disadvantage to Grand Canyon West is lodging, or lack thereof. There’s practically nothing, save for a small guest ranch, in the immediate vicinity. The nearest “proper” hotels you’ll find are in Kingman, AZ, about 90 minutes Southwest of Grand Canyon West.
      RE: the differences between Upper and Lower Antelope, it’s not so much the views that are different, but the way in which you explore the canyons are different. Upper Antelope Canyon is an easy, 100-yard out-and-back walk with a 2-mile buckboard truck ride included from the highway to the canyon’s entrance. With Lower, you walk down into the canyon via a series of ladders, then walk through the canyon for ~500 meters (punctuated by the occasional ladder or small boulder), then ascend back out to the road via another set of ladders. Full Video Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon Where you’ll see a palpable difference in the views are on the boat tour. This is where the creek that created Antelope Canyon drains into Lake Powell. By taking the boat tour, I believe you’ll get a better sense of the complexity of Antelope Canyon, and its important role in maintaining the watershed of this vital watershed.
      As for whether you take a guided tour or self-drive, you will definitely have more freedom and flexibility by doing your own thing! While guided tours that hit some (not all) the attractions on your “wish list” are out there, you’ll be at the mercy of their schedules, which are typically quite rushed. You would probably have to take more than one tour to accomplish all your goals, as well. For example, Max Tour offers a 2-day tour to Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. ViaTour offers a 3-day package to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Lake Powell But again, this is something you can accomplish on your own at a much more relaxed pace.
      A typical itinerary would include 1 day at the Grand Canyon, 2 days in Page (for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend), 1 day in Bryce and 2-3 days in Zion.

      That order can be reversed if Grand Canyon West lodging and/or Antelope Canyon tour availability dictate doing so. For overnight lodging locations, as indicated in previous paragraph, Kingman, AZ, is the most logical choice for Grand Canyon West, then Page, AZ, for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. For Bryce, Bryce Canyon City, Hatch, Panguitch or Tropic, UT, are the closest cities for Bryce Canyon lodging. For Zion, Springdale, UT, is highly recommended as that’s the hub of the mandatory but free Zion Park Shuttle system, and puts you relatively close to Las Vegas should Zion be the last stop on your tour. In the event lodging in both Springdale and the Bryce Canyon area are sold out, you could use Kanab, UT, as a “base” from which to visit both parks (Zion is ~45 minutes away, Bryce ~90 mins), but you’d still have to go to Springdale to catch the shuttle for Zion.
      For more suggestions, check out our “Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern Arizona & Southern Utah!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. In the “what you need to know but forgot to ask” category: there is a road construction project taking place along a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, which you’ll have to pass through between Zion and Las Vegas (or vice versa). This could tack another 30-60 minutes onto your travel time, depending on traffic, so be sure you plan your trip with this in mind.

  4. Leslie Kim says:

    We are planning to be in Zion from 11/1-3 this fall and would like to take a side trip to Antelope Canyon from there, preferably on Saturday the 2nd. I know we cannot enter the canyon without a guide, but during that time of year how feasible is it for us to drive out there and then join a tour group on the spot rather than booking in advance? It’s rather overwhelming trying to figure out which tour company to book, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to book a tour for both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon without having to book Horseshoe Bend as well (and even then it seems to be either one or the other) or having the tour originate from either Vegas or Flagstaff. Help!

    Thank you,
    Leslie

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Leslie,
      First off, I’m not sure where you got your information, but you can book both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon tours together. You do not have to book a tour to Horseshoe Bend, which you can visit at your convenience anytime between sunrise and sunset.
      Now, let’s talk about the feasibility of your trip plan, or more specifically, lack thereof. Touring Antelope Canyon as a day trip from Zion is not realistic at the time of year you’re visiting. Depending on where you’re staying, the drive from Zion can take anywhere from an hour to 2.5 hours one way. Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is a 5-hour time commitment, bare minimum. Visiting Horseshoe Bend will take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on how easily you find a parking space, then factoring in walking out to the overlook and back.
      The main thing working against you, however, is daylength: in November, it’s short, plus you have a time difference between Zion and Page that doesn’t help matters. Sunrise in Zion National Park occurs at ~8:00 AM, sunset in Page, AZ, takes place at ~5:30 PM. You need to make sure that you complete your driving for the day by sunset due to the lack of ambient lighting on local roads, plus the tendency of deer, elk, and other large wildlife to move around at night. Trust me, you don’t want to risk a nighttime collision with a large animal in an area that’s pitch black, where cell phone service is spotty at best, and where a tow truck will be a long time coming, not to mention very expensive.
      A better plan would be to overnight in Page, AZ, for everyone’s safety and comfort. Page, AZ, Lodging
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi
    Love your info
    Hoping you can help me
    I fly from Miami into Phoenix on Sunday September 8th. I land at 11 pm. I leave from Phoenix on Thursday Late evening. I rented a car already and made reservations for both upper and lower antelope canyon for Tuesday morning beginning at 11. I plan to visit horseshoe bend that same day after my antelope canyon tours.
    I’m not sure where to stay each night?? . I also want to see lake Powell in Utah and the Grand Canyon. Is there anything else you suggest? Yuma imperial sand dunes? Which part of Grand Canyon? Zion in Utah? I’m overwhelmed because there’s so much I want to see! Thanks for your help.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Rachel,
      Welcome to the hardest part of planning a vacation to the American Southwest: deciding what to leave in, what to leave out. With your limited time, I would advise against trying to include Bryce and Zion this time around, and instead concentrate your sightseeing within Northern AZ, which you’ll still enjoy tremendously! As for the Imperial Sand Dunes, those are way too far away to hit this time around.
      Here’s what I’d recommend:
      Monday, September 9th: Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon, either inside the park or Tusayan, 7 miles outside the park Grand Canyon Hotels
      Tuesday, September 10th: Get an early start (sunrise occurs at 6:05 AM), drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, drive time ~3.5 hours factoring in stops. Instead of touring both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, you might consider touring one branch of Antelope Canyon, then taking a short boat tour on Lake Powell. A good portion of Lake Powell is visible and accessible from Page, AZ, so no need to worry about getting to Utah to see it. Overnight in Page, AZ Antelope Canyon/Lake Powell Boat Tour Bundles
      Wednesday, September 11th – Hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, then drive from Page, AZ, to Sedona, AZ (~3 hour drive). Take Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour, visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Airport Mesa, Tlaquepaque, etc. Overnight in Sedona
      Thursday, September 12th – More sightseeing in Sedona if desired, sunrise hot air balloon rides are fun, drive back to Phoenix (~2.5 hour drive)
      You need to get on making lodging reservations if you haven’t done so already.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  6. Sonal says:

    Hi
    we are planning to visit Las vegas -> Grand Canyon west Rim (Day1) -> ANtelope Canyon (Day2) -> Las vegas (Day3). How far is antelope canyon from Grand Canyon west Rim?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sonal,
      It takes approximately 6 hours to drive from Grand Canyon West to Page, AZ, where Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are located. In light of the fact that there is very little lodging in the immediate vicinity of Grand Canyon West, you’ll most likely be staying in Kingman, AZ, or Laughlin, NV, which will shorten that drive estimate, but just slightly.

      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Josh says:

    Hi ,

    We are starting from Barstow early morning around 7 , wanted to only do Mather point and yavakoi point in grand canyon by 7 p.m and the head to antelope canyon for night stay . Is it safe to drive from grand canyon to antelope lower canyon after 7-8.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Josh,
      You want to avoid doing any driving in the dark in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roads (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), and the possibility of encountering large animals such as deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses. That can be quite a disconcerting experience in an area where cell service is spotty and a tow truck might be long in coming, not to mention very expensive!
      It takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, factoring in the numerous stops you’ll inevitably make. Since you’re driving all the way from Barstow that morning, which is ~a 6-hour drive, better (and safer) to spend the night at the Grand Canyon, then hit the road to Page, AZ, the next morning when you’re fresh and rested.
      Whatever you decide, be sure to make all lodging reservations and Antelope Canyon tour reservations in advance.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Luis says:

    Hi Alley.
    Do you know if the route from Phoenix to Yuma is safe to travel? Paved?
    I am planning on going in April. Phoenix to Yuma, back to Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon and Page (Antelope Canyon ….. MUST SEE in my book)
    But a bit concerned about the Yuma travels. (VERY interested in seeing the Imperial Sand Dunes.)
    Please advise if you can .
    Thank you.

    Luis

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Luis!
      The two primary routes from Phoenix to Yuma are 100% paved, in fact, they are comprised mostly of interstate highway.
      I cannot personally vouch for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, but from what I can gather looking at Google maps, that road is also paved.
      Whatever you decide to do, be sure to reserve all hotels and guided tours (especially Antelope Canyon) well in advance.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Luis says:

        Than you so much Alley for your response. Truly appreciated!
        I am a bit OCD and therefore will have everything ready. Can’t hardly wait for this trip. Dreaming of Sedona, Antelope Canyon and all the beautiful places in Arizona…..Will be making reservations shortly for the Grand Canyon lodge and Antelope Canyon as I already seen it gets packed pretty soon.

        Again, thank you for the information and this awesome site.
        You are AWESOME!

        Luis

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Luis!
          Hey, nothing wrong in the least with being a little OCD when it comes to travel – we believe the happiest travelers are those who are well-informed!
          Good luck again and let us know how you get on,
          Alley 🙂

  9. Khagesh says:

    Hi Alley
    I am planning to visit Antelope/Page area from Phoenix during one of the weekends. But not able to think how should I plan the trip for two days so that I can cover everything in two days. What should I start from Phoenix to cover upper and lower antelope.

    Thanks
    KM

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Khagesh!
      The order in which you should plan your itinerary and your activities will depend largely on availability of Antelope Canyon tours. However, let me back up a bit: one stop I see is conspicuously absent from your plans is the Grand Canyon. Have you been there before? If not, I would strongly recommend setting aside at least one day to visit it, even if it means sacrificing one of the Antelope Canyon tours. Assuming that the omission of the Grand Canyon was accidental or inadvertent, you can still visit both Page and GC with two days to work with.
      A sample itinerary would go something like this:
      Day 1 – Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 2 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, stopping at the half-dozen+ Grand Canyon viewpoints between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Point, as well as points of interest in the Navajo Tribal Lands East of the park, such as the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, etc. Drive time: ~3.5-4 hours, factoring in stops. Tour Lower Antelope Canyon that afternoon, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 3 – Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive back to Phoenix (~4.5 hours)
      If you’ve already visited the Grand Canyon and are able to devote the entire weekend to visiting Page, AZ, then I would recommend simply driving to Page, AZ, that first day, using the second day to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, then driving back to Phoenix on the 3rd day, with an early morning stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  10. Cheryl Klassa says:

    I’m just in the very beginning stages of planning a trip for just me and my husband. He will be in Scottsdale for business and I’m coming along because I’ve seen friends’ pictures of Antelope Canyon and want to see it myself. So we have the weekend plus Monday.

    So far what I’m thinking is fly into Phoenix Friday night, hotel in Phoenix. Drive to Page, AZ on Saturday. Take our time – are there enough overlooks on the road to see the Grand Canyon that way? Overnight in Page. Antelope Sunday morning. Is there enough time to see Horseshoe Bend the same day? OH, there are tours that cover both, aren’t there! Probably overnight in Page. Drive back to Phoenix Monday.

    Does that allow enough time? Or too much time? Is there any other must see that I’m missing? I have family outside of Phoenix that I’d like to see too. OH! This will be end of September, early October.

    Thanks, Cheryl

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      Glad to hear that you’re taking advantage of the opportunity to visit us during your husband’s conference! Plus you’ve chosen a great time to be here.
      Since you express an interest in also seeing the Grand Canyon, that leads me to ask, have you been there before? If not, you might want to prioritize the Grand Canyon over Antelope Canyon. There are no Grand Canyon overlooks you can realistically see en route to Page, AZ, via the most direct route. Therefore, if you’ve never been, what you might want to do is this:
      Friday: Fly to Phoenix, overnight in Phoenix
      Saturday: Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive), overnight at Grand Canyon
      Sunday: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops), tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page
      Monday: Visit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise, drive back to Phoenix
      In answer to your query about tours that hit both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, there are none. However, there is an “alternate” slot canyon, Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon, that offers the option of adding a stop at Horseshoe Bend. The tour company is Navajo owned and they go to Horseshoe Bend via private property on the reservation. For more information visit HorseshoeBendTours.com
      As to whether you’ve allowed too little or too much time, or whether there are any other “must-see” places around here, that’s kind of a loaded question LOL If you were to free up another day somewhere, you certainly would have no problem finding ways to fill it. If you’ve never been to Sedona, you might want to see if there’s a possibility of working that in, as it’s a stunning area with lots to see and do!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  11. Janet says:

    Hello,
    I’d like to attempt a day trip from Las Vegas on 3Aug, leaving at 1am, to visit the Grand Canyon for sunrise, drive through Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and then a nice trail in Bryce and lastly Zion for sunset and a swim in one of the hidden pools. Crazy? We’re movers and shakers, so I’m fully expecting to have to move quickly. Can you recommend the best spots to drive to at each location to take in the best views as fast as possible?

    Thanks for any advice you might be able to offer

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Janet,
      Nope, nope, nope… this is SO not happening! Even if you are “movers and shakers” as you say, you’re talking about WAY too much driving to pull off in a single day:
      4.5 hours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
      2.5 hours from the Grand Canyon to Page, AZ, plus at least 4-5 hours to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon
      2.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ to Bryce Canyon
      90 minutes from Bryce to Zion
      4.5 hours from Zion to Las Vegas
      That’s 15-16 hours driving, wheels turning no stops, and not even factoring in the places you want to visit, and the logistics of checking in, getting your bearings, meals, restroom breaks, etc! You just don’t have enough hours in the day.
      Another consideration is that nighttime driving is a dangerous proposition in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roads (a deliberate choice to preserve the natural quality of the night sky) and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses near them.
      Start your trip just after sunrise, which occurs at ~5:45 AM. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, go there, enjoy it, and start your drive back to Las Vegas by 3:00 PM at the latest. If you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, and/or are OK with sacrificing it this time around, then go to Page, AZ (also ~5 hour drive from Las Vegas), visit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon (advance reservations required), then head back to Las Vegas. Here, you could visit Zion as a “drive through” on the way back, but with it taking 4-6 hours minimum to hit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, you won’t have time for any hiking in Zion.
      The trip you’re proposing to take requires at least a week to do properly. This time around, for your safety and comfort, you’ll need to pick one destination and make the best of it, or else try to free up another day or two to squeeze in more time elsewhere.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  12. Linda Hoefele says:

    Hi Alley,

    I appreciate all your great advice. Antelope Canyon sounds fantastic, and I would love to incorporate it into a vacation I’m planning with my teenage children next April, over our spring break (April 4-12). We will be flying to Las Vegas, stopping at Hoover Dam, staying overnight in western Grand Canyon area. I wanted to book a whitewater rafting day trip around there, then continue on to the south rim of the G.C, staying in Tusayan, and then hike the Bright Angel trail for a day hike the next day. I figured we would then continue to Lake Powell, and see Antelope Canyon, before continuing on to Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and finally Zion, before returning to Las Vegas and hopefully taking in the sights there for a day before flying back home. It’s an ambitious itinerary, I agree, but I want to be able to show the kids so much before they head off to college. Do you have any suggestions for timing and logistics for this trip? Much appreciated!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Linda!
      As you have rightfully deduced, your itinerary is ambitious, and as much as I hate to say, too ambitious.
      If you count April 4th and April 12th as “travel days” into and out of Las Vegas, that gives you 7 full days to work with. Due to the remote location of the Hualapai Lodge and the length of the one-day Grand Canyon white water raft trip, that element of your trip will essentially eat up two nights right off the bat. You should plan on staying in Peach Springs, AZ, both the night prior to the trip and the night the trip returns for optimal safety and comfort.
      With that in mind, you could do something like this:
      April 4th: Travel to Las Vegas, overnight in Las Vegas
      April 5th: Drive to Peach Springs, AZ (~3 hours) w/stop at Hoover Dam, overnight in Peach Springs (warning: there’s not much lodging to work with in that area, so advance reservations are a must!)
      April 6th: One-Day Grand Canyon White Water Raft Trip, 2nd night in Peach Springs
      April 7th: Drive from Peach Springs to Grand Canyon South Rim (~4 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon
      April 8th: Take short hike on Bright Angel Trail, then drive to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops), visit Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Page, AZ
      April 9th: AM tour Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell (see “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon” for information on bundling these two experiences), drive to Bryce Canyon (~2.5 hours), overnight in Bryce
      April 10th: Drive to Zion, overnight in Springdale, UT
      April 11th: 2nd day to hike and explore in Zion, 2nd night in Springdale
      April 12th: Drive back to Las Vegas (~4.5 hours due to construction project taking place in Virgin River Gorge), fly home
      As you can (hopefully) see, Arches and Canyonlands has been dropped from the itinerary. Though they are beautiful parks, they are simply too far away to be feasible this time around. Unless — you were to take the one day white water trip off the table. But even then, Arches/Canyonlands deserves at least 3-4 days time to fully enjoy. So unless you can modify your trip plans to give that area the time it deserves, my suggestion would be to save it for another trip.
      Good luck, I know it’s a really hard choice!
      Alley 🙂

  13. Jennifer Sposito says:

    hello,

    We are staying in williams AZ. looking to see if we can do Antelope Canyon and then go to the south rim of the grand canyon all in one day. advice?

    Thank you

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Jennifer!
      So, “can” you see Antelope Canyon then go to the South Rim in one day from Williams? Theoretically, yes, as long as you are traveling during the summer when days are long and you get an early start out of Williams.
      “Should” you do it? In my opinion, no.
      It will take you 3 hours, minimum, to drive from Williams, AZ, to Page, AZ. However, that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as the drive is very scenic and you will find yourself stopping. Plus you definitely want to make time to stop at the Cameron Trading Post for some Navajo tacos! Another consideration is that Page, AZ, has a lot more to offer than Antelope Canyon. You should also take the time to visit Horseshoe Bend, maybe take a boat tour on Lake Powell (which you can “bundle” with your Antelope Canyon tour), maybe tour the Glen Canyon Dam, or visit the Navajo Village Heritage Center. You would then be facing a 2.5 hour drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim, then a 1-hour drive to Williams. All this while keeping an eye on the time to ensure that you don’t do any part of the drive in the dark; nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to lack of artificial lighting on local roads and the tendency for deer, elk, and other large wildlife to congregate near them after dusk.
      Long story short, if possible, set aside separate days to visit the Grand Canyon and Page. You’ll have a much more comfortable experience by doing so.
      Hope that helps!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Mei says:

    Hi! your page is very informative. My husband and I are going to visit lower and upper antelope , horseshoe and Grand Canyon for two days this August 8-9th driving from Vegas. We are still confused of how to plan the trip. Planning to leave Vegas at 9am by car on the 8th. Any suggestions?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Mei!
      Whether you visit the Grand Canyon or Page first really doesn’t matter. Either one is ~a 5 hour drive from Las Vegas, so it’s, as we say “six of one, half a dozen of another.” How you plan your trip will depend largely on availability of lodging at the Grand Canyon, and availability of Antelope Canyon tours — or lack thereof in either case! Start by seeing when you can book a hotel at Grand Canyon South Rim. Then check Antelope Canyon tours, as well as Page, AZ, hotels. Then let the rest of your trip planning evolve, and revolve around those 3 key elements.
      Hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate to come back again if you need further guidance.
      Alley 🙂

  15. Bev says:

    Hi Alley, I am currently planning a trip with my husband and daughter for late March 21-March 31 and I am currently thinking of flying into Phoenix and driving to the South Rim for 2-3 days, then driving to Orderville for a few days to visit Bryce and Zion Parks, then driving to Page to do a few days in Antelope Canyon before driving to Las Vegas to fly home. From a driving stand point, I know it would be more efficient to do Page/Antelope before Orderville/Bryce/Zion, but I am trying to push Antelope as late as possible hoping that the chances of seeing the light beams will be better. Does this itinerary make sense, or am I adding to much driving time for an unlikely payoff?? Thank you! Bev

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Bev and sorry for the delay in response to your question. I was actually on vacation myself!
      As you have rightfully deduced, you are “adding too much driving time for an unlikely payoff” (well-said!) concerning Antelope Canyon. The light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon technically start to appear in late March, but at that time of year, they rarely reach all the way down to the canyon floor. At that point in time, they’re just starting to bounce off the upper walls of the canyon. Peak time for the light beam phenomenon is summertime, namely, June, July, and August. Another consideration is that tour prices for mid-day departures are higher than off-peak hours, light beams or no light beams, and competition is bound to be a bit more rigorous for those time slots. Long story short, don’t fixate on the light beams, and structure your itinerary so that you’re not backtracking. Whatever you decide, book your Antelope Canyon tour well in advance.
      Another observation: Sedona is absent from your itinerary. Unless you’ve been there before, it really deserves to be worked into your itinerary, and you should allow for at least 3 days there. It’s an absolutely stunning area, just 2.5 hours from Phoenix, with a lot to see and do. VisitSedona.com If necessary, drop a day or two from Grand Canyon South Rim in order to work it in. Crazy as it may sound, you can scoot by with 1 night at Grand Canyon South Rim and still have a fulfilling visit. The primary reason for this is because you’ll do a good majority of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive to Page, AZ, since the most logical route takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the park where there are over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints you can stop at. Upon exiting the park and entering the Navajo Indian Reservation, there’s even more to see. Therefore, a drive that would take 2.5 hours “wheels turning, no stops,” can easily be extended to 3.5-4 hours by taking in the sights and maybe stopping at the Cameron Trading Post for some Navajo tacos.
      Lastly, using Orderville, UT, as a “base” from which to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion is OK, just make sure that you are starting your drive “back to base” well before sunset. Make sure all your driving is done during daylight hours for that matter. Driving in the dark in this part of the U.S. is strongly discouraged due to lack of artificial lighting on local roads (a deliberate move to preserve the natural quality of the night sky), plus the tendency of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses to be nocturnal. At the time of year you’re traveling, your daylength is still going to be on the short side with sunrise occurring at ~7:15 AM and sunset taking place shortly before 8:00 PM (Utah time).
      In light of these considerations, a “restructured” itinerary would look something like this:
      March 21st: arrive in Phoenix, drive to Sedona (~2.5 hours), overnight in Sedona
      March 22nd: take Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour, light hiking in Sedona, spend 2nd night in Sedona
      March 23rd: take sunrise hot air balloon flight, visit Tlaquepaque, spend 3rd night in Sedona
      March 24th: drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3 hour drive), take free shuttles out to Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive overlooks, overnight in Grand Canyon
      March 25th: drive to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hours), visit Horseshoe Bend (parking permitting), overnight in Page
      March 26th: tour Antelope Canyon, perhaps take a short boat tour on Lake Powell (Antelope Canyon + Lake Powell Boat Tour bundles), 2nd night in Page, AZ
      March 27th-March 30th: drive to Orderville, UT (~2 hour drive), spend 3 nights, explore Bryce one day, Zion 2 days
      March 31st: drive to Las Vegas (~4-4.5 hour drive due to construction project on I-15 through Virgin River Gorge), return flight home
      One more thing before I sign off: keep in mind that while the calendar may say it’s spring, winter weather has a nasty habit of making “one final stand” at the time of year you’re traveling. Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon especially are prone to snowstorms, being at higher altitudes. Start monitoring local weather ~2 weeks before you set out to get the best feel for what to expect and how to pack. In the rare event a road closure occurs due to weather, the best way to deal with it is to stay put where you’re at, then move on once the weather clears.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  16. Zafar says:

    HI Alley,
    my wife & I plan to visit the Grand Canyon, Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park and finally Las Vegas from the 4th/5th of September 2019 to 12th September 2019. We will be flying in from Atlanta, Georgia. We are really confused as to how to plan a trip that would pass smoothly from one location to another. I would really appreciate if you could guide us on how many days would be ideal to spend at each location. We have no interest in gambling, but would like to see the some sights in Las Vegas, so I assume that one day in Las Vegas should be enough. Our main interests are in Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon tour , Zion National Park etc. What would you recommend should we do first? Are there any other locations around these places that we should not miss? Thanks.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Zafar and thank you for writing in.
      The order in which you visit the various attractions on your “wish” list will come down to two key factors:
      1. Availability of lodging at the Grand Canyon and
      2. Availability of Antelope Canyon tours
      The rest of your trip planning should revolve, and evolve, around these two elements.
      That said, a “classic” 7-day American Southwest trip itinerary using Las Vegas as a starting/ending point is as follows:
      Day 1 – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, ~5 hour drive, optional stopovers at Hoover Dam and Seligman, AZ, overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 2 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, ~4 hour drive factoring in the numerous opportunities for scenic viewpoint stops that should be taken advantage of. Lunch at Cameron Trading Post, possibly tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 3 – Visit Horseshoe Bend , take Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip or Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour, 2nd night in Page, AZ
      Day 4 – Drive from Page, AZ, to Bryce Canyon (~3 hour drive), optional stopover between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT to do Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Hoodoos hike, overnight in Bryce Canyon area
      Day 5 – More hiking in Bryce Canyon if desired, drive to Zion National Park (~2 hour drive), overnight in Springdale, UT.
      Day 6 – Hiking and exploring in Zion; popular hikes include but are definitely not limited to Angel’s Landing and The Narrows. Good day hikes in Zion 2nd night in Springdale, UT.
      Day 7 – Return to Las Vegas, ~3.5-4.5 hour drive, variance factoring in the need to pass through a construction zone in the Virgin River Gorge area of I-15.

      Naturally, if you find Grand Canyon lodging availability to be more conducive to going there at the end of your trip rather than the beginning, then you can simply do this itinerary in reverse. One more observation is that your visit is timed for just after the Labor Day holiday, so it will be very busy. Don’t be surprised to find a lot of lodging and tours sold out. You need to get on making reservations ASAP!
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Zafar says:

        Thank you very much for your detailed answer, Alley. I was under the impression that going to the Grand Canyon would be better if we went after Labor Day so that we may not encounter any lodging troubles. What would you recommend as a better time to visit the The Grand Canyon in September? I was hoping to go in September so that the weather would be a little more pleasant. I do see that the itinerary that you mentioned involves a lot of driving and not much time near the Grand Canyon Village. Is that OK? To enjoy the splendor of the Grand Canyon, do you think that we should take off Bryce and/or Zion off our list and concentrate only on the Grand Canyon? Or visit Grand Canyon and Zion only? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Zafar!
          If you are able to pick and choose when to visit for better weather and thinner crowds, my recommendation would be mid-October. The weather in Northern Arizona is usually picture perfect at around that time of year, and usually quite stable. While it is still busy, it tends to be mostly adults out touring since kids are back in school.
          Good catch on noticing that our itinerary only allowed for 1 night at the Grand Canyon! If you have the time/inclination to add another night, you can certainly do so, availability permitting, but the fact of the matter is that a good majority of one’s sightseeing at the Grand Canyon occurs on the drive to/from Page. That’s because the shortest route naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the park, where there are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon you can stop at prior to exiting the park boundary.
          As for the long drives, that’s kind of a “fact of life” in this part of the U.S. since major cities are few and far between, and you have to get through a whole lot of “nowhere” before you get “somewhere.” That’s kind of an inside joke amongst those of us who live in these parts 😉
          Regarding whether you take Bryce and/or Zion off the itinerary and spend more time at a few select destinations, that depends on whether you anticipate being able to return to the area in the foreseeable future. I don’t recall where you were traveling from, but if you’re visiting from overseas, this trip may be a “once in a lifetime” or at least a “once in a blue moon” opportunity which you should make the most of. If making a return trip out here would be relatively feasible for you, then by all means, take a “quality over quantity” approach to your trip! If you do decide to keep the Grand Canyon and Zion on the itinerary, you should also keep Page, AZ, on the agenda since you pretty much end up passing through there anyway.
          Have a fun trip and let us know how you get on!
          Alley 🙂

          • Zafar says:

            Hi Alley,
            I am back again and wonder if you could help me finalize an optimum itinerary now that I have set my travel dates. We will be reaching the Phoenix, AZ Airport on the 17th of September 2019 (Tuesday) at about 2 pm and will fly out back from Phoenix AZ Airport on the 25th of September 2019 (Wednesday) at 12 pm. I have booked the Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon Tour from the link on your website for the 20th of September (Friday) at 10 am. Could you advise me about how to go about preparing an itinerary for Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend ( Also maybe Rainbow bridge or a boat trip etc), Zion National Park and maybe Bryce Canyon or Capitol Reef Park? We need the 24th of September to drive all the way back to Phoenix AZ where we will stay overnight and then fly back the next day (25th September) to Atlanta, GA. I must mention that bookings for lodging for Phoenix AZ, Page, AZ and Springdale, UT are available, but lodging at Grand Canyon Village is a nightmare. If we decide to stay only one night at the Grand Canyon Village, how do we go about scheduling our trip to our best possible advantage? Or if you have a better plan, please let me know. Appreciate your advice. Thanks.

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Hi again, Zafar!
            I am not surprised to hear that lodging at Grand Canyon Village is full at the time of year you’re visiting. Honestly, that’s the one element of your trip that should have been solidified before you booked an Antelope Canyon tour. Seeing as though you already have the latter in place, and changing your date would most likely be problematic at best, I would recommend this:
            09/17 – Arrive in Phoenix, overnight in Phoenix
            09/18 – Start early, drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon (~5-6 hour drive with frequent stops), sightseeing in the park, overnight in Tusayan (7 miles outside Grand Canyon Village), or Williams, AZ (60 miles South of GC Village), or Flagstaff, AZ (85 miles Southeast of the Grand Canyon) if necessary Grand Canyon South Rim lodging
            09/19 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops), stop at Horseshoe Bend (parking permitting), take short boat tour on Lake Powell (you don’t have time for the Rainbow Bridge boat tour, but you may still be able to see it… more on that in a moment), overnight in Page, AZ
            09/20 – Take early morning fixed wing airplane flight over Rainbow Bridge (30 minute flight), check in at 9:30 AM for Antelope Canyon tour, drive from Page, AZ, to Zion National Park after lunch (~2.5 hour drive), overnight in Springdale, UT
            09/21 – Full day in Zion National Park; there are numerous hikes you can do in varying degrees of difficulty. You will need to use the Zion Canyon Shuttle to get around the park, which is free and originates in Springdale, UT. 2nd night in Zion
            09/22 – Drive to Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park (~4 hours from Springdale), overnight in Torrey, Utah or nearby
            09/23 – Drive from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon (~2.5 hours), explore Bryce area on free shuttles, drive to Kanab, UT to overnight (~1.5 hours from Bryce)
            09/24 – Drive from Kanab, UT to Phoenix, AZ (~6 hours), overnight in Phoenix
            09/25 – Fly home

            Now, if you do have the stomach for rearranging your travel plans, including re-booking your Antelope Canyon tour for a different day, you might plan your trip as follows to get the longer drive out of the way first:
            09/17 – Arrive in Phoenix, overnight in Phoenix
            09/18 – Drive from Phoenix to Capitol Reef via Monument Valley (~8 hours), overnight in Torrey, UT area
            09/19 – Explore Capitol Reef, drive to Bryce for overnight
            09/20 – Explore Bryce Canyon, drive to Springdale, UT
            09/21 – Full day in Zion, 2nd night in Springdale
            09/22 – Drive from Springdale, UT to Page, AZ (~3 hours), do Antelope Canyon and short Lake Powell Boat tour that afternoon
            09/23 – Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive to GC South Rim, overnight at Grand Canyon
            09/24 – Drive from GC South Rim to Phoenix, overnight in Phoenix
            09/25 – Fly home

            As you can see, the difference in total drive time is negligible, but again, plan “B” allows you to visit Capitol Reef for at least a short time.
            If you don’t fancy doing all that driving, whether on the front or back end of your trip, you might consider taking Capitol Reef off the table this time around and save it for another time when you can also visit Moab, UT for Arches and Canyonlands.
            Good luck, I know it’s a hard choice!
            Alley 🙂

  17. dawn cook says:

    Hi Ally,
    This post is very helpful. We are traveling this coming week to visit. We are traveling with my parents who are 69 and 70, who do have slight limitations (walking or climbing for any distance is a challenge). With this in mind what would be recommended part of the Canyon to visit.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Dawn, glad you’re finding our site helpful!
      For folks with any kind of mobility limitations, we recommend Upper Antelope Canyon. It’s a very easy 100 yard out-and-back walk on a mostly flat trail. The most exciting aspect of the trip will probably be the 2 mile ride out to the canyon from the highway. In the event Upper Antelope is sold out, a good alternate would be Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. Like Upper Antelope Canyon, it has no stairs or ladders to navigate, but at 450 yards, it is significantly longer than Upper Antelope, plus the 4WD trip out to the mouth of the canyon is longer as well, at 7-8 miles. If you take us up on that suggestion, you might consider booking the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon + Horseshoe Bend Overlook tour since the tour company goes to Horseshoe Bend via a private entrance, which reduces the walk to the overlook to just 200 yards (normally, it’s 1.5 miles out and back).
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  18. Ady Yeoh says:

    Dear Sir,

    I plan to go Antelope Canyon on 30th June. Can I drive there by myself, not joining tour?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ady,
      No, you may not enter Antelope Canyon on your own. The Antelope Canyons are on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, therefore, an authorized tour guide is required to visit. Be sure to make a reservation ASAP!
      How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Heng says:

        Hi Sir,
        Can I drive to Antelope myself from Las Vegas and join the tour to enter the canyon ??

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Dear Sir or Madam,
          Yes, you are perfectly welcome to drive from Las Vegas to Page, Arizona (where Antelope Canyon is located). However, depending on which branch of Antelope Canyon you want to visit, where you drive to will differ. If you wish to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, the easier of the two, you would either drive to the Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Entrance on US98, or downtown Page, AZ, depending on which tour company you book with (there are 4 total that go to Upper Antelope Canyon). If you choose to tour Lower Antelope Canyon, which is 600m long and requires descending and climbing several ladders, you would drive to the Lower Antelope Canyon parking lot, also located on US98, and enter the canyon from there. There are 2 companies that manage Lower Antelope Canyon.
          The first thing to decide is which branch of Antelope Canyon you wish to tour, then make a reservation. Advance reservations are an absolute must as this is one of Northern Arizona’s most popular attractions! Lower vs. Upper Antelope Canyon How to Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  19. Nancee Page says:

    Hi Alley,

    I would like to take my kiddos on a little road trip to see the Grand Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe bend. Where do you suggest we start? We are coming from Southern Cali. Where do you suggest we stay? What tours should we take?
    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Nancee,
      First off, it’s going to take anywhere from 8-10 hours – one way – to drive from Southern California to the Grand Canyon or Page, AZ. If your kids are young, you should consider breaking up the drive in someplace like Las Vegas, NV, or Lake Havasu City, AZ.
      After you have sorted that out, then step 1 should be to check availability of Grand Canyon lodging. That should be the “lynchpin” around which the rest of your trip planning revolves, and evolves. If possible, stay inside the park. If those hotels are full, then book something in Tusayan, AZ, which is 7 miles outside the park.
      Next, verify availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Here again, if your kids are very young, like under the age of 6, Upper Antelope Canyon would be your best option for touring the land side of Antelope Canyon. If you were wanting to get some time on the water in, you might consider bundling an Upper Antelope Canyon tour with a short boat tour from Antelope Point Marina. After you have found an Antelope Canyon tour that suits your schedule, then book a hotel in Page, AZ. For Horseshoe Bend, plan on getting the kiddos up early and hitting that just after sunrise. That’s when you’ll be able to enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer people at the overlook.
      At bare minimum, stay 1 night at Grand Canyon South Rim, and 2 nights in Page, AZ. Depending on how lodging availability and Antelope Canyon tour availability shakes out, be prepared to visit Page, AZ, and the Grand Canyon in that order, or the other direction. Drive-time wise, it doesn’t make much of a difference.
      If you have more time to work with, you might think about spending 1-2 days at Zion National Park. You’d probably end up passing that way anyway, and it has lots of family-friendly activities. The lodging area for this park is Springdale, UT.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Shari L Happl says:

        Is Horseshoe Bend water boat ride different from Antelope Canyon’s Waterside? IF so which is more scenic and do they both go out of the Antelope Point Marina?

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Shari and thank you for this excellent inquiry.
          The Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip, which goes through Horseshoe Bend, is indeed different than the Antelope Canyon boat tour. The Glen Canyon Float takes place on the Colorado River, whereas the Antelope Canyon Boat Tour occurs on Lake Powell. The Glen Canyon Float Trip departs from the Wilderness River Adventures in Page, AZ; the Antelope Canyon Boat tour leaves out of Antelope Point Marina.
          As for which one is more scenic… *sigh* that’s a toughie! They’re both beautiful, worthwhile experiences. There is a significant difference in duration, with the Glen Canyon Float clocking in at about 4 hours round-trip. If you were pressed for time, the Antelope Canyon Boat tour, at 60+ minutes, might be the better option.
          Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  20. AJ says:

    Hi, this page is very helpful, thank you.
    We are visiting Las Vegas in January 2020, and are considering renting a car to come see antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. What is the weather typically like in January?

  21. Olivia says:

    Hey my sister and I are driving to antelope canyon from Flagstaff next weekend for the lower\boat tour. How are the roads? Do we need an all terrain vehicle? She just has a small vw golf with bad shocks. Do we need to rent a car?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Olivia,
      The route between Flagstaff and Page, AZ, is fully paved. An all-terrain vehicle is not necessary. To visit Antelope Canyon, you must go with a licensed tour company. Advance reservtions are strongly recommended to tour Antelope Canyon.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  22. JJ says:

    Hi! We are flying from the East coast on a Saturday in October 2019 to Phoenix and are returning home on Wednesday of that week. We want to see Grand Canyon and Lower Antelope. How do you suggest we plan our time? Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi JJ!
      Using Phoenix as your starting/ending point, it’s “six of one/half a dozen of another” as to how you plan your time. You could go from Phoenix to Page, AZ (for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend) to the Grand Canyon, then back to Phoenix, or hit the Grand Canyon first, then Page, AZ, before returning to Phoenix. Since either destination is about 5 hours drive (one way) from Phoenix, it really doesn’t matter one way or the other.
      With 3 full days to work with, I recommend planning 1 night at the Grand Canyon and 2 nights in Page. Strange as that may sound, 1 night is sufficient for most visitors who are including Page, AZ, in their itinerary because a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing will actually occur on the drive to/from Page. The route naturally, and logically takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints you can stop at. On Navajo Reservation lands, between the Grand Canyon and Page, there is even more to see.
      How you plan your trip in Northern Arizona, it will depend on two critical factors. In order of importance, they are:
      – Availability (or lack thereof) of Grand Canyon lodging
      – Availability (or lack thereof) of Antelope Canyon tours
      – Availability (or lack thereof) of Page, AZ, lodging
      Start by checking Grand Canyon hotels, and booking accommodations where you can find availability, then do the same for Antelope Canyon tours and Page, AZ, lodging. In Page, AZ, be sure to plan for a visit to the Horseshoe Bend overlook, preferably in the morning hours when it’s cooler and less crowded.
      Hope that helps. Feel free to hit us up again if you need to bounce any other ideas off us!
      Alley 🙂

  23. Seoah Park says:

    Hi I have a question.
    I want to go the Antelopecanyon lower!
    The guide is necessary??

  24. Katherine says:

    Hi,
    Looking for advise on the best route from Las Vegas ->Grand Canyon (don’t have a rim preference, whatever makes sense!)->Page, AZ. Would love your input!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Katherine,
      First off, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon Park recommended for first time visitors. It has more in the way of visitor services, such as hotels, restaurants, gift shops, etc., plus it’s equally accessible from either Phoenix or Las Vegas. It’s about a 4.5-5 hour drive from either city. It’s best to seek Grand Canyon lodging inside the park, or Tusayan, 7 miles outside the park.
      As for the order in which you visit Page and/or the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, it’s six of one/half a dozen of the other. Page, AZ, is also about 4.5-5 hours from Las Vegas, then Grand Canyon South Rim would be ~3.5-4 hours from Page, AZ (factoring in stops). The deciding factor(s) will most likely be 1. availability (or lack thereof) of Grand Canyon hotels, and 2. availability (or lack thereof) of Antelope Canyon tours. Check these first, then the rest of your trip plans should fall into place from there.

      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  25. bonnie says:

    Hi, Is there a BUS tour from Vegas ? I would like the Upper Canyon as well as boat ride Tour for early August 2019.
    I see several upper canyon tours and Horseshoe bend, however no boat rides.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Unfortunately, logistics — namely a 5 hour drive each way from Las Vegas to Page and back — do not allow for a combination Upper Canyon and Boat Tour to be offered as an option with the bus tour. If you would like to take the Upper Antelope + Boat Tour bundle, the best way to go about this is to self-drive and stay the night in Page, AZ. You could then visit Horseshoe Bend on your own as well.
      Hope that helps.
      Alley 🙂

  26. DIANE LUND says:

    We have an open day, one day, on our trip to AZ to head to Page from GC. The date is June 26. As far as time of year (summer) , what is our best option for a tour time? We can leave Tusayan early on that day but is it realistic to aim for the 10:30 am tour? Are midday times really hot?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Diane,
      In answer to your query, yes, it is very hot in Page, AZ, at the time of year you’re visiting. Besides, you might find that mid-day Antelope Canyon tours are already sold out. If they’re not, I recommend grabbing a seat ASAP. Better yet, try to leave Tusayan, AZ, first thing in the morning (sunrise occurs at about 5:00 AM at that time of year, sunset at around 8:00 PM) so you can get on an earlier tour, or, spend the night in Page, AZ, and take an Antelope Canyon tour that following morning. They go out as early as 6:00 AM at that time of year. Hope that helps.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  27. Bruce says:

    We are four adults leaving Kansas City the 14th or 15th of September and have reservations in Zion the 19-20 of September. Any suggestions for lodging, directions and sights? A boat tour sounds very nice.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Bruce,
      I need to know a little bit more to advise you best. Are you flying out of KC, or driving? If you’re driving from Kansas City, MO, then I’d say drop down to Joplin, MO, and take the opportunity to travel Route 66! With 5 days to make the trip, you can also make a detour through Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ, before arriving at Zion.

      If this is indeed how you plan to go (drive), and the proposition to drive Route 66 appeals to you, there are a number of groups on Facebook, and a dedicated forum on TripAdvisor, full of people who are happy to answer questions and be a sounding board for any ideas you might have.
      If I’m totally off-base here and you are planning to fly, let us know and we’ll go from there.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  28. Tiffany LeShaun Eban says:

    Hello, I’m visiting in October and would like to see the beautiful Antelope Canyon. However my wife and I have some mobility issues. Is there a tour that doesn’t require alot of walking or a driving tour?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tiffany,
      October is a wonderful time to visit Page, AZ! If you have any mobility issues, Upper Antelope Canyon would be the best slot canyon tour for you. It is a 100-yard out-and-back walk, and the trail through the canyon is relatively flat. There is a 2-mile off-road ride required to get to the mouth of the canyon.
      If you can manage more than 100 yards, you might also consider touring Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon, which also features no ladders, but is a bit longer (~300 yards). There is a 7- to 8-mile off-road trip required to approach that particular slot canyon.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  29. Susan G says:

    Hi Alley – Would love your advice on how to plan our itinerary. We are arriving Phoenix airport at 10:00 am on a Friday in September. We are leaving from Phoenix airport the following Wednesday afternoon. Right now we are planning to stay in Sedona the whole time and do a day trip to Grand Canyon and a tour from Sedona to Antelope Canyon. Are we better off driving to Page and staying overnight and then on to Grand Canyon before we head to Sedona? Or is it efficient to keep Sedona as our home base?
    Thanks so much!
    Susan

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Susan!
      Using Sedona as a “base camp” from which to explore the many attractions in Northern Arizona is OK, but not ideal. This is mainly due to the driving distances between places, which are often in excess of 2 hours each way, and the need to time your drives so that you’re back to base before nightfall. Driving after sunset is strongly discouraged in this part of the country, especially in Sedona, due to the lack of ambient lighting on local roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses. Believe me, you don’t want to have a nighttime encounter with a large animal in an area with no cell phone service and miles to the nearest service station! Although September is a wonderful time of year to visit weather-wise, another factor working against you is shortening daylength. Sunrise occurs about 6:00 AM, sunset at around 6:30 PM.
      If you can cancel your extra room nights in Sedona with minimal or no penalty, I would strongly recommend overnighting in Grand Canyon, and Page, AZ, for touring Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
      The order in which you visit these areas will largely depend on lodging availability – or lack thereof – at Grand Canyon South Rim, then Antelope Canyon tours. These two components should be the “lynchpin” around which the rest of your trip planning revolves, and evolves.
      You might want to put Sedona as the last stop on your itinerary because then you’d only be facing a 2-hour drive back to Phoenix, vs. Page or Grand Canyon, which are 5 hours away.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Susan G says:

        Thanks Alley –
        Great advice. I am able to cancel our extra nights in Sedona and I already have reservations at both GC in park lodging and Page for both nights (all able to be cancelled) until we figure out the best order to do things in. If we are on the road from Phoenix by 11am do you have a suggestion as to the order we should do Page and Grand Canyon in order to make the best use of our time. Sorry if this question has been asked before! This site is truly awesome!

        Thanks, Susan

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hey Susan,
          Honestly, it’s a “six of one/half a dozen of another” proposition as to where Grand Canyon or Page falls on your itinerary. Both locations are ~4.5 hours from Phoenix. Visiting one or the other first won’t short-shrift you on any sightseeing opportunities. Normally, I would say that Grand Canyon lodging availability – or lack thereof – should be the deciding factor as to where you should visit first, but since you have lodging booked in both areas, simply make a choice and have fun!
          Best regards,
          Alley 🙂

      • Susan G says:

        One last thought for some input. I’ve read that the best time of day for the canyon tour is midday at the peak of the sunshine. So with that in mind should we stay in GC Friday night and book a noon or 12:30 tour or is that not giving us enough time to drive from the GC if we leave after sunrise? Conversely, are we better off leaving after the noon tour on Saturday and driving to GC and staying there Saturday night? TIA for all your advice!

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hey again, Susan!
          Here again, six of one/half a dozen of the other. With sunrise occurring at 6:00 AM in late September, as long as you hit the road between 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM, that should give you plenty of time to drive from GC to Page, AZ, and take the trip at a leisurely pace, while arriving in Page on time for a 12:00-12:30 PM tour. Or, if you opt to do a noon-time (ish) tour the following day, then head for GC afterward, that would work, too. If you take us up on option “B,” just keep an eye on the time and make sure you arrive at your final destination well before sunset. You don’t want to be caught on 90% of Northern Arizona roads after nightfall because supplemental lighting is scarce to non-existent, and deer, elk, free range cattle, and other large mammals have a tendency to be nocturnal.
          Have fun!
          Alley 🙂

  30. Bob says:

    Alley, great advice site! I have a question about visiting Upper Canyon with my wife who has moderate knee issues—I know Lower Canyon is out of the question. She walks fine and unassisted on the level—we have traveled everywhere. She has issues with steep slopes and steep stairs. Deep sand is somewhat of an issue. Of course, she does not use cane, crutches, walker, etc. Do folks with knee arthritis visit the Upper Canyon? Approximately how long in yards is the walk? Is there a slope and if so how steep? Are there steps? Is the soil firm or loose? Is the terrain smooth or rough?

    Than you so much!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Bob and thank you for your inquiry!
      Your wife should be fine with Upper Antelope Canyon. Folks with knee and other issues visit all the time. There are no stairs, ladders, or anything of that nature. The length of the canyon is 100 yards out and back, and the trail through it is pretty much flat the whole way. As for the condition of the trail, that depends on what the weather has been like in the days leading up to your hike. If it has rained recently, the soil will be more compacted than it would be during a prolonged dry spell. If Upper Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, or if you think your wife might be able to handle a slightly longer hike, you might also consider Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. It’s ~300 yards long, but like Upper Antelope, has no stairs or ladders. Both tours involve a short off-road ride from the main highway to the entrance of the canyon.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  31. Katy Barker says:

    Hi Alley, I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I didn’t spot it if it has! I am driving a rental car and as is common with rentals, can’t drive it on a dirt road without risking voiding my insurance! I want to visit the Lower Canyon with either Dixie’s or Ken’s and I understand they are pretty much in the same spot. Driving from Page, will I have to drive on any dirt roads at all to get to them, or is the parking lot literally right on the highway? Thanks in advance for your reply – your site is wonderfully helpful for planning a trip to this area 🙂

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Katy, and thank you for your excellent inquiry, which, yes, has been asked before, but we don’t mind in the least answering it again!
      You are correct in that off-road driving is prohibited with the majority of rental car companies. However, the road from the town of Page, AZ, to the Tribal Park Entrance on US98 is paved. The spur road leading to the two Lower Antelope Canyon tour outfitters’ headquarters is also paved. There is a short section of unpaved but graded road leading to their respective offices, but it’s so slight, your risk of damage to your rental vehicle is negligible at best.

      Hope that helps. Be sure to reserve your Antelope Canyon tour well in advance of your arrival, and consider bundling your Lower Antelope Canyon tour with a 90-minute boat tour to get the most of your time in the area!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  32. Kim says:

    Allley,

    I sent you an earlier message but after doing more research I need some clarity. My family and I will be driving ourselves from site to site. I’m getting mixed messages about needing and not needing a reservation to tour the upper canyon – Antelope Canyon. I know that you must have a guide to tour, but I have read that you do not have to book a reservation in advance. Basically we can drive to the canyon, pay the fee and join a tour. Is that correct?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kim,
      NO, that is not correct. You absolutely MUST have an advance reservation to tour Antelope Canyon. You cannot simply drive up, pay for a tour, and expect to go in in a timely fashion. That may have been the case in years past, but not anymore.
      Hope that helps.
      Alley 🙂

  33. Kim says:

    Hi Alley,
    I’ve been reading some of your posts and I have to say that your knowledge of the area is incredible. And you’re so kind! I will be traveling with my family (in June 2019) to the west for the first time and we are so excited. Lodging (inside all parks) and flights are already booked. We are flying in to Vegas and driving from Vegas to Zion (3 days), to Bryce (2 days) and to South Rim (3 days), back to Vegas (1 night) then back home to D.C.. I want to squeeze in a tour of Antelope Canyon (if there is availability) and I’m wondering if it would be better for us to travel from Zion to Page (then to Bryce) OR from Bryce to Page (then to South Rim). I believe the distance is about the same (2.5 to 3 hrs). We would leave either park around 8 am, arriving at Antelope Canyon by 11 am. We would spend a few hours there, leaving at 3pm so we will arrive at our next destination before the gates close. Will we have enough time to swing by Horseshoe Bend? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thank you!! Kim

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kim, and thank you for your excellent inquiry.
      You have done a fantastic job of allowing sufficient time in each destination to really enjoy it. However, you can still squeeze Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and possibly Lake Powell into your itinerary quite easily: drop 1 night at the Grand Canyon. Most families like yourselves find 2 days ample time to explore the park quite fully, plus you’d end up doing a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive in from Page, AZ.
      The order in which I recommend accommodating Page, AZ, into your trip is to go there between Bryce Canyon and the South Rim.

      From Bryce to Page, AZ, the drive takes approximately 2.5-3 hours. If you get an early start out of Bryce, you might take advantage of the opportunity to do the fun, scenic, and relatively easy hike to the Paria Rimrocks and Toadstool Hoodoos at mile marker 19 of US89 between Kanab, UT, and Page, AZ. Tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon (be sure to make a reservation in advance), then overnight in Page, AZ.
      The next morning, get an early start again and hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise. You’ll avoid the peak crowds and heat of mid-day, trust me! As you make your way South on US89, you’ll find several viewpoints worth stopping at, such as The Cut Overlook, Chinle formation views, and the Cameron Trading Post. The latter would be a good brunch/lunch stop if you’re hungry by that point; if not, it makes for the ideal opportunity for a restroom break/leg stretch. Heading toward Grand Canyon South Rim on AZ64 West, here again, a whole bunch of places to stop and take photos, then once you enter Grand Canyon National Park “proper” at Desert View Point, you have a choice of over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon to stop at before you hit Grand Canyon Village.
      The drive back to Las Vegas would then be ~4.5 hours, with the option of stopping at Hoover Dam before you get into town.
      If for some reason you find the notion of staying in Page, AZ, a bit longer to be appealing, you might consider dropping a night in Bryce, as well as the night in Grand Canyon, to make that happen. Not that Bryce isn’t incredible, it definitely is, but since it’s a relatively small park square mileage-wise, you can scoot by with just one night there and still have a fulfilling visit. Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, AZ
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Kim says:

        Thanks, Alley! Great advice! It didn’t occur to me to maybe drop a night in G.C. and add one to Page, AZ….thank you!!! So, right now we are definitely staying in Bryce for 1 night/2 days, leaving early on day 2 (about 7 am) and heading to Page, AZ. We booked an 11 tour at Antelope Canyon X (trying to avoid the crowds) but since you mentioned “must sees” in between Bryce and Page, I’m thinking about changing the tour to 1 or 2 pm. Is there a better time for that and what are your thought on Antelope Canyon X? I have only read positive reviews :-). Anyway, your advice is appreciated…..thank you so, so much!!

  34. Aleksandra Topalovich says:

    Hi there,

    My sisters and I would like to visit antelope canyon at the end of may. We are staying at the Scott in scottsdale. What is the best way to get there? and how long will it take?

    Thank you

  35. Punita says:

    Hi Alley,

    I’m visiting Antelope Canyon in April, and wanted to know the best routes/tour from Page to South Rim please? Or the other option we have is to drive from Page to South Rim, visit the South Rim, and then drive onto Vegas.
    Could you please advise on the best option?
    Im satying in Page for 2 days mid April, first day is Antelope Canyon tour booked.
    Many thanks,
    Punita.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Punita,
      The best route from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim is to proceed South on US89 down through Bitter Springs, The Gap, and Willow Springs, then join AZ64 West in the town of Cameron, AZ. Or, reverse that if you opt to go from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ.
      What you ultimately do will depend largely on availability of lodging at Grand Canyon South Rim. If you cannot find lodging at Grand Canyon Village, try for Tusayan, AZ, just 7 miles outside the park. If you cannot find any rooms there, try Williams, AZ, 1 hour South of the park. Long story short, we would discourage you from attempting to visit Grand Canyon South Rim as a “drive-by” between Page and Las Vegas. It realistically takes approximately 3.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas. That wouldn’t be a very fun day, IMHO!
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  36. Heather says:

    Dear Ryan,

    We plan to come to Antelope Canyon with my extended family of 8 in mid April 2019. It is our first time, we are all very excited! However, I just found upper canyon tours are almost all sold out – the only availability is at 4-5:30 PM. Is it too dark at the time inside the canyon?

    Lower canyon tour has more availability – is 2-4 PM a good time range for a tour there? How difficult is the lower canyon? I am traveling with a 10 year old and very healthy senior parents – but I want to make sure they can handle the walk and/or climbing.

    We will arrive the night before at Page and will have an entire day in the area before heading to Monument valley. Other than the canyon tour and Horseshoe Band/Lake Powell visit, anything else would you suggest as family activities?

    Thank you so much for any suggestions!

    Heather (from California)

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Heather and thank you for visiting today.
      Not surprised to hear that many Antelope Canyon tours are already sold out. However, 4:00 PM is a perfectly fine time to be in either Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. If there wasn’t enough light to see by, the tour company wouldn’t offer a departure at that time. There’s even a local tour company that offers nighttime tours in Antelope Canyon, if you can believe that!
      As for whether your family would be able to handle the physical challenges of Lower Antelope Canyon, only you can make that call. You might want to recommend that everyone watch this Full Walk-Through Video of Lower Antelope Canyon. If you think everyone can handle Lower Antelope Canyon, but cannot find availability at your desired time, consider touring Antelope Canyon X instead. It’s very similar in physicality and appearance to Lower, but tends to be a lot less crowded.
      With the better part of a day to work with, and seeing as though you’re driving to Monument Valley, you really don’t have time to do much else in the area. You might be able to squeeze in a tour of Glen Canyon Dam, or a visit to the John Wesley Powell Museum. Keep in mind that the drive to Monument Valley takes at least 2 hours, and you want to avoid nighttime driving on that stretch of road. There is little to no ambient lighting, and you could encounter deer, elk, free range cattle, or wild horses. Another consideration is that Page, AZ, will be on Mountain Standard Time, and Monument Valley will be on Mountain DAYLIGHT Time. You will “lose” an hour going from Page to MV. Sunset at Monument Valley in April occurs at about 8:00 PM. Hopefully you have reservations to spend the night there and aren’t planning on doing this as a day trip.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  37. Breezy says:

    Hey Alley! First of all, I gotta honor your incredible customer service here. Honestly, you blow me away with all of your kind comments.

    Another question (after reading through a ton of tips you already posted). I see a bunch of air tours from Vegas to Canyon X and Horseshoe Bend. What I don’t see are any options from Sedona to Horseshoe then Canyon X with return to Sedona. As the expert, could you bless me w any guides or companies or ways to make it happen? I didn’t rent a car because I’m a solo traveler and a 10hr car ride would suck solo lol.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Breezy, and thank you for your compliments!
      So, your inquiry begs the question, “how are you getting to Sedona?” There is no direct air service into Sedona, whatsoever. There is a small airport located there, but it’s geared toward private aircraft and aerial sightseeing tours. Ground shuttle service is provided by Groome Transportation (formerly Arizona Shuttle) from Phoenix/Sky Harbor to Sedona, but that’s about it.
      Assuming your arrangements for getting to Sedona are taken care of, there are options for you to tour Antelope Canyon X from Sedona. Great West Tours offers round-trip van tours from Sedona to Antelope Canyon. Silver Spur Tours offers a similar package, but they go to Lower Antelope Canyon, and not X. IMO that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker as Lower and X bear some similarities to one another. Both companies include a stop at Horseshoe Bend in their itineraries.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  38. Esther Tan says:

    Hi Ryan / Alley,

    Me and my family are planning to visit Antelope Canyon in May from Las Vegas. It would be a 2 days 1 night trip. Can we do the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Blend in this 2 days trip? Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope, which one is better? Would you recommend any place for staying?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Esther,
      Apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry.
      With 2 days/1 night to work with, you can definitely accommodate Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. As for which branch of Antelope Canyon you should visit, that depends on how much physical exertion you’re willing to put forth — or not. If you’re OK with a few stairs, ladders, small boulders, etc., then you should be fine with Lower. If anyone in your group has any mobility limitations, then Upper would be your best bet. Whichever you decide, be sure you reserve your Antelope Canyon tour well in advance of your arrival.
      Regarding where to stay, here again, that depends on you, your preferences, and your budget. Page, AZ hotels run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between in price points and amenities. There are also vacation rentals, Air B&B’s, etc. For more information on available options, click on VisitLakePowell.com: Where To Stay In Page AZ
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  39. David C Decker says:

    Ryan or Alley
    I will be in Flagstaff on April 1 coming back from a guided trip to the Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch. I have one night reserved in Page AZ for April 2nd, then will head back to Phoenix some time on the 3rd to spend the night before I fly out on the 4th. I am hoping to do a tour of Antelope canyon X or something similar on the 2nd & maybe sunrise at Horseshoe Bend on the 3rd if it looks like the clouds cooperate. Would you have any other suggestions for places to see for the time I have or time to allow for the drive between the locations I mentioned? Is there lots of stopping places between those destinations (Page to Phoenix)? Want to see & do as much as possible but don’t want to overschedule & then have to drive by photographic views just to make my reservations. Appreciate any help I have not been in this area before. Thanks
    Dave

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi David,
      With the time you have, and considering that you’re flying out of Phoenix after visiting Page, AZ, I’d recommend taking a little side trip to Sedona. It’s an absolutely stunning area, with lots to see and do. Normally, the drive from Page, AZ to Phoenix takes ~4.5 hours. With the detour through Sedona, that will extend your drive time somewhat, but I’d still recommend getting an early start out of Page so you can maximize your time in Sedona (sunrise occurs shortly after 6:00 AM) Trust me, once you see Sedona, you’ll be planning a return visit so you can spend more time! Many visitors who spend 4-5 days, or even a week, report feeling as through they only touched the “tip of the iceberg.” Whatever you decide to do, make sure you get to Phoenix by sundown. Nighttime driving should be avoided outside the major cities in Northern AZ due to the lack of ambient lighting, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range horses and cattle, and other wildlife on local roadways.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Dave says:

        Alley
        Appreciate the feedback. So do you think on my day back south from Page by taking ALT 89 south out of Flagstaff down thru Sedona & then enjoy The Red Rock Scenic By Way on Hwy 179 back to 17 would be more than enough to see/take pictures etc. to fill up my time with getting to Phoenix before dark by itself? Or in addition could one add a 2 hr. jeep tour out of Sedona to get a little closer view? I don’t want to be rushed in what I see.
        Thanks
        Dave

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Dave!
          That’s exactly the route I’d suggest you take. With an early enough start out of Page, AZ, and an advance booking, you should be able to fit a 2-hour jeep tour in before heading back to Phoenix. Sunset occurs at about 7:00 PM in Phoenix that time of year. A popular Sedona Jeep Tour is the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour , but that’s by no means the only game in town.
          Hope that helps – have a wonderful time!
          Alley 🙂

          • Dave says:

            Alley
            I have come up with a tour but not sure how traffic changes between now & April 3rd, the date I would be traveling this portion. The web estimates range from 2.5 hrs to 4+ hrs to travel to Sedona from Page, today they are showing 1 hr delay. What would be your best guest for the time (range) to leave Page to get to Sedona by 11:45AM? Or can you tell me if generally traffic then will be as heavy as now?

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Hi again, David!
            Traffic between Page and Sedona tends to be a bit heavier during peak travel season, which April falls into. The distance from Page to Sedona is 165 miles, so traveling ~65 MPH steadily, wheels turning, no stops, you could make the trip in a bit less than 3 hours. However, the last 30 miles of the drive between Flagstaff and Sedona, you’ll end up slowing down significantly, as that section of the trip traverses Oak Creek Canyon. It’s a windy, 2-lane road, with a few steep drop-offs in places. Speeding is definitely ill-advised! Besides, it’s a very scenic drive, so you should definitely slow down and enjoy it.
            Sunrise occurs shortly after 6:00 AM at the time of year you’re traveling, so if you were to leave at ~7:00 AM, you should be safe, and if you find that you’ve arrived early, Sedona has plenty of good places to grab a late breakfast/early lunch! Another option would be to grab some pre-made sandwiches at Safeway or Wal-Mart in Page, AZ and have a quick “picnic” before your tour.
            Hope that helps!
            Alley 🙂

          • Dave says:

            Alley
            The service you provide is really great. Thanks for all the input.
            Dave

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            You’re welcome Dave, please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have further questions!
            Alley 🙂

  40. Jason says:

    Hello-

    I need some expert advice since I have been stuck in the East Coast my entire life. My fiancee and I booked a round-trip flight from Boston to Vegas from Jan 5 through to the 23rd. We plan to spend the first 8 days in Vegas and the remainder seeing all the wonders. As to the weather for that period, how would you recommend a road trip from and back to Vegas that includes grand canyon, antelope canyon and one other day elsewhere, perhaps Zion or cruising on route 66 to the grand canyon caverns? What would you do and in what order for that time of the season? Much appreciate any and all advice!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jason, and thank you for your inquiry.
      With that much time to work with, you can have a wonderful time visiting the scenic wonders of Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, and then some!
      As you’ve deduced, the one factor you have to keep a close eye on is weather, so having some “wiggle room” in your schedule is good in case you get delayed or detoured by a snowstorm. These tend to be more of a consideration at higher elevations, such as Grand Canyon South Rim and Bryce Canyon. Of course, it’s too soon to say exactly what the weather will be like during your visit, so you should start monitoring conditions about 2 weeks before you set out.
      Given your schedule, and your interest in Route 66, you could do something like this:
      January 13th – drive from Las Vegas to Seligman, AZ, with a stopover at the Grand Canyon Caverns, overnight in Seligman. Drive time (not including Grand Canyon Caverns tour): 3.5 hours
      January 14th: Drive from Seligman to Sedona, AZ (~2 hour drive). Stay 2 nights Sedona offers many activities and sights to enjoy, including, but not limited to:
      – Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour
      – Chapel of the Holy Cross
      – Easy but scenic hikes
      – Spas
      – Wine tastings
      – Verde Valley Scenic Railroad
      For more suggestions, check out Travel US News: 10 Best Things To Do In Sedona
      January 16th: Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3 hours), drive to scenic overlooks as desired on West Rim/Hermit’s Rest Drive, see IMAX movie, hike rim trail or perhaps a short distance into the Inner Canyon, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim.
      January 17th: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Monument Valley. Direct drive time is ~3+ hours, but more realistically ends up being ~4-4.5 hours due to many scenic overlooks and points of interest along the way. Take backcountry tour of Monument Valley either that afternoon or the following morning, go to Forrest Gump point, overnight in Monument Valley.
      January 18th: Drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ. Drive time: 2-2.5 hours. Stop at Horseshoe Bend Overlook on the way into town. Tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon or following morning. Overnight in Page, AZ.
      January 19th: Drive from Page, AZ to Bryce Canyon. All kinds of things do do there, ranging from easy, scenic hikes to more difficult ones; conditions permitting, you might even try some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing!
      January 20th: Drive from Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park (drive time: 90 minutes-2 hours). Here again, no shortage of activities to occupy your time (I suggest 2 days minimum). Water-based activities, such as hiking The Narrows, may not be an option at the time of year you’re visiting, but you can easily compensate for that by being able to tour the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in your own vehicle rather than use the shuttle buses. Stay 2-3 nights in Springdale, UT, just outside the Western border of the park.
      January 22nd or 23rd: Drive back to Las Vegas (~2.5 hours). Time/inclination/weather permitting, a detour to the Valley of Fire State Park would make for a really cool “topper” to your trip!

      Be sure to reserve ALL hotels and guided tours (especially Antelope Canyon) in advance of your arrival. Though January is typically a quieter time of year (which definitely has its advantages!), it is still busy. One more thing: be sure to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For just $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks, Monuments, and Federal Fee Areas in the US for just 1 year’s time. The only areas it won’t work are State Parks and Native American Tribal Parks (such as Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon). Even so, it will still pay for itself on the trip you’re planning to take. Pick it up at the first National Park you hit on your trip.
      Best wishes for safe travels, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

  41. Joyce Wilson says:

    Just want to make sure I understand this, is the only way to see Antelope Canyon by guided tour or can we tour in our own vehicle?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Joyce,
      You can drive to Page, AZ, the gateway town for Antelope Canyon, but you must visit Antelope Canyon by guided tour, which must be booked in advance.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Greg says:

        Hi Alley, your website and advice looks great and was wondering if you could help with advice/suggestions for upcoming holiday.

        We are travelling form Australia and planning on being in LV for 4 days and were planning adding 2 days for GC south Rim and Zion.

        Day 1 LV to Hoover Dam (1 hour) travel to GC Village along route No 64 taking in the viewing points along the way, then travelling to Page Az for overnight.

        Day 2 Travel to Carmel Junction Route No 9 into Zion taking in view points, then onto Springdale for afternoon shuttle bus to Zion floor. Then travel back to Las Vegas.

        My concern is being in Page and missing out (may never be back) like Antelope Canyon and Horsehoe bend, should we take a extra day in page for these in your opinion.

        Is route 64/89A a good option for around November 25th timeframe.

        Greatly appreciate any advice/suggestions.

        Regards
        Greg

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Greg,
          You’re trying to cram too many sites into too short a time.
          With only 2 days to work with, I’d recommend choosing one attraction – the Grand Canyon if you’ve never been there – and think quality time over quantity time. It takes ~4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 3 or so hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. The latter is contingent on a section of US89 that recently sustained some severe damage being repaired in time for your visit. Closure Of Multiple Days Expected On US89 North of Flagstaff If the road is not fixed by the time you get here, you may have to settle (if you can call it that) with just the Grand Canyon and/or Zion anyway.
          If the road construction is not completed before you arrive, what you might consider doing is using one day/night to visit Grand Canyon South Rim, then visit Zion as a day trip. The latter would mean a lot of hours on the road (2.5 hours one way), but certainly more appealing than the prospect of spending 7-8 hours behind the wheel.
          Another couple of considerations to factor in are 1. daylength: it’s short. Sunrise occurs at about 7:15 am, sunset just after 5:00 PM. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roadways, and the possible presence of deer, elk and other wildlife. 2. It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means that all hotels are going to be busy, so any overnight accommodations you need must be booked ASAP, if you haven’t done so already.
          I know it’s tempting to try and do all you can in a short time, especially if you don’t foresee yourself making it back here again, but not allowing yourself a little “downtime” in your selected destinations would really be selling this area short. If possible, try to free up another day or two. If not, you’ll need to strongly consider scaling back your ambitions.
          Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    • Brandy Collins says:

      Must be on a tour
      Can not take your own vehicle
      It’s protectedland and on a reservation. Must follow the nations rules.

  42. Kristy says:

    Hi –

    My husband and I have booked a 9 day/8 night trip to the Southwest flying into Las Vegas on September 25th. We are staying 1 night at Hoover Dam (hotel booked), nights 2-4 in Sedona (hotel booked), night 5 in Flagstaff (hotel booked) and still have nights 6 and 7 unbooked before arriving back in Las Vegas for the 8th night to fly home on the 9th day. Our original plan was to stay in Williams on the 6th night, after visiting the South Rim on day 6, thinking we would return to LV the same way we left. Now, I think we should change the Flagstaff reservation on night 5 to Williams, cancel Williams night 6, and travel east from the south rim to Cameron. Perhaps stay in Cameron on night 6, then drive to Page and visit Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell on night 7? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kristy,
      If you want to add Page, AZ to your trip, you could do it fairly easily – in theory. First off, I wouldn’t recommend staying in Williams or Flagstaff for visiting the Grand Canyon. I’d recommend trying to stay inside the park in Grand Canyon Village, or in Tusayan/GC Village South just outside the park. That way, you can be close to the rim to see sunrise and/or sunset, and not have to deal with a 60-90 minute drive back to your hotel after a busy day of sightseeing. Grand Canyon Hotels
      I wouldn’t bother staying in Cameron on the way over from the South Rim, I would just go directly to Page. It’s ~150 miles, and Google maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens as there are many scenic views that will no doubt pique your interest, both on the East Rim/Desert View Drive, and in the Navajo Indian Reservation. A more realistic figure ends up being 3.5-4 hours once you factor in all the stops. Be sure you book your Antelope Canyon tour and Page, AZ lodging in advance of your arrival.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  43. Robert says:

    Travelling to Page in May 2019. How far in advance can I book upper Antelope Canyon. I already have my accommodation organized, but am unable to book a tour. Can you help?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Robert!
      Next year’s tour inventory will probably be opened up around November or December of this year. However, you’re welcome to call your chosen tour outfitter and see if you can book your tour over the phone.
      See this article for contact information of Antelope Canyon tour outfitters: How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Hope that helps,
      Alley 🙂

  44. Jivin says:

    Hi, I’m planning to drive from Las Vegas, with a kid 11 years old on first week of Dec (2/3 Dec).

    Shall I go for Grand Canyon first before staying at Page then go for Antelope Canyon? Or the other way?

    Is it tough to do the walk for lower Antelope and Horseshoe Bend for 11 year old kid?

    Shall I head back to LV for another night before heading to LA?

    Shall i do upper or lower antelope during that period?

    What’s the temperature like during that period?

    Much appreciated. Thanks

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jivin and thank you for your visit!
      The order in which you visit the Grand Canyon and Page will revolve around hotel availability at Grand Canyon South Rim. It is most desirable to stay inside the park. If there are no rooms available there, then Tusayan, aka Grand Canyon Village South is the next bet option. Grand Canyon Hotels
      After arranging Grand Canyon Lodging, then look at Antelope Canyon tour availability. As for the difficulty of the walk through Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, most 11-year-olds are able to handle both without a problem. Lower Antelope Canyon requires climbing some ladders and stairs and stepping over and around a few boulders. The walk to Horseshoe Bend is 1.2 miles round-trip. It has both uphill and downhill walking, which, depending on recent weather, may be mostly in deep sand. If you have any doubts about you or your child’s ability to make the walk to Horseshoe Bend, there are alternate ways of seeing it, including flying over it, horseback tours, or guided tours from Page, AZ. The hours just after sunrise tend to be less crowded. Fortunately, at the time of year you’re visiting, hot temperatures shouldn’t be an issue. Afternoon highs should be in the 50’s-60’s, with occasional rain and light snowstorms possible.
      As for whether you break the drive back to LA up with a night in Las Vegas, that’s entirely up to you. If you hit Page last on your trip, then you’re looking at a 9-hour drive back to LA, so a mid-way night in Vegas would probably be welcome. The drive back to LA from Grand Canyon Village is a little shorter, 7.5-8 hours.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  45. Linda says:

    My husband and I are trying to plan a trip to Antelope and Zion our time frame is short we were thinking of flying into Phoneix AZ on Sept 7th (evening) and flying out of Phoenix Or the closet airport on Sept 11th. What would be our best plan of action.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Linda!
      With 3 days to work with, you can certainly pull this off, but I can’t help but notice that the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. Assuming that you’ve been there before, or perhaps are saving it for another trip, I’ll work with your desire to visit Zion and Antelope Canyon.
      In light of that, I’d actually recommend flying into and out of Las Vegas instead of Phoenix. It will shorten your drive times by quite a bit.
      Your logistics will most likely revolve, and evolve around hotel room availability at Zion. Staying inside the park is probably not going to be an option as those rooms tend to book up months, sometimes a year or more in advance. You’re probably going to have to stay in Kanab, UT, about 1 hour from the Eastern border of the park, or Springdale, UT, on the Western border of the park. Plan to spend 2 nights in the Zion National Park area, then Page, AZ for 1 night to not only visit Antelope Canyon, but the Horseshoe Bend Overlook as well.
      Another thing to keep in mind is that Zion has experienced some heavy flash flooding this summer, which has resulted in some significant damage to area roads and trails. Be sure to check all park advisories before committing to certain activities.
      Book all hotels and guided tours, especially Antelope Canyon tours, in advance of your arrival as well.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  46. Ravi says:

    Hi,

    I plan on visiting Arizona in December with my wife and parents for 3 days. This is our first time in Arizona so we really want to see the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. What else would you recommend that we can fit in our time frame? Also, we can’t really do anything that involves extensive hiking because of my parents. We are flying in and out of Phoenix.

    Thanks
    Ravi

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ravi,
      Fortunately, December is considered “shoulder season” in Northern Arizona, meaning that while it’s still busy, it’s not as crowded or as hot as it is during the summer months. Nevertheless, you should book hotel rooms and guided tours well in advance of your arrival.
      How your itinerary evolves will probably revolve around hotel room availability at Grand Canyon South Rim, so you should check on that first. It is always most desirable to stay inside the park so you can experience sunrise and sunset on the canyon rim. The next best option is Tusayan, aka Grand Canyon Village South, about 7 miles outside the park. Grand Canyon Hotels
      It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim, then 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. However, those figures are “wheels turning, no stops,” which rarely happens. There are sights on both legs of the drive that will no doubt pique your interest and necessitate a photo stop, so don’t be surprised if it takes you ~6 hours to drive from Phoenix to the South Rim, then 3.5-4 hours to drive from the South Rim to Page, AZ (where Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend area located).
      If your folks cannot do any extensive hiking, then your best bet will probably be to tour Upper Antelope Canyon. It is only 100 yards long, the trail through is flat the whole way. The trip to Horseshoe Bend might be more of a challenge. The trail is .6 miles one way, and involves some uphill and downhill walking through potentially deep sand. It is manageable for most people in good health, who do not have significant mobility impairment. Plus it will be cooler in December, which is a definite plus. If you think they may not be able to make the walk, though, you might consider an alternate means to get there, such as a shuttle service from Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, or flying over it. “Help! I Can’t Do The Hike To Horseshoe Bend”
      Plan to stay overnight in Page, AZ as well. Page, AZ hotels
      With the limited time you have to work with, you unfortunately don’t have the leeway to squeeze many extra activities or attractions into your visit, but you can still accomplish quite a bit. For other suggestions on how to make the best use of a one-day visit to Page, AZ, check out this article on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com “24 Hours in Page, Arizona”
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  47. Tonya says:

    Do you have to take a tour to Antelope Canyon or are you able to get there on your own ?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tonya,
      Antelope Canyon is situated on the Navajo Indian Reservation, so yes, a tour is required to visit it. You cannot go there on your own. Hope that clarifies things. For guidance on which branch of Antelope Canyon would suit you best, read “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  48. Lily Chau says:

    Hi Alley, I enjoyed your page so much! all the tips are really useful. And I would like to ask for your comments about my plan.

    My family are planning to visit the region in September this year. Our plan is:
    Day 0: Fly in to Vegas
    Day 1: Drive out from Vegas to antelop canyon and visit Horseshoes bend on the first day. (Not sure which one to go first tho), Stay in Page
    Day 2: Drive to GC south rim, and stop by hoover dam on the way back to Vegas.

    May I ask:
    1) If this will be too physical for my parents (They are not too old, just almost 60), or I can add a little bit hiking in between?
    2) Is there anything you recommend us to visit as well?

    Any advice/suggestions are very much appreciated! Thank you very much!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Lily,
      Thank you for your compliments on our page!
      I’m going to take a slightly different approach and “reverse-engineer” your itinerary, meaning, start from the end and work my way back to the beginning.
      First off, Day 2 involves too much driving. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 4.5-5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas, and that’s driving direct, which adds up to 8-9 hours driving time at minimum. That, in my opinion, would be too trying for not only your folks, but for you. Another concern is nighttime driving is best avoided in this part of the country due to the scarcity of artificial lighting on many roadways and the tendency for deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them.
      As for whether I recommend anything else for you to visit, no — you simply don’t have enough time.
      If two days is truly all you have, then I recommend choosing one destination and making the most of it. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, then that’s the one you should go with. Stay overnight in the park, if possible. If not, book a hotel in Tusayan/Grand Canyon Village South. Grand Canyon Hotels
      The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim takes approximately 4.5-5 hours one way driving directly. With an early enough start, you might stop at Hoover Dam, and also take a slight detour to Seligman, AZ to visit some Route 66 attractions. That would extend your drive to 6-7 hours. Check into your hotel, maybe do some easy walking along the easy, paved Grand Canyon Rim Trail, catch sunset at one of the viewpoints, and maybe treat yourselves to a nice dinner at the El Tovar Hotel (reservations required) or the Coronado Room at the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan.
      The next morning, get up early, maybe take the free shuttles out to the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive, or walk a short distance down the Bright Angel Trail, or take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour before heading back to Las Vegas. Sunset occurs at about 6:30 PM in September, so time your drive accordingly.
      If you still wish to visit Page, AZ, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend during your visit, add another night to your trip. That way you can enjoy everything on your “wish list” comfortably.
      Hope that helps – good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Lily says:

        Dear Alley,

        That sounds like a really good recommendation! Thank you very much for your recommendation! It is so nice of you in spending so much time in helping others out!

        In such way, I will plan with my brother again, so that we won’t be driving too much!

        Cheers!
        Lily

  49. Larry H says:

    Hi Alley. Your website is the BEST! Wealth of great info. On 5/21/18 we are driving from Williams to GCNP South Rim. Plan to hike 1 mile or less down Bright Angel trail. Then drive to Page, stopping at Cameron Trading Post for lunch. Doing 4:30 pm Upper Antelope Canyon tour (booked), staying 1 night Best Western Plus at Lake Powell. Horseshoe Bend on way to Cedar City, UT and points north. 4 senior citizens who start early, pack light, and go go all day! (me and my gal celebrating 50th anniversary, bringing our best friends)

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Larry and congrats on your upcoming big anniversary!
      You’ll definitely need to get an early start to pull all this off in one day. The drive from Williams to Grand Canyon South Rim takes about 1 hour. Factor in another 30 minutes or so to find a place to park, then 2-2.5 hours round-trip to make the hike you’re proposing to do. After that, it’s another hour to Cameron (good call on stopping there for lunch, the Navajo Tacos are amazing!), then 90 minutes further to Page. However – that 2.5 hour figure to make the drive from the South Rim to Page rarely translates to reality. Invariably, you’ll find yourself wanting to stop at the various Grand Canyon overlooks on the way out of the park, or any points of interest that catch your eye as you travel North to Page.
      If you were to stay the night of 5/21/18 at Grand Canyon Village inside the park, or Tusayan/Grand Canyon Village South 7 miles outside the park, that would cut an hour off your total drive time, which might make a significant difference in how you feel by the time you get to Page. Remember that Grand Canyon South Rim is 7,000′ above sea level, which means the air is thinner. That tends to take a lot of anyone if they’re not accustomed to it. On your hike down Bright Angel Trail, just remember that 30 minutes down = 1 hour out. Even going a short distance down the trail will give you a good sense of how different things look and feel below the rim. Long story short, if you don’t hit that 1 mile goal, don’t sweat it too much. 😉
      Again, happy anniversary and happy traveling!
      Alley 🙂

  50. Tracy says:

    Hi Alley,

    I accidentally clicked on your site and found it’s superb – a lot of useful information. A job well don!

    We (husband, 20 yo daughter and I) are planning to drive from Lake Havasu City to Hurricane on 12/27, overnight stay there. 12/28 visit Zion NP, then drive to Page before dark. Stay two nights in Page. 12/29 visit Upper or Canyon X, then Lower Antelope Canyon, HSB, Lake Powell. 12/30 drive to Bakersfield, CA.

    First of all, is our plan realistic? Any good stops on our drive to/from Page? Should we do Canyon X instead of Upper (both booked, but need to cancel one ASAP)?

    Any advice/suggestions are very much appreciated!

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tracy, and thank you for the compliments!
      Your trip plan looks pretty good. Still, I’d suggest a couple small modifications.
      1. It is not necessary to visit both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. The scenery in both – though beautiful – would probably seem a bit redundant. If you’re physically up for doing Lower or Canyon X, and already have reservations, choose one, enjoy it, then hit Horseshoe Bend and any other sights that may be on your wish list! A tour of Glen Canyon Dam or the John Wesley Powell Museum could round out your day nicely.
      2. At the time of year you’re visiting, there won’t be much going on at Lake Powell in the way of water-based activities. Many of these are on seasonal hiatus, but may operate with a minimum of 15 passengers. If you’re interested in any Lake Powell boat tours, you might phone Lake Powell Resort & Marina at 928-645-1027 or Antelope Point Marina at 928-645-5900. If a boat tour isn’t practical or possible, you can always drive down to either marina complex and just take a look and/or a walk-around. Remember that both are located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so entrance fees will apply.
      3. That last leg of your trip (Page, AZ-Bakersfield, CA) is an awfully long drive, anywhere 8.5-9.5 hours depending on what route you take. If you want to break that up, consider taking the route that goes via I-40 and stop in Laughlin, NV or Bullhead City, AZ.

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

      • Tracy says:

        Thank you so much, Alley, for all the useful advice! It’s very nice of you to spend so much time and effort helping other people. God bless your good heart!

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!!

  51. laurent says:

    Hey Alley,

    We are planning on driving from Vegas to see Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in two days and one night if possible. Any recommendations, tips, and or advice would be appreciated. Which place would you recommend we stop and stay over night?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Laurent,
      That’s an awful lot to cram into a 2 days/1 night trip. It’s doable, but not desirable, we’ll put it that way. On day 1, you could drive from Las Vegas to Page, which will take 4.5-5 hours. If you make a “drive-by” detour of Zion, you could easily extend that to 6 hours. Take a mid-day tour of Antelope Canyon, then stay overnight in Page. Get up early on day 2, proceed to Grand Canyon South Rim (with a stop at Horseshoe Bend) which is a 2.5-3 hour drive. Fortunately, you’ll do a lot of sightseeing on the drive over, which is good, because you won’t have much time to do much else. It will then take you another 4.5-5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas.
      Honestly, with the time you have to work with, you’re better off choosing one destination and enjoying “quality time” there, and if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, that wins out over Antelope Canyon any day of the week.
      Good luck, I know it’s a hard choice.
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  52. HL says:

    Hello Ryan/Alley!

    I have always wanted to go to Antelope Canyon and horseshoe bend, but due to various reasons I’ll only be able to visit for two days.

    I’ll be arriving at PHX friday morning (around 10:30AM) and my flight to leave PHX is at 6AM Sunday (I’m going to spend a night at the airport).

    The plan right now is to visit GCNP for a few hours (I can’t hike, but I’m hoping to get a glimpse of it) then drive to our hotel near the antelope canyon at night. Saturday morning I would go on the antelope canyon tour & horseshoe bend, and drive back to PHX at night.

    The only issue I have right now is the driving. I’ve read a few posts about how dark is it at night and how there are animals roaming around and now I’m kind of scared. I don’t really have any experiences with driving in really rural places and I’m wondering if you think I should skip GCNP all together and just drive to antelope canyon when I arrive at PHX, and return to PHX the following day in the afternoon.

    I apologize for the lengthy post. Thank you for your help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi HL,
      You are proposing to cram a LOT of sightseeing into a very short timeframe. While not the most desirable way to go, it is doable with some determination and the self-discipline to resist the urge to check things out that will invariably pique your interest along the way.
      Not knowing when you are traveling, I can’t say for certain how much daylight you’ll have to work with, but if your trip is within the next few weeks time, you won’t have much. Sunrise these days is at about 7:15 AM; sunset is at about 5:30. Driving in the dark should definitely be avoided due to the factors you have read about (wildlife, lack of artificial lighting).
      All that said, if a weekend (a short one at that) is all you have to work with and you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, that’s the place I’d suggest you go. Antelope Canyon is a 90 minute-2 hour tour; Horseshoe Bend takes about that long to experience as well. Traveling from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim takes approximately 4.5 hours; it then takes another 3 hours or so to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. So, that’s approximately 8 hours of driving to experience 4 hours of sightseeing, whereas at the Grand Canyon, you can spend the better part of two days taking in the views there.
      If you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, then by all means skip it and concentrate on Page, AZ. Drive time from Phoenix to Page is approximately 4.5 hours each way, if you go direct, but that rarely happens due to the many points of interest the road has to offer.
      By the way, sleeping at the Phoenix airport itself isn’t as easy as it sounds. You might want to read this: “Sleeping In Airports: Phoenix/Sky Harbor
      Good luck. I know it’s a hard choice.
      We wish you safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  53. Jeannie Lam says:

    Hi Ryan/Alley
    So glad I found your page here, We will visit Phoenix in this coming Dec 16-24.
    We already booked hotel in Phoenix, I think we will waste a lot of travel time by return trip every day.
    We have 4 days for sight seeing & 3 days golf. Do you think we can make it ?
    We plan to go Sedona, Lake Powell, GC National Park & Sky walk, Meteor Crater, Hole in the rock etc. Is it possible to visit Horseshoe, Antelope upper & Lower within 1 day ?
    Can you please advise, what is the best way to cover all our destination.
    Best,
    Jeannie

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jeannie and thank you for stopping by today!
      You are correct in that you will have a lot of time traveling using Phoenix as a base. You would have a much better quality experience if you could overnight in the places you wished to see.
      For example you could travel to Sedona, then Grand Canyon South Rim, the Page (for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend), then back to Phoenix.
      A couple of things I suggest taking off your itinerary: Meteor Crater because it’s a long ways out of your way, and Hole In The Rock, because it’s an even longer way out of your way plus is very remote.
      Regarding doing both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, that’s not really necessary. If you’re up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon physically, then Upper would probably seem a bit redundant. Visit Lower Antelope, Horseshoe Bend, then maybe take a drive near Lake Powell, or visit the Glen Canyon Dam.
      Whichever you choose, be sure to be prepared for cooler weather.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Jeannie Lam says:

        Hi Alley,
        Thank you so much for your suggestion.
        We were driving to Horseshoes bend yesterday but we missed to Antelope, due to the tickets sold out.
        It was really long way and tiredly. my husband doesn’t want to do it again !
        So we decided to go again next time start from las vegas to skywalk then stay around Grand canyon for couple days. I might be need your advise again later on.
        What month is the best to visit include the wave ?
        Again thanks for your kind guidance.

        Jeannie.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Jeannie!
          So sorry that you missed seeing Antelope Canyon, but it’s not surprising to hear that tours were sold out. It’s good that you have the option of making another trip in the future. As for the best time to visit, most would agree that early spring and late fall offer almost ideal weather and fewer people, although March-April is a transitional phase between winter and spring, so late-season snow showers aren’t unheard of.
          Regarding The Wave, be sure you’re familiar with the permitting process, including when to apply for the online lottery for the month you wish to hike. How To Get A Permit For The Wave
          Good luck – and from all of us at AntelopeCanyon.az, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
          Alley 🙂

  54. Kevin says:

    Hey Rick/Alley,

    We are planning to be in Page on Sunday, Oct. 8th and all tour companies are sold out (no surprise, we decided last minute to make this detour on our way to Phoenix). I read on a few other blogs (i.e. Tripadvisor, Fodor’s, etc.) that you can simply drive to the Upper Canyon parking lot/entrance, pay your fees and hire a guide form there? Is this still true? Appreciate your assistance. Thank you! Kevin

  55. Sally says:

    Hi Alley/Ryan,

    Thanks so much for the wonderful information. This is a great website! We plan to visit Grand Canyon/Page/Bryce/Zion end of this April. 2 adults and 2 kids (age 14 and 10). We will head out from Las Vegas early morning on Monday to Grand Canyon. Currently I have 2 nights in park lodging and don’t have overnight at Page, we plan to drive to Page then to Bryce same day on Wednesday. Will one night at Grand Canyon be enough (we would love to hike down to the canyon a little bit and don’t want to rush) so I can allocate one night to Page? Instead of leaving Wed morning to Page, doing Horseshoe Bed and Antelope Canyon tour, then to Bryce, should we leave Tuesday afternoon from Grand Canyon and get to Page, so we can have a bit relaxed time on Wednesday exploring Antelope Canyon and enjoy the scene/hike while heading to Bryce before sunset? Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sally, thank you for visiting our site, and for your compliments!
      I would strongly advise revising your schedule a bit so you can spend at least one night in Page. Driving from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page direct, without stopping, takes 2.5 hours. The same for driving from Page to Bryce Canyon, but these drives are seldom done direct since they are very scenic and folks end up stopping to take pictures. Another consideration: we don’t recommend driving at night due to the lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of deer, elk and other wildlife to congregate around them at night.
      Dropping a night at the Grand Canyon would allow you a night to allocate to Page without detracting from your Grand Canyon experience because a good chunk of your sightseeing of the Grand Canyon occurs on the drive to Page. The route naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon where there are several beautiful viewpoints worth stopping at. Upon exiting the park and entering the Navajo Indian Reservation, there are even more. Be sure to stop at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of Highway 64 and 89 for lunch or just to stretch your legs/visit facilities. Then hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook 5 miles South of Page.
      As for hiking at the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail would be the most easily accessible from Grand Canyon Park lodging and should be timed so you don’t bite off more than you can chew. 1 hour down = 2 hours out. Water and food must be carried if you’re planning on spending any more than 1 hour’s time.
      Hope that helps. Have a great time!
      Alley

  56. Shoba says:

    Is it safe to drive to antelope canyon from Vegas and back same day .

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Shoba,
      This is one of those questions to which the answer is “yes” and “no.” The drive takes approximately 5 hours – that’s one-way. Antelope Canyon tours, whether to Lower or Upper, typically take 90 minutes to 2 hours. While in the Page area, you should also plan on stopping at Horseshoe Bend, which is nearby. Factoring in time for lunch or dinner, and fuel stops, you could be driving back to Las Vegas at night, which we don’t recommend due to lack of supplemental lighting on the roadways, and the tendency of wildlife to congregate around them. Staying for a night or two in Page will give you a much more relaxed experience, not to mention time to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
      Hope that helps. Happy traveling!
      Alley

  57. Lisa Friebel says:

    Your website is awesome. My family and I are flying into Phoenix on Wed, March 15th. If I told you Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon are a must on our list, could you recommend a day by day itenary? We have until Monday March 20th. I’m overwhelmed what to see first, what city to drive too, etc. Happy to have other suggestions of what to see also. Horseshoe Bend? We’re an active, outdoorsy kinda family.
    Much success and blessings to you-
    Lisa

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for the compliments on our website. With 5 days to work with, Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon will be just a small sampling of the scenic beauty you can enjoy in Northern Arizona!
      After arriving in Phoenix, I would recommend visiting Sedona, Arizona. Located approximately 2 hours from Phoenix, Sedona is home to some of the world’s most famous and beautiful red rock formations, exquisite art galleries and retail shops, and some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the state. With so much to offer, you’ll have no trouble spending 2 fun-filled days in this area! For more information, visit http://www.Sedona.net
      After Sedona, proceed to Grand Canyon South Rim approximately 2.5 hours North of Sedona. Staying at one of the 6 hotels inside the park is most desirable, but if these are sold out (which is quite possible at this point), Tusayan/GC Village South is the next best option just 3 miles outside the park gate. For complete information on Grand Canyon hotels, visit https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Because much of the Grand Canyon can be experienced on the drive to Page, we suggest staying just one night there.
      From Grand Canyon South Rim, proceed East on Highway 64 along the Desert View drive. Plan to stop at a few of the viewpoints along the way. After exiting the park, you’ll be on Navajo Indian Tribal lands. The Cameron Trading Post makes a good lunch stop or at least mid-way bathroom break stop at the junction of Highway 64 & 89.
      About 5 miles South of the town of Page, Arizona, you’ll arrive at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Allow about an hour for the walk there and back, and for viewing time at the overlook. Take care as some parts of the trail are very sandy, plus there are no guardrails at the overlook. Upon leaving Horseshoe Bend, head North to the town of Page for your overnight accommodations. Scroll down to the section marked Page AZ on this link https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
      After a leisurely start to your next morning, you can plan to visit Antelope Canyon. You’ll need to decide whether to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, which is a short, easy walk; or Lower Antelope Canyon, which is a bit longer and requires some climbing (staircases, a few boulders). Tours to Upper Antelope Canyon are offered from the town of Page, or at the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98. For Lower Antelope Canyon, pick-ups in Page are not offered, but the drive to the park entrance gate is a short 5-10 minutes.
      Hope that helps and that you enjoy your visit! BTW, here’s a map of the drive I’ve proposed ->: https://goo.gl/maps/fgoQwjAdSfS2
      Success and blessings back to you,
      Alley

  58. Johanna says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Is it worth the drive to go grand canyon south rim from antelope canyon going back to vegas? I’m thinking of this itinerary
    Day 1 : land to las vegas and drive to zion and do a quick hike at riverside trail. Stay the night. Or just stay the night in vegas and drive early morning to zion?
    Day 2: hike at zion, maybe emerald pool . Stay there for atleast 4hrs. Then head to bryce canyon then head to Page
    Day 3: antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. Stay at page again.
    Day 4: grand canyon south then head back to vegas
    Should I jusy eliminate one of the park? If so, which one? Is grand a canyon a must? For sure I want to antelope canyon. How about lake powell?
    Thank you in advance. We’ll be travelling this coming week… winter time. I’d appreciate your advice.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hello Johanna,
      Ryan is out of the office, plus it looks like we weren’t able to get to your comment in time for your trip. We hope you had a good time, though your itinerary did look a little rushed. We’d be curious to see how things turned out for you.
      For other travelers to Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, keep these things in mind:
      1. Drive times that Google Maps or Mapquest gives you are rarely what materialize in reality! There is so much to see that you can count on making multiple stops to take photos, buy souvenirs, purchase meals and drinks, etc., not to mention the inevitable restroom stops. In any case, long drives are a fact of life in this neck of the woods and if you’re not used to them, your vacation will feel like drudgery by the time you’re ready to head home. Who wants that?
      2. The bigger the park, the longer you should plan on staying. Zion National Park, for example, is huge and multi-faceted, and warrants at least a 2 day stay. Bryce Canyon, on the other hand, is less than 40 square miles in area, so 1 night tends to be sufficient for most visitors. Lake Powell is another “biggie,” calling for 1-2 nights at the very least. Grand Canyon South Rim can usually be experienced fully with an overnight stay, especially for those coming from or going to Page; a good part of your sightseeing will be experienced on the drive to or from GC.
      In wintertime, it’s important not to schedule yourself too tightly as inclement weather can throw a wrench into your plans.
      Happy travels to all!
      Alley

  59. Rick says:

    Ryan, I want to let you know how much I appreciate all this very valuable information you have posted about the Page area. My wife and I are planning a trip there in October and I have spent quite a bit a time here preparing for our trip. Thank you very much!

    Rick

    • Ryan says:

      Rick,
      I’m glad the information was useful, Feel free to ask on here if you have specific questions. It is a great way to help us think of future articles!
      Best,
      Ryan

  60. dahil says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for creating this page, very helpful. My question is would you recommend Horseshoe bend to a 6 y.o kid (were planning on going to Antelope canyon -upper and the Marina), and maybe going to Horseshoe bend.

    kudos,
    Hilda

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Hilda,
      A 6 year old can easily do Horseshoe Bend, but depending on the time of year it may be very hot. I would considering bringing shade, and water is a must during the summer. Also be careful of the edge!
      Best,
      Ryan

  61. Kate says:

    Awesome information Ryan! Thank you so much for creating this website! This is the most helpful website I’ve found so far for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Going alone for my first time and SO looking forward to it. Going to use as many of your tips as possible!

  62. Jenevie says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Do you recommend a certain time to hike Antelope Canyon, when the sun hits in between the slots the best?

    I was thinking of hitting Horseshoe Bend first then going to Antelope Canyon.

    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jenevie,
      This is a common, but excellent question, and the answer depends heavily on what time of year you’re planning to visit.
      Many people have seen the other-worldly photos of a surreal slot canyon bathed in soft sunlight, with a dramatic sunbeam illuminating the chamber and extending all the way down to the canyon floor. This phenomenon, which occurs in Upper Antelope Canyon, takes place during the mid-day hours (between 11 AM and 1 PM) during the late spring-summer-and early fall months due to the near-perfect angle of the sun, facilitated by the tilt of the Earth during the warmer seasons.
      During the late fall-winter-early spring months, the Earth tilts away from the canyon somewhat, so the sunbeams may reach the upper levels of the canyon, but they don’t make it all the way down to the floor. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit – far from it! The canyon is still beautiful, and what’s more, you typically don’t have as many people to contend with on your tour. That’s always a plus.
      As for Horseshoe Bend, it is best seen after sunrise to late afternoon. Sunset isn’t so great because once the sun goes down, Glen Canyon is in shadow. So, hitting Horseshoe Bend in the morning, then Antelope Canyon in the early afternoon is an excellent plan for enjoying a day of sightseeing in Page, Arizona!
      ’til next time, happy travels!
      Alley

  63. Margie says:

    My husband is driving to Antelope Canyon from GC. We would like to see the lower and horse shoes bend. Is it a must to join a tour or We are able to tour ourselves?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Margie,
      You will need to have a tour guide for Antelope Canyon. Click here to information on how to book a tour.
      Horseshoe Bend is a free hike, you can just park at the trailhead and walk to the viewpoint.

      • Siji says:

        Hi Ryan
        In mid September I am in Las Vegas and free time for 3 days (from Friday 2 pm to Monday 11 am) and am single traveller.
        I would like to visit Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon by some tours.
        Ideally after visiting antelope Canyon, I want to reach Grand Canyon to see Sun Set and stay over night . Next day morning see Sun Rise and other tourist attractions . return Sunday night or Monday morning by 11 am. Vice versa way covering both place also okay
        Is there any tours to cover both places (without coming back to Las Vegas). I don’t want to drive. How much it cost to hire a car to cover this tour.
        Any suggestions for cheap accommodation in Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon.
        your early reply is much appreciated
        Thanks
        Siji

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Siji,
          Due to the logistics involved – namely, the 5-hour drive from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon and/or Grand Canyon – tours that do exactly what you’re wanting to accomplish are going to be few and far between. Tours4Fun offers a 2-day package that starts in Las Vegas, goes to the Grand Canyon, then on to Page, AZ where you would spend the night, see Horseshoe Bend the following morning, then head back to Las Vegas. Tours4Fun 2-Day Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon Tour
          Bear in mind that these tours only operate on certain days of the week, and are usually contingent on a certain number of passengers traveling. They will not go with just one person, I can tell you that much.
          As for “hiring a car,” I have no idea what that would cost, but you might see if you can make an arrangement through Uber or Lyft out of Las Vegas (there are no Uber/Lyft drivers in Grand Canyon or Page). Quite frankly, though, the best quality experience is going to be one where you drive yourself. If you’re apprehensive about doing so because you come from a country where you drive on the left, you’ll be glad to know that literally millions of first-time US drivers visit this area every day and are OK making the adjustment to right-side driving. By driving yourself, you can see all the attractions you want, when you want. With a tour, you’ll be at the mercy of their schedule, which is usually quite inflexible due to everything they try to cram into a short time.
          Regarding “cheap accommodations,” mid-September is peak travel season in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Hotels do not reduce rates during that time frame. Another consideration is that if you haven’t already made hotel reservations, you’ll find the lower-priced properties are already full. If you really and truly want to save money on accommodations, visit during the winter. That’s the only time of year you’ll find lower rates, along with fewer people because it’s really cold outside, possibly snowing!
          Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Here are more suggestions on How To Visit Antelope Canyon From Las Vegas.
          Take care and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

          • Siji says:

            Thank you Alley for quick reply and information to my queries. will help to plan my trip

            siji

          • SIji says:

            HI Alley

            I’m back with some more query. I did bit of google and workout how to see Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon with tour operators from Flagstaff.
            There is Amtrak from LV to Flagstaff , but reaches early morning 4.30 am. Wondering is there good car rental /taxi from Flagstaff train station to hotels in early morning.
            2. How safe Flagstaff and taxi service in this odd hours.
            3. Do Amtrak train punctual and run in time.
            I thought of GC sunset tour which starts at 12 noon from Flagstaff one day and next day GC full day tour both with Viator tours
            Looking to hear from you. Thanks
            Siji

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Hi Siji,
            Thanks for writing again!
            First off, the AMTRAK service into Flagstaff is notoriously unreliable. 4.30 AM is the scheduled arrival time, but it is often late, or sometimes early, believe it or not.
            There are a few taxi companies in Flagstaff, which advertise as running 24-hours-a-day, and a few hotels near there as well, but the check-in time at area hotels is usually around 3:00-4:00 PM, so you’ll have hours to kill before getting access to a room.
            It is less than ideal, but if driving is not an option, it is what it is. As for your plan to do a full day GC tour one day and then a sunset, I would advise against. Doing two tours will seem redundant. I would instead use one day to tour GC, then another day to tour Page and Antelope Canyon.
            Regards,
            Alley 🙂

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