Driving to Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / September 17, 2015

Driving Distances to Antelope Canyon from popular starting points

  • From Grand Canyon South Rim – 2.5 hours
  • From Zion National Park – 2.5ย 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.

About the author


Ryan is an avid hiker and long time resident of Page, AZ. What he lacks in spelling and grammatical expertise he makes up for with extensive knowledge from a lifetime of questionable choices and the ability to ask for help from great editors

Joyce Wilson - September 29, 2018

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 - October 1, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      Greg - October 5, 2018

      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.


        Alley Keosheyan - October 5, 2018

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Brandy Collins - November 17, 2018

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

      Alley Keosheyan - November 17, 2018

      Couldn’t have said it better!
      Alley ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristy - August 27, 2018

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 - August 28, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Robert - August 4, 2018

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 - August 4, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Jivin - July 30, 2018

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 - July 30, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Linda - July 26, 2018

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 - July 26, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Ravi - July 23, 2018


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.


    Alley Keosheyan - July 24, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonya - June 25, 2018

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

    Alley Keosheyan - June 26, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Lily Chau - February 27, 2018

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 - February 27, 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lily - March 6, 2018

      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!


        Alley Keosheyan - March 6, 2018

        Glad those helped, Lily – have a wonderful trip!

Larry H - January 19, 2018

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 - January 20, 2018

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Again, happy anniversary and happy traveling!
    Alley ๐Ÿ™‚

Tracy - December 21, 2017

Hi Alley,

I accidentally clicked on your site and found itโ€™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 - December 21, 2017

    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 Houstonโ€™s Trailโ€™s End Restaurant.
    – The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: at mile marker 19 between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 youโ€™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. Donโ€™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 โ€œNew Wave:โ€ 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 youโ€™ll come to a small but interesting cluster of rock formations that bear more than just a passing resemblance to โ€œThe Wave.โ€ Unlike the โ€œOld Wave,โ€ the โ€œNew Waveโ€ 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 โ€œno admittanceโ€ or the like, obey it.
    Have a wonderful trip, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Alley ๐Ÿ™‚

      Tracy - December 23, 2017

      Thank you so much, Alley, for all the useful advice! Itโ€™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!!

laurent - December 8, 2017

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 - December 8, 2017

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

HL - November 29, 2017

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 - November 29, 2017

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeannie Lam - November 21, 2017

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.

    Alley Keosheyan - November 22, 2017

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      Jeannie Lam - December 20, 2017

      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.


        Alley Keosheyan - December 20, 2017

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

          Jeannie Lam - December 24, 2017

          Thank you so much Alley.
          Wish you all have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New year !

Kevin - October 1, 2017

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

    Alley Keosheyan - October 2, 2017

    Hi Kevin and thank you for visiting today.
    This is a wonderful time of year to be touring Page, AZ and its slot canyons, so we’re not the least bit surprised to hear that tours are sold out.
    Just a few short years ago, you could indeed just show up at the entrance to either Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon on US98, sign up for a tour, and get on the next one available. But, as the saying goes, “that was then, this is now.” There are certain things we suggest you do in case you’re finding Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, including calling on the phone, making sure you check with all available outfitters, and be open to going at so-called “off times” (i.e., early in the morning or later in the afternoon). Another option is to consider touring a different slot canyon, such as Canyon X, Mountain Sheep, Rattlesnake or Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. Many of these alternate slot canyons are part of the same drainage system as Antelope Canyon, are just as beautiful, and far less crowded.
    Good luck and enjoy your visit!
    Alley ๐Ÿ™‚

Sally - March 20, 2017

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 - March 21, 2017

    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!

Shoba - March 1, 2017

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

    Alley Keosheyan - March 1, 2017

    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!

Lisa Friebel - January 13, 2017

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-

    Alley Keosheyan - January 31, 2017

    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 http://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 http://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,

Johanna - December 14, 2016

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 - January 31, 2017

    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!

Rick - September 15, 2016

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!


    Ryan - September 20, 2016

    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!

dahil - July 2, 2016

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.


    Ryan - August 24, 2016

    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!

Kate - March 1, 2016

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!

    Ryan - March 8, 2016

    Thanks Kate! Enjoy your trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Jenevie - February 1, 2016

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.


    Alley Keosheyan - February 8, 2017

    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!

Margie - December 22, 2015

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 - December 22, 2015

    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 - July 27, 2017

      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

        Alley Keosheyan - July 27, 2017

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

          Siji - July 28, 2017

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


          SIji - August 2, 2017

          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

          Alley Keosheyan - August 4, 2017

          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.
          Alley ๐Ÿ™‚

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