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Driving to Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyons are located in Northern Arizona, a few miles Southeast of the town of Page, Arizona.

Driving distances from major cities and tourist destinations are as follows: 

  • Los Angeles, California – 9 hours

  • Phoenix, Arizona – 4.5 hours

  • Las Vegas, Nevada – 4.5 hours

  • Flagstaff, Arizona – 2.5 hours

  • Sedona, Arizona – 3 hours

  • St. George, Utah – 2.5 hours

  • Zion National Park, Utah – 2 hours 

  • Grand Canyon South Rim – 2.5 hours

  • Grand Canyon North Rim – 2.5 hours

  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – 3 hours

  • Moab, Utah – 5 hours

  • Monument Valley, Utah – 2 hours

Note that the times given reflect driving directly, with minimal stops. This rarely happens since most of these drives are very scenic, and you will be stopping to take pictures, guaranteed! For planning purposes, it’s a good idea to pad these figures by 20-30%.

Upon arrival in Page, AZ, you will be required to take a guided tour to Antelope Canyon. You cannot simply drive up to the canyon’s entrance and walk in at will. Well before making the trip to Page, AZ, you should do some research on which section of Antelope Canyon you wish to tour, and make a reservation. Depending on which tour company you book with, you will be required to check in anywhere from 30-60 minutes prior to your Antelope Canyon tour. 

If you opt to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, there are 4 tour companies in all that tour this branch of Antelope Canyon: 2 that depart from the town of Page, AZ, and 2 that depart from near the Tribal Park Entrance on US98. If you choose to go to Lower Antelope Canyon, there are 2 companies that manage this section of the slot canyon, both located on the North side of US98 near the defunct Navajo Generating Station. Tour both Lower & Upper Antelope Canyons

If you would like to add an Antelope Canyon waterside boat tour onto your slot canyon tour(s), these depart from Antelope Point Marina, just a short distance down US98 from the Lower Antelope Canyon tour entrance. 

If you are staying someplace like Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon South Rim, or Las Vegas, and aren’t keen on doing all that driving, guided tours from these areas to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are available by bus, van, or fixed-wing airplane. 

Download this Map of Page and the surrounding area, compliments of Antelope Canyon Now

244 Responses

  1. Hi Alley,
    I am planning a visit to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, (visit antelope) San Francisco and LA(for a week or more) this coming June 2024. We’re planning to rent a car or ride a bus from one place to another, whatever is easier. Can you suggest an itinerary for us? I am totally helpless and no idea on how and where to start. Thank you so much!!!

    1. Hi Connie,
      Well first of all, you should just plan on renting a car and self-driving. Mass transit in this part of the US is unreliable and inconvenient. It would slow you down and severely limit where you could go and what you could see and do.
      To make the most of your timeframe, you should probably plan on flying into one airport and flying out of another, depending on whether one-way drop-off fees aren’t too cost-prohibitive.
      One thing I must also clarify is that Antelope Canyon is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park. It is located near the town of Page, AZ, approximately 150 Northwest of the Grand Canyon.
      You could do something like this:
      Day 1: Fly to San Francisco, overnight in San Francisco
      Day 2: Sightseeing in San Francisco (One Day Itinerary)
      Day 3: Drive to Las Vegas (~9 hours), overnight in Las Vegas
      Day 4: Drive to Page, AZ (~5 hours), overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 5: Visit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon (guided tour required), then drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops, overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 6: 2nd day/night at Grand Canyon, visit Grand Canyon Village Historic District, use free shuttles to visit overlooks on Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive, etc.
      Day 7: Drive to Los Angeles (~9 hours), overnight in LA
      Day 8: Sightseeing in LA (One Day In LA)
      Day 9: Fly home
      If flying into SFO and out of LAX doesn’t work, you could simply drive back to SFO, which is ~6 hours from LA, and fly home from there.
      Custom Trip Map
      I hope that helps! Please feel free to contact me directly at reservations@antelopecanyon.az
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hello, I’m from Brazil and I’m planning a solo trip to Zion and Antelope Canyon in september/2024. Is there a reasonable way to go from Springdale to Antelope in a one-day trip (didn’t want to drive alone)? Couldn’t find any excursion departuring from Springdale so far…

    1. Hi Flaviana,
      You will be hard-pressed to find an escorted tour from Springdale, UT, to Page, AZ, to visit Antelope Canyon.
      You will have better luck finding an excursion out of Las Vegas, NV. You can chose from guided van tours (we recommend MaxTours) or air/ground combination tours.
      As for driving from Springdale, UT, to Page, AZ, it’s not so difficult that you have to fear making the trip alone. All roads from one place to another are fully paved and well-traveled. The drive takes approximately 2 hours each way.
      I hope that helps. Please contact us directly at reservations@antelopecanyon.az if you have any other questions!
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hello,
    We are from Australia and planning to visit the Antelope in December. What will be the road condition during winter time at Grand Canyon as I’m thinking to drive from Las Vegas. Would you suggest which part, Upper or Lower Anterlope, is the best for the Winter time? Do I have to get the entrance ticket for horseshoe? Thanks

    1. Hi Martin,
      Thank you for your inquiry.
      All roads from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, and from Grand Canyon to Page, AZ, are fully-paved and well-traveled. As to what they’ll be like in December, that’s too soon to call, but with Grand Canyon South Rim being 7,000′ above sea level, snow can result in hazardous driving conditions, if not full-on closure of the roads leading in/out of the park. For updated road conditions throughout the state of Arizona, visit http://www.az511.com or download the app onto your smartphone when you get ready to travel to our area.
      As for which segment of Antelope Canyon is best to visit in wintertime, they are all beautiful, but if any precipitation occurs, Lower Antelope Canyon tends to bear the brunt of the storm since it is below ground. Upper Antelope Canyon would probably be a safer bet, however, even it occasionally closes in the event of heavy snow or rain. Again, it’s too soon to tell what this winter will be like, so keep an eye on it as your trip date draws nearer.
      To visit Horseshoe Bend does require a $10/vehicle parking fee for standard passenger vehicles. You simply purchase that upon entry to the parking lot, which is open from sunrise to sunset.
      Whichever branch of Antelope Canyon you decide to tour, be sure to make advance reservations.
      Hope that helps. If you have further questions, please contact us directly at reservations@antelopecanyon.az
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. I have a 25 ft class C RV. I don’t tow a car and use the RV for local travel. I plan to book an upper canyon tour in October. Is there parking that would accommodate my RV? Thanks, Robert

    1. Hey Robert,
      October is a great time to be here!
      Our preferred tour partner is Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours. Their storefront is located at 55 S. Lake Powell Blvd. Their parking lot has a limited number of spaces that would accommodate a 25′ RV. If you happen to find them full at the time of check-in for your tour, simply park your rig at the local Safeway store parking lot and take the short walk across the street to Chief Tsosie’s.
      Hope that helps. If you have further questions, please contact us directly at reservations@antelopecanyon.az
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hi! Is it possible to visit Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in the same tour? I gave a look at tours available and could not find this option.

    1. Hi Alessia,
      There are no tours that include both Horseshoe Bend and Upper Antelope Canyon. Which is actually OK, because you don’t technically need a tour to visit Horseshoe Bend. You simply go there at your desired time during regular operating hours of the parking lot, which are sunrise to sunset. For more information on Horseshoe Bend and other attractions in the Page, AZ, area, visit our partner site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com
      FYI, there is one tour option that takes guests to both a local slot canyon (though not Upper Antelope) and Horseshoe Bend, and that’s the Secret Antelope Canyon + Horseshoe Bend Combo tour offered by Horseshoe Bend Tours. Secret Antelope is one of several alternative slot canyons in the Page, AZ, area that offer plenty of scenic beauty with smaller groups, and like Upper Antelope, the walk through the canyon is fairly flat and easy. The tour also goes to Horseshoe Bend, only they access it via a private entrance on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, so the walk to the rim is shorter, only ~200 yards, vs. .7 miles (one way) at the public overlook. For more information on this tour option, visit http://www.HorseshoeBendTours.com
      Thank you for your inquiry. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us directly at reservations@AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  6. Can you hike the canyons independently or are they only accessible through a guided tour? Will be there end of November for one night. Thanks in advance!

  7. We are traveling to Page this weekend sept 10 for a tour of lower Antelope canyon. We were going to go to Utah, Zion & Bryce , but because of eye issues with altitudes, we decided to cancel that. Concerns: I had hip replacement in Feb, but doing great, walking 5 m everyday, doing yoga, aerobics. How steep are the steps to the canyon; I usually walk with hiking poles because I feel more comfortable. Are poles allowed, backpacks??

    1. Hi Carole,
      The steps in Lower Antelope Canyon are quite steep, but if you’re already walking 5m a day, it sounds like you should do fine. To guage for yourself, suggest watching this Full Walk-Through Video. Note that the participants are carrying backpacks, which is no longer allowed. You might contact your chosen Antelope Canyon tour company to explain your medical situation. Only they would be able to authorize an exception to the rule.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Hello, we are coming to the 4th of July weekend do you have any openings for 2 adults. we are staying at Grand canyoyn.

    1. Hi Nipa,
      Please check the following tour companies for availability:
      Lower Antelope Canyon
      – Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours (928) 606-2168 http://lowerantelope.com/ and
      – Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours (928) 640-1761 http://antelopelowercanyon.com
      Upper Antelope Canyon
      – Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours, 928-645-9102, http://www.antelopecanyon.com
      – Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours, 928-645-5594, http://www.antelopeslotcanyon.com
      – Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours, 928-698-3384 https://navajotours.com
      – Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours, (928) 614-4919 or (928) 640-6808, https://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com/
      – Tse Bighanilini Tours, https://www.tsebighanilini.com/ (928) 310-9458
      Be aware that it’s approximately a 3-hour drive from Grand Canyon to Page, AZ.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

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