#YOLO – it stands for “You Only Live Once.” So why would you tour the waterside of Antelope Canyon shoulder-to-shoulder with a boatload of strangers? Experience the power and majesty of Antelope Canyon as it joins with Lake Powell in a way that only a select few visitors will share, with Hidden Canyon Kayak Tours!
On Hidden Canyon Kayak’s Antelope Canyon Tour, you’ll glide between red sandstone walls towering high above tranquil morning waters, inching closer and closer together as you paddle gently and quietly toward the canyon’s land side. You needn’t have any previous kayaking experience to take part. Hidden Canyon Kayak’s licensed guides will teach you how to pilot your watercraft in safety and confidence, and provide all the equipment you need to keep your personal belongings safe and dry. Depending on Lake Powell’s water level, you’ll take a simple hike to where the slot canyon portion of Antelope Canyon begins. Your guide will take keepsake photos of you and your tour group at no extra charge! Group sizes are deliberately limited for more personalized service, so book your seats today, or you may be overcome by a bad case of FOMO.
Your tour price includes:
- Kayak (2-person models will be used unless previous alternate arrangements are made)
- Life jackets
- Refillable water
- Dry bags and boxes
Tour duration: 3-4 hours, depending on water level of Lake Powell
February 15th – April 30th: 7:30 – 11:30 AM
May 1st – September 14th: 6:30 – 10:30 AM and 7:30 – 11:30 AM
September 15th – October 31st: 7:30 – 11:30 AM
All times are Mountain Standard Time
Tours depart from from Antelope Point Marina Public Launch Ramp, which is about 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) from Downtown Page. Your kayak tour guide will meet you by the bathroom at the entrance to the parking lot. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Antelope Point Marina is located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which is a Federal Fee Area.
Tours require a minimum of 2 passengers to guarantee operation and are contingent on favorable weather conditions.
We are a family of 5 (3 children aged 10, 8 and 5) and are flying in from the UK in August 2022. My current plan is to fly in to Las Vegas (via Hoover Dam) for 1 night then pick-up a rental car to drive to the Grand Canyon for 2 nights. I then plan to drive to Page for 1 night and would like to visit the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Please could you suggest how best to make this happen? Assuming we can leave GC area early (ish) we could get to Page for about midday. What could we do that afternoon? The next day we hope to fly out of Page/Flagstaff or another local airport (depends where we can drop the rental car) so it would be good to have a morning activity also. Do you have any suggestions for what might work? Any suggestions you may have would be very welcome!
Is Antelope Canyon open now? Are the kayak tours suitable for children? Do you know any good value car rental companies that will do a 1-way rental?
Many thanks for your help!
Hi Mary Jo,
I would recommend dropping one night at the Grand Canyon and staying 2 nights in Page, AZ. I know that sounds crazy, but the fact is, you’d be doing a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive to Page, AZ. The shortest route takes you along the East Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints you can stop at between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Point. Upon exiting the park, you’ll be on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, where you’ll find lots of other photo ops as well, such as Chief Yellowhorse’s Souvenir Stand, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, just to name a few. The distance from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, is about 150 miles, but don’t be surprised if the drive takes you ~3.5-4 hours when you factor in all the stops.
Unfortunately, there is a bit of bad news: the kayak tours do not allow kids under 7. The good news is there is a water-based activity that does welcome kids 4 and up: the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip. This is a wonderful family-oriented raft trip that doesn’t traverse any rapids, but what it may lack in excitement if adequately compensates for in beautiful scenery and compelling history. You could then visit Horseshoe Bend anytime at your convenience before or after the raft trip. The Horseshoe Bend parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, which in August, is 5:40 am and 7:20 pm respectively.
The Antelope Canyons are open now, and a guided tour is required to visit the landside segments of the canyon. Be sure to book your Antelope Canyon tour ASAP as they are running at partial capacity to facilitate social distancing. Also, your options will be somewhat limited with a 5 YO in tow. Bringing Kids to Antelope Canyon
RE: rental car companies that do 1-way rentals, they are out there. AVIS is the only operator out of the Page Municipal Airport, so I’d look there first. Contour Airlines is the sole air service provider in Page, AZ. They fly primarily to Phoenix but also offer seasonal service to/from Las Vegas.
Hope that helps, I know it’s a lot to process. If you wish to contact me directly, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck and safe travels,