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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / March 27, 2018

Antelope Canyon has fast risen to Top 5 status among the Page, Arizona area’s “must do” activities. An authorized tour guide is required to enter, and advance reservations are an absolute must!

To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. Upper is an easy, flat 100 yard walk following a 2-mile safari truck ride from the Navajo Tribal Park Gate on US98 to the canyon’s entrance; Lower is longer (~600 yards), requires some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders, access to the canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on US98. Full video walk-through Lower Antelope Canyon Time permitting, you might also consider visiting the waterside of Antelope Canyon by boat tour or kayak.


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Lower Antelope Canyon

There are two companies operating tours to Lower Antelope Canyon. Their tours are virtually identical, right down to the footsteps, and the penny. They are:

Schedule for Ken’s:

SUMMER HOURS: First week in March – first week in November

Tours begin at 8:00 AM, leaving every 30 minutes, last tour leaving at 4:30 PM

WINTER HOURS: Second week in November – last week in February

Tours begin at 9:00 AM, departing every half hour; last tour leaves at 3 PM

For Dixie Ellis’:

SUMMER HOURS: Beginning of March through mid-November,

Tours begin at 7:45, departing every 30 minutes, last tour leaves at 4:15

WINTER HOURS: Late November through February

Tours begin 8:45 AM, leaving every 30 minutes until 2:45 PM when last tour departs

Prices: Adults (13+) $40 + $8 per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee

Children (8-12) $20 + $8 per person Navajo Nation Park Permit Fee

Children under 7 are free, but space must be reserved for them; parental discretion advised for parties with small children in Lower Antelope Canyon

All times are on Mountain Standard Time (the same as Page, Arizona)

(Schedules and prices for both operators are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Navajo Tribe)

Upper Antelope Canyon

If you want to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, you must decide whether you want to do a traditional sightseeing tour (duration approximately 90 minutes) or a photographer’s tour (2-2.5 hours, only those with professional-grade photographic equipment such as a DSLR cameras and tripods are allowed to participate).

You must then decide whether you prefer to tour Upper Antelope Canyon with an outfitter that offers round-trip transportation from the town of Page, Arizona, or if you’d prefer to pick up your tour directly from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on US98. The latter option would probably work best if you’re heading to Monument Valley, Four Corners, Mesa Verde and other points East of Page, AZ since it’s right on your way. Whichever way you choose to go (transportation from Page or direct from the Navajo Park Gate), the tours and prices are the same, so pick whoever has the time slot that works best for you and book it.  

The sole Upper Antelope Canyon tour company operating from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on US98 is Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours. Their tour schedule is as follows:

  • Sightseeing tours: Tours depart daily on the top of the hour with the first tour starting at 8:45 am until 4:00 pm MST. (Doors open at 8:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.)
  • Photographer’s tours: Depart daily, running two hours from 11 AM to 1 PM.
  • Contact information: 928-698-3384  https://navajotours.com

There are 3 Upper Antelope Canyon tour companies operating from Page, Arizona.

Time (AZ) Company Website Phone
Upper Antelope Canyon (Traditional Sightseeing Tour – 90 minutes)
6:30 AM

(Apr-Oct)

Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
7:00 AM

(Mar-Oct)

Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
8:00 AM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
8:30 AM Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
8:30 Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.187
9:30 AM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
10:15 AM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
10:30 AM Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
11:30 AM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
12:30 PM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
1:00 PM Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
1:30 PM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
2:30 PM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
3:00 PM Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
3:30 PM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
4:00 PM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
4:30 PM

(Mar-Oct)

Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
5:00 PM

(Apr-Oct)

Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
5:30 PM

(Mar-Oct)

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
Night Tour

(1 hour after sunset)

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
Upper Antelope Canyon Photo (2-2.5 hours)
9:30 AM

(Nov-Feb)

Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Adventures antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
10:15 AM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874
10:30 AM Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
11:30 AM Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Adventures antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
1:00 PM Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
2:30 PM Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.1874

Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell

If you want to compliment your visit to Page, AZ with a waterside tour of Antelope Canyon, there are two companies that offer boat tours to Antelope Canyon on Lake Powell:

Antelope Point Marina – Antelope Canyon boat tours are offered daily from Antelope Point Marina. Aboard a 30′ pontoon boat, you’ll experience the intricacies of the waterside of Antelope Canyon in one hour’s time.

Tour schedule:

  • January 1 – March 4 / November 26 – December 31: 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM
  • March 5 – May 13: 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM
  • May 14 – September 3: 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:15 PM
  • September 4 – October 14: 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM

Tour price includes bottled water; additional snack and beverage packages available for purchase

Wahweap Boat ToursA 90-minute trip where you’ll tour approximately 4 miles of Antelope Canyon’s waterside before it transitions into land. In addition, you’ll glide past stunning towering Navajo Sandstone geologic formations and Glen Canyon Dam, the second largest concrete arch dam in the United States

Tour schedule:

  • April 1 – October 31: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
  • June 1 – August 15: 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
  • During the winter months, tours may operate contingent on a minimum of 15 passengers booked by 48 hours prior to departure

Complimentary coffee, water & lemonade are provided. You are welcome to bring reasonable amounts of your own snacks or beverages with you.  Schedules may vary depending on the water level of Lake Powell.

Antelope Canyon Kayak Tours

Hidden Canyon Kayak Tours will show you the waterside of Antelope Canyon on a more intimate and personal level than a tour boat can offer. Lasting 3-4 hours, no previous kayaking experience is required to take part in this unforgettable experience! Tours depart daily from Antelope Point Marina.

Tour schedule:

February 15th – April 30th  – 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM

May 1st – September 14th  – 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 1:00 PM

September 15th – October 31st  – 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, snacks, dry bags, and dry boxes are provided. All vehicles entering the Glen Canyon are subject to a $25 entrance fee. National Park Annual Passes are accepted.

About the author

Ryan

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

117 comments
Noel - April 18, 2018

Hi Alley-

Hope all is well. We are planning to visit GC and surroundings in Mid June (6.12 – 6.18). I am sure the weather will be very mild. We’ll be arriving on 6.12 at night in LV. Thinking to stay 3 days in Flagstaff so it’s closer to visit GC and surroundings. Our schedule to visit; South rim, Horse shoe bend, Antelope Navajo, Cathedral rock trail, Devil bridge and may be Zion or Bryce canyon in Utah. Do you think, we schedule enough time to do all of that? Beside that, what do you think staying at airbnb in flagstaff? Do you think it is worth it, to buy “America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass”?

From 6.16 to 6.18, schedule to visit Phoenix, Tucson and surroundings. Any recommendations, since we are from East Coast.

Thanks.

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2018

    Hi Noel and thank you for visiting our site!
    Not sure what you consider “mild” weather, but in areas like Phoenix, Tucson, and even Page, “mild” could mean daytime high temperatures above 100 Fahrenheit! As for Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion, that description would tend to be more accurate as temperatures will range between the ’70’s-’80’s due to the higher altitude of those locations.
    Another suggestion: try and see if you can stay at Grand Canyon South Rim and Page instead of Flagstaff. It takes 90 minutes each way to drive from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon, then 2.5 hours – again EACH WAY – to drive from Flagstaff to Page. Staying closer to these locations would make for a much more comfortable time, and allow you to avoid driving in the dark, which we strongly discourage in this part of the country. Page, AZ Hotels Grand Canyon Hotels
    The Devil’s Bridge Trail is located in Sedona, which is only about 30-45 minutes from Flagstaff, so staying in Flag to visit that location isn’t too bad, but most Sedona visitors end up wishing they’d spent more time there, along the lines of 3 days.
    If you do end up visiting Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell, then buying the America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass would be a wise purchase. It would pay for itself on this trip.
    As for visiting Phoenix and Tucson, again, these areas will be very hot, so you may want to skip them.
    Hope that helps. Have a great time!
    Alley 🙂

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Katherine - April 18, 2018

Hello Alley,

We are planning our trips to Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon on May. We will fly to Las Vegas and stay for 2 days there. On May 14, we will drive from Las Vegas to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon. We will stay in Page (close to Lone Rock Ct.) for one night, and drive back to Las Vegas on May 15. There are 7 adults, and we will rent two vehicles. I don’t know if we need to book a tour for any of these places in advance. We have no idea which one we should go first. I appreciate if you can give me some advices for our trips.

Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2018

    Hi Katherine and thank you for your inquiry!
    Unfortunately, you’re planning to cram too much driving in a very short time.
    The trip from Las Vegas to Page takes approximately 4.5 hours. The drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, going direct, takes 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens as there’s a lot to see on the way from one place to the other. A more realistic figure ends up being 3.5-4 hours. All that traveling will cut things too close to sunset, and we strongly discourage driving in the dark in this part of the country.
    With the limited time you have, I would advise either a. dropping one night in Vegas so you can spend the night at Grand Canyon South Rim, or b. if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, drop Page and concentrate on the Grand Canyon. If you do opt to visit Page and tour Antelope Canyon, then an advance reservation is an absolute must for that.
    Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Katherine - April 19, 2018

      Hello Alley,

      Thank you so much for your advices. I think we might take Grand Canyon out of our plan. Then it will be Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. We probably leave in the early morning from Vegas, and drive to Page, and in this case we should arrive page in the early afternoon, and we can go either Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend, then in the next day morning, we can go the other one. After lunch, we drive back to Vegas, and we should be able arrive Vegas before sunset. Does this sound a reasonable plan? I checked https://www.antelopecanyon.com and tired to book a tour for Upper Antelope Canyon, however, it shows sold out for both May 14 and May 15. Is there another website I can book the tour? If we don’t book a tour in advance, and just go directly to Upper Antelope Canyon, are we be able to get a tour in the entrance?

      Thank you again for your help!

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Brian - April 17, 2018

Helllo we will be in the Wahweap RV resort for five days starting April 25th. After reading about the area, Canyon X , Horseshoe bend(secret canyon) and Cathedral sound interesting to me. I would also consider the 1/2 day float trip and a boat trip to Rainbow bridge. We are also golfers so would consider a round of golf. Would you recommend doing any, all 3 of the canyons or possibly just the lower antelope canyon. We do like somewhat adventurous hiking but would really like to make sure we see what would be considered the “best “ canyon visually. Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2018

    Hi Brian and thank you for your visit.
    With 5 days to work with, you have a rare opportunity to get into some amazing scenery. The slot canyons are only a small part of it!
    First off, seeing more than one slot canyon really isn’t necessary to have a fulfilling visit to this area. If you’re physically up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon and can get a reservation for it, then stick with it. Otherwise, Canyon X and/or Cathedral Canyon would be the “alternates” I’d pick, in that order.
    The water-based activities like the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour and the Glen Canyon Float Trip would need to be done on separate days due to the departure times of the two tours in April, so there’s 3 days gone.
    If you like golf, the Lake Powell National Golf Course is right in the town of Page and probably has the best view of any golf course in Arizona! I myself don’t golf, but from what I’ve heard, the course is not particularly fulfilling, but it is challenging.
    If you’re looking for other activities to fill your time, you might consider a scenic airplane or helicopter tour from the Page Municipal Airport, or perhaps a 4×4 tour to White Pocket, or just take some downtime — Wahweap RV Resort is right by the lake, so you’re in the perfect spot!
    Hope that helps you get started. Be sure to reserve all your tours and other activities in advance of your arrival.
    Take care and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Freeman Wu - April 16, 2018

Hi there!

My family and I are hoping to visit Antelope Canyon in early May. I myself have been to both Lower and Upper Canyon, and my family doesn’t have very strong preferences over which one to visit, but my brother is hoping to bring my 5 month old niece on the tour, so I was wondering if you had any suggestions on the type/kind of tour you’d recommend for parties traveling with an infant. My gut tells the Upper Canyon would probably be more doable, since it doesn’t involve all those stairs, but I’ve been looking for different Upper Canyon tours and it doesn’t look like all of them accept infants. Any insights/suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!

Freeman

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 16, 2018

    Hi Freeman,
    With a baby that age, you would definitely want to stick with Upper. The tour companies do accept infants, but you’ll need to be prepared to supply a car seat. For safety reasons, the tour companies are limited on the number of kids under 6 they can take on a tour (3), so your best bet is to make an advance reservation and if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact your chosen tour company by phone a few days before you’re set to take the tour. Another suggestion is request that the baby and parent be seated up front with the guide in order to minimize any hazards from the jostling they might otherwise receive in the back of the truck.
    Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
    Alley 🙂

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      Freeman Wu - April 17, 2018

      Thank you so much for your insights, Alley, I really appreciate it!!!

      Freeman

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2018

        You’re welcome 🙂

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Hannah - April 15, 2018

Hi Alley/Ryan,

I am planning to arrive at Page between 4-5 pm and will stay at Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell. My goal is to visit the Horseshoe Bends and the Antelope and Grand Canyon. Will it be possible to complete all of these attractions by 5 pm the next day.
Thank you for your expertise advise!

Hannah

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 16, 2018

    Hi Hannah,
    Not knowing your full trip plan (when you’re visiting, where you’ll be coming from before arriving in Page, whether you’re flying into Las Vegas or Phoenix, from overseas or the US, etc.) it’s hard to advise you with 100% confidence. On your day of arrival, you could hit Horseshoe Bend provided you arrive before sunset. You could then tour Antelope Canyon first thing the following morning, then head to the Grand Canyon immediately afterward. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Page to the Grand Canyon, if you drive direct, but that rarely happens. There are a lot of points of interest you’ll inevitably end up stopping at on the way, so it’s not unheard of for a 140 mile drive to take 3.5-4 hours. The main thing is to be sure you avoid driving in the dark due to the lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on local roadways and the presence of deer, elk and other wildlife.
    Good luck and safe travels.
    Alley 🙂

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Phillip L. - April 12, 2018

Hi,

First off, this site is incredibly helpful! Thank you! Given your experience, I would like your advice:

I fly into Phoenix next Saturday, April 21, arriving at 1 p.m. I will then drive to Page directly and spend the night at a hotel. As such, I have all day Sunday free. I want to see the “must sees” in your 1 day itinerary but not sure how to best go about it. At the minimum, I want to see Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell (I believe my hotel has a view? or closeby? Its the Hampton Inn) and Antelope Canyon. I am leaning towards the Lower Canyon and also want some really good photos. I was reading about Canyon X too as an alternative since that is less crowded. Should I do that instead or try to do Lower + Canyon X? I plan on driving back to Phoenix on Monday but I can do anytime (preferably late morning) so I could theoretically squeeze something in the morning too.

Many many thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 13, 2018

    Hi Philip and thank you for your compliments!
    If your flight arrives on time, it will probably take an hour or so to pick up a rental car, get your luggage, etc., so plan on leaving Phoenix between 2:00 and 3:00 PM. Sunset at the time of year you’re visiting is about 7 PM, and we strongly discourage driving after dusk due to lack of artificial lighting on local roads, and the tendency of nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them. If there is enough light left when you pull into Page, you might stop at Horseshoe Bend on your way into town. If not, then plan on seeing it the following morning. Your hotel is fairly close to the overlook. Antelope Canyon is also fairly close by, about 15 minutes from Hampton Inn, East on US98.
    Regarding which slot canyon to tour, it’s not necessary to do more than one in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. Antelope Canyon X bears enough of a resemblance physically and visually to Lower Antelope Canyon in order to render good photos, so if you’re keen on dealing with less crowds, I’d do X and call it good.
    As for your hotel having a view of Lake Powell, that won’t be the case. The Hampton Inn is located on the Southern edge of town, and while you may have a nice view of the surrounding rock formations depending on where you’re placed, you still have to drive ~20-25 minutes to get to Lake Powell.

    If you have the time and/or inclination to “squeeze” another activity in en route back to Phoenix, you might consider swinging through Sedona, AZ. The scenery there is beautiful, but it will add another 90 minutes-2 hours onto your drive time.
    Have a great trip and thank you again!
    Alley 🙂

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      Phillip L. - April 16, 2018

      Alley,

      Thank you so much! After considering your thoughts and more research, I am leaning towards the below but still have a few questions:

      I will drive straight into Page after Phoenix. From there, I will take it easy for the night. The next morning (Sunday), I plan on going to Horseshoe Bend then taking a Hiking Tour (or a Photography tour) of Canyon X. There are still lots of availability for Lower Canyon but I think Canyon X is better. I tried googling and no avail but do you know if there are any affordable photographers in town to help take photographs? I want some really good photos and do not have a professional camera. I was only able to find extremely (and I’m sure well deserved) expensive professional photographers for weddings, etc. but I was just looking for someone that knows what angles to take, how to take photos in that setting, etc. that is affordable.

      If I take the photo tour, I should be done by early afternoon (2 p.m.). Is there anything else I should do in town (boat ride on Lake Powell) or should I drive to Sedona/Phoenix? Would it be safe to drive back there given the wildlife situation at night (or is that only driving into Page)? I currently have a hotel booking in Page that evening but can change based on the above.

      Thank you so much again!

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Manish - April 11, 2018

Hi,
We are starting our trip from Phoenix on Saturday and we need to return back to Phoenix by Monday noon to catch the flight. On this trip we are planning to visit Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Sedona (ATV ride). It is indeed a short trip to cover all these beautiful places. I appreciate if you can help us to finalize this itinerary.

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 12, 2018

    Hi Manish and thank you for visiting our site.
    You are correct in that you don’t really have enough time to do your “wish list” justice, but you can make it happen with a bit of advance planning.
    It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim. If possible, do your packing on Friday night so you can get a good early start on Saturday morning. Spend the night at the park Grand Canyon hotels , then get an early start on the drive to Page, AZ Sunday morning. The drive, going direct, typically takes about 2.5 hour, but that rarely happens. There are about half a dozen viewpoints on the Grand Canyon enroute to Desert View, including Horseshoe Bend, as well as many interesting stops along the route from Cameron to Page that you’ll surely wish to stop at. If possible, try and book a tour for Antelope Canyon Saturday afternoon, then spend the night in Page, AZ.
    On Monday morning, get an early start out of Page, AZ, then head to Sedona, AZ to do your ATV ride. It is about a 3 hour drive from Page, AZ to Sedona, then another 2 hours from Sedona, AZ to Phoenix.
    If this sounds like you could cut it a bit close, you are right. If you don’t want to take the risk of missing your flight, then take one of these activities/places off your list, or perhaps consider moving your flight back to the evening.
    I do hope that helps. Take care and don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
    Alley 🙂

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Mindy - April 9, 2018

Hi, I’ll be in Bryce for a race on 6/2nd and drive to Antelope canyon after race. I have about 2-3hr early AM on Sunday. I would like to do a tour (1st tour available in early AM) cause I have to drive back (about 6hr drive back to Salt Lake international Airport) my flight leave 6pm
And I want to do a lower tour.
What would you recommend?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 12, 2018

    Hi Mindy,
    I would recommend booking a hotel in Page, and a Lower Antelope Canyon tour ASAP! Pack your things the night before and try to get on the first departure of the morning so you have plenty of time to make your flight out of SLC. Remember that you’ll be hitting I-15 during rush hour.
    Good luck!
    Alley 🙂

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Rose Miranda - April 8, 2018

Hello! We are a family of 4 our kids are 10yrs old and 13yrs old. We would love to visit Antelope Canyon, we will be driving up from Tempe, Az. Which location would be more beneficial for us? Lower or upper and would Page be the best place to stay verses Sedona or Flag? Which tour would you recommend? We are not experience hikers but we can manage. Any other recommendations for our crazy Az roadtrip? Thanks for your help!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 12, 2018

    Hi Rose and thank you for visiting our site.
    To get the most out of your experience, I would recommend staying in Page, AZ for at least 2 nights if you can manage it. If for some reason you can’t secure accommodations in Page, then Flagstaff would be your next best option; however, it’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Page, so any sightseeing would require an early start in the morning, then timing the return trip so you’re not driving in the dark. Sedona is about 3 hours away, so the same requirements would apply.
    As for which Antelope Canyon tour to do, if you’re all reasonably fit, then Lower would be the one I’d recommend. It does involve some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders. To determine whether it’s appropriate for your family, watch this Walk-Through Video of Lower Antelope Canyon
    While you’re here, be sure to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, and if you have time, enjoy the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip.
    For other ideas for getting the most out of your trip, check out The Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, AZ.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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John E Dobbins - April 8, 2018

Ryan, thank you for the awesome video!

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Silke - April 5, 2018

Hi,

We are planing on staying on Page from Friday to Sunday next week and we would like to see upper and maybe lower Antelope canyon. We have a 1 1/2 half year old son traveling with us. Is it okay to take him on a tour? He would probably ride in a child back carrier with my husband all the time. Is there any particular tour you can recommend to do with children? Thanks,
Silke

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 6, 2018

    Hi Silke and thank you for your inquiry.
    With a toddler, I would strongly recommend touring Upper and sticking with that. Lower Antelope Canyon involves some stair climbing, boulder scrambling and has some potentially dangerous overhangs that might strike a child in a backpack carrier in the head. On the Upper Antelope Canyon tour, a buckboard truck ride from the point of origin to the entrance of the canyon is involved. That part of the trip is potentially bumpy. You might inquire if your guide will permit one parent and the child to sit in the cab of the truck so as to avoid injury.
    Hope that helps and have a great day!
    Alley 🙂

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Amy Hirschoff - March 30, 2018

Help! I’m overwhelmed! lol. We are visiting the area, flying into Vegas, with our four children this summer and want to see GC, Bryce, Zion, Antelope, Horseshoe Bend, etc. We are staying in flagstaff for 5 nights and are cool with day trips so we were thinking we’d do Sedona, South Rim, etc. Then we move up to Cedar City for 3 nights and could hit Zion, Bryce then. Then moving to Monticello for two nights (Arches, Canyonland) and finally flying out of SLC after the fourth of July.

When should we do Antelope and Horseshoe? And what part of Antelope should we do? Not being from the area or knowing the area at all, it is all a little daunting.

What are the MUST SEE’s for us? Like the things I’d be disappointed if I found out later I missed… Oh, and we aren’t the type that likes to have everything scheduled out minute by minute, but is that a must for a trip like this? Thank you for any help you can give!!!!
Amy

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 2, 2018

    Hi Amy and thank you for visiting our site. You’re not the first to report feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of planning a trip out here!
    First off, your plan to use Flagstaff as a base camp from which to explore some areas is OK, as Grand Canyon is only 90 minutes (1-way) and Sedona is only a half-hour (1-way) away. When it comes to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, however, I would recommend staying in Page, AZ. It takes approximately 2.5 hours one way to get from Flagstaff, AZ to Page, and that’s driving direct, which rarely happens, because there are quite a few points of interest on the way that people invariably end up stopping at. These include, but certainly aren’t limited to: Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments, the Cameron Trading Post, the Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks (which are a slight detour off US89 onto US160), the various kiosks where Navajo Tribe members sell their jewelry and other wares, various scenic overlooks, etc. Horseshoe Bend is located just South of Page on US89, so you can easily hit it on your way into town. Since driving in the dark is strongly discouraged in this part of the country, overnighting in Page will make for a more comfortable experience here.
    As for which part of Antelope Canyon you should tour, as this article alluded to, Lower is more physical, Upper is more accessible, so if you’re OK with some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders, you should be OK with Lower. Other activities you might consider adding to your agenda, time permitting are the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip or a Lake Powell Boat Tour. For the Glen Canyon Float Trip, kids have to be at least 4 YO to take part.
    Even though you typically roll without “having every single minute scheduled out,” advance reservations for Antelope Canyon and other guided tours are a must, so be sure you at least have this, and any hotels you’ll be staying at, booked ahead of time.
    Also: be sure you buy an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks, Monuments and Federal Fee Areas in the US for 1 year’s time. It will more than pay for itself on the trip you’re proposing to take, but doesn’t apply to Native American Tribal Park areas such as Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. You’ll still have to pay the tribal park permit fee for those, but the National Park Pass is still a good investment.
    For more ideas on how to get the most out of your visit, give this a read on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com The Grand Canyon, Zion, Moab & More: 14 Days In The Grand Circle
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Andy - March 21, 2018

Alley,
You are a fountain of knowledge and extremely kind to spend the time helping us strangers out.
Here are, hopefully, a couple of different questions for you about the Page area:
1. I was going to get a permit to go to Waterholes Canyon in the late afternoon, particularly to get some pictures of the wall near sunset. If we hike the canyon can we get out at the wall or do we have to walk along the edge to get to the wall area?
2. I wanted to get to the second slot area, further south, but it’s about 8 miles round trip and I simple don’t have the time for this hike. Is there an accessible route/entrance off of Coppermine Rd? I’ve seen one outfit that does tours here, Horseshoe Bend Tours, might be the only option?
3. Given decent, dry weather, how’s Smoky Mountain Road from Big Water to Escalante? Hopefully our rental car will be at least an AWD SUV.
4. at the least, if we go up to Alstrom Point for sunset is it safe/smart to drive back to Page in the dark?
Thanks for opinion and advise.

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 22, 2018

    Hey Andy,
    Thank you for your compliments, and for your very excellent question. You yourself seem to be a fountain of knowledge, not to mention courage!
    First off, you can obtain your permit for Waterholes Canyon at the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours office, so if we don’t answer any questions to your satisfaction, rest assured the personnel there could. According to our sources, there is a possibility to get out of the canyon near the “Wall,” near a power line. The Wall is on the north rim of Waterholes Canyon. It’s not far, maybe a 20 minute (?) walk. Some more good sources of information on this area: TheWave.info USHikes.com (German language site)
    As for a “back way” into the second slot area, if there is one, we could not in good conscience promote it since it would probably cross over onto private property in the town of LeChee. Here again, the folks at Horseshoe Bend Tour (the sole authorized concessionaire into Secret Canyon) would be the ones to give you guidance on this.
    The Smoky Mountain Road under the best of circumstances can be a white-knuckler. If you take a rental car on it, you will be voiding your insurance policy once you get off pavement, and if you sustain any damage or get stuck, you will be on the hook for it financially. Frankly, we cannot advise taking the chance. If you wish to go to Alstrom Point, the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon folks also run tours to this area. Doing that drive back to Page in the dark is another risky proposition we don’t recommend. I’ve personally driven around that area at night (back when I was young and foolish LOL) and saw my life flash before my eyes a few times!
    Let us know how you get on, and if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
    Alley

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      Andy - March 23, 2018

      Alley,
      First, thanks, we’ll avoid Alstrom at night, for sure.
      Visited SO, Mid UT last Sept and jumped at the chance to come back in mid-April after a meeting popped up in Phoenix.
      Snagged a couple spots for South Buttes area (I put in as a single for the Wave, but did not get) and have a hike planned for GSENM in the Big Horn canyon/Zebra slot area and am excited about hunting for Moqui balls (with my camera) there.
      Plan to go up Cottonwood and come back down via Smoky but maybe I should ask you if someone in Page rents 4×4 jeeps? Ideas?
      Thanks for the Wave.info site. I’ve used that for planning photo stops at South Buttes and I see other links now that will use for future planning. Great source for info.
      two more questions:
      1. do you consider Secret Canyon a good alt to Antelope since my wife isn’t a photographer and wouldn’t go on “photo” tour?
      2. where’s a good spot, not Alstrom, for sunset at the lake?
      Thanks so very much : )

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Axel - March 18, 2018

Dear Alley,
we are planning our trip in August. Our schedule is to arrive from Grand Canyon with an RV on Aug 14th. Since I’m a passionate photographer I plan to do Horseshoe bend in the morning of Aug 15th. Afterwards I was thinking of joining a photo tour of the upper antelope canyon- which operator can you recommend (who is giving me the best chances of getting “the perfect shot” ;).
Since I’m traveling with my wife and our little daughter (aged 3 1/2 by that time) I was wondering whether it is possible to take both of them on a tour to the lower antelope canyon on that day or early morning the next day? Both won’t join me on the photo tour on Aug 15th.
Thanks for your advice in advance!
Best
Axel

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 18, 2018

    Hi Axel, and thank you for visiting our site.
    Strange as it may sound, the outfitter you choose for your photo tour of Upper Antelope Canyon isn’t super-important. Their tours are virtually identical, right down to the footsteps, and the dollar. During the summer months, the timeframe between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM is regarded as best for getting the light beams and best colors in your shot. The guides are all well-trained in how to accomplish good shots and will help you set up your camera and tripod. Pick the outfitter who has availability at the time that works best for you and book a spot. Don’t delay or overthink it, or you could find tours sold out.
    As for Lower Antelope Canyon, you should consider carefully whether your daughter can handle the physical aspects of it. It involves some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders. Some pre-school age children have hiked it without a problem; others have had to have their parents carry them. You might watch this video walk-through of Lower Antelope Canyon before making a decision.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Kimberly - March 12, 2018

Do you know anything about getting a permit for West Canyon? I know it is on Indian land.
Know of any boat shuttles to get there?

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 13, 2018

    Hi Kimberly,
    If you’re referring to West Canyon on Lake Powell, it’s technically part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and not Navajo Indian Land, so permits aren’t required to get there. There are no boat tours that go there, either, but you can rent a boat from either Lake Powell Resort or Antelope Point Marina and go see it that way. It’s about 25 miles uplake from Glen Canyon Dam and you simply hike in as far as you desire. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sun protection and carry plenty of food and water.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Jacqueline - March 11, 2018

Can you tell me the difference between upper and lower? Which has better views? Also, is there a tour that contains both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend? My friend and I are considering a trip and are very outdoorsy, so difficult hikes won’t be a problem. Just looking to experience the best Mother Nature has to offer!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 12, 2018

    Hi Jacqueline and thank you for visiting our site.
    Upper Antelope Canyon is short and easy, 100 yards long, pretty flat the whole way. It involves a short ride in a “buckboard truck” from your pick-up location to the entrance of the canyon.
    Lower Antelope Canyon is longer (~600 yards), involves some stair climbing and boulder-stepping, but it sounds as though you’re fit enough to handle it. Video: Lower Antelope Canyon Walk-Through
    As for tours that include both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, there are several out of Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix and Las Vegas, but if you’re planning on going Page, AZ, you can self-drive to Horseshoe Bend, then take a tour to either Upper or Lower Antelope.
    Hope that helps. Best regards and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Mrs.Hemali Mehta - March 1, 2018

Dear Alley,

Hello,

We are a group of three people( my husband,myself and my 10yr old son) traveling from INDIA to LA on 24th May.We are coming to LAS Vegas on 28th April by flight.Further we are going to stay 5 nights in Las Vegas till 3rd May.From 3rd may we are joining 15days Trafalgar Summer scenic package 2018 (which we have already booked)……Trafalgar is going to provide us stay for 1 night on 3rd May at hotel Tropicana…

Now can u assist/suggest us for the best hotel (4* or 5*) with no resort fees and best package for 5 nights for the group of 3 people!!! on the center strip with lots of vegetarian food options in the surrounding walkable distance….Since we are from INDIA we eat Pure vegetarian food only without eggs.

Also we want to do 1 day trip of Hoover dam……1 day trip Grand canyon west rim air+ ground+sky walk , 1 day trip Death valley, 1 day trip antelope canyon(whichever side u suggest us)….. and 1 day night tour of Las vegas strip….Also if any best family entertainment shows available in Las vegas during our stay then please suggest us for sure.

I hope u can help us for sure!

Awaiting your immediate reply!

Thanks and Rgds,
Mrs.Hemali Mehta
(INDIA)
+91 98981 91250
(whatsapp no)

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 1, 2018

    Dear Ms. Mehta,
    Hello and thank you for your inquiry!
    We hope you’re looking forward to your upcoming trip to the US. Assuming that the Trafalgar package tour you’re referring to is the 15-day trip through Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone, Billings, Rapid City and Moab, you’re going to be seeing and doing a lot during those two weeks, so you might want to refrain from booking an activity every single day of your stay in Las Vegas. If that’s the way you wish to go, you can book most of the activities on your “wish list” through the Papillon Helicopters Group and its subsidiary, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. For the Las Vegas Death Valley Tour, Pink Jeep Tours is a good outfitter with comfortable vehicles and comprehensive programs.
    For Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk, consider the Indian Country Adventure Airplane Tour or the Skywalk Helicopter Getaway
    For Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, the only day trip options from Las Vegas are by plane or bus. If you prefer to travel by plane, choose the Antelope Canyon Expedition . If you prefer to travel by bus, TakeTours offers a reasonably priced package, but to our understanding, it’s only available on certain days of the week.
    For a Las Vegas Strip helicopter tour, you can choose one with or without limousine transfers.
    By the way, all of the air tours that originate from Las Vegas include a flyover of Hoover Dam. If you’re wanting something more in-depth, you can opt for a close-up flyover of Hoover Dam and the bypass bridge, or combination air/ground tours, some that even include a smooth water rafting trip from the base of the Dam. Hoover Dam Tours
    With all you’re wanting to do, you may not have the time or inclination to do much more, but if you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment, Las Vegas has a lot to offer.
    Regarding hotels without resort fees, unfortunately, they’re hard to come by and the ones that don’t charge them are typically on the lower end market. Since you prefer 4- and 5-star accommodations anyway, I wouldn’t sweat the resort fees too heavily and just concentrate on having fun. Better hotels showing availability for your desired dates include, but aren’t limited to:
    Encore
    Mandarin Oriental
    ARIA
    Vdara (non-gaming/non-smoking)
    Red Rock
    Elara
    Bellagio
    JW Marriott
    Signature at MGM Grand

    Hope that helps you get started in your planning! Have a wonderful trip and best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. Regarding your diet, Las Vegas welcomes many visitors from India, so local restaurants are very well-prepared to accommodate your needs. If you go any of the tours mentioned, which typically include a meal, be sure to let the tour company know about your preferences.

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Erin Leduc - February 24, 2018

Hi Ryan,
Thank you for this great info it’s very helpful! I noticed the boat tour of Waheap is closed in March? We’re planning to visit Monday March 12th and I’d like to follow your advice of a boat tour on Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon exploring.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 26, 2018

    Hi Erin and thanks for your question.
    Lake Powell Boat Tours don’t run on a regularly scheduled basis until April 1st because of the weather. March is typically cold and windy — not exactly optimal conditions for boating. Occasionally, though, a boat tour will run if there are at least 15 people willing/able to book it. You might try contacting the boat tour office directly a few days prior to your visit to see if anything is confirmed to operate.
    For Lake Powell Resort Boat Tours, call 928-645-2433
    For Antelope Point Marina Boat Tours, call 928-645-5900
    Good luck and hope that helps!
    Alley 🙂

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      Erin - February 28, 2018

      Thank you Alley, that’s very helpful!

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Ronnya - February 21, 2018

Hey Allie what hike do you recommend for Zion National Park. One of the girls is scared of really difficult trails. Also for the new wave do you have an address we can put in ? We are flying in now!

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 21, 2018

    Hi Ronnya,
    There are lots of easy hikes in Zion that don’t involve big drop-offs. A few “iconic” hikes that are also family friendly include the Riverside Walk, the Weeping Rock Trail and Emerald Pools Trail.
    Regarding an address for the New Wave, there is no official one, but approximate GPS coordinates are 36.937177, -111.495294. Driving from Page, AZ, you would cross the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge, round a bend to the right, then just before the turn-off to the Lake Powell Resort complex on the right, you’ll see a turn-off to the left. That’s where you would go to start exploring the New Wave.

    If you see any signage instructing you not to drive on that road, however, be sure to obey it.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Ronnya - February 21, 2018

      Thank you! We are driving to Zion National Park. Would the new wave be on the way to Page Arizona? Is there any other National Park on our way to Zion National park

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Ronnya Peter - February 12, 2018

Hi Alley!

I’m making a trip out in A couple weeks and wanted some advice on the tours.

I’m doing the hike tour at Zion National Park on February 21st. After the tour, we are driving to Page, Arizona and spending the night. The following day, 22nd, me and two friends wanted to do both upper/lower Antelope canyon as well as visit the horseshoe bend. I was wondering if you can help me make out this itinerary. For upper Antelope canyon, the open slots are 8:30am, 1030, 1:00pm, And 3:00. For lower Canyon, there are slots open every half hour all morning and afternoon on the 22nd. When do you rwant commend to do the upper and lower? Also, do you recommend us to go to horseshoe bend before the canyon starts or after?

Is there anyway you can give me an idea of what the horseshoe be d hike consists of? Are we taking a hike or are we driving to that scenic visual? How long does will we be at horseshoe bend?

We are driving to Vegas the night of the 22nd.

Thank you! 🙂

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 12, 2018

    Hi Ronnya!
    I’m going to ‘reverse-engineer’ your itinerary, in other words, work backwards from the 22nd.
    The drive from Page to Las Vegas takes ~4.5 hours. You want to avoid driving after dark if you can possibly help it due to the lack of supplemental/artificial lighting on area roads, and the tendency of deer, elk and other wildlife to congregate near local roadways. Sunrise is a little bit after 7 AM in February; sunset occurs at about 6:15. So, you want to start heading for Las Vegas at around 2:00 PM, maybe 3:00 PM at the latest. You will, after all, have LOTS of light to work with as you get closer to Las Vegas LOL
    Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is OK in theory, but in reality, not so much. They are both drainages of the same intermittent creek that flows into Lake Powell, so touring both of them would probably seem redundant after all was said and done. If you’re physically up for touring Lower Antelope Canyon, which requires some stair climbing and simple bouldering, stick with that. Though mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to tour Antelope Canyon, truthfully, any time is a good time. Find an open slot at a time that works for you and grab it.
    Horseshoe Bend can be visited on either side of your Antelope Canyon tour (before or after). It is open 24/7. And yes, you are taking something of a “hike,” and not driving directly to the viewpoint. The distance from the parking lot to the overlook is 0.6 miles (1.2 miles round-trip) and is manageable for most people in reasonably good health. If anyone in your party feels like they can’t make the walk, there are other ways of seeing Horseshoe Bend, in your case, flying over it would be your other alternative. Visiting on foot, average/recommended time for experiencing Horseshoe Bend fully is 90 minutes-2 hours.
    On the drive down from Zion National Park to Page, AZ, some sites you might consider stopping at, time permitting, are:
    **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.
    Good luck and have fun!
    Alley 🙂

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Tessa - February 9, 2018

Hello Alley!!
Just reading your posts makes me excited 😊
So, we were planning babymooning in Page. March 8 th weekend is the only available time we can visit. 6 mnths prego and would love to see the horseshoe bend and upper antelope ( since you suggest it to be less physical).
Can you please suggest a boat / bus tour that will cover theses attractions and be ok for a pregnant woman? ( probaby its a crazy idea but I would love to do it now than latter😊)

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 12, 2018

    Hi Tessa,
    Thank you for visiting our site and apologies for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
    Congratulations on your “bundle of joy,” and kudos for making the decision to tour Page, AZ and its attractions while you still have the time and/or inclination LOL
    Antelope Canyon is the only attraction you mention that requires reservations for a tour. You can catch one from the town of Page, or drive directly to the Tribal Park entrance on US98. Either way, it’s the same price and tour durations and logistics are virtually identical. Whichever way you choose to go, advance reservations are essential. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
    Horseshoe Bend can then be visited at your leisure, with your own vehicle. Regarding Horseshoe Bend, the walking distance round-trip is 1.2 miles, and at the present time, you might encounter deep sand and some somewhat steep uphill terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water. If you find yourself tiring, sit down to rest (there are benches on the trail), or skip this activity altogether. What To Do If You Can’t Make The Hike to Horseshoe Bend
    As for a Lake Powell boat tour, probably best to keep such activities on the shorter side, and take them during the cooler part of the day (morning) in light of your pregnancy. Longer trips, such as the Rainbow Bridge boat tour, might push the limits of your endurance right now. Popular boat tours of duration of 3 hours or less include the Canyon Adventure Boat Tour and the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise.
    Good luck and have fun!
    Alley 🙂

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Bonnie Z - January 27, 2018

Hi – thanks for all your helpful information. We are going to spend one night in Page in late March 2018 and would like to visit both lower and upper antelope canyon. It sounds like we should do the 10:30 tour of Upper Antelope to catch the light but I am not sure what time to book for the lower canyon. you mention that tours have often been delayed and that our reservation won’t be honored if we arrive late so…. What time can we reasonably book the lower canyon tour and not arrive late? We will be driving on to the southern rim at the end of the day so we don’t want to leave it too late. Or should we go on an earlier tour as the light beams may not happen in March anyhow? Additionally, I did not see any one company offering tours of both canyons, is that correct? So if we have to use two different companies, we won’t want to have to drive back into Page between tours…. Which companies should we use to allow us to park somewhere near both? And where ? Or is there a shuttle? Not sure how to handle the logistics of this. Thank you for your advise!

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 27, 2018

    Hi Bonnie,
    Personally, we wouldn’t recommend touring both Upper and Lower. Once you see one, the other will probably seem somewhat redundant or superfluous. At present, the Navajo tribe is doing some brainstorming to see how they can alleviate or ameliorate the congestion problem in both canyons. That said, though, I’d say if you’re physically up for doing Lower, stick with that. Choose a time that fits your schedule best. As you’ve deduced, the light beams probably won’t be there fully in March anyway.
    Now, if you decide that you absolutely must tour both canyons, you are correct in that no single company tours both canyons. What you’ll need to do is drive down to the Tribal Park Entrance on US98 and tour the canyon with the outfitters that are based there. For Upper, the company is Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours. For Lower, there are two companies to choose from: Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours and Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours. Both companies are good, offer basically the same tour, right down to the footstep – and the penny.
    Be sure to make time to visit Horseshoe Bend while you’re here, too!
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Bonnie Z - January 29, 2018

      Thank you for your quick reply. I really do think we want to do both as this is our only chance to visit. What do you suggest for the timing issue so as to make sure we don’t get delayed at one and miss the other?

      thank you!

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Adrianne - January 22, 2018

Hi. I am planning a visit to Antelope Canyon with my kids, and came upon the kayak tour which looks cool. Does the kayak tour offer you equivalent views as either the upper or lower canyon tour? We won’t be there when the beam of light touches the floor anyway, but as far as the colors and they other majesty of the canyon, can we get that on the kayak tour, or do we need to do both? Also, do we have to have a guide to hike Cathedral Canyon or can we do that on our own?

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 22, 2018

    Hi Adrianne, and thank you for your inquiry.
    The Antelope Canyon Kayak Tour offers a totally different perspective than the landside tours (Upper and Lower). The colors, by virtue of being more exposed to the sun, will probably appear more monochromatic than they would in the landside of the canyon, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
    The main benefit, IMO, of taking the kayak or any waterside tour is to get a better sense of the true complexity of the Antelope Creek drainage, and its connection to Lake Powell. Plus, if you’ve never kayaked before, it’s a lot of fun!
    Regarding Cathedral Canyon, it is on Navajo Tribal Lands and as such, requires a guide to see. Cathedral Canyon is cool because it has some geological features you won’t find in other slots.
    Hope that helps. Enjoy your visit!
    Alley 🙂

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Alex - January 17, 2018

Hi Alley!
We were planning to do a tour of upper and lower antelope canyon, but we saw that one of the tour companies has additional private canyons that can be bundled with a tour of upper canyon. We are going in May 2018 so we thought it might be nice to go in the private canyons because they might be fewer crowds, but then we would miss lower canyon. What would you recommend? Is lower antelope canyon something we should not miss?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 17, 2018

    Hi Alex and thank you for stopping by today!
    If you were wanting to do one of the “semi-private” canyons in the “bundle” with Upper Antelope, then IMO you would be fine skipping Lower. The main reason is because the lesser-known slots such as Mountain Sheep and Rattlesnake possess some of the attributes of Lower, such as stair climbing and simple bouldering, without the oppressive crowds sometimes experienced in Lower. For more details about these and other alternate slot canyons, give this a read Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours
    Hope that helps! Have a wonderful trip,
    Alley 🙂

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Trudy - January 11, 2018

I am trying to plan a trip to Antelope canyon with my husband and 3 kids. Is there someone who can help me put together an itinerary?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 11, 2018

    Hi Trudy!
    If you’re looking for a travel agent, you might inquire in your local community for a reference. Sadly, these once-valued and knowledgeable professionals are ‘going the way of the dodo’ in the digital age, but they can still be found.
    Another great source of trip planning information is the travel forum of TripAdvisor. There, you can ask specific questions, or read answers to questions previously posted that are similar to yours. I am a regular contributor on the Arizona and Utah forums and occasionally the Nevada and Idaho forums. Just look for the gal with the hat 😉
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley

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Erica Spears - January 3, 2018

Hello wanting to go visist antelope canyon in april or may for maternity photos. Do you have recomendations how/when to get the best pictuers. As well as recommendations for a local photagrapher around the area

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 4, 2018

    Hi Erica,
    Congratulations on your “bundle of joy!”
    For recommendations for photographers, I would recommend contacting one of the Antelope Canyon tour outfitters. Some of their employees do photography on the side, or could recommend a good photographer.
    Take care and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Sol - November 12, 2017

Hi Alley, we are planning a visit in March to the Utah-AZ National Parks. Antelope Canyon area is certainly a “must-see-must-do” on your list. We have a few questions which will help us plan properly. Is there an email address we can communicate our questions?

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 13, 2017

    Hi Sol,
    Check your e-mail for my contact information.
    Thank you for visiting our site!
    Alley 🙂

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Cindy - November 1, 2017

Going to try tour lower antelope canyon Thursday, what time are they? How far from Page

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 1, 2017

    Hi Cindy,
    Lower Antelope Canyon tours are offered by two outfitters, Dixie Ellis Tours and Ken’s Tours, both about 10 minutes from Page. Tours depart every 2-2.5 hours throughout the day. Mid-day is generally regarded to be the best time to tour due to the angle of the sun overhead, but any time you can find availability will be fine.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Toni Bright - October 30, 2017

Hello Ally,
We are planning to be in the area the first week of January. We will only be able to do the Upper Canyon tour due to my wife’s physical limitations.
My question is how far in advance do we need to book a tour? We will be driving up from Sedona early in the morning on Wed or Thurs so I believe we can get a tour as early as 11 A.M.
This trip is to expose our daughter from the Philippines to the wonders of the Southwestern U.S. She is a travel and tour adviser there. and I will be adding to our own travel website thebrightwayrvrs.com.
Your website is very informative and will aid us in our travels in your area.
Thanks in advance for your advice,
Toni and Sally Bright
thebrightwayrvrs.com

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 31, 2017

    Hi folks, thank you for visiting our site! Hope you’re looking forward to your visit to Arizona.
    The month of January is considered “off-season” due to it being wintertime. Cooler temperatures are a given, and rain and snow are distinct possibilities, but fewer people out touring is a definite plus.
    That said, what with the popularity of Antelope Canyon exploding last tourist season, advance reservations for tours are still strongly advised. The time you’ve expressed an interest in is peak visitation hour in the canyon, so now would not be too early to check availability. In the event that time slot is not available, tours are offered throughout the day, so be open to visiting earlier or later in the day.
    Also, be sure to allow at least 3 hours to drive from Sedona to Page.
    Thanks again and keep us posted on when your website is up and running!
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Rahul - October 11, 2017

Thanks for this post – it is super helpful. You have mentioned three touring companies, but there seems to be a fourth one (http://navajotours.com/) which is offering tours to the upper antelope canyon. How are they different? And not listed here? Is it the same tour that they are offering?

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 11, 2017

    Hi Rahul,
    Thanks for catching that omission, we will look into getting it corrected ASAP.
    Navajo Tours does offer the same Upper Antelope Canyon Tour as the other outfitters listed, with one significant difference: instead of being picked up and dropped off in the town of Page, AZ, you would be required to drive down to the Tribal Park Entrance on US98 just Southeast of Page and begin your tour from there. This option tends to be more convenient for visitors who are planning to travel to Monument Valley, the Four Corners and other points East after the tour, but otherwise, it is the exact same tour as the other three companies offer, right down to the footsteps, and the price.
    Hope that answers your query. Thanks again for visiting us!
    Alley 🙂

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Tracy - October 8, 2017

Hello. We are staying in Page AZ in early October and would like to do the North Rim. From Page what sites can we take in on our way to the North Rim or on our way back to Page (same day). Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 9, 2017

    Hi Tracy, thanks for coming by today.
    There’s a plethora of possible sites to take in on your way to or from Grand Canyon North Rim. Before I get too far into it, just want to make sure you know that Grand Canyon North Rim’s visitor services close for the season on October 15th.
    The most direct way to go is via US89A through Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry.

    Just South of Page is the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. It’s a moderate .6 mile walk each way from the parking lot to the viewpoint. Allow for at least 1 hour here.
    Continuing on, many travelers like to stop at the scenic viewpoint just past “The Cut,” which provides a sweeping panorama of the Colorado River as it cuts through the plateau leading to the Grand Canyon. You might even be able to pick up some jewelry or other souvenirs from one of several Navajo families who sell their wares at the overlook.
    As you get off US89 onto 89A, you might take stroll over the historic Navajo Pedestrian Bridge. California Condors are fond of sunning themselves on the steel support girders under the bridge. Time permitting, take a slight detour to Lees Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch Historic District, site of one of the earliest settlements on the banks of the Colorado River. Some of the original buildings are still standing, and the adjacent orchard still produces delicious fruit, which visitors are welcome to pick (if there’s any left 😉 Proceeding West on US89A, you’ll find a cluster of gravity-defying balanced rock formations near Marble Canyon that will no doubt be a photo op you can’t pass up.
    You’ll also be able to enjoy views of the Vermillion Cliffs prior to arriving at the Jacob Lake Inn, where a stop for lunch, or at least some of their world-famous home-made cookies is a definite must. From Jacob Lake, you then proceed South on AZ67 to Grand Canyon North Rim.
    This drive, done directly, typically takes 2.5 hours, but as you can see, there are plenty of points of interest that can easily turn this into a half day’s adventure. Get an early enough start back to Page from the North Rim so you can avoid driving in the dark. Sunset occurs at ~ 5:30 PM in October.
    Have a fun time, and thanks for visiting our site!
    Alley 🙂

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JoAnna - September 21, 2017

Dear Alley!
Thank you so much for the advice! I completely forgot about this walk to the Bend in the middle of nowhere 🙁
That would definitely make me end up driving to GC at night… which I definitely don’t want to do.

Your comment about potential nightly escapade brought back a frightening memory. When I was serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Huachuca, I took the trip with a friend from the base to Lake Powell, staying in Page, then in Flagstaff, visiting everything at fast pace, only to be stuck on the scenic route towards Sedona. My friend and I didn’t make reservation there and of course by the time we made it to town it was way after midnight and no place to stay. So we kept on driving through the night looking for any hotel, which we finally found, at 7 am, in… Phoenix. It was after the sunrise, so the heat was already scorching. I don’t even remember how we even made it back to Fort Huachuca… !
No thanks, never again. This drive in pure darkness, sharp switchbacks, fairly narrow roads – was beyond frightening.

My lesson learned was quite simple: always reserve places to spend night and be familiar with the terrain (distances to drive/walk and the time it takes to travel these distances depending on the time of the day).

Now, 16 years later, I intend to fix my reckless mistake; I’m planning ahead, measuring twice, and asking for advice. Thankfully, I have more time now to visit than back in 2001 (4-day pass). Miraculously, I just reserved a hotel in Page, on exactly the same day as all those years ago… arriving there on May 26, ha, ha! It must be a sign, right?

Anyway, thanks so much for bringing me back to reality, I’m making adjustments to my original plan 🙂

Best!
Jo

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JoAnna - September 20, 2017

Alley,
Thank for this wonderful website and information! I need your priceless advice!

I will be in Page on May 28, 2018. I’m planning the following for this day:
Page area:
Heli Butt Landing Tour @ 730 am,
Upper Canyon Tour (Ekis) @ 1130 am, and maybe
Antelope Canyon Tour on Lake Powell (by boat) @ 230 pm…

Then, drive South to GC Village while stopping by Horseshoe Bend (spend there an hour or so?)

Is this feasible? Or should I skip the boat trip?
I understand, from the Horseshoe Bend to the GC Village is about 2.5 hr drive…

Please help…
Thanks!
Jo

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 20, 2017

    Hi Jo,
    Thanks for stopping by today! Kudos to you on planning your Arizona vacation well in advance, too.
    With the activities you’re proposing to do, you can theoretically drive to Grand Canyon South Rim with a stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way, but you may not want to do that. May temperatures are typically quite warm, which, even if you take proper precautions to stay hydrated, can take a lot out of you. The walk to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook may be quite taxing especially as there’s some uphill walking required and the trail is completely exposed. But then again, some of these problems may be solved by the time you arrive since improvements to the trail, overlook and parking area are in the works.
    The main thing is to avoid driving at night – artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a minimum in this part of the country, so once the sun goes down, it gets really, REALLY dark. Plus deer, elk and other wildlife are quite nocturnal with a tendency to congregate near roadways. Running into one can wreck your vacation, let alone your car. Sunset at Grand Canyon Village occurs at about 7:15 PM, so you’ll want to time your drive (~3 hours) accordingly.
    Long story short, I don’t recommend skipping any of the activities you have planned, per se, I would just recommend staying the night in Page and then making the drive over the South Rim the next morning, so you’re not pressed for time.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Bonita - August 15, 2017

Hi, We are planning to visit Lower Antelope on Sep. 5th 2017. If we book an early am tour(before 8am) , can we avoid the long wait times and tour buses? Will there be enough light in the canyon at that time for decent photography? Thanks for your thoughts ! Bonita Kolb

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 16, 2017

    Hi Bonita, thank you for your inquiry!
    The 8 AM tour is popular, but as you have deduced, tends to be a bit less crowded than mid-day tours. If you truly wish to avoid large numbers of people, though, the best way to go is with an Antelope Canyon Alternative Tour. Though more expensive than tours of the main branch of Antelope Canyon, some occur in lesser-known drainages of the same canyon, plus tour group sizes are deliberately kept smaller for a more personalized experience.
    At any rate, though, there is plenty of light in Lower Antelope Canyon at 8:00 AM. In fact, some people say that the colors of the canyon walls are much richer and deeper at that time of day. Your tour guide will give you whatever assistance you require to get good photos.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Sophia - August 11, 2017

Hi! I’m planning 5 days trip to Grand Circle early Oct start from Phoenix or Las Vegas. Noted it’s tight, so the key spots will be Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Moument Valley, Arch National Park, Canyonland and Bryce. Does it works in terms of distance?
Also any recommendation for me in transportation as I don’t drive. Believed it’s tough.

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 11, 2017

    Hi Sophia!
    Well, there’s good news and bad news here. The good news is that October is a great time to travel to this area.
    The bad news is, because you don’t drive, you’re going to be extremely limited on your options. Arches is probably going to have to come off your wish list because of the distance involved in getting there from Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, etc. I was able to find a tour that included it, but it takes 7 days, plus there’s no guarantee that it would operate in October. Golden Bus Tours Las Vegas Grand Canyon Antelope Canyon Bryce Canyon Arches Tour
    Bindlestiff Tours offers a 3-day package that covers Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks, but knowing the distances between these attractions personally, I can tell you that this will be a very rushed itinerary. Here again, you’ll be at the mercy of their schedule, and possibly be limited on dates.
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll soon discover that in this part of the US, mass transit options are indeed few and far between. The best and only way to plan a trip to this area on your terms, and your timetable, is to drive yourself, of travel with someone who can drive you.
    Alley 🙂

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      Sophia - August 13, 2017

      Thanks Alley,
      Thanks for your quick response. Total understand “N O CAR, NO LIFE” in US. I tried to looking for friend to come but failed. So that’s why I fall into the tough situation but I really want to come. Is there any tour
      From Page covers Antelope Canyon, Montument Valley, Arch, Bryce and back to Page?

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别树一帜篇的旅游贴士 – Taste of Life - August 8, 2017

[…]        羚羊谷这个景点其实分两个,上羚羊谷(Upper Antelope Canyon)和下羚羊谷(Lower Antelope Canyon)。上羚羊谷需要坐提供的越野车到谷口,谷里的距离要大一些,光线要多一些;下羚羊谷是直接排队然后爬梯子进去(所以腿脚不便的可能会被推荐去上羚羊谷),谷间距离小,进入到谷里的光线少点。羚羊谷如果不是跟旅行团去、而且旅游时间计划是定好的话,最好提前在网站上预约好,因为这个景点必须跟着印第安人的团,地点又小,所以好的时间(正午,光线进入古里的时间,最好的是11点,11点半)被订光的非常快,现场基本买不到这个时间点的票。如果订了票只需要提前半小时去烤太阳就行了,如果没有订的话,只能烤一次一个多小时的太阳买票,还得在预约好的时间再去。这个链接是当地所有团的联系,因为我只去过一次,不做任何推荐。 […]

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Brenda - July 26, 2017

We are coming to Page in September, arriving Friday afternoon Sept 8. We have reservations at Best Western Plus at Lake Powell.
First, about how long does it take to climb Horseshoe Bend? Perhaps we could do that after our arrival from GCNP that day.
Then, on Sat, Sept 9, we want to do Upper Antelope and the calm river rafting that we will have to meet at 12:30 PM. I’m concerned the 10:30 canyon tour will be too close in time to be able to get to Colorado River Discovery Center……how far apart are the two venues? Will we be likely to see any light if we take the 8:30 or 9:30 AM slot Canyon? Thanks!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 26, 2017

    Hi Brenda, and thanks for visiting our site!
    The trip to Horseshoe Bend isn’t so much a climb, more of a moderate hike of .6 miles each way. The typical visit is anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours, including time to walk to the overlook and back. If you’re coming into town from Grand Canyon South Rim, Horseshoe Bend is an easy stop on your way to the hotel, about 5 miles South of Page, AZ.
    As for your Antelope Canyon tour/Colorado Float Trip day, I agree that you have the two activities a little too close for comfort. Check-in time for the 12:30 PM float trip is 12:00 Noon, which is precisely when your Antelope Canyon tour would conclude under ideal circumstances. Not knowing which tour outfitter you’re going with, I assume it’s one of the companies that pick up in Page, in which case, the venues aren’t too far away from each other, but with Antelope Canyon’s popularity exploding this year, you might end up waiting beyond your scheduled tour time. IMO it would be prudent to schedule one of the earlier tours. The light will be fine, you probably won’t see the beams penetrate all the way down to the canyon floor, but it definitely won’t be a case of “lights out, money blown.”
    Hope that helps and that you enjoy your visit!
    Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Amy Dexheimer - July 11, 2017

Alley – I am so happy I came across your information! I booked a Canyon X tour with one of the links you provided. Thanks for the info!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 12, 2017

    You’re welcome Amy! Hope you enjoy your tour, and your visit to Page, Arizona. Be sure to let your tour outfitter know how they did by posting a review on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google or your personal favorite consumer review site when you get home.
    Alley 🙂

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Yiling - July 6, 2017

Hi! I am planning to visit Antelope Canyon in this August and have already booked a Upper Antelope tour at 2:30 pm. However, I have just found a same tour available at 1:30 pm. Since I would very love to see the famous light beam, I am wondering whether it is possible for the tour at 1:30 pm to see the light beam and whether it is necessary for me to book it.

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 7, 2017

    Hi Yiling and thank you for visiting our site.
    If you can get on an Antelope Canyon tour at 1:30 PM, grab it. And yes, it is necessary to book it. Antelope Canyon tours are selling out this summer, especially at peak times.
    Happy traveling!
    Alley 🙂

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jamie - June 13, 2017

Hi Alley,
We will visit Page in the end of July. Like to tour both upper and lower antelope canyon. So I already book the 12:00 tour for lower, what is the best time to book for upper canyon? 9:30?
Thank you for all your tips of travelling,
Jamie

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 13, 2017

    Hi Jamie,
    In light of the fact that you have already booked a 12:00 Noon tour to Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d recommend booking an Upper Antelope Canyon tour that departs afterward. The reason why is that we’ve received reports of Upper Antelope Canyon tours not departing on time due to extreme popularity this season. A 9:30 AM tour would theoretically end at 11:00 AM, giving you enough time to get lunch, then go down to the entrance of Lower Antelope to catch your tour. If the tour didn’t depart on time, though, you’d potentially miss your tour, and not be eligible to get your money back.
    Another consideration: since you’d already be at Antelope Canyon’s entrance on the highway, it makes no sense to traipse back to Page to pick up a tour that will just take you down to where you already were, so I’d recommend catching one of the tours that departs directly from the Tribal Park entrance on highway 98. Visit Navajo Tours for availability and reservations.
    Should Upper Antelope tours be sold out (which is a distinct possibility), all is not lost. You might consider touring an alternative slot canyon such as Antelope X, Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon or Cathedral Canyon, or touring Antelope Canyon from the waterside by Stand-Up Paddleboard or Tour Boat from Antelope Point Marina.
    Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
    Alley 🙂

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Mandar - June 8, 2017

Hi,
Could you please suggest a good company for helicopter tours in Grand Canyon? Thanks in advance

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 9, 2017

    Hi Mandar,
    There are 3 companies that offer Grand Canyon helicopter tours: Papillon, Grand Canyon Helicopters and Maverick Helicopters. Since Grand Canyon Helicopters is actually a subsidiary of Papillon, that narrows it “technically” down to two.
    Which one should you choose? Well, their flight routes are going to be virtually identical since these are regulated by the FAA. The type of aircraft they fly are also very similar. Two tours are offered, one 25-30 minutes in length, and a 45-50 minute flight.
    Our suggestion? Select the operator who has availability at the time slot you desire, and at the best price. We recommend flying in the morning for better light and less wind.
    Hope that helps – happy traveling!
    Alley

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Beth - June 4, 2017

I’m planning to visit Antelope Canyon this year and was wondering if there is a season that makes the canyon more beautiful. I did see in the comments that the light beam is present in late spring, summer, and early fall, and strongest… I have a very flexible schedule for travel and wanted to know if have a recommendation for a time of year that affords better conditions/weather or fewer people. I appreciate any help you can provide!

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 5, 2017

    Hi Beth, and thanks for visiting our site!
    You have correctly deduced that the late spring-summer-early fall time period is best if you have your heart set on seeing Antelope Canyon’s famous light beams. However, there is a price to be paid for the experience, namely, paying higher prices for tours, and having to contend with more people for seats. Indeed, there are reports all over the internet of peak-time tours being sold out well into October.
    If you don’t care one way or the other about seeing the light beams, and would prefer to experience the canyon in more moderate temperatures with fewer people, you might consider visiting in late March/early April or mid-October/early November. Mind you those are transitional periods from winter to spring and fall to winter respectively, so you might encounter inclement weather, but usually not so extreme as to result in cancellation of tours. Daytime temperatures are typically pleasant and crowds are thinning, too. At least with kids back in school, it’s just us grown-ups out there 😉
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley

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Kathy - May 29, 2017

We’re going to go to Antelope on September 5th of this year. What is the best time of day for light and photos??
Thanks!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 29, 2017

    Hi Kathy, thanks for your inquiry.
    Mid-day is generally regarded as prime time to visit Antelope Canyon for quality of light and photos. That is when you’re most likely to experience those famous light beams everyone is so fond of. However, you’ll also find it to be crazy-busy as a result. I would not be surprised if tours for all time slots were sold out, but be sure you check with all the outfitters before assuming that to be the case. What To Do If Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out
    Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley Keosheyan

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Janice Lipshy - May 21, 2017

Planning to go to Antelope Canyon from Detroit Michigan the last week in October2017…and wondering where we should fly into…..have previously been to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Vegas, etc….but would not be opposed to a revisit….just want to get to Page the most scenic and beautiful route…have have nine days, eight nites start to finish…please assist and thank you for your time.
jan

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 22, 2017

    Hi Janice!
    October is a wonderful time to visit Arizona. Since you’ve already done the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/Bryce/Zion loop, I would recommend flying into Phoenix. The drive from Phoenix to Page is stunning, going through expansive stands of saguaro cacti, the Verde Valley, Coconino National Forest, and Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments.
    A logical and wonderful stop to make on this trip would be Sedona, AZ, which is just 2 hours from Phoenix. Many people recommend staying there at least 3 days and rightfully so! There’s a lot to see and do, including just chilling out 🙂
    With the time you have, you can easily revisit Grand Canyon South Rim if you wish, or maybe add Monument Valley to your itinerary.
    Whatever you do, be sure to book all your lodging and tours in advance. Like I said, October is prime time to visit Arizona, and that secret got out years ago!
    Hope your travels are safe and happy,
    Alley

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      Liz - May 31, 2017

      Hello Alley,

      WE have a mule trip booked for Oct 20/21 and would like to include a visit to antelope canyon. I have 4 women all healthy and active but I have one with a fear of heights (she is not doing the mule trip). We have a whole day tos pend at antelope canyon. What do you suggest for the best way to tour? I hve seen upper canyon, lower canyon and kayak tours so not sure which way would be best to go. thank you!

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        Alley Keosheyan - June 2, 2017

        Hi Liz,
        Congrats on snagging a spot on the mule trip! It’s an awesome experience, and one that’s hard to come by. You’ll have a great time.
        Touring Antelope Canyon takes anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on whether you tour Upper or Lower (the latter is longer). Which one you choose depends on your party members’ fitness level. Upper is a breeze, at only 100 yards in length and flat the whole way. Lower is more physical requiring some stair climbing and light boulder scrambling. With a full day to work with, you might do one of the walking tours and a kayak tour. It would certainly give you a perspective not shared by the masses! Speaking of masses, Antelope Canyon tours are selling out this year, even at the time of year you’re visiting, so be sure to make advance reservations. What To Do If Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out.
        Be sure to stop by Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way into town. Also, we would strongly recommend staying overnight in Page, AZ to get the most out of your visit.
        Have fun and safe travels!
        Alley

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Teresa - May 15, 2017

Hello all!!

Thank you so much for all the very useful information!!!

I am planning a trip for my parents and myself, we plan to drive to Antelope Canyon and take one of the upper tour.

However, that’s all I have planned, wondering if there is any advise on what’s the best way to see the other amazing spots in the area? Perhaps not too tiring as they are not young?

I see there’s the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell (whats the best way to see them?)

Thank you so so much, you very kind people!!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 16, 2017

    Hi Teresa, and thank you for writing!
    Hopefully you have made reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour. It is a very popular attraction and tours have been selling out.
    As for visiting the other area attractions you mention, unfortunately, they do involve a bit of a hike that many people are not able to make, especially Rainbow Bridge. To see Rainbow Bridge the traditional way also involves a 6-hour boat tour that your folks may not be up for.
    There is, however, a way to see Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge quickly and easily, without breaking a sweat and that’s to fly over them. The Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge air tour will cover all that and more in just 30 minutes time!
    Another popular activity that is not strenuous is the Colorado River Discovery Half Day Float Trip through Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. During the summer months, you should definitely take the early morning departure.
    Hope that helps. Safe travels to you and your family!
    Alley

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JR - May 4, 2017

Will be in Antelope Canyon area abt 16th or so of May. Please tell me what tours/outfitters have easier DoD cuz my husband has foot pain. which he can bear but we do limit hiking & climbing.

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 4, 2017

    Hi JR, thanks for your question!
    Upper Antelope Canyon is definitely the easiest of all local slot canyon tours. It’s a 100 yard trail through the canyon itself, mostly flat and fairly well compacted. People who use walkers, canes, etc. have been able to manage it, so that should tell you a lot right there.
    The main thing is to reserve your tour well in advance. Antelope Canyon has become a very popular attraction and many tours are reportedly sold out already. How to Book A Tour of Antelope Canyon
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley

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John McKearney - May 2, 2017

Alley:

Do you have to book a tour to visit antelope canyon? or can you go there on your own? It seems that you can only book a tour. However, if I can do it on my own with a friend (even if there is a fee involved) where can I find that information.

Thank you

John M.

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 2, 2017

    Hi John, and thanks so much for stopping by!
    Antelope Canyon is situated on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. Therefore, it is necessary to go to the canyon with a licensed guide and/or tour operator. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on one’s point of view 😉 – Antelope Canyon has become a very popular attraction, so advance reservations are strongly recommended for touring. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
    In the event Antelope Canyon tours are sold out on your desired day, here are some tips on how to handle that situation ->: “Help! Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out”
    Take care and safe travels,
    Alley

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      John McKearney - May 2, 2017

      That is what I thought. Thank you for the update

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      Sue laviolette - March 15, 2018

      Hello we r in town and would like to book antelope upper tour for friday at 11:30 , 1230 or 130. Who do i contact
      Thx

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        Alley Keosheyan - March 18, 2018

        Hi Sue,
        We’re so sorry we were unable to respond to your query in time. We hope you were able to book an Antelope Canyon tour without much trouble.
        Alley 🙂

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Ashley Fisher - April 17, 2017

Do you have a recommendation on a hotel that is nearby this area? I’m doing the full hike with the antelope canyons, horseshoe bend and Zion all included. If you have a suggestion on a unique place to stay that would be most helpful. I’d rather a more rural, rustic place rather than your typical hotel.

Thank You
Ashley

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2017

    Hi Ashley and thanks for stopping by.
    If you’d prefer to avoid chain hotels and motels, you’ll be happy to know that there are many options for doing so in the Page, AZ area. Start by checking on vacation rental homes. Granted, the majority are within the town of Page itself, but our location in and of itself is very unique and rural, with beatiful views around every turn. Vacation Rentals By Owner, or VRBO for short, is a good site with a variety of options, from rooms within a home, to luxury “villas” with all the bells and whistles.
    If you want to go a little further off the beaten path, check out the Paria Outpost, situated between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89. They have a small room that they rent out to travelers, and the price includes a cooked-to-order breakfast. Paria Outpost Bed & Breakfast
    Hope that gives you some ideas to start your planning.
    Alley

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Paul Kristoff - March 24, 2017

Ryan,

Thank you for all the wonderful information. I was wondering if the light beam would be available in late April (29th-May 2) and also if the beams appeared in the lower canyon?

This is not quite on the slot canyon but on horseshoe bend. Is it better to do sunrise of sunset as far as photographing?

Thank you so much.

Paul

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 27, 2017

    Hi Paul and thank you for visiting our site. Ryan is out of the office at the moment, but I’m happy to answer your question! The light beams typically begin appearing in Upper Antelope Canyon at mid-day in mid-March and continue through early October. They do occur in Lower Antelope Canyon, too, but not to as dramatic effect as they do in Upper. In late April/early May, you might also find that while the shafts of light make an appearance, they might not extend *quite* all the way to the canyon floor, but I wouldn’t let that be a deterrent by any means. The canyon is beautiful any time of year, or day!
    As for Horseshoe Bend, opinions differ on best time to visit, but the general consensus is that mid-day is something of a bust for photography because the sun overhead washes out the colors of the canyon walls. Just after sunrise and just before sunset are recognized as prime time to visit due to the angle of the sun. Just before sunrise, and just after sunset, the ‘bend will be in shadow, but that still doesn’t stop people from snapping away. For more details on the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend, read this piece on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com http://horseshoebend.com/best-time-visit-horseshoe-bend/
    While you’re here, think about taking part in other fun activities such as the Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip or a scenic air tour
    Happy traveling!
    Alley

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      Paul Kristoff - March 28, 2017

      Alley,,

      Thanks,

      Paul

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 1, 2017

        You are most welcome! 🙂

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Neal - February 19, 2017

Ryan – Thank you for all the helpful information! Is there an ideal time of day you recommend scheduling a tour for the best lighting in the canyon? Best regards! Neal.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 21, 2017

    Hi Neal,
    Ryan is on holiday, but I lived in that area for many years, so I’m happy to help you!
    Prevailing wisdom is that Antelope Canyon is best seen at mid-day when the sun is almost directly overhead. If you’re wanting to see the shaft of light in Upper Antelope Canyon, that holds especially true. However, be prepared to share the canyon with a lot of other people with the same thing in mind! If you don’t care for crowds, then consider touring Antelope Canyon during one of the “off” times, such as earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. No light beams, but the colors of the canyon will still be beautiful, though slightly darker. Also, the light beam phenomena only occurs in late spring-summer-early fall. If you’re traveling here in the next couple of weeks, the shaft does make an appearance, but doesn’t extend all the way to the canyon floor.
    Hope that helps ~ have fun!
    Alley Keosheyan

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