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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / March 27, 2018

Antelope Canyon has quickly 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!

Overview

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. 

Time permitting, you might also consider visiting the waterside of Antelope Canyon by boat tour or kayak.

Upper Antelope Canyon

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. If all of the companies below are sold out, you can often times find seats to Upper Antelope Canyon on Antelope Canyon Now.

Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon Grand Expedition One Day Tour

Antelope Canyon Expedition

Experience Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in one convenient day from your Hotel in Las Vegas! Fly to Page and see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend!
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Pro Tip! If you cannot find openings for the dates you are looking for, check out bundle deals. Many times these are still available when general booking is full!!

Ryan

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:

• Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours (928) 606-2168 http://lowerantelope.com/ and
• Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours (928) 640-1761 http://antelopelowercanyon.com

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)

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.

This is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to experience Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon Boat Tour

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 Tours –A 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.

Upper Antelope Schedule of Times

Lower Antelope Schedule of Times

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

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Karen - August 10, 2018

Hi Alley.
I love the work that you and your team do so insightful and helpful to all of your readers.

This is the third time that I am leaving a message I hope I am sending it correctly as I have not had a response from you yet!

I will be travelling from Australia and want to visit the Grand Canyon in December 2018. We have set aside the 9th and 10th of December. We are planning to leave Vegas early on the 9th morning and drive to the Grand Canyon National Park which please correct me if I am wrong, is on the South Rim. Once there we would like to perhaps do a small hike or take a scenic flight. We plan to sleep overnight and then dive to Page the next day. After visiting the major sites in Page we then wanted to drive back to Vegas for the 10th night. We will be travelling with two teenage children 16 and 18 who are active and love adventure.
Some of the things that we hope to include are a scenic flight over the canyon- If possible we would love to land at the bottom and look up. We would also love to see the sun set and sun rise. In Page we would like to visit Antelope Canyon. Most likely the lower Canyon as I think it is a little more challenging and our kids would enjoy this aspect. In addition we also want to see Horseshoe Bend and perhaps take a kayak trip or boat ride on Lake Powel. I would dearly love to see the wave but not sure if we could pack all of this in to a two day trip to the Canyon/Page from Vegas.
Alley I really need your help and advice. What would you recommend? What scenic flight do you think we could possibly take and where? Are boat tours available in December or do they close??? Will we have enough time to drive back to Vegas from Page???

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 11, 2018

    Hi Karen,
    Apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry, but thank you very much for your wonderful compliments. It really makes me hate to say this, but unfortunately, I’m going to have to “temper” some of your expectations.
    First off, your second day’s plan involves too much driving. It takes approximately 3.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. You’ve probably seen a shorter time estimate on Google maps, but that’s wheels turning, no stops, which rarely happens on that drive. There are over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints along that route (the East Rim/Desert View Drive), then once you exit the park and enter Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, there are more sites that will no doubt pique your curiosity and warrant a photo stop. When you get to Page, AZ, you’ll want to allow ~60-90 minutes to visit Horseshoe Bend (which you can hit on your way into town), then ~2 hours to tour Lower Antelope Canyon. Then, after all that, you’re facing a 5-hour drive back to Las Vegas! You really need an overnight in Page, AZ as well. It will make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience for you all.
    Regarding boat tours, all water-based activities are on seasonal hiatus at that time of year, plus, as your plan now stands, you don’t have time anyway. The Wave? Not gonna happen. You need a permit, which are insanely hard to get, plus it’s a 6+ mile hike that requires a full day, which, as of now, you don’t have to spare.
    Another thing to keep in mind is that we strongly discourage nighttime driving in this part of the US due to the lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of nocturnal wildlife such as deer and elk to congregate around them. In December, your days are going to be short: sunrise occurs at ~7.30 AM, sunset at ~5:00 PM.
    As for scenic flights, the ones that allow you to land at the bottom are not offered at Grand Canyon South Rim. Those types of experiences are only offered at Grand Canyon West, a Native American Tribal Park located ~2.5 hours from Las Vegas. Helicopter and airplane flights from the South Rim are restricted to just flying over, but that’s by no means a tick in the minus column: the South Rim is where the vast, colorful “picture postcard” views of the Grand Canyon can be had. Those at Grand Canyon West are nowhere near as sweeping and dramatic, but they do allow for the kinds of experiences you can’t have in the National Park. That’s the “trade-off” between the two Grand Canyon parks. If you do want to take a scenic air tour from Grand Canyon South Rim, we recommend the Imperial Flight on the Eco-Star EC130 helicopter, and we recommend you take it first thing in the morning for better light and less wind.
    I know this is a lot to digest! The main takeaways: SLOW DOWN. You’re trying to cram too much sightseeing into too short a time, which I know is tempting to do when you’re coming from a long ways away and your trip might be a once-in-a-lifetime shot. If at all possible, try to modify your schedule so you can allow for an overnight in Page, AZ as well as Grand Canyon South Rim. If it’s not possible to do so, much as I hate to say it, you’ll need to choose “quality over quantity” on your destinations; choose one or the other. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, then that should be the priority, and it should be the South Rim, not the West Rim. However, if you have a spare day in Las Vegas, you can easily fit a Las Vegas Grand Canyon West Rim tour in in half a day’s time or less.
    Hope that helps. Sorry again to have to relay potentially disappointing news, but, as some old song from the ’70’s went, “I’d rather hurt you honestly than mislead you with a lie.”
    Feel free to write back again if you have any questions. I can’t always get to them the same day, but I will get to them!
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Tania - August 10, 2018

Hi Alley! Thanks for your guidance it is very helpful!

We are actually planning a trip and will appreciate your advice a lot!

The plan is:

Day 1. Traveling from Redwood city to Las Vegas ( 10-11h drive)
Overnight in Las Vegas.

Day 2. Recovery day at Las Vegas, overnight.

Day 3. Las Vegas – Tusayan – Grand Canyon Village South ( 5-6h drive) Overnight in Grand Canyon.

Day 4. Sunrise in Grand Canyon, sightseeing, overnight.

Day 5. Grand Canyon – Monument Valley (4-5h drive). Monument Valley sightseeing, Forrest Gump Point, overnight.

Day 6. Monument Valley – Page (3-4h drive) – Low Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Band
Overnight in Page.

Day 7. Page, the Wave onsite lottery, Lake Powell/ Alstrom Point/
White Pocket/

Day 8. Page, the Wave onsite lottery, (the Wave in case of winning), or Page – Zion (2-3h drive)

Day 9. Zion sightseeing and overnight

Day 10. Zion -Las Vegas (3-4h drive). Flight or overnight.

Would you recommend us to modify or switch anything, considering the fact that we can permit ourselves to stay an extra day somewhere? Are there some other “must see” spots?

Speaking about Zion what would you recommend to do there if we cannot do a lot of hiking?

Are there substitute options for the Wave or Antelope Canyon that have similar(around $40) price or are free of charge at all?

Thank you so much in advance!

Tania

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 11, 2018

    Hi Tania,
    Wow — you get the prize for best planning!
    Your itinerary as it stands looks awesome, I wouldn’t change a thing, unless, of course you don’t win the walk-in Wave lottery (which statistically, is the most likely outcome). On your “extra” day, you might see if you can snag a cancellation on a room at Bryce Canyon. That’s about the only “must-see” site that’s missing from your itinerary. Since it’s a small park square mileage-wise, one day is sufficient to have a fulfilling visit. I don’t recall seeing what time of year you were traveling, but keep in mind that Bryce is 8,000′ above sea level. Evenings are already starting to get cold up there, so bring a jacket just in case. Bryce Canyon is ~ a 3-hour drive from Page; it would then be ~a 2-hour drive from Bryce to Zion. Bryce Canyon Lodging
    As for alternate areas in the vicinity of The Wave you might visit, there are literally dozens of them. Many are free to visit; then again, many are not. Antelope Canyon Alternate Slot Canyons, for example, tend to be a bit more expensive to tour than Antelope Canyon itself, but that’s because the tour companies deliberately keep tour groups smaller. For more suggestions on other things you might do in the likely event you strike out on The Wave lottery, afterwards, you might hop over to the Kanab Utah Visitors Center and see what the employees there might suggest. Lake Powell Boat Tours are another good option.
    Regarding non-hiking activities in Zion, hiking shouldn’t be necessarily ruled out as there are lots of scenic but easy walks you can take. If hiking is a definite “no-can-do,” you might check out the Zion Ponderosa Ranch near the Western entrance of the park. They offer all kinds of activities from ATV tours to ziplining! Or, simply ride the park shuttle from Springdale, UT (I take it that’s where you’re staying?) on the Zion Canyon main scenic drive and hop-on/hop-off as you wish.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. Be sure to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For $80, this card grants you access to all the National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time. The only areas it won’t work are Native American Tribal Parks (like Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon) and State Parks (like Kodachrome Basin or the Coral Pink Sand Dunes [near Kanab]), but it will still pay for itself on the trip you’re planning to take.

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Janice Gillespie - August 2, 2018

I am doing a 3 week trip (Hotels all booked) In November and part of this will be in Utah/Arizona for 8 days and I was just looking for some advice on any bits you are familiar with in my itinerary. I will put below my where I am staying and what I have planned and I would appreciate your advice. I’m not 100% sure about driving times and what there is to see and do enroute and also about sunset and sunrise times and time differences and are any of the roads ok to drive after dark or do I need to ensure we are off them all.
Mon 5th Nov Leave Baker and visit death valley before arriving in Vegas for night
Tues 6th Nov Leave Vegas and go to valley of fire and then head to Springdale for 3 nights
Wed 7th Nov Zion National Park
Thurs 8th Nov Zion National Park
Fri 9th Leave Springdale and head to Bryce for a few hours before heading onto Capitol Reef and then onto Moab for the 2 nights.
Thinking this might be a bit much so wondering if I should drop doing valley of fire and head straight to Zion N.P and then do day trip to Bryce on Thurs 8th from Springdale leaving Friday 9th to do Capitol reef on the way to Moab.
Sat 10th Thinking of doing either day trip to arches/canyonlands or half trip to one and explore the other one ourselves.
Sun 11th Travel to Monument Valley via Mexican Hat/Four corners. Is there anything else we need to stop at on way down? Was thinking on booking latest 1.5he trip at monument valley. (or do I not need to book at this time of year) Stay overnight in Kayenta.
Mon 12th Travel to Page for Overnight. Plan on doing Lower Antelope Canyon tour and Horseshoe bend. Not sure what time to book canyon tour for. Thinking it will take me about 1.5/2hours to get to Page from here, and was planning on doing horseshoe bend afterwards. Guessing that will be about as much as I will have time for.
Tues 13th Head to South Rim for Overnight. Any bits worth a visit enroute.
Want to visit desert view tower as it was closed last time we were there so we will do that on way in.
Wed 14th Leave Grand canyon and possibly visit Williams before heading to Sedona via oak creek for the night.
After that we are off to Palm Springs, San Diego and back to LA for our flight home. All places we have been before.

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Cathy Slusser - August 2, 2018

We are planning a trip to the canyon in 2020. When should we make reservations? The on line reservation forms say that tours are not available.

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 2, 2018

    Hi Cathy,
    KUDOS for planning your vacation well in advance. Antelope Canyon Tour outfitters will make their online inventory for 2020 available sometime in 2019. If you wish to make a reservation further out than that, you might try calling your chosen tour company to see if they might take a reservation over the phone.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Jan - August 1, 2018

I am coming to Page as part of a road trip and was looking for some advice.

We will be leaving Monument Valley on the morning of 12th November and heading to Page for an Overnight stay before moving onto Grand Canyon for another overnight stay and then Sedona.
Do we visit horseshoe bend before or after antelope Canyon and do we book a lower or upper tour. How long should we allow for drive from MV to Page.
Is there any other must sees in Page.

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 2, 2018

    Hi Janice!
    The drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ typically takes ~2 hours, but it’s a good idea to allow for extra time in case a viewpoint or rock formation piques your curiosity and warrants a photo stop.
    Since you’re coming in from Monument Valley, I would recommend touring Antelope Canyon on the way into Page, since it’s right on your way. Regarding whether to tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, it depends on how much physical exertion you’re willing to put forth. Upper is easy and short; Lower is longer and requires climbing a few ladders and stairs, and stepping over a few boulders. Lower Antelope Canyon Full Walk-Through Video
    If you opt to tour Upper, go with Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours or Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours. Their headquarters are right next to the Tribal Park Entrance on US98. If you prefer to tour Lower, then Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours or Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours would be the outfitter(s) to book with. No need to be too choosy about the tour outfitter; they basically offer the same tours, right down to the footsteps, and the penny.
    I would then recommend hitting Horseshoe Bend on the drive to Grand Canyon South Rim. Again, it’s right on your way. The sooner you can get there after sunrise, the better, as traffic tends to pick up a lot between the hours of 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The drive to Grand Canyon South Rim takes 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. You’ll no doubt find photo ops galore on the trip, so here again, it’s a good idea to pad your time by another 60-90 minutes.
    As for other “must-sees” in Page, these would include, but not be limited to, the John Wesley Powell Museum, the Glen Canyon Dam and Carl Hayden Visitors Center, Navajo Village Heritage Center, and the “New” Wave. For suggestions on other sights and activities, check out this article on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com: “24 Hours in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Jan - August 3, 2018

      Thanks Ally you are a wealth of knowledge.

      Would I not be better doing Horseshoe after canyon so I can get to grand canyon earlier. What time is sunrise and sunset in Nov?. Is there a time difference between Monument Valley and Page?

      Apologies if you have received duplicate posts but I didn’t think they were posting. I did try posting my longer itinerary (see below) but not sure if it posted and would welcome any additional advice you can give as I haven’t been to Utah or Page before.

      I am doing a 3 week trip (Hotels all booked) In November and part of this will be in Utah/Arizona for 8 days and I was just looking for some advice on any bits you are familiar with in my itinerary. I will put below my where I am staying and what I have planned and I would appreciate your advice. I’m not 100% sure about driving times and what there is to see and do enroute and also about sunset and sunrise times and time differences and are any of the roads ok to drive after dark or do I need to ensure we are off them all.
      Mon 5th Nov Leave Baker and visit death valley before arriving in Vegas for night
      Tues 6th Nov Leave Vegas and go to valley of fire and then head to Springdale for 3 nights
      Wed 7th Nov Zion National Park
      Thurs 8th Nov Zion National Park
      Fri 9th Leave Springdale and head to Bryce for a few hours before heading onto Capitol Reef and then onto Moab for the 2 nights. Is it possible to do some of this drive on interstate in dark?
      Thinking this might be a bit much so wondering if I should drop doing valley of fire and head straight to Zion N.P and then do day trip to Bryce on Thurs 8th from Springdale leaving Friday 9th to do Capitol reef on the way to Moab.
      Sat 10th Thinking of doing either day trip to arches/canyonlands or half trip to one and explore the other one ourselves.
      Sun 11th Travel to Monument Valley via Mexican Hat/Four corners. Is there anything else we need to stop at on way down? Was thinking on booking latest 1.5he trip at monument valley. (or do I not need to book at this time of year) Stay overnight in Kayenta.
      Mon 12th Travel to Page for Overnight. Plan on doing Lower Antelope Canyon tour and Horseshoe bend. Not sure what time to book canyon tour for. Thinking it will take me about 1.5/2hours to get to Page from here, and was planning on doing horseshoe bend afterwards. Guessing that will be about as much as I will have time for.
      Tues 13th Head to South Rim for Overnight. Any bits worth a visit enroute.
      Want to visit desert view tower as it was closed last time we were there so we will do that on way in.
      Wed 14th Leave Grand canyon and possibly visit Williams before heading to Sedona via oak creek for the night.
      After that we are off to Palm Springs, San Diego and back to LA for our flight home. All places we have been before.

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        Alley Keosheyan - August 3, 2018

        Hi again, Janice!
        You certainly could visit Horseshoe Bend after touring Antelope Canyon, time permitting, and also parking permitting. The hours between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM tend to be when the overlook gets really crowded, and it the parking lot happens to be full, you will be instructed by the on-site representative of the local police department to come back another time. The hours just after sunrise are a lot less hectic. “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend
        Sunrise and sunset in November are at ~7:00 AM and 5:15 PM respectively. Also, there won’t be a time difference between Page and Monument Valley at the time of your visit. Daylight Savings Time will have ended on November 4th, so Arizona, Utah, and the Navajo Reservation will all be on the same time zone (yay!). Nevada and California will be one hour behind.
        As to the remainder of your itinerary, it looks pretty good, but I would still suggest a couple of modifications. Baker, CA, for example: I was there just recently and that is one creepy town. There’s only one actual “hotel” there and they make you sign a 3-page contract and put down a $100 deposit before they give you a room key! Do a Google search for the “Santa Fe Motel, Baker, CA” and you can find a review I posted. If possible, I’d recommend going a but further down the road to Primm, NV. It’s also a small town, but they have a few more hotels to choose from. The only drawback is that it would extend your drive time to Death Valley by an hour.

        Valley of Fire is a cool place, and not too big a detour on the drive from Las Vegas to Springdale. It’s also good that you’re planning on spending 3 nights there, Zion is a big park with lots to see and do.
        Your plan of Friday the 9th is definitely WAY too much. Here is what it looks like, and keep in mind the drive time is wheels turning, no stops.

        What I recommend doing is spending the night at Bryce, or in the gateway towns of Panguitch or Tropic. Do the drive to Capitol Reef and Moab the following day. It will still be a long drive, but a much more manageable one IMO.
        On the Moab to Monument Valley leg, take Four Corners off the table. There’s not a heck of a lot to see there, plus it will turn a 2.5 hour drive into a 4.5 hour drive. Instead, plan to stop at the Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park. Much more scenic and fulfilling, and won’t add any significant time onto your drive.

        If you want to do a tour in Monument Valley, I would recommend booking it in advance, even at the time of year you’re visiting. The lines between what used to be known as “shoulder” or “off” season are quickly blurring into “peak” season.
        Allow for ~2.5 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page. Book your Antelope Canyon tour for sometime around mid-day if you can still find space; if not, then take whatever spot is available. Remember that your tour outfitter will want you to check in 30-60 minutes prior to departure.
        As for the drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, there are lots of photo ops you’ll inevitably want to stop at, including, but not limited to, the “Cut,” a scenic overlook of the Colorado Plateau, various views of Painted Desert formations on US89 as you head South, the Cameron Trading Post, Chief Yellowhorse’s curio stand, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Desert View Watchtower, and over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon as you head West on AZ64 toward Grand Canyon Village. So, what is listed on Google Maps as a 2.5 hour drive, is more realistically a 3.5-4 hour drive.
        Visiting Williams is an OK plan if you’re a Route 66 or antique train buff (it’s where the Grand Canyon Railway departs from). Bearizona Wildlife Park is also located there, which has become a popular attraction in recent years. The drive from Grand Canyon Village to Sedona, going direct, takes ab out 2.5 hours. Do factor in time for a few stops, besides Williams. The Planes of Fame Museum in Valle, AZ (~30 miles North of Williams) might be something you’d enjoy, plus Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful drive, and one best taken slowly as it’s quite twisty.
        By the way, all driving in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah should be done during daylight hours. Supplemental lighting is kept to a bare minimum in this part of the country, plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to be nocturnal and can often be encountered grazing on the roadside. Trust us, you don’t want to hit one!
        Also, if I didn’t suggest this before, be sure to pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For $80, this card will get you into all the National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time. It won’t work in Native American Tribal Parks (such as Monument Valley or Antelope Canyon), or State Parks (such as Goosenecks), but it will still pay for itself on the trip you’re planning to take.
        Hope that helps — here’s wishing you safe and happy travels!
        Alley 🙂

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          Janice - August 4, 2018

          Thanks so much Alley for all your advice.
          Don’t know what made me say I was stating in Baker I’m actually staying in Barstow.

          I thought we were trying to do so much on Friday so I had a look and was thinking of cancelling a night at Springdale as this is easiest one to take a night off and booking a night in Torrey and spending half a day in Bryce before heading there and then spending day in Capitol reef before heading to Moab for night. Have now booked full day trip of canyonlands and Arches for Sat.
          Just wasn’t sure if there was more to see in Bryce than Torrey. Do you think I should spend more time in Bryce and stay near there and then Travel to Capitol reef in the morning and spend half day before heading to Moab.
          Maybe should have said we do not do much climbing more of walkers, sight seers, cyclists.
          Is it worth trying to do a bit of narrows at this time of year or would you not recommend it.?

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          Alley Keosheyan - August 4, 2018

          Hi again, Janice!
          Glad to hear you’re not staying in Baker.
          If you cancel a night in Springdale, that would certainly free up more time for Bryce, Capitol Reef and Moab. Bryce is a small park, square mileage-wise, so you can get by with spending a half-day there, then driving on to Torrey. Capitol Reef is one of those places where you can spend one day, or spend a week. It’s up to you and how much hiking you want to do — or not do.
          Hope that helps, I know it’s a tough choice!
          Alley 🙂

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Mariam - August 1, 2018

Hey Alley! First I wanted to thank you for all the help and information you have been giving, we really do appreciate it! I have been reading from all these posts about the itineraries but wanted to see if you could help break things down for us as well . My husband and I are visiting for the first time and although we may not have a huge chunk of days on our hand, we still wanted to squeeze in as much as we can. We fly into Vegas on Sept 15 Saturday night and leave Wed morning. We wanted to have at least one whole day to spend on the vegas strip and the rest of the days can be touring.

Originally we werent thinking of renting a car but I think it would be easier to drive ourselves instead of taking a whole bus tour to visit everything? (save money and have freedom to stop/go as we please). This is what I was thinking to do :

-Sat night: fly into vegas and spend night

-Day 1 (Sunday morning) : drive from Vegas to Grand canyon – see hoover dam on the way?
—Stay the night at Grand canyon south rim, maybe Grand canyon plaza hotel

-Day 2 (Monday morning) : drive from Grand canyon to Page, AZ – see horseshoe bend, lake powell and lower Antelope Canyon (will book tour)
—Stay the night in Page, AZ

-Day 3 (Tuesday morning): drive from page AZ to Vegas

Do you think there are other attractions that we can squeeze in on those 2 days? like the glen canyon dam?

Thanks so much once again!!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 2, 2018

    Hi Miriam and thank you for visiting us!
    As you’ve correctly deduced, you don’t have a heck of a lot of time, so squeezing in other attractions will be strictly on a “time permitting” basis.
    I’m glad to hear that you’re planning to self-drive, since relying on a tour would severely limit your options, and your flexibility. I’m also happy to hear that you’re planning to spend the night at Grand Canyon South Rim, so you can experience a sunset and maybe a sunrise on the canyon rim.
    On Day 2, try to get as early a start as possible on the drive to Page so you can maximize your sightseeing time. Sunrise occurs at ~6:00 AM. The trip to Page naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the South Rim, where there are over half a dozen named viewpoints, all with differing features and perspectives on the Grand Canyon. Upon exiting the park at Desert View Point, you’ll then be on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, which also has worthwhile places to stop, including the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s Curio Stand, the Cameron Trading Post and Painted Desert Formations. The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page is listed as taking 2.5 hours on Google Maps, but with all the stops you’re likely to make, don’t be surprised to find it takes you more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours. Time your visit to Page, AZ accordingly. You can hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town, or plan on taking a shuttle or tour with Horseshoe Bend Tours in the likely event you can’t find a parking space at Horseshoe Bend. Be sure to reserve your Antelope Canyon Tour in advance of your arrival as well.
    As for seeing Lake Powell, you probably won’t have time to do anything as in-depth as a boat tour, but you can certainly get a good look at it by venturing into one of the two Marina complexes in the area: Lake Powell Resort & Marina, or Antelope Point Marina. Both are located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which means you’d have to pay the $30/vehicle entrance fee to access them. If you prefer not to fork out that kind of money for what will invariably be a short visit, then you might consider getting a look at the lake from the Steel Arch Bridge adjacent to the Dam, by visiting The Chains swimming area (which involves a bit of a hike), or at the Wahweap Overlook, near the Arizona State Point of Entry Station. The Page Rim View Trail also offers good lake views, but no lake access.
    On Day 3, again, strictly time permitting, you might consider making the drive to Las Vegas with a detour through Zion National Park. The drive from Page to LAS normally takes ~4.5 hours. Swinging through Zion can add another hour or more onto the drive, especially if you opt to stop, which you very likely will.
    For more suggestions on how you might use your time in Page, AZ to full advantage, check out this article on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com “24 Hours in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Donna - July 31, 2018

Hi Ally,
I am trying to plan a trip to Antelope canyon for 4 young retirees! One wants April and another wants May. Which would be best?
Thx. Love this website-very informative

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 31, 2018

    Hey Donna,
    Thank you for your visit, and your compliments!
    Both April and May are nice times to visit Page, Arizona, but if you want my honest opinion on the absolute best time to be here, it’s October. Temperatures are cooling down, crowds are thinning out, and all the popular activities are still in full swing.
    If spring is your only option, however, I’d have to say that May offers more stable weather. April is still in the “transistional” zone between winter and spring, and late season snow or rain storms are notorious for popping up when you least expect them.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Emily - July 30, 2018

Hi! I had some last minute time off and I’m looking to come to Arizona the week of 8/19. I don’t really have any plans yet. I will be traveling alone. I am 23, from CT, and moderately fit.

After reading a lot of these posts, I was thinking about flying into Page and doing a lower tour of antelope canyon. Does it matter what time of day I go? A lot of times are booked already.

After, I was thinking of renting a car to do the south part of the Grand Canyon. I have about 5 days to travel in that window. Do you have any hotel recommendations or other site seeing opportunities?

Thank you!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 31, 2018

    Hi Emily,
    First off, planning on flying into Page isn’t the greatest idea right now. Scheduled air service was abruptly suspended earlier this year; Contour Airlines is scheduled to take over the contract, but we’re not certain when this will be. I would recommend flying into Phoenix or Las Vegas, and depending on how much time you have, visiting Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, and if you have more time, maybe hit Zion and/or Bryce Canyon.
    As for what time of day to tour Antelope Canyon, go whenever they have space. As you’ve correctly deduced, you’re planning something of a last minute trip, so the prime spots (mid-day) are bound to already be booked up. Of course, you can always book an off-prime spot, then check back for cancellations. That’s one of the perks of traveling solo, your odds of slipping into a cancellation are better than if you were wanting to book a family of 5.
    Regarding hotels, here again, best not to be too particular about it. At Grand Canyon South Rim, staying inside the park is always optimal, but those rooms tend to book up months in advance. Your next best option is Tusayan/GC Village South, about 7 miles South of the park entrance. If that area is sold out, then Valle, Williams and Flagstaff should be your alternates, in order of proximity to the rim and desirability. Grand Canyon hotels
    For Page, AZ hotels, you’ll find everything from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, in quality, amenities and price points.
    Time permitting, other sight-seeing activities you might consider include, but aren’t limited to the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip, Lake Powell Boat Tours, taking a hike on the Page Rim Trail or the “New” Wave. For more suggestions, check out this article on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com “48 Hours in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Jami - July 30, 2018

Hi Ryan,

I have a visit planned to Page for August 22nd – 24th. Our thoughts were to head to the Wave for the lottery in the early morning (7am) on the 23rd and then head over to Antelope Canyon to spend the rest of the day – with a tour in mind. With the lottery for the Wave being called at about 9am and the ride over ( The Wave – Antelope Canyon, 50 Miles), I’m thinking it would be safe to say our arrival time to Antelope Canyon would be about 11:30am?!?

There are only two of us and I’m having troubles deciding on which tour to book. I don’t really understanding the real difference or which tour would be best suited for us (both youngish + adventurous + good quality camera). Do you have any suggestions or help with the break down of the upper and lower canyon differences? If everything is booked until 2-3pm would your suggestion still be the same? Is it worth trying to do both the upper and lower?

I finding there to be very few time slots for the tours so, I’m trying my best to understand all options and how I can get the best experience this late in the planning game.

Your help is much appreciated.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 30, 2018

    Hi Jami, and thank you for your inquiry.
    We wish you the best of luck with The Wave lottery! Keep in mind, however, that Kanab, UT, where the lottery is called, DOES observe Daylight Saving Time, whereas Page, AZ and Antelope Canyon DO NOT. You’ll “lose” an hour driving from Page to Kanab (be sure to factor in the time difference for the lottery so you don’t miss it!), then “gain” it back driving from Kanab, UT back to Page, AZ. So if the lottery is called at 9 AM Kanab Time, it will actually be 8 AM Page, AZ Time. So you should be safe shooting for an 11:30 AM Antelope Canyon tour.
    As for which branch of the canyon to tour, it is not necessary to do both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you’re in relatively good health and are OK with some stair/ladder climbing and simple boulder scrambling, you’ll be fine with Lower. Full Video Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon If you find that Lower Antelope Canyon Tours are booked up at your desired time, consider one of several alternate slot canyons that are just as beautiful, but a lot less crowded.
    And in the very likely event you do not get hiking permits for The Wave, there are plenty of other things to see and do in and around that area, or you might even consider flying over it. Whatever happens, you’ll still have a great time.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Esther - July 30, 2018

Hello Ryan. We are travelling from Australia to spend just over two weeks driving from Phoenix to Seattle via Grand Canyon and Yellowstone NP between 27th August and 11th September. Our accomodation is booked but I’m hoping you can help with our stay in Lake Powell. We will be travelling from Grand Canyon via Monument Valley (O/N to catch the sunset)…arriving Thursday 30th August around Lunch time at Lake Powell Resort. We depart for Zion NP on Saturday 1st Sept. We would like to do Lower Antelope Canyon and a boat trip and whatever else may be recommended. Just not sure how to organise this and what we can actually fit in to two half days and one full day. Thanks for any suggestion….have enjoyed reading all the comments and your replies.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 30, 2018

    Hi Esther!
    It’s great that you have that much time to work with. You can definitely hit a lot of great places on your trip, including a lot of National Parks, so be sure you pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass at the first one you hit (Grand Canyon?). For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time. The only places it won’t work are State Parks and Native American Tribal Parks, the latter category encompasses Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, but it will still pay for itself on the trip you’re proposing to take.

    Since you’re coming to Page, AZ from Monument Valley, plan to tour Antelope Canyon before you get to Lake Powell Resort. It’s right on the way, and you can catch a tour directly from the Tribal Park Entrance on US98, about 5 miles SouthEast of Page. For Lower Antelope Canyon, both Dixie Ellis and Ken’s Tours pick up in the same general area and offer virtually identical programs right down to the footsteps, so pick one that has availability at a time that works. One thing that can make things potentially confusing is that Monument Valley and the Navajo Reservation DOES observe Daylight Saving Time, whereas Page DOES NOT, which includes the Antelope Canyon Tour companies. Page will be one hour BEHIND Monument Valley, so you’ll “gain” an hour passing from one place to the other. Allow ~2.5 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page.
    For boat trips, Lake Powell Boat Tours at Lake Powell Resort offers a variety to choose from. The Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour is the longest, takes 6-7 hours depending on the water level of Lake Powell at the time of your visit. Whatever the case, be ready to walk anywhere from 1.5-3 miles round-trip in order to view the Bridge. If that doesn’t appeal, you might consider a shorter trip such as the 90-minute Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise or the 3-hour Canyon Adventure Tour.
    Another popular water-based activity in Page, AZ is the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip from the base of Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. This popular rafting trip does not traverse any rapids, but offers a lot of beautiful scenery and fascinating history.
    Be sure to include the Horseshoe Bend Overlook in your trip plans as well. This can be visited anytime you wish as it’s open 24/7, but the hours just after sunrise tend to offer less parking hassles. Or, you might choose an alternate means to see it such as flying over it, taking a horseback ride, or hopping on a shuttle from Page. “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Stephanie - July 29, 2018

Hi! Thank you for all this information. I’m planning a trip to Phoenix around October 6-13 and thought it would be nice to see Antelope Canyon. I don’t have a lot of plans made so my schedule is pretty wide open for the week I’m there. Do you think I need to drive to Page the day before and spend the night or could this be a day trip there and back? Also is there a day of the week that’s a little less crowded than other days? I see that a lot of the early morning and late afternoon tour times are already booked up but is there a time that’s better than others to go? Thanks for your help!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 30, 2018

    Hi Stephanie and thanks for your inquiry.
    The drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ takes 4.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens because the drive is very scenic and you’ll no doubt find yourself stopping frequently. Therefore we always recommend whenever possible that you plan to spend at least 1 night in Page, AZ. You could tour Antelope Canyon on your arrival day, or the following morning before heading back to Phoenix. Plan to hit Horseshoe Bend as well, preferably just after sunrise to avoid the crowds that begin to accumulate as day tour traffic rolls in from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Vegas and surrounding cities.
    October is a great time of year to be here because temperatures are cooling down and crowds are thinning out. Since school’s back in session, it’s mostly adults out touring. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tend to be busier than weekdays, but most find that difference negligible. Tour Antelope Canyon whenever it works for you, and wherever you can find availability. If you can’t find a desirable time slot, maybe consider touring an alternate slot canyon that is just as beautiful as Antelope, but admission is deliberately limited to a handful of people per departure for a better quality experience.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Julie Diven - July 29, 2018

Hi – my family (5 adults) are driving from Michigan to California. We are stopping at the Grand Canyon for 2 nights. I have reservations at Bright Angel. The day we drive to the Grand Canyon we are starting from Grand Junction, CO on August 7th. Do you think we would be able to get a tour for Antelope Canyon before we continue on to Bright Angel or is that going to be too much. Also what tour would you recommend? We wanted to do both upper and lower but think that is too much? The next day at the Grand Canyon what tour(s) would you recommend since we have such a short time? Overwhelmed by all the tours.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 29, 2018

    Hey Julie,
    Trying to fit in an Antelope Canyon tour on the way from Grand Junction to Grand Canyon is WAY too much driving. The trip from Grand Junction to Page, AZ takes ~6 hours; the drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon South Rim takes ~2.5 hours. Both figures are wheels turning, no stops, but that’s unlikely to happen on either leg of the trip since the drive is very scenic and there will no doubt be points of interest that pique your curiosity. Not to mention, the route takes you through Moab, UT and that area warrants at least a couple of days to explore!

    If you can modify your plans so that you can spend the night in Page, then head to Grand Canyon, that would make for a more comfortable and IMO satisfying experience for you. As for touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, it really isn’t necessary in order to have a fulfilling visit to the area. If you’re physically able to handle Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d stick with it.
    Since the trip from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon South Rim will take you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, you won’t need a tour once you get to Bright Angel. The route you drove in will have already taken you past over half a dozen scenic overlooks, which you are free to stop at with your own vehicle. The next day, you can then use the free shuttles, or take the guided (but not free) Hermit’s Rest Bus Tour, to explore the overlooks on the West Rim/Hermit’s Rest Drive. For the bus tour, visit the Transportation Desk at Bright Angel Lodge to purchase tickets, and tell them Alley said “hi” – I used to work there 😉
    Good luck and safe travels!

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Eszter Torok - July 24, 2018

Dear Alley,

You have a great site, and it awsome how you reply to all the comments!

I would also like to ask for some help regarding the planning of our trip with my fiancé to Grand Canyon and area :).

We will have 2 days (coming from Las Vegas early morning by car), sleeping in Flagstaff between the two days. We will have the car for the whole 2 days (very end of August)

What we would like to see:

– North Rim
– Antelope Canyon
– Lake Powell
– Monument Valley
– Somewhere where we could swim a little bit (maybe Lake Powell?)

– Any other idea/program would be highly appriciated. 🙂

We are reasonably fit, although heat can be a concern for me.

What do you think would be the best way to explore this area?

Thank you so much!!!
Best Regards,
Eszter from Hungary

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 24, 2018

    Hi Eszter and thank you for visiting our site!
    I am sorry to have to start things off with some bad news, but you are going to have to scale back/modify your expectations a bit for what’s possible to accomplish in two days. Long drives are a fact of life in this part of the US, and your present plan would involve too much of it.
    First off, using Flagstaff, AZ as a “base” from which to explore all the attractions on your wish list is not ideal. If you do this, you’re looking at spending 4+ hours each day in the car, when you could be using the time for sightseeing. If possible, alter your plans as follows:
    Day 1 – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (4.5-5 hours) — the North Rim only has limited lodging, and it’s already booked — overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim. If possible, try to get a hotel room inside the park, if not, then Tusayan/GC Village South is the next best option. Grand Canyon hotels
    Day 2 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. Driving direct, meaning wheels turning, no stops, the trip takes ~2.5 hours. Realistically, though, it will most likely take you 3.5-4 hours because there are many Grand Canyon viewpoints and other points of interest you’ll invariably want to stop at and get pictures of. Visit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, tour Antelope Canyon either that afternoon or early the next morning. Time permitting on this day, you might pop down to The Chains, a popular local swimming spot. It does involve a bit of hiking (about 1 mile round-trip), but it’s outside the recreation area, so you don’t have to pay the entrance fee to get in. The Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center is just over the bridge from there, so again, time permitting, you might visit it as well.
    Stay overnight in Page, Arizona, then drive back to Las Vegas the following day (~4.5 hours).
    Notice Monument Valley is off the list. That’s because you simply don’t have enough time to do it justice. It’s too big a detour out of your way, wherever you end up staying, and you’d end up just doing it as a “drive-by.” The North Rim has been eliminated from your itinerary for the same reason, however, if you really have your heart set on seeing it, you might consider taking an early morning helicopter flight out of Grand Canyon South Rim. The North Canyon tour, for example, is a 30-minute flight that will take you across the deepest part of the canyon, over the North Rim, then back to the South Rim. Flights start running at ~8:00 AM, and that time slot is best for light and lack of wind. North Canyon Helicopter Tours
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Barbara L Leparulo - July 19, 2018

Hi, my girlfriend and I will be staying at the Lake Powell Resorts and Marina from Saturday, Oct. 20 through Tuesday Oct. 23. ( we are taking the red eye back from Sky Harbor). We booked a reservation at the “Into the Grand” for 7:15 pm. We are hoping that is a good reservation time since we will be driving from Phoenix on Saturday. Let me know if that plan makes sense. For Sunday and Monday and maybe something on Tuesday we are unclear and overwhelmed of how to best organize our time. Ideally we would prefer private tours. We have done lots of research but don’t know how to proceed. We don’t know which companies we should follow up with either. We know we want to hike Antelope Canyon and do a Regular Boat tour of Lake Powell. We are also interested in a Float Trip and UTV experience. We also want to visit Horseshoe Bend (at least the overlook view). What is your best advice to make all of this happen? I would be interested in speaking with you directly if that is possible too. Also, what is the taxi and uber system like in the area?

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 21, 2018

    Dear Barbara,
    I’m actually going to work backwards with your inquiry, starting with the taxi/Uber situation in Page. In a word, OK, three: it’s not great. There’s only one taxi company in town, Buggy Taxi, and at the moment, the reviews on them aren’t that great. Uber has yet to make enough inroads into the local area in order to be reliable. Plus, if you’re looking to an Uber driver to take you into any of the National Park areas, they won’t be able to do so as they have to have a Conditional Use Permit, and most Uber drivers don’t have that kind of budget.
    Long story short, if you’ll have your own vehicle whilst you’re in Page, that will be your primary transport mode.
    As for private tours, you’ll most likely have a hard time organizing these as well, since the tour outfitters in the area already have their daily departures scheduled, and reservations in place. They are not apt to want to disrupt their timetables for a private tour, but you never know for certain unless you try. You’ll want to contact the outfitters by phone to pose this to them. For Upper Antelope Canyon (the easier part):
    Antelope Canyon Tours
    928-645-9102
    Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours
    (928) 310-9458
    Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours
    928-380-1874
    Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosie
    928-645-5594
    To inquire about a private Lake Powell Boat Tour, phone 888-896-3829 (that’s ARAMARK’s corporate office in Phoenix)
    For the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip, call 800-992-8022
    To visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, and bypass the parking snarls, give this a read: “Help! There’s No Place To Park at Horseshoe Bend!” If you’d rather not drive there, that article has a few suggestions, including a local tour company that offers a shuttle.
    As for UTV tours, there is one company offering them out of the town of Big Water, UT (13 miles NW of Page, AZ), and according to their website, their tours are all private or semi-private. Epic Adventure Rides Lake Powell
    As to your reservation at “Into The Grand,” if you arrive at Lake Powell Resorts at a decent hour, you should be able to make that no problem. It takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Page, then another 15 minutes from Page to Lake Powell Resorts. Regarding Lake Powell Resort, it’s a great place, and the views can’t be beat, but logistically, it’s going to mean a 15-20 minute drive, each way, to get from where you’re staying to where most tours stage out of (Page, AZ). Keep that in mind when making plans.
    At the time of year you’re visiting, the Glen Canyon Float Trip departs only once daily, at 10 AM, so any other activities you do will need to be planned around that. Regarding boat tours, since there are so many options, it’s difficult to factor where exactly that will fit into your trip plan, but if you’re wanting to do the Rainbow Bridge tour (~6-7 hours), that goes out at 7:30 AM at the time of year you’re visiting.
    A typical 2-day trip plan for the area looks like this: 48 Hours in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Julie Howard - July 16, 2018

I have a question. My sister and I are planning to do the Glen Canyon half-day float trip in the morning, so it ends around 11:30. We want to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, also. There is a 3:00 tour for that. I’m not sure how far apart the two are. Would we have time to finish the boat tour, grab a bite to eat and make the Upper Canyon tour at 3:00?

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 16, 2018

    Hi Julie,
    Since Page is a relatively small town, things tend to be 10-15 minutes apart from one another, at most. Therefore, you’ve allowed ample time to enjoy the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip, return to town for a leisurely-paced lunch at one of Page, Arizona’s fine restaurants, then check in for your Antelope Canyon tour.
    Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Christina Nguyen - July 13, 2018

Hey Ryan! My boyfriend and I are planning to head to antelope canyon around labor day weekend. We are unsure to tour the upper or lower antelope canyon. I’ve done my own research and still can’t decide. It is both of our first time there. What would you recommend for first timers? What time should we do the tour that you recommend?

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 16, 2018

    Hi Christina,
    The Upper vs. Lower Antelope Canyon debate usually comes down to physical fitness: if you and your boyfriend are reasonably fit and able to handle some stair climbing and navigating a few small boulders, then Lower would be the tour I’d recommend. If either of you have any mobility issues or breathing problems, then go for Upper. It’s only 100 yards long (200 if you count the out-and-back walk), and the trail through it is flat. As to best time to tour, in an ideal world, mid-day is generally regarded to be the best time for lighting conditions, especially if you’re wanting to see the world-famous light beams. However, in light of how popular Antelope Canyon has become in recent years, the best time of day is whatever time has availability and works with your schedule.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Norma S Buhrman - July 12, 2018

Thanks for all the great info. I live in Glendale and am planning a trip to Page for this December. Will it be too cold to go to Antelope Canyon and/or take a boat ride? How soon should I make reservations? And it is possible to take the Upper and Lower tours in the same day and hit the best time for photographs at a least one of the areas?

Thanks in advance for any help.

PS Your site is great!

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 13, 2018

    Hi Norma, and thank you for your inquiry, and your compliments.
    December is a fine time to be here. Yes, it will be colder than other times of the year, but that can be a blessing: you’ll have fewer people to contend with on tours, on the roads, in hotels, etc.
    All Antelope Canyon tours are in full operational mode at that time of year, with some adjustments to the hours they’re offered. As for touring both Upper and Lower in one day, it’s possible, but not necessary in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you’re physically up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d stick with that, and use your extra time for other activities, such as doing a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, taking a short hike around The “New” Wave, visiting Horseshoe Bend, etc.
    As for water-based activities, these tend to be on seasonal hiatus during the winter months. However, some tours may run as long as 15 paying passengers are booked on them, and weather conditions are favorable. I would suggest contacting Lake Powell Boat Tours at 928-645-2433 or Antelope Point Marina at 928-645-5900 when your trip date gets closer, or when you arrive in Page, to see if they have anything scheduled to go out.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Melissa W - July 9, 2018

We have a 9:30-11:00 tour planned for Upper Antelope canyon. We’d like to do the half-day float of Glen Canyon but would need to check in by 12pm for the 1pm rafting trip. Can we realistically arrive in time for the boat trip? i don’t want to book it if the timeline doesn’t work.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 10, 2018

    Hi Melissa and thank you for your question.
    IMO, that’s cutting it a bit too close. Delays do happen, especially during peak travel season (spring, summer and fall), and if you get held up and fail to make your check in time for the float trip, you’d lose not only your space, but your money. If possible, I would try to book an earlier time slot for Antelope Canyon, or do the Glen Canyon Float Trip the following morning. If you’re visiting during the peak heat period of mid-summer, you might find that to be a blessing in disguise anyway. The morning departure (7:00 AM) is far more bearable temperature-wise.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Diedre Morris - July 8, 2018

We are visiting the Grand Canyon in October. I’m finding all the tour company options for Antelope Canyon confusing. Do they all do the same area. For instance I was booking through Navajo tours but reviews are awful where as Antelope slot canyon has great reviews.This may be a once in a lifetime trip so want the best.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 10, 2018

    Hi Diedre,
    You are correct in that all Antelope Canyon tour companies cover the same area, so if Antelope Slot Canyon’s better reviews gives you more confidence in booking with them, go ahead and do so. The main thing is to reserve something ASAP. One thing I do feel the need to clarify is that Antelope Canyon is located in Page, AZ, which is ~150 miles from the Grand Canyon. It’s essentially a totally separate area (although it’s also situated on the Colorado River), so you should plan on spending at least 1 night here. 24 Hours In Page, Arizona
    BTW, October is a great time to be here, you’ll love it.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Sandi - July 1, 2018

Hi, I just found your page a couple pf hours ago and have been working on a plan but it is overwhelming to me still. 1. What is the best time of year to go when its not terrible hot? 2. Is Sedona more popular than Las Vegas? 3. If you had to pick 4-5 things to do and stay a little longer in a couple of places what would you do? I realize its a lot of driving ust worried about spending so much time in the car.

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    Alley Keosheyan - July 2, 2018

    Hi Sandi,
    Being overwhelmed is a common reaction when people realize all there is to see and do in this part of the U.S., so you’re by no means alone!
    In answer to your specific queries:
    1. The best time of year to visit is late-September through mid-October. Temperatures are cooling down and crowds have thinned out. It’s still busy, but with kids back in school, it’s mostly just us “grown-ups” out there.
    2. Sedona vs. Las Vegas – in terms of sheer number of visitors, Las Vegas is the more popular destination, hands down. In terms of quality of attractions, activities and views, many people would definitely say they like Sedona better. If you’re actually wondering about which city to fly into and out of, Phoenix would make for a good “staging” city for a Southwest visit that included Sedona. A typical 1-week itinerary would consist of 3 days in Sedona, 1 night at Grand Canyon South Rim, then 2 days in Page. You could also use Las Vegas as your staging city and substitute Zion National Park (in Utah) for Sedona. Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern AZ/Southern UT
    3. As for things to do, while in Sedona, plan on doing a Pink Jeep Tour and maybe a hike in Oak Creek Canyon or to Devil’s Bridge if you’re up for more of a challenge. In the Grand Canyon, taking the free shuttles to the West Rim/Hermit’s Rest viewpoints and a walk around the Grand Canyon Village Historic District are the two basic “must-do’s.” If desired, a short hike on the Bright Angel Trail might round out your visit well, just realize that Inner Canyon hiking has its challenges. In Page, the “big three” activities are the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, which can be visited at your leisure, or via a couple of different tour packages, including safari jeep and/or horseback riding , and the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip.
    As for the driving, it’s a six-of-one/half-a-dozen-of-another proposition whether you fly into Las Vegas or Phoenix. It’s 4.5 hours from either airport to Grand Canyon South Rim, 3-3.5 hours from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, then 2 hours from Page to Zion National Park/Springdale, then 3 hours and change back to Las Vegas.
    Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travel,
    Alley 🙂

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Carla Werning - June 28, 2018

Hello – this page is SO awesome. Can you please give me some advice. We are headed your way on Friday via Iowa through South Dakota. Then we have from July 6-13 in the area. Below is my time near the North Rim and the Antelope Canyon. Could you possibly shed some light on what may be the best options for my family since we have not booked anything in advance for this portion of our trip. We are driving and we have my husband and myself in our 40’s and two teenage girls 13 and 16. All of us are active and I would say love moderate hikes and are very good on water. My youngest does not love to kayak, but we could probably convince her. It seems the lower and upper Antelope canyon trips may all be filled per what I am reading, but I heard this is a must not miss. We are wondering about what else may be just as lovely and maybe not as crowded. Or if you can shed any light on some places to stay (we have a tent with us, but can also book a hotel). Below is our itinerary. If it makes more sense to do these in reverse order that is okay too. Any advice on North Rim and Page would be appreciated.

July 10th: Leave early morning from St. George and head to North Rim of Grand Canyon spend the day here (what to do) and then head up to Page AZ/Lake Powell for nice dinner check out the town.
Things to do at North Rim:
Take Shuttle
North Kiabab Trail??
Hikes

Things to do near Page area:
Antelope Canyon
Wallweep Marina
Glen Canyon Dam
Lake Powell Lake Tour Boat Ride?
July 11th: Leave Page later in the day and head to Moab via Monument Valley and Mexican Hat route (5 hour drive) explore part of the day in Moab (biking?) or one of the parks.

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 28, 2018

    Hi Carla and thank you so much for your inquiry.
    First off, it takes ~ 3 hours to drive from St. George, UT to Grand Canyon North Rim. You’re then looking at about the same time/distance from the North Rim to Page, AZ at the end of the day. You could cut your morning drive in half or thereabouts, and IMO have a more pleasant time, if you were to stay in Kanab, UT the night prior. St. George is a small, but crowded town that feels like a city. Kanab, UT still maintains that nice small town vibe. If you are able to change your arrangements at this point, I would strongly recommend doing so.
    Unlike Grand Canyon South Rim and Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim does not have a shuttle system. All viewpoints there are open to private vehicles. If you like to hike, you might indeed go a short way down the North Kaibab Trail. Just be sure to carry plenty of water, wear hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, and remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours out. Time your trip accordingly and keep an eye on your watch.
    If you manage to make it to Page, AZ in time for sunset (which you should strive for — nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the country), you might hit Horseshoe Bend then, spend the night in Page, then tour Antelope Canyon or alternate slot canyon first thing the following morning.
    With the goal of driving to Moab via Monument Valley that same day, you’re not likely to have time for much else. Again, driving at night is potentially dangerous in this part of the US due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roadways, and the possibility of deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife congregating around them. You might be able to slip in a kayak tour as you’d mentioned, or perhaps a short walk and lunch down at Antelope Point Marina. If you can possibly spend a second night in Page, AZ, that would enable you to take part in some other activities you might enjoy, such as the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip, a tour of Glen Canyon Dam, etc. 2-Day Itinerary in Page, Arizona
    One more thing regarding camping: it’s HOT both here and in Moab, UT right now. Daytime temperatures are getting up near 110 and nighttime temperatures aren’t cooling down much. I wouldn’t want to camp in those conditions, so I’d definitely recommend booking hotels in these areas ASAP.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Ed - June 27, 2018

Hey, thanks so much for the great information in your articles – most helpful!

The 4 of us will be touring the area around the 10th of November and are trying to plan for Antelope canyon and the surrounding areas – can you tell me how long (time wise) is the Lower Canyon Tour? The morning tour at 9am would fit our schedule best, but would the canyon be still too dark then? Any insights would be appreciated!

Also, we would love to do the water activities, but seems like that the couple of weeks around Nov 10th are the “dead” weeks where nothing happens – are there really no tours we could go onto for Lake Powell?

Thanks so much!

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 27, 2018

    Hi Ed, thank you for visiting today!
    It is advisable to allow about 2 hours for the Lower Antelope Canyon tour. At the time of year you’re traveling, there will be plenty of light in order to enjoy the beauty of the canyon.
    As for the water activities, you are correct, that boat and kayak tours do not run on a scheduled basis since that is shoulder season, which is marked by colder temperatures and thinning crowds. However, with enough paying passengers, some boat tours occasionally do go out on an “on-demand” basis. I’d advise calling the tour companies directly upon your arrival in the Page, AZ area and inquiring about what tours they might have sufficient interest in to operate.
    One exception to the rule: the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. Weather permitting, and with a minimum of 6 paying passengers, it is set to go out daily at 10:00 AM between 10/01 and 12/02.
    Hope that helps. Take care and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Mark - June 27, 2018

Hi Alley,

We will be passing through and were hoping to visit on Sunday July 1st (will be waking up in South Campground, Zion National Park, and checking out Antelope Canyon on our way to Grand Canyon, camping that night) — do we need to book a tour in advance, or can we show up, pay, and jump in line?

Thanks,
Mark

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 27, 2018

    Hi Mark,
    As stated early on in the article you’ve commented on, advance reservations are a MUST for Antelope Canyon tours, especially at this time of year. If you find that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons that are just as beautiful, but a lot less crowded.
    Good luck and safe travels. Be sure you carry lots of water!
    Alley 🙂

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Bethanne Baretich - June 22, 2018

Hello! I have enjoyed reading all the lovely suggestions and insights! I am an avid horseback rider and was hoping to do a riding tour anywhere in between Antelope and Zion or surrounding areas. I will be there July 6-9 so trying to do some last-minute planning with fingers crossed!
Any recommendations for four-legged companions?
Thanks so much 🙂

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 22, 2018

    Hi Bethanne and thank you for your excellent question!
    There are several horseback riding outfitters in the area between Page, AZ and Zion National Park. One that I am personally familiar with is the Paria River Ranch, located near mile marker 22 on US89 between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT. Horseback riding is also offered at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch just outside the Eastern entrance to Zion National Park. A Google search also indicates there’s a place called Jacob’s Ranch in the same area as Zion Ponderosa. I’ve never done a tour with them, so can’t vouch for their quality, prices or anything of that nature.
    In Zion National Park itself, Canyon Trail Rides offers 1- and 3-hour trail rides. They are the same concessionaire that operates the mule rides at Grand Canyon North Rim.
    Hope that helps — giddy up!
    Alley 🙂

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Kristine - June 11, 2018

Hi Alley,

My family are planning a visit to Grand Canyon and Page in August. We were planning to spend 4 days, with the following route:

Day 1 – Arrive @ PHX , drive to Grand Canyon and stay overnight
Day 2 – Grand Canyon
Day 3 – Antelope Canyon (3pm tour), Lake Powell
Day 4 – Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, drive back to PHX airport

Do you think we should drive out to Page in the afternoon of Day 2 or early morning of Day 3? Or should we flip our itinerary and have Page first before Grand Canyon? Open to suggestions. Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 11, 2018

    Hi Kristine!
    Honestly, the order in which you visit Page and the Grand Canyon doesn’t make a huge difference. In either case, you’d be looking at about a 4.5 hour drive back to Phoenix at the end of your trip. Where each destination falls on your itinerary will most likely revolve around lodging availability. You should start checking availability for Grand Canyon Hotels first, since there are fewer of them to choose from, then Page, AZ Hotels. After you line these up, then book your Antelope Canyon tour.
    If you do decide to just stay one night at Grand Canyon South Rim, what you might do is keep those two nights in Page, then spend that last night in Sedona, AZ. That will reduce your drive at the end of the trip to just over 2 hours. Dropping a night at Grand Canyon South Rim won’t detract in any way from the quality of your visit since a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing will occur during the course of the drive to Page. Google Maps lists the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens due to the number of stops you can potentially make. 3.5-4 hours tends to be a more accurate figure. Just time your trip so that you’re not driving after dark.
    Another thing: you mentioned this is a “family” visit, so I assume that means you’re traveling with children? If so, you might consider adding the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip to your schedule whilst in Page, AZ. This 15-mile raft trip from the base of the Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry is a popular activity for families, and since it traverses no rapids, it can be taken by kids as young as 4. In August, the AM departure tends to be the more comfortable one since morning temperatures are cooler.
    Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Kristine - June 13, 2018

      No, we’re not travelling with children. It’s just an all girls trip. Do you think we should drive out to Page in the early evening of Day 2 or morning of Day 3? Not sure what is the driving condition out there during the summer and if we could make it in time for our 3pm Antelope Canyon tour (if we decide to drive out in the morning of Day 3).

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    Janet - June 12, 2018

    Hi Ryan!

    I gained information from the past post, thank you!!!

    My family of 7 is planning a 10 day stay in this area coming up soon. It’s been very much a learning experience trying to organize our trip!

    We’re driving out from Texas with some flexibility in our schedule, as I don’t want to overcomit. The 3 reservations we do have are: a house in Duck Creek, a half day float trip Glenn Canyon upon our arrival, a boat rental upon our departure.

    The house dates are set and choose this location for cooler temps and a wildflower festival. We’re planning to arrive a day or two early to the area and camp, same on our departure.
    I like the idea of Lone Rock campground. With beach and water fun, close to float trip, Antelope canyon tour, horseshoe. Then on our way back to Tx, same camp location w North Rim Grand Canyon, the next day a boat on lake Powell.

    The 8 days we have the house we’d like to visit: Bryce, Cedar Breaks, Escalante ( calf creek) and the Rt 12 drive, Peublo state park and of course Zion.

    My questions:
    Zion sounds so confusing and makes me nervous, should we even attempt? The North Rim sounds amazing as do the mule rides, what’s ur thought on the rides? Last question, is this all doable lol!!!!
    Kids are super fit and LOVE LOVE to explore ages 10, 13,14,16, 21. Four boys one girl. And husband and I.
    I’m on some helpful Facebook pages w good info on Zion, Escalante NM etc….
    This is why Zion sounds crazy too me….. thinking just one day bc of craziness and enjoying other beautiful places.

    Thank you for any help!!!

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      Alley Keosheyan - June 12, 2018

      Dear Janet,
      Hello and thank you for your inquiry.
      You have been very thorough in your trip plan, but one element that is conspicuously absent is a tour of Antelope Canyon on the land side. While the boat tour is beautiful, it won’t show you the truly “iconic” slot canyon scenery that the walking tour would. We strongly recommend that you make a reservation for one of these, then, time permitting, consider doing a boat or kayak tour of Antelope Canyon. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Another observation is your plans to camp may not be practical, but this is highly dependent on the time of year you’re traveling, and doesn’t apply to all your stops. If you’re planning on traveling during the summer months, for example, Lone Rock will be VERY hot, and sleeping in a tent while it’s still 70-80 degrees out may not be as comfortable as you might think. If your trip is indeed planned for anytime between now and mid-September, you might splurge on a hotel or Page, AZ vacation rental in order to ensure your family’s comfort. Camping at the North Rim shouldn’t be too bad since it’s at ~8,000′ ASL and nights there still get relatively cool.
      On the North Rim, you might be able to do a mule ride, as these do not tend to book up as far in advance as the South Rim mule rides. Due to the size of your party, though, I would highly recommend looking into advance reservations, and also to familiarize yourself with the policies of the concessionaire. Grand Canyon North Rim Mule Rides
      As for whether you should attempt to tour Zion, if you fancy this trip to be a once-in-a-lifetime or at least a once-in-a-blue-moon experience, I’d try to work it in. For best results, get to Springdale early to get on the shuttles into the park. For first-hand reports from visitors who have been there recently, you might check out and join the Zion National Park Connection on Facebook, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument And Adjacent group .
      Good luck and hope that helps — best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. Be sure to pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass at the first National Park you visit on your itinerary. For just $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks, Monuments and Federal Fee areas in the US for 1 year. The only places it won’t work are Native American Tribal Parks such as Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon.

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Dewi - June 8, 2018

We plan to visit Antelope Canyon and we have 5 years old boy. Is this a good idea to do both of tour Upper & Lower Canyon? Is it going to be difficult for my son in the Lower canyon?
What is the best time to visit the Upper & Lower Canyon in the summer?

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 8, 2018

    Dear Dewi,
    Hello and thank you for excellent inquiry.
    Visiting both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is not necessary to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. If you think you are physically in good enough shape to handle Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d visit it, then use the remaining time you have for other activities such as taking a swim in Lake Powell, going to The “New” Wave, touring the Glen Canyon Dam, or visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum… just to name a few.
    As to whether your 5-year-old can handle Lower Antelope Canyon, kids that age tour it every day and like it, but you know your son best. Does he like climbing? Would he be able to step over the occasional boulder he might encounter in Lower Antelope? To judge for yourself, watch this video of a Full Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon. If you have any doubts, then book a tour for Upper. Whichever you decide, be sure to book it well in advance of your arrival.
    As to which time is best, mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to tour slot canyons, but those time slots may already be booked up. Another consideration is mid-day heat during the summer months is quite oppressive. For this reason, I’d recommend touring either Upper or Lower Antelope first thing in the morning. There really is no such thing as a bad time to tour the slot canyons 😉
    Hope that helps! Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Nerea - June 7, 2018

Hi, i have a problem i make a reservation in the website that i give you.
Its for 15Aug, at 11:00a.m. And the problem is that when i saw your website, that its the official i dont see this hour and the hours that this web offers.
before buying these tickets I tried in another websites, the the nearest hour to 12:00 but in this dates its very difficult
Do you know this website?
Do you think that with those tickets we can enter without problems?

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 8, 2018

    Dear Nerea,
    I’m terribly sorry, but I am not certain what you’re trying to accomplish. You did not list the exact website you used to book the tour, so I cannot speculate on whether your tickets will be honored. I’d strongly recommend revisiting the website you used to make the booking. If you did indeed make a booking, your credit card should have been charged for the price of the tour. Your credit card statement should give the name of the company. I’d then suggest contacting them by phone or e-mail to confirm your reservations.
    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
    Alley

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Lilja H Ingibjargardottir - June 7, 2018

Hi,
I wanted to ask if it is necessary to book a tour in advance for the lower canyon or is it possible to book it when we arrive?
We are thinking of coming on Saturday around 12/1pm and we want to take pictures and take our time looking but we are not professional photographers.
Would you advise to book the photography tour then? Or will it be as packed as the other one?

Best regards,
– Lilja

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 7, 2018

    Hi Lilja,
    You absolutely must book a tour in advance for Lower Antelope Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon and other slot canyons in Page, AZ.
    As for photography tours, they are no longer offered in Lower Antelope Canyon. They are still allowed in Upper, but as you’ve guessed, can be quite crowded. If you prefer to have a tour that allows for more time for photos, observation or contemplation, you might consider touring Antelope Canyon X, Cathedral Canyon or one of several other Antelope Canyon Alternates.
    Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful visit!
    Alley 🙂

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Ashley - June 4, 2018

Hello, I am looking at having engagement photos taken at Antelope Canyon. Do you know if there is a specific tour or website that I could find information about this?

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Sindy - June 2, 2018

Hi Ryan,

I have never been to Antelope Canyon so I am very excited about our trip next week but at the same time, I’m a little clueless. I will be traveling with my husband, three teenagers and 4 elderly parents – my parents and my in laws. Some questions for you:

– Is Antelope Canyon suitable for my elderly parents (between 65 – 70 years of age)? If so, lower or upper canyon?
– As a first timer, should I choose lower or upper canyon or both?
– We will also be visiting Horseshoe Bend too. Should we do Antelope Canyon first then Horseshoe Bend or vice versa?
– Any general tips you can give me for the above locations?

Thank you so much!

Kind Regards,
Sindy

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 4, 2018

    Hi Sindy and hope you’re looking forward to your visit to Page, AZ!
    In answer to your specific inquiries:
    – For older folks and those with limited mobility, Upper Antelope Canyon is the best option. It’s 100 yards long, mostly flat, and doable for 99% of visitors.
    – If your teens want more of a challenge, you might send them to Lower Antelope. It’s longer, a bit more physical (some stair climbing, boulder scrambling), but they would need to be travel with an adult.
    – The order in which you do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend isn’t really that big a deal, since Horseshoe Bend is open 24/7 and can be visited any time of day. Sunrise is a nice time to be there as it’s a bit cooler and hasn’t been slammed by tour buses from Las Vegas and Phoenix yet. Also, it depends on where Page, AZ fits into your total itinerary. If you’re coming from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, for example, you can easily hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town. If you’re going from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona or points South, you can pop in on your way out of town.
    – General tips: it’s the desert, so that means it’s hot. Be ready. Wear hats, sunglasses and sunscreen at all times. Carry water and drink it. Have a scarf or bandanna handy that you can wet down and put around your neck or on your shoulders – it acts as an “evaporative” cooler of sorts. Keep an eye on your folks as the heat tends to affect older people more quickly and drastically. Try and time any activities that require physical exertion for the cooler times of the day, i.e., morning.
    Hope that helps!
    Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Anurag Vishnoi - May 30, 2018

Hello, we are a family of 3, me, wife and 6 year old kid. We plan to visit Utah/Arizona in 4th july week for 5 day trip. We have been to Grand canyon and Vegas before. We have got good information from this post and the comments and your prompt responses.
I plan to fly to Vegas, then start with Zion national park, followed by Page (antelope canyon, monument valley), then arches national park and then bryce canyon before travelling back to vegas.
I am not sure if I am planning too much for a 5 day trip or if there is a better plan. What are the best places to be visited alongwith them? Would any of these be tough for a 6 year old kid to go to? I earlier thought of Buckskin Gulch but it seems tough for a kid after reading the reviews.
Since I am in the planning phase, the inputs will help.

Thanks
Anurag

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    Alley Keosheyan - June 4, 2018

    Hi Anurag and thank you for your visit.
    For a 5-day trip, you might be taking on too much driving trying to include all these areas on your very short itinerary, which would probably try the patience of a 6-year-old. I would recommend taking a “quality over quantity” approach and spending more time in fewer places.
    With 5 days, you could spend:
    2 nights in Zion
    1 night in Bryce
    2 nights in Page

    With 2 nights in Page, you could enjoy not only touring Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but the Half-Day Glen Canyon Float Trip, which is a family-friendly rafting trip that does not traverse any rapids. Kids as young as 4 go on this if that gives you any idea. It’s generally regarded as one of the “must-do” activities in Page, moreso than Monument Valley. 4th of July week, I’d strongly recommend taking the morning departure as it will be cooler and more comfortable.
    As to Buckskin Gulch, you are correct in that that would probably be pushing the endurance levels of a 6-year-old. Another hike you might do instead: the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail. This is a moderate 1.8 mile hike to a small, scenic cluster of “hoodoo” rock formations whose trailhead begins at mile marker 19 of US89, almost smack dead center between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. Something you can easily fit in between Zion and Page.
    Remember that at the time of your visit, Utah will be on Daylight Savings Time, but Arizona won’t be, so you’ll “gain” an hour crossing the border from Utah into Arizona, or “lose” one going from Arizona to Utah.
    Be sure to book your Antelope Canyon tour and all lodging in advance of your arrival.
    Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Lisa - May 27, 2018

This site has been so incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!

Our family of four (2 adults and 2 kids ages 10 and 12) will be in Page in early June for two nights between Bryce and Zion and are trying to make some decisions. We are hoping to do Horseshoe Bend, one or two canyons, the dam, and a water activity. Here are our questions:

1. Water activity, which one? – Guided kayak (to either Antelope Canyon or Lone Rock), Glen Canyon Float, Antelope Canyon boat tour? We would likely do it either in the morning or afternoon of our one full day in Page. Is morning best for this? If we can only get an afternoon time for the Glen Canyon Float, will it be too hot? Afternoon of that same day, thinking to tour either Canyon X (or another canyon) or Glen Canyon Dam (is it easy to walk up and get on a tour fairly quickly?).

2. Canyons – We were able to get a fairly last minute tour at Lower Antelope for the day we depart at 11:45. Should we do one other canyon? If so, would you recommend Upper Antelope (if we can get a time; most likely very early), Canyon X, Secret Canyon, or something else? We could either do it on the morning of afternoon of our full day there or the morning we depart before Lower Antelope. I know Lower Antelope will be crowded, but was thinking we should go to either upper or lower Antelope since they just seem so amazing.

We will likely do Horseshoe bend on the afternoon/evening that we arrive.

Also wondering – I think the kids want to sled/slide at Coral Pink Sand Dunes if we stop there on the way from Page to Zion. As we will be flying in and driving a rental car, what is the best way to get something to slide on? Do you know if it is it easy to get cardboard or rent a sled there?

Thank you so much for any suggestions you can provide!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 29, 2018

    Hi Lisa and thank you for visiting our site!
    On to your inquiries:
    1. The Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip is generally regarded as one of the Page area’s “must-do” activities. This leisurely float trip will take you through the sole remaining intact section of Glen Canyon, and gives the kids an opportunity to swim in the Colorado River. During the month of June, the morning departure is recommended for passenger comfort. Regarding the Glen Canyon Dam tours, those are first-come/first-served. For Antelope Canyon X, advance reservations are strongly recommended. For these, contact Taadidiin Tours at https://www.antelopecanyon-x.com/
    2. 11:45 AM is prime time for touring Lower Antelope Canyon and honestly, it’s not necessary to tour more than one slot canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. If you do opt to tour another slot, Canyon X bears enough of a resemblance to Lower Antelope (it is, after all, just another drainage of the same creek system) where you might find it redundant. An alternative slot canyon that is manageable for most hikers and bears features unique to it and no other is Cathedral Canyon. For more information, visit Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours at https://antelopeslotcanyon.com/cathedral-canyon-tour/
    3. RE: Coral Pink Sand Dunes, there are no on-site rentals of sliding toys, but these can be picked up in the nearby town of Kanab, UT. Tips for visiting Coral Pink Sand Dunes
    Hope that helps — best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. On the drive from Page to Zion, you might also consider stopping by the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail and taking the moderate/easy hike to the hoodoo garden. The trailhead is well-marked at mile marker 19 on US89 between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT.

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Fio - May 26, 2018

Hello, We’re going on a Lower AC tour in mid June. Unfortunately, We were only able to book a 6:30am tour. It looks like the sunrise time is a little after 5am. Logically, it’s bright enough at 6:30am. However, could you please reassure me that there will be some light shine * into * the lower AC at 6:30am?? I don’t think we could come back to AC anytime soon or ever… We really wish to see this amazing place at the best lighting possible.
Many thanks.

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 29, 2018

    Hi Fio and thank you for your excellent question.
    There will absolutely be enough light in Lower Antelope Canyon at 6:30 AM for you to enjoy your tour. Mid-day is generally – and in some respects, rightfully – regarded as the best time to tour the slot canyons, so you might try calling your tour outfitter from time to time to see if they’ve had any cancellations for the prime time slots. You will be required to pay a bit more for these coveted spaces, but you might find it a worthy expenditure.
    Another option might be to consider touring an alternate slot canyon that is just as beautiful as Lower Antelope but less crowded. Antelope Canyon X is an example of such a slot canyon, and during the mid-day hours in summer, “X” gets the light beams that Upper and Lower Antelope are so famous for. For more information visit Taadiddiin Tours at https://www.antelopecanyon-x.com/
    If you prefer to simply hang on to the arrangements you have, though, we’d understand completely and doubt you’ll leave with any regrets.
    Best wishes for safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Carol - May 16, 2018

Hi Alley,
Great website, lots to see, so little time.
Our highlight of this 4 night family trip will be staying in page for 3 nights.
We will arrive from Mexico to Phoenix and drive to Sedona for our 1st night.
1) Any reccommendations at what to see and not miss in Sedona. We will arrive at about 7pm. Depart the next day early…. but can drive through anywhere you tell us is a must.
2) from Sedona to Page; do you reccommend either a) going through Sunset, Trading Post, Dinosaur and Horseshoe Bend (if yes, why and where to eat and what to see); or b) going through Grand Canyon Village, take a peek at GC, Trading Post, Horseshoe Bend.
And then arrive at Page for sunset.
3) we go to Antelope Canyon the next day to see Owl, Rattlesnake and Upper Canyon; should we also see other canyons i.e. X, Waterholes, Secret?
We are not really crazy about riding a boat or kayak…. where can we “enjoy” the view of Lake Powell without the on-water experience…. or it is a must?
Any suggestion for last day?
We return from Page to Las Vegas… we need to catch a plane at 3… however any suggestion to see on our way? Probably now is a good time to see GC? From where?
Thanks
We want to make the best out of this trip to this marvelous site
Thanks for your prompt response! We leave tomorrow

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 23, 2018

    Dear Carol,
    Since your trip has already taken place, I’m not going to be much help to you, but hope to be such to future travelers to the area.
    Sedona: you need at least 2-3 days to do justice to this area. The majority of those who stay only one night end up determining that timeframe to have been woefully inadequate and plan a future visit to catch the sights they missed. Highlights of Sedona include, but are not limited to, Oak Creek Canyon, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Tlaquepaque, Broken Arrow Jeep Tour, wineries, balloon rides and much more. VisitSedona.com
    Another mistake IMO is not allowing for an overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim, and if you’ve never been there, you should at least go see it. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to GC Village; it then takes another 3.5-4 hours to drive from GC to Page. I know that Google Maps gives the time frame for the drive from South Rim to Page as 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens since there are so many viewpoints to stop at along the way. You could have easily dropped a night in Page and given it to the Grand Canyon, depending on availability of rooms, but trying to cram it in as a “drive-by” between Sedona and Page is less than ideal.
    If you already have the Owl/Rattlesnake/Upper Antelope Canyon tour booked, it is not necessary to see other slot canyons. In fact, you’d probably find that to be somewhat redundant.
    It is not necessary to take a boat in order to enjoy the views of Lake Powell. You can do so a quick trip on the Lakeshore Scenic Drive in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to get a sense of the lake’s size and beauty (although there is a $25/vehicle entrance fee to access this area), maybe have a small picnic on Stateline or Lone Rock Beach.
    Even though you’re not keen on the prospect of water-based activities, I’d recommend setting those feelings aside to enjoy the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip . This family-friendly, smooth water rafting trip encompasses some breath-taking scenery and history, and is regarded as a “must-do” activity in the Page, AZ area.
    Hope you had a good trip!
    Thank you for visiting,
    Alley 🙂

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Josh - May 15, 2018

Thank you for your sincere commitment on helping these lost ppl including myself. I hope we could get your comment before we touch down in Phoenix in few hours!

Our plan is this,
1st day: arrive @ 3:30pm Sedona(cathedral rock-devils bridge) spend a night at sedona
2nd day: Page(horse shoe, antelop canyon lower) dinner at Mariannes? Sleep @ page
3rd day: Grand Canyon hike from south rim, sleep @ flagstaff
4thday: Grand Canyon activities(flight tour, maybe zip lime or mule ride) sleep at flagstaff
5thday: going back to airport at 2:00pm

Its for our first anniversary and we want to make the most out of it. Any suggestion for dinning, brunch, activities, filling in stop-bys, are super appreciated. If i dont get to hear from you in time, all of us are still grateful for your help!

Thx

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 23, 2018

    Hello Josh and congratulations on your anniversary!
    From the looks of your inquiry, your trip has already taken place and we hope you had a wonderful time.
    Still, I’d like to provide some observations after the fact in order to help future travelers to the area.
    Sedona: you need at least 2-3 days to do justice to this area. There is so much to see and do here that most visitors who only spend a quick overnight find it to be woefully insufficient.
    The drive from Sedona to Page, AZ takes approximately 3 hours, so get an early start if you’re wanting to accommodate both an Antelope Canyon Tour and a visit to Horseshoe Bend in a single afternoon. I am not familiar with a restaurant called Marianne’s in Page.
    The drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon South Rim theoretically only takes about 2.5 hours, but in reality, it will take you more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours due to the abundance of of viewpoints and other points of interest that will no doubt pique your curiosity. Don’t be surprised if you find that by the time you arrive at Grand Canyon Village, you don’t have enough time for a hike, then you’re looking at a 90-minute drive to Flagstaff. Which brings me to another observation: staying in Flagstaff is not the best way to go about visiting the Grand Canyon. In the case of the original poster, they may not have had sufficient lead time to book accommodations inside the park, but for those who do, it is always most desirable to stay either at Grand Canyon Village (inside the park) or Tusayan/GC Village South (7 miles outside the park). This way, you’ll be close enough to the canyon rim to catch sunrise and/or sunset without doing too much driving in the dark.
    Regarding Grand Canyon mule rides, these are sold out 1 year in advance, so doubtful one will happen for you this time around. As for zipline activities, this is something you can do in Flagstaff, but not Grand Canyon South Rim.
    Airplane and helicopter tours should be taken first thing in the morning for optimal lighting and lack of wind.
    Good luck and safe travels to all,
    Alley 🙂

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William - May 14, 2018

Hi, Ryan and all,
Thank you so much for sharing with us the information right here. We are a family of four and planning for a trip to Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and adjacent areas in late July this year. We will go to Grand Canyon by driving from La Jolla and have booked the Arizona Highlights Day Trip: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and Glen Canyon with River Rafting and intend to book one day Grand Canyon river rafting. For these two tours, we need to stay in Tusayan for two days and Peach Spring for two days as both of them start in early morning and finish in late afternoon. I just wonder and would like to seek your recommendations if we can stay in Page for one or two days instead to visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell or even Monument Valley so that we can cut travelling back and forth and then stay longer in Grand Canyon and Peach Spring later on. Or we should join a 2-3 days tour covering these locations and activities?

Thank you!

William

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 23, 2018

    Hi William,
    It’s six-of-one/half-a-dozen-of-another as to the best way to go about seeing these attractions, but the option that will ultimately give you the most freedom and flexibility is to self-drive.
    The Arizona Highlights Day Trip, though it originates in Tusayan, takes you to Page, AZ, as you’ve deduced. Since you’re driving to Tusayan anyway, you could theoretically drive to Page, AZ and take part in these activities directly from there. The only downside is you’d have to coordinate the Antelope Canyon Tour and Glen Canyon Float Trip yourself with two different companies. That means factoring in logistics between tours, drive times, the possibility that Antelope Canyon tours might be sold out, etc. At least with the package tour you’ve booked, that’s all taken care of for you. BTW, the Viator Arizona Highlights Day Trip is also known as the Scenic Canyon River Adventure, and a cursory price comparison indicates that the Viator trip is more expensive. If you do decide to stick with the day trip, you might want to do a price comparison yourself to make sure you’re not getting taken advantage of.
    You could then swing down to Tusayan/GC Village South, spend a night there, then head over to Peach Springs for the White Water Raft Trip. It’s really not necessary to spend more than two nights in Peach Springs once you do the raft trip. On your way back to La Jolla, though, you might consider stopping at the Grand Canyon Caverns.
    Keep in mind that July will be HOT in all of these locations, so be sure to wear/bring plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Michelle Touriz - May 14, 2018

Hi! We are staying in Henderson, NV for a few days at the beginning of August and planning on driving out to Page, AZ. Looking for recommendations of places to see/visit along to way. We are taking I-15 North and according to map we’ll drive by St. George and Colorado City. It’s quite a drive, so we will be staying in Page overnight. Our plans in Page include Antelope Canyon, a boat ride from antelope point marina, and horseshoe bend. Anything else we should visit while in Page?
How about places to eat?
Appreciate your input.
-Michelle

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 23, 2018

    Hi Michelle,
    You are correct in that the drive to Page, AZ from Henderson, NV is a long one. Fortunately, there are places you can stop at to break up the drive.
    Valley of Fire State Park features amazing rock formations and is just a slight detour off I-15 near Glendale, NV. In reality, that particular place warrants a separate day, so a quick stopover won’t do it justice, but the option’s there. Near Mesquite, Whitney Pockets and Little Finland also offer some spectacular scenery, but would make for a long detour. Depending on recent road conditions, also, they may not be so easy to get to.
    The Virgin River Gorge, just before St. George, UT, is quite dramatic and offers several opportunities to pull off and take pictures. The town of Kanab, UT is also a worthwhile stop for a little history, and maybe some shopping and a bite to eat.
    At Mile Marker 19 on US89, the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools hike is an easy and scenic diversion. Just before you cross the Utah-Arizona border, the Big Water Visitors Center can keep you occupied for awhile with fascinating displays on dinosaur digs done in the local area.
    As for restaurants, you’ll find everything from fast food to semi-fine dining and everything in between in Page, so you’ll be able to take your pick once here. TripAdvisor Top Restaurants in Page, AZ
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Luca - May 8, 2018

Thanks so much for creating this site! I thought I’d ask for guidance. We will be driving from Grand Canyon South Rim and our intention is to check out of the hotel there in the morning and end our day at sunset at Monument Valley. So naturally we want to hit Page on the way…it seems that the best sequence of things would be Horseshoe Bend, then upper and then lower antelope before continuing our trek. Is that too ambitious? We don’t mind the drive – mostly I am trying to figure out how much time to allow for each site, and also hopefully some food at some point 🙂 Is there anywhere to eat around the canyons? If not, we may just get something on the road…

Thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 8, 2018

    Hi Luca –
    Glad to hear that you don’t mind driving, because you’ll be doing a lot of it. It takes ~2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ if you drive direct, which rarely happens. There are many viewpoints of Grand Canyon South Rim and in the Navajo Indian Reservation you’ll invariably stop at along the way, so don’t be surprised if the drive ends up taking more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours. You can easily hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into Page, as it’s just a few miles South of town. The drive from Page, AZ to Monument Valley will then take you approximately 2 hours.
    Due to the time you’ll be spending behind the wheel, I’d discourage you from trying to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. It is not necessary to tour both branches of the canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, and doing so may end up feeling somewhat redundant after all’s said and done. If you are fit enough to manage Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d stick with that. It’s recommended to allow 2 hours to tour Lower Antelope Canyon. You should also allow 60-90 minutes to tour Horseshoe Bend.
    As for meals, a memorable stop would be the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of AZ64 East and US89 North. The Navajo tacos are their “signature” dish. If you’re not hungry by that point, the Trading Post makes for a good bathroom break/leg stretch stop. Page, AZ would be the next available choice with the greatest number of restaurants ranging from fast-food to fine-dining. There are restaurants in Monument Valley, most of them attached to hotels. Speaking of hotels, be sure to make your reservations well in advance. You might have a better experience if you overnight in Page, AZ, then head to Monument Valley the next morning. Something to think about.
    Best wishes for safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Connnie - May 1, 2018

Hi, and thanks for the wealth of info, plus taking the time to answer questions! Totally appreciated!
We’re spending a bunch of time up in the Virgin, Utah area in September and wanted to visit either The Wave or Antelope Canyon. We’ve applied for the Wave, but that’s a long shot.

How far in advance would we want to book ahead for either an Upper or Lower canyon tour at Antelope Canyon for September? Are the tour groups pretty big? I ask because I see so many beautiful photos online but that would be hard to do if you’re in a large group… We don’t have a DSLR camera, so that tour is out.

What would be the best time of day at that time of year (I’ve made note that Utah observes DST while Arizona does not)? Would the upper or lower canyons be cool at that time or warm?

I have some respiratory limitations and can get winded with bike riding hills for example but I’ve looked at the video and, while there are some stairs, it looks like a lot of it is pretty flat and not at a rushed pace. Am I reading this right?

Thanks again!!

Oooooh! Maybe we should do upper and lower if we’re coming that far??

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 1, 2018

    Hi Connie and thank you for visiting us today!
    We’ll definitely cross our fingers for you in The Wave lottery. As far as when to book an Antelope Canyon tour, now would not be too soon to make reservations if you’re coming in September. That’s a popular time for visitation to the Southwest US and tours are already selling out. As for the sizes of the tour groups, they’re anywhere from 20-40 people a pop, but the tour outfitters stagger their groups so that you’re not stepping on each other — not too much, anyway. If you want to avoid the crowds of Antelope Canyon, you might consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons, which offer scenery that is just as beautiful (some might even say moreso) and fewer people to contend with.
    As for the best time of day, that’s generally regarded to be mid-day as the canyon will be best illuminated with the sun directly overhead (or close to). The canyons’ interiors tend to remain cool since the sun only hits the walls directly for only a few hours a day. Once you get past the stairs in Lower Antelope, the trail through the canyon does tend to be fairly even, but you might have to step over a few boulders. If you have the time to do both Upper and Lower, you won’t regret doing so, but it isn’t 100% necessary to do both in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page.
    With one day in Page, you can tour Antelope Canyon, visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook and maybe even do the half-day float trip from the base of Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. Ultimate 24-Hour Itinerary in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Connie - May 1, 2018

      Thank you!!!

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dan - April 29, 2018

Hi Alley,

Thank you for being so patient and thorough in reading and answering all the comments on your website.

We will be driving from Moab through Monument Valley and spend the night in Page on the 10th of September. We plan to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook and the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon the following day before we continue on to Jacob Lake.

I am hoping to get your expert opinion on what places to visit in Page to get the most out of our day. What is the best time to go to the the slot canyon and the overlook? Will it be better to get the first hour tour of the slot canyon in the morning then drive to the overlook or the other way around?

There are 6 of us in our group between the ages of 50-65 and an amateur photographer in our group who’s hoping/wanting to take pictures of this beautiful area you call home.

As you mentioned in your website, book a tour ahead to get the time slot we want. Any suggestion will be very much appreciated.

Thanks again,
Dan

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    Alley Keosheyan - May 1, 2018

    Hi Dan and thank you for stopping by.
    You know, I think another member of your party wrote me at about the same time — is anyone in your group named Gina? LOL
    Since you are coming into Page from Moab via Monument Valley, you should first be aware that the drive will take anywhere from 5-6 hours. As I advised Gina, you might want to stop Gooseneck State Park just Northeast of Monument Valley, as well as the Navajo Code Talkers’ Exhibit at the Burger King in Kayenta, AZ. Of course, don’t forget the “Forrest Gump” shot on the backside of Monument Valley.

    With an early enough start out of Moab, you might be able to hit Lower Antelope Canyon on your way into Page. It’s right on your way on US98 just Southeast of town. Even if you were to catch one of the later departures of the day, the light and colors of the canyon would still be beautiful. It would most likely still be busy, but that’s kind of a given these days, especially at the time of year you’re visiting. There are two tour companies operating directly from the Lower Antelope Canyon entrance, both offering trips of identical length, logistics and price. Time permitting, you might even be able to squeeze Horseshoe Bend Overlook into that same day. Sunset occurs shortly before 7:00 PM in September. If that doesn’t work, plan on hitting Horseshoe Bend on your way out of town the next morning since it’s a) it’s right on your way and b) open 24/7 and you can visit it whenever you wish.
    If you find yourself with extra time to work with, other activities/sites you might consider include, but aren’t limited to:
    – The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum
    – The Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge & Carl Hayden Visitors Center
    – The “New” Wave
    – The Page Rim View Trail
    Hope that helps. Have a wonderful time!
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. On your way to Jacob’s Lake, be sure to swing by Lees Ferry. You can actually drive down relatively close to the Colorado River and dip your feet in it! Albeit for a short time… water’s cold. Time permitting, you might also take a walk to the Lonely Dell Ranch and historic site. The orchard there still produces fruit, which people can pick – it may be just about ripe by the time you visit.

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Komal - April 28, 2018

Hi! I am so happy I found your website because I need some serious guidance.

I am flying into Phoenix Tuesday night, August 7 and flying out Sunday night, August 12th.

This is my plan thus far:

Stay in Phoenix Tuesday night.
Drive to the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning.
Stay at the GC Wednesday night and Thursday night.
Drive to Antelope Canyon Friday morning (figure out a time to see the Horseshoe – I’m thinking about the Canyon tour)
Stay in Page Friday night.
Drive to Sedona Saturday morning. Spend the day. Not sure what to do. Maybe go to a vortex, the desert.
Spend the night in Sedona.
Sunday afternoon drive to Phoenix. Spend the day there and fly out at night.

Any recommendations are welcome.

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 28, 2018

    Hi Komal, and thank you for visiting our site.
    Your plan actually sounds quite good! The only change I’d recommend making is dropping one night at the Grand Canyon and either spending it in Page or Sedona. Odd as it may sound, most people find that one night at the Grand Canyon is quite sufficient, especially in cases like yours, where you’re going to Page afterward. You’ll end up doing a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive to Page since it will require that you travel out the East Rim/Desert View Drive. There are lots of good viewpoints on this drive, plus many points of interest after you exit the park and enter Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. Be sure to stop at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of AZ64 and US89, at least for a bathroom break/leg stretch, or even “brunch” of Navajo tacos. Going direct, the drive from GC to Page takes ~2.5 hours, but with all there is to see, most people end up taking ~3.5-4.
    Since Horseshoe Bend Overlook is just South of Page, you can easily stop there on your way into town. Be sure to make all reservations, for hotels, Antelope Canyon tours, etc. in advance of your arrival. If you take us up on the suggestion to spend another night in Page, you could do the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip or a Lake Powell Boat Tour on your second day. If not, then head to Sedona. As for what to do there, there’s no shortage of beautiful sights and fun activities. For guidance, go to http://www.VisitSedona.com
    The drive from Sedona to Phoenix would then take about 2 hours.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Kristie - April 27, 2018

Hello There

We will be traveling from Zion National Park, Springdale area to the Flagstaff area towards the end of June. I would really like to try and fit Antelope Canyon, Upper or Lower, into the plans but I’d like to know if this is doable?
If so do you recommend the Lower or Upper Canyon? and which company to tour with?
We are only checking into a hotel that evening in Flagstaff for our Grand Canyon Railway trip which is the next morning. Thank you for your help!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 28, 2018

    Hi Kristie –
    So are you traveling from Springdale, UT to Flagstaff, AZ all in one go? If so, you’ll need to get an early start out of Springdale in order to fit Antelope Canyon into your plans. It takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Springdale to Flagstaff. Page, AZ is almost exactly at the half-way point (~2.5 hours from Springdale). Whether you book Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon boils down to physicality: Upper is an easy, flat 100 yard walk; Lower is longer and requires some stair-climbing and light boulder stepping. Full video Lower Antelope Canyon walk-through As to which company to tour with, all the companies offer virtually identical tours, right down to the footsteps (and the penny). Go with whoever has availability at your desired time. Remember, too, that while Utah DOES observe Daylight Savings Time, Arizona DOES NOT, so you’ll “gain” 1 hour as you pass from Utah into Arizona. Antelope Canyon tours all operate on Arizona time.
    Allow 2-2.5 hours for your Antelope Canyon tour, then time permitting, you can hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way out of town. Flagstaff will then be about 2.5-3 hours drive from Page depending on how many stops you make.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Kristie - April 30, 2018

      Alley
      Thank you very much for your information. I was able to book a 10:30 tour 🙂

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Elizabeth B. - April 25, 2018

Hi,

My brother and I will be driving in from Zion in mid-May and just have that one day in Page before driving onward to Texas. I expect that we’ll get on the road by 7 or 8am with a 3 hour drive to Page. I’m looking at tours of Upper Antelope Canyon, and it looks like our best option is either at 2:30 or 3. What would you recommend for our one day? We would like to see Horseshoe Bend as well, but I wasn’t sure if sunset that day or sunrise on our drive out of town would be better. Our Airbnb host also recommended Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon or the Rim View Trail that’s near where we’re staying, but I mainly wanted to see one of the Antelope Canyons unless you think the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon would be of similar experience. We are open (hiking, kayaking, boating, etc) as long as we get to some beautiful canyons!

I appreciate your help!

Thanks,

Elizabeth

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 26, 2018

    Hi Elizabeth, and thanks for stopping by.
    If you can get a reservation for Antelope Canyon (Upper or Lower), I’d recommend sticking with that, and letting the rest of your plans kind of “evolve” around it. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon, though beautiful in its own right (and certainly less crowded), does not feature that “iconic” slot canyon scenery that Antelope Canyon is so famous for. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (formerly known as “Secret” Canyon) tends to be one long slot, no “chambers” like Antelope Canyon.
    As for when you should visit Horseshoe Bend (the Overlook), there’s really no such thing as a “bad” time to go, but since the ‘Bend faces West, it will be in shadow and the sun will be in your eyes during sunset. You might want to hit it on your way out of town as you make the drive to Texas. Even if you were wanting to drive into New Mexico via US98 Southeast (vs going down US89 then connecting to I-40 in Flagstaff), it would be just a short detour. Sunrise in mid-May occurs at about 5:15 AM.

    As for that walk on the Rim View Trail, you could fit that in later in the afternoon after your Antelope Canyon tour. The beauty of that trail is that you can make the hike/walk as short or as long as you wish. Either way you go, it’s a nice trail, and as the name suggests, offers great views of the lake (although no lake access).
    Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
    Alley 🙂

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Shannon - April 25, 2018

Hi! Just curious, why do you discourage nighttime driving in the area??

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 25, 2018

    Hi Shannon,
    That is a really good question.
    Northern Arizona is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the Southwestern U.S.. In fact, a good chunk of it is either Indian Reservation land or part of a National Park or Monument of some sort. As such, highway and street lighting is kept to a bare minimum, and folks around here like it that way! Flagstaff, Arizona, for example, about 140 miles South of Page, AZ is recognized as an International Dark Sky Community.
    Once the sun goes down around here, it gets REALLY dark, and driving from one town to another (and there’s usually quite a long distance between towns in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah) can be quite a scary experience. Throw deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife in the mix and that only compounds the danger. So – that’s why we encourage those visiting the area to keep wheels on the road while the sun’s still in the sky!
    Hope that helps.
    Have fun and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Joe McDermott - April 18, 2018

Hey there,

So much info here. I am looking at getting into Page May 5th from flagstaff and staying until the 7th. I would like to do Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon. I will get into Page in time to see Horseshoe bend on Saturday. But looking for advice to hit the rest..

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 20, 2018

    Hi Joe and thank you for visiting our site!
    The Grand Canyon is a totally separate area from Page. It warrants a night’s stay of its own to do it justice. To see it as a “day trip” from Page requires a 3-hour drive – each way – timed so that you don’t end up driving back to Page in the dark. If you have no other option than to do it that way, then you automatically forfeit one of your sightseeing days in Page. Try to arrange it so that you can at least spend one night at the South Rim. Grand Canyon hotels.
    Push comes to shove — and again, this is totally a “last resort” recommendation — since you’re coming from Flagstaff, if you get an early start, you could visit Grand Canyon South Rim en route to Page.

    The drive from Flagstaff to GC takes 1.5 hours; the drive to Page would then take about 3. Again, avoid driving in the dark at all costs since roads around here are so poorly lit.
    You could then hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town before checking into your hotel. The next morning, you could then do a Lake Powell Boat Tour and tour Antelope Canyon. As to the order in which you hit them, that depends on availability of tours. Check Antelope Canyon tours first, then schedule the rest of your day around that.
    Hope that helps.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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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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        Alley Keosheyan - April 20, 2018

        Hi Katherine and thank you for writing again! Not surprised to hear that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, but all is not lost. And no, you can’t just go directly to Antelope Canyon and hope to get on a tour. You’ll waste hours of your valuable vacation time.
        That said, Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours is not the only outfitter that goes to Antelope Canyon. There are also:
        Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours http://navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.187
        Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours http://antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
        Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours https://navajotours.com/ (928) 310-9458

        If the mid-day departures are sold out, either tour at a different time slot, or consider an alternate slot canyon.
        Good luck!
        Alley 🙂

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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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