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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

By Ryan / October 10, 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.

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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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Lilly - December 8, 2018

Hi Ryan,
Wonderful amount of information 🙂
Could you give me some tips, please. Traveling first time with my family to West Coast from NYC and don’t know much what should I see 🙂
Yea re landing in SF on 21st December, then heading to LA, after that San Diego, Phoenix And Las Vegas 2/3 days before NYE, then SF and flinging back to NYC on 5th January. We would like to see beautiful parts of Grand Canyon and its surroundings. Could you point out places we should definitely see and helpful tips. We are renting a car to drive between these cities.
There will be a 1,5 year old with us.
Thank you.

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    Alley Keosheyan - December 8, 2018

    Hi Lilly!
    With a toddler in tow, it’s probably best to avoid making any trip plans that would involve long drives. That said, they tend to be a fact of life in this part of the U.S.
    Using Las Vegas as your starting point, with 2/3 days to work with, you could drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (a 4.5 hour drive), overnight at the South Rim. Then the following day, drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (3.5-4 hour drive), tour Upper Antelope Canyon (that is the best option for families with young kids), and stop at Horseshoe Bend. Overnight in Page, AZ. Then drive back to Las Vegas (4.5-5 hour drive). If desired, you could make a detour through Zion National Park, which would add another 60-90 minutes onto your drive time.
    The main obstacle you’ll be likely to encounter at this point is availability of lodging, or lack thereof, as well as spots on Antelope Canyon tours. These must be reserved in advance of your arrival, so I would recommend starting to check availability ASAP.
    Best wishes for safe travels and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Alley 🙂

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Ariel - December 2, 2018

Hi,
Ideas and itineraries here are very helpful -thanks!

We’re planning a family trip to Utah right after Christmass. We’re a family with 4 kids (oldest is 10) but pretty accustomed to hiking up to 4-5 miles a day. We will be staying in Kanab for 10 days and are planning to use it a base to drive and hike around, weather permitting (Antelope canyon, Zion, Bryce, even the Wave if we’re lucky). Any suggestions on how to plan an agenda for 10 days in the winter would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Ariel

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    Alley Keosheyan - December 3, 2018

    Hi Ariel, and thank you for your visit!
    With 10 days in Kanab, UT, there will be no shortage of places to see and do in addition to the ones you list.
    In the very likely event you do not succeed in obtaining a Wave permit, you might consider doing a tour to White Pocket, Soap Creek, Pinnacle Valley, Alstrom Point – or perhaps all of the above! Though these areas do not require a permit to visit, and are theoretically accessible by private vehicles, we still encourage you to travel with a licensed tour guide. All of these areas are accessed via unpaved roads, which could be rendered impassable in inclement weather. Plus, you’d be voiding your rental car insurance by venturing off-road, leaving you on the hook for any damage you might sustain. A well-known tour company that covers these areas from Kanab is Dreamland Safari Tours, but there are several to choose from in Kanab, Paria, and Page.
    As for other places you might visit, these include, but are not limited to:
    – Pipe Spring National Monument
    – Toroweap Overlook (here again, a guided tour is recommended due to the condition of the road)
    – Snow Canyon State Park or Yant Flats (both near St. George, UT, the latter bears strong resemblance to The Wave, doesn’t require a permit, but does require some hiking)
    – Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
    – Visit Moqui Cave
    – Kodachrome Basin State Park
    – Duck Creek
    – Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe (~2.5 hour drive 1-way from Kanab)
    – Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument
    – Johnson Canyon
    – Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon
    – Coral Pink Sand Dunes
    For more suggestions, go to VisitSouthernUtah.com, VisitUtah.com or simply talk with the staff at the local visitors center, or at your hotel. The possibilities are almost endless!
    Best wishes for safe travels, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. Be sure to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For just $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks, Monuments, and Federal Recreation Areas in the U.S. for 1 year’s time. The only areas it won’t work are State Parks and Native American Tribal Parks (such as Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon), but it would still likely pay for itself on this trip alone. Simply purchase it at the first National Park you hit on your itinerary.

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      Ariel - December 4, 2018

      Thanks Alley for the detailed answer!! We will be sure trying some of these
      Happy holidays,
      Ariel

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ciara - November 27, 2018

Hi! We are lokking to do a tour and have no idea where to start, we are wanting to go sometime during March 2019 and we mainly want to see the antelope canyon as well as the grand canyon. We have about 5 or 6 days and we are coming from dallas, tx. where should start and where should we stay? all recommendations welcome thank you so much!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 27, 2018

    Hello Ciara and thank you for visiting!
    Assuming you are driving from Dallas, you first need to be aware that it will take you two full days (as in ~8 hours of driving per day) to make the trip to Arizona, then another couple of days to make the trip back. Albuquerque, NM would probably be the best point at which to break up the drive on the trip over; going back, you might make Tucumcari, NM your stopover point. That doesn’t give you much time for sightseeing – 2-3 days tops – but the good news is, you can visit both the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in that amount of time.
    You’ll want to visit Grand Canyon South Rim as that’s the area of the Grand Canyon that offers the most to see and do. It is most desirable to stay inside the park (Grand Canyon Village), but you might already find those hotels to be sold out. If that is the case, then Tusayan, aka Grand Canyon Village South, 7 miles outside the park boundary is your next best option. Grand Canyon hotels
    Spend 1 night there, then make the trip to Page, AZ. The drive time given on Google Maps is 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens since the drive is very scenic, and there will be many places where you’ll invariably pull over to take advantage of a photo op, especially on the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon. Upon exiting the park, you’ll be on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, where there are numerous points of interest that might pique yours, including, but not limited to: the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Navajo Trading Post (good breakfast/lunch stop), Chinle formation views, the “Cut” overlook, and just South of Page, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Regarding Horseshoe Bend, this attraction has become extremely popular, resulting in frequent parking snags. If you’re unable to find a place to park at the overlook on the way into town (and don’t improvise, you’ll get a ticket), then plan on hitting this attraction just after sunrise the following day.
    As for where to stay in Page, AZ, everything from traditional hotels and motels to bed and breakfasts and repurposed apartments are available, in varying amenity classes and price points. Pick what works for your party and your budget, and book it, along with other accommodations and guided tours, ASAP.
    On your 2nd day in Page, take your Antelope Canyon tour (again, book it ASAP!), then, time permitting, you might visit the John Wesley Powell Museum, take a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, hike to the New Wave (easy), or enjoy a meal “lakeside” at the Lake Powell Resort or Antelope Point Marina.
    The next day, start making the trip back to Dallas, TX. Time/inclination permitting, you might make a detour to Monument Valley, but this will tack another 1-2 hours onto an already long drive.

    Good luck and safe travels, and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Alley 🙂

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April - November 25, 2018

Alley would you be so kind to look at my itinerary and help me plan my last two days.
Traveling – my husband and I and our 20 year old kids and their significant others, total of 6 adults
December 29- fly into Phoenix
December 29 & 30 stay nights at Oak Creek Canyon Cabins bear Sedona (hike and see Sedona)
December 31- drive to GC and stay at Yavapai Lodge that night
January 1- Lower Antelope Canyon & ????
Should we stay in Page or drive to Monument Valley, then get up and see Monument Valley on the 2nd
January 2- see Monument Valley or just stay in Page
January 3- fly out of Phoenix at 1:00 in the afternoon

I don’t know whether to hassle with Monument Valley or just relax in Page and Sedona?!?
Any advice will be appreciated. I’ve really enjoyed reading this blog of information and advice- 2 thumbs up!

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 26, 2018

    Hi April and thank you for your inquiry.
    If you want to include Monument Valley in your trip plan, it’s almost a “six of one/half a dozen of another” proposition as to where you put it. If you were to hit it right after the Grand Canyon, it would be ~a 3-hour drive, going direct, but that rarely happens. The trip, especially the portion that goes along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, is very scenic, and you’ll no doubt find yourself stopping along the way at attractions such as Grand Canyon scenic overlooks, Chief Yellowhorse’s curio stand, the Little Colorado River overlook, the Cameron Trading Post (excellent “brunch” stop), the Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks, Navajo National Monument the Elephant’s Feet, and the Navajo Code Talkers Museum… just to name a few. With this in mind, a 3-hours-and-change drive could easily turn into a half-day adventure. The drive to Page from Monument Valley would then be about 2-2.5 hours, and you could tour Lower Antelope Canyon on your way into town since the Tribal Park Entrance is just off US98 Southeast of Page. The drive from Page to Phoenix would then be ~4.5 hours.
    If you were to opt to go to Page before Monument Valley, the same driving rule applies: a 2.5 hour drive “on paper” is actually more like 4 hours or so in reality. If you do it this way, you could hit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way into Page, then tour Lower Antelope Canyon on your way to Monument Valley (you’ll pass the Tribal Park Entrance on your way out of town). The trip back to Phoenix would then run ~4.5-5 hours. The key factor in making this plan work is availability of lodging at Monument Valley. Hotels/motels are few and far between in that area, so don’t be surprised if you find everything sold out. The View Lodge is generally regarded to be the best in the area, seconded by historic Goulding’s Lodge. If nothing is available there, then the town of Kayenta, AZ (~30 minutes away) would be your next best option.
    If you can’t find lodging in Monument Valley, you might indeed skip it this time around and opt to hang out in Page for a couple of days. That said, there may be a possibility to “have your cake and eat it too” with regards to Monument Valley: take a scenic flight over it out of Page, Arizona. Westwind Air Service offers fixed-wing airplane tours over Lake Powell, Monument Valley, and other local attractions by prior arrangement. For more information, visit their website, AND call their local office at 928-645-2494.
    Please keep in mind that you’ll be traveling in winter, and cooler weather will be the norm. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing, and start monitoring local weather conditions about 2 weeks before you get set to travel.
    Have a safe trip, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Alley 🙂

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Leena - November 14, 2018

We (5 adults , 1 kid (2 year old) ) planning this itinerary.

Wed : start driving afternoon from sanjose and reach sequioa
Thu : spend in sequioa
Fri : after brunch start to zion
Sat: spend time in zion
sun : visit early mrng tours for upper and lower antelopes and go to horse shoe for sunset.
mon : drive back to San Jose

1. can you plz suggest if any changes are needed
2. any other suggestions instead of sequioa? should we direct go to zion ?
3. what things can be done at zion with kid?
4. seems like tours are booked, can we visit antelopes without tours? kid allowed?
5. any other suggestions that is doable with kid?

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 15, 2018

    Leena,
    Yikes, this is WAY too much driving in too short a time, especially with a toddler in tow! You’ll need to a. free up more time to pull this off or b. take a good hard look at a map and concentrate your sightseeing on destinations that are closer, such as Sequoia, and perhaps Yosemite and/or Death Valley.

    It takes approximately 4 hours – wheels turning, no stops – to drive from San Jose, CA, to Sequoia National Park. It then takes ~9 hours, again, driving direct, to get from Sequoia to Zion. Eliminating Sequoia from your “wish list” doesn’t improve the situation much, you’re still looking at ~ a 10 hour drive. You should consider breaking up the drive in someplace like Primm, NV, or Las Vegas, NV.
    The trip from Zion to Page, AZ, takes 2-2.5 hours. It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. With a 2-year-old, you’re better off sticking with Upper Antelope Canyon and saving Lower for another visit, preferably once they’re around 6-7 and better able to make their own way through the canyon. Full Video Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon Whether you visit Upper or Lower, you MUST go with a guided tour since the canyon is situated on Native American Tribal Lands. If you’re finding that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, consider touring Antelope Canyon X.
    Regarding things to do in Zion with children, there’s no shortage of easy but scenic hikes.
    I don’t recall when your visit was scheduled for, but if it’s for the near future, keep in mind that it’s cold here. You’ll need to pack jackets, gloves, scarves, and other warm weather clothing for you and your child’s safety and comfort.
    But the main take-away here is I cannot endorse your plan as it stands. It seems to me that you don’t fully comprehend the distances and drive times involved. You should get a better sense of the potential difficulties before you pack up your family and hit the road.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Leena - November 15, 2018

      Thanks Alley, such a meticulous reply, answering all my concerns.. amazing…

      we removed sequoia from the plan.. we are driving directly to zion with a break at Las Vegas.

      Wed (21stNov) start from sanjose and drive to Vegas, stay overnight
      Thu : start from Vegas to Zion.
      Fri : spend in zion
      Sat : Monument valley (or) Powell lake + horse shoe bend
      Sun : upper or(and) lower antelope and start to Vegas
      Mon : drive back to SJC from Vegas.. with a break at sequoia.

      any suggestions here?

      would you recommend monument valley or Powell lake? which one is good?

      also would you recommend staying one night near Zion and 2 nights near page?

      or any common place for staying all 3 nights that is almost equidistant to Zion + antelope + monument valley?

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        Alley Keosheyan - November 16, 2018

        Hi Leena, that’s a more reasonable plan, but still requires some modification if you don’t want to spend all your days driving.
        Zion to Monument Valley takes ~4 hours. Lodging in that area is sparse, so I’d recommend skipping it this time around and drive to Page/Lake Powell instead. There are more choices of lodging there, although reservations should still be made. Monument Valley is a beautiful area, but I’d save it for another time.
        The plan to drive from Las Vegas to SJC with a stopover at Sequoia is still ill-advised. It takes approximately 6.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Sequoia, then another 3.5 to drive to San Jose. Another thing you have to factor in at the time of year you’re traveling is daylength. It’s short: sunrise in Las Vegas occurs at around 6:20, sunset at about 4:30 PM. In order to pull this off, you’ll need to get a pre-dawn start out of Las Vegas, or else face a very late night getting back to San Jose. Even if you do take Sequoia out of the mix, you’re looking at a long drive regardless: 8+ hours. If you can free up a night to spend in Three Rivers, CA that will make for a more comfortable experience for your family.
        Regarding how many nights to give to each destination, 2 nights in Zion and 1 night in Page is good at this time of year. I wouldn’t recommend using one place as a base camp then doing day trips to each place. The less time spent driving and the more time spent enjoying the sights, the better!
        Thank you for giving us the opportunity to comment on your vacation plans.
        Best wishes for safe traveling,
        Alley 🙂

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Teresa B - November 10, 2018

Hi. Thank you for your posting. I find them very informative. Our family (my husband, 16 y.o. daughter, 12 y.o. son, and me) are traveling to the region, arriving in Phoenix early 4/19/19 and depart at night on 4/26/19. I have a hard time deciding what and where to book the tours. We are active and athletic family. We would like to do hiking, horseback/mules riding, kayak, exploring the region while there. Here is our itinerary.
When/where should we do horseback/mules riding ?
What tour would you recommend for Grand Canyon or do we need a tour?
What about Zion National park? Can we fit that into the days that we will be at Page?

4/19-4/21 Sedona (3 nights)-slide rock, Cathedral Rock, Red Rock state park?
4/22/19 one night at Grand Canyon (leave Sedona early 4/22/19 to Grand Canyon, spend 2 days)
4/23-4/24 two nights at Page- Lower Antelope, Kayak at Lake Powell, Horse Shoe Bend?
4/25 one night at Flagstaff and will do more Sedona/FlagStaff activities prior to heading to the Phoenix airport.
Thank you for your help.
Teresa

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 10, 2018

    Hello Teresa, and welcome!
    First off, GOOD CALL for giving Sedona the time it deserves. You won’t regret it, there’s plenty to see and do. In addition to the activities you list, you might consider a hike to the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon or perhaps the world-famous Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour; just to name a few. http://www.VisitSedona.com
    The Grand Canyon is one of the easier parks in the area to self-tour. All the viewpoints are open to private vehicles, with the exception of those on the West Rim/Hermit’s Rest Road, which is served by a free shuttle system. As for mule rides at the Grand Canyon, the one that goes to Phantom Ranch, IMO is the best one. It’s an overnight trip, a ton of fun, and… booked a year in advance, so probably not going to happen for you. What you might consider instead is taking a horseback ride to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook in Page, AZ. It doesn’t descend below the rim, but offers a novel means of getting to the overlook without having to contend with the typical parking hassles. If you don’t opt for the Lake Powell kayak trip, another activity you might consider taking part in whilst in Page is the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. It does not go through any rapids, but is still a wonderful scenic family activity.
    Now – let’s talk about how you might fit Zion National Park into all this. You might accomplish it by 1. dropping 1 night in Sedona and/or 2. dropping that night in Flagstaff prior to flying out of Phoenix. Zion is a huge, beautiful park that requires at least 2 days of your time to do justice. Then, rearrange your itinerary a bit so that you don’t have to make too long a drive at the end of your trip. Maybe schedule Zion in between the Grand Canyon and Page, and hit Sedona last on your trip.
    BTW, the reason I suggest you can get by with just one night from the Grand Canyon is because you’ll actually do a big chunk of sightseeing at the South Rim on the drive to Page. The most efficient route naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the park, where there are over half a dozen named viewpoints you can stop at. Upon exiting the park, you’ll be on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, where there’s even more to see.
    So, a revised trip itinerary would look something like this:
    4/19 – Arrive in Phoenix, drive to Page (4-5 hour drive), spend 2 nights
    4/21 – Drive to Zion (~2 hour drive), spend 2 nights in Springdale, Utah
    4/23 – Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3 hour drive [realistically speaking]), spend 1 night
    4/24 – Drive to Sedona, spend 2 nights

    If you haven’t already done so, be sure to book your Grand Canyon hotels and Antelope Canyon tours. These two trip components will be the most important elements of your tour around which the rest of your plans will revolve, and evolve.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels, and have a Happy Holiday Season!
    Alley 🙂

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Lupe Ortiz - November 7, 2018

Good Morning,
My friend and I are planning to drive from Oceanside, CA on Thursday January 17th, to arrive there that evening. We will stay in Page then tour Antelope all day Friday then drive down to the Grand Canyon, spend the day there and drive back to Oceanside Sunday. Is this enough time? Should we stick to only one? And is it possible to see both upper and lower Antelope in one day? Thank you so much! Have a great day!

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 7, 2018

    Hi Lupe,
    What a coincidence, I lived in Oceanside, CA, for a time myself, albeit some time ago (late ’80’s). Bet it’s grown a lot since then!
    As to whether you have enough time to visit both Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon in the timeframe you have, unfortunately, the answer is no. It will take you a minimum of 10 hours to drive from Oceanside to Page. You’ll then need ~2.5 hours to tour Antelope Canyon. You should also stop by Horseshoe Bend while you’re here, which will take another 60-90 minutes of your time.
    The drive time from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim is given as 2.5 hours on Google Maps, but that figure rarely materializes in the real world. The drive is very scenic, and you’ll no doubt find yourself stopping to take pictures, especially on the Desert View Drive on the Eastern rim of the Grand Canyon. 3.5 or even 4 hours ends up being a more accurate figure. Then, the drive from the Grand Canyon back to Oceanside will take you at least another 8 hours (I know, I did that drive a few times!). In the summer months, you may be able to pull it all off, but in January, daylength is still quite short: sunrise occurs at about 7:45 AM, sunset at about 5:15 PM.
    Unless you can free up another day so you can spend the night both at Page and the Grand Canyon, I would recommend sticking to the Grand Canyon this time around, and saving Page, AZ for a later/warmer timeframe when you can do some exploring on Lake Powell, or perhaps take the Glen Canyon Float Trip. Grand Canyon hotels
    While it is possible to see both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in one day’s time, it’s 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 it, and use the time to enjoy other sights and activities in the area.
    Hope that helps ~ Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!
    Alley 🙂

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Kelly - November 5, 2018

Thank you for all the helpful information on this site! My husband and I and our children (15yo, 13yo, 10yo) plan to spend our Spring Break (April 13-20, 2018) touring Northern Arizona. We have already booked our flights in/out of Phoenix. I listed our itinerary below, but would appreciate any feedback. This will probably be our only family trip to this area, so a good balance of sight seeing, hiking and water sports would be great. Our kids are great travelers and can tolerate long, busy days.

Day 1: Fly into Phoenix in afternoon. Drive to Sedona.
Day 2: Sedona then drive to Grand Canyon for sunset (overnight in Tusayan)
Day 3: Grand Canyon then drive to Page (Horseshoe Bend for sunset)
Day 4: Lower Antelope Canyon/Lake Powell/ Glen Canyon Half Day Float
Day 5: Bryce Canyon
Day 6: Zion (overnight in Springdale)
Day 7: Las Vegas (overnight in Las Vegas)
Day 8: Fly out of Phoenix in evening

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    Alley Keosheyan - November 5, 2018

    Hi Kelly and thank you for visiting today!
    In theory, your plan is doable, but you’re rushing things. The first “red flag” I notice is that you’re not giving Sedona enough time. This area has a lot to see and do and really should be given 2 days minimum in order to do it justice. http://www.VisitSedona.com Ditto for Zion; huge park, lots to explore, you’d probably end up kicking yourself if you only spent 1 day there.
    In order to give one of these areas more time, I’d recommend taking Las Vegas off the table. It doesn’t have much to offer for folks under 21, plus would make for a long trip back to Phoenix when you’re already tired of driving. In order to minimize drive time toward the end of your vacation, I’d recommend moving Sedona to day 7. That way, you’d only have a 2-hour drive back to Phoenix, vs. a 5-6 hour slog.
    Mapped out, the trip would look something like this:

    Note that I’ve shuffled a couple things around, having you hit Page, AZ first, then Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon South Rim, and Sedona. The important things to nail down right now are Grand Canyon lodging and Antelope Canyon tours.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels, and best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!
    Alley 🙂

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Fabien - October 29, 2018

Hi there,
We (3 adults) are planning a trip to Northern AZ and will definitely drop by Page for a day or so. Does this itinerary make sense? I appreciate your opinion(s)!

Oct 31 – fly into PHX, rent vehicle and drive to Grand Canyon, then spend the night at South Rim
Nov 1 – drive around viewpoints along South Rim, then head to Desert View Watchtower, then onward to Horseshoe Bend and then Page
Nov 2 – Antelope Canyon and maybe Lake Powell, then drive to Monument Valley
Nov 3 – Monument Valley sightseeing, then drive up to Forrest Gump Point in UT, then drive back to central AZ / Sedona
Nov 4 – Sedona area sightseeing
Nov 5 – Drive back to PHX

I think the timetable makes sense on paper.

The other thing I’m hesitating over is whether to rent an RV + book at campsites with full hookups, or rent an SUV and do hotels/Airbnbs instead. Both have pros and cons and I’m wondering if anyone would like to share some thoughts if they have experience doing either in that region. Especially given the season. Weather forecast is looking good but I know it gets cold at night on the Colorado plateau. Thanks in advance!

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 29, 2018

    Hi Fabien and thank you for visiting our site!
    First off, I wouldn’t recommend an RV rental at the time of year you’re visiting. Colder weather tends not to agree with RV’s, especially the water pipes, which can result in inconvenient and sometimes costly breakdowns. Overnight lows on the South Rim area already dipping down into the 20’s (Fahrenheit), so I would recommend traditional hotels or vacation rentals. At the Grand Canyon, it’s definitely preferable to stay as close to the rim as possible so you can experience sunrise and/or sunset over the canyon. Grand Canyon hotels
    On November 2nd, where you indicate you’d like to “visit Lake Powell,” at this time of year, your options are going to be somewhat limited because boat tours are on seasonal hiatus. Since you are planning to drive to Monument Valley that afternoon, I’d recommend touring Lower Antelope Canyon in the morning, then maybe popping down to Antelope Point Marina for lunch. The restaurant is right on the lake, and walking around the marina complex is a pleasant way to take in some of the views. The marina is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you will be required to pay an entrance fee of $25/vehicle.
    Thus far, your itinerary looks well-planned — until you get to Sedona. It’s about a 4-hour drive from Monument Valley to Sedona to begin with, and then you’re only giving it one night. You’re going to find that’s nowhere near enough to partake of all that area has to offer. 3-4 days minimum tends to be the typical recommendation for a first-time visit. If that’s not possible this time around, try to at least free up another night to stay there. Rest assured, you won’t regret it! Visit Sedona
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Fabien - October 30, 2018

      Alley,
      Thank you so much for your response! We appreciate the time you took to read through my questions and address each point.

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        Alley Keosheyan - November 1, 2018

        You are welcome Fabien! Hope you have a wonderful trip 🙂

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      Dave P. - November 4, 2018

      Alley:

      I appreciate your insightful responses and suggestions to your inquiries. My wife and I plus two sons, 19 and 16 will be in AZ during the second half of Nov. The entire family will be together for a minimum of 9 days (Nov 18th – Nov 26th), with the possibility of two additional days. We can depart from Phoenix on either Nov 18th Sunday or Nov 19 Monday to head North. We have identified so many things we would like to see, we are having a difficult time picking what would be the most important and realistic for our time frame. We mostly want to see natural sights (read: not museums). The only tour we have scheduled so far is for Lower Antelope Canyon on Thursday, Nov 22nd., with a possible stop at the Antelope Point Marina for lunch and Horseshoe bend in the afternoon. Of course we are interested in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, possibly Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, etc. We would appreciate your suggestions on how to plan out the itenerary with potential stops to include and ideal locations to stay along the way. In addition, if there was a way to incorporate sights south of Phoenix,, like Tombstone, Sonoran Desert, etc. (we will have location available in PHX as a ‘home base’ while in AZ) we would like to see if that would be possible too, even if it means extending through Wed, Nov 28th.

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        Alley Keosheyan - November 5, 2018

        Hi Dave and thank you for stopping by today!
        As a general rule, the more time you can spend in Arizona, the better. There’s no shortage of things to see and do (not museums LOL) to keep your family busy.
        One comment that immediately raised a bit of a red flag was your desire to visit Tombstone while you’re here. It’s not exactly a “day trip” from Phoenix. It takes ~3 hours each way to drive from Phoenix to Tombstone, and in late November, you’re up against a short daylength as well (sunrise occurs about 7 AM, sunset at about 5:20 PM). Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in the more rural areas of Arizona due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk, coyotes, free range cattle, and other animals. Best to make this part of your trip an overnighter for optimal safety, comfort, and enjoyment. Tombstone, Arizona hotels
        As for the remainder of your itinerary, you could do something like this:
        November 18th – Phoenix to Monument Valley, ~5-6 hour drive, 1 night at Monument Valley Monument Valley Lodging
        Novemnber 19th – Monument Valley to Page, 2.5 hour drive, tour Antelope Canyon en route, overnight in Page Page, AZ hotels
        November 20th – Page to Bryce Canyon, 2.5 hour drive, overnight in Bryce Bryce area lodging
        November 21st – Bryce to Zion, ~2 hour drive, 2 nights in Zion, stay in Springdale, UT
        November 23rd – Zion to Grand Canyon South Rim, ~4.5 hour drive, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim Grand Canyon hotels
        November 24th – Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona, 2.5-3 hour drive, stay 2 nights in Sedona
        November 26th – return to Phoenix, 2 hour drive, overnight in Phoenix
        November 27th – drive from Phoenix to Tombstone, overnight in Tombstone (or Benson or Bisbee, AZ)
        November 28th – return to Phoenix
        Mapped out from start to finish, the trip would look something like this:

        If adding another couple of days to your trip isn’t an option, you’ll have to take a couple destinations off the list, which, for practicality’s sake, would probably be Bryce and Zion.
        Another possible wrench in the works would be weather. It can snow in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah at that time of year, which could affect access to local roadways. Start monitoring the weather now, and pack a few items of warmer clothing just in case.
        You’ll probably want to check availability of Grand Canyon hotels first.
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

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Chris Hoiz - October 23, 2018

Thank you for this wonderful resource. I am headed to Vegas/Utah/Arizona next week and had some general questions about tweaking our itinerary so that we can fit as much as possible. We only have 5.5 days to visit Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. We plan to hike for a full 2 or 3 days at Zion so that really only leaves us 2.5 days to literally speed thru Bryce/Grand Canyon/Antelope/Horseshoe. Is this reasonable or are we way over our heads? Please advise.

Mini questions:
1. Bryce – Is there a way to speed thru this without hiking for hours, if all we want to see are the scenic areas with the hoodoos?
2. Grand Canyon – Same as above….. any where to speed thru this without hiking for hours? We just want to see amazing scenery and 1 to 2 hours max will suffice.
3. Antelope – 1 to 2 hours max with the tours….
4. Horseshoe Bend – 1 hour max self-guided….

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 23, 2018

    Hi Chris,
    “Drive-by sightseeing” is not something we recommend. You’ll regret not giving these attractions the time they deserve.
    Another important consideration is daylength; at this time of year, it’s rapidly shortening. Sunrise occurs at ~6:45 AM, and sunset occurs ~5:30. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the country due to lack of ambient light on local roadways, plus the tendency of nocturnal wildlife like deer, elk, and coyotes to be running around them. You want to get all your driving for the day done by sunset.
    With 2.5 days to spare after hiking in Zion, here’s what I would suggest:
    1. Get as early a start as you possibly can out of Zion and head to Bryce. Do your packing the night before. The drive from Zion to Bryce takes ~1.5 hours, then plan for another 4 hours or so to drive the 38-mile round-trip scenic loop drive. Afterward, drive to Page (2.5-3 hours), overnight in Page. Page, AZ hotels
    2. Hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, tour Antelope Canyon, then start making your way to Grand Canyon South Rim around noon (the North Rim is closed at this time of year, plus there is more in the way of visitor facilities at the South Rim, as well as a larger geographical area of the canyon that you can actually see). Even though Google Maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, that rarely happens. It’s a very scenic drive where you’ll invariably be stopping to take pictures along the way, so 3.5-4+ hours ends up being more realistic. Overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim.
    3. Head back to Las Vegas. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from the South Rim. Time/desire permitting, you might take a morning helicopter flight over Grand Canyon North Rim on your way out of the park.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Cassie Fitzgerald - October 23, 2018

WOW! I’ve read through SO many comments and found so many great options on touring the area…. and that leaves me a little perplexed on how to plan a trip for 3 adults and 2 children (7 & 10) for this trip.

We are traveling from Ohio (bbbrrrrr) to Las Vegas on a late flight arriving Tuesday 11/20/18 around 10PM. Our hope is to travel in an RV (rented) from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon West, Antelope Canyon, Zion, Hoover Dam and back to Vegas by late Friday night. We can omit the Hoover Dam and take an afternoon trip there over the weekend as we are not flying out until late Monday night on 11/26 if needed. We planned on a few days in Vegas to see all the sites there.

Here’s what I think we can do:

1) Wednesday morning- early departure from Vegas to Grand Canyon West Rim and spend the day at the West Rim (estimated 2 hour drive from Vegas to the West Rim?)

2) Thursday- THANKSGIVING- Head to Antelope Canyon from the West Rim (5 hours?) and try and book an afternoon tour around 2:30. Would the upper canyon be a better option for the kids (they do like to hike)? Do you know if they are open on Thanksgiving? Stay in an RV park Thursday night near Antelope Canyon

3) Friday- depart Antelope Canyon and head to Zion Park – Zion to a (maybe) quick peak to the Hoover Dam and back to Vegas to stay until Monday afternoon.

Does this seem feasible or am I under estimating travel time? We thought an RV rental would help us stay closer to the canyons and we would not need to pack and unpack in a hotel to save time.

Is Antelope Upper open on Thanksgiving? It’s hard to find this information online.

Thanks for your help! We are so looking forward to this trip (pending all the details!)!

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 23, 2018

    Hi Cassie and thank you for visiting today!
    First off, I wouldn’t recommend an RV rental at the time of year you’re visiting. It’s going to be cold here, too, and that can cause all kinds of complications with RV’s, especially with the water delivery systems. Another consideration is distances between attractions here, which you are underestimating. You certainly won’t save any time, and money-wise, it would probably be a wash vs. staying in conventional hotels.
    Another “red flag” is your prioritizing Grand Canyon West instead of Grand Canyon South Rim. Grand Canyon South Rim, the National Park, is where the vast, colorful, picture postcard views can be seen. Yes, it is a 4.5-5 hour drive from Las Vegas, but if you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely cross Grand Canyon West off the list and devote the majority of your time to Grand Canyon South Rim and Page.
    Since you’re planning to visit during the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be busy, so lodging must be booked ASAP. Try to find lodging inside Grand Canyon Village, if at all possible. If that area is already booked, then Tusayan/GC Village South is your next best option, about 7 miles outside the park. If that area is booked, then look at Williams or Flagstaff. Grand Canyon hotels. BTW, it would be best to hit Hoover Dam on this leg of your trip, not on the back end.
    The drive to Page is given on Google Maps as taking ~2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as the trip is very scenic and you’ll no doubt be stopping to take pictures along the way. 3.5-4 hours is a more realistic figure. Antelope Canyon tours are operating on Thanksgiving day and advance reservations are strongly recommended. While in Page, be sure to stop at Horseshoe Bend. Glen Canyon Dam is quite impressive as well, some say even moreso than Hoover!
    Your plan to visit Zion en route from Page to Las Vegas is also not a great idea, especially at the time of year you’re traveling. Daylength is short (sunrise 7:10 AM, sunset 5:10 AM), and you want to be sure you get to wherever you’re going before sunset. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the US due to lack of ambient light, and the possible presence of nocturnal wildlife like deer, elk, coyotes, etc. near local roadways makes it a dangerous proposition. Besides, Zion is an incredibly large and beautiful park, one you definitely shouldn’t limit to just a “drive-by” sighting. Think about saving it for another trip when you can spend 3-4 days.
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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Irina - October 22, 2018

Hi Alley,

Thank you very much for such a wonderful overview of the tours and I decided to ask your opinion about my future itinerary and timing. My husband and I are going to attend a wedding in Snowbird, UT on May 25, 2019 and after that to have a road trip to see national parks. It is my long time dream to do it and I can’t miss an opportunity to do it.
The trip I tried to put together for now look like this:
May 24 – arriving to Salt Lake City and wedding for the next day
May 26 – leaving for Moab.
May 27 – spend a day in Arches National Park
May 28 – leave Moab for Page and on a way there spend some time in Monument Valley National Park
May 29 -30 – stay in Page to see Anthelope canyon, Horseshoe Band, Lake, Vermillion Cliffs
May 31 – Bryce
June 1 – Zion
June 2 – North Rim Grand Canyon
June 3-4 Las Vegas, leaving to NY

I would appreciate your input on any portion of my route:
how would you suggest to plan time around Page? Should I see both Upper and Lower Anthelope canyon? When is the best time of the day to see Horseshoe Band?
Do you think it is enough 1 day for each Bryce, Zion and NRGC? Where would you suggest to stay while doing it?

Any comments, suggestions are greatly appreciated. I traveled a lot in Europe and South America, but never planned a trip on National Parks in US and for me it is so excited and kind of difficult:)

Best regards,
Irina

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 22, 2018

    Hi Irina and thank you for visiting us!
    Your itinerary is doable, but still raises a few “red flags.” First off, be sure to verify that rental car drop-off fees won’t be cost-prohibitive for picking up a vehicle in Salt Lake and dropping it off in Las Vegas. Due to the distances between cities in this part of the U.S., and difficulties involved in getting vehicles back to their point of origin, many rental car outlets impose fairly hefty fees for one-way rentals.
    Secondly, there are a couple of parks where you only plan to stay 1 day that really deserve more time to do them justice, namely, Moab and Zion. If it is at all possible to free up 3-5 more days for this trip, you definitely won’t regret it!
    Another modification I’d recommend making is to hit Grand Canyon North Rim after Bryce and before Zion in order to minimize backtracking. Placing Zion as the last stop on your itinerary will put you closer to Las Vegas when it comes time to wrap up your vacation, especially if you get your lodging in Springdale, Utah, on the Western border of the park.

    Since Grand Canyon North Rim lodging options are fewer in number and smaller in scale, I would check availability there first, then let the rest of your plan evolve around that. If you find that all North Rim lodging is sold out, you might consider a. taking a day trip from Page (the drive is ~2.5 hours each way) or b. changing up your plans slightly and going to Grand Canyon South Rim instead. The South Rim offers more in the way of hotels, restaurants, and other facilities, not to mention a much larger geographical area of the Grand Canyon you can actually see. A revised itinerary would have you go from Moab to Bryce Canyon, then to Zion, heading South to Page, AZ, then Grand Canyon South Rim.

    Unfortunately, that would most likely mean taking Monument Valley off the table, unless you could free up an extra day or two and hit it between Page and Grand Canyon South Rim.
    As to your other inquiries, it is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you’re physically up for doing Lower, stick with it, then use the time you saved by not touring Upper for other things, such as visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association, taking one of many easy but scenic hikes in the Glen Canyon area, taking the scenic Lakeshore Drive loop to Lake Powell Resort, or even firing off a few rounds at Gunfighter Canyon, Page’s new indoor shooting range.
    Regarding visiting Lake Powell, you must keep in mind that it is huge, therefore seeing the whole thing is pretty much impossible. A boat tour to Rainbow Bridge will allow you to see quite a bit of it, but will take up the better part of a day. Another fine water-based activity worth considering is the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip.
    The best time to visit Horseshoe Bend during the summer months is just after sunrise for cooler temperatures and minimal crowds. Going later in the day, you’ll risk not being able to park and having to come back at another time. We’re not kidding. “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend”
    Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Irina - October 27, 2018

      Thank you very much for your help and suggestions!!!

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      Irina - October 28, 2018

      Hi Alley,

      I was going through your recommendations and I would spend 2 days in Zion and 1.5 days in Arches.
      What would you suggest regarding going through National Monument park or stay in the North Rim Grand Canyon?
      Should I do Moab-National monument-Page-Bryce-NRGC(without staying there at all) – Zion-LV?
      I wanted one extra day in Page because I wanted to visit the Wave in Vermillion Cliff, but if I won’t win a lottery, should I do another trail there? Or I can skip it and stay in Grand Canyon?
      So many beautiful places and so little time! Hard to decide!

      Thank you in advance,
      Irina

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        Alley Keosheyan - October 29, 2018

        Hi Irina,
        Honestly, you should free up more time for Moab, UT. Arches National Park is only the “tip of the iceberg” as they say. Canyonlands National Park is another attraction within shouting distance of Moab, UT. Cataract Canyon rafting trips are another enticing opportunity, depending on the time of year you’re traveling, of course. Minimum recommended time for that area is 3-4 days.
        Grand Canyon North Rim is beautiful, but isolated, not to mention lodging options are few and far between there. There is only one hotel inside the park, and 2 more within relatively close proximity just outside the park gates. If you can’t find availability at any of them, you’re looking at a 60-90 minute drive to the next nearest lodging. Grand Canyon North Rim hotels If it’s your first visit to the Southwest, Grand Canyon South Rim is recommended over the North Rim for several reasons, namely, more choices of lodging, restaurants and other visitor amenities, plus a larger geographical area of the canyon that you can actually see by car. If you still have your heart set on seeing the North Rim, you can still do so, even if you’re staying at the South Rim, by flying over it. Airplane flights and helicopter tours pass over the North Rim and offer enough of an opportunity to see how different it is from the South Rim.
        Regarding The Wave lottery, chances are slim that you’ll actually win it, but even so, there is much in the way of beautiful scenery in that area that doesn’t require a permit to explore. So if you decide to stay that extra day in Page, you won’t have any trouble finding something/somewhere cool to occupy the time! Alternate Areas Around The Wave
        You hit the nail on the head: so many beautiful places, yet so little time!
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

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Rhonda - October 17, 2018

Very informative site; I haven’t read through every single comment, so please forgive me if someone has already asked … planning an anniversary trip the end of November; our plan is to fly into Page from Las Vegas to minimize driving. Is there ground transportation such as Uber, to visit Antelope Canyon, or would we need to rent a car? How’s the weather this time of year? If we have a small amount of time (Arriving in Page 3 pm on November 27, and departing Page 1 pm November 29, so we basically have 1 1/2 days), what do you recommend for the must see/do? Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 18, 2018

    Hi Rhonda and thank you for visiting.
    No worries about repeating previously posed questions, you won’t be the first and certainly won’t be the last!
    Scheduled air service is not yet offered from Las Vegas to Page, but it soon will be. Contour Airlines will resume regular flights from LAS-PGA as of 11/6, but flights will only run on certain days of the week. Check http://www.ContourAirlines.com for exact schedules and fares.
    Once you arrive in Page, you should definitely plan on renting a car for optimal freedom and flexibility. Uber/Lyft are just now starting to establish themselves here, but from what I’ve heard, they’re not 100% reliable. Not a problem you want to encounter when you need to get to a scheduled activity, like Antelope Canyon tours. Avis is the sole car rental outlet at the Page Municipal Airport.
    Weather in late November can run the gamut from sunny and cold to rainy or snowy. Start monitoring Page, AZ weather conditions about 2 weeks before you travel so you can best gauge what kind of clothing to pack.
    For a 1.5 day stay, must-do activities are Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Water-based activities won’t be an option, but you might consider taking a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum, doing one of many easy but scenic hikes in the area (weather permitting), or firing off a few shots at Gunfighter Canyon, Page, AZ’s new indoor gun range! For more suggestions, check out “The Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary in Page, AZ.”
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Bri H. - October 18, 2018

      Hey there, you have the most informative responses I’ve seen. Wanted to ask you about my potential itinerary Nov 15-22, for four adults. I have two options, one is driving in AM and one is in late afternoon/right after sunset.

      15: Arrive to Las Vegas in the AM
      16: Drive in AM to Zion, try and squeeze in a hike in Zion.
      17: Spend the day in Zion, leave to Bryce
      18: Wake up in Bryce, spend day in Bryce, leave to Page
      19: Wake up in Page- Horsehoe Bend, Lower/Upper Canyon (should we do both? which is better that time of year?) Sleep in page
      20: Wake up, head to Desert View Drive @ Grand Canyon, spend few hours there, Drive to Sedona to sleep
      21: Sedona
      22: Sedona, leave from Phoenix airport @ night

      15: Arrive to Las Vegas in the AM
      16: Drive in AM to Zion, try and squeeze in a hike in Zion.
      17: Spend the day in Zion, sleep in Zion
      18: Drive to Bryce in AM, spend day in Bryce, sleep in Bryce
      19: Drive to Page in AM- Horsehoe Bend, Lower/Upper Canyon (should we do both? which is better that time of year?) Sleep in page
      20: Wake up, head to Desert View Drive @ Grand Canyon, spend few hours there, Drive to Sedona to sleep
      21: Sedona
      22: Sedona, leave from Phoenix airport @ night

      Let me know your thoughts, any must does, or anything to be mindful of. Really appreciate it! THANK YOU.

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        Alley Keosheyan - October 19, 2018

        Hi Bri, and thanks for your compliments!
        Your itineraries look pretty good. One thing to verify before committing is rental car drop-off fees. They can be pretty hefty for returning a vehicle anywhere other than where you picked it up from due to the distances between cities in this part of the U.S.
        That said, I tend to lean toward your second proposal that has you overnighting in the areas where you do your sightseeing. That way, you don’t have to do any long-distance driving when you’re already tired from hiking and exploring.
        One thing I’d strongly recommend changing is the tail end of your itinerary where you drive from Page to the Grand Canyon, then Grand Canyon to Sedona. You’re going to end up doing more driving than you expect. The trip from Page to the Grand Canyon is ~150 miles and Google Maps gives the estimated drive time as 2.5 hours. That figure rarely materializes as the drive is very scenic and you’ll no doubt be stopping to take pictures. Popular stops along the route include, but aren’t limited to, Horseshoe Bend (it’s just South of Page, AZ on US89, allow 60-90 minutes to explore that), the “Cut” Overlook, Gap Trading Post, Chinle formation views, the Cameron Trading Post (great place to stop for lunch/brunch), the Little Colorado River Overlook, and that’s just the first half of the trip! Once you enter the park at Desert View Point, you’ll then have your pick of over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon to see on your way to Grand Canyon Village Historic District. Therefore, this 2.5 hour drive can reasonably end up taking more along the lines of 4 hours or more depending on what piques your interest. Then, after all that, you’re facing a 3-hour drive to Sedona.
        Another factor potentially working against you at that time of year is shortening daylength. Sunrise occurs at ~7:00 AM, sunset at ~5:15 PM. You want to complete any drives you make well before sunset, and you really should see sunset at the Grand Canyon. If possible, overnight at the Grand Canyon, then head down to Sedona the following morning. Driving back to Phoenix from Sedona isn’t that big a deal since it’s only about a 2-hour drive.
        Regarding Sedona: it offers so much to see and do that most people, present company included, recommend a bare minimum of 3 days/4 nights to fully enjoy it. If you find the rental car drop-off fees too cost-prohibitive to do a Las Vegas to Phoenix loop, and if Phoenix is the more economical choice for your staging city, then take Bryce and Zion off the table and give that time to Sedona. If Las Vegas ends up being a better ticket buy, then take Sedona off the itinerary and maybe spend an extra night in Zion, or 2 nights in Page or Grand Canyon.
        Almost forgot: Antelope Canyon. It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you’re physically up for doing Lower, stick with it. Then, with your extra time, you might consider visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum and Glen Canyon Natural History Museum (they’re right next door to one another), taking a guided tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, enjoying one of many easy but scenic hikes in the area, or firing off a few shots at Gunfighter Canyon, Page’s new indoor shooting range.
        Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
        Alley 🙂
        P.S. Be sure to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” at the first National Park you stop at. For just $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks, Monuments and Federal Fee Areas in the U.S. The only areas it won’t work are Navajo tribal parks, of which Antelope Canyon is one. It will still pay for itself on the trip you’re planning to take!

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Yana - October 17, 2018

Hi Alley, Ryan,

Thank you for providing a great informative website.

My Husband and I like to visit the Grand Canyon south Rim and Antelope/Horseshoe Bend on the 2nd week of November, before we fly to Los Angeles.

Our tentative itinerary:
– 11Nov: arrive late night from vegas, stay at Tusayan.
– 12Nov: a day tour to Grand Canyon (visit south rim and antelope/horseshoe bend)
– 13Nov: check out from Tusayan. and fly to Los Angeles.

Q1. Is it better to travel from Vegas or to stay near to Canyon?
Q2. Day tour to south rim and antelope/horseshoe bend doable?
Q2. Better with guided tour or on our own?
Q4. Any tour company that does both south and antelope tour?

Seeking your kind advise for the best recommended travel. Hear from you soon. Thanks!

Cheers,
Yana

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 17, 2018

    Hi Yana and thank you for your compliments!
    I’m getting the distinct impression that you have yet to fully comprehend the distances involved in your travel plans. Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are NOT located in or near Grand Canyon National Park. They are located near the town of Page, Arizona and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
    It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim. It then takes anywhere from 3-4 hours to drive from Grand Canyon. Therefore, touring the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon in a single day really isn’t that feasible. I would recommend modifying your travel plans to give you an extra day to devote to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and all the attractions Page, AZ has to offer. If this isn’t possible, then devote your time to the Grand Canyon and plan to return to the area when you have more time, like a week or so.
    As for your other queries,
    1. It is always better to stay at the Grand Canyon. That way you can catch sunrise and/or sunset there.
    2. Day tour to South Rim and Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend: if you are asking whether it’s possible from Las Vegas, yes it is. Visiting Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas
    3. Better to go on your own for more freedom and flexibility.
    4. There are a few tour companies that go to both Grand Canyon South Rim and Antelope Canyon, but very few. You would also need 2 days to participate. Tours4Fun 2-Day Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Tour
    Hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have further questions!
    Alley 🙂
    P.S. One more thing: driving at night in Northern Arizona is strongly discouraged due to the lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, plus the tendency of nocturnal wildlife like deer, elk, and coyotes to congregate around them. Any driving should be done prior to sunset.

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      Yana - October 18, 2018

      Hi Alley,

      Thank you for your reply.

      Yes, we understand that Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend is near the town of Page, which is 3-4 hours drive from Grand Canyon.

      After reading some of the recent posts, tours itineraries, we decided to allocate 2 days (12-13Nov) for our canyons trip and tour on our own =)

      Day 1 – Grand Canyon
      – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon (3-4hr)
      – Experience Route 66 and stop at Hoover Dam
      (Any recommended scenic route, Scenic stops along drive)
      – Explore South Rim and visit the 14 best viewpoints
      – Catch sunset at Grand Canyon (Any tips?)
      – Spend the night in Tusayan

      Day 2 – Horseshoe bend and Antelope Canyon
      – Drive from Tusayan to Horseshoe Bend (2.5hr)
      (Any scenic route? Do you think it is possible for us to visit Lake Powell?)
      – Hike to Horseshoe Bend viewpoint (1hr)
      – Tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon (2hr)
      (Noticed that 10.30am and 1pm timing cost more. Assume these are better timing for tour?)
      – Drive back to Las Vegas (5hr)

      We are still considering if we should do 1.Vegas-Grand Canyon-Page-Vegas or 2.Vegas-Page-Grand Canyon-Vegas.

      Let me know what you think. Thanks!

      Cheers,
      Yana

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        Alley Keosheyan - October 18, 2018

        Hi again, Yana,
        This sounds like a MUCH better plan, but still warrants a couple of “reality checks.”
        1. The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim takes more along the lines of 4.5-5 hours.

        You can stop at Hoover Dam just South of town, either by detouring onto the dam itself, or by just getting a good look at it from the Tillman-O’Callaghan Bridge.
        For Route 66, Kingman, AZ and Seligman, AZ are good choices. Seligman in particular is neat, it was the partial basis of the town of “Radiator Springs” from the “Cars” movies and still retains that “frozen in time” vibe. Lunch at Delgadillos Snow Cap Drive-In serves up good burgers and good laughs.
        Upon arrival at Grand Canyon South Rim, you won’t have time to explore 14 viewpoints. Simply hit the ones you have time for. Keep in mind that daylength is short at the time of year you’re visiting. Sunrise occurs at ~7:00 AM, sunset at ~5:15 PM. Start with a visit to the Canyon View Information Plaza, and perhaps a walk to Mather Point. Then concentrate the rest of your sightseeing at the Grand Canyon Village Historic District. You can walk along the easy, paved rim trail, and time permitting, ride the Hermit’s Rest Shuttle and get on and off at your leisure to explore whatever viewpoints appeal to you. For sunset, Hopi Point is popular, but honestly, just being on the rim is sufficient. Wherever you choose to go for sunset, be there about 30 minutes prior to sunset, then linger for 15-30 minutes afterwards. That’s when the most dramatic light changes tend to occur.
        2. The drive from Tusayan to Page, AZ is more likely to run anywhere from 3-4 hours. Fortunately, the most logical route happens to be the most scenic one!

        There are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon on the Desert View/East Rim Drive that you can stop at. Once you exit the park, you’re on Navajo Indian Tribal Land,
        which also has much to offer in the way of history and scenery. Popular stops on this portion of the drive include, but aren’t limited to, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, the “Cut” overlook, and then Horseshoe Bend can be visited on your way into town.
        Mid-day departures of Antelope Canyon tours are considered prime viewing time, therefore these tours come with a “premium” price tag. Honestly, there’s no such thing as a bad time to go. Early morning and late afternoon are beautiful in their own right. If you’re physically up for touring Lower, stick with it. It is not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon to have a fulfilling visit to Page. As for “visiting Lake Powell,” you wont’ be able to do anything in-depth like a boat tour, but you can tour the scenic Lakeshore Drive inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and maybe take a short walk around the Lake Powell Resort or Antelope Point Marina complex. Both of these are Federal Fee Areas, so you would need to pay a $25 entrance fee to visit them.
        After doing all this, you’ll probably be exhausted and in NO MOOD to try to make the drive back to Las Vegas. Spend the night in Page, AZ. You’ll have a much better time by doing so!
        Regarding the order in which you visit, it will probably hinge on lodging availability at Grand Canyon South Rim. Check that first, then check availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Build your trip around those two crucial elements.
        Hope that helps!
        Take care and drive safe,
        Alley 🙂

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Praful Gupta - October 13, 2018

Hi Alley/Ryan,

First of all, thank you so much for this post and answering all the questions and providing guidance.

We wanted to visit Grand Canyon South rim, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a weekend. We plan to visit the area on Oct 19-21 2018, flying in and out of Phoenix. Our current plan is to arrive in Phx friday morning. Rent a car then drive to Kachina lodge. Stay there for a night. Explore the canyon, do a hike on Friday afternoon. Saturday we have a mule ride tour booked at noon. Should be done by 3 pm. Then we plan to drive to Page. stay overnight in Page. Tour Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon on Sunday morning & afternoon. Leave from the area at 3 pm to arrive in Phoenix at 7 pm. We have a flight out at 8:30 pm.

Is the above plan doable?
If so, what times on Sunday would you recommend touring Antelope Canyon and horseshoe bend?
Should we only do lower or upper? given the time we have.
Also, can we do both upper and lower canyon and Bend in 5 hrs time? 9 am – 3 pm?

Would you recommend driving from South rim to Page late evening? Or should we leave south rim like around 3 – 4 pm to get to page at a decent hour?
Any hotels/b&bs you recommend in Page? or along the way?

Thank you very much for answering the questions.
Praful

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 15, 2018

    Dear Praful,
    Hello and thank you for your compliments!
    First off, driving after sunset in this part of the U.S. is not recommended. This is due to the lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on local roadways, plus the tendency of nocturnal wildlife like deer, elk, coyotes, etc. to congregate around them. So, it would be best to head for Page, AZ ASAP after your mule ride. Sunset occurs at roughly 6:00 PM at the time of year you’re visiting. This means you won’t have time for stops; you need to be in “wheels turning, get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible” mode.
    Sunrise the next morning will occur at roughly 6:45 AM. Be at Horseshoe Bend as soon as possible after sunrise for ease of parking and fewer crowds, then try to book an Antelope Canyon tour as soon as possible after that. You don’t have time to do both Lower and Upper, plus it’s not necessary to tour both branches of the canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. This late in the game, you’ll need to find whatever is available that morning and get it booked ASAP. If you find that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out – which is a very real possibility at this stage – consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons that are just as scenic and far less crowded. I like Antelope Canyon X and Cathedral Canyon personally.
    If possible, try to get your sightseeing in Page, AZ done by noon or 1:00 PM. The reason I suggest this is because, normally, you’d have done some sightseeing on US89 on the drive from Grand Canyon to Page, AZ. Since you’ll be racing with the sunset on your drive day, you won’t be able to do that. What you will be able to do is make up for some of your time lost on the drive from Page down to Phoenix. Some stops we highly recommend are: the “Cut” overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments (just North of Flagstaff), and Sunset Point Overlook (just North of Black Canyon City).
    Regarding lodging in Page, AZ, here again, if you don’t have something booked already, you’ll need to settle for what’s available. October is prime time to visit Northern Arizona, and people know that, so hotels, vacation rentals, guided tours, etc. are bound to be quite busy. For recommendations of lodging in Page, AZ and other cities, visit TripAdvisor or Hotels.com.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley 🙂

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      Praful Gupta - October 16, 2018

      Hi Alley,

      Thank you for much for the reply back.

      How much time would it be to drive from south rim to Page on Sat evening without any stops? Can we make the drive in 3 hours straight since sunset is at 6 pm?

      We will have time in south rim on Friday since we are not doing anything on Friday except drive from Phx.

      Any recommendations to view fall colors on our drive from Phx to South rim? I read somewhere about Hart Prairie road and Snowbowl. Are they too off of a detour to do?

      Thanks
      Praful

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        Praful Gupta - October 16, 2018

        Also, the tours of the antelope canyon, if they say 1. 5hrs each. do they run exactly 1.5 hrs each or sometime they take 2 hrs as well?

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        Alley Keosheyan - October 17, 2018

        Hi Praful,
        If you drive directly to Page, without making any stops, you can feasibly get there in ~2.5 hours, especially if you take the 89T/Coppermine Road route that bypasses Bitter Springs and The Cut.

        It would be a shame to have to do that, though, because the drive is very scenic, especially the section from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View Point.
        For fall foliage viewing, you don’t have to go too far out of your way at all. The driving route from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim takes you through Flagstaff, AZ, naturally, and the colors are just about peaking now. Taking AZ180 instead of I-40 to AZ64 will give you even more opportunities for “leaf peeping” as it takes you right through the mountains.

        Though Hart Prairie Road and Arizona Snow Bowl are beautiful locations, visiting them is not 100% necessary to get good views of the autumn leaves. Hart Prairie, especially, would be too long of a detour, plus it’s mostly dirt road, which is not recommended for travel in a rental car.
        Regarding Antelope Canyon tour length, that can vary a bit depending on the number of people who have signed up for tours. I wouldn’t schedule anything too tightly on that particular day.
        Safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

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          Praful Gupta - October 17, 2018

          Hi Alley,

          Thank you for replying back and sharing the information.

          So the 89T/Coppermine Road route that bypasses Bitter Springs and The Cut is not the scenic one then? What would be the scenic route to take then, can you plz give me the Map option?

          Also, once I am out on Route 89, then it should be fine correct in terms of a major road with other cars driving?

          For the Fall foliage, you are suggesting to take I-17, then I-180 then I-64 would be better for leaf peeping like below?

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          Alley Keosheyan - October 18, 2018

          Hi again, Praful!
          You are correct in that the 89T/Coppermine Road route is less scenic, but compensates by saving you a little time on the drive to Page. If you want to experience the best scenery – which we don’t blame you a bit for! – then it is best to take the traditional route on US89 through Bitter Springs and The Cut. You can also hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town easily by taking the latter route.

          This is a major travel route is well-populated, fully-paved, and very easy to follow.
          And yes, the route to take from Phoenix to the South Rim for optimal foliage viewing is I-17 to Flagstaff; AZ180 from Flagstaff to Valle, then AZ64 from Valle to Grand Canyon South Rim.
          Hope that helps! Take care and drive safely,
          Alley 🙂

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          Praful Gupta - October 18, 2018

          Hi Alley,

          Thank you very much for all the help and guidance.

          Praful

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          Alley Keosheyan - October 19, 2018

          You’re welcome, have a wonderful trip!

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          Praful Gupta - October 23, 2018

          Hi Alley,

          We had a great time on our trip. Thank you for all the help.

          Please let me know if I can write up a review for you guys.

          Thanks
          Praful

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          Alley Keosheyan - October 23, 2018

          Wow, Praful, that is so great to hear, and that is SO nice of you to offer to write us a review. I have sent you a personal e-mail with appropriate contact information for doing so 🙂

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Pamela - October 9, 2018

Hi Alley,
There are so many tour companies to Upper Antelope Canyon. I read not so nice reviews about Antelope Canyon Navajo Tour. Which tour company would you recommend to go with?

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Ashley - October 5, 2018

Hi there, I’m looking to visit either lower or upper antelope canyon with horseshoe bend and lake powell / glen canyon dam however I am struggling to find a legit tour operator that is from las vegas. Some goes as cheap as $50 and some over to $250.

Would you recommend a tour operator from vegas that I can book with?

looking to visit on the 5th of November. thanks!

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 5, 2018

    Hi Ashley,
    Check out our article on Visiting Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas. Self-driving will give you the most freedom and flexibility to see the things you want to, but if that’s not an option, remember the adage “you get what you pay for” as far as guided tours go. Companies to check with include, but are not limited to, Viator, Tours4Fun, TakeTours, GCTours and Globerouter.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Carin - October 4, 2018

Hello Ryan,

Can you let me know where and when I can book a tour of the upper antelope canyon on 24th April 2019?
When I do so now it says the tour is sold out but I can’t believe that.

Thanks for letting me know!

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 4, 2018

    Hey Carin,
    Oh, I can believe it! Antelope Canyon has become super-popular in the last few years and Antelope Canyon tours are selling out months in advance. You might try contacting the various outfitters directly by phone or e-mail to see if you can get on a waiting list, or to see if cancellations have occurred.
    Contact information is as follows:
    Chief Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon Tours 928.645.5594 chieftsosie@yahoo.com
    Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours 928-645-9102 tours@antelopecanyon.com
    Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours (928)380-1874 aacptreserve@gmail.com
    Navajo Antelope Canyon Tours 928-698-3384 no e-mail
    If you do indeed discover that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out on your desired date, you might consider touring one of several alternate drainages of Antelope Canyon that are just as beautiful, but a lot less crowded.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      Ingrid - October 4, 2018

      Hi Carin,

      I read somewhere that you can buy tickets for April 2019 next month (November). We will try to visit Antelope Canyon a few days later, 29 April.
      Enjoy your time!

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Gabriela - October 4, 2018

Hello!

We’re heading to the Antelopes either the 5th or 6th of November. Since there won’t be a beam of lights at this time, I am wondering if it’s worth it to go to the upper side, it will still be better?. Or the lower side will have the same effect?

thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - October 4, 2018

    Hi Gabriela,
    It is absolutely worth visiting Antelope Canyon in November, light beams or no light beams! Regarding which branch you should visit, that’s entirely up to you. If you or any member of your party has mobility issues, then Upper would be the place to go. If you’re OK climbing a few ladders and stepping over a few small boulders, then you’ll be fine in Lower. It is not necessary to tour both branches of the canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ.
    Be aware that damage to a section of US89 near Cameron, AZ occurred just last night, resulting in a section of the road being closed. This may affect your plans if you’re traveling between Grand Canyon South Rim, Flagstaff, Sedona or Phoenix and Page, AZ. If this is still a problem when you visit, you’ll need to allow for extra time to get from one place to another.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Elaine - October 3, 2018

Hello,
Are there any tour companies that offer tours of the upper and lower canyon in one day? Or is possible to do one tour and the other on my own? Thank you!

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Akhila - September 21, 2018

Hi,
Stumbled on your website when researching AZ. Great info!
We are in Sedona with our tween daughter during this Christmas break between Dec21-28. Need your advice on a couple of things.
1. Planning to do day trips to Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon from Sedona. Is it doable?
2. We are reasonably fit but are not used to hikes. Can you recommend a good hike for beginners that will give us good photo ops too.
3. We are not comfortable driving at night in the area. That said, is there anywhere close to Sedona for stargazing?
4. Would you recommend any other place to visit during that time.

Thanks!
Akhila

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 24, 2018

    Hi Akhila!
    The Christmas holiday is a great time to be here, but you do have to be prepared for the possibility of snow, especially in the higher elevations such as Grand Canyon National Park.
    That said, day trips to the Grand Canyon and Page, AZ (Antelope Canyon) are doable, but less than ideal. It takes ~2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon; it takes ~3 hours to drive from Sedona to Page, AZ. Both figures are “wheels turning, no stops,” which rarely happens, because both drives are very scenic and you will no doubt find yourself stopping to take photos.
    Another factor in the “less than ideal” comment is daylength, which is quite short at that time of year: sunrise occurs at about 7:30 AM, sunset at ~5:15 PM. Since driving at night is discouraged in this part of the US, whether you’re comfortable with it or not, you’ll need to be sure to get an early start out of Sedona on both days, and make sure that you time your drive so that you are “back to base” before dusk.
    If you are not used to hiking, you’re definitely not alone, the majority of visitors to both areas feel the same way as you do. The Grand Canyon offers the easy, paved and very scenic Rim Trail for beginners, which parallels the canyon’s edge at a safe distance. As for Antelope Canyon, the Upper branch is the easiest to tour, at only 100 yards in length and flat the whole way through. Lower Antelope requires climbing a few ladders and some simple bouldering, but is manageable for most people in reasonably good health. To gauge whether your family would be OK with it, watch this Full Video Walk-Through of Lower Antelope Canyon Whichever one you decide to tour, make an advance reservation.
    As for stargazing in Sedona, there are plenty of places where you can take part in that activity, either on your own or with a guided tour. For suggestions, visit the official website of the Sedona/Verde Valley Tourism Council or ask at your hotel when you arrive.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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lee - September 21, 2018

If I would like to join both the boat tour and the tour from Las Vegas by flight to Page, can I stay in Page for overnight after the finishing the day tour (Lower Antelope Canyon) and not back to Las Vegas with the tour group ? And join the boat tour on next day.

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 24, 2018

    Hi again, Lee!
    The Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Air/Ground Tour is a structured program that unfortunately does not allow for enough time to do a boat tour in one day. If you wish to stay the night in Page and add this activity, you would need to contact the tour company directly to see if they are willing/able to customize the tour to your specifications. The tour is operated by Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines, who are based in Las Vegas, NV. Their phone numbers are: Toll Free (within US): (800) 634-6801; Local/International: (702) 638-3300 You might also try e-mailing them at info@FlyGCSA.com
    Otherwise, the best way to go about this, that allows you the freedom and flexibility to do all the activities you want to do without restriction, is to drive yourself. Though it is a long-ish drive (4.5 hours one way), it is a very straightforward route that does not take you on any dirt tracks or back roads. Visiting Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas.
    Best of luck to you,
    Alley 🙂

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lee - September 21, 2018

Why can’t find booking for lower antelope canyon ?

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 24, 2018

    Hi Lee,
    Sorry for the trouble finding booking information on Lower Antelope Canyon, but it is there. You must scroll down to the middle of the page to find it.
    Just in case you still have issues for some reason, 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
    Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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Bill Patberg - September 16, 2018

Hello Alley –

What a great resource you are providing here! Thank you.

Our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren (ages 7and 4) live in Phoenix, and my wife and I spend the month of November there each year. (We rent our own house!) I have been intrigued by the Lake Powell area and particularly Antelope Canyon for some time, and I am thinking about maybe taking a long-weekend (Friday to Sunday?) trip up to Page for the 6 of us. Things I think I’d like to see include lower and upper antelope canyon, including a boat trip to the water side of the canyon; the Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge; Rainbow Bridge and Horseshoe Bend. What am I missing?

Could you — would you be willing to — recommend an itinerary (and tours) for 3 days (afternoon day 1, all day day 2 and morning day 3).

I hope that’s not asking too much, but I outdoors really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

Bill

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 17, 2018

    Hey Bill, and thank you for visiting our site! I think your wife or other member of your family may have posted on our sister site, HorseshoeBend.com 🙂
    So, seeing as though the Grand Canyon and Sedona are not on this list, I’ll go off the assumption that you’ve already been there or are perhaps saving these areas for another trip.
    One piece of potentially bad news I have to relay is that the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour is “technically” on seasonal hiatus at the time of year you’re visiting. All boat tours from Lake Powell Resort “officially” wrap up 10/31/18. However, it is sometimes operated on an “on-demand” basis during the off-season as long as weather conditions are favorable and that there are a minimum of 15 passengers booked. You might try calling the boat tour desk directly at 928-645-1111 a couple weeks before you come up.
    Antelope Canyon Waterside boat tours will continue to be operated by Antelope Point Marina, so you can still work that in. Another idea is to substitute another popular water-based activity that is scheduled to run during the off-season, which is the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip. Since Wilderness River Adventures reacquired the concession contract, they have plans to run the trip through December 2nd.
    Day 1 – The drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ, takes ~4.5 hours – according to Google Maps, anyways. That figure rarely materializes as the drive is very scenic and there will no doubt be sights that pique your curiosity and warrant a photo stop. Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monument, just North of Flagstaff is one. The Cameron Trading Post at the junction of US89 and AZ64 is another; it makes a great place to stop for lunch, the Navajo tacos are awesome. Time/inclination permitting, you might also make a short detour off US89 via US160 to the Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks.
    Upon arrival in Page, hit Horseshoe Bend (parking permitting), check into your hotel, and if you have extra time, maybe visit the John Wesley Powell Museum
    Day 2, hit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise if you weren’t able to get there the day before, tour Antelope Canyon, then do the boat tour from Antelope Marina or the Glen Canyon float trip.
    Day 3, visit Glen Canyon Dam and the Steel Arch Bridge, time/inclination permitting, maybe take one of the tours offered by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association. Then drive back to Phoenix, hitting any spots you might have missed.
    Another couple of tips: with a 4-year-old in tow, you definitely don’t want to overschedule your days. For Antelope Canyon, you’ll need to carefully consider whether they’ll be able to handle the physical challenges of Lower, namely some ladders and simple boulder scrambling. Watch this video of a full walk-through of Lower Antelope Canyon before committing. If you think the little one wouldn’t be able to handle it, then you’ll want to opt to tour Upper Antelope Canyon instead.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley
    P.S. If you still have your heart set on seeing Rainbow Bridge, and a boat tour is not an option, you might still be able to fly over it. Fixed-wing airplanes and/or helicopters may be chartered from the Page Municipal Airport (PGA) by prior arrangement.

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    Laveta Figuroa - September 22, 2018

    Thanks for the post, can I set it up so I receive an email when you write a new article?

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      Alley Keosheyan - September 24, 2018

      Hi Laveta,
      Thank you for checking out our site! I’ll have to see what I can do about setting up e-mail alerts…
      Alley 🙂

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Jane - September 7, 2018

Hi from down under. just needing your guidance for our upcoming trip on November 28 to PAGE, Arizona. We will be coming from LA and it’s our first time to drive to Arizona. I know it will be a long drive. Can you please advise or suggest which way best to go where we can stop for a good spot for photo taking and rest and at the same time refill our gas. And also, do you think it’s possible to do an early morning Lower Antelope Canyon tour and then do the Boat Tour after, go around horseshoe bend and Glen Canyon Dam on our first day in Page which is November 29. We will be staying at a hotel close to Lake Powell. And then drive to Grand Canyon the next day Nov 30 to go around South Rim, Hoover Dam etc. By the way, which one is best to see in Grand Canyon, The South Rim or the North Rim?
Any suggestions on what else to do around Page as we will be staying from Nov 28-December 1. Then we are driving to Las Vegas on December 1.
Appreciate any suggestions and looking forward to hear back from you.
Thank you so much.

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 11, 2018

    Hello Jane,
    Apologies for the delay in response to your question, I myself have been on vacation!
    First off, the time of year you’re visiting is considered “off-season.” As a result, some activities will be on seasonal hiatus; Lake Powell Boat Tours are one of those things, unfortunately. On occasion, they do operate on an “on-demand” basis as long as weather conditions are favorable and a certain number of paying adult passengers are booked. I would recommend calling the Lake Powell Resort boat tour desk at 928-645-1111 or Antelope Point Marina at 928-645-5900 about 2 weeks before you start your vacation to see if any boat tours might run.
    If you want to do a water-based activity, you might consider doing the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip instead. The concession contract for that tour was recently re-acquired by Wilderness River Adventures, who plan to run the trip through December 2nd. Lack of wind or precipitation and a certain number of passengers will be required in order to run the tour, plus you can expect it to be cold, but you stand a better chance of being able to take part in this trip since the concessionaire already plans on operating it anyway.
    Your plan for November 30th to drive from Page to the Grand Canyon then to Las Vegas (that’s how I’m interpreting that sentence) also requires some modification. That’s too much driving for one day. It takes ~3.5 hours to drive from Page to the Grand Canyon. I know Google maps gives the figures as 2.5 hours, but that’s driving direct, wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as there are a lot of landmarks on the trip that will no doubt pique your curiosity and warrant a photo stop. The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas takes about 5 hours, so you should definitely try to spend the night at Grand Canyon South Rim (the North Rim is not open at the time of year you’re visiting) so you can experience a sunset and/or a sunrise on the rim. If possible, try to get lodging inside the park. If these hotels are sold out, Tusayan/GC Village South is the next best place to stay, about 7 miles South of the park entrance. Grand Canyon hotels
    Sorry I’ve been kind of “all over the place” as far as offering advice on your trip planning, but I hope it helps. As for what else you might do during your time in Page, AZ, you’ll find plenty to occupy two days’ time! For suggestions on activities, attractions, restaurants and more, check out this article on our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com: 48 Hours in Page, Arizona
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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      bryan bonilla - September 14, 2018

      Hello Alley,

      We are looking to visit Antelope Canyon & Horse Shoe Bend. I understand that you have to pay for a permit which we are ok with but we have some concerns.

      1. If we arrive at 8 am will we be able to pay the permit fee and then be transported into where the trail starts?
      2. Does Horse Shoe Bend require a permit as well?

      I appreciate any info you can give us…

      Thank You, Bryan

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        Alley Keosheyan - September 17, 2018

        Hi Bryan,
        You are correct that many scenic attractions in the Page, AZ, area require permits, and Antelope Canyon is one such place. Your Navajo Tribal Park permit is included in the price of your tour, which must be reserved in advance. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
        At the present time, Horseshoe Bend does not require a permit. The overlook is open 24 hours a day and you may go there whenever you wish. However, depending on the time of year, and the time of day you are visiting, you may find that parking problems could complicate or outright prohibit your visiting. Read this article on our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com, to learn about other ways of getting to Horseshoe Bend should crowding be a problem. “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

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Chenuau - September 6, 2018

Bonjour,

Nous avons fait une réservation le 15/05/2018 pour 4 personnes, d’un montant de 176.10 € au nom de CHENUAU Nathalie.

J’avais reçu un mail de confirmation mais ce dernier est introuvable sur ma boîte mail.

Nousa vions réservé pour le jeudi 13/09/2018 pour le créneau de 12h00 je crois.

Nous prenons l’avion demain, pouvez vous me renvoyer notre réservation ?

Je vous remercie par avance,

Cordialement.

Nathalie CHENUAU

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    Alley Keosheyan - September 11, 2018

    Chère Nathalie,
    Ce site Web est une propriété privée et n’est pas directement affilié à l’un des voyagistes d’Antelope Canyon. Vous devrez les contacter directement pour obtenir une confirmation ou pour qu’ils renvoient la confirmation à votre courrier électronique.
    Les coordonnées des compagnies de voyages Antelope Canyon sont les suivantes:
    Tours du canyon antelope inférieur de Ken – (928) 606-2168
    Antelope Lower Canyon Tours de Dixie Ellis – (928) 640-1761
    Excursions du canyon Antelope supérieur de Roger Ekis – 928-645-9102
    Excursions du chef Tsosie’s Antelope Slot Canyon – 928-645-5594
    Circuits photos aventureux du haut Antelope Canyon – (928) 380-1874
    Antelope Canyon Tours Navajo – (928) 310-9458
    Toutes mes excuses, nous ne pourrions pas être plus utiles,
    Alley
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USA Road Trip Planner - 10 Best National Parks in Southwestern US - September 1, 2018

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Destiny Hagest - August 23, 2018

Hi there!

I am a blogger writing a round up about hidden natural wonders, and I would love to include Antelope Canyon in my article. May I have your permission to use a few of your photos and direct folks to your site? I know our readers will love this!

Warmly,

Destiny Hagest

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 23, 2018

    Hi Destiny, and thank you for visiting!
    We would LOVE for you to direct potential travelers to the area to our site, however, we have to tell you that Antelope Canyon is by no means “hidden.” It has become so popular in the last few years that tours sell out weeks, sometimes months in advance.
    If you’re wanting to promote slot canyons specifically, there are several such formations in the Page, AZ area that are just as beautiful, but not so heavily populated. Some of these are discussed in our article, “Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours.” Slot canyons not addressed in this piece are Wind Pebble Canyon, Ram’s Head Canyon and Ligai Si’Anii Canyon, which are managed by Ligai Si’Anii Tours. Their website is http://www.hikingslotcanyons.com
    Another good source for information about slot canyons and similar geological formations in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah is http://www.AmericanSouthwest.net
    Good luck and happy writing!
    Alley 🙂

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Iris - August 15, 2018

Hi!

Thank you for all the information.

I’m planning to go Phoenix for a conference end of September. I want to go Antelope Canyon. The problem is I don’t drive. And I can’t find your from Phoenix. My time is flexible for 2-3 days.

This Is what I found is from Phoenix airport to Flagstaff with greyhound.

Then join a tour from flagstaff. However it is short time in Antelope.
I saw more option on lower and upper Antelope Canyon and also Kayaking from Page.

I wonder any public transportation from flagstaff to page or any Car ride from flagstaff to page.

Thank you
Iris

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    Alley Keosheyan - August 16, 2018

    Hi Iris, this is an excellent question, which unfortunately doesn’t have that great an answer.
    As you’ve already discovered, public transit options in this part of the country are few and far between. Page, AZ, especially is very remote and options are slim to nearly none. Inistead of relying on Greyhound and trying to connect with tours in Flagstaff, I’d recommend booking a package tour out of Phoenix or Scottsdale. Detours American West Tours has a van tour that lights out of PHX at ~4:00 AM and gets back between 8:00-9:00 PM. Detours American West Phoenix Antelope Canyon Tour
    As you’ve already seen, time spent at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend is relatively short, largely due to the driving distance, which is approximately 5 hours each way. If you want to have more time in Page, you might consider flying there on the new Essential Air Service carrier, Contour Airlines. However, if you don’t drive at all, you would still have trouble getting around. Uber/Lyft rides are still hit-and-miss up here.
    Another option would be to use Westwind Air Service, who offer round-trip flight service out of the Deer Valley Airport to Page, AZ, a tour of Antelope Canyon, then a flight to the Grand Canyon, where you have lunch prior to your return flight to Deer Valley. Use this link for more information; FYI, you have to scroll down quite a ways to get to the tour I’m referring to.
    Sorry to be the bearer of semi-bad news.
    Good luck and safe travels,
    Alley 🙂

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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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