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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyons have fast risen to Top 5 status among the Page, Arizona area’s “must do” activities. You are required to tour them with a Navajo Tribe-authorized guide service, and advance reservations are an absolute must!  Why You Should Book In Advance…

Canyon Overview

So where does one start? To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon, or both

Upper Antelope Canyon is an above-ground slot canyon. It’s an easy, flat 100 yard walk, following a 2-mile off-road ride from the Navajo Tribal Park Gate on US98 to the canyon’s entrance. Upper Antelope Canyon is also where you can catch those world-famous sunbeams between the spring and fall months, but only during peak time tours. If you are traveling with infants, young children, seniors, or anyone with mobility limitations, Upper Antelope Canyon would be the best choice for your slot canyon touring experience, however, only 2 of the 4 Upper Antelope Canyon tour operators allow children under 5 on their tours. Also, wheelchairs and strollers are not allowed due to the difficulty of maneuvering these devices through potentially deep sand. 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon is a longer slot canyon (~600 yards), situated below-ground. Touring it requires descending and ascending a series of ladders, and stepping over a few boulders. Access to the canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on US98. If everyone in your traveling party is in reasonably good health and can handle moderate exercise, you should be fine in Lower Antelope Canyon. Although infants and younger children are allowed on Lower Antelope Canyon tours, parents should consider carefully whether this would be an appropriate or safe activity. Although backpack and chest child carriers are allowed, low rock ledges and other hazards could detract from the enjoyment of this experience for all concerned. Consider these facts carefully before booking a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon with your baby or toddler.

For more information on touring Antelope Canyon with young children, read “Antelope Canyon FAQ: Bringing Kids.” Also check out our Full Video Walk Through of Lower Antelope Canyon  

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694 Responses

  1. Hi
    I Attache our itinerary and I’ll be happy to know what do you think
    we will be on may 2020
    is there places that you think we must invite hotels in advance
    1 Sedona- red rock , fossil creek, Schnebly Road
    2 Sedona- Chapel of the Holy Cross , Hike the Sedona View Trail .4 green
    3 Grand falls = Chocolate Falls , the Little Painted Desert County Park ,
    View points over little colerado

    4 Petrified Forest National Park and PAINTED DESERT
    What is important for us is the painted desert , where do you think is the best area to see it?
    5 Canyon de chelly- I am not sure? What do you think
    6 Coal Mine Canyon
    Ha Ho No Geh Canyon
    Blue canyon
    Should we do 3 of them?
    7 Little Colorado River Gorge
    Grand canyon

    8 Grand canyon
    9 monument valley it’s a little bit out from the route…what do you think is it worthwhile?
    10 Antelope – which one?boat?
    Page, horse shoe
    Page Badlands- I read about it I don’t remember where and I DON’T FIND ON THE MAP
    11-15 Kanab area- 4-5 days 3 of them oregnized tour
    Is it too much for this area
    Sidestep Canyon – I understand that we need a guide? Do you know somebody?
    16-17 Zion- do we need 2 days?

    18 bryce
    19-20 Red canyon and start road no 12, what do you think ? do we need for that 2 days?
    Can we do alone the burr trail?
    Hole-In-The-Rock Road
    21 Capitol reef
    22 arches
    23 moab
    24 Flying to san fransisco
    25 san fransisco
    26-27 Road no 1
    28 LA
    END…….
    what do you think? is there places you will skip or add
    I would like to read your opinon

    1. Hi again, Dorit!
      Wow, this is some itinerary. You have obviously spent a lot of time planning it, with the help of experts here and elsewhere (as you know, I’ve responded to some of your queries on Facebook 😉
      To begin with, the time of year you’re visiting is going to be busy. You absolutely must book all lodging and guided tours in advance of your arrival. Trying to “wing it” (travel without reservations, booking hotels as you go) is a recipe for a ruined vacation in this part of the U.S. where some areas don’t have much lodging to begin with, and cities and towns are few and far between. Some attractions, such as Antelope Canyon, are very popular and also book up several months or weeks in advance. Antelope Canyon tour inventory typically opens up in November or December, so start checking availability at least by the Christmas holiday.
      Otherwise, this is quite an impressive plan, but still, there are some points on your “wish list” that require a bit of a reality check. Starting with Grand/Chocolate Falls: I’m assuming that you’re going to be in a rental car on this vacation. If that is correct, one thing you need to know is that rental car outlets forbid driving on unpaved roads. Doing so could void your insurance and leave you on the hook for any damage you might sustain. Also, May tends to be “past peak” for water flow from snow melt, so even if you did defy your rental car contract rules to go to Grand Falls, you might not see much water in it. Long story short, I’d recommend taking this place off the list. Instead, give that 3rd day to Sedona. Believe me, you won’t regret that! There is plenty to see and do in this stunning area.
      Your itinerary, as it stands, also involves a bit of backtracking (driving the same route more than once) in some areas, which would not be an efficient use of your time. For example, on days 4-8, you’re swinging all the way out to Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, Canyon de Chelly (yes, it is worth it!), Ha Ho No Geh, Blue and Coal Mine Canyon, then back to Grand Canyon South Rim, then up to Monument Valley (definitely worthwhile!). It would make more sense to hit Monument Valley after Canyon de Chelly, then Ha Ho No Geh, Blue and Coal Mine Canyon (with a hotel stay in Tuba City, AZ), then Grand Canyon South Rim, then Page, AZ (see map).

      Regarding this section of your trip, there’s not much in the way of lodging in Monument Valley (Kayenta, AZ), Canyon de Chelly (Chinle, AZ), or Ha Ho Ne Gah/Blue/Coal Mine Canyon (Tuba City, AZ) areas. You might have to get a bit “creative” here and perhaps base yourself in one town, such as Tuba City or Kayenta, and make day trips to the areas you wish to visit. Another important fact: these areas are on Native American Tribal Lands (Navajo and Hopi), and as such, the possession, transport, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited. As for whether you can/should tour Ha Ho Ne Gah, Blue, and Coal Mine Canyon, they are located relatively close to one another, so it would stand to reason that you could, but then again, I have not yet had the pleasure of exploring this area. Furthermore, a Hopi Indian guide is required to visit; for the rimside of Coal Mine Canyon, you also must have a Navajo Nation hiking permit to enter that area. Yes, it’s complicated. My advice would be to contact one of the Hopi Tribe authorized guide services and see what they are capable of arranging. These lovely people have called this area home for hundreds of years and even if you end up striking one or more of those locations off your list, they will take you to areas that are just as beautiful and memorable!
      When you visit Page, AZ, prioritize touring one of the main branches of Antelope Canyon (Upper, Lower, or X) on foot. That’s where the “iconic” Antelope Canyon scenery can be found. Time/inclination permitting, you can then tour the waterside of Antelope Canyon by boat. For optimal convenience in the reservations process, consider “bundling” one of the Antelope Canyon land-side (walking) tours with a boat tour. Horseshoe Bend can be visited either on your way into town from Grand Canyon South Rim (parking permitting) or just after sunrise on your 2nd day there. At the time of year you’re visiting, I recommend spending at least 2 days in Page, AZ, so you can also do the wonderful Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. The so-called “Page Badlands,” also known as “The Moon” are actually located near the town of Big Water, Utah, so if you wish to see that area, you can do so on the drive between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT. Whilst there, also check out the Big Water Visitor Center for its award-winning dinosaur displays, and maybe hike the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Hoodoos Trail.
      As for whether 4-5 days in Kanab is too much, that’s quite subjective. Goodness knows, you can find a lot to see and do in that area. Sidestep Canyon is a beautiful area, and Kanab is a good place to stay to see that. I do happen to know an excellent guide service for that area, Paria Outpost & Outfitters. They are one of several authorized guide services that cover Sidestep Canyon, but I happen to know the owners of that company personally. Tell them “Alley says ‘hi'” 😉
      In my opinion, you should drop at least 1 of those days in Kanab, and give it to Zion. 2 days is most definitely good, 3 or 4 is even better! Use at one of those days to hike The Narrows, May is a good time for it. For Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah is actually a more practical place to stay as that is the central hub of the Zion Canyon Shuttle System, which is mandatory to use if you’re not staying at the Zion Lodge, which books out over a year in advance.
      For Utah Scenic Byway 12, two days is a good time frame to allot for this incredibly beautiful drive. If you wish to drive the Burr Trail, you can do it in your own vehicle, but I’d recommend sticking to the paved parts. It’s probably best if you stay off the Hole-in-the-Rock road, though, because it’s unpaved. Instead, take a guided tour from the town of Escalante, Utah, which would make a good place to stay to break up the drive between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.
      Towards the end of your trip, where you indicate “flying to San Francisco” after visiting Moab, Utah, have you considered where you’d actually fly from? There is a small commuter airport in the town of Moab, Utah, but if I remember correctly, flights are only available to Denver, CO, which would take you quite a long distance out of your way. You’d probably be best off driving to Salt Lake City, ~3 hours from Moab, UT, and flying out of there.

      As for placed I’d add or drop, I wouldn’t change a thing except for the areas I’ve specifically indicated. People visiting this post in the future are bound to be extremely jealous of you for having the time and the resources to take such an extensive trip through the American Southwest! Let us know if you discover anything we’ve left off the list — it can and does happen — and feel free to contact us again if we an be of further guidance.
      Best wishes, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hi
    we are planing a trip to southwest in may 2020 starting in sedona throw painted desert , blue canyon, page, kanab area and so on to moab can you help us with a few questions, or you work only in antelope?
    we made our programme but I want some expert will have a look on it
    best regards
    dorit

    1. Hello Dorit!
      I would be happy to help with any questions you might have, that I’m able to answer with some degree of authority, anyway 😉
      I lived in Page, AZ, for 15 years, Grand Canyon South Rim for 7, and have been to all the other areas you mention, with the exception of Blue Canyon, which looks amazing. I can tell you re: Blue Canyon that a Hopi Tribal Authorized Guide is required to visit that area. Anyway, feel free to write back at your convenience with your American Southwest trip planning questions.
      Alley 🙂

  3. Alley, you seem to be the go to person for this part of the country. Appreciate all you do to help everyone. My fiancee and I are looking to plan our honeymoon for Spring Break 2020 (April 3 or 4 through April 11 or 12) as she’s a teacher, for roughly 8 days. I know the major spots we would like to hit are the following:

    Moab / Bryce / Zion / Kanarraville Falls / Page / Monument Valley (optional if makes sense logistically)

    We are coming from the East Coast, so would need to rent a vehicle. Most likely airports we would use are SLC and/or Las Vegas. I understand most of the permits and tours fill up quickly, so I’m trying to get everything planned as soon as possible.

    Any recommendations on itinerary for this type of trip? I’ve tried to piece together bits from advice you offered others, but didn’t see anything that didn’t include spending a day or two at the Grand Canyon.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Richard!
      So first off, I’m assuming that you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon. If that is correct, then you should be able to make this itinerary work using either SLC or Las Vegas as a staging city. Which one you end up flying into will most likely come down to who’s got the better airfares, and most of the time, that’s Las Vegas. Another option? You could fly into Las Vegas and out of SLC, or vice versa. Before you commit to that, though, make sure that rental car drop-off fees aren’t too astronomical. Rental car outlets usually aren’t keen on one-way rentals, but to every rule, there are exceptions.
      Secondly, the one destination that will probably have to come off the agenda as an overnight is Monument Valley. The reason for this is lodging, or lack thereof. There isn’t much to work with there in the first place, so I wouldn’t be surprised if everything is already sold out for Spring Break 2020. Seeing it shouldn’t be an issue, since it’s right on the way from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT. En route, you could also easily include a stop at Goosenecks State Park, but I’m getting ahead of myself 😉
      So, assuming that Las Vegas will be where you fly into/out of, you could do something like this:
      Day 1 – Drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ (~5-6 hour drive [variance due to construction project taking place on I-15 through Virgin River Gorge]), overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 2 – Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, tour Antelope Canyon, 2nd night in Page, AZ
      Day 3 – Drive from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT via Monument Valley (~5-hour drive), overnight in Moab
      Day 4 – Sightseeing in Arches/Canyonlands, 2nd night in Moab
      Day 5 – Drive from Moab, UT, to Bryce Canyon via Capitol Reef (5-6 hour drive), overnight in Bryce Canyon area
      Day 6 – Drive from Bryce Canyon to Kanarra Falls (~2 hour drive); after hike, drive to Springdale, UT (~1 hour drive), for overnight
      Day 7 – Explore Zion National Park, 2nd night in Springdale
      Day 8 – Drive back to Las Vegas (~3.5-4 hour drive [passing through construction zone mentioned above)

      Depending on availability – or lack thereof – of lodging in some locations and/or Antelope Canyon tours, Kanarra Falls permits, etc. you can also flip-flop this itinerary. The only drawback to that would be that you’d have to do the longer drives of the trip on the back end, but then again, long drives are pretty much a given in this part of the U.S.!
      If you were to use SLC as your staging city, your itinerary would look something like a “teardrop” shaped loop, with a couple of destinations rearranged for convenience:

      Anyway, hope that helps. Please feel free to hit us up again if we can be of further guidance!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hey Hi Alley,

    Need your advice. When I and my friends Visited Arizona Last year Christmas, we missed Upper Antelope and Monument Valley due to snow. This Thanksgiving we are planning for Utah and also to cover what we miss in Arizona last year. (Nov 27th Evening to December 1st late night)

    27th Evening we all start from Las Vegas Airport in Rental car. Figuring out what destination to hit 1st. I planned 1st to visit Antelope and then to Monument Valley and then National Parks in Utah. Upper Antelope was sold out for 28th of November. So my plan fails, please suggest where I can head 1st. Can you please provide plan as such we can visit antelope on December 1st and be able to go back to Las Vegas Airport.

    Again we will be back to Las Vegas Airport early hours of December 2nd, late night of December 1st. (Most of our flights departs 6 AM, Monday, December 2nd.)

    Planned in Utah: ( We do mostly sight seeing, will not do any kind of adventures like kayaking as such)
    1. Dead Horse Point.
    2. Arches National Park.
    3. Canyonlands National Park.
    4. Bryce Canyon National Park.
    5. Zion National Park.
    6. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
    7. Bonneville Salt Flats.
    8. Great Salt lake/ Salk lake city.

    Appreciate your time and suggestions.

    Thanks again and again.

    Waiting for your response.

    1. Hi Vinesh,
      Sorry to hear that you weren’t able to visit Antelope Canyon last year due to inclement weather. We hope it cooperates with you better this year!
      I really wish you had a week or more to spend, because that’s the only way you’d be able to hit all the attractions on your wish list. Unfortunately, you only have 3 full days to work with, and as such, your itinerary will have to be trimmed back substantially. The areas near Salt Lake City (Bonneville Salt Flats, etc.), for example, are simply too far away to be practical. Ditto for Moab, UT (Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, etc.), so take them off the agenda as well.
      As for the order in which you do the rest of it, that will depend on when you can find availability for Antelope Canyon tours. If you can get on an early morning tour on December 1st, here’s what you can do:
      November 27th – Arrive in Las Vegas, stay overnight
      November 28th – Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park (~4-4.5 hour drive due to construction project taking place on I-15 through Virgin River Gorge), sightseeing in Zion, overnight in Kanab, UT
      November 29th – Drive from Kanab, UT (~90 minute drive), to Bryce Canyon National Park, return to Kanab, UT, for 2nd overnight after sightseeing in Bryce
      November 30th – Drive from Kanab, UT, to Monument Valley (~3 hour drive), return to Page, AZ (~2 hour drive), for the night ***I propose this method because lodging in Monument Valley is most likely sold out, but keep an eye on the time so you are not doing any of the return trip to Page, AZ, in the dark. If this does not appeal, you could consider flying over Monument Valley out of Page, AZ, by fixed wing airplane***
      December 1st – Tour Antelope Canyon, drive back to Las Vegas (~5-6 hour drive [see above reference to construction delays, which may apply on this leg of your trip as well]), overnight in Las Vegas
      December 2nd – Fly home

      Here’s wishing you safe travels and good weather,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hi Alley,

    Was looking for some advice for late November trip. We are plan to fly to Vegas late November.

    Here’s the initial plan. (Very flexible)
    Day 1: Arrive in Las Vegas late evening. Overnight in Vegas.
    Day 2: Stop by Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire (no tours), Leave around 3pm driving to Page, AZ. Stay overnight.
    Day 3: Horseshoe Bend (no tour), Antelope Canyon (Upper Tour). Leave Page, AZ around 3pm to Grand Canyon South. Stay overnight in GC area.
    Day 4: Spend all day at GC South (no tour). Stay overnight in GC area. Should I leave GC late afternoon to Sedona or is it best to stay overnight at GC area?
    Day 5: Drive to Sedona. Walk around. Visit one of Vortex area. Any other ideas? I’m not looking for any hiking. Leave Sedona late afternoon to drive to Phoenix. Stay overnight in Phoenix.
    Day 6: Fly out of Phoenix @5PM.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Sally and thank you for visiting our site!
      If you were traveling during the summer months, I wouldn’t hesitate to say, “go for it.” However, you’re traveling during a time of year when daylength is rapidly shortening and in this part of the U.S., you want to be sure to do any and all driving during daylight hours. The reasons for this are because local roads are very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), which tends to attract deer, elk, and other nocturnal wildlife. Trust me, you don’t want to hit a deer in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, where cell service is spotty (if you manage to get any bars at all), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive!
      Another important consideration, especially on that first day, is going to be a time difference: Nevada is on Pacific Time, and Arizona is on Mountain Time, which means you will “lose” an hour traveling from Las Vegas to Page. Sunrise in Las Vegas will occur at around 6:30 AM, and sunset in Page, AZ, will take place just after 5:00 PM (local time). This means you have less than 12 hours of daylight to work with. It will take approximately one hour to drive from Las Vegas to Hoover Dam; it will then take about 2 hours to drive from Hoover Dam to Valley of Fire State Park. If you restrict your activities there to a quick drive-by, and a couple of stops at points of interest near the road, you could scoot by with about a 2-hour visit. After that, you’re looking at at anywhere from a 4-5 hour drive from Valley of Fire to Page, AZ. The reason for the variance is because there is a construction project taking place on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge that could hold you up anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Long story short, you should plan on leaving the Valley of Fire area no later than 12:00 noon if you want to make it to Page, AZ, by nightfall.
      Similarly, you should also plan on leaving Page, AZ, earlier than 3:00 PM. Here, I’d also suggest 1:00 PM as “blast-off” time. The drive from the Grand Canyon to Page, AZ, is given on Google Maps, MapQuest, etc., as 2.5 hours; realistically, is more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours because the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take pictures. Photo ops and points of interest on the drive South include, but are not limited to, the “Cut” Overlook, the Gap Trading Post, Chinle formation views (rock formation found in the Painted Desert), the Cameron Trading Post (great place to stop for a late lunch/early dinner!), the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon within the park boundaries… just to name a few. Because you’ll end up doing a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive down from Page, you can scoot by with one night at the Grand Canyon, and you may indeed want to give that 2nd night at the South Rim to Sedona. Sedona is a stunning area, and you’ll definitely want to spend more time there than just a quickie drive by on the way to Phoenix! In fact, I’d even suggest taking that night you propose to spend in Phoenix and giving it to Sedona, too. Trust me, you won’t regret it! There’s plenty to see and do there. Plus it takes only 2-2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to Phoenix, so with a 5:00 PM flight, you should be fine to drive over that morning.

      At the time of year you’re visiting, keep in mind that most of the destinations on your itinerary will be cooling off, so pack a jacket, gloves, etc., just to be safe.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. Hi Alley,

      I have been living in your site for a week now to come up with an itinerary for our trip on Nov 11-15 with my husband, mom and dad. I’d like to get your thoughts:

      Nov 11 – Leave at 6am from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim. Sightseeing, helicopter tour (possible?), overnight
      Nov 12 – More sightseeing til Lunch, drive to Page @ 1pm, Horseshoe bend sunset, overnight
      Nov 13 – Lower and Upper Antelope + Lake Powell combo tour, overnight
      Nov 14 – Drive to Zion NP, overnight
      Nov 15 – Sunrise Hike @ Zion NP, drive back to Las Vegas after lunch

      My mom and dad are coming from SEAsia and their only request is to see as much of the Grand Canyon as they can. I kind of want to spend more time in the South RIm but as I’ve read, the South Rim-Page drive has a lot of viewpoints that’s why i included Zion NP there. Would love for anymore suggestions from you. I’m finalizing everything so I can book the hotels and tours this weekend.

      1. Hi Cha!
        Your itinerary looks pretty fun and well-planned. If your folks are coming all the way from SE Asia, they should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to see as much as they can! Strange as it may sound, one night at the South Rim should be more than sufficient, because a good chunk of your sightseeing at the Grand Canyon will occur on the drive to Page, AZ. The route takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the park, which has over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon. Upon exiting the park, you’ll then be on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, which has many points of interest as well! These include, but are not limited to, the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, the Cameron Trading Post (good stop for lunch), Chinle formation views (rock formations similar to the Painted Desert), the “Cut” Overlook, and, parking permitting, you can hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town.
        Where you indicate you might want to take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour on your travel day from Las Vegas, I’d recommend doing that first thing in the morning on November 12th. Mornings in general are better times for flying due to light conditions (more shadow play on the canyon walls due to angle of the sun) and lack of wind. At the time of year you’re visiting, the first flights of the day go out at 9:00 AM.
        Do make sure that you’re on the road from Grand Canyon Village to Page, AZ, no later than 1:00 PM since the drive can take as long as 4 hours due to the potential number of stops you might make. It’s important to get all driving done by nightfall in this part of the U.S. since area roads are very dimly lit, and nocturnal wildlife such as deer, elk, and even free range cattle and wild horses, like to congregate near them. A collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, where cell service is spotty to non-existent, and where help will be a long time coming (and very expensive) is an unnerving experience that we don’t want you to have! Sunrise takes place at ~7:00 AM, and sunset occurs at around 5:15 PM at the time of year you’re visiting.
        For the Zion leg of your trip, Springdale, UT, would be the best place to stay since it’s on the Western border of the park, which places you well for the drive back to Las Vegas. On the return trip to Vegas, be prepared to encounter slight delays due to a long-term construction project taking place on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge. Hopefully you do not have anything time-sensitive scheduled for that evening. Due to the difference in time zones between Utah and Nevada, sunset in Las Vegas will occur at ~4:30 PM.
        Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  6. Hi Alley,

    Thanks you so much for all the detailed travel information you share with the people who post on this forum. You are awesome.
    I am planning to drive from Las vega to Page on 6th December and want to go to Arizona further on 7th Dec staying 1 day in Page.
    Travelling with family (older kids). Can you please suggest a suitable iternary that would I should plan so that will help me cover all the Page beautiful spots ( horseshoe-lower/upper canyon / etc) in the off season of Dec.

    I hear that winter months the views of canyon are not at its best so please suitable suitable time for the tours as well.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Kanchan,
      Honestly, the manner in which you plan your itinerary will come down to availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Book a tour that fits your schedule, then plan the remainder of your activities around it. For Horseshoe Bend, just after sunrise is the best time to visit since the overlook tends to get crowded between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and then again at sunset. In the winter months, it’s not so much that the views aren’t great (they still are), but some activities such as the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip and the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour are on seasonal hiatus. If you do a water-based activity, it’s best to keep it short for the sake of your family’s comfort due to colder weather. Antelope Canyon waterside tours from Antelope Point Marina are a good choice, which can be “bundled” with Antelope Canyon slot canyon tours.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,

        Can I run this itinerary by you!

        May 17 – Scottsdale
        May 18 – Prescott
        May 19 – Grand Canyon
        May 20 – Page (Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon)
        May 21 – Zion National Park
        May 22 – Lake Powell
        May 23 – Sedona
        May 24 – Leave from Phoenix Airport

        Does that seem doable?

        1. Hey Jessica,
          It’s doable, but it’s rushed, plus it has you packing up and driving every single day when you don’t necessarily have to do so. For example, Prescott, AZ, is close enough to Sedona (~1 hour and change away) that you could stay in Sedona for 2 nights and maybe visit Prescott as a day trip.

          Other attractions that you have divided into different days unnecessarily are Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell. For those areas, stay 2 nights in Page, AZ, and save yourself the hassle of picking up and moving again, not to mention all that backtracking.
          Another consideration is whether you prefer to get the longer drive out of the way first or save it for last? Most visitors prefer the former option, in which case, you might start off by beelining it up to Kanab, UT, which is ~a 6 hour drive, overnighting in Kanab, UT, spending the next morning sightseeing in Zion, then heading to Page, AZ, that afternoon to catch a tour of Antelope Canyon. The following morning, hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, then maybe do a boat tour on Lake Powell. The Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour takes the better part of a day, but the scenery is amazing!
          In light of those proposed changes, here’s what I’d recommend:
          May 17 – Scottsdale
          May 18 – Scottsdale to Kanab, UT (~6 hour drive), overnight in Kanab
          May 19 – Sightseeing in Zion, then drive to Page, AZ (~2 hours via Marble Canyon – this diversion minimizes backtracking, plus it’s a beautiful drive!), tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page
          May 20 – Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, tour Lake Powell, 2nd night in Page
          May 21 – drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hour drive factoring in stops), overnight at Grand Canyon
          May 22 – drive to Sedona (~3 hour drive), maybe take Pink Jeep Broken Arrow or other backcountry tour, overnight in Sedona
          May 23 – day trip to Prescott (~1 hr 15 minutes each way), 2nd night in Sedona
          May 24 – drive back to Phoenix (~2 hour drive), fly home

          Of course, the feasibility of changing your itinerary at this point will be contingent on availability of lodging in the areas you wish to visit, so, if you haven’t done so already, start checking on hotels right now. Antelope Canyon also requires a guided tour to visit, but 2020 seat inventory won’t be opened up until November or December of this year.
          A couple of other things to keep in mind: you want to do any and all driving during daylight hours. Roads in this part of the U.S. are very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), and tend to attract deer, elk, and other wildlife after dusk, which elevates your risk of an accident. Not something you want to have happen in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, where cell service is spotty (if you can get cell service at all), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive! At the time of year you’re visiting, sunrise occurs at ~5:15 AM, and sunset takes place at around 7:30 PM. Another consideration when venturing into Utah, is that there is a time difference to contend with: Arizona DOESN’T observe Daylight Savings Time, but Utah DOES, so you’ll “lose” an hour traveling from Arizona to Utah, but “regain” it traveling from Utah to Arizona.
          Good luck and safe travels!
          Alley 🙂

  7. Hi Alley,
    I’d like your input for a trip I am planning with my three teenagers (14, 14 and 18) in early April. It involves a fair amount of hiking, and lots of sightseeing. This is the plan so far:
    – April 4 – arrive in Las Vegas mid-morning (9am), tour Hoover Dam, then on to the the west rim of the Grand Canyon, and finally lodge in Tusayan for 2 nights
    – April 5 – hike Grand Canyon (Bright Angel Trail or Kaibab Trail)
    – April 6 – drive to Page, see Horseshoe Bend, maybe Marble Canyon? (I figure on a lot of scenic stops along the way), lodge in Page
    – April 7 – tour/hike Antelope Canyon (Lower, and maybe Upper?). see Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam, drive to Moab, lodge in Moab for 2 nights
    – April 8 – Whitewater rafting in Westwater Canyon (fingers crossed)
    – April 9 – Hikes in Arches and Canyonlands, then drive to Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase Escalante, finally lodging in Bryce Canyon
    – April 10 – Hike in Bryce Canyon, drive to Zion, lodge one night
    – April 11 – Hike in Zion, drive to Las Vegas, see the sights late afternoon, night, lodge in Las Vegas
    – April 12 – flight home mid-day
    I realize it’s ambitious, but is it possible? I figured that doing the drive after a day of hiking would be ok, as long as we can get to our destination before dark (hopefully). What are your suggestions? I have the lodging pretty well booked at this point. Thank you for all the input you can offer!

    1. Hi Linda, and apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry. I was working over the weekend!
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, but I’d still recommend making a couple of minor changes.
      On your first travel day, for example, you propose to drive to Tusayan via Grand Canyon West. This is a lot of driving for one day’s time. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West. It would then take you another 4.5 hours or so to drive from GC West to Tusayan.

      That’s at least 7-8 hours of driving (factoring in restroom breaks, the inevitable photo op, etc.) in one day. Another consideration at the time of year you’re traveling is daylength: in early April, it’s still relatively short. Sunrise occurs at ~6:00 AM and sunset takes place at around 7:00 PM. You’d need to time your trip so that you’re not doing any of the drive at night. Roads in this part of the U.S. tend to be very dimly lit, which is a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night skies, plus deer, elk, and other wildlife tend to be wandering about after dusk. Believe me, you don’t want to get into a collision with a large mammal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, where cell phone service is spotty (or nonexistent), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. In light of those concerns, I would recommend either skipping Grand Canyon West, or lodging that first night somewhere between Grand Canyon West and Tusayan, maybe Kingman, AZ, or Laughlin, NV.
      On April 5, where you indicate you want to “hike Grand Canyon,” I hope you’re referring to a day hike, because attempting to hike rim to river and back in one day is strongly discouraged. Fortunately, there are many day hikes available in the Grand Canyon that will be fulfilling and fun for your family. If you opt for anything on the South Kaibab Trail, remember that the trailhead parking lot is closed to private vehicles and you will need to utilize a shuttle to get there, which is free of charge.
      On April 6, plan on the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page taking at least 3.5-4 hours, longer if you detour to Marble Canyon. It’s a very scenic drive with lots of photo opportunities, especially between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Point. There over half a dozen named Grand Canyon Viewpoints along this route, not including the fascinating Tusayan Ruins & Museum. Plan on stopping at either the Cameron Trading Post for breakfast/brunch, or, if you do make the detour to Marble Canyon, you might grab a bagel or muffin for breakfast at your hotel, then save your appetite for the Cliff Dweller’s Restaurant. However you decide to go, again, keep an eye on the time so you’re at your hotel well before nightfall. If by chance you arrive in Page, AZ, around sunset, you might find the parking lot at Horseshoe Bend full already. If this takes place, plan on hitting it just after sunrise the following morning.
      On April 7, where you propose to tour both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon before driving to Moab, UT, here again, you’ll need to make sure you’re on the road so that you’re settled into your hotel well before dusk. The drive from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT, will take you at least 5 hours, but don’t be surprised if you end up taking more like 7 because – surprise surprise LOL – it’s a beautiful drive that will take you through Monument Valley, and the Eastern flank of Bears Ears National Monument.

      One factor working in your favor is the fact that Utah DOES observe Daylight Savings Time, where Arizona (most of it, anyway) does not. Even though you will “lose” an hour traveling from AZ to UT, sunset in Moab will occur at around 8:00 PM, which buys you a little time. Be sure to book your Antelope Canyon tours as soon as possible. Seat inventory for 2020 will open up in November or December, and the time of year you’re traveling is Spring Break, so demand for tickets will be high.
      On April 9, where you indicate “hiking in Arches and Canyonlands,” chances are, you’ll only get to do one or the other. Both parks are huge, with lots of opportunities for exploration. Frankly, this area needs 4-5 days to fully explore and enjoy. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be planning a return trip before you leave the Moab, UT, city limits! Ditto for Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase, but seeing these areas on a “drive-by” basis is better than not seeing them at all. Here again, the drive time is given as 5 hours on Google maps, but plan for it to take longer.

      This leg of the trip in particular (Utah Scenic Byway 12) is absolutely stunning, and you will be stopping to take photos often! One thing to remember about Bryce is that it’s 8,000′ above sea level, so it will be cooler up there, possibly even snowing. Pack jackets, gloves, etc., and be prepared to dress in heavier layers that you can easily remove and put back on if needed.
      Zion National Park is another area that deserves more of your time, but at least you’ve given it one night, which is better than nothing at all. If you’ve booked lodging inside the park, that’s pretty sweet! On your way back to Las Vegas, plan on making a detour through Valley of Fire State Park. Gorgeous area, with rock formations a lot like “The Wave,” but you don’t need a permit to get in.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  8. Hi Alley,
    I love Grand Canyon a lot, the last 2 times when I visited it was too hurry that I had to return back to Vegas the same day visiting only Horseshoe bend and Antelop for a very quick tour. But this time I want to utilize my time the best at Grand Canyon and my wife is visiting the first time (she is very exited and want to give the best experience) and a 7 month old.

    Please guide me to plan my trip the best way, Arriving Nov 22nd night at Vegas and returning on Nov 30th morning from Vegas. Can start driving to Grand Canyon on 23rd morning. Want to spend 2 days/nights at Vegas at the end of the trip. Also, please let me know where to stay, eat (if any Indian/Asian restaurants available if not as well fine). Want to use boat tours once or twice (different tours if available). If any points closed during the season for weather etc also please let me know.

    Thamks in advance!

    1. Hi Aditya,
      Glad to hear that you can give the Grand Canyon and surrounding attractions the time they deserve on your upcoming trip!
      With the timeframe you specify, also the requirement of spending the last two nights of your vacation in Las Vegas, you can accomplish quite a bit, but keep in mind with an infant in tow, that you’ll be somewhat limited on the activities you can realistically partake of. Another thing to keep in mind is that you’re traveling around the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., which is very busy to begin with. Don’t be surprised if you find that lodging at some attractions is sold out, so you need to be willing and able to reverse your itinerary if the situation warrants it.
      The two key things to check availability for are: Grand Canyon lodging and Antelope Canyon tours. Regarding Antelope Canyon, you’ll be limited to touring Upper Antelope with a baby.
      Assuming that you can find lodging and tours on your desired dates, you could do something like this:
      November 23rd: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, optional stop at Hoover Dam (~5 hour drive), overnight at Grand Canyon
      November 24th: 2nd day/night at Grand Canyon, sightseeing around Grand Canyon Village Historic District, Hermit’s Rest/West Rim overlooks using free shuttles
      November 25th: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hour drive factoring in stops in the East Rim/Desert View Drive and in the Navajo Reservation), tour Upper Antelope Canyon in the afternoon, take boat tour of waterside of Antelope Canyon overnight in Page, AZ
      November 26th: Visit Horseshoe Bend, drive from Page, AZ, to Zion National Park (~2 hour drive), overnight in Springdale, UT
      November 27th: 2nd day/night in Zion, Springdale, UT, lodging Family-friendly hiking in Zion
      November 28th: Drive from Springdale, UT, to Las Vegas (~3.5-4 hours factoring in possible delays due to a construction project in the Virgin River Gorge)
      November 29th: Overnight in Las Vegas
      November 30th: Fly home
      One area I have not included in this itinerary is Bryce Canyon. Not that it isn’t beautiful, but at the time of year you’re visiting, it is very likely the area will have snow, making travel with an infant more challenging than it already is.
      Regarding places where you can get Indian/Asian food, inside the parks like Grand Canyon, Zion, etc., won’t feature that type of dining. Flagstaff (~90 miles Southeast of Grand Canyon South Rim), has several fine Indian restaurants; my personal favorite is the Delhi Palace (I like Indian food, too ;). In Page, AZ (by Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend) and Springdale, UT (near Zion), the closest you’ll probably be able to get is Thai food. In Las Vegas, you have your pick of over 20 Indian/Asian restaurants. If you are vegetarians, and are OK with dairy products, you shouldn’t have much of a problem accommodating your dietary preferences wherever you go. If you are vegan, you might have to get a bit more creative, and might want to invest in a small cooler so you can purchase your own food to be on the safe side.
      Also, start monitoring local weather about 2 weeks before you get ready to travel. Best case scenario, the weather will be cold; worst case, you could encounter snow. Be ready by packing jackets, gloves, etc. at the very least.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thanks a ton AlLey! That’s a very detailed plan and covers my dream Grand Canyon. Can we make a slight modification please, On Nov 23rd after visiting Hoover Dam can we drive towards North rim, as I listen that Hoover Dam to North Rim have beautiful views but the South Rim is dry.

        1. Hi again, Aditya!
          Glad our suggestions helped. Unfortunately, visitor services at the North Rim will close for the season October 15th. Also, Hoover Dam would be most logical to stop at en route to the South Rim, since it is located Southeast of Las Vegas. The South Rim, though “drier” than the North Rim, is still beautiful, and even though you might not get to visit the North Rim on the ground, you might consider flying over it in an airplane or helicopter from the South Rim. Touring aircraft do not land at the North Rim (no airstrip there), but will still give you enough time above it to give you a sense of how different it is from its Southern “sister.”
          For more information, visit GrandCanyon.com: South Rim Tours
          Take care and have a good trip,
          Alley 🙂

          1. My bad! I want to say the drive from Vegas to Page (not to North Rim). What I’m looking is during the entire drive want to drive through scenic views. You already shared a very detailed plan, very thankful for that, if any of the drives you mentioned don’t have a scenic view could you please redirect to another route, else will follow the plan above it looks very good.

          2. Hi again, Aditya –
            Virtually every mile of every road in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah is a scenic drive, so you’re all good in that regard!
            Another consideration, too, is that sometimes there’s only one route that’s really practical for getting from Point A to Point B, and the drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon to the South Rim is one of those situations. You’re pretty much “stuck” (although that word is a little too harsh) with taking US93 from Las Vegas to Kingman (you can stop at Hoover Dam if you wish), then I-40 from Kingman to Williams, then AZ64 from Williams to Grand Canyon South Rim. Time permitting, one variation you might consider is driving from Kingman to Seligman via one of the last remaining intact sections of Historic Route 66. That will tack another 60-90 minutes onto an already long drive, so an early start in the AM is definitely in order.

            Driving from Page, AZ, to Las Vegas, you can opt to drive through Zion National Park (see map below):

            Or you can detour South from Page, AZ, to Bitter Springs, then take US89A from Marble Canyon to Jacob Lake, which will take you along the Southern flank of the Vermilion Cliffs. If you take me up on this suggestion, plan on stopping for a meal at the Cliff Dweller’s Lodge – their on-site restaurant is one of Northern Arizona’s best-kept culinary secrets! Also, a quick pop in to the Jacob Lake Inn is a must so you can grab a bag of delicious home-made cookies at their world-famous bakery.

            At the time of year you’re traveling, be sure to verify that all roads you propose to take are open, especially around the Jacob Lake area. Being over 7,000′ above sea level, you could encounter snow up there.
            Have fun!
            Alley 🙂

  9. Hi Alley,
    My husband and I are flying into Las Vegas on Wed., Nov 6 (10am arrival) and will depart Sat. Nov. 9 (11:30pm). We’d like to see the Hoover Dam (quick stop/no tour) Sedona, Grand Canyon (South Rim), Antelope Canyon (via kayak tour) and Horseshoe Bend. From the quick searches I’ve done, it looks like the kayak tours end Oct. 31st 🙁 Perhaps a quick stop at Zion, if it’s not too out of the way–otherwise drive straight through and perhaps walk around the Vegas strip for a few hours. We aren’t accustomed to road trips and the long drive seem a bit daunting. Wondering if we should scale back and just do Sedona and Grand Canyon, but it seems a waste to backtrack the same road to Vegas? What are your thoughts?

    1. Hi Kim!
      We’re all for taking a “quality over quantity” approach to a vacation, especially if you want to include Sedona in your trip plans. Sedona is a stunning area, and you’ll quickly find that even if you spent a week there, you’d merely scratch the surface of all there is to see and do! Still, with the time you have, you could enjoy a nice 2-day visit there, topped off with a night at the Grand Canyon, or vice versa depending on Grand Canyon lodging availability. As for the backtracking issue, I wouldn’t sweat it too much. It would give you an opportunity to catch things that you might have missed on the drive over, such as one of the last remaining intact sections of Historic Route 66. Long drives are how we roll in this part of the U.S., so, not much to be done about that!
      Zion National Park is another area that warrants more time than a quick drive-by. It’s a huge park with lots of opportunities for hiking and sightseeing geared to people of all ages and physical fitness levels. At least an overnight is preferable to a look-see from a car window! Springdale, UT, a small community on the Western border of the park, would be where you’d want to stay as it is the central hub of the Zion Canyon Shuttle System, which is mandatory to use for those not staying inside the park.
      Another consideration at the time of year you’re traveling is weather. Early November is in the transitional zone between fall and winter. Weather will be cold, and worst case scenario, you could encounter snow. Being able to take your trip at a more relaxed pace definitely works in your favor in case you are delayed or detoured by inclement weather. Of course, it’s too soon to call, but you should start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel.
      As you’ve also seen, many water-based activities at Lake Powell are on seasonal hiatus, like the kayak tour. However, shorter boat tours are still running, such as Antelope Canyon waterside boat tours from Antelope Point Marina. These can easily be “bundled” with land-side tours of Antelope Canyon, which makes the reservations process a lot more convenient than in was in years past.
      If you do wish to visit Antelope Canyon and Zion this time around, the best way to go about that is to drop Sedona and do something like this:
      November 6 – Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive), overnight at Grand Canyon
      November 7 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hour drive factoring in stops), visit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page, AZ
      November 8 – Drive from Page, AZ, to Zion National Park (~2.5-3 hour drive with stops), overnight in Springdale, UT
      November 9 – Drive back to Las Vegas w/detour through Valley of Fire State Park if desired (it’s amazing!) (~5-6 hour drive), fly home
      Yes, the above trip plan is rushed, but could work with careful planning, including advanced reservations at all lodging and for Antelope Canyon tours.
      Which way would be best for you to go? IMO it comes down to asking yourself if you realistically think you might be able to return to the area in the foreseeable future. If the answer is “yes,” then I’d say take things slow this time around and enjoy some “chill” time in Sedona and a night at the Grand Canyon! If this trip is going to be a once in a lifetime (or at least a blue moon) thing, then make the most of the time you have.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you so much Alley! Your advice and suggestions are incredibly helpful! We’ll likely follow your suggested itinerary and return in the near future (flying into Phoenix) to see Sedona at a more relaxed pace.

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