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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We know you didn’t come all this way just to see one part of such a magnificent Canyon. In the past it has been difficult to book more than one canyon run at a time due to the hassles of having to book through different vendors. Well no more! We have done all the hard work so you can Book your bundle today and enjoy the natural wonders that are the Upper & Lower Canyons as well as by boat! Find out why these canyons are some of the most photographed canyons in the world! The advantage of booking here on Antelopecanyon.az is that many times bundle deals are available when stand alone tours are not! 

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Comments Section

694 Responses

  1. Hi Alley, I have been trying to book a bundle tour on January 16 2020 but the first 2 weeks in January don’t appear to be available? Do you know if tours are possible on this date?
    Appreciate your help

    1. Hi Sally,
      2020 tour seat inventory was opened only recently. I show that 2020 dates, including the first couple weeks of January, are available for booking.
      Sorry for the trouble,

      1. Thanks Alley. I’ve just tried again to book the combo upper and lower tour but the 16 January shows as unavailable. The lower canyon tour on kens website is also unavailable for the first two weeks in January. However the upper tour looks available.
        If we have driven from Zion that morning, given winter daylight hours, do you think we would be ok to book a late morning tour of the upper? I will try to add the lower Canyon later if the dates become available.

        1. Hi Sally,
          It is entirely possible that that day’s tours are already sold out. If you do opt to book a tour for Upper, late morning is a perfectly fine time to visit. You won’t experience the light beams, as that is a spring-summer-fall phenomenon, but the chambers should still be nicely illuminated for you. Do check back periodically to see if any cancellations have occurred in Lower. You might also try checking availability with Dixie Ellis, the other Lower Antelope Canyon tour outfitter, at http://www.antelopelowercanyon.com.
          Take care,
          Alley 🙂

  2. Bonjour from Canada. We will be in your area on May 2nd, 2020. We will be leaving the Wahweap Campsite with our 29ft fifth wheel, on our way to Chinle. Will parking be an issue while we do our tour with you ? Thank you

    1. Good morning Francois, and apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry. This past weekend was the US Thanksgiving holiday, and I was out of town on a previously arranged work obligation.
      Regarding traveling with a 5th wheel, people visit this area with these and other types of trailers all the time, so you should be able to find a place to park your rig without too much fuss. To be on the safe side, though, I would recommend leaving your campsite well in advance of your tour. Most tour companies require that you check in 30-60 minutes prior to your tour’s actual departure. You should allow for 45 minutes to travel from the Wahweap Campground to Page, AZ, if your tour is leaving from there. Allow for ~60-70 minutes to travel to the Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Entrance on US98 if you are taking a tour that departs directly from there, or from Antelope Point Marina.
      Please feel free to write in again if you require further clarification.
      Good luck, safe travels, and best wishes for a Joyeux Noël!
      Alley 🙂

  3. We are trying to book a tour for upper and lower canyon. I see other websites have already started booking and we could only get the upper booked. There is eight of us and I see your company provides an upper and lower combo. I see you responded to Heather “December is usually when they open seats for the following year, so check back in a couple weeks.” How are other places able to book for 2020 now? We would prefer to do the combo on July 19, 2020.

    1. Hi Heather,
      We’ve tried to establish that and the best answser we can get from the tour companies is “soon.” 😛 December is usually when they open seats for the following year, so check back in a couple weeks.
      Happy Holidays,

      1. Hey Sean,
        We just got that memo ourselves! We will of course be changing this page to reflect the changes.
        Alley 🙂

  4. Hi!

    we will be arriving from Canada to Phoenix on November 29th (around noon) and will head out to Sedona until December 7th. We will be staying overnite in Phoenix on November 29th, leaving for Sedona on November 30th. It’s just me and my husband on this trip. Other than visiting Antelope Canyon (probably Lower Antelope Canyon tour), do you have any suggestions for activities around Sedona for the six days we’ll be there? We will be doing some hicking for sure. We have already been to the Grand Canyon South Rim on a previous trip. Here are some of the things we had in mind:
    Chapel of the Holy Cross

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Josette!
      With 6 days, using Sedona, AZ, as your “base of operations,” you can certainly accomplish quite a lot, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend visiting Antelope Canyon as a day trip at the time of year you’re visiting. The drive from Sedona, AZ, to Page, AZ, takes approximately 3 hours each way, driving direct. So that’s 6 hour of your day gone, right off the bat. It then takes 2.5-3.5 hours to tour Lower Antelope, factoring in advance check-in time required, plus the inevitable “bottlenecking” that will occur as the day goes on, seeing as though it’s the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. While in Page, AZ, you should also take the opportunity to visit Horseshoe Bend, which can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on how fast you can find parking, the hike out to the overlook, time to take pictures, then hike back to your car. So that’s another 4-5 hours for sightseeing and maybe lunch. Sunrise in late November occurs at about 7:15 AM and sunset takes place shortly after 5:00 PM in late November, which means you have approximately 10 hour of daylight to work with. As you can hopefully see, a day trip from Sedona do tour Antelope Canyon and see Horseshoe Bend is going to be cutting it fine to get you back to Sedona by nightfall. That’s one drive you don’t want to have to do after dusk because of lack of lighting on local roads and the tendency for deer, elk, and other wildlife to congregate around them, which ratchets up your risk of having an accident. If you’re not locked into your lodging reservations in Sedona, I’d recommend doing the trip to Page, AZ, with an overnight hotel stay. That way, you can take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way!
      As for the rest of your time there, the activities you’ve already listed are great. Some other possibilities include, but certainly aren’t limited to shopping at Tlaquepaque, a Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour, the Verde Canyon Scenic Railway, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, a day trip to Jerome, AZ. Trust me, you won’t have any shortage of fun!
      Feel free to write in again if you want to bounce any other ideas off us.
      Until then, good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi again Josette,
          Hope all goes well. We’re expecting a significant storm in Northern Arizona over Thanksgiving weekend, so hope that doesn’t put a kabosh on your plans. If it does, hope you get the opportunity to visit us again in the future.
          Take care and drive safe,
          Alley 🙂

  5. Hi Alley,
    I stumbled across this site while looking for info on Antelope Canyon tours and found it immensely informative. Was hoping to run our Thanksgiving itinerary by you to see if there are any things to look out for, or extra driving time to factor in, as it’s quite packed. Also, my main question is regarding the weather and driving conditions during those dates (Nov 27 – Dec 1). Is it possible that there will be snow? We’ll have a small rental car (not 4×4). Would this pose problems? I don’t have much of an idea of the elevation and road conditions. Is traffic during Thanksgiving weekend extra bad?

    Day 1- fly into Albuquerque, stay overnight
    Day 2- drive to Santa Fe, stay overnight
    Day 3 – drive to Monument Valley, stay at View Hotel. Hoping to do the 17-mile scenic loop drive, time permitting.
    Day 4 – drive to Page, do Antelope tour at midday, check out Horseshoe bend, continue driving to Zion and sleep there (Zion lodge)
    Day 5 – morning check out highlights in Zion, then drive to Las Vegas for a 7pm flight

    Any insights would be very appreciated. We have the accommodation as well as Antelope tour already booked. So would appreciate driving and pacing tips! Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Izzy and thank you for visiting our site!
      You are definitely taking a novel approach to your visit by flying into Albuquerque and out of Las Vegas. Like anything else in life, it has both pros and cons, so let’s start with the “cons.”
      Right off the bat: your trip plan is rushed. If you can possibly carve out another 2-3 days, that would allow you to take things at a much more leisurely pace, which you wouldn’t regret in the least. But, I understand if plans have already been made and can’t be changed.
      That said, going to Santa Fe, NM, that second day is going to make for a big swing out of your way. Although the drive from ABQ to SF is only 1 hour or so, the drive from Santa Fe to Monument Valley the following day is going to really long, in the neighborhood of 6 hours. No, that’s not a typo.

      At the time of year you’re visiting, that wouldn’t leave you with much daylight to work with for sightseeing that same afternoon. In late November/early December, sunrise occurs at around 7:20 AM and sunset takes place shortly after 5:00 PM. It can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to travel the Monument Valley Scenic Loop Drive, which, by the way, you shouldn’t attempt in a rental car as it constitutes off-road driving, which could void your insurance policy and leave you on the hook for any damage you might sustain. It is better (and safer) to go with a Navajo Tribe-authorized guide service. Monument Valley Guided Tours
      My strong recommendation would be to take Santa Fe off the table, and instead go to either Gallup, NM, or Window Rock, AZ, that second night. That will reduce your drive time to Monument Valley considerably (to ~3 hours). That route would offer the “added bonus” of being able to pop into Canyon de Chelly National Monument, if desired. Although that might leave you wanting, here again, 1-2 days is better than a quickie “drive-by.”

      Another option, if an interest in traditional Southwestern architecture was what attracted you to Santa Fe, would be to drive to Winslow, AZ, on Day 2. That would be ~a 4.5 hour drive from Albuquerque, but would allow you the opportunity to visit the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park, and either tour or stay at the beautiful and historic La Posada Hotel. You could even cap off your evening by “Standin’ On the Corner in Winslow, Arizona” for real! If you take us up on that suggestion, your drive to Monument Valley would again be reduced to just 3-3.5 hours, but wouldn’t take you by Canyon de Chelly at all.

      Now, let’s get to day 4: you’re proposing to drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ, which takes 2-2.5 hours. A tour of Antelope Canyon will take anywhere from 2.5-3 hours, factoring in advance time required to check in, and the possible “bottlenecking” that might occur as the day goes on and gets busier. Then, you’ll need anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours to visit Horseshoe Bend, which includes time to find a place to park. You have to realize that your visit coincides with the Thanksgiving Holiday, so you can expect things to be busy! After doing all that, you’re looking at a 2-2.5 hour drive to Zion National Park. You’re going to be cutting it fine given the short daylength you’re contending with at that time of year, and the drive to Zion is best NOT done in the dark. Roads in the National Parks are very dimly lit, and deer, elk, and other wildlife tend to move about in large numbers at that time of year as they migrate to warmer climates. However, that is REALLY cool that you’ve scored a room in Zion Lodge. So long story short, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend changing anything, but I would recommend that you get as early a start as possible out of Monument Valley that morning. Do most of your packing the night before, and maybe pick up a snack you can eat in the car instead of eating up the time by stopping to eat breakfast.
      On Day 5, you’ll only have time to “scratch the surface” of Zion. It’s a huge and beautiful park that really deserves at least 2-3 days to explore and enjoy fully. Staying at the lodge though gives you the advantage of being close to the trails and so forth. Be aware that the drive to Las Vegas may take longer than you expect: there is a construction project taking place on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge that could tack an extra 30-60 minutes onto the trip. I would strongly recommend hitting the road no later than 12:00 Noon Utah time, just so you’re assured of getting to your flight on time after contending with Las Vegas traffic, dropping off your rental car, checking in, etc. Keep in mind that Las Vegas is on Pacific Standard Time, which means you’ll “gain” an hour traveling from Utah to Nevada.

      As for the possibility of snow, it’s definitely something to be aware of. Current forecasts are not calling for it, but that could change in the days ahead. Start monitoring local weather now so you can be prepared by packing appropriate clothing. If on the off-chance you do get caught in an active snowstorm, your best option is to stay put, preferably somewhere warm that serves hot chocolate, and modify your plans if needed. Hotels and tour operators are usually quite sympathetic when visitors get delayed or detoured by weather.
      We hope you make out OK, and would be very interested to know how you get on!
      Until then, good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you so much, what thorough reply! Your tips are very useful, I was already considering skipping Santa Fe, so will definitely consider driving the other routes you suggested.


        1. Hey again, Izzy,
          Good call on skipping Santa Fe — not that it isn’t a beautiful city, but a visit there would just take too much time away from what you want to accomplish! Definitely plan a future visit to not only Santa Fe, but other lovely New Mexico attractions Taos, Espanola, Chaco Canyon, and Bandelier National Monument, just to name a few 😉
          Take care,
          Alley 🙂

  6. Hi, Alley, we are visiting Phoenix (Mesa area) between Dec 7 to 12, and we are planning a day trip to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. I realize it is about 4.5 hours drive to Page, so if we start driving around 7 am, will that give us sufficient time to see Upper Antelope and Horseshoe Bend? Any suggestions? Must we make reservation? If so, is the reservation flexible, just in case we show up late due to traffic? Where do we drive to in order to find parking? Thanks.

    1. Hi Lee!
      Unfortunately, the time of year you’re visiting has a very short daylength. Sunrise occurs at around 7:30 AM, sunset takes place at around 5:15 PM. That’s 10 hours of daylight, and a bare minimum of 10 hours of driving required for a day trip to Page, AZ. A tour of Upper Antelope Canyon takes 2-2.5 hours, factoring in advance check in time and the possibility for delays due to the inevitable “bottlenecking” that occurs as the day goes on. You would then need at least 60-90 minutes to visit Horseshoe Bend. So that’s at least 4 hours of daylight that gets taken up with sightseeing. Although the urban light dome around Phoenix would probably illuminate the latter hour of your drive sufficiently, you’d still end up making a very late night of it, which poses its own set of hazards.
      In answer to your other queries, yes, you must make a reservation for an Anelope Canyon tour, and no, the time is not flexible. As for where you’d park, that depends on which tour company you book with: Chief Tsosie’s and Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon tours operate out of offices in downtown Page, AZ; Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours and Navajo Antelope Canyon Tours depart from staging areas located on US98, just Southeast of Page, AZ.
      Long story short, at the time of year you’re visiting, I do not recommend attempting to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend as a day trip. With daylight hours at a premium, you won’t have enought time (or sunshine) to take advantage of the many photo opportunities that will no doubt pique your interest. It would be better, and safer, to stay overnight in Page, AZ, so you can take your time and enjoy the trip. Hopefully you’re not locked into your hotel reservations in Mesa, AZ, so you can do that.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  7. Good afternoon,

    My name is Christian, online content creator and travel videoblogger. I’m from Spain but I live in Los Angeles, where I’m filming my new series of videos about California. With about 85,000 subscribers and about 9 million views in my YouTube channel, my audience love to plan their trips to United States watching my videos and asking me questions through Instagram and my blog (www.inexplorando.com) All my social networks are in Spanish so travellers can find information in their language.

    At the end of November 2019, my family is coming to visit me for the first time in California and we are going to do a roadtrip all the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and we will go also to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. That’s exactly the same roadtrip that I did in 2014 during the very first videos of my channel, and my audience are asking to do it again with new camera, new stories and updated information. Many people told me that I had to go to Antelope Canyon so I’m planning to go this time for the the first time.

    I would like to ask you if your tour company would be interested in a collaboration with me. I’m opened to suggestions but I’m sure that it would be a great addition to the roadtrip and many people would ask about it, so it could bring many leads to your company. My parents and I will be in your area on Dec.5-6.

    Attached you can find some useful information:
    Media kit: http://www.inexplorando.com/media
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    Please, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question or suggestion. Thank you so much.

    Best regards,

    1. Hey Christian,
      Wow, thank you for thinking of us for this, but our site is actually privately owned and not affiliated as a company with the Antelope Canyon tour outfitters. I would recommend you try and contact them individually to see if one of them would be interested in collaborating with you on your project.
      For Lower Antelope Canyon, there are two companies operating tours to that area. 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
      For Upper Antelope Canyon, there are 4 companies you might potentially work with:
      – Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours 928-698-3384 https://navajotours.com
      – Chief Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours http://www.antelopeslotcanyon.com 928.645.5594
      – Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours http://www.antelopecanyon.com 928.645.9102
      – Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours http://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com 928.380.187
      You might also consider touching base with some of the companies that operate tours to alternate slot canyons to Antelope, as these are gaining on popularity with the increasing difficulty of getting reservations for the main branches of the canyon:
      – Ta’adidi’in Tours/Antelope Canyon X/Cardiac Canyon http://www.antelopecanyon-x.com (928) 660-8890
      – Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours and Alstrom Point Tours http://www.horseshoebendtours.com (435) 275-4594
      – Ligai Si’Anii Tours/Antelope Valley Canyon Tours http://www.hikingslotcanyons.com (928) 640-2594
      – Waterholes Canyon Experience https://waterholecanyonexperience.com/ (928) 660-2031
      – Mystical Antelope Canyon Tours https://www.mysticalarrowhead.com/ (928) 640-3852
      Hope that helps! Good luck with your project,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Thanks for these tips! I would love to get to Antelope Canyon – it really does look like one of the most amazing destinations on the globe. Pity to hear that despite needing a reservation the upper canyon is still completely overcrowded, but I guess you’re going to get that when the world hears of an attraction this beautiful. Hopefully the tourists don’t detract too much from the overall experience 🙂

  9. Hi Alley! I am traveling with my family over the December holidays and we were planning to do Antelope Canyon (Upper and Lower) in one day, but my mother has a knee injury and is also claustrophobic and we weren’t sure if Upper Antelope Canyon would be doable. Many thanks! Yadira

    Dec. 26-28 – Las Vegas
    Dec. 28 – Page, AZ (stay overnight)
    Dec. 29 – Grand Canyon (stay overnight)
    Dec. 30-Jan. 1 – Sedona, AZ (stay 2 nights)
    Jan. 1-3 – Phoenix, AZ (stay 2 nights)

    1. Hi Yadira,
      If your mom has a knee injury, she might want to take a pass on Lower Antelope Canyon, but if she is severely claustrophobic, Upper Antelope Canyon may be a challenge as well! To judge for yourself, I’d recommend watching one of the many videos on YouTube that show what it’s like to walk through Antelope Canyon. We also feature a Lower Antelope Canyon Full Walk Through Video you might want to watch.
      If you decide to rule out the walking tours of Upper or Lower Antelope, a way for your mom to tick this item off her to-do list without undue pain or anxiety would be to take a boat tour into the waterside of Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell. On this tour, the canyon walls are wider, but gradually narrow as the lake gives way to the shoreline, and no walking is required. Antelope Point Marina, where the tour departs from, has staff on-site that can transport you from the parking area down the hill to the tour boat dock.
      Hope that helps. Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,
        I happened to chance upon this website while i’m planning my trip to Las Vegas with my family and friends. Not sure if this comments go to you. There is so much good information here, thank you. Now for our trip, we would like to visit as many places as possible in Vegas with our limited 3.5 day and would definitely looking forward to your your advise on a one day tour to Grand Canyon. We will be staying at Hyatt Place Las Vegas at Silverton Village and this is our first Vegas trip after 24 years! This time with our children and friends. We would like to do a day trip to Grand Canyon, is it advisable for us to drive or take the one day tour? If time permits, we would like to visit Lower and upper antelope as well as horseshoe bend. Do you think it’s possible or we are too ambitious? How do i book the day tour if we drive? or if we take a day tour, will the coach pick us up at our hotel? I google the distance from our hotel to Canyon is about 4hrs drive. Looking forward to your advise and thank you so much for your time and advise in advance,

        Best Regards, Jeslin

        1. Hi Jeslin,
          Wow, 24 years since your last visit to Vegas? You’ll certainly discover that a lot has changed, both for good and bad.
          One of the changes that falls in the “good” column is the number of day tours available from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, and beyond. However, they do say that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” and that definitely applies here: self-driving is still, hands down, the best way to visit the Grand Canyon for optimal freedom and flexibility. With a stop at Hoover Dam, and factoring in the occasional breaks for meals and restroom visits, the drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim is more along the lines of 5 hours one way. If you do opt to self-drive, you needn’t book a tour necessarily, since Grand Canyon South Rim is relatively easy to tour on your own, with the aid of the free shuttles that go around the Village Historic District and out to the overlooks on the Hermit’s Rest Road.
          Fitting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend into a Grand Canyon day trip is, as you have speculated, too ambitious for a one-day trip. The drive from Las Vegas to GC South Rim is ~5 hours; then, the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend is anywhere from 3-4 hours one way; after that, the drive from Page, AZ, back to Las Vegas would then be another 5 hours or so. So, you’d be looking at roughly 13-14 hours of just driving, and depending on when your trip is taking place, anywhere from 10-14 hours of daylight. Hopefully you can see that that math doesn’t add up. Unless you can carve out another full day to visit Page, AZ (the gateway community for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend), you’d be better off skipping it this time around. A visit to the Grand Canyon should always take top priority, especially for those members of your party who have never been! If you are able to set aside a separate day for an Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend tour, here again, you can self-drive (~5 hours each way), or take a guided tour. For ground tours, we recommend MaxTours. Or, take an air/ground combination tour to maximize your time in Page, AZ.
          If you do opt for a guided tour, many options are out there, from coach tours to airplane/ground combination tours. Most include pick-up at local hotels. Since your hotel is off-strip, you may have to drive to the nearest strip hotel to get picked up, but pickup locations can vary from one company to another, so be sure to verify that if you do opt for an escorted tour.
          Another thing that has come into play since you last visited Las Vegas is the development of Grand Canyon West. Not affiliated with Grand Canyon National Park, this is a Native American Tribal Park owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. It is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, and it is possible to helicopter to the canyon floor for short pontoon boat rides on the Colorado River there. Being only a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, doing a tour to that area of the Grand Canyon definitely has its advantages, but know that the views there are nowhere near as vast or colorful as those you will encounter at the South Rim. For more information on tours to this Grand Canyon Park, visit GrandCanyon.com: West Canyon Tours
          Hope that helps. Feel free to contact us again if we can be of further assistance!
          Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
          Alley 🙂

          1. Thank you so much Alley for your reply with so much information and great advise. So grateful to you. Think will plan 2 days in GC :o) Cheers! Very good website here, will recommend to friends 🙂

          2. Thank you Jeslin!
            Hope you enjoy your trip, and if you have a moment afterwards, please let us know how you get on.
            Take care,
            Alley 🙂

    2. Hi Alley! Hope all is well. I’ve been reading your posts this morning – so much helpful information! I am traveling with my husband and 6 year old over the New Years holiday (we just booked!), and hoping to get some advice from you so we plan our time appropriately.

      Dec 27 – Land in Phoenix (noon)
      Dec 3 – Depart Vegas (evening)

      Points of interest: Sedona, Grand Canyon (South Rim?), Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion, & Bryce. Not sure seeing all are doable with the time we have. Perhaps we eliminate Bryce, as the weather may not be ideal for that particular drive? Monument was a consideration, but looks to be too far out of the way. Open to your suggestions!

      Considerations: Looking for kid-friendly/reasonably accessible sites. My son can handle 4 miles round trip max hikes. Also, worth mentioning, I’ve been to Sedona, so I can live with shortening time there I suppose (though my husband has not been).

      How would you plan this itinerary? Are there particular hikes you recommend in Zion (or Bryce), etc. if those destinations stay on the list? What towns would you stay over night in? Assuming Page for AC/HB, but not sure about best Grand Canyon lodging, etc.

      Lastly, I started looking at booking Antelope Canyon tours, but when I clicked on dates late in Dec linking from your site, I was getting errors – and dates for Jan were greyed out. Note sure if this means they are not available?

      I think we are considering eliminating Zion as well, and saving Zion + Bryce for another trip. Perhaps we will instead see Petrified Forest/Meteor east of Flagstaff instead? Interested in hearing your thoughts, as I am still so unsure!


      1. Hi Lauren,
        The time of year you’re visiting is definitely winter, so there’s certainly no sin in taking Zion and Bryce off the agenda this time around. Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and Meteor Crater are located at lower altitude, so you would be less likely to encounter snow in those areas, more likely a little rain and wind, worst case scenario.
        Flying into Phoenix and out Las Vegas, a 6-day vacation could be planned like this:
        December 27th: Land in Phoenix, drive to Sedona (~2.5 hours), overnight in Sedona
        December 28th: Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour, maybe some light hiking, 2nd night in Sedona
        December 29th: Drive from Sedona, AZ, to Meteor Crater (~90 minute drive), Petrified Forest/Painted Desert (~90 minutes from Meteor Crater), overnight in Winslow, AZ (~1 hour from Petrified Forest – whether you stay there or not, be sure to check out the La Posada Hotel!)
        December 30th: Drive from Winslow, AZ, to Page, AZ (~4 hour drive), lunch at Cameron Trading Post, overnight in Page, AZ
        December 31st: Visit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon, 2nd night in Page, AZ
        January 1st: Drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim (~2.5-3 hour drive), optional detour to Lees Ferry and Marble Canyon to visit Lonely Dell Ranch will add another 90 minutes-2 hours to the trip, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
        January 2nd: 2nd day/night at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour Grand Canyon Village Historic District, visit overlooks on Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive (that time of year you can drive out there in your own car)
        January 3rd: Drive to Las Vegas (~5 hour drive), optional stop at Hoover Dam, fly home

        As for booking 2020 Antelope Canyon tours, seat inventory should be opened up by mid-December.
        Hope that helps. Feel free to write in again if you need to bounce any other ideas off us!
        Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
        Alley 🙂

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