Ultimate one day itinerary in Page, AZ. Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend

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One day is not enough time to see everything in Page, AZ. But if you have to do it to stay on schedule, or you booked all your stay before visiting this website, this is the way to get the most out of your time (minimizing driving, and hitting optimal times for tours.) Here is the best one day itinerary in Page, AZ.

  • Sunrise:  Drive to Page, AZ/Antelope Canyon from where you are. Assuming you are in Zion, Grand Canyon, Sedona, or Monument Valley, this will take you between 2-4 hours.
  • 1030: tour of Antelope Canyon – Book a tour with Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. Both Lower Antelope Canyon companies are suitable, or drive directly to Upper Canyon. 
  • 1 pm: Drive to Antelope Point Marina and have lunch at Ja’di’To’oh, the restaurant on the docks of the marina. Despite the funny name, its mostly burgers, pizza, salads, and sandwiches (at marina prices.)
  • 2 pm: Book a tour of Lake Powell with Antelope Point marina. This tour will take you up Antelope Canyon on the lake. There are other tours of the lake, but this is the fastest and has the least travel time on the water to get to a canyon.
  • Sunset: Overnight in Page, AZ. Check out TripAdvisor for recommendations

498 Responses

  1. Hello Alley,We (my husband and I) are visiting the south rim next week. Here’s what we want to do, please suggest if any changes are required.

    Nov 22-23 , spending time in Vegas.
    Nov 24th, Early morning driving to south rim, driving back to Page on the same day as booked hotel in Page.( please let us know if its safe to drive back to Page in the evening.)
    Nov 25th – Booked lower Antelope (9.15 am to 10.15 am ) and upper Antelope (12.30 PM) slots. On the same day evening planning to go Horseshoe bend.

    Nov 26th- Leaving early morning from Page to Vegas, on the way going to Hoover dam and late night flying back to Chicago.

    1. Hi Rimi,
      Unfortunately I can’t endorse this plan, especially the part where you propose to drive from Las Vegas to the South Rim, then on to Page, AZ, in one day. The main reason I advise against this is because it’s a LOT of driving for one day: it takes ~5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim — by the way, that is where you should put your stop at Hoover Dam, not coming back from Page — and then another 3.5+ hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. I know that Google Maps gives the drive from Grand Canyon to Page as being ~2.5 hours, but in reality, it ends up being much longer because it’s a very scenic drive. It would be a shame not to take advantage of all those photo ops because you were racing against the clock to make it to your destination by nightfall.
      Another factor working against you at this time of year is daylength: it’s rapidly shortening, and no, it’s not safe to do any driving in this part of the U.S. in the evening. Roads in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are very dimly lit, which is a deliberate decision to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky, plus deer and elk are migrating to winter grazing grounds at this time of year, which heightens your risk of an auto accident. So do ANY AND ALL driving during daylight hours. In Arizona and Utah, sunrise occurs shortly after 7:00 AM and sunset takes place at around 5:15 PM.
      On November 24th, instead of driving to the South Rim then on to Page, I would advise driving directly to Page, AZ. On November 25th, visit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning, take your Antelope Canyon tour as scheduled, then drive on the Grand Canyon South Rim that afternoon. Overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim, Williams, or Flagstaff, then, drive back to Las Vegas on November 26th, with a stop at Hoover Dam on that leg of the drive.
      I hope you receive this in time since you are traveling in the next 24 hours!
      Good luck and drive safe,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Alley, really appreciate your quick response. I made changes to my itinerary as per your suggestions. I have booked a room in South rim on 25th night and on 26th we will visit South Rim early in the morning and start back to Vegas , as we have late the night flight back to Chicago.
        I have one question in here, is it possible to put a stop at Hoover Dam when we start from Vegas and take the scenic road 66 and reach Page before it becomes dark.

        Thanks in advance.

        1. Hi again, Rimi!
          The short answer to your question “is it possible to put a stop at Hoover Dam when we start from Vegas and take the scenic road 66 and reach Page before it becomes dark?” is NO.
          I get the feeling you might not have an accurate picture of where Hoover Dam and Route 66 are in relation to the most efficient route to Page, AZ. To drive to Page, AZ, from Las Vegas, you must proceed Northwest on I-15 toward St. George, UT. Hoover Dam, on the other hand, requires that you drive in the opposite direction, in this case, Southeast from Las Vegas on US93, then East on I-40 for a ways, which connects to Route 66. See the map below for context:

          If you are already planning to stay overnight at the South Rim on the 25th, then it makes more sense to Route 66 and Hoover Dam on your drive back to Las Vegas.

          If you were to take the full detour on Historic Route 66 through Peach Springs, Hackberry, Valentine, etc., that will add another 60-90 minutes onto an already long drive. If you prefer not to add that much time on the road, you might call Route 66 “good” with a stop in Seligman, AZ. Whilst there, be sure to stop at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In, if not for a burger, then at least a good laugh.
          Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
          Alley 🙂

  2. Hi Alley,

    I hope you are doing well ! This page has been greatly resourceful. I am planning to visit the canyons (first time) during the Thanksgiving weekend. Planning to land at SLC, Utah on Nov 28th morning around 11 AM local time and drive to Zion. After Zion, drive to Bryce, Antelope, Grand Canyon and then fly back from Las Vegas on Dec 3rd night.

    I found your responses very very useful and would highly appreciate if you could suggest a good itinerary to cover all these places. Below mentioned my arrival and departure dates.
    Nov 28th – Boston to SLC (Arrive at 11 AM Local Time)
    Dec 3rd – Las Vegas to Boston (Depart at 10 PM Local Time)

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Hareesh, I’m doing great, thanks for asking!
      Unfortunately, you really don’t have a lot of time to work with, and your vacation is literally right around the corner. I do hope you have hotels reserved, because if you don’t, you may have a rough time finding lodging in the places you wish to visit. The Thanksgiving holiday is a popular time for people to travel.
      Assuming your flight arrives in SLC on time, you’re facing a 4.5-hour drive to Zion, and a daylength that’s rapidly shortening. The sun goes down at ~5:30 PM in Zion at this time of year, and you want to avoid doing any driving at night if at all possible. The roads in smaller towns are very dimly lit, quite narrow, and could be populated by deer, elk, and other wildlife. Once you land and collect your rental car, do not waste any time getting on the road. If you stop for lunch, make it quick, maybe opt for a drive-through somewhere (there are plenty to be found on I-15 as you head out of town).
      The drive to Bryce is a bit shorter, ~2.5 hours from Zion, and very scenic. The drive from Bryce to Page, AZ, is a bit longer, 3-3.5 hours. A good little hike you might take along the way is the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Hoodoos Trail. Tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon, overnight in Page, then hit Horseshoe Bend the following morning en route to the Grand Canyon. Be sure to stop at the Cameron Trading Post, very interesting place, and they serve good food if you’re hungry by that point. Even though Google maps gives the drive time from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim as 2.5 hours, 3.5-4 hours ends up being a more realistic figure as the drive is very scenic, and there are a lot of photo opportunities that will catch your eye, especially upon entering Grand Canyon National Park at Desert View Point. There are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the canyon, all with differing perspectives and features, between Desert View and Grand Canyon Village. Overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim, then the next day, you can take a leisurely trip back to Las Vegas since your flight doesn’t depart untl 10 PM. The drive normally takes ~5 hours, but you can easily extend that with a stops in Williams, Seligman, or Kingman, AZ, for their Route 66 connections, and/or Hoover Dam.

      As you can see, this itinerary has you packing up and driving to a different place every day, which is less than ideal, so if you are able to carve out an extra day somewhere, that would give you at least a brief window to relax. Zion would be my first choice for where I’d allocate the extra day, seconded by Page.
      One more thing: keep an eye on the weather. At the time of year you’re traveling, it will be cooler, and you could even encounter snow, especially in Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon South Rim. Utah weather Page, AZ, weather Grand Canyon weather
      Hope you get on OK — let us know how it went!
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi Alley,

    Wow this page has been incredibly resourceful. Thank you! We are flying into Vegas from San Francisco 11/16-11/19. Planning on driving to and staying one night in Page to optimize the amount we can see. My sister has a service dog with her. Will the Antelope Canyon tours accommodate service animals? We are driving to Page bright and early Sunday morning, arriving early afternoon. Hoping to see Antelope Canyon and some other interest points. What is the difference between Lower and Upper Canyon? Is Rainbow Bridge but boat available this time of the year? What other interest points can you recommend? Sunday Morning, we plan to visit Horseshoe Bend before the crowds around 7am and possibly stop at another attraction on the way back to Vegas? It is possible to stop at Zion on the drive back to Vegas?

    Sat – Vegas Evening Arrival
    Sun – Drive to Page bright and early, see Antelope Canyon in the afternoon
    Mon – Horseshoe Bend shortly after sunrise. Drive back to Vegas
    Tues – early flight back to San Francisco

    Hoping to squeeze in more interest points on Sunday and Monday but feeling so lost!

    1. Hi Pearl and thank you for visiting our site!
      Service animals are allowed by some Antelope Canyon tour companies, but not others. You are more likely to be able to bring a service animal to Upper Antelope Canyon and not Lower Antelope or Antelope Canyon X. The reason for the prohibition on pets of any type in the latter areas is due to the ruggedness of the terrain, that some animals are not able to handle. Having a service dog accompany your party must be pre-approved by the tour outfitter, in which case, you would be best to conduct all your dealings by phone. The 4 tour companies that manage Upper Antelope Canyon are:
      – 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
      Upper Antelope Canyon is 100 yards in length, located above ground, and the walking part of the tour is preceded by a 2-mile off-road ride from highway US98 to the mouth of the canyon. Lower Antelope is ~600 yards long, below ground, and requires navigating a few stairs, ladders, and some simple bouldering. Again, this section of the canyon is off-limits to service animals due to the nature of the terrain. Lower vs. Upper Antelope Canyon
      At the time of year you’re visiting, the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour is on off-season operational mode. It only goes out on Saturdays, and contingent on a certain number of passengers booking. There might be another way you might see it, however, and that’s to fly over it. Fixed wing airplanes depart from the Page Municipal Airport daily, weather permitting and possibly contingent on a certain number of passengers booked. Flights over Rainbow Bridge take approximately 30 minutes and will show you a ton of other beautiful scenery in addition to the bridge!
      As for other points of interest you might see, you’re on a pretty short schedule as it is, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about trying to plan every single minute of your day. Some of the best moments on a vacation come about unexpectedly, and the drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ, is very scenic as it is. That said, a couple of additions you might make to your sightseeing plans are the Paria Rimrocks and Toadstool Hoodoos hike, located between Kanab, UT, and Page, AZ, on US89. The Big Water Visitors Center is an interesting stop before you arrive in Page, AZ, and you might also take a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, time permitting, after your Antelope Canyon tour.
      If you want to stop in Zion National Park on your way back to Las Vegas, it’s easy enough to do, but I warn you: you will be left wanting. Zion is a stunning park, and a big one — you need at least 3-4 days to fully enjoy and explore that area. A quickie “drive-by” will only give you a tiny taste of what’s there. IMO, you should save it for a future trip when you can give it the time it deserves. A better detour to make might be the Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a short distance Northeast of Las Vegas, and has beautiful scenery that can easily be enjoyed from the road, or with a couple of quick stops for some easy but scenic hiking. Be sure to bring water with you.
      Also, be sure to reserve an Antelope Canyon tour and a hotel in Page, AZ, if you haven’t done so already.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hi Alley,
    My husband and I will be travelling and flying into Phoenix on Feb 23. Then to sedona on Feb 24-25, then grandcanyon Feb 26, then Page onf Feb 27-28, bryce on Feb 29 , zion on March 1, then drive to Las Vegas on March 2. You think this will work? We are from Asia and not used to snow roads/ ice, just worried the travel up to bryce be too icy?

    1. Hi Jacque,
      You are right to be concerned about road conditions at the time of year you are visiting. That is wintertime, and any of the areas on your list could have rain, snow, or ice. Or it could just be sunny and brisk. Naturally it’s too soon to call, but start monitoring local weather about 2-3 weeks before you get set to travel. In any case, be prepared to dress warmly, even in a best case scenario with regard to weather.
      If for some reason you have to cancel any of your hotel stays because of a road closure or severe weather, the lodging personnel are usually very understanding of those situations and should refund your payment or allow you to reschedule.
      Otherwise, your itinerary looks very well paced, with one exception: Zion. It’s a huge and beautiful park that deserves at least 2-3 days time to explore and enjoy. If you possibly can carve out another day to travel, give it to Zion. You won’t regret it!
      Be sure to reserve all lodging and Antelope Canyon tours well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

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