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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: Β 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.Β 
  • 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:Β 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

353 Comments

  1. Belinda Harris says:

    Hi – We are visiting Page from overseas on a guided bus tour and will be staying the night in Page, Arizona. What would be the best way for us to get from downtown Page to Horseshoe Bend. I’m having trouble finding any shuttles that go out there.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Belinda,
      If you are on a guided bus tour, I’d be very surprised to hear that it doesn’t visit Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend is regarded as a “must-do” attraction in Page, AZ, and the majority of escorted tours include a stop there. Before you jump through any hoops, I’d recommend contacting your tour company and verifying whether or not Horseshoe Bend is included on their itinerary. If it is not, unfortunately, you will be somewhat limited as to how you can get there. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are reported as being somewhat unreliable in this area. I recommend contacting Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours as they offer a shuttle service from downtown Page, AZ. Explain your situation, and hopefully you can come up with some sort of agreement with them. Their contact information is as follows:
      Phone: (435) 275-4594
      e-mail: info@horseshoebendtours.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  2. John says:

    We’re a family with a teenager and an opportunity to head out that way just came up for July 3rd through the 13th. We’re thinking of setting up our “home base” as Lake Powell Resort and doing a few day trips from there. The problem is we’re just not sure which of the places on our list should take priority over others. We’d rather save something that takes a long while for another trip rather than burn up a complete day on “a long drive and a rush-through” or risk being there at the wrong time of day. Would you help us please?
    We’re driving from St. Louis to near Colorado Springs, CO on July 3rd. We’ll spend the night there, then see Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods on the 4th.
    On the 5th we’ll leave the Colorado Springs area and drive to Page, AZ
    Our plan is to stop at the Four Corners Monument on our way to the Lake Powell Resort.
    Our goal is to see what’s nearby Page without stressing over all the cool places out there. It’s supposed to be a vacation, not a bucketlist. However, we don’t want to miss what was right in front of us. Our thought is to stay at Lake Powell Resort for 6 nights and drive homeward on the 11th, 12th and 13th. We’ve got a 21 hour drive back and we need to be back on the 13th. We’ll take your thoughts because some of the feedback says we should have planned this long ago instead of last minute, but it looks too neat to pass up.
    Here are the things/places we’d like to experience (in our order), but if you’ve got better ideas, please suggest them. Four or five of them could be a full vacation. And let us know what reservations/passes/tickets we will need as well.
    Antelope Canyon
    Lake Powell Resort- perhaps we could rent wave runners, play at a beach, go on a boat tour, etc. (Is there anything in particular we should see/taste/experience while staying there?)
    Horseshoe Bend
    Bryce Canyon
    Havasupai Falls
    Marble Canyon
    Grand Canyon (not sure exactly which part- North/South Rim)
    Petrified Forest
    Goblin Valley (might have to save for another trip)
    We really appreciate your help.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi John,
      You have correctly deduced that you might have a hard time pulling all this off due to the short notice, but you’ll still have a wonderful time.
      I do encourage you to be flexible in case things don’t shake out as you planned, and be prepared to hit some of the other attractions on a separate trip, such as Goblin Valley. It’s a neat spot, but for one, it’s CRAZY-hot at the time of year you’re visiting, plus it’s a little far-flung from all the other places you’ve got on your wish list. Another thing that’s not gonna happen: Havasupai. Again, beautiful place, but trips there need to be planned a year or more in advance. Reservations are hard to get for both the lodge and the campgound. For more information on planning a trip there in the future, visit http://www.HavasupaiReservations.com
      The drive from Colorado Springs, CO to Page, AZ, takes ~10 hours. It should be broken up into 2 days so you can take your time visiting Mesa Verde, 4 Corners, and Monument Valley. Drive from CO Springs to Mesa Verde that first day (~6.5-7 hours), overnight in Durango or Cortez, then go the rest of the way to Page, AZ, via Monument Valley.
      Once you get settled into Page, AZ, making day trips to some of the other attractions is doable at the time of year you’re visiting due to the long daylength. Still, it’s imperative to keep an eye the time and make sure you do any and all driving during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is not a good idea in this part of the country due to the fact that local roadways are very dark, and the possibility of colliding with a deer, elk, free range cow, or wild horse ratchets up after sunset. Another thing to keep in mind is that Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time, but Utah, Colorado, and the Navajo Indian Reservation are on Mountain DAYLIGHT Time. This means you’ll “gain” an hour traveling from Colorado to Page, AZ, then “lose” it again traveling from Page, AZ, to Bryce and Zion, then “regain” it upon returning to Arizona.
      One-way drive times from Page, AZ, to the parks you’re wanting to visit are as follows:
      Page to Zion: ~2 hours, get an early start, take the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Hoodoos hike on the way
      Page to Bryce: ~3 hours, you could also do the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools hike on this trip if you prefer
      Page to Grand Canyon: ~2.5 hours to either the North Rim or the South Rim, recommend prioritizing the South Rim over the North Rim because there’s more in the way of visitor services there, plus a larger area of the Grand Canyon that is driveable. If desired, you could take a helicopter flight from the South Rim over the North Rim. It wouldn’t land at the North Rim, but still give you enough time over it to leave you with a sense of how different it is from the South Rim.
      For Marble Canyon, instead of driving there, I’d recommend taking the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. As the name suggests, it doesn’t go through any rapids, but has a lot of beautiful scenery (including Marble Canyon) and compelling history.
      On one of your days at the Lake Powell Resort, definitely plan on renting a small boat or some jet-skis to explore on the water, or you might consider “bundling” an Antelope Canyon tour with a waterside boat tour of the canyon from Antelope Point Marina. Hit Horseshoe Bend on one of your full days in Page, AZ, just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people.
      Hit Petrified Forest & Painted Desert on your way back to St. Louis. Get an early start on this day to avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day. Between there and Oklahoma City, you have the opportunity to explore a bit of Historic Route 66 if you’re into that.

      Hope that helps. Oh, one more thing: plan to purchase an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For $80, this card grants you access to all the National Parks and Monuments in the U.S. for 1 year’s time. The only areas it won’t work are Native American Tribal Parks (Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon fall under this category) and State Parks, but it will still pay for itself on the trip you’re planning to take. Just request it at the first National Park you visit.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  3. Henry says:

    Hello, I’d love your tips on an itinerary.

    I’m flying into Phoenix late night and have 4 total days.

    my thoughts,….

    day 1 early morning drive to Antelope canyon or canyon x and horseshoe if there is time to do both …. then stay at a hotel in page. ( hyatt )
    day 2 drive to sedona and do a jeep tour. sleep 1 night in enchantment resort.
    day 3 and 4 phoenix with friends

    Look forward to your thoughts. thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Henry and thank you for visiting our site!
      First off, I notice that the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. If you haven’t been there, I’d recommend prioritizing that over pretty much anything else. If you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, or plan on saving it for another trip, then your trip plan looks pretty fun. I’d still suggest a couple of small modifications for maximum enjoyment of your time here.
      On Day 1, plan on taking longer to do that drive than the timeframe given on Google Maps. It’s a very scenic drive, and you will be stopping to take pictures often. Sunset Point, a rest area just North of Phoenix on I-17, is worth a stop. Just North of Flagstaff, you might take the scenic loop drive through Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments. The Cameron Trading Post makes a good place to stop for lunch.
      Where you propose to tour Antelope Canyon or Canyon X, you need to make a choice, and a reservation, if you haven’t done so already. Tours to the Antelope Canyons book up weeks, sometimes months in advance. FYI, the option is now available to “bundle” walking tours of Antelope Canyon with boat tours on Lake Powell. Check them out if the prospect of getting some time on the water interests you!
      Day 2 – hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise. Assuming you’re visiting in the summer or fall, this will enable you to take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people. Mid-afternoon to sunset is crazy-busy, and there’s a good possibility of not finding a place to park during that timeframe.
      Also, 1 night really isn’t enough for Sedona. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you not to go there, I’m just “warning” you that once you get a look at it, you’ll realize that you could spend 4-5 days there and still feel as though you’d only scratched the surface. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be planning a return trip to Sedona when you can give it the time it deserves! Here again, book that jeep tour in advance if you haven’t done so already.
      Have fun, and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  4. barbara steele says:

    can you please help me sort our itenerary? I am feeling over whlemed.
    day 1 friday – arrive in phoenix at 8 am. driving straight to sedona. full day of sight seeing
    day 2 saturday- atv ride at 8 am sedona. then arriving at the grand canyon that evening
    day 3 sunday – sight seeeing the grand canyon. taking bike ride there. leaving that night to go to page.
    day 4 monday – definately doing a flat boat ride and possibly antelope canyon and horseshoe bend.
    day 5 tuesday – uncertain may do antelope canyon then looking for suggestion that night arrive at bryce canyon
    day 6 -wednesday seeing what to in bryce when we get there
    day 7 thursday- mule ride in bryce leave for vegas
    day 8 friday – in vegas
    day 9 satruday – headed home
    open for any suggestions on any day

  5. barbara steele says:

    can you please help me sort our itenerary? I am feeling over whlemed.
    day 1 friday – arrive in phoenix at 8 am. driving straight to sedona. full day of sight seeing
    day 2 saturday- atv ride at 8 am sedona. then arriving at the grand canyon that evening
    day 3 sunday – sight seeeing the grand canyon. taking bike ride there. leaving that night to go to page.
    day 4 monday – definately doing a flat boat ride and possibly antelope canyon and horseshoe bend.
    day 5 tuesday – uncertain may do antelope canyon then looking for suggestion that night arrive at bryce canyon
    day 6 -wednesday bryce canyon mule ride. head to las vegas early evening
    day 7 thursday- in vegas
    day 8 friday – headed home
    open for any suggestions on any day

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Your itinerary looks pretty well planned, except where you indicate you’d “arrive that evening.” You want to avoid any nighttime driving in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of supplemental lighting on local roads, and the possibility of having an encounter with deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses in areas with spotty cell phone service.
      I don’t recall seeing when you were planning to travel, but check sites like http://www.sunrise-sunset.org/pageaz and remember that any drive time estimates given on Google Maps should be padded by 20-30%. All roads around here are very scenic and should definitely be traveled during the daylight hours to take advantage of the many photo opportunities you’ll encounter. For example, the drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon is given as 2.5 hours, but usually ends up being more along the lines of 3-3.5; the trip to Page, AZ, from Grand Canyon South Rim is given as 2.5 hours as well, but 3.5-4 hours is a more realistic figure factoring in stops along the canyon rim, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, etc. Likewise for Page, AZ, to Bryce Canyon, you can get there in 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens.
      On your day in Page, AZ, plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise. Definitely make advance reservations for Antelope Canyon tours and the Glen Canyon Float Trip. If you’re visiting during the summer, you’ll want to take the early morning departure of the float trip to avoid the afternoon heat.
      One place that is conspicuously absent from your itinerary is Zion National Park. If possible, you might drop that day in Las Vegas and allot it to Zion (lodging in Springdale, UT) instead. Zion is right on your way from Bryce to Las Vegas anyway, and it’s beautiful. One potential glitch, though, depending on when you were planning to travel, is that a lot of the park trails are closed right now due to recent heavy rains that have resulted in washouts, rock falls and other hazards. Also, if you’re visiting later this summer, there’s a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge that will be under construction. That could add some time to your drive to Las Vegas. Whether you visit Zion or not, you’ll have to pass through it.
      Hope that helps. Please feel free to hit us up again if we can offer further guidance.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  6. Vats says:

    Hello Alley,

    At the outset I would like to thank you for helping us (tourist) from all over the world. Your Blog is really cool & will bookmark it for my use.

    We (family of 3 with a toddler) would be visiting from Boston Mid of August & this would be our first trip to the Wild Wild West so to speak :-).

    Our Planned Itinerary is as follows. Flight tickets are booked from BOS. Arriving in PHOENIX but our return departure is from LAS VEGAS.

    With a toddler we won’t be able to drive more than 4h-5h each day & we would prefer to avoid driving in the night all together.

    Day – 1: BOS to PHOENIX. Stay in Flagstaff, AZ
    Day – 2: Grand Canyon NP – Stay in Williams, AZ
    Day – 3: Grand Canyon NP for half a day – Stay in Page, AZ
    Day – 4: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell & Glen Canyon NP – Stay in Kanab, UT
    Day – 5: Zion NP – Stay in Hurricane, UT
    Day – 6: Zion NP – Stay in Hurricane, UT
    Day – 7: Las Vegas
    Day – 8: Las Vegas
    Day – 9: Early Morning departure from LV to BOS.

    Can you please provide your views/feedback on our Itinerary & below couple of questions.

    1) Is 1 1/2 days at Grand Canyon & 2 Days at Zion sufficient if we are planning mild hikes only.
    2) Among Glen Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon & Lake Powell – Due to shortage of time we are leaving out Bryce Canyon – Your inputs on this please?

    Any other suggestion is welcome to make our tour a memorable one πŸ™‚

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Vats, and thank you for your compliments πŸ™‚
      First off, there’s a wonderful place you haven’t factored into your itinerary that really deserves some of your time: Sedona. It’s ~a 2-2.5 hour drive from Phoenix, has stunning scenery and lots of family-friendly activities. I’d recommend staying there instead of Flagstaff, AZ, and dropping a day in Las Vegas to accommodate it.
      Second, staying either inside Grand Canyon National Park or Tusayan just outside the park is preferable to staying in Williams. That way, you’ll be better positioned to enjoy sunset and/or sunrise at the Grand Canyon and not have to face an hour drive back to your lodging location. As you’ve deduced, driving at night is not a great idea in this part of the U.S.
      As for whether you can squeeze Bryce in, here’s what I’d recommend:
      Day 1: BOS to PHX, drive to Sedona (~2-2.5 hours from Phoenix), overnight in Sedona.
      Day 2: 2nd day/night in Sedona
      Day 3: Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 4: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops), tour Upper Antelope Canyon (best for kids) and possibly a short boat tour on Lake Powell, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 5: Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive to Bryce Canyon, overnight in Bryce or nearby
      Day 6: Drive from Bryce to Zion (~2 hours), overnight in Hurricane, UT
      Day 7: 2nd day/night in Zion
      Day 8: 1/2 day in Zion, then drive to Las Vegas, overnight in Las Vegas
      Day 9: Fly home
      Whatever you decide to do, book all your lodging and Antelope Canyon tours ASAP. Also, plan on purchasing an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass at the first National Park you visit to save money on entrance fees. It won’t work at Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend, but it will pay for itself on this trip, plus you can use it at other National Parks and Monuments for one year’s time.

      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Vats says:

        Thank you Alley for patiently replying in detail to all of the comments you receive.

        We will take your suggestion to include Sedona in our trip :-).

  7. Tina says:

    Hi!
    Great website and information, wish I would have come across this earlier in my planning but I’ll be sure to bookmark it for future adventures.

    However, for now maybe you can give me some advice on what I’m hoping can be an easy change to our trip. We have a trip planned for the last week in June for 4 adults and a 9 month old. We’ll be driving from a home base in St. George, Utah and for the most part we plan on just doing our own things and not tours since we are not positive how the little one will do and we want the flexibility for him. We also have a condo in Williams, Arizona booked for the week.

    The initial plan was to go to the Grand Canyon one day, Sedona for a day, explore around Williams and maybe find a good ghost town or two. Everyone thought that one day at the Grand Canyon would be enough for us especially since 2 of the adults have issues with heights (lol). Then…we all started to talk about what we were wanting to see most and I realized that in order for all of us to see what we wanted to we will need to go to all of the entrances and this is where is gets a little crazy.

    I think it will be quite easy to go to the west entrance on our way to Williams, then go to the south entrance another day. Just based on the driving times it seems quite possible to go from Williams to the east part, (Horseshoe Bend) but I don’t think we should do the north rim in the same day. I think we may be better off exploring some of the sights in/around Page and then head to St. George as it’s probably going to be difficult to find lodging in Page at this point. We could then go to the North rim the next day. What would your thoughts be?

    Thanks

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tina and thank you for visiting our site.
      You are correct in that the 9-month-old, and his tolerance (or lack thereof) for long drives and busy days will determine the pace of the trip for the rest of your party. The only area where you absolutely must have a tour is Antelope Canyon. With a baby in tow, we recommend Upper Antelope Canyon. If you think he’d be OK with a short boat tour on Lake Powell, you might consider bundling your tour of Upper Antelope with a tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside from Antelope Point Marina. For Horseshoe Bend, it is best to visit that area just after sunrise for cooler temperatures and easier parking. Since Page, AZ, is a 3-hour drive one way from Williams, and a 2.5-3 hour drive one way from St. George, I would actually recommend getting a hotel room in this area for maximum enjoyment and comfort for all of your family members. Most hotels in Page, AZ, may indeed be full in June, but there are vacation rental homes and other non-traditional lodging that you might consider. If you think the baby would be OK with a longer trip, you could drive along the Grand Canyon’s East Rim Drive en route from Williams to Page to take advantage of the opportunity to stop at the half-a-dozen+ named viewpoints, as well as points of interest in the Navajo Reservation.
      As for the rest of your trip, it is not necessary to visit all three Grand Canyon parks in order to have a fulfilling visit. Granted, they are all different from one another, but the South Rim is where you’ll find the best and most numerous visitor facilities. If I’m interpreting your post correctly, you’re planning to drive from St. George, UT to Williams, AZ, which is a 5.5 hour drive. A trip Grand Canyon West will add another 2.3 hours onto an already long trip, plus it’s going to be REALLY hot at the time of year you’re visiting. Not the kind of environment I’d want to subject an infant to. I would save that area for another trip at a cooler time of year, and when the little one is old enough to appreciate what is has to offer. Grand Canyon West tours At just 1 hour one way from Williams, the South Rim can easily be visited as a day trip, just make sure you keep an eye on the time. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to the lack of ambient lighting on local roads (a deliberate move to preserve the natural “dark sky” quality of the area), and the possibility of encountering deer, elk, free range cattle, and possibly even wild horses. Fortunately, you’ll be traveling at the time of year with the longest daylength; sunrise occurs at ~5:00 AM, sunset at around 8:00 PM (Arizona time, which is 1 hour behind Utah).
      If you take me up on the suggestion to stay in Page, AZ, between Williams, AZ, and St. George, UT, I’d recommend visiting the North Rim as a day trip during that transition. It takes ~2.5-3 hours to drive from Page, AZ, to the North Rim, then another 3 hours approximately to go from the North Rim to St. George. If the prospect of doing all that driving doesn’t appeal, yet some of your party still want to see the North Rim, you might consider taking a scenic flight from Grand Canyon South Rim. These do not land at the North Rim, but they fly over it for enough of a time to give you a sense of how different it is from the South Rim. Fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters depart Grand Canyon National Park Airport daily; mornings are the best times to fly for best light and lack of wind.

      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  8. Ianah says:

    Hi Alley and Ryan,

    We are planning to fly to Phoenix Arizona end of Nov. then drive to Sedona and stay 2 nights. Then we will visit the Grand Canyon South Rim on the 3rd day then proceed to Page Arizona for the night. Is this doable? In Page, we would like to see horseshoe bend, antelope canyon and lake Powell. Do you recommend staying in Page for a night or 2 nights? We will drive back to Phoenix after then spend a night there and fly back home. Do you have other attractions that we can stop by along the way?

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ianah,
      Late November is a good time to visit Arizona, as long as you’re aware that the Northern part of the state experiences “true” winters, meaning that temperatures will be colder and snow always looms as a possibility. Start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel; that will give the best guidelines on how to pack for maximum comfort.
      Visiting the Grand Canyon as a “drive by” between Page and Sedona is not the best way to go. It takes ~2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, then another 3 hours minimum to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. In November, you’re also up against a short daylength (sunrise at 7:15 AM, sunset at 5:00 PM), and you want to avoid driving at night if at all possible. Local highways are very dark, and deer, elk, free range cattle, and sometimes even wild horses pose a collision risk. It would be best to overnight at the Grand Canyon, then drive to Page, AZ, the next morning. At the time of year you’re visiting, one night should be sufficient in Page, AZ, to tour Antelope Canyon, visit Horseshoe Bend, and perhaps take a short boat tour on Lake Powell. If an Antelope Canyon walking and waterside tour interest you, consider booking these activities as a “bundle” for optimal convenience.
      The drive from Page, AZ, to Phoenix takes approximately 5 hours. As for places you can stop along the way, there are lots of options, including, but not limited to, Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Point, and Black Canyon City.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Jenny Stevens-Hofer says:

        Hi Lanah, you are so helpful I thought I may as well ask for your help. We are a group from Australia our itinary is as follows:- 22/9/19 Las Vegas to Hatch via Zion National Park. Stay in Hatch for 22nd,23rd,and 24th. We would like to see Monument Valley and Bryce National Park. On the 25th drive to Antelope Canyon and would like to also see Lake Powell then on the 26th drive to Grand Canyon South Rim then we head off to Wiliams. What do you think?? We have 13 people in 2 mini buses. Also is it better to apply for a Federal lands access pass? Kind regards Jenny

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Jenny, and sorry for the delay in response to your inquiry.
          If you wish to visit Monument Valley as a day trip during your vacation, Hatch, UT, is not the best place to do this from. It’s a minimum of a 4.5-hour drive, each way, from Hatch to MV. You’re also working against a shortening daylength in late September, and nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to the fact that local roads are VERY dark, and animals such as deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses congregate around them at night.
          For Monument Valley, you’d be better off dropping a day from your stay in Hatch and staying in Page, AZ instead. Monument Valley is much more feasible as a day trip from there, but is still a long-ish drive at 2 hours each way. Keep an eye on the time; on 9/22, sunrise occurs at 6:14 AM and sunset at around 6:20 PM. That’s Arizona time, which brings me to another important issue: the time difference. Arizona DOES NOT observe Daylight Savings Time, whereas Utah and Monument Valley DO. Therefore, Utah and Monument Valley will be one hour “ahead” of Page, AZ. You’ll “gain” an hour traveling from Utah to Arizona, “lose” it as you travel from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley, then “regain” it upon your return to Arizona. If you’re planning on doing any guided tours or other scheduled activity in Monument Valley, you’ll need to be aware of this, and what with a shorter drive from Page, AZ, it will make for a much more enjoyable day for you. Besides, from Hatch, UT, you’d have ended up passing through Page, AZ, anyway.

          Regarding the Federal Lands Access Pass, it would be worth it to purchase with all the National Parks and Monuments you plan on visiting. Be aware though that it will not work at State Parks, Native American Tribal Parks (which Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon are), or Municipal Parks such as Horseshoe Bend (which you should hit just after sunrise on your way to the Grand Canyon). You’ll probably have to purchase 1 for each mini-bus. If anyone in the party is over 62, they might consider purchasing a lifetime access pass, which is the same price as the Federal Lands Pass. Just purchase them at the first National Park you visit on your itinerary, which, in your case, is Zion.
          Also, get an early start on the drive to the Grand Canyon. I know that Google Maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but in reality, it ends up being more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours because it’s a very scenic drive and you will be stopping to take pictures often!
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley πŸ™‚

  9. Kellie McCartney says:

    Hi Alley,

    Your information is amazing and so detailed. I have been reading through your responses for hours and thought I would post my own as I feel a little overwhelmed and not sure the best way to structure our “once in a lifetime” trip. We are a party of four travelling to America in December/January for my husband’s 50th birthday and Zion NP and the Grand Canyon were top of our to do list – we were going to stay 2 nights in each. But clearly there is so much more to see and do!!!!!! Originally we were going to fly into Salt Lake City and travel by car to Zion/Grand Canyon/Las Vegas but I think I will change that to flying into Las Vegas and commencing and ending our road trip from there – which at a maximum is 8 days. Things I would love to see but happy with your recommendations –

    Bryce Canyon
    Zion National Park
    Escalente (never heard of before until reading your posts – so not a must do)
    The Wave (if permit is granted)
    Antelope Canyon
    Lake Powell
    Horseshoe Bend
    Grand Canyon – mule ride a possibility????
    Sedona (again not a must do – just sounds amazing in your posts)

    I don’t want to spend all our time driving I would prefer to do a few things well as I hope this one of many trips.

    Much thanks,

    Kellie

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kellie,
      You’ve already made a good call by using Las Vegas as your staging city on both ends of your trip. With 8 days to work with, you should be able to accommodate all the items on your “wish list,” with one notable exception: mule rides at the Grand Canyon. The only worthwhile one IMO is the overnight ride to Phantom Ranch, and what with only 10 riders per day being allowed, spaces on those book up quickly. The rimside Canyon Vista ride is OK, but was a poor substitute for the Plateau Point ride, which also took you below the rim. Not to sound like I’m crying sour grapes, but wintertime isn’t the greatest time of year for taking a mule ride anyway. It’s cold at that time of year, and possibly snowing — not the sorts of conditions I’d fancy being on the back of a mule for up to 8 hours!
      So, here’s how I’d recommend structuring your trip:
      Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Sedona, ~5 hours, overnight in Sedona
      Day 2: Hiking, shopping, etc. in Sedona, spend 2nd night
      Day 3: Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim, ~3 hour drive, overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 4: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, visit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 5: Hike The Wave IF you manage to get a permit! For December, you must apply for an online permit in June; for January, July is the application period. How To Get A Wave Permit Overnight in Kanab, UT
      Day 6: Drive from Kanab to Bryce Canyon, drive time ~90 minutes, overnight in Bryce
      Day 7: Drive from Bryce to Zion, overnight in Springdale, UT
      Day 8: 2nd night in Zion
      Day 9: Drive from Springdale, UT, to Las Vegas, drive time ~4 hours.
      RE: Grand Staircase, you’ll be seeing some of this area on the drive between Page, AZ, and Bryce Canyon, UT. In the very likely event you are not selected for a Wave permit, consider touring some alternate areas in the vicinity which are just as beautiful, but don’t require a permit, such as White Pocket, Sidestep Canyon, Pinnacle Valley, Soap Creek, etc. Distance and degree of difficulties of hikes involved vary, and the roads leading to many of these area can be quite rough, so it is advisable to travel with a licensed guide service.
      The thing to check first would be Grand Canyon lodging availability. Next, check Antelope Canyon tour availability. Be prepared to flip-flop this itinerary if either of these crucial components dictate doing so.

      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  10. sharon says:

    Hi I came across your post, and I thought you are extremely helpful.
    May I ask for your suggestion:
    We are coming from Provo, Utah to drive down to Antelope. Wanted to stop at Monument valley or do overnite there, but it has been so hard to find a place to stay there. I found accommodation in Lake Powell instead. We will be in PAge, AZ area for 3 nites….the first nite was just to rest as we came from driving from Provo. For Second day, is it ok to drive to Monument Valley and back. Third day, we have a tour of Antelope at 10am, so wondering when should we do Horseshoe bend. I read that you re recommending after sunrise.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sharon!
      Not surprised that Monument Valley lodging is already sold out. There’s not much to work with in that area in the first place, so with 3 nights in Page, AZ, you can make a day trip to Monument Valley with proper planning. It takes approximately 2 hours each way to drive from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley. One thing to keep in mind is that Monument Valley is on Daylight Savings Time, but Page, AZ, is not. Therefore, you’ll “lose” an hour traveling from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley, then “regain it” going back to Page. You’ll need to factor this in if you take part in any guided tours, plus keep an eye on the time towards the end of the day. You want to avoid any and all driving after nightfall in this part of the country due to local roadways being VERY dark, especially on the Navajo Reservation. Plus, you have the possibility of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses darting out in front of your vehicle. Believe me, a nighttime collision with a large animal is a real buzzkill!
      If the prospect of doing all that driving doesn’t appeal, you might consider flying over Monument Valley instead. Fixed wing airplane flights depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport and last ~90 minutes.
      Yes, I definitely recommend visiting Horseshoe Bend early in the morning so you have cooler temperatures and fewer people to contend with. After 9:00 AM, it gets pretty slammed out there.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  11. Laurence says:

    Hey Ryan, your advice here seems amazing so we thought we would get your opinion on our itinerary too! My girlfriend and I are coming from South Africa and our hiking section of the trip is as follows:

    18/06/2019 – Arrive in the AM from Austin to Las Vegas. Vegas tour and show in the evening.
    19/06/2019 – Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire. Drive to accommodation near Zion.
    20/06/2019 – Zion (the narrows). Drive to accommodation near Page.
    21/06/2019 – Upper Antelope Canyon (booked) and Lake Powell (not sure of how long this drive would be or if this is possible in one day?). Drive to accommodation near Grand Canyon.
    22/06/2019 – Grand Canyon. Drive to accommodation near Sedona.
    23/06/2019 – Sedona. Depart in the PM from Sedona to New York.

    We are not sure what to do in Sedona yet and sadly we have quite a tight timeline to work with. If you have any thoughts or recommendations please let me know.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Laurence,
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, but I’d still recommend a couple of slight modifications.
      For one, you’re traveling in June, which is a CRAZY hot time in the Southwest. In light of that, I recommend skipping Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire, unless you can get a super-early start in the morning. Even if you were able to do that, you should probably choose one over the other, and IMO, that should be Red Rock Canyon. Not that Valley of Fire isn’t beautiful, it’s just very exposed. Red Rock has more opportunities for shade. For more information, visit http://www.RedRockCanyonLV.org
      On 06/20 where you indicate that you want to hike the Narrows then drive to Page, you might find that plan works better on paper than in reality. The Narrows, though not super-strenuous, will take a lot out of you, especially at that time of year. Even though the drive to Page, AZ, isn’t incredibly long (~2 hours), you might find yourself wanting to collapse as soon as you arrive at the hotel. It’s up to you, of course, but just fair warning πŸ˜‰ As far as “driving to Lake Powell,” yes, it is possible to drive to either Antelope Point Marina or Lake Powell Resort. Both are within the Glen Canyon National Receation Area, which will require that you pay an entrance fee. In your case, I’d recommend purchasing an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the U.S. for one year. It doesn’t work in areas such as State Parks (Valley of Fire is one, Sedona also has a lot of them), Native American Tribal Parks (such as Antelope Canyon), and City Parks, such as Horseshoe Bend. But it would still save you a little money.
      As for Sedona, there’s no shortage of cool stuff to see and do, and I can guarantee that you’ll wish you had more time there. 3-4 days is the minimum timeframe recommended for a Sedona vacation, and many people spend a week there and still report feeling as though they’ve only scratched the surface. One day is better than nothing, but be ready to wish you could have stayed longer!
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  12. Morgan Truman says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m in the process of trying to plan a trip out to this area in September (i’m feeling like I’m a little late on getting things planned, hopefully will still be able to find lodging, planning to utilize mostly air bnb) but I am having trouble narrowing down the places I would like to visit vs the places I have time to visit and actually do them justice. We haven’t finalized our days yet but are expecting to have 9-10 days. If I provide the list of places I am wanting to visit, I am hoping maybe you could give me an idea of how much time I would want at each location, and as I know there are way too many to fit in, which ones you would recommend skipping. And maybe throw together a recommended itinerary… We enjoy hiking, but aren’t very experienced hikers and are a little out of shape so not looking for anything crazy strenuous. We are debating between flying into Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. Thanks so much for your help!!!
    Here is the list of places I was looking into, I have starred the ones that I have heard the best things about and that I felt were most important to see…
    Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
    Zion*
    Bryce Canyon*
    Capitol Reef
    Canyonlands
    Arches
    Mesa Verde
    Four Corners Monument
    Monument Valley
    Antelope Canyon
    Lake Powell/Horseshoe Bend
    Glen Canyon
    Grand Staircase
    Grand Canyon North Rim*
    Grand Canyon South*
    Hoover dam*
    Oh, I forgot one thing from the list… which i’ve heard is beautiful but insanely hard to get into. Havasu Falls.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Morgan,
      Your plan is very ambitious, and IMO, overly so. Hitting all the destinations on your wish list won’t be feasible, or practical, but you can still have a great time!
      Let’s get the first “can’t happen/won’t happen” item out of the way: Havasu Falls. If you don’t have either a camping permit there or a reservation at the lodge already, you simply won’t be going there. This area is in extremely high demand, and plans must be made at least 1 year in advance for a visit to this highly-coveted area. For more information, visit our companion site, http://www.Havasupai.AZ
      With 9-10 days to work with, you’ll have to do some further trimming down of your itinerary if you don’t want to be packing up and driving every. single. day. After all, this is supposed to be a vacation, not a death march! So, Mesa Verde and 4 Corners are most likely going to have to come off the list. Save Colorado for another trip when you can fly in and out of Denver and give the whole state the time it deserves.
      That said, I’d recommend using Las Vegas as your “staging city” for your trip. You’ll probably be able to find the most competitive airfares into that city. You might also look into flying into Las Vegas and out of Salt Lake, but verify rental car drop off fees before you commit to that. They’re often quite hefty for dropping a vehicle anywhere other than where you picked it up.
      A recommended itinerary would go something like this:
      Day 1: Fly into Las Vegas early, pick up rental car, head to Zion National Park, with a stop-off at the Red Cliffs Conservation Area (~4-5 hour drive). Overnight in Springdale, UT. Time/desire permitting, do some hiking in Zion that afternoon.
      Day 2: More sightseeing in Zion, maybe hike The Narrows, or Angel’s Landing, 2nd night in Springdale.
      Day 3: Get an early start, drive from Zion to Capitol Reef with a stop at Bryce Canyon. ~5-6 hour drive, overnight in Torrey, Fruita, or Hanksville, UT
      Day 4: Drive from Capitol Reef to Moab, UT ~3 hour drive, overnight in Moab, UT.
      Day 5: Explore Arches NP and surrounding area, 2nd night in Moab
      Day 6: Explore Canyonlands NP and surrounding area, 3rd night in Moab — for suggestions on other activities you might enjoy in this area, visit MoabAdventureCenter.com
      Day 7: Drive from Moab, UT, to Page, AZ, via Monument Valley, drive time ~5 hours total, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 8: Tour Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell, 2nd night in Page, AZ.
      Day 9: Get early start, hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim, drive time ~4 hours factoring in photo ops, bathroom breaks and other stops, overnight at Grand Canyon .
      Day 10: Take morning Grand Canyon helicopter or airplane flight over Grand Canyon North Rim, then drive back to Vegas (~5 hour drive), stop at Hoover Dam, fly home.
      Now, you may think that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been conspicuously omitted from this itinerary, but it’s really not. Grand Staircase is a huge area, whose “front country” scenery can be enjoyed on different sections of the drive, for example, going from Bryce to Capitol Reef, simply follow UT12 through the towns of Escalante and Boulder. It’s a gorgeous drive, and doesn’t add much in the way of time to the trip.

      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Morgan Truman says:

        Hi Alley,

        Thanks so much for your suggestions! It looks like our trip has been limited to 9 full days (flying in to vegas at about 11pm on friday august 30 , then 9 full days, then flying out of vegas at 1:30pm on Mon Sept 9. Because we only have 9 full days it looks like we would have to cut something out of your suggested itinerary, possibly two things because I’d really like to visit the north rim of the grand canyon as it’s been highly recommended to me by a family member who has been there. Are Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands worth the extra driving? Might our time be better spent spending more time at Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Page and Monument Valley? Obviously I would love to visit all the places I had mentioned, especially because I am not sure I will ever make it to this area again, but I want to make sure we actually have time to enjoy the destinations we are driving to and not just spending all our time driving in the car. I’ve never been on a trip of this type before, never been out west and never been to a national park actually, so I’m very unsure of how much time we should have at each destination and such. If you wouldn’t mind maybe recommending what you would do in this situation and a modified 9 day itinerary? Thank you so much for all your help!!

        Morgan

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Morgan,
          Thank you for clarification of your travel plans. With 9 full days to work with, I think you can check off all the parks on your wish list, and enjoy some downtime. However, regarding the North Rim, it is pretty, but visitor services there are much fewer in number and smaller in scale. North Rim lodging in particular will be very hard to come by since there is only one hotel inside the park, and 2 within an hour’s drive of the park. By contrast, the South Rim has 6 hotels inside the park and 5 hotels only 7 miles outside the park. Another consideration: September is a popular season for rim to rim hiking, so the North Rim will be in even higher demand. The math there isn’t too difficult to do; you stand a much better chance of finding lodging at the South Rim than you do the North Rim. Therefore, I must stick by my recommendation to visit the South Rim, and take an airplane or helicopter flight over the North Rim so you can at least see it.
          So, a revised plan would go something like this:
          August 31st: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, ~5 hour drive, stop at Hoover Dam on the way if you wish, overnight at the Grand Canyon.
          September 1st: Take scenic flight over GC North Rim first thing in AM, then drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. ~3.5-4 hour drive factoring in stops. Maybe break for brunch/lunch at the Cameron Trading Post, tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page, AZ.
          September 2nd: Visit Horseshoe Bend early, drive from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT via Monument Valley, overnight in Moab.
          September 3rd: Explore Arches NP, 2nd night in Moab. For suggestions of activities in Moab, visit http://www.MoabAdventureCenter.com
          September 4th: Explore Canyonlands NP, 3rd night in Moab.
          September 5th: Drive from Moab to Bryce Canyon via Capitol Reef, ~5 hour drive, overnight in Bryce.
          September 6th: Drive from Bryce to Zion, ~2 hour drive, overnight in Springdale, UT.
          September 7th: 2nd day in Zion, maybe hike part of The Narrows or Angel’s landing, overnight in Springdale.
          September 8th: **surprise!** here is how you might work a visit to the North Rim in if you can’t find lodging: do it as a day trip from Zion. It will be a long drive, ~2.5 hours each way, but with an early start, and keeping an eye on the time, it can be done. I know, because I’ve done it πŸ˜‰ Just make sure that you are back to Springdale, UT, before dusk as you don’t want to do any driving at night in this part of the country. Sunrise occurs at about 7:00 AM, sunset at about 8:00 PM Zion time; remember that Grand Canyon North will be one hour “behind” Zion as they don’t observe Daylight Savings Time.
          September 9th: First thing in AM, drive back to Las Vegas, ~3.5-4 hours depending on traffic and a construction project along a short stretch of I-15

          Hope that helps — and feel free to contact us again if you need further guidance!
          Alley πŸ™‚

          • Morgan Truman says:

            Alley,
            Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!! I’m happy to hear you don’t believe the itinerary has too much to see in too little time, i’m so excited to visit all of these places! I’ll be sure to write in if I need further guidance but this has been incredibly helpful!
            Morgan

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

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          • Christine says:

            Hi we just got here in Laughlin Nevada . And we want to drive from Nevada to Antelope Canyon to see Antelope Canyon and horseshoe bend .. can we do a walk in to book a tour? Any information.. thank you ..

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Hi Christine,
            You absolutely must have an advance reservation to tour Antelope Canyon. Driving all this way (~5 hours from Las Vegas to Page, AZ) and hoping to get on a tour on a walk-up basis is strongly discouraged. Please read “How To Book A Tour To Antelope Canyon,” and if you find Antelope Canyon tours sold out, read up on “Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours.”
            For more information on Horseshoe Bend, visit our companion site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com
            Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley πŸ™‚

  13. Siva says:

    Hello Alley,

    You’ve been so helpful for everyone out there on their plans and stuff. I’d like to have someone help for us as well πŸ™‚

    Our priorities: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley Park, Antelope Canyon and other sight seeings. Interested to do camping or few miles of hike on high recommendation πŸ™‚

    Myself and my wife planned to do a 10 day trip covering Arizona, Las Vegas and California. So, we allocated 3 days to Arizona (Flexible for one more day). Our plan looks like this. Arriving PHX Airport by 430 PM and taking the rental car at 5/530 PM. Roaming Phoenix by car that evening before going to sleep (reservation made for the night).

    Day 1: Early morning drive (3 and half hours) to Grand Canyon (still haven’t decided which rim we need to go. Please suggest). Heard that regardless of which rim we go – it would take in between 4-6 hours. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Hoping that we end up around somewhere at 3 or 4 PM at Grand Canyon. Start the drive to Monument Valley Park which is 3 hours from GC and have a reservation made here to have the sunrise view (should make sure that we should be there before sunset as it’s a risky place to drive without proper lights).

    Day 2: Sunrise view at Monument Valley Park and complete the 2 hour 17 mile drive and head to page by lunch (somewhere in between 1 – 3 PM).
    My question: How long does it take to visit horseshoe bend, Antelope Canyon(not sure whether we need to go to upper or lower – please suggest) and lake powell. It’s hard to do I believe but we are ok to get insights of it. If recommended, we can stay the night.

    Day 3: If we are done with Page area by day late evening, we will stay the night in Page and drive to Flagstaff. Will cover some parts of Sedona (may be sight seeing) and visit Jerome and then to Vegas.

    Any suggestions or recommendations are highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Siva

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Siva, and thank you for visiting.
      I hate to say it, but I can’t endorse your plan as it stands. You’re trying to cram too much sightseeing into too short a time. In this part of the U.S., it’s a wise idea to pad your drive times by about 20-30% because most drives are very scenic and you’ll undoubtedly be stopping to take photos often. You had indicated it might be possible for you to free up another day? If that’s still the case, I strongly recommend that you do so.
      On Day 1, for example, you indicate your understanding of the drive time from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon as 3.5 hours. It’s more along the lines of 4.5 hours to the South Rim (that’s the side of the Grand Canyon most recommended for first time visitors). Then, you’re facing more along the lines of a 3.5 hour drive to Monument Valley? Uh uh… too much driving. Instead, I recommend that you head straight from Phoenix to Monument Valley seeing as though you have a reservation there which will be very hard to change at this point. The drive will be anywhere from 5-6 hours.
      On Day 2, you’re looking at a 2-2.5 hour drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ. As for which branch of Antelope Canyon to tour, that largely depends on how physically fit your party is (or isn’t). If everyone in the group is relatively healthy and doesn’t mind a 600m hike, plus managing a few ladders, staircases, and simple bouldering, you should be fine with Lower. If you are traveling with infants, toddlers, seniors, or anyone with limited mobility, Upper would probably be the better choice. If you wish to see Lake Powell, you might consider adding a 90-minute boat tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside to an Antelope Canyon walking tour as a “bundle.” It’s a lot more convenient to make reservations that way vs. having to search through multiple tour companies’ websites, where you’d undoubtedly encounter sold out tours. Upper Antelope Canyon + Lake Powell Boat Tour Bundle Lower Antelope Canyon + Lake Powell Boat Tour Bundle Overnight in Page, AZ, that night.
      On Day 3, get an early start to Grand Canyon South Rim, hitting Horseshoe Bend en route, then overnight at the Grand Canyon. This drive will take anywhere from 3.5-4.5 hours factoring in restroom and meal breaks, and the numerous scenic viewpoints of the Grand Canyon you’ll be tempted to stop at. Grand Canyon hotels
      On Day 4 (if you can free it up), drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona. It’s ~3-3.5 hour drive. Overnight in Sedona, then drive on to Las Vegas the following morning (~5 hour drive, with stop at Hoover Dam if you wish).
      If for some reason you can’t free up an extra day or two for Arizona, then I’d recommend skipping Sedona. Not that it isn’t beautiful — it is, amazingly so — but you really need 3-4 days to tour that area properly. Indeed, many people who spend a week there report feeling as though they could have spent more time. Plan a return visit to this area when you can give it the time it deserves.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  14. Brandon says:

    Hi,

    I am looking to schedule a 5 day road trip from Phx and would like to visit Page, Bryce, and Zion. I will be traveling with my two teenage daughters and looking for help with an itinerary. Looks like there is so much to do and I am having a hard time narrowing the activities down. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Brandon,
      One thing I notice right off the bat is that the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. If you’ve never been there before, you should be sure you work that into your itinerary! That said, availability of lodging at Grand Canyon South Rim, or lack thereof, will be a significant factor in determining how your itinerary shapes up.
      Using Phoenix as your staging city, and assuming you’d want to get the longer drive(s) out of the way first, a good itinerary including all the places on your wish list would look something like this:
      Day 1: Drive from Phoenix to Bryce, ~7 hour drive, overnight in Bryce or nearby
      Day 2: Drive from Bryce to Zion, ~2-2.5 hours’ drive, overnight in Kanab, UT
      Day 3: Drive from Zion (Kanab) to Page, AZ, ~2 hours drive, en route do Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Trail hike, overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 4: Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, tour Antelope Canyon, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hours factoring in stops), overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 5: Drive back to Phoenix (~5 hours)

      If you find that Grand Canyon lodging is not available on the last stop of your tour, move it up to the first stop, then hit Zion, Bryce, and Page, in that order, then drive back to Phoenix. The drive from Page, AZ, to Phoenix is also ~5 hours, going direct.
      Whatever you decide, be sure to book all lodging and guided tours well in advance of your trip.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  15. Kathleen says:

    Hi Alley,
    I so appreciate reading through all your info! My husband and I are planning the trip of a lifetime by celebrating our 30th Anniversary exploring and hiking, possibly kayaking) Utah and N. Arizona for 16 days in late Sept/early Oct. I’m a photographer but he’s not.
    I’m interested in your general thoughts on our itinerary and any recommended hikes, etc. along the way with a focus on the last 4 days of the trip. All hotels are procured in the park or place mentioned up until we leave the GC. We are pretty independent, East Coast day hikers but are not familiar with Western back country safety beyond what I’ve been reading up on. Would consider hiring a guide for the first day in Zion to get “trained”. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
    Day 1 – fly in to LV early afternoon and drive to Zion. Stay at Zion Lodge
    Day 2 – Zion
    Day 3 – Zion
    Day 4 – Bryce. Stay at Bryce Best Western
    Day 5- Grand Escalante – Stay at Grand Escalante Yurts
    Day 6- Grand Escalante
    Day 7- Grand Escalante
    Day 8 – Capitol Reef – Stay at Capitol Reef Resorts
    Day 9 – Moab – Stay at Sorrel River
    Day 10 – Moab
    Day 11 – Moab
    Day 12 – Moab
    Day 13 – Monument Valley. Stay at the View (only availability)
    Day 14 – Grand Canyon. Stay at Maswick (only availability)
    Days 15 and 16 – thinking Page for Antelope Canyon X, Upper vs. Lower on Oct. 11/12, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell?
    Day 17 – what to do during drive Page to Phoenix to arrive at airport hotel by dark.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Kathleen, and congrats on your upcoming anniversary!
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, and you’ve chosen the best time of year to be here. Plus, big time props to you for scheduling enough time to really enjoy places like Zion and Moab!
      Normally, we’d recommend hitting Page, AZ, between Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, but seeing as though you’ve already got your lodging booked at the Grand Canyon, you might as well keep it. Changing it at this point may be hard, if not impossible. You’ll love The View at Monument Valley, it might have been the only availability, but it’s generally regarded as the best hotel in Monument Valley, so again, hang onto it. You’ll be glad you did.
      If you guys are wanting to get some river rafting into your itinerary, I’d suggest doing that in Moab. They have everything from half-day to multi-day trips, and the option of adding various 4WD tours to your activities. For more information on what’s available, visit the Moab Adventure Center and look over what they have to offer.
      In Zion, the classic hikes are The Narrows and Angel’s Landing. The Narrows requires walking through water, so you’ll need to read up on that before you commit. Here, going with a guide might provide an extra degree of reassurance. Angel’s Landing is all on land, but involves some precarious climbs and dizzying heights that may give some members of your party pause. If that’s the case, not to worry, Zion has a ton of wonderful hiking opportunities, from super-easy to crazy-hard and a lot in between. It won’t be hard finding something fun to do! On the trip over from Las Vegas, keep in mind that there’s some construction going on on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge that you will have to pass through. It could add anywhere from 30-60 minutes onto your drive.
      In Page, you can achieve your objectives of touring the slot canyons, and getting out on Lake Powell by booking a combination package of Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope, and an Antelope Canyon boat tour. If you do that, you won’t necessarily need to tour Antelope Canyon X as that might seem a bit redundant at that point.
      For Horseshoe Bend, I’d recommend visiting it just after sunrise on your way down to Phoenix. The drive from Page, AZ, to Phoenix, AZ, typically takes ~5 hours. If you have the time/inclination to extend it, you might take the 2-hour loop drive through Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments just north of Flagstaff. Another option would be to take a detour through Sedona, AZ, which will add 1-2 hours onto your drive time. Unfortunately, seeing Sedona as a “drive-by” won’t be very satisfying at all. Generally, we recommend 3-5 days minimum there to do it justice. One look at it, and I pretty much guarantee you’ll be planning a return trip, which isn’t such a bad thing πŸ˜‰
      Be sure to pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass for this trip. It won’t work in areas such as Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, which are Indian Tribal Parks, or at Horseshoe Bend, which was recently designated a City Park for Page, AZ, but it will still pay for itself on this trip.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  16. va4family says:

    Hi Ryan. Thank you for the wonderful website, pics, and tips for visiting Antelope Canyon and Page.

    Our family of 4 (2 adults, two teens (19 and 17) are headed to AZ in mid July.
    We land in PHX on a Thursday at 10:00 am and hope to be headed north by noon. We would like to see the following before having to return to PHX on Saturday night:

    Monument Valley (just the highlights)
    Page/Lake Powell
    Slot Canyons (preferably Antelope Canyon but upper vs. lower and what about canyon X?
    Boat ride to Rainbow Bridge
    Horseshoe Bend at sunrise

    Thinking of driving to Monument Valley from PHX and looking around for a few hours before heading to Page. Sunset in 8:40 pm in MV in mid July but understand we would need to hit the road by 7 pm to eliminate driving in the dark.

    Next morning we would hit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise, and then a mid morning slot canyon tour or an afternoon boat tour to Rainbow Bridge. We could substitute the Rainbow tour for a shorter Antelope Canyon boat tour or the sunset boat tour but hoping to see as much of the lake as possible.

    Saturday morning we would either do a slot canyon or boat tour (whichever we missed the day before) and head back to PHX in the afternoon.

    Most likely we will stay at Lake Powell Resort for Thurs and Fri night but could use guidance on how to squeeze all of this into our limited time.
    We’ve been to Grand Canyon and Bryce/Zion/Kanab areas in the past.
    Are we better off staying in MV the first night and heading to Page the next day? Which slot canyon is preferable (upper, lower, or canyon x) for experience and photo ops? Which boat tour has the most “wow” factor?
    Any chance we can squeeze in the float trip as well?

    Thanks for your help and looking forward to your suggestions.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi there,
      Sorry, but your plan is just a teeny bit unrealistic. You don’t have nearly enough time to do everything on your wish list. You’ll have to pare down your expectations or free up another day or two to fit everything in.
      To start with, it takes bare minimum of 5 hours to drive from Phoenix, AZ, to Monument Valley. It then takes 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page. With a noon-time start out of Phoenix, doing that entire trip in one day just won’t work. You need to keep in mind that nighttime driving is a bad idea in this part of the country due to lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on area roads, and the possibility of having a collision with deer, elk, free range cattle, or even wild horses. Another consideration is that lodging is scarce in Monument Valley, and hotels in MV, Kayenta, or Tuba City are bound to be sold out at this point. As much as I hate to suggest it, Monument Valley should probably be taken off the table. But… there still might be a way to work it in. More on that in a minute.
      My advice is to go directly to Page, AZ. It’s also ~a 5-hour drive from Phoenix, AZ, to Page, AZ. That’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens because the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take pictures more often than you’d think. You might be able to hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town, parking permitting. If you can’t find parking that evening, plan to hit Horseshoe Bend the following morning. The main priority is to get to your destination well before sunset for the reasons stated above (extreme dark, animals). In mid-July, sunrise occurs at about 5:15 AM, sunset at about 7:45 PM.
      The following day, Friday, you’ll want to tour Antelope Canyon, then do either the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour OR the Glen Canyon Float Trip. At the time of year you’re visiting, the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour departs twice daily, at 7:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Check-in is required 1 hour prior to departure at Lake Powell Resort, trip length is 7-8 hours. The Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip also departs twice daily, at 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM; check-in takes place one hour prior to departure in downtown Page, AZ, and trip length is 4.5 hours. As for which of these water-based activities has the most “wow” factor, they are about equal. Due to the water level of Lake Powell, the Rainbow Bridge boat tour is going to require a ~2-3 mile round-trip hike in order to see the bridge itself. The Glen Canyon Float Trip also has a hiking component (the petroglyph panel), but it’s significantly shorter. If the prospect of visiting Rainbow Bridge by boat is looking less appealing at this point, there might still be a way you can work it in… again, more on that in a minute πŸ˜‰
      As for which branch of Antelope Canyon to tour, if you’re physically up for Lower Antelope or Antelope X, I would recommend one of those two. Group sizes in Antelope X are kept smaller, so you may find tickets to it a bit pricier, but most tourists agree that that was fair compromise for not being herded through the canyon like cattle. If you’d like to tour Lower Antelope Canyon, and are open to the notion of swapping out one of the longer boat tours for something shorter, consider “bundling” a Lower Antelope Canyon land-side and an Antelope Canyon waterside tour for optimal convenience.
      On Saturday morning, before heading back to Phoenix, AZ, here’s how you could work in the two activities I recommended as possible “sacrifices:” take a fixed wing airplane tour over Monument Valley and Rainbow Bridge! These 90-minute flights depart from the Page Municipal Airport daily. During the summer months, first thing in the morning is the best time to fly for optimal light and less wind. Flights are offered by Westwind Air Service and American Aviation.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    • Va4fam says:

      Alley,

      Thank you for the informative and kind response. We are chronic “overplanners” and sometimes it does lead to unrealistic scheduling.

      Would it make more sense if we go to MV the first evening and stay there (still rooms available) and then head to Page/Lake Powell the next day for an afternoon boat tour, spend the night at the resort, and do the Horseshoe bend and Lower Antelope Canyon activities on Saturday morning/midday. Seems like they are located on the way back to PHX so we could leave from there?

      Is the Rainbow Bridge boat tour too much for afternoon summer heat?
      Will we see a lot more of the lake and scenery than the smaller Antelope Canyon or dinner cruise boat tours or is there not much difference?

      Love the idea of the flight-seeing activity but my wife is an avid nervous flyer and does not like small planes at all.

      Thanks for your guidance, J & A

      • Alley Keosheyan says:

        Hey again J & A,
        We would much rather see folks overplan rather than underplan any day of the week!
        If you can still find rooms in Monument Valley, grab them. Then get an early start on the drive to Page, AZ, the following day. The drive from Monument Valley takes ~2 hours, remember that if you’re doing any scheduled activities that same afternoon that Monument Valley DOES observe Daylight Savings Time, whereas Page, AZ, DOES NOT. Therefore, Page, AZ, is 1 hour “behind” Monument Valley. You will “gain” an hour passing from MV to Page.
        RE: the Rainbow Bridge boat tour, IMO, the afternoon summer heat can be a bit much, especially in light of the 2-3 mile hike required to see the Bridge. But, you will see a lot more of Lake Powell than you would on a shorter boat tour, that much is certain, because you will travel 52 miles uplake and back. Lake Powell is HUGE and even the Rainbow Bridge tour will only give you a small taste of what’s out there!
        On your final day, try to plan your sightseeing so that you are done by ~2:00 PM. Whether you are at Grand Canyon South Rim or Page that day, it will take you ~5 hours to drive back to Phoenix or Las Vegas, and you should still try and get to your final destination before sunset. Seeing as though both Phoenix and Las Vegas are well-lit, you have a little wiggle room, but we still advise against burning too much daylight. Sunrise occurs at ~5:15 AM, and sunset takes place around 7:30 PM.
        Happy traveling,
        Alley πŸ™‚

  17. Tyler says:

    Hi, my wife and I are going to be doing a 6 night trip to these areas. Would appreciate comment on our itinerary.

    Day 1

    12:20 Land Vegas, Rent car and head to Zion. Check in around 4 pm hotel

    Day 2

    Wake up early hike Zion
    4 pm Depart Zion to drive to Hotel near Page
    7 pm check in near page

    Day 3

    Horseshoe Bend slot canyon tour/Horse shoe bend

    Sunset near page, sleep Page second night

    Day 4

    Wake up early and drive to South Rim Grand Canyon.
    Hotel Grand Canyon

    Day 5
    Wake up early drive to Sedona
    Stay two nights sedona

    Day 6
    Sedona

    Day 7
    Depart Sedona 9:00 am drive to Vegas.

    Does this sound do able?
    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Tyler,
      Your plan looks pretty fun, but I’d recommend a couple of small modification for maximum enjoyment.
      On day 2 where you want to do some hiking in Zion, then drive to Page, AZ, I’d advise simply staying a 2nd night in Zion. It takes ~2-2.5 hours to drive to Page, AZ, and there is a LOT of hiking that can be done in Zion! If you’re visiting during the warmer months of summer, the sun will zap the energy out of you pretty quick, and you’ll most likely be in no mood for a long-distance drive.
      On day 3, get an early start on the drive to Page. One thing that works in your favor during Daylight Savings Time period is that Page DOESN’T observe Daylight Savings Time, whereas Zion does, so you’ll “gain” an hour traveling from Utah to Arizona. For sunset, consider visiting the Wahweap Overlook just a short distance from Page, AZ.
      The rest of your plan sounds completely fine, hopefully you have all your hotels and tours booked. If you can possibly free up another day or two for Sedona, do so — you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do there!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  18. Neringa D. says:

    Hello!
    I love your website! We are planning our very unexpected trip to visit AZ, very first timers! And probably last one, as well, as trip to USA is not such an easy trip from EU. So we wanna soak it in.
    I see you being very helpful with people’s itinerary. Could you give a look to ours?

    Saturday, 30th.
    10-11 am Arriving Phoenix.

    Car rent and up to South rim. We have a night booked in there. What we going to do in there exactly, still unknown, as we do not know what time arriving.

    Lunch somewhere on the way.

    Aiming to have sunset at one of the viewing points and early dinner.

    Sunday,31st.
    Sunrise at the rim, one of the trails. Maybe 2….

    Lunch still in the village and head for Page through desert view drive,

    Stop Cameron for stretch, route 20 or 89?Then, is it better to go straight to Page and spend our evening there or there is something on the way to see?

    Night booked at Page. I don’t know if it is worth going all the way down to the lake Powel.

    Monday, 1st.
    9am lower antelope canyon (booked already).

    And start heading to Sedona for the night. I really wanted to experience some of the historical 66 route, but its a bit out of the way. SO maybe stop by

    Flagstaff for stretch. Was thinking: walnut canyon or route 66 and Williams or just go down to Sedona straight?

    See Sedona, maybe one of the hikes.

    Night at the little cabin rented just by the river stargazing.

    Tuesday,2 nd.
    To see more around Sedona (Red rock crossing, Bell rock…)
    I necessarily wanted to visit one of the vortex places, but of what I read just being in Sedona is an experience itself!

    Thought it might be worth jumping through Jerome on our way back to Phoenix. Any ideas what else worth seeing?

    Afternoon flight from Phoenix to San Francisco.

    Would be grateful for your opinion.
    Just the best vibes,
    Neringa D.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Neringa,
      Your itinerary looks very well-planned. With your already limited timeframe, there’s really not much you’ll be able to add. Plus you want to avoid the temptation to schedule every single minute of your day out here. You’ll want to leave room for the inevitable photo ops that will pique your curiosity, and trust me, there are tons of them out here!
      So, I take it your visit is occurring in March? March and November are the only months in 2019 where Saturday occurs on the 30th, and seeing as though you described your trip as an “unexpected” one, I’ll go off the assumption that March it is. Which leads me to another important point: March is in the transitional zone between winter and spring out here, so you’ll need to be prepared for anything weather-wise. The Grand Canyon has received a lot of snow of late, which is sticking to the upper parts of Bright Angel and Kaibab Trails, so hiking either one of them might not be practical this time around. If that’s the case, you might consider taking the free shuttle out to some of the overlooks on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive the morning of the 31st before you head to Page, AZ. BTW, the drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim takes, on average, ~5 hours.
      The drive to Page, AZ, is listed on Google maps as taking 2.5 hours, but in reality, it can take 3.5-4 hours. It’s a very scenic drive, and you’ll find yourself stopping often! There are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon to see between Grand Canyon and Desert View Point, where you’ll exit the park. From there to Page, there is even more to see, including, but not limited to the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, the “Cut” Overlook, and Horseshoe Bend. For this portion of the drive, best to take US89, and not N20/89T. The former is the more scenic drive; the latter was a temporary route established after a slide occurred on the main highway. It is now mostly used by locals to shave some time off the drive to/from Flagstaff and points South.
      On Monday the 1st when you make your way to Sedona, I’d definitely recommend making the stop at Walnut Canyon. It’s very illuminating and educational to see how the Native Americans lived and be able to explore remnants of their dwellings up close and personal. If you’re into Route 66, you might consider having lunch at the Galaxy Diner, a 50’s style restaurant that celebrates the heyday of the old highway.
      You’ve correctly deduced that Sedona is a destination until itself, and you’ll definitely wish you’d had more time there! But, a day is better than nothing. As for visiting Jerome on the way back to Phoenix, it’s a cool town, and won’t add a ton of time onto the drive back to Phoenix; it’ll extend it by another hour or so.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

    • Tonya says:

      Hello! We are flying into Flagstaff June 4th, and driving to Lake Powell (have hotel reservations). We will head to Mesa Verde on the morning of the 7th. The 5th and 6th are wide openβ€”can you suggest tours? It will be myself and my 18year old daughter and her 17 year old friend. They love to hike and kayak. We want to see Lake Powell, Horseshoe, and Antelope Canyon. If we could include the Grand Canyon, that would be great as well!
      Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!
      Tonya

      • Alley Keosheyan says:

        Hey Tonya!
        With the two days you have to work with, I would recommend modifying your itinerary slightly in order to accommodate most of the items on your “wish list.”
        Instead of driving to Lake Powell that first day, I would suggest driving to Grand Canyon South Rim and staying overnight there. It’s ~90 minutes from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon South Rim. If possible, try to find something inside the park, or Tusayan/GC Village South if the park is booked up. Grand Canyon hotels .
        Then plan to head to Page, AZ, staying there on the 5th and 6th so you can tour Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and get in some kayaking on Lake Powell. The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, is stated as taking 2.5 hours on Google Maps, but IRL, it ends up taking more along the lines of 3.5-4 hours because it’s a very scenic drive and you’ll find yourself stopping often to take pictures at the various Grand Canyon viewpoints on the East Rim/Desert View Drive, and on the section of the trip that occurs on the Navajo Reservation, such as the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, and the Cut Overlook, just to name a few.

        The drive from Page, AZ, to Mesa Verde takes ~5 hours, but take the opportunity to swing through Monument Valley and maybe Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park on the way.
        Be sure to book all lodging and guided tours in advance. Good luck and safe travels!
        Alley πŸ™‚

  19. Beth says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for all the great information! Our family (kids ages 3, 7, 10) will be flying into PHX April 16-20. We have three full days and are hoping to visit the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend and a couple of the National Monuments around the Flagstaff area (haven’t decided which yet). We were originally planning to stay in Flagstaff and use that as a base for day trips to the other locations; however I have read some reviews advising against this. Assuming we would likely not be able to get a reservation near GCNP this late in the game, would you recommend staying in Page one night on the way to or from the GC instead of commuting back and forth from Flagstaff each day? If we decided to loop around and stay overnight in Page, is there a preferred order to visit these sites to maximize time? We currently have an antelope canyon tour booked during the afternoon of the 18th.

    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Beth, and thank you for visiting.
      I agree that using Flagstaff as a “base” from which to tour the major attractions in Northern Arizona is less than ideal, but as you say, this late in the game, you may not have any other choice. Still, cancellations do occur, so it doesn’t hurt to check availability. If at all possible, try to find a room inside the park. If nothing is available there, then Tusayan is your next best option, just 7 miles South of the park gates. Staying in the park, or as close to it as possible, will allow you to experience sunrise and/or sunset on the canyon rim, which shouldn’t be missed! If you have to stay in Flagstaff, you’re looking at a 90-minute drive each way to the Grand Canyon, then a 2.5 hour drive, again, each way, to Page, AZ. For Grand Canyon lodging, check GrandCanyon.com: South Rim Hotels
      For Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you’ll want to stay in Page, AZ. For availability of lodging in that area go to VisitPageLakePowell.com: Where to Stay in Page, AZ
      As for how and when to visit GC and Page, there’s no preferred order. It honestly depends on availability of Grand Canyon lodging, and Antelope Canyon tours. Since you already have an Antelope Canyon tour reservation for 04/18, hanging onto it might be easier than changing it, so try to find Grand Canyon lodging for 04/17, then Page, AZ, for 04/18 and possibly 04/19.
      Good attractions to visit in/around Flagstaff include but aren’t limited to Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments, Walnut Canyon National Monument, the Arboretum, and Lowell Observatory.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  20. Kait says:

    Hey there,
    My boyfriend and I are planning to visit the Grand Canyon April 5-8. We are flying Into phx Friday night and will stay over in Phoenix Saturday planned to drive to the Grand Canyon and stay over in the south rim. Thought be fun to see inside the park. Sunday plan to do a tour of lower antelope canyon and hike horse bend. We are leaving Monday night from Phoenix. Do you recommend staying over in the south rim again or in page? What is good to see Monday before we head back to Phoenix for our flight. Or is there anything you recommend for Sunday?
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hello, Kait!
      Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Page, AZ, are a destination unto themselves, not really conducive to visiting as a “day trip” from Grand Canyon South Rim. Although Google maps lists the drive time from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page as 2.5 hours, in reality, it ends up taking more like 3.5-4 hours due to the very scenic nature of the drive and the frequency of photo ops. You will be much more comfortable if you were to stay overnight in Page, AZ.
      Hopefully you have lodging reservations at Grand Canyon South Rim. If not, you may find the only availability in Williams, AZ, or Flagstaff, AZ, 60-90 minutes from the park respectively. Prioritize booking a hotel at the South Rim, then Antelope Canyon tour reservations, then Page, AZ, hotel reservations. As for where you might visit prior to flying back to Phoenix, Sedona might be nice, time permitting. It takes ~3 hours to drive there from Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 2-2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to Phoenix. The only drawback to this, if you can call it that, is that you’ll wish you’d had more time in Sedona. I can almost guarantee that you’ll start planning a return visit long before you leave the city limits!
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  21. Brittany says:

    Hi!
    My husband and I are coming in October to run at Trail Fest. We are staying a few days after, to get extra sight seeing time. We fly into Las Vegas where we will drive to Kanab which is where we are staying for 4 night between runs.

    The first run is Bryce Canyon (Coyote Hollow Trailhead). After the run which we should be done by lunch time we have time to explore. What do you recommend for that area?

    The second run is Zion (Gooseberry Mesa). Again, we will be done by lunchtime and we are looking for other places to explore.

    The third and final run is Horseshoe Bend (starting at Navajo Hogan dropping down to Waterholes Canyon then back up to the rim running by Horseshoe Bend). We are going to be exhausted but we are planning on jumping into the car to go and take a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon and then sunset at Lake Powell before heading back to Kanab. Is this too much to try to fit in?

    We will have another free day and night to do a little more exploring or easy site seeing before we head back for a night in Las Vegas. Do you have any recommendations on what to do that last day and night? I love Mesa Verde but i think it will just be too far to drive before trekking back to Las Vegas.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Brittany,
      All I can say is WOW! You’re bound to have a wonderful time, while getting in some good exercise.
      One thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to be running at high altitudes, 8,000′ ASL for Bryce, ~5,000′ for Zion, and ~4,500′ for Page. Depending on how accustomed you are to running at these kinds of altitudes — or not — you may find yourself wanting to rest up after your run rather than partake of other activities, and there’s nothing whatsoever wrong with that! Just something to keep in mind; play things by ear instead of committing to anything time sensitive on the afternoon following your run.
      That said, if you do have more energy to burn after your morning runs, a good activity in Bryce is the rim trail. It connects all the scenic overlooks from Fairyland Point to Bryce Point. Total distance is 5.5 miles, but you certainly don’t have to commit to the entire length of the trail, just walk as far as you want to go. If you finish your run prior to 1:00 PM, and don’t feel like walking or hiking, you might take the free guided tour to Rainbow Point. Bryce Canyon Park Shuttle Bryce Canyon Day Hikes
      In Zion, you might cool your feet by hiking a short ways up The Narrows. You would need to ride the free in-park shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava, and walk 1 mile to the end of Riverside Walk. If this does not appeal, you might take a trip to the nearby ghost town of Grafton, or watch whatever movie is being shown at the IMAX theatre in Springdale.
      After the portion of your run in Page, AZ, Lower Antelope Canyon would certainly be a worthwhile activity, but since you’ll have already gone through Waterholes Canyon (which is a slot canyon), you’d be OK skipping that as well. Instead of doing another walking/foot tour, maybe head on down to Antelope Point Marina for a boat tour or kayak tour of the water-side of Antelope Canyon. Or perhaps treat yourself to a nice dinner, and some beautiful views of Lake Powell, on the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise.
      You are correct in that Mesa Verde is a bit too far afield to realistically fit in this time around. Best to save that one for another trip.
      With another free day before heading back to Las Vegas, you might swing over to the Grand Canyon for a night. Both the North Rim and South Rim are open at the time the Grand Circle Trail Fest is running. You’ll find that lodging is easier to come by at the South Rim than the North Rim, but do check both. The North Rim closes for the season on October 15th, so this would be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a side of the canyon that only a fraction of visitors get to see! South Rim Hotels North Rim Hotels
      Good luck, safe travels, and happy running!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  22. Judy Chiu says:

    We are a party of 6 seniors from SF Bay Area and thinking of visiting Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell in late May to early June. We plan to spend about one week. Please give us the best route. We had been to GC, Zion and Bryce Canyon before but we don’t mind visiting them again if they happen to be along our route.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Judy,
      The first question that pops into mind is does your week include travel time to and from San Francisco? The most direct route, which goes through Bakersfield, Las Vegas, and the Arizona Strip, takes 12+ hours, each way. Going the “scenic” route stretches that to ~18 hours! You might want to break up the drive with a stop in Death Valley, or Las Vegas. Zion could also be included in the latter half of the trip, if you desire, or you might make a detour to Grand Canyon North Rim instead.

      Since you are looking at a 2-day drive, each way, from SF to Page, AZ, that essentially gives you 3 days to work with out here. In that timeframe, you can tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, then use another full day for a water-based activity such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip or the Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour.
      On that 3rd day, you could go and visit Monument Valley, which is ~a 2 hours drive, each way, from Page, AZ. Best plan would be to stay overnight, but it is doable as a day trip with an early start, and a solid plan to ensure that you leave the area by 3:00 PM to avoid driving in the dark.
      Best wishes and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Judy Chiu says:

        Hi Alley

        thanks for your prompt reply. Our 1-week trip does include flying from SF to Vegas, and from there driving to Page . Will there be any modifications to our route? How about including the Arches? We afford to extend 1 or 2 days.

        Thanks!

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Judy, thank you for that clarification.
          In light of the fact that you do have a full week to work with, and that you can afford to add another couple of days onto your travel time, you could certainly include Arches in your itinerary.
          A typical vacation itinerary, using Las Vegas as a staging city, is as follows:
          Day 1 – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, overnight at the South Rim
          Day 2 – Drive from South Rim to Page, tour Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Page
          Day 3 – Drive from Page to Moab, UT, via Monument Valley, overnight in Moab
          Day 4 – Explore Arches, spend 2nd night in Moab
          Day 5 – Explore Canyonlands, 3rd night in Moab
          Day 6 – Drive from Moab, UT to Capitol Reef National Park, overnight in Torrey, UT
          Day 7 – Drive from Torrey, UT to Zion National Park via Bryce Canyon, overnight in Springdale, UT
          Day 8 – Hiking in Zion, 2nd night in Springdale
          Day 9 – Drive back to Las Vegas
          Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful vacation!
          Alley πŸ™‚

  23. Lisa says:

    HI Ryan,
    We have booked a trip end of April, and we have 5 and 1/2 days to explore. We land in Vegas – I was planning to do one day in vegas/surrounding area, one day in Zion/Grand Staircase Escalante, possibly one morning in Canyonlands then traveling to Sedona, then the morning in Sedona, then travelling to antelope canyon and Grand Canyon for sunset. From Canyonlands-Sedona-A.C-Grand Canyon we have about 2.5 days. Do you think this is possible? Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Sorry, but you’re trying to cram too many destinations into too short a timeframe.
      Zion National Park deserves at least 2 days to do it justice, but you don’t have enough time for that. It’s also a long distance away from the main attractions of Grand Staircase/Escalante, so you definitely won’t be exploring them all in one day’s time. You will, however, get to see some of the “front country” on the drive from Zion to Page, AZ. More on that in a minute.
      Instead of going as far afield as Moab (Arches/Canyonlands), and since it also requires at least 3 days to enjoy fully, I’d recommend taking it off the table this time around. Instead, visit Page, Arizona and tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Plan to at least stay 1 night in Page, AZ, then visit Grand Canyon South Rim, preferably staying overnight, then continue to Sedona before returning to Las Vegas.
      So a revised plan would look like this:
      Day 1 – Vegas
      Day 2 – Zion
      Day 3 – Page
      Day 4 – Grand Canyon
      Day 5 – Sedona
      Day 6 – return to Vegas
      Be sure that you reserve all lodging and guided tours in advance of your arrival.
      Best wishes and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  24. Jo says:

    My family will be visiting Zion for a few nights in April and then heading to the Grand Canyon. We’d like to tour the Lower Antelope Canyon on our way. Is it doable to make the Lower Canyon a stop on our route from Zion to the GC? We have reservations at the Kachina Lodge for the night so we can’t overnight in Page. It would be a stop, then perhaps lunch and then back on the road. Thanks for your help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jo,
      We don’t recommend attempting to tour Antelope Canyon as a “drive-by” from Zion. It takes ~2 hours to drive from Zion to Page, AZ, at least 2.5 hours to tour Antelope Canyon, then another 3-3.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon. I know the timeframe for the latter segment of the drive is given as 2.5 hours on Google maps, but that figure rarely materializes since the drive is very scenic and you’ll definitely find yourself stopping to take pictures a lot. Another thing to keep in mind is that days are still relatively short at that time of year, with sunrise in Zion occurring at ~7:35 AM, and sunset in Page at ~6:45 PM. Driving at night is strongly discouraged in this part of the country due to lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and other wildlife.
      I know you say that you can’t overnight in Page, AZ, but depending on how many days you have booked at Zion, you might consider dropping a night there so you can give Page, AZ, and its attractions the time they deserve.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  25. Andrew Lee says:

    My family is planning for a trip to Page, AZ, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, AZ. Our actual trip is from 2/20 to 2/23. And, we are trying for a 1 day trip to Page, AZ.

    I know it’s going to be pretty cold there. Do you still recommend the boat? I think my kids will love it but I am thinking it will be way too cold.

    Also, any other recommendation on Flagstaff, Grand Canyon would be greatly appreciated it.

    thank you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Andrew,
      You are correct in that Page, AZ, weather is still quite cold in February. What’s more, boat tours are on a limited schedule, and may be contingent on having a certain number of people booked in order to guarantee operation. Personally, I think it’s still a bit too cold for boating, but if you’re still interested, check the schedules for the two main boat tour operators in the Page, AZ, area, which are Lake Powell Resorts and Antelope Point Marina.
      Not sure in which order you’re planning to hit the attractions on your “wish list,” but you can do a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive to or from Page. The drive naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are over half a dozen named viewpoints between Desert View Point and Grand Canyon Village alone. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon Village, you can drive onto the West Rim/Hermit’s Rest Drive and do more sightseeing, time permitting. Just South of the park in the town of Tusayan, the Grand Canyon IMAX movie is a fun family activity.
      As for what you might do in Flagstaff, there’s no shortage of activities. With all the snow we’ve been getting, you might even hit the ski slopes at the Snow Bowl! For more suggestions, visit Flagstaff.com: Things To Do
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Andrew Lee says:

        I have another question. What’s the drive like from Flagstaff to Page?
        I was planning to come out to visit Page on Thursday and it looks like snow storm is coming to Flagstaff starting Thursday early morning.

        I know you can’t predict the weather and road condition but do you think this is something wise for me to do? I had reservation on Thursday @ 2 for Upper Antelopes Canyon and I was going to see Horseshoe Bend in the morning. Weather seems ok on Thursday in Page area. Is it still nice to visit even during little bit of snow/cloudy weather in Antelopes and Horseshoe?

        That plan is very much in limbo right now.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Andrew,
          The majority of the state of Arizona is under a winter weather advisory for the latter half of this week, so snow could indeed put a damper on your plans. Some of the tour outfitters are cancelling reservations to be on the safe side as well, so you might want to give your chosen company a call to make sure they’re not following suit. As for whether to make the trip, your best bet is to check road conditions on http://www.az511.com If it advises you to stay off the roads, heed their advice and maybe reschedule your tour (if possible). If it indicates that weather is just cloudy, but roads are passable, I’d say go ahead and make the trip (as long as your Antelope Canyon tour isn’t cancelled). It’s still a nice place to visit even when the weather is less than ideal.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley πŸ™‚

  26. Molly V says:

    Hi!
    My husband and I are driving from Los Angeles to La Verkin, UT (just outside of Zion) for a reunion. The reunion seems to be falling apart so I am planning on changing this into an Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe visit instead. Other than Powell and Zion, what else do you recommend I make time for? Here is my rough itinerary:
    -Friday: Drive from LA to La Verkin. Sleep there
    -Sat: Attempt to get a Coyote Buttes North (The Wave) permit. Since we will probably strike out, what should our back up plan be? Flexible on where we sleep that night.
    -Sunday: Antelope Canyon (upper & lower) and Horseshoe Bend / Drive to Vegas to sleep
    -Monday: Drive from Vegas to LA
    Saturday was the day I set aside for reunion activities but now that I think I am skipping out, I was hoping to fill the day with some gorgeous hikes. I am just not sure what is near La Verkin (other than Zion) and not out of the way (considering we need to be in Page on Sunday). We are used to driving a lot – Do you recommend anything?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Molly and thank you for visiting our site. Sorry to hear that your reunion isn’t coming to fruition, but glad to see you’re trying to get something positive out of it.
      I don’t recall seeing when you were planning to travel, but if your trip is scheduled for late spring or summer, you might try your hand at applying for a Wave permit online. Lottery submissions are taken four months prior to the calendar month in which you wish to hike, so if you were wanting to hike sometime in June, February would be the month in which you’d want to apply. How To Get A Wave Permit
      In the likely event you do not succeed in getting a permit for The Wave, fortunately, there is a plethora of beautiful scenery in the immediate vicinity that doesn’t require a permit to explore, including but not limited to White Pocket, Soap Creek, Pinnacle Valley, Sidestep Canyon, and more. The thing that is required, or at least strongly recommended, is a vehicle with 4WD and a beefy enough suspension to handle the deep sand and other obstacles you’ll encounter in these areas. The safer bet is to go with a licensed tour guide out of Page, AZ, Kanab, UT, or Paria, UT. Which one you use will most likely come down to where you are staying. For a complete list of tour guide companies, visit our companion site, http://www.TheWaveAZ.com: Hire A Guide
      A couple of areas within easy access of La Verkin that were not mentioned above that you might consider are Snow Canyon State Park and Yant Flats, aka the “Candy Cliffs.” Yant Flat in particular boasts some rock formations that bear a strong resemblance to The Wave. It’s ~45 minutes from La Verkin.
      On Sunday, where you mention wanting to visit both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, that is not necessary in order have a fulfilling to Page, AZ. You’re looking at a 5-hour drive from there to Las Vegas, and you don’t want to be doing any of that drive in the dark. Plus there are lots of other attractions in Page, AZ, that warrant a visit, such as Horseshoe Bend, the Glen Canyon Dam, the “New” Wave, the John Wesley Powell Museum, and the scenic Lakeshore Drive Loop, just to name a few.
      If by chance you find yourself with an extra day to occupy, I’d recommend trying to work Bryce Canyon into your itinerary. It’s only a couple of hours from La Verkin, or 90 minutes from Kanab.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  27. paul chern says:

    Assuming that I can visit Antelope Canyon any time during the year, when is the best time to visit? Both time of year and time during the day.

    Assuming that I visit Antelope Canyon in January 2019, how cold can I expect the weather to be?
    Is it better to visit in terms of lighting within the canyon, in early or late January and what is the best time during the day to visit the canyon.
    Thanks for your help.

    Paul Chern

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Paul and thank you for your inquiry.
      You are correct in that Antelope Canyon tours are offered year-round. If you are able to pick and choose the best time of year to visit, that would be mid-October. Temperatures are just about perfect, and even though it’s still busy, it tends to be mostly adults out touring since kids are back in school.
      If January is the only time you have available, you can still have an enjoyable visit to Page, AZ! Temperatures will be on the cooler side, in the 30’s and 40’s during the day, at or below freezing at night. Snow is rare, but has been known to occur. If/when it does, it tends to melt off quickly. Optimal time of day for visiting Antelope Canyon is mid-day; best time to visit Horseshoe Bend in order to find a place to park and avoid peak crowds is just after sunrise.
      Good luck and safe travels, and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  28. Julie says:

    Hello-Is it possible to do lower canyon with a two and five year old? I think the 5 year old would be fine with the ladder and thinking we could put the 2 year on our back? It just seems like it would be a headache to try to do upper with the carseat situation? Also recommendation for a short/safe hike with kids at the grand canyon? We’re doing these on separate days. Nothing more than 2-3 miles roundtrip. Any recommendations for best spot to view sunset/sunrise at the grand canyon? Thank you for your help! Some really great information on here.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Julie and thank you for your inquiry.
      Lower Antelope Canyon can be enjoyed, and has been enjoyed, by families like yourselves. Bringing Kids To Antelope Canyon However, keep in mind that backpack carriers may or may not be allowed by Lower Antelope Canyon tour outfitters (that situation, is, shall we say, ‘somewhat fluid’). If they do allow you to carry the littler one on your back, you’ll need to exercise caution so that he/she doesn’t bump their head on a rock overhang. If they don’t allow the backpack carrier, keep in mind that Lower Antelope Canyon is 600m long, and has several ladders and staircases that you’ll need to manage with that extra weight. Before committing, I recommend you watch this Full Walk-Through Video of Lower Antelope Canyon
      As for easy hikes to do at the Grand Canyon, the Rim Trail is scenic, mostly flat, and manageable for most. It is also paved, so you can take a stroller on it if desired. If you want to venture below the canyon rim a ways, the Bright Angel Trail would be the easiest way to go. Just remember 1 hour down = 2 hours out. Food and water must be carried if you wish to spend any more than 1 hour’s time hiking or go any further than 1 mile. It’s also a very rugged dirt path, so no strollers, plus you might want to bring some hiking poles.
      Good sunrise/sunset spots? That’s easy: anywhere on the canyon rim! For sunset, I’m fond of Grandview Point, which is ~5 miles East of Grand Canyon Village, but you’ll find it less crowded than Hopi Point and other popular overlooks. Yavapai Point and Mather Point are good for sunrise, and is fairly easy to reach on the Village Loop Shuttle, but you’ll find a lot of people at these overlooks.
      Good luck, safe travels, and have a Happy Holiday Season!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  29. Emily says:

    Hey Ryan, thanks for the info. Would you know how much time I should allow for the lower antelope canyon tour? I’m reading they vary between 40 minutes to 1h15m in length, but does this include transportation time to and from Ken’s tour in Page?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Emily,
      Lower Antelope Canyon tours depart from the Tribal Park Entrance on US98. Time to safely allot for this activity, factoring in transportation time from and back to Page, AZ, is 90 minutes to 2 hours.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  30. Nathan says:

    Do you think the one day itinerary is a possibility as written with the starting point in Las Vagas and still fit in Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Horseshoe bend? Google maps has the drive time from Las Vegas listed as just over 4 hours but I was wondering if the real drive time taking into account a break would be different?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Nathan,
      Google Maps is something of a double-edged sword for those of us in the tourism industry, especially in this part of the U.S. Why? Because the figures given online rarely materialize “IRL.” The drive from Las Vegas to Page, realistically, takes ~5 hours, factoring in varying speed limits, road construction, etc. For first-time visitors, it usually ends up taking longer than that since the latter half of the trip is very scenic, and you’ll undoubtedly be stopping to take pictures. Popular photo ops along this route include, but aren’t limited to, the Virgin River Gorge, Quail Creek State Park, Pipe Springs National Monument, the town of Kanab, Utah, views of the Paria River Valley and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Big Water Visitors Center and the “New” Wave.
      Another possible variation on the drive would be to make a detour through Zion National Park which, again, could lengthen your drive out to 6 hours or thereabouts. Whichever way you go, it’s definitely too nice a drive to rush!
      I don’t recall seeing when you were planning to visit, but if your trip is planned for sometime within the next few weeks, you’re also running up against shortening daylength. In November, sunrise occurs at about 7:00 AM, and sunset occurs at about 5:15 PM. If you’re visiting in spring, summer, or fall, you would have a couple more hours of daylight to work with, but you’d still be playing a game of “beat the clock” by trying to accomplish this itinerary as a day trip from Las Vegas. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, plus the presence of deer, elk, coyotes, and other wildlife to raise the risk of an accident.
      In short, is this itinerary possible as a day trip from Las Vegas? Maybe, with some careful planning and the discipline to resist the temptation of the inevitable “wow, look at that!” moment. Is it practical or enjoyable? IMO, no. You’ll have a much better experience by staying overnight in Page, AZ.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  31. tatyana says:

    Hi Ryan,

    We are planning (2 people ) to be at Page AZ on November 24 2018 and would like to take a tour on November 25 (starting in the morning) include Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend from Page. Could you please let me know if you have a tour that day and how much is that tour.

    Thanks, Tatyana.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tatyana,
      Unfortunately, there are no tours from Page, AZ that include both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but really, that’s not such a big deal.
      Before booking an Antelope Canyon tour, you need to decide whether you wish to tour Upper Antelope Canyon or Lower Antelope Canyon. In a nutshell, Upper is easy, 100 yards walk. Lower is longer (~600 yards), requires climbing a few ladders and navigating some boulders. Whichever you decide, advance reservations are required. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Horseshoe Bend can be toured at your leisure and/or convenience, using your own vehicle. If that does not appeal, or you encounter parking problems, you might consider a shuttle from Page, AZ offered by Horseshoe Bend Tours.
      Good luck and have fun,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Debbie Ray says:

        We are taking a 8 day trip to Utah flying into Salt Lake City. We plan to spend 3 nights in Moah enjoying Arches/Canyonlands. Then two nights in Bryce seeing Capital Reef on the way to Bryce. Next we decided to drop down and see Horseshoe Bend , Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. Here is where I need help?? Coming from Bryce should we try to see Horseshoe Bend first before Antelope Canyon. We have a tour starting at 3:30 of Upper Canyon. What about boat tour on Lake Powell? Enough time and how cold? We will spend one night in Page. (April 28). Need directions on how to see all three interest points the most efficient!!!How long is the drive from Bryce ? We will end our trip in Zion for two nights and drive back to SLC for late flight home. Do you think our plans seem doable for this beautiful area.?

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Debbie,
          Your trip looks well-planned, and not too rushed, which is a definite plus!
          The drive down from Bryce Canyon to Page, AZ, typically takes ~3 hours. If you get an early start out of Bryce, you might stop along the way to take the easy Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail hike. I’d plan on hitting Horseshoe Bend at sunrise the next morning since the mid-day hours are just cray-cray out there. Early in the morning, you have fewer people to deal with. If you want to take part in a water-based activity, with your limited timeframe, I’d recommend a boat tour of the waterside of Antelope Canyon. These last about 90 minutes, and depart several times a day from Antelope Point Marina. To do anything longer, such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip or the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour, you’d need another night in Page, AZ, since these last the better part of a day, but you really do need 2 days in Zion to do it justice.
          Hope that helps, I know it’s a hard choice what to keep in and what to leave out!
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley πŸ™‚

  32. Becca says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Hope this thread is still valid. Any recommendations would be great thanks. We are flying into Vegas for a week mid April 2019. No accommodation booked just yet hoping to plan a route first. The places we would most like to see are Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend, Monument Valley and Sedona. And obviously Grand Canyon, probably South Rim. Would you have any recommendations on which way to do things? Was thinking of driving to AZ as soon as we land then having 4 days there and fininshing off with 3 days in Vegas. Also wondering wether to do Upper or Lower Antelope or both.

    Thank you

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Becca and thank you for visiting our site, and planning your vacation well in advance!
      Yes, this thread is still quite valid, and busy! Unfortunately, I’m going to have to start out with a bit of bad news: unless you can a. modify your trip plans for a 10-14 day holiday, or b. reduce your time in Las Vegas, I’d recommend dropping Sedona from your wish list. Why on Earth would I do that? Because Sedona, AZ is an amazing place with lots to see and do. You really need 3 days minimum in order to do it justice. Otherwise, you’ll be kicking yourself… or planning another vacation, one of the two LOL
      If you really want to finish your Arizona vacation with 3 days downtime in Las Vegas, you’ll also need to do further “trimming” of your itinerary.
      With 4 days to spend exploring Northern Arizona, you could manage:
      1 night – Grand Canyon South Rim
      1 night – Monument Valley
      1 night – Page, AZ (Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend)
      1 night – Zion National Park (lodging in Springdale, UT)
      Of course, that is only a suggested order in which to tour the main attractions in this area using Las Vegas as a staging city. You could also reverse the order quite easily if you find that Grand Canyon hotels are booked up for that first night. Grand Canyon lodging should be secured first, then Antelope Canyon tours, let the rest of your trip planning kind of ‘evolve’ around those two key elements.
      Depending on the time of year you’re planning to visit, and who you’re traveling with, you might skip Monument Valley and plan for 2 nights in Page, AZ so you can take part in the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. This is a wonderful family activity that allows you to experience rafting on the Colorado River without going through any dangerous rapids. It is appropriate for kids as young as 4 years old.
      As for whether to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, that is really not necessary in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. Besides, as it stands, you really don’t have time. If you are physically up for touring Lower Antelope Canyon, stick with that. Whatever you decide, though be sure you book your Antelope Canyon tour well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  33. Alex says:

    Hi Ryan!

    This page has been an excellent resource. I’m planning a trip to Page at the end of October. What’s the best place to be at sunset for an unforgettable view?

    Thanks,
    Alex

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Alex,
      Boy, this is a loaded question!
      There are plenty of great places from which to view sunset in Page, AZ. My personal favorite is the Wahweap Overlook on US89 just past the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge. Horseshoe Bend is also a popular spot for sunset, but in recent times, it’s become almost too popular, which has resulted in some serious parking issues. It’s better to hit this overlook for sunrise. Page’s Rim View Trail is also a good option, with an area known as “Potato Hill” being popular with both locals and visitors for sunset viewing. Note that the Rim View Trail offers views of Lake Powell, but no actual lake access.
      Now, if you don’t mind spending a little more time and a little more money for a knock-your-socks off view, you might consider doing a guided tour to Alstrom Point. While the tour won’t be there right at sunset, you’ll get there in time to enjoy the light and shadow play on the canyon walls as afternoon transitions to evening. For more information, visit our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com Alstrom Point Tours
      Wherever you go, be sure to bring a light jacket and a flashlight.
      Hope that helps!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  34. Denise says:

    Ryan- I am planning on taking my husband for a 2-3 day weekend road trip (we live in Scottsdale) to Antelope canyon ( cannot believe we have not been!) and i want to book him a photography tour. He does photography but I do not. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for something for me to do while he is on that tour? I believe it is about a 2 hour deal. Just thought you might have a cool idea of something I can do to pass the time but not something that he would miss out on πŸ™‚ Keep in mind I have had 3 back surgeries so I, unfortunately, cannot do anything too physical.
    thanks.

    Denise

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Denise, and thank you for your inquiry.
      There are several things you might do nearby while your husband is on the photography tour. For example, you could head over to the Big Lake Trading Post and tour the Navajo Village Heritage Center right behind it. This is a small educational complex where people can learn about the traditional Navajo way of life, including a homesite tour, demonstrations of weaving and/or hoop dancing, and cultural presentations highlighting oral traditions, storytelling, history, etc. If you like Native crafts such as Navajo rugs, silver jewelry, Kachina dolls, and pottery, the Big Lake Trading Post has a nice selection of these.
      You could also drive the short distance from Antelope Canyon to the Antelope Point Marina complex. There, you could tour the visitor center or just hang out down by the water. There is a long downhill walk from the parking lot to the marina (and an equally long uphill walk back to the parking lot), but workers are usually buzzing around on golf carts. One of them could probably give you a lift down – for a little “financial consideration” (aka a tip LOL), of course.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  35. Alex says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I (in our 20s) will be traveling to Sedona in November. We will visit for 5 days (4 nights). We would like to visit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon on the same day. Is this doable and or recommended? Any suggestions for what is possible in 5 days would be greatly appreciated. We are up for trying anything.

    Thank you for your help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Alex and thank you for your inquiry.
      I would not advise trying to hit Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon South Rim in one day, especially in November, since your days are getting shorter (sunrise is at 7:00 AM, sunset is at 5:15 PM). Driving distances are also an important consideration: it takes ~2.5 hours to drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim, 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, then 3 hours to drive from Page to Sedona. However, those figures are for direct drives, which means wheels turning, no stops. That’s unlikely to happen on either leg since the trip is very scenic and you’ll no doubt find yourself stopping to take pictures.
      Assuming that you’re locked into those 4 hotel nights in Sedona, I’d recommend touring these attractions on 2 separate days. On your Grand Canyon day, enter the park via the East gate, then exit via the South gate, or vice versa. The East Rim/Desert View Drive has over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon, all with different features and perspectives. The East Rim detour will add another 60-90 minutes onto your drive time from Sedona. Time your trip so that you are not doing any driving in the dark. Roads are very poorly lit out here, plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to be nocturnal, which poses another hazard.

      The trip to Page, AZ takes ~3 hours, each way. Hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town, then tour Antelope Canyon. Be sure to book your Antelope Canyon Tour in advance of your arrival.
      If you’re not already committed financially to the 4-night Sedona stay, I would recommend changing your arrangements so that you can overnight in Grand Canyon and Page. That would save you a lot of time behind the wheel, and free up more time for sightseeing and relaxing.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  36. Phuong says:

    Hi,
    My friend and I are flying into Phoenix for a conference and we only have a full day off on the arrival day end of Sept. we won’t get in until 10 or 1030, and picking up a rental car prolly take another hr or more. We really wanted to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope. Do you think it is possible to do all that on the same day? I know we are really pushing it, but hoping with some great advice and itinerary from expertise like you would help us make it possible. Anything would help. Thank you in advance.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Phuong,
      As the old saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
      While one day is not ideal for visiting Page from Phoenix, it can be done with a willingness to get an early start, and spend a lot of time behind the wheel.
      It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Page, but that figure is one for “wheels turning, no stops.” That rarely happens as the drive is very scenic and there will no doubt be sights that pique your curiosity and necessitate a photo stop. So, realistically, it can take you up to 6 hours. That’s why I strongly recommend setting out as early in the morning as you possibly can so you can maximize your time in Page. Sunrise in late September occurs at about 6:15 AM.
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just South of Page, AZ at mile marker 545. It is well-signed and easy to find, plus it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore, you may visit it whenever you wish. Allow 60-90 minutes to visit and enjoy this landmark.
      Antelope Canyon is the part that’s going to require planning ahead. A guided tour is required to visit Antelope Canyon, and they are often booked up weeks, sometimes months in advance. Lower Antelope Canyon is the more physical of the two, involving some stair climbing and simple boulder navigation. Upper Antelope is much shorter, and easier. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon Touring Antelope Canyon will take anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on which branch of the canyon you choose to tour.
      Sunset in late September occurs at about 6:15 PM, and you’ll want to time your drive so that you’re not driving in the dark. Try to finish up your sightseeing in Page, AZ by 2:00 PM at the very latest.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  37. Denine says:

    Hello Ryan, this page was very helpful. My mother and I will be visiting Vegas first week in August. We arrive in Vegas on August 5th plan to drive to the South Rim early Tuesday morning and then drive t Page AZ. We plan to book a tour for Wednesday to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. After the tour drive to Sedona spend all day Thursday before driving back to Vegas on Friday for our late night flight back to Philly.

    What do you think?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Denine,
      What do I think? I think you’re trying to cram too many destinations into too short a short trip.
      The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim takes approximately 4.5 hours. Then, the drive to Page will take another 3-3.5 hours. I know Google Maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. There are a lot of scenic overlooks and other points of interest that will no doubt pique your curiosity. It would be a shame to pass them by because you’re pressed for time. Normally, I would recommend overnighting at Grand Canyon South Rim, then driving to Page the following morning, but then again, you’d be doing another long drive the following day: 3-3.5 hours from GC to Page, then from Page to Sedona takes ~3 hours. The next day, you’re proposing to do yet another long drive – about 5 hours – back to Las Vegas.
      Another thing, too, Sedona is the kind of destination that really needs at least 3 days to do justice to, but 2 can suffice if you’re determined. Try to free up one more night to pull this all off. If you can’t, I recommend skipping Sedona this time around. Spend 1 night at the Grand Canyon, 1 night in Page, then take a leisurely drive back to Las Vegas via Lees Ferry, Marble Canyon, Jacob Lake and the Virgin River Gorge.
      No matter what you decide to do, be sure to book all hotels, Antelope Canyon tours and other scheduled activities in advance of your arrival.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  38. ina says:

    Hey Ryan, i need some help planning my trip.
    I fly into Phoenix AZ AT 10AM on friday. I was planning on renting a car and driving 4 hrs up to Horseshoe bend and Antelope Canyon. I think i might arrive to either location around 3pm on Friday. Do you recommend me doing Horseshoe bend on Friday and then visit the antelope canyon the next day in the morning? Or i could still have time to visit both? How long does each one last? and do you recommend visiting the antelope canyon by boat or just regular?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ina,
      If you mean that you’re planning on flying into Phoenix THIS Friday, then theoretically, you could do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend IF your flight arrives on time, and your rental car pick-up goes smoothly. Unfortunately, in reality, those things rarely happen. Plus there’s the matter of traffic on I-17, which is always crazy. The main thing to consider, though, is that the drive from Phoenix to Page rarely takes the 4-4.5 hours you’ll see given as the timeframe on Google Maps. There are many scenic views, historic markers and photo opportunities that will no doubt pique your interest, not to mention the inevitable bathroom break. So don’t be surprised if you find that the trip ends up taking more like 6-6.5 hours.
      Visiting Horseshoe Bend on your way into Page is easy enough to do since it’s only 5 miles South of town. If you find the overlook too congested, or simply are too tired to deal with it on your arrival day, just check into your hotel, plan to make it an early morning the next day, and visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise. Cooler temperatures and fewer people make a morning visit to this iconic overlook a much more pleasant experience. Then schedule your Antelope Canyon tour for whenever you can find availability. On that subject, we recommend prioritizing a landside (walking) tour of Antelope Canyon over a boat tour. The landside tours offer the “iconic” slot canyon scenery you’re probably expecting to see. The Antelope Canyon boat tours are cool, but should be considered kind of a “bonus” activity to help you appreciate the true complexity of the Antelope Canyon drainage as it relates to Lake Powell and the Colorado River as a whole. Advance reservations are a must for Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon.
      Hope that helps — enjoy your visit to Page, AZ!
      Alley πŸ™‚
      P.S. For other valuable tips and travel planning information, visit our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com

  39. Bonnie says:

    Hi Ryan:
    Trying to use your 1-Day Itinerary for Page, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend. We would be driving from Williams that morning. Should we still follow that itinerary..this is very helpful. Any thoughts on whether to do Upper or Lower because of 1 day? Lunch still at that Marina?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Bonnie and thank you for visiting us!
      Not knowing where you’re headed after Page, AZ, I’m kind of “flying blind” as to recommending an itinerary, but, the main point is that you don’t have to follow it EXACTLY in order to make it work.
      For one, I’m assuming that you’ll have already been to the Grand Canyon. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Williams to Page, AZ via Flagstaff (the most direct route). Recommend a stop at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of AZ64 and US89 for at least a leg stretch/bathroom break/a little souvenir shopping; if you’re hungry, it makes for a good stop for “brunch.” The Navajo tacos are amazing! TIP: unless you’re CRAZY hungry, get the “mini.” The so-called “regular” is HUGE.
      Since the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is just 5 miles South of Page, AZ, it is most convenient to hit it on your way into town, however, expect it to be crowded. Mid-day hours (between 10 AM and 3 PM) seem to be the worst as that’s when tour bus and day trip traffic is rolling in from outlying areas. In the summer months, it will also be really hot at that time of day since the overlook is almost completely exposed save for a couple of small shade pavilions. If you happen to be spending the night in Page, AZ, you might save that activity for first thing in the morning, as in, right after sunrise. That’s when crowds tend to be thinnest, and temperatures coolest.
      As for Upper vs. Lower Antelope Canyon, it takes a little bit longer to explore Lower, but not by so much as to warrant going to Upper in order to save time. If you’re physically up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon, I’d recommend sticking with it. Whatever you decide, be sure to make your Antelope Canyon tour reservations in advance. Then, if you’re inclined, go to Antelope Marina, if not for a meal, then to do a little exploring or maybe take a short boat tour into the waterside of Antelope Canyon. Just remember that Antelope Point Marina is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you’ll have to pay a $25/vehicle entrance fee. If you’d prefer not to spend that kind of $ for a short visit, other activities you might consider should you have more time include, but are not limited to, the Navajo Village Heritage Center (at the corner of US98 & Coppermine Road), the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum, a short hike to the “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock, or tour the Glen Canyon Dam.
      Hope that helps! For other great travel tips and information on local attractions, visit our sister sites http://www.HorseshoeBend.com and http://www.TheWaveAZ.com
      Hope that helps! Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Bonnie Jenkins says:

        Thanks for update. I should have included this: We are renting a house for 6 nights 20 miles from Flagstaff. We are young 60 year olds. We decided on lower Antelope Canyon. So, you mentioned a 1 hour boat ride and I was trying to find that to book that. recommended tour. In any event, it would be a 1 day up to Page, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and back to house,. Here is what we have planned so far:
        Day #1, Arrive Phoenix Airport, noon. take in:
        β€’ Montezuma Castle first and then
        β€’ Montezuma Well (take the Β½ mile trail)
        β€’ Tuzigoot National Monument
        β€’ Head to Jerome to house
        Day #2 Sedona. Reservation: 11 a.m. 1.Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki, Catherdral Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock, Devil’s Bridge Trail, then head back to house. Any thoughts on Day #2.
        Day #3: Take train from Williams into Canyon, arrive 11:30 and plan itinerary for the 4 hrs. since train departs at 3:30. Would that be a good “Overlook day or a hike day?” Do we need another full day in Canyon for Day #4?. Day #5, Our next Day we were trying to decide between Walnu Canyon National Monument, Wupatki Monument and Sunset Crater or do a day trip to Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Homolovi Runs and Meteor Crater? Then we were planning to spend Day 6 going your way to Horseshoe Bend, Lower Canyon, Page. I was trying to have you help us plan Day #6, knowing we don’t mind getting up early and hitting the road, no small children to worry with. Thanks for all your help,. Bonnie

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Bonnie!
          Thanks for the clarification on your plans.
          Your itinerary looks pretty fun, the only part I’d rethink or just get totally clear on is Day #3 when you plan to take the Grand Canyon Railway. You should be aware that you won’t actually see the Grand Canyon from the train. You’ll see it when you get to the park and get off the train. Also, the train is pulled by a ’50’s era diesel engine, which won’t break any speed records getting there: the train takes ~2.5 hours to make a trip that would just take you one hour (Williams-GC) by car. The train will drop you off at Grand Canyon Village, which will give you easy access to the paved Rim Trail, and the old buildings in the Village Historic District. You only have about 3 hours and change to work with (they want you to be ready to board at 3:00 PM), so you don’t have much time to do any real hiking. Don’t get me wrong, the Grand Canyon Railway is fun, but it’s more of an “Old West Historic” experience than a scenic ride. In fact, my old boss says it’s a hoot to ride the Observation Dome up, then the Luxury Parlor Car on the way back. The main thing is to be sure you have all the facts at hand before you hand over your credit card.
          Long story short, if you want to do some inner canyon hiking, you’ll need to a. set aside another day to go the Grand Canyon, or b. ’86 the train and use that day for it.
          For Day #5 — and here’s where I’m presuming — I’d concentrate on the attractions nearer to Flagstaff, AZ instead of Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, etc. During the summer, the latter parks are VERY hot since they’re almost completely exposed to the sun. Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater and Wupatki, by virtue of being up at 6,000′ above sea level, tend to be a bit cooler and offer more shade. If you’re traveling during the cooler parts of the year, then a trip to Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and Meteor Crater will be more comfortable.
          On Day 6, if you get an early enough start from your rental home, plan to hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town. The hours between sunrise and 9:00 AM tend to be cooler and less crowded. Once the tour buses start rolling in between 10 AM and 4 PM, it’s crazy. Book your Lower Antelope Canyon tour wherever you can find availability during the day, then schedule the Antelope Canyon Boat Tour around that.
          One more thing, your plan for Day #2 might be a little too ambitious. Devil’s Bridge, for example is nearly 5 miles round-trip from what I understand, I haven’t been there personally, but for sound advice on how to plan a day in Sedona, go to http://www.VisitSedona.com
          Hope that helps. Have a great time!
          Alley πŸ™‚

  40. april azarian says:

    What month is the best to visit Antelope Canyon?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi April!
      By and large, early- to mid-October is the favorite time of year for those of us who have spent any length of time in Northern Arizona, which includes me (20+ years) πŸ™‚
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley Keosheyan

  41. Lydia says:

    Hi Ryan & Alley,

    I have relatives from Italy who will be in Canada in August and have expressed an interest in visiting Arizona. They want to visit Aug 6 – 11 and want to see Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon Skywalk / Grand Canyon area. I’m trying to determine the best itinerary for them as well as the best airport to fly into…Las Vegas or Phoenix. I’d love your help.

    Thanks a bunch.

    Lydia

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Lydia and thank you for your inquiry!
      The first thing I feel the need to point out is the difference between the Grand Canyon Skywalk/Grand Canyon West and Grand Canyon National Park. They are in fact two very distinct and separate areas, and not necessarily conducive to including in a single drive. Grand Canyon West, where the Skywalk is located, is a Native American Tribal Park about 2.5 hours drive (one-way) from Las Vegas. There are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Tribal Park save for a handful of cabins at Grand Canyon Ranch; your next best option would then be in Kingman, AZ, about 90 minutes away.
      Before you plan on visiting Grand Canyon West, however, you should first prioritize Grand Canyon South Rim, the National Park, which is where the best views of the Grand Canyon can be had. These are the “picture postcard” views you’re expecting to see. Grand Canyon South Rim is ~4.5 hours drive, one way, from Las Vegas. An overnight stay, two if you can manage it, is sufficient to enjoy the park to the fullest.
      From there, Monument Valley is approximately a 3-4 hour drive; Page/Lake Powell is about 2 hours from Monument Valley. From Page, the return trip to Las Vegas is ~4.5 hours, or you could also make a stop in Zion National Park for a night or two.
      As you have probably deduced, I’d recommend Las Vegas as your “staging city” to fly them into and out of.
      Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels to you all,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  42. Telynn says:

    Hey Ryan,
    We are leaving Vegas very early on June 11 and driving to see the GC, then to Horseshoe Bend and ending the day with a tour into Lower Antelope Canyon. We plan to stay in Page overnight before continuing on to our next adventure Yellowstone). What would be the best part of the Grand Canyon for us to visit before coming to Page? It will be our first trip to the GC and Page area.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Telynn,
      For first-time visitors to the Grand Canyon, we recommend the South Rim since there are more visitor facilities and a larger area of the Grand Canyon that is easily accessible to vehicular traffic. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, then 3.5-4 hours to drive from the South Rim to Page (factoring in stops). Advance reservations for all lodging and Antelope Canyon Tours are a must.
      It then takes about 11 hours to drive to Yellowstone from Page, AZ, so you might want to break up the drive in Salt Lake City, UT or Idaho Falls, ID.
      Best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  43. Craig Budde says:

    Hi Ryan and Alley –

    I’ve learned a lot by reading your suggestions! Would you be able to suggest an itinerary for 2 days (including all driving time round trip)? Three (3) people leaving early morning from North Phoenix – we are first timers and would like to tour Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon (in whatever order makes the most sense and staying at a cheap hotel one night maybe in Page). Also, any ideas on how to best experience the Grand Canyon, for example is there a partial hike in/out? Or a key spot part way in? Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Craig,
      Frankly, you’re not allowing enough time to do this itinerary justice. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to either Grand Canyon or Page. Then, it takes another 3.5-4 hours to drive from Page to the Grand Canyon or vice versa. I know that Google maps gives the drive time from GC to Page as 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens because there are so many viewpoints and other stops you’ll invariably end up making. You need to stay one night in Grand Canyon and 1 night in Page in order to experience enough “quality time” in both destinations, especially if you want to do any hiking in Grand Canyon. Otherwise, you’ll need to “sacrifice” one park as a “drive-by.”
      As for “cheap” hotels, you probably won’t find any at this time of year. Even Motel 6 is going for $150+ per night right now. Spring-summer-fall are considered “peak” season and hotel rates will rise accordingly. If you’re looking to save money on your lodging costs, you might consider traveling in the wintertime. Yes, it’s cold, but most area attractions are open, and hotel rates drop considerably.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Craig Budde says:

        Thanks Alley – we’ve settled on PHX direct to Antelope Canyon for a tour and then to Horseshoe Bend for late afternoon / sunset photos. Then a drive down to the GC for a one night stay with a hike next morning on South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point and Cedar Ridge, lunch at El Tovar and then drive back to PHX. A full 2 days for sure but we have limited time and are accustomed to the AZ driving. Thanks!

  44. Teresa says:

    Hi Ryan!
    So I’m planning on getting into Page in the afternoon on a Friday, and leaving Saturday late afternoon to head to Monument Valley. I already have both an upper and lower tour scheduled. Do you think also doing Canyon X will have us canyon-ed out? lol. Would it even be worth it to do all 3 or will upper and lower suffice. Also trying to decide if we have time to fit in horseshoe bend and a boat tour too. What do you think?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Teresa,
      You are correct in that adding Antelope Canyon X to your already “well-slotted” itinerary would end up being somewhat redundant for you. In fact, we’ll take it a step further and suggest you narrow it down to one slot canyon. If you’re physically up for doing X or Lower, choose one of those. That will free up more time for you to enjoy more of what Page, AZ has to offer, including Horseshoe Bend and perhaps a boat tour. Re: the latter, a boat tour or kayak tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside will allow you to more fully appreciate Antelope Canyon’s length and complexity as it shows you where the creek empties into Lake Powell.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  45. Dianna says:

    Hello,
    Me and my husband are planning a trip to Antelope Canyon, Horse shoe bend and a lake around there . We have all day Friday and Saturday and we would leave on Sunday. I love the 1 day itinerary you’ve put up but I was wondering should we add more stops (lakes, food, hikes ext.) and spread out the 3 ( Antelope Canyon, Horse shoe bend, and the lake tour) over the course of Friday and Sat or should we keep it as one day and spend one of the other days full of other tours.

    My thoughts were that we would head out Friday morning do the one day intinerary you have posted then Sat we could do more exploring (any recommendations for Sat?) and Sunday morning we head back .

    Does this sound good? If so any recommendations for Sat and if not what would your ideal itinerary be?

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Dianna,
      With 2 days time in Page, AZ, you can definitely accomplish a lot in addition to the activities suggested here. Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary Page, AZ As to the order you do them in, that will probably revolve around when you can find availability for Antelope Canyon tours (land side).
      As for other activities to consider for your second day, suggestions include but certainly aren’t limited to:
      Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour
      Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip
      Alstrom Point 4×4 Tour
      White Pocket 4×4 Tour
      Whichever you decide, be sure to book your hotel accommodations and tours in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Yana Leventon says:

        Alley what do you reccomend if we have 4 days from Las Vegas if we only want to visit Antelope Canyon, Lake powell on a boat and maybe Zion or Monument Valley and get back to vegas or phoenix to fly home.No grand canyon. Whats the best route? We will stay on Lake Powel in a lodge and depending on which way we go on the way. Going August 18th returning 22nd. Please help with ideas where to fly into and what to see and return 22nd later in the evening to San Francisco. Thank you!!
        yanka.sf@gmail.com

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Yana and thank you for visiting our site.
          With 4 days to work with, given your “wish list,” I would recommend flying into and out of Las Vegas. You’ll have to make some slight adjustments in order to fit everything in, so it helps to know that you’ll be skipping the Grand Canyon.
          You could do it like this:
          Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion, overnight in Springdale, UT
          Day 2: Zion to Page, AZ, tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Page
          Day 3: Take Rainbow Bridge Lake Powell Boat Tour (~6 hours), overnight in Page again
          Day 4: Morning flight from Page Municipal Airport over Monument Valley (90 minute flight) with Westwind Air Service, then head back to Las Vegas to catch flight to SF.
          Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels!
          Alley πŸ™‚

  46. Lena says:

    Hi, thank you for this great itinerary. Do you think there’s enough time to drive from the GC, see the sites in Page, then drive to Monument Valley all within the same day?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Lena,
      It depends on the time of year you’re visiting. In the late spring through fall months, for example, daylengths are longer, so theoretically, with an early start, you could drive from GC to Page, hit Horseshoe Bend, tour Antelope Canyon, then drive on to Monument Valley. In reality, however, we don’t recommend it.
      First off, the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page is ~140 miles. Driving direct, you could make the trip in about 2.5 hours, but that rarely happens, because there’s so much to see on the way that you’ll invariably end up making more stops than you plan for. There are over half a dozen Grand Canyon viewpoints you can visit prior to exiting the park on its Eastern border. After that, there are points of interest on Navajo Indian Land that will no doubt pique your curiosity and warrant a photo stop. The Cameron Trading Post at the junction of AZ64 and US89 is a ‘don’t miss.’ As you head North on US89 toward Page, views of the Painted Desert and Echo Cliffs are worth your time, too. So, after all’s said and done (and photographed), don’t be surprised if you find it has taken you upwards of 4 hours to make a drive that normally would take only a couple of hours and change.
      Once in Page, you should then allow 60-90 minutes to visit Horseshoe Bend, then another 2 hours to tour Antelope Canyon, then you’re facing a 2 hour drive to Monument Valley.
      If you absolutely have no choice but to do it this way, you can pull it off, but if your vacation plans still have room for modification, we would strongly recommend overnighting in Page, AZ, then heading to Monument Valley the next morning.
      Hope that helps.
      Best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Natalie says:

        Hi There,
        I wish to round up a various group of friends(10-12) to reconnect with personally, not through electronic devices. Most in their 40’s. I was hoping to plan a day trip for us, due to personal/work restraints.
        Do you have any recommendations for a group hike and/or picnic area that would help us reconnect and make the most of our limited time? Coming from Phoenix. Planning Miss June/August. I know it will be hot, but wanted advice.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Natalie –
          Great question, and I have what will hopefully be a great answer: Shoshone Point at Grand Canyon South Rim. This is a Grand Canyon viewpoint that offers not only a beautiful view, but a private day-use picnic area and pavillion. IIRC, it’s also fairly well-shaded. You do have to reserve it with the National Park Service in advance of your arrival, and it may be booked already, so apologies if it is. There is a nominal fee required as well. Click here for more information on Shoshone Point If Shoshone Point doesn’t work out, you might consider one of a handful of private banquet rooms inside Grand Canyon Village
          Another idea: Shash Dine Eco Retreat in Page, AZ (near Lake Powell). If you truly want to unplug and get back to Nature, this unique place (billed as a “glamping bed and breakfast”) on Navajo Indian Land might suit you quite nicely. Shash Dine Eco Retreat
          I hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can throw more suggestions out there.
          Alley πŸ™‚

  47. JD says:

    Hi there, hoping to get some advice on how to best schedule an itinerary from Sedona to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. I have a 5-day itinerary (end of May) and wondered about Days 2 and 3:

    Day 1: Fly into Phoenix and drive to Sedona. Afternoon and overnight here.
    Day 2: Drive to the Grand Canyon early morning and spend half a day. Drive to Page for the afternoon and try to see Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend. Stay overnight in Page.
    Day 3: Perhaps do a Lake Powell excursion or hike surrounding area in the morning if it isn’t too rushed. Drive back to Sedona mid-afternoon. Stay overnight in Sedona.
    Day 4: Sedona all day. Overnight here.
    Day 5: Drive back to Phoenix for my flight out.

    Alternatively, wondering if I should drive to Page from Sedona on Day 2 and try to get in Antelope canyon and Horseshoe bend. Then drive from Page to the Grand Canyon for sunset, overnight, and sunrise. Spend about half the day here before driving back to Sedona for the afternoon and the rest of the day.

    Would appreciate your thoughts.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi JD and thank you for your question.
      We never recommend trying to cram the drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon then Grand Canyon to Page in a single day. The trip from Sedona to GC takes ~2.5 hours; the drive to Page from GC theoretically takes 2.5 hours as well, but that figure rarely materializes since there is so much to see on the drive from GC to Page. A more realistic figure is ~4 hours.
      Instead of splitting up your visit to Sedona as you have proposed, I would recommend this:
      Day 1: fly into Phoenix (hopefully sometime in the morning?) and drive to Page, AZ, about a 4.5 hour drive. Overnight in Page
      Day 2: Tour Antelope Canyon first thing in the morning, then hit Horseshoe Bend on the way out of town as you make your way to Grand Canyon South Rim. Stay overnight at the Grand Canyon.
      Day 3: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona, maybe stopping in Flagstaff en route, overnight in Sedona.
      Day 4: Activities in Sedona, such as Pink Jeep Tours, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Airport Mesa, some hiking, stay in Sedona a 2nd night.
      Day 5: Drive from Sedona back to Phoenix (~2 hours drive) for your flight out.
      I think that would make for a much more relaxed and pleasant experience for you. Hope that helps. Be sure to make your hotel and tour reservations well in advance of your arrival.
      Alley πŸ™‚

  48. Peter says:

    Hey Ryan
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Page. We can fly into either Las Vegas or Phoenix. We’re planning on staying for a week. Is there enough there to do for that length of time. We’re planning on going to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and doing some kayaking. We’ve already been to the Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Lake Powell. What else is there to do?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Peter and thank you for visiting our site!
      With one week to work with, you can certainly experience some other sites besides the ones you’ve already been to. Moab, Utah, for example, offers enough to do to warrant 3 days of your time. You might also consider spending some time in Sedona, AZ. If you like hiking, you may want to try for a walk-in permit to The Wave. Only 10 permits per day are given out in this manner the day prior to when you wish to hike, but you certainly seem to have the time to spare, and if you get lucky, you won’t regret it.
      Have fun and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  49. Toni says:

    Hi there,
    I live in Mesa and am planning a trip for may 4-8th to page. Unlike most people on here I would like to camp. I was wondering about a place to make base camp and then from there go to all the different places. There will be a group of us of about 8. Definitely want to do Horshoe Bend and a canyon tour. I have been reading on canyon X and secret canyon and then a few others that are three canyons on the same tour. Then the rest is up in the air. Possibley kayaking at Lake Powell. Can you please make suggestions on camping and then possible itenerary for our time frame and maybe some additional suggestions. We would like to see as much as possible in that time in that area and along the way but without being rushed.
    Thank you so much!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Toni and thanks for this excellent question!
      I’m assuming that by “camp,” you mean tent camp and not RV camping. Fortunately, there are several options for tent and RV camping in the Page/Lake Powell area. The Wahweap/Lake Powell Resort campground is the nicest, IMO, since it’s within walking distance of Lake Powell, has a nice view, and offers easy access to the dining outlets and other activities. Lone Rock Campground is also right on the lake, but restaurants and stores are further away. Page/Lake Powell Campground is located in Page itself; the views aren’t that great, but it’s just minutes away from Antelope Canyon, Antelope Point Marina and all the conveniences of the town.
      While you’re here, you should also plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend Overlook, the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center (maybe take a tour), then do a couple of day hikes in the area. Be sure to plan for some “unscheduled” time to just relax, unwind and discover.
      For more good information and tips, be sure to visit our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  50. Erin W says:

    Hi Ryan!

    Couple questions. I will be departing las Vegas on 4/27 and have two nights stay in Page, AZ. Is there anything you can recommend we can see on our drive from Vegas to Page on 4/27? Is stopping at Zion or Bryce too ambitious?

    We plan to do an antelope canyon tour and leaning towards the lower canyon. What the best time to visit ? Any recommendations on a tour company?

    Lastly, are there any boat tours for Lake Powell?

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Erin and thank you for visiting our site!
      Normally, the drive from Las Vegas to Page takes ~4.5 hours. Detouring through Zion is feasible, but will add some time to your drive, especially in light of recent news about the park’s overcrowding problem. I wouldn’t recommend detouring all the way to Bryce, that will turn a 4.5 hour drive into an 8 hour one easily. Unless you can add another night to your vacation, or change your plans to spend one night at Zion and one in Page, I’d stick with your original plan.
      Regarding Lower Antelope Canyon, mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to visit, but those are also the first time slots to sell out. Take whatever time slot appeals to you and/or is available. There really is no such thing as a bad time to visit. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Lake Powell Boat Tours start running regularly on 4/15, so you should have your pick of the full range of offerings. Rainbow Bridge is a pretty much a full day undertaking; shorter tours, such as the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise or the Canyon Adventure Tour are also fulfilling.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  51. Navish says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the excellent 1 day itinerary suggestion.
    We were planning to do the South Kaibab Trail head upto Cedar Point in South GC and then drive up to Page. I reckon we would be there by 3 or maybe 4:30 and probably take the 3:30 or 5 oclock boat tour; then go to horseshoe bend for sunset perhaps?
    Would this be feasible? Also, is it rather recommended to do the boat tour in the morning or any time of the day is good? Our travel dates are 28th April – 29th April for the above.

    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Navish, and thank you for visiting.
      You may want to rethink your plan a bit.
      Driving up to Page after doing the hike to Cedar Ridge may not be the best plan. The hike to Cedar Ridge takes anywhere from 3-4 hours round-trip, and keep in mind, the latter half of the hike, you’ll be going uphill on a very steep trail, not to mention managing the logistics of having to take the hiker’s shuttle to the trailhead and back to your vehicle. Then you’re proposing to make a 3+ hour drive, make the walk to Horseshoe Bend (which is nothing compared to the South Kaibab Trail, but still will take a couple hours of your time), then do a 2+ boat tour? Honestly, I don’t think this will happen.
      Depending on your fitness level, and how accustomed you are to uphill hiking, after you complete the trip to Cedar Ridge, you may not be in any mood to do anything other than go back to your hotel room and sleep. I’d recommend staying at the South Rim, then making the drive the Page, AZ the next morning. The drive to Page takes 2.5 hours going direct, but that rarely happens since there is a lot to see en route, including the Grand Canyon viewpoints along the East Rim/Desert View Drive, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, roadside kiosks where the Navajo Tribe sell their jewelry and other wares, just to name a few. Horseshoe Bend is then located just South of Page, so you can easily stop there on your way into town. Spend the night in Page, AZ, then do your boat tour the following day. Plan on touring Antelope Canyon as well.
      Hope that helps!
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Pavani says:

        Hi Ryan, Thank you for your post!! I had a few questions. We have 1.5 days in Page. I would like to cover both the upper and lower canyon, the Horse-shoe bend as well as a tour of the lake/or some lake activities. How do you think I should go about scheduling my 1.5 days to accommodate all of these activities? Thanks for your help, much appreciated!!

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Pavani and thank you for visiting our site.
          Ryan is out of the office at the moment, but I am able to help you!
          How you schedule your time in Page, AZ kind of depends on where you’re coming from beforehand, and where you’re heading afterward. If you’re coming to Page, AZ from Grand Canyon South Rim, Flagstaff or points South, for example, you could hit Horseshoe Bend on the drive into town quite easily as the overlook is located just South of Page, AZ at Mile Marker 545 of US89. If you’re heading to Grand Canyon South Rim or points South after your visit to Page, you could likewise stop by Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way out of town.
          The following day, you could then tour Antelope Canyon, but that might not wouldn’t leave you sufficient time for a boat tour. Honestly, it’s not necessary to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to the area. If you’re physically up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon, then stick with that, then that will free up time for a boat tour. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
          As for which Lake Powell Boat Tour you do, that depends on what you want to accomplish. For example, if you wish to see Rainbow Bridge, you’ll need the better part of a day since that tour can last anywhere from 6-7 hours depending on the water level of Lake Powell. The order in which you do your Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Tours also depends on several factors, such as the time of year you’re visiting, tour availability and whether you can get hotel accommodations in Page, AZ for 2 nights. If you’ll only be staying in Page for one night, then a shorter boat tour will be necessary, such as the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise, Canyon Adventure Cruise or Antelope Canyon Waterside Tour from Antelope Point Marina.
          Hope that helps and that you enjoy your visit!
          Alley πŸ™‚

  52. Leo Zabala says:

    Hi Ryan,
    My wife and my two daughters are planning to take a long drive from San Diego California starting April 19, Thursday through April 22, Sunday. We hope to visit Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend during the dates I mentioned with Sunday reserved for our travel back to San Diego. Can you advise us of a viable itinerary? Thanks
    Leo

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Leo and thank you for visiting. Ryan is out of the office at the moment, but having lived in the area for many years — and made the drive from San Diego many times! — I can help you.
      First of all, if you’ve never visited the Grand Canyon, I definitely recommend you do so. It takes approximately 8.5-9 hours to drive over from San Diego, so after that long drive, plan on spending the night either in Grand Canyon Park Village or Tusayan/Grand Canyon Village South. How To Book A Grand Canyon Hotel
      On Friday the 20th, plan to get up early and spend that morning doing some sightseeing in the immediate vicinity of Grand Canyon Park Village, such as walking the easy, paved Rim Trail, and taking the shuttle out to some of the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive. Later that afternoon, start heading toward Page, AZ. The drive takes approximately 2.5 hours going direct, but that rarely happens, because there’s a lot to see along the way, including the Grand Canyon Viewpoints along the East Rim/Desert View Drive, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post and kiosks where Navajo Tribe members sell jewelry and other wares. Since the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just South of Page, AZ on US89, you can easily hit it on your way into town. Realistically, you could spend 4 hours making the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. Just be sure you time it so that you’re arriving before sunset (7:00 PM). Driving in the dark is discouraged due to the lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the chances of encountering deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife.
      Saturday, April 21st, plan on touring Antelope Canyon, then maybe doing another activity such as the Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip or a Lake Powell Boat Tour.
      Sunday, April 22nd, make the drive back to San Diego, which takes 9+ hours. If you can add another day to your trip, you might break up the drive by overnighting in Las Vegas.
      Be sure you book your Page, AZ hotel reservations and Antelope Canyon Tour in advance.

      Hope that helps — enjoy your visit!
      Alley πŸ™‚
      P.S. If after doing all that driving, you’d rather just stay out of your car for a couple days, you can do that AND still work Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Glen Canyon Float Trip into your itinerary. Spend 2 nights at Grand Canyon South Rim, and take the Scenic Canyon River Adventure Tour on your 2nd full day there.

  53. Stephen says:

    Hi Ryan and Alley,

    I will be flying into Phoenix, Arizona later this month, arriving at around 11:30am on a Friday. I’ve read lots of great stuff about Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Zion Park. Unfortunately I will be very short on time and need to end up in Las Vegas by Saturday night. I’m really looking for some help with putting together a little itinerary. Want to make sure that that the places I do visit are done at a good time of day, and that I don’t get stuck out on the roads after dusk. Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Stephen and thank you for your question.
      Before you commit to flying into Phoenix and out of Las Vegas, you might want to verify rental car drop-off fees. Due to the distance between cities and general remote nature of this part of the US, many rental car outlets charge pretty high fees for dropping a vehicle anywhere other than where you picked it up.
      Whether you decide to go ahead with this plan, or fly into and out of Phoenix, you’ll still be very limited on what you can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time.
      Not sure if you’re flying in from overseas and having to go through customs, but assuming you’re not, and that your flight lands on time, you should still plan to spend another 60-90 minutes at the airport to claim your bags and pick up your rental car. That would put you on the road at roughly 1:00 PM. Stop at In-N-Out Burger just North of Phoenix and grab some lunch, then continue toward Grand Canyon South Rim. The drive from Phoenix to GC takes about 4.5 hours going the most direct route, but factoring in stops for meals, restrooms, things that catch your eye, etc., you could easily extend that to 5.5 hours. That would put you at Grand Canyon South Rim at about 6:30 PM, which happens to be just before sunset. Recommend you make lodging reservations at Grand Canyon Park Village, or at least in Tusayan/GC Village South just outside the park. Grand Canyon hotels As it sounds like you’ve deduced, driving in the dark is not recommended in this part of the US due to lack/scarcity of supplemental lighting on local roads.
      The next day, drive back to Las Vegas, which is also about a 4.5 hour drive if you go direct. Before you hit the road in earnest, though, take a helicopter or airplane flight over the Grand Canyon. This will allow you to see areas of the canyon you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see by car, or by foot, even if you did have the time. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Morning flights are recommended for better light and less wind.
      After your flight, you can choose to take the drive to Las Vegas at a leisurely pace by stopping in Route 66 fixtures such as Williams, AZ or Seligman, AZ, or driving over Hoover Dam.
      Notice I’ve left out Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Zion. You simply don’t have time to fit all that into your trip. You’ll need to choose one destination and focus on it for the best quality experience, and if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, that’s the one I recommend you focus on and save the other attractions for when you have the time to do them justice. Ultimate 1-Week Itinerary in Northern AZ/Southern UT
      Good luck, I know it’s a tough choice.
      Alley πŸ™‚

  54. Marichu Lim says:

    Hello Ryan,

    We are planning to go to Vegas end of May and would like to do a day trip to Antelope Canyon. Pls. suggest an itinerary. I am with husband and 2 kids (ages 20 and 10). I know we won’t have much time so please only suggest the “must see” attractions.

    Thank you so much.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Marichu,
      To visit Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas, one can choose to self-drive, or take a guided tour.
      Since the drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ is about 5 hours one-way, you won’t have much time for peripheral sightseeing, but the drive itself is very scenic and you’ll have no shortage of photo ops. If you get an early enough start, you can make a short detour through Zion National Park, which will add another 60-90 minutes onto an already long drive.

      Once in Page, you can tour Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend first. The order in which you visit will depend on when you can get reservations for an Antelope Canyon Tour (they are a must).
      If you have more time to work with, you might consider visiting the Glen Canyon Dam and Carl Hayden Visitors Center, the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Big Water, Utah Visitors Center.
      If all that sounds like a bit of a pain, frankly, it is. So if you’d prefer to have someone else make the tour arrangements and coordinate logistics, you might consider a guided tour from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon. Options include motorcoach or airplane/ground tour combination.
      Honestly, though, the best way to go about this is to stay overnight in Page, AZ. Due to the driving distance and other factors, an overnight stay will make for a much more comfortable experience for you and your family. Page, AZ hotels
      Hope that helps – good luck and travel safe!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  55. Donna says:

    This was very helpful for a trip I’m planning this summer! I had a question about the marina. I’ve been reading that there is a $25 7-day parking pass that people had to pay for just spending lunch hour at the marina. Is this true?

    Thanks.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Donna,
      Hello and thank you for your question.
      If you wish to enter either Antelope Point Marina or Lake Powell Resort and Marina, they are both located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you would indeed be required to pay that $25 per vehicle entry fee, even if you were just having have lunch.
      If you were planning on visiting the recreation area anyway to do a boat tour or rental, you would have to pay that fee anyway. Another consideration: if you are visiting any other National Parks or Monuments on your vacation, such as Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, etc., you might consider purchasing an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For $80, this pass grants you access to ALL National Parks, Monuments and Federal Fee Areas for 1 year’s time. In the typical week’s vacation in Northern AZ and Southern UT, the pass pays for itself. It would also carry over to Glen Canyon, but NOT Native American Tribal Parks like Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚
      P.S. If you decide against having lunch at the marina, there is a good selection of restaurants within Page, AZ. No entry fee required there.

  56. Irina says:

    Dear Ryan,

    Could you give me a hint on how I can get from Page to the Monument Valley, considering that I don’t drive a car and can only go with a bus. I plan to make this route on May, 3rd this year. I have seen on the map that it’s just a 2 hour drive. Are there any regular or tourist buses / couches going there from Page? If not, can it be somehow possible to hitchhike on that route? And after visiting the Monument Valley I will have to make my way back to Kanab ( not Page) on the same day and get there by midnight latest. Kanab is within a 3 h10min drive away from the Monument Valley, so it all seems to be feasible regarding timing. The thing is that I plan to travel as a member of a small tourist group which is not going to the Monument Valley while for me this place is a must see, so I’ll have to get there on my own somehow.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance !

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Irina,
      Hello and thank you for your question.
      Unfortunately, Page, AZ is located in one of the most remote areas of the US, and as such, there are no coaches that go to Monument Valley from Page. Even if there were, making your way to Kanab, UT would be another challenge. There is no bus or scheduled air service between the two towns and relying on services like Lyft or Uber is iffy at best. Regarding hitch-hiking ANYWHERE in this area, forget about it. It is illegal within National Parks, and downright dangerous everywhere else.
      The only other feasible option for including Monument Valley in your trip plans would be to take a tour flight out of the Page Municipal Airport (PGA). Flights typically run in the morning, so your tour group may be able to accommodate this somehow. If not, I recommend exploring other options for a guided tour that does go to Monument Valley. Trying to work it into a tour program that’s already tightly scheduled is going to be a losing battle.
      Sorry to be the bearer of semi-bad news,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  57. Victor Albanese says:

    Hey Ryan,
    I’m planning a solo trip through AZ. Im starting Sedona- a few spots there , then the Grand Canyon, horseshoe bend, Antelope canyon, I wanna see Lake Powell if possible.. followed by the petrified forest. I guess I’d like to know if you think thats a good plan? Also do I need to purchase permits ahead of time? or do you think doing those tours are worth it? Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance,
    Victor

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Victor,
      Ryan is away from the office at the moment, but I am happy to help you!
      Knowing when you were traveling would help me advise you a bit better with regard to Petrified Forest. In the summertime, that area is VERY hot and doesn’t offer a lot of shade, so if you’re traveling during the warmer months of the year, I’d recommend skipping it.
      Also, knowing where you’re flying into would put things in better perspective. Certain destinations are more conducive to using Phoenix as a staging city; others are in closer proximity to Las Vegas.
      As for the rest, I’d recommend:
      Sedona – 3 days
      Grand Canyon South Rim – 1-2 days
      Page/Lake Powell – 2 days
      If you do decide on going to Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, 1 day is sufficient for that area.
      Certain tours should be reserved in advance, such as Antelope Canyon. Hotels in these areas should also be booked ahead of time.
      Another thing to plan on purchasing: an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the US for one year’s time. If you visit Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon/Lake Powell and Petrified Forest/Painted Desert on this trip, it will pay for itself. However, it does not carry over to Native American Tribal Parks such as Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley.
      Hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you need further assistance.
      Safe travels to you and yours,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Victor Albanese says:

        Hi Alley,
        Thank you for getting back to me. I’m flying into Flagstaff. I have 8 days in total. I’m was planning on staying 2 days at time in each location. I was planning on flying in getting my rental and start in Sedona. Hike for the day and then relax and do it again. then Travel to the Grand Canyon.. I guess my question- what is the smartest way to go about seeing horseshoe bend and antelope canyon- do I see lake Powell? and where would you suggest after that? I would have 2 more days.. and I would have to work my way back towards flagstaff. What do you suggest?
        Thank you for all your help,
        Victor

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Victor,
          Thank you for getting back to us.
          The logistics of your trip will most likely revolve and evolve around when you can get lodging at the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t booked a hotel there already, make that your first action item. Staying inside the park at Grand Canyon Park Village is most desirable, but if nothing is available there, Tusayan/GC Village South, 7 miles outside the park, is your next best option. Grand Canyon Hotels
          As for the “smartest way” to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open 24/7, so you can visit it whenever you wish. If you’re coming to Page from the Grand Canyon, you could easily hit it on your way into town. If you’re going the other direction, visit on your way out of town.
          For Antelope Canyon, you’ll need to decide whether you wish to tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon. Since you’re planning on doing some hiking in Sedona, I’ll assume that you’re fit enough to handle Lower Antelope Canyon. Quick comparison: Upper – 100 yards, flat, easy Lower – 600 yards long, requires some stair climbing and light bouldering Due to both branches of the Antelope Canyon being extremely popular, advance reservations are a must. There are two tour companies that operate in Lower Antelope Canyon: Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours and Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours. Both companies’ programs are identical, down to the footsteps, and the dollar. Choose the one with availability at your desired time and book it.
          If you wish to see Lake Powell, you will need to drive into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Antelope Point Marina or Lake Powell Resort. In either case, you will have to pay a Federal Lands Access Fee. Or, if you take us up on the suggestion to buy the America The Beautiful Pass, it would be covered. Once inside the recreation area, you could simply walk around at your leisure, or perhaps take a boat tour (which should be booked in advance). Another option for seeing Lake Powell is to fly over it. Airplane and helicopter tours depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport, weather permitting.
          If you have two more days to work with, there are a ton of options for other places you could see, including, but not limited to:
          Zion National Park
          Bryce Canyon National Park
          Monument Valley Navajo Indian Tribal Park
          Canyon de Chelly National Monument
          Meteor Crater
          Hope that helps as well πŸ™‚
          Alley

  58. kathy says:

    Hi Alley,
    Thank you for the quick response. Yes, I know staying in Flagstaff is not optimal but there are absolutely no accommodations to be found in the Grand Canyon, closest was Williams. I guess I need to think about adding another day and perhaps spend 1 night in Page.
    Thank you for the recommendations, it’s difficult trying to fit everything in a weeks time.
    Disregard my last entry, I didn’t think my first one went through….thank you again for your time Alley! πŸ™‚

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kathy,
      Apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry. Cancellations for lodging inside the park do occur, and many don’t make it back into online inventory. You might try phoning Xanterra South Rim (the main lodging concessionaire) and Delaware North (concessionaire for one of the in-park lodges) periodically to check and see if any rooms have freed up.
      Their phone #’s are:
      Xanterra Parks & Resorts: 888-297-2757
      Delaware North: 877-404-4611
      If you prefer to stick with your original plan of basing out of Flagstaff, you won’t have enough time on Day 2 to squeeze Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch into your day. These are located a 45 minute drive one-way from Page, and with the days being short as it is, you could run out of sunlight at a rather inopportune time. If you have some extra time to work with that day, you might stop by The “New” Wave, a small, but interesting cluster of rock formations located a short distance Northwest of the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge.
      Have a great trip and let us know how things go!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  59. kathy says:

    Hi guys,
    I’m wondering if you could verify the plans I’ve tentatively made for when my family will come to the area the first week of April.
    Day 1: Fly into Phoenix at 9 am. Make our way via car to flagstaff, stopping along the way to take in the sights.
    Day 2:Wake early and take in Horseshoe bend and make 11:30 tour of upper Antelope Canyon. Check out Glen Canyon Dam and perhaps wine pass to Buckskin hike. Head back to Flagstaff.
    Day 3: Early start to Grand Canyon south rim, explore and hike and take in all there, heading back to Sedona.
    Will 2 nights give us time to do all that or would you suggest anything different?
    Thank you!

  60. kathy says:

    Hi Ryan,
    My family of 4 (boys 17 and 14) will be flying into Phoenix April 1. I thought we’d drive to Flagstaff and stay 2 nights to explore the area.
    Monday, I thought we’d drive to Page and take in upper Antelope Canyon … reading that the midday tour is best for taking pictures , so working around that…..any suggestions at what else we should add for that day and then back to Flagstaff. Tuesday explore South rim and then head to Sedona for the night. Just trying to plan our 2 days and keep it exciting for the boys:)
    Thanks!
    Kathy

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kathy,
      If you and your boys are relatively fit, you might consider touring Lower Antelope Canyon instead of Upper. Upper is a 100 yard, mostly flat walk whereas Lower requires some stair climbing and simple boulder scrambling. Here’s a video of a full-walk through that might help you decide. As for other activities you might do in the Page, AZ area, Horseshoe Bend is a definite must, which you can hit easily enough on your way into town from Flagstaff. You might also visit Glen Canyon Dam and time permitting, take one of the tours. Or perhaps the short, scenic Lakeshore Drive which offers outstanding views of Lake Powell. It is in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, however, requiring a $25 per vehicle entrance fee.
      Keep in mind that the driving distance/time from Flagstaff to Page is ~2.5 hours each way (not factoring in stops), and driving in the dark is strongly discouraged in this part of the country due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of wildlife to congregate around them after dusk. Sunset occurs a bit after 6:00 PM during the month of April.
      Same deal for your South Rim day – it takes about 90 minutes to drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon South Rim, then ~2.5 hours to drive from the South Rim to Sedona. The section us US89A from Flagstaff to Sedona is really windy and is crazy-scary to drive at night.
      As you’ve probably gathered by this point, using Flagstaff, AZ as a “home base” is not really optimal. Staying there necessitates a long drive on either end of a full day of sightseeing, which has its own drawbacks. You might consider staying in Page, AZ for your day there, then at Grand Canyon South Rim for the day you choose to explore that area.
      Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful vacation, whatever you choose to do!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  61. Rekha says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for the one day schedule to do at Page. I was wondering if at all adding Bryce and Zion to day 2 of this schedule is doable. We will be driving from Vegas on Day 1 and need to return to Vegas end of day 2. Thanks.
    Rekha

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Rekha,
      With one additional day to work with, you’ll need to choose one park. Attempting to drive to Bryce and Zion in one day would be too much, especially if you have to return to Vegas on Day 2.
      Since Zion National Park would make for a short detour on your way back to Vegas, it would make for the most logical add-on to your itinerary.

      One possible glitch is if you’re visiting during the spring, summer or early fall months is that you’ll need to take a shuttle into the park from the town of Springdale, UT, which will add more time onto an already long drive. Only those with lodging reservations are allowed to drive their own cars into the park during the peak visitation period.
      Hope that helps. Have a fun trip!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  62. Pallavi says:

    Wonderful itinerary. We were looking for one like this.

    We are planning to make a visit in First week of March.What we had was antelope canyon and horseshoe bend for a days visit. We have booked 10:30 tour for lower as well as upper antelope canyon. We are still confused which one to visit ? Do you have any suggestions for this time of the year ?

    Also Lake Powell boat tour was not in our list. But it seems a good ride seeing your itinerary. Will we get enough light in horse shoe after the boat trip in March first week?

    We do not want to miss anything in your itinerary. Everything looks so good.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Pallavi,
      Glad you’ve found the information you were looking for on our site!
      First of all, it is not necessary to visit both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. Since both slot canyons are different segments of the same intermittent creek that drains into Lake Powell, the scenery will be very similar. Where they differ is terrain: Upper is an easy 100-yard, mostly flat walk, whereas Lower Antelope Canyon involves some stair climbing and easy bouldering. If you’re physically OK with doing Lower, I would stick with that and cancel the reservation for Upper Antelope Canyon. 10:30 AM is an excellent time to visit, by the way.
      Regarding Horseshoe Bend, the view from the rim is completely exposed, so lighting is not an issue… except maybe at night, LOL πŸ˜‰ Opinions vary on the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend, but according to ours, there’s no such thing as a “bad” time.
      If the “boat ride” you refer to is the Glen Canyon Smooth Water Float Trip, here again, lighting won’t be an issue as the width of the canyon allows plenty of sunlight in.
      If you find yourself with more time to work with, you might consider visiting the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam Carl Hayden Visitors Center.
      Hope that helps. Enjoy your visit!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  63. Armando Silva Jr says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Thank you so much for all the information you have given us. We will be going to Sedona from 2/21-2/25/18 and want to go out to Page on that Thurs. We are staying in Kachina Village which says it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive. We have one day to spend there and want to get as much as we can in, what do you recommend as far as time effective and being that it’s late Feb.? Thank you so much

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Armando,
      First off, going to Page as a “day trip” from Sedona is less than ideal due to the driving distance. Google Maps indicates the drive time from Sedona to Page as 2.5 hours, but in reality, it ends up being more like 3.5+ hours because there are many points of interest along the way that you’ll no doubt want to stop at. Staying overnight in Page is best, but I imagine you’re locked into those reservations at Kachina Village, so there’s probably no choice in the matter.
      Seeing as though daylength in February is relatively short (sun rises at 7 AM and sets at about 6 PM), and we strongly discourage driving in the dark, get as early a start as possible out of Sedona. Swing by Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments just North of Flagstaff if you wish (they’re connected by a loop drive), then stop for breakfast/brunch at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of US89 and AZ64.
      Continuing North to Page, Horseshoe Bend is just South of town and a definite must-see, so make a stop there, allow for 1-2 hours to experience it.
      Afterward, take a tour of Antelope Canyon. Now, here’s where you need a little advance planning because Antelope Canyon is extremely popular and advance reservations for tours are a must. You’ll need to decide whether to tour Lower Antelope Canyon (more physical, requires some stair climbing and simple bouldering) or Upper Antelope (shorter, easier, the better choice if you’re traveling with elderly or mobility compromised individuals). Mid-day is generally regarded to be the best time to tour the canyon, but any time is good. If you’re unable to secure reservations at Antelope Canyon, or have no desire to contend with the crowds, you might consider an alternate slot canyon tour, which will mean a longer, more physical tour, and a bit pricier, but a more intimate and personal experience is what you get in exchange.
      In order to get back to Sedona by dusk, you should plan to leave Page no later than 3:30 PM. If you have more time to work with after your primary sightseeing objectives are completed, you might consider visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum or the Navajo Village Heritage Center. Another possibility would be a short trip on Lakeshore Drive to take in some views of Lake Powell. This area is within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so an entrance fee of $25 per vehicle would be required.
      Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  64. Aemillia says:

    Hello,

    We will either flying to Las Vegas and drive to Page and Sedona or fly to Phoenix and drive there. Which is a shorter drive or what do you recommend?

    In Page and Sedona, what do you recommend to do? We will be there 5 days and traveling with two kids 5 and 10 years old.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Aemillia,
      If you’re definitely wishing to include Sedona in your trip plans, Phoenix would be the most logical airport to fly into. It’s 2-2.5 hours from PHX/Sky Harbor to Sedona, then another 3 hours to Page, then if you were to drive from Page back to PHX, the drive is approximately 4.5 hours.
      In Page, popular activities include: the Glen Canyon Smooth Water Rafting Trip, Antelope Canyon Tours, Horseshoe Bend Overlook, boat tours on Lake Powell and tours of the Glen Canyon Dam. Availability of activities does depend on season; during the cooler months of the year, most water-based activities are on seasonal hiatus, but you can still find plenty to occupy 2 days’ time.
      Popular activities in Sedona include jeep tours, a variety of hiking trails in varying degrees of difficulty, Chapel of the Holy Cross cultural site, Tlaquepaque shopping center and Slide Rock State Park. Here again, season of travel determines which activities are best for your family; Slide Rock State Park is essentially a swimming hole, which wouldn’t be much fun in February, but would be a welcome relief from the heat in June.
      Have fun and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  65. Melissa D says:

    Love all your suggestions and would love your perspective on ideally what would be good to do with a limited time frame. I am taking my college age brother on a trip for Spring break and due to my time constraints can’t be gone that long. So, we are flying into Phoenix early on Sunday, March 11th and Leave Wednesday the 14th. Currently, I absolutely want to do Sedona, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend…outside of that, I would love your suggestions and I would love your opinions and thoughts on order and timing. Any food places to stop are good too! We are true foodies…Elote is already on the list in Sedona because it’s amazing.
    Thank you in advance!!!
    Mel

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Mel and thank you for visiting our site today.
      First thing: the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. Have you already been there? I’ll assume you have, and base my advice on Sedona and Page being the primary objectives of your March trip.
      So: since you’re flying in “early” on Sunday, I’d suggest making the drive to Page that day. It takes about 4.5 hours to make the trip if you drive direct, but that rarely happens as the route is very scenic and you’ll no doubt find places you want to stop. Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments, just North of Flagstaff are quite fascinating. An Ancestral Puebloan complex and a dormant volcano respectively are the predominant features at these monuments that are connected by a convenient loop drive.
      If you get underway early enough, you might consider stopping at the Cameron Trading Post at the Junction of AZ64 and US89 for lunch. The Navajo Tacos are amazing, but caution: unless you’re absolutely starving, get the mini. The regular is huge! Or get the regular and take a to-go box for a snack later LOL.
      On the way into Page, stop at Horseshoe Bend just South of town. For dinner, I’ve always been partial to Bonkers and Blue Buddha, but then again Page, Arizona restaurants offer quite a surprising variety to choose from. Tour Antelope Canyon the following morning (be sure to make reservations), then sometime early in the afternoon, head down for Sedona. It’s about a 3-hour drive if you don’t stop. If you didn’t get to tour Wupatki/Sunset Crater or do the Cameron Trading Post stop the day prior, you might do it then. Get settled in at your hotel in Sedona, do dinner at Elote, then the next day, consider doing a Pink Jeep Tour or walking tour around downtown Sedona.
      Get a good night’s sleep, then head down to Phoenix for your flight out. By saving Sedona for the back half of your trip, you’ll only have a 2-hour drive to the airport.
      Of course, this is contingent on lodging availability in both locations. Be sure you square that away first, then make reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour, as well as your table at Elote.
      Also, sunset occurs at about 6:30 PM that time of year. Be sure you avoid driving after dark since artificial/supplemental lighting is kept to a bare minimum in this part of the country. The road from Flagstaff to Sedona in particular is very windy, which is crazy-scary driving in the dark (trust me, I’ve done it!).
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Melissa says:

        Alley,
        Thank you so much for the quick response! So, I have been to the Grand Canyon, but my brother has not. With such a short period of time do you think there is a route from Phoenix to Page that would give a good opportunity for me to stop and see the Grand Canyon with my brother? I know there is no time to actually hike the Canyon, so it wasn’t on the list, but if you think that there is a driving route to take that has us give him a good “look” I would be absolutely game to making the trek that way. Or if you said on the way from Page to Sedona it would be good to “swing by” the Canyon. I don’t want to spend all the time in the car, but then again if we are just that close it’s dumb not to show him I would do it. I have done Sedona and Grand Canyon in the past and loved Sedona so much. Love the suggestions and the tips! THANK YOU again for taking the time to educate and give great guidance to all of us!!!
        Mel

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Mel!
          You could swing by Grand Canyon en route to Page from Phoenix, or en route from Page to Sedona. Either way, it will make for a rather long drive.
          If you were to go from Phoenix to Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim, that’s ~ a 4.5 hour drive. Then from GC to Page is ~2.5-3 hours.
          To go from Page to GC Village/South Rim is again, 2.5-3 hours, then from there to Sedona would be about 2.5-3 hours.
          So, the latter route is slightly shorter. Either way you slice it, you’re looking at 6-7 hours driving at an absolute minimum in order to work the Grand Canyon into your trip plans yet spend some semblance of “quality time” there.
          A third option that would allow your brother to at least have a “peek” at the Grand Canyon and whittle your drive down to a *slightly* more reasonable timeframe would be to proceed from Phoenix, AZ straight to Cameron, then cut over to the Desert View Watchtower via AZ64 West. This is the Easternmost point of Grand Canyon National Park, and is a darn good view of the Grand Canyon to boot, but doesn’t have you going all the way in as far as Grand Canyon Village.

          It at least gives your brother “bragging rights” to having seen the Grand Canyon, and getting to Page by nightfall. Direct drive time is about 5.5 hours, but again, 6.5 hours or longer may be a more realistic figure as there’ll invariably be those “wow, check that out!” moments you will want to indulge.
          Hope that helps.
          Alley πŸ™‚

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Or, you could simply plan 1 night in each place, which is less than ideal, but workable on your schedule. πŸ˜‰

  66. Alli K. says:

    Hello!

    I am trying to plan a trip to go in the beginning of March, around the 5-9 (our spring break, so maybe it will be a little busier then?). How will the light and pictures be around that time? And it won’t be super busy right? I’m guessing not because it will probably still be a little chilly? What are your thoughts?

    Thank you!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      OMG, I’m Alley K too! That’s awesome.
      In answer to your questions, early March is a fine time for taking pictures in Antelope Canyon, as well as at Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. As to how busy it will be, that remains to be seen, but using 2017 as a gauge, it won’t be uncrowded by any means. The Page area doesn’t have much of an off-season anymore, so expect to share the area with other “spring breakers.” Regarding the weather, yes, it can still be quite chilly as March is in that transitional zone between winter and spring. Be prepared to dress warmly, and you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy your visit to the area.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley K πŸ™‚

  67. Vishal says:

    Hi,

    Can you please advise us which tour time should we choose for Lower Antelope and Boat tour for Feb 25th?

    Tour for Lower Antelope Canyon Check in by 11 and Depart by 11:30 is sold out. Should we choose check in by 10:30 and Depart by 11:00 or Check in by 11:30 /depart at 12:00?

    We also wanted to cover Boat tour and horseshoe bend on same day.

    We will be staying in near by hotel.

    Thanks
    Vishal.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Vishal,
      Your plan is somewhat ambitious for one day, but doable with a little pre-planning.
      Since you are will be staying in Page, AZ (hopefully), I would recommend visiting Horseshoe Bend as soon after sunrise as possible, then head down to Lower Antelope Canyon for the tour that checks in at 10.30 AM and departs at 11:00 AM. Afterward, head down to Antelope Point Marina for the Antelope Canyon waterside boat tour that departs at 2:30 PM. Or, you could opt to have lunch beforehand and take the tour that departs at 3:45 PM. For more information, visit https://www.antelopepointlakepowell.com/recreation/tours-2/
      Be prepared to dress warmly, especially for morning activities. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  68. Oyin says:

    Hi!
    Thank you so much for this post.
    I’m looking for some recommendations.
    Will be coming to Arizona Dec 31 – Jan 4
    Planning Grand Canyon, Page and Sedona. Initially had a plan but switched itinerary around a bit as my travel partner has to be back at work on the 2nd (Leaving from Flagstaff at 2am!!)
    Flying into Phoenix, landing at 12
    Any tips on how I should work this? (With the idea that Sedona is closest to Flagstaff I think).
    Thinking Page, Sedona, Grand Canyon.

    Not sure what to do in Page on 31st as we will likely arrive around 5pm (renting car). Saw something about Glen Canyon overlook. Maybe Cameron Trading Post?
    1st – Antelope canyon and Horseshoe bend (anthing else to do?).
    Drive to Sedona (Anything to do since it is evening time).
    2nd – Pink Jeep Tour, Montezuma Castle and well (Anything else).
    Drive to Grand Canyon. See the sunset at the South Rim.
    3rd – Bright Angel Hike, maybe walk about town/Tusayan.
    4th – Head home.
    Any tips/itinerary ideas would be appreciated.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Oyin,
      Hello and thank you for your inquiry. So let’s get right to it:
      1. If you do indeed stick to your plan of arriving in Page at around 5 PM, you might as well pack it in for the day, or maybe go get some dinner then proceed to your hotel. Sunset takes place at about 5:20 PM that time of year, so you won’t have much daylight to work with.
      2. If you opt to tour both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on the 1st, try to get your sightseeing done by about 2:00-2:30 PM so you don’t get caught driving after dark. Driving at night in this part of the US is strongly discouraged due to lack of supplemental lighting, and the tendency of deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate near roadways at night.
      3. If you’re flying out of Phoenix at the end of your trip, I’d recommend flipping the order in which you visit Grand Canyon and Sedona. Visit Grand Canyon South Rim after Page, then go on to Sedona the next day. 4. Hiking on Bright Angel Trail may not be feasible at that time of year due to the possible presence of ice on the trail. If it is clear, go ahead and do it (remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours up). If the trail has already iced over, stick to rimside trails in Grand Canyon Village and maybe take a drive along the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive.
      5. A Pink Jeep Tour and a visit to Montezuma’s Well will certainly occupy the better part of a day in Sedona. For more ideas on what to do in that area, go to http://www.visitsedona.com
      6. Make ALL lodging and guided tour reservations in advance! You are proposing to visit over the New Year’s Eve holiday, which is a busy time of year in Northern Arizona tourist destinations.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  69. Dooie Kim says:

    Is it worth going to both Lower and upper? or not worth visiting both?
    If one is good enough, what’s better?
    it will be for 3 adults, 2 in 30s, 1 in 60s.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Dooie Kim,
      Hi and thank you for your inquiry today.
      Though both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are beautiful, it’s not 100% necessary to see both in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. Which branch of the canyon you should see boils down to your party’s physical fitness level: if everyone is OK doing a little stair climbing and scrambling around some small boulders, then you should be fine doing Lower Antelope Canyon. If one or more of your party members has mobility issues and might be hard-pressed to manage the stairs, then Upper would be the better choice as the trail is only 100 yards long and fairly flat.
      If you’re looking for other activities to fill your time in Page, consider Horseshoe Bend Overlook, a Glen Canyon Dam tour, visiting the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Navajo Village Heritage Center, or taking a short drive to the Lake Powell Resort Complex inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
      Hope that helps. Safe travels to you all!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  70. Georgia L. says:

    Hi Ryan & Alley,

    Thanks so much for this website post and answering all of the comments so thoroughly. It is so helpful!

    So we’re planning a trip to Northern AZ in a couple weeks and at the last minute discovered Antelope Canyon and decided to make a detour there. Couple of questions, I tried to look in the comments but nothing addresses at least my first question in particular. I saw something regarding older/not physically fit folks probably not being able to do the lower canyon, but I didn’t see anything with regards to the upper canyon. We are taking my parents (age 70) & my kids ages 9, 7 & 4. My mom & kids I am not worried about. My dad uses a walker and walks slowly and I just assumed he would not be able to do either canyon and we were gonna leave him at the hotel while the rest of us did the lower canyon tour, but upon reading about the walk to upper canyon being a flat walk, (it still seems like a long one though), would it still be advisable that he not try to do that (upper canyon) tour? And as another option, are you actually able to see into the slot canyons on a boat tour?

    Second question, does this itinerary sound doable? – Day 1 leaving Cottonwood, AZ, leisurely driving through Sedona and taking in the sites and getting to Horseshoe bend before Sunset, staying overnight in Page. Day 2 early morning antelope caynon tour (just one tour, but probably lower, depending on your answer to question above), lunch at cameron trading post, then through the grand canyon, mostly stops at different viewpoints but not too much hiking/walking around because of grandpa, drive to flagstaff with enough time to hit up the lowell observatory for a couple hours (we have free tix). they close at 10 pm, my kids are fine with staying up late.

    another question with regards to horseshoe bend. If we are there for the sunset, how is the lighting for the walk back to the car? Is it a dangerous walk at that point?

    Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Georgia and thank you for compliments on our site.
      I’m actually going to answer your inquiries in reverse order, if that’s OK.
      I’d recommend restructuring your trip if possible to allow for not only more time in Sedona, but Grand Canyon South Rim as well. Most people spend 3 days in Sedona, and end up wishing they had more time. Seeing it on a “drive-by” basis probably won’t satisfy, even with young children and older adults in tow.
      If it’s not possible to accommodate an overnight in Sedona, and you see it en route from Cottonwood, AZ to Page, keep in mind that the 3.5+ hour drive that Google maps shows for that drive is unlikely to materialize in reality. It’s bound to be more like 5-6 hours since you’ll invariably be stopping for photos, restroom breaks, etc.
      Horseshoe Bend is a stop you can make easily before you arrive in Page, as it’s right on your way, just South of town. By the way, if you have doubts about your Dad being able to do the walk in Antelope Canyon, he’s definitely going to have a problem at Horseshoe Bend. As to whether it’s “dangerous” after sunset, not really, but you might want to have flashlights handy if you’re visiting during a waning phase of the moon.
      Day 2, here again, you’re looking at a VERY long day, with most of it spent driving. It takes 2.5-3 hours to get from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, driving directly (which, again, rarely happens); then 1.5 hours from GCSR to Flagstaff. Would it be possible to break things up by staying overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim so you can see sunset? At the very least, we’d hope you’re planning to stay overnight in Flagstaff with a late arrival at Lowell Observatory. Driving at night in this part of the country is not recommended due to the dearth of artificial lighting on the roads here.
      Now regarding Antelope Canyon, you rightfully assume that Lower is not going to be feasible for your Dad. Upper, though, might be doable. It’s only 100 yards in length and fairly flat the whole way. People using canes and walkers tour it all the time. If you’re still apprehensive, a boat tour might be a good compromise, but the slot canyon scenery would not be the same. Another thing to keep in mind is that boat tours typically go on seasonal hiatus in November, or at least require 10-15 people minimum to guarantee operation.
      I know that’s a lot to digest, but I hope it helps somewhat.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  71. Aniketh says:

    Hi! Thanks for this information.

    I’m planning to visit antelope canyon and grand canyon this december. My itinerary is as follows:

    I’m planning to start from Las Vegas on 21st December morning. I’m planning to stay in Page for 2 nights. I would want to cover upper antelope canyon tour, horseshoe bend on 21st.
    On 22nd I have planned a drive down to Grand Canyon South Rim do a small hike if possible and drive back to Page.
    I was thinking to avoid stay at Grand Canyon village because it is relatively colder than Page and I would definitely want to avoid the chill as much as possible. Or the weather doesn’t differ much between these two places ? In such case I can spend night at Grand Canyon so that I can view sunrise next day morning in Grand Canyon.
    I would want to return to Las vegas by 23rd evening and cover hoover dam on the way.

    Is this itinerary good enough and doable ? Please suggest if I need to make any changes ? And also how is the visibility in December generally ? I’m visiting this part of US for first time and I surely want my first visit a life time memory and experience.

    Thanks in Advance πŸ™‚

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Aniketh, and thank you for inquiring about your itinerary.
      So, the drive from Las Vegas to Page is approximately 4.5 hours. Another consideration is that Arizona will be on Mountain Standard Time whereas Nevada will be on Pacific Standard Time; therefore, Arizona is one hour “ahead” of Nevada, meaning you’ll “lose” an hour upon crossing the border. What with daylength being quite short in December, visiting both Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on your arrival day from Las Vegas might be something of a stretch. With an early enough start, you could manage an Upper Antelope Canyon tour on your first day out, the hit Horseshoe Bend on your way to Grand Canyon South Rim. It’s right on your way, so it’s logical and convenient.
      Regarding your plan to make Grand Canyon National Park a daytrip from Page, it’s doable, but not necessarily desirable. It takes 2.5-3 hours each way to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, and if you want to do any hiking, you wouldn’t want to be constrained by short daylength and have to hop back in your car just as you were starting to enjoy yourself. I’d recommend staying the night at Grand Canyon South Rim. Grand Canyon Hotels
      Granted Grand Canyon South Rim is going to be somewhat colder than Page, but the convenience of being there for sunrise and sunset, IMO, outweighs the discomfort of cooler temperatures.
      As for visibility, again, this is going to be wintertime, and you could encounter a day when the Grand Canyon is “socked in” by low cloud cover, but then again, you could luck out on a bluebird day that’s brisk and clear. I would start checking weather a couple of weeks before you get set to leave.
      Hope that helps. Thank you and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  72. Stacey says:

    Hi! Thanks for all this great information!

    My boyfriend and I are planning to travel to Page from Las Vegas around Nov 20. We are unclear if we should do the upper or the lower antelope canyons or both. We are both physically fit so the ladders don’t scare us. Can you do both in one day? What tour company do you recommend – is there one that does both canyons? At that time of the year (Nov) what time of day is best to visit the canyons?

    We are then going to drive to the Grand Canyon South – any recommendations on how long to visit there? We are not hardcore hikers but would love to see the views.

    Thank you!!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Stacey and thank you for visiting our site.
      If you are both physically fit, you’ll like Lower Antelope Canyon. As for whether you can do both Upper and Lower sections of the canyon in one day, you can, but you may not find it to be the best use of your time. You’d probably find the scenery similar enough to be redundant, so you might consider doing a different kind of activity, such as a Lake Powell boat tour, hiking the Rim View Trail, or visiting the Glen Canyon Dam or John Wesley Powell Museum.
      There is no one company that tours both Lower and Upper Antelope, so you’d have to work with two different companies. Best time of day is generally regarded as mid-day when the sun illuminates the canyon brightest. In November, you won’t see the shafts of light shining all the way to the canyon floor, but the canyon will still be beautiful.
      As for how long to stay at Grand Canyon South Rim, most people find 1-2 nights sufficient. In your case, you’d probably be content with 1 night since you can do a good chunk of your sightseeing on the drive over from Page, AZ. It typically takes 2.5-3 hours to drive to the South Rim from Page, but most tend to take a little longer as there is a lot to see and you’ll find yourself stopping more often than you think.
      Whichever you choose to do, we strongly recommend making your hotel and tour reservations in advance, and be prepared to encounter cooler weather, including snow at the South Rim.
      Best wishes for safe traveling,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  73. Ashley says:

    Ryan,
    My husband and I are taking a day trip to Page in 2 weeks. We plan to dive from Sedona that morning, with a 10:30 tour of Canyon x as the first stop.

    We will then drive to lower antelope, eat lunch at the marina and hopefully catch a tour of lower antelope prior to 1:30. (The visitor center told us they’re first come, first serve.)

    I’m wondering how far of a drive it is to Horseshoe Bend from Lower Antelope?

    Secondly, we want to make part of the drive to Scottsdale that night, but want to avoid too much diving in the dark. Is Flagstaff the best place for us to stay between Page and Scottsdale? Looking for a nice place.

    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ashley and thank you for visiting our site!
      First off, good call on booking Antelope Canyon X, it’s a beautiful canyon, and much less crowded than Upper Antelope.
      Regarding Lower Antelope Canyon, though, I’m afraid you have been given some incorrect information. Antelope Canyon’s popularity has skyrocketed this year. It is no longer a “first-come/first-serve” situation by a long shot. Advance reservations are not only possible to make, but strongly advised. There are two outfitters that manage this branch of Antelope Canyon: Dixie Ellis and Ken’s . No need to worry too much about who does the better tour, they will be identical in price and logistics. You also might want to aim for something slightly later, as you might be cutting it fine fitting in lunch at Antelope Point Marina between the two activities.
      As for the driving distance from Antelope Canyon to Horseshoe Bend, it’s 10-15 minutes tops. If you get an early start out of Sedona, you might even hit it on your way into town instead of after touring Lower Antelope.
      If you wanted to get a jump-start on the drive to Scottsdale that night, Flagstaff would indeed be a logical choice. That would put you about 2 hours from Scottsdale. Some of the better hotels in Flagstaff, AZ include, but are not limited to the Little America, Drury Inn & Suites, the Hilton/Doubletree, Hilton Garden and Embassy Suites. For more suggestions, you might check out TripAdvisor’s 65 Best Flagstaff, AZ Hotels.
      Hope that helps.
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Ashley says:

        Thank you!

        So if we planned to stop at Horshoe Bend on the way into town, then drive to Lower Antelope first since it says you can wait HOURS past your tour time, could we still do lunch at the Marina? Is it closer to lower antelope or canyon x?

        Then thinking a late afternoon Canyon X tour. Should we be scared to drive to Flagstaff in the dark with the animals?

  74. El says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for the informative post.

    I am looking to travel to Grand Canyon NP in December 20/21/22/23. I will be staying over at Page on the night of 21 Dec, and looking to tour the Antelope Canyons and Horseshoe Bend on 22 Dec.

    May I ask you for advice on the following:

    1) Is there any one tour provider that handles both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, or is it usual of other travellers to engage two separate tour providers for Upper and Lower sections?

    2) Any recommendation for the tour provider(s)?

    3) In terms of timing, I was told before that it will take the morning to tour Lower Antelope Canyon and the afternoon to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, leaving a bit of time to drive over to catch sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Is this a feasible plan?

    4) Finally on lake powell ride. Since it is winter, I suppose we can give this a miss, both from the perspective of weather and feasibility.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear El,
      Hello and thank you for your inquiry! We hope you find it helpful as you plan your Arizona vacation. Now, on to your specific questions:
      1) Is there any one tour provider that handles both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, or is it usual of other travelers to engage two separate tour providers for Upper and Lower sections? There is currently no single tour operator that offers package tours of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. What we would suggest you do is tour the branches of Antelope Canyon with the tour companies who operate directly at the canyon’s entrance on Highway 98. For Upper Antelope Canyon, that would be Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours; for Lower, you can choose from Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours or Dixie Ellis Antelope Lower Canyon tours.
      2) In terms of timing, I was told before that it will take the morning to tour Lower Antelope Canyon and the afternoon to tour Upper Antelope Canyon, leaving a bit of time to drive over to catch sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Is this a feasible plan? Definitely! Keep in mind that you should allow approximately 2 hours for each branch of Antelope Canyon, then be at Horseshoe Bend approximately 30 minutes prior to sunset for the best photo opportunities. In late December, sunset occurs at about 5:15 PM in Northern Arizona.
      3) Finally on Lake Powell ride, since it is winter, I suppose we can give this a miss, both from the perspective of weather and feasibility. You’ll probably have to give it a miss anyway since boat tour operations are drastically curtailed in wintertime. A minimum of 10-15 passengers is usually required to guarantee operation of tours.
      Hope that helps and that you enjoy your trip! One more thing: Late December is off-season in the Lake Powell area, which has tons of advantages. The only inconvenience you’re likely to encounter is colder weather. Be sure you pack accordingly, and keep in mind that the tour operators reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tours in the event of inclement weather.
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  75. Laura says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I want to get some good photos of Rainbow Bridge. I noticed a lot of tours leave around 7:30am and last around 6-8hrs. This is way too long and also this will be a non-ideal time to take photos. Do you know of any shorter tours that also leave later in the day?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Laura,
      There are no shorter boat tours to Rainbow Bridge. It is 52 miles Uplake from Lake Powell Resort, the sole concessionaire authorized to conduct boat tours to the Monument.
      As for availability of later departures, it depends on the time of year you’re traveling. For instance, if you’re visiting between May 15th and August 31st, there’s a later departure of the tour at 12:30 PM. It would also be a 6-8 day for you depending on the level of Lake Powell at the time. The lower the level of the lake, the longer the walk from the boat dock to the Bridge. If your visit falls outside the 05/15-08/31 timeframe, though, the early morning departure would be your only option for a boat tour.
      Another option would be to fly over Rainbow Bridge. Airplane tours and helicopter flights depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport, usually in the morning. Tours typically last only 30-45 minutes. One disadvantage to these is that they are not allowed to land at the bridge (no airstrip), plus they are required by law to fly at a certain altitude, which may not be ideal for photography purposes.
      Hope that at least helps. Enjoy your visit!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  76. Zina Dolzikova says:

    Hi,

    Let me start off by saying that I think you are doing a great service for helping people who visit your area πŸ™‚ Hoping that you will be able to help us out too.

    A quick overview of our plan so far: We are planning to visit the Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Sedona and, if possible, maybe stop by the Marble Canyon on the way to Page. We are hoping to see the sunset in Monument Valley. We are not experienced hikers but like to do so at a reasonable length and would also like to take a short boat tour in the Page area. We are driving from Hoover Dam on October 7th (Sedan car, if that helps) and are planning to leave just after 9 am. We booked 1 night in Williams (Grand Canyon is too expensive), 2 nights in Page, 1 night in Flagstaff, and 2 nights in Sedona.

    What specific sightseeing spots, that you can recommend, can we fit in these days?

    Do we need to book a tour to the Lower Antelope Canyon through the tour company in Page or drive directly to the canyon and get a ticket there?

    Does the Grand Canyon have a specific website for tourists?

    Thank you for your help,

    Zina

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Zina,
      Thank you for your compliments on our site! October is a great time to be here.
      A couple of things that stand out about your itinerary:
      1. You don’t have a night booked at Monument Valley. You really should stay overnight there for the best quality experience and in order to have time to do one of the tours there. Unfortunately, the best hotels there tend to book up months in advance, so you might be too late. You might have to cross it off your wish list, or resign yourself to taking a day tour there. Swinging through on your way from Page to Flagstaff would be doable, but would make for a long day: 2 hours from Page to Monument Valley, then 3 hours from Monument Valley to Flagstaff. Another option might be taking an air tour from Page, AZ. Fixed wing airplanes depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport (PGA). Contact Westwind Air Service if interested in this activity.
      2. If you’re going to Sedona anyway, it’s only 45 minutes-1 hour further from Flagstaff. You might as well just go all the way there and give Sedona 3 nights. Most people recommend spending at least that many nights there anyway.

      Regarding Antelope Canyon tours, yes, they absolutely must be booked in advance. This attraction has become extremely popular of late, so here again, don’t be surprised if tours are sold out. If you find that to be the case, there are other slot canyons in the area that are just as beautiful but nowhere near as crowded. Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours
      For boat tours in the Lake Powell area, visit Lake Powell Resort & Marina at http://www.lakepowell.com
      Lastly, yes, the Grand Canyon does have a website for tourists: http://www.GrandCanyon.com or the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/grca
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  77. Rose Smith says:

    what would be the best and easiest hiking trail 4 my kids and me?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Rose, thanks for writing us.
      Wish we knew what time of year you were visiting, because that would help us advise you better. If your trip is occurring during the summer months, you might want to walk the paved trail that extends from the Lake Powell Resort to Stateline Launch Ramp. It’s relatively flat, has some shade, plus you and your kids would have opportunities to swim.
      Upper Antelope Canyon is also an easy walk, 100 yards in length, relatively flat and the interior of the canyon stays relatively cool year-round. The trail leading up to the canyon is sandy, so that part might be a bit of a challenge, but that’s about it. Antelope Canyon tours should be booked in advance.
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook trail, which is less than 1.5 miles round-trip, is doable for most people in good health, but it does have some relatively steep uphill grades and some deep sand. Its most challenging aspect is exposure – there is no shade whatsoever on it, and during the summer months, it’s really hot out there. In fact, a gentleman recently died on the trail πŸ™ Granted there were mitigating factors, namely age in his case, but it stands as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. Go early in the morning, take enough water for your entire party, and be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and appropriate shoes for walking. In fact, that’s good advice wherever you choose to hike in Page, Arizona.
      Hope that helps – safe travels to you!
      Alley

  78. Ricardo says:

    Hi, thanks for all your ideas on trips to antelope canyon.

    Unfortunately due to time constraints, I arrive in LV on 13 july and am taking a flight out on 16 july. Is there anyway I can squeeze in a trip to Grand Canyon, antelope canyon and horseshoe bend? Will the drives be too long and tiring, or which should I take out.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ricardo!
      Unfortunately, your time is very tight. Fortunately, there’s a way you might be able to work in everything you desire without too much driving.
      Book 2 nights at Grand Canyon South Rim, wherever you can find availability. Grand Canyon hotels in order of proximity to the park and desirability. Get an early start out of Las Vegas on July 14th. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive, so you’ll want to arrive at a decent hour so you can do as much sightseeing as possible in the Grand Canyon Village area.
      On July 15th, take the Canyon River Adventure Tour. This is an awesome 3-in-1 combo package that includes a plane flight from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, and flies over Horseshoe Bend; an Antelope Canyon 4×4 tour; and a half-day float trip on the Colorado River. It’s about a 12-hour day, but at least you don’t have to drive!
      If the tour doesn’t appeal, you can instead book one night at Grand Canyon South Rim and 1 night at Page (for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend). It takes 2.5-3 hours to drive from the South Rim to Page, but in that time, you can do some quality sightseeing along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon since you pretty much have to pass that way anyway. It then takes 4.5-5 hours to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim.
      It’s a lot of driving, but with determination and patience, it can be done. If you have to choose one over the other, obviously the Grand Canyon should win out, especially if you’re visiting from abroad and don’t think you’ll be able to get back to this area in the foreseeable future.

      Good luck and safe traveling!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  79. Jan says:

    Hello!
    Please could you confirm my planned trip, is possible to do it in one day? We plan our trip on the end of june.. Our group has 3 children (10-13 Y). We will be in Page overnight. We want to visit Antelope Canyon in the morning (8:00?), which one is better for us, upper or lower? How much time does the visit take? Then we want to go to the Monument Valley. During the way to MV, where do you recommend to take lunch? And again how much time do we need for the visit of MV? After MV we want continue to Moab, where we want stay for two nights.
    Thanks a lot for your help!
    Jan

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by.
      Your “planned” trip is possible, but advisable? Not so much…
      Let’s say you take an 8 AM Antelope Canyon tour. Your kids might find Lower to be the more desirable of the two since it involves some ladder climbing and boulder scrambling. Your tour will take approximately 2 hours, so you’d start driving to Monument Valley at 10 AM local time (Mountain Standard). The drive there will take another 2 hours, and since they DO observe Daylight Saving Time, you’ll “lose” an hour crossing over to the Navajo Indian Reservation, so, best case scenario, you’ll arrive at 1:00 PM. You can grab lunch at a number of restaurants in the area. I’m personally partial to the one at Goulding’s Trading Post. Assuming that ordering and eating lunch takes about 1 hour, it’s now 2:00 PM. Doing any kind of tour of Monument Valley would also take a bare minimum of two hours. It’s now 4:00 PM. Then you’re facing a 2.5 hour drive to Moab, UT, putting you there at 6:30 PM at the earliest. Again, these are “best case scenarios.” Accounting for restroom breaks and unexpected stops to photograph something that catches your eye (and there’s a lot here to catch your eye), it’s best to pad driving estimates by 25-30%. I’m getting tired just thinking about it!
      The fact that you have two days in Moab does help, but in my opinion, you’re trying to cram too much sightseeing into one day. Another factor to consider is that June is very hot in this part of the country, which will take its toll on your energy level. I don’t recall seeing where you’ll be in the days prior to visiting Page, but you might consider re-working your schedule so you can tour Antelope Canyon the day prior to driving to Moab.
      Another consideration? If you don’t already have reservations for an Antelope Canyon or Monument Valley tour, or for lodging in Moab, you might find things sold out already! If you find that to be the case with Antelope Canyon tours, consider touring one of the many alternate slot canyons in Page, AZ or traveling with Ligai Si’Anii Slot Canyon Tours out of LeChee, AZ .
      Good luck and best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley πŸ™‚

  80. Mike says:

    Hello,

    Spending a week in Kanab so we can stay in one spot and still see lots. Curious your thoughts on our itinerary and feel free to give feedback or suggestions.

    Spend 2 days in Zion- one day doing the Narrows and one day doing Angel’s Landing. (Have done them both and the reason we are going back)

    1 day driving up to Bryce and Hike the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail. If time we might go to Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

    1 day of complete relaxation in Kanab

    Thinking of combining Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Navajo Bridge and North Rim all in one day. 6 hours of driving which makes for a long day but then frees up another day.

    My main question is do you think that the North Rim deserves its own day or does it make sense to combine them all because if we go to Navajo Bridge then to head back to Kanab we go through Jacob’s Lake which is about an hour from the North Rim? We did the south rim 2 years ago and my kids got bored after a few hours so not sure if the North rim is worth it’s own day or just make it a long day.

    Thank you!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by!
      IMO the North Rim deserves a dedicated day. All that driving just to cram in a bunch of sightseeing doesn’t sound appealing in the least and your kids would probably agree with me.
      There are plenty of activities in the Page, AZ area that can help round out your Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend day, such as a boat tour on Lake Powell, or perhaps a stand-up paddleboard tour. On your way back to Kanab (or on your way to Page from Kanab), definitely stop by the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail. Easy to find between mile markers 18 & 19 on US 89, it’s a fun little hike. Remember that Utah is on Mountain Daylight Time and Page is on Mountain Standard Time, so you’ll “gain” an hour as you go from Utah to Arizona, then “lose” it again going back.
      At the North Rim, you might check out some ranger led activities and if your kids are younger, let them earn a “Junior Ranger” badge. You might also look into some of the mule rides there, they’re typically easier to get on than at the South Rim. Kids have to be at least 7 for the 1-hour rimside ride, or 10 for the half-day ride into the canyon. Grand Canyon North Rim Mule Ride On the way there, definitely stop at the Jacob Lake Inn and pick up some of their home-made cookies. They’re awesome!
      Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful trip! Remember to make advance reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour.
      Alley

  81. Cindi says:

    Alley, any ideas on my above comment…where to add another day?
    Thanks!

  82. Cindi says:

    I understand how a long-winded question can get buried…no problem. I appreciate your help immensely! So if I am able to cut out a night a Bryce, where would be the best place to add on? I chose two nights for Bryce because I figured after flying to Vegas, getting luggage, getting rental car and then driving at least 4 hours to Bryce, we wouldn’t have any time to see or do much that day. I thought we’d spend the next day at Bryce and then start out fresh and early the next a.m. to Capitol Reef. What do you think? Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  83. Cindi Holgash says:

    any answer on my itinerary posted before Sal’s?
    Thanks!

  84. sal says:

    Hello,

    I have found very useful information here. Thank you.

    I will be driving from Las Vegas to Page on Saturday. Planning to visit Lower Antelope Canyon then head to Horseshoe Bend. Is it possible/ advisable to both lower and upper canyons on the same day? I’ll be heading back to Las Vegas on Sunday with no rush. Is there anything else to see/visit near Page or on the way back to Las Vegas that doesn’t require advance preparations?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sal,
      Thanks for visiting, and for your compliments!
      This is a great question, and fortunately there is no shortage of free and/or cheap attractions to visit on the drive from Page to Las Vegas. If you go via the most direct route (map below), through Kanab, Colorado City and St. George, some popular places to visit include:
      The β€œNew Wave:” just past the Glen Canyon Dam and opposite the Lake Powell Resort turn-off on US89 is an unmarked road to a small cluster of rock formations that bear an uncanny resemblance to β€œThe Wave.” Unlike the β€œOld” Wave, the β€œNew Wave” doesn’t require a permit, or charge admission. Because the road is not regularly maintained, it does wash out occasionally. If signage states β€œno admittance,” you’ll have to skip it.
      The Big Water Visitor Center: 15 miles Northwest of Page, AZ and just over the Utah border on US89, this unassuming facility offers up some impressive surprises, such as dinosaur bones excavated locally, a topographical relief map of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and paleontology and geology displays kids and adults will love.
      The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: Between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 between mile markers 18 and 19 is a 1.5 mile round-trip trail leading to an unearthly rock garden where bizarre hoodoos, balanced rocks and other geological oddities grow. A moderate walk, don’t stop at what appears to be the end of the trail; the main hoodoo area is located up a short rock scramble.
      Kanab, Utah: a charming small town with a star-crossed path of a different sort, Kanab was once a popular site for Western movies and television shows. These days, tourism gets top billing on the economic marquee. A good stop for shopping or dining, the Rocking V Cafe and Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant are popular among locals and visitors.

      Another possibility would be to make a slight detour via Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry (map below). On this route, good stop-off points include:
      The Cut Overlook: At this pull-out off US89 approximately 30 minutes South of Page, a panoramic view of a vast expanse of the Colorado Plateau is laid at your feet. You might also purchase some jewelry or other souvenirs from the Native American families that run outdoor curio stands in the area.
      Lees Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch: For decades, this was the only place possible to cross the Colorado River. Named for its owner/operator, John Lee, who resided at a nearby farm. Legend has it that his wife took one look at the isolated outpost and exclaimed, “Oh, what a lonely dell!” Today, you can tour the ferry crossing site and the ranch, and wade in the Colorado River itself.
      Marble Canyon: Also an important river crossing site, here you’ll see two bridges side-by-side. The old Navajo Bridge, dating back to the 1920’s, and the new Navajo Bridge, completed in 1995. The old Navajo Bridge was refurbished as a pedestrian walkway, and you might see some California Condors sunning themselves on the rocks below! Stop in to the Visitor Center to learn more about the history of the bridge, and the challenges faced by the people who built it. Impossible-looking balanced rock formations are another scenic highlight of this area.
      Vermillion Cliffs: The Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry detour will take you past the far Southern border of this National Monument, famous for formations like The Wave, White Pocket Fold and the Buckskin Gulch.
      Jacob Lake Inn: nestled in the cool pines of the Kaibab National Forest 67 miles from Grand Canyon’s North Rim, this historic cabin hideaway makes a great stop for a bathroom break/leg stretch, or for a meal. If nothing else, grab a milkshake, or some of their legendary cookies, baked right on-site from time-honored recipes!

      As for whether you can tour both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon in one day, it is totally possible. Whether it’s “advisable” depends largely on you. While some visitors feel that touring both branches of the canyon is worthwhile, others report after the fact thinking that their time might have been better spent doing other activities, such as seeing Antelope Canyon from the waterside on a Stand-Up Paddleboard or boat tour. Can You Tour Both Upper And Lower Antelope Canyon In 1 Day?
      Whichever way you go, advance reservations are a must!
      Hope that helps – have a wonderful trip!
      Alley

  85. Cindi Holgash says:

    I am still trying to streamline my itinerary…
    Please let me know if this works…
    Fly to Vegas (arrive 11 a.m.)
    Drive to Bryce –4 hours (stay 2 nights)
    Drive to Capitol Reef – 2 hours (stay one night)
    Drive to Moab – 2 1/2 hours (stay 2 nights) Arches,* Dead Horse State Park, Canyonlands
    *I realize there will be construction starting 7 p.m. on the road to Arches
    Drive to Monument Valley – 2 1/2 hours (stay one night) Sunset Navajo Spirit Tour
    Drive to Lake Powell — 2 hours (2 nights) Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell Boat tour, Horseshoe Bend
    Drive to Desert Pearl in Zion – 2 hours (2 nights)
    Zion to Las Vegas – 2 1/2 hours (2 nights in Vegas)

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Cindi,
      Hi and sorry I missed this, it kinda got lost in the mix.
      Long story short, yes, this is more workable than what you had previously proposed. I would strongly recommend padding your driving figures a bit, not because they’re not accurate, but invariably there are going to be stops for bathroom breaks and points of interest between places. As you can see from Sal’s itinerary, there are a lot of “little” things to see before the “big” attractions!
      Many visitors find one night to be sufficient at Bryce since it encompasses a relatively small area, so if you have trouble finding lodging for 2 nights, that can be a “saving grace.”
      I don’t recall when you were visiting, but if it’s during the summer or fall months, remember you’re going to have to factor in time changes. Las Vegas is on Pacific Daylight Time; Arizona is on Mountain STANDARD Time (we’re weird); Utah and the Navajo Indian Reservation are on Mountain Daylight Time. You’ll “lose” an hour going from Las Vegas to Bryce, be on the same time going from Capitol Reef to Moab and Monument Valley, then “gain” the hour back when you get to Page, AZ.
      Thanks and sorry again for the delay in reply,
      Alley

  86. Suzette says:

    Hi Alley! So glad to have found this site – your responses are a wealth of information!

    My friend and I have 2 days/1 night planned in the area and we want to visit GC South Rim and Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend. We’re flying into Phoenix the first day, and probably staying in Page for the night. What do you suggest we visit/do to make the most of our trip??

    Your expertise and insights are welcomed! Thank you in advance!

    Suzette

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Suzette, and thanks for visiting our site today!
      2 days and 1 night really isn’t a lot of time to work with, but making the most of your trip won’t be hard in spite of that.
      The drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ takes approximately 4.5 hours if you drive direct. However, if you get an early enough start, you might swing through Sedona, or stop at Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments just North of Flagstaff. Further North is the historic Cameron Trading Post which is a good bathroom break/leg stretch stop, or if your tummy is growling by this point, maybe have lunch there. The Navajo Tacos are da bomb!
      Antelope Canyon is best seen during the mid-day hours, but these tours are usually sold out, so don’t fret if you have to go later in the day. Antelope Canyon is beautiful any time of day. Don’t forget to hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook on the way into town as well.
      The next morning, rise early and head for Grand Canyon South Rim. The drive takes 2.5 hours if done direct, but again, it rarely happens because of all the viewpoints you can stop at along the way. Don’t be surprised if it ends up running you 3.5-4 hours. Then, you’re looking at another 4 hours or so to drive back to Phoenix.
      Is there anyway you can modify your schedule so you can spend the night at the South Rim? That would make for a much more comfortable experience IMO.
      Good luck and happy travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Suzette says:

        Awesome, thanks so much, Alley!

        Suzette

      • Suzette says:

        Alley,

        Need your expert opinion again! We have a 3pm Lower Antelope tour scheduled the day we fly into Phoenix, then overnight in Page, then an 8am mule tour in GC the next morning. Is this the best use of our limited time, (I know you mentioned the overnight in South Rim)?? Maybe we need to flip our itinerary – GC first day, overnight there, then Page the next day? Any advice would be helpful! I’m feeling like our current setup is a little much driving and rushing around.

        Thank you in advance!
        Suzette

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Suzette,
          Apologies for the delay in replying to your question. Memorial Day weekend – ’nuff said!
          Re: Your 8 AM mule ride at Grand Canyon – which one is it? If it’s the overnight trip to Phantom Ranch, hold onto that with everything you’ve got, it’s an amazing experience, and one that’s very hard to come by. If it’s the Canyon Vistas ride (which I’m relatively sure is what you have), to be honest, I’d say skip it. For one, you’d have to get up awfully early to make it to the South Rim to check in. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon Village. Plus you’d miss the sightseeing opportunities on the East Rim/Desert View Drive. There are lots of beautiful viewpoints to stop at along that route. I’d hate to see you have to do a “drive-by” sighting because you were on a tight deadline for a ride that only goes through the forest up to a single viewpoint (which the Canyon Vista ride does).
          As for whether you need to flip your itinerary around, that’s a six-of-one/half-a-dozen-of-another proposition. It’s ~4.5 hours from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, or Page. If I’d advise any kind of modification to your schedule, it would be to add another night in Page so you can have tour Antelope Canyon at a more desirable time slot (mid-day) and a little bit of “downtime” after all that driving. Of course, it’s all contingent on availability of lodging in Page and/or Grand Canyon, and Antelope Canyon tours as well.
          Hope that helped at least somewhat. If it’s any consolation, you wouldn’t be the first family to tour the area on such and ambitious schedule, and you certainly won’t be the last.
          Safe travels,
          Alley πŸ™‚

  87. Shab says:

    Hi, love your website and all the articles!

    I am planning a solo trip from Vancouver, BC to visit Antelope Canyon and Horse Bend from June 1-5. My plan is to rent a car from Vegas to Page although a bit nervous about the drive. Any recommendations for this first time solo traveler? Love to make the most of my time while there and hopefully get to do the things you suggested in Ultimate 2-day Itinerary.

    So lucky to have come upon this site. Thank you for all your guidance!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Shab,
      Thank you for visiting, and for your compliments!
      The drive from Las Vegas to Page is a fairly straightforward one, taking place on paved, well-traveled roads. Driving directly, the trip usually takes 4.5 hours or so, but people rarely drive straight through as there are many beautiful sites and points of interest along the way.
      In your case, you might consider driving through Zion National Park in Utah. It doesn’t add much to your drive in terms of mileage, but for scenic quality, it definitely beats the more direct route.

      The only thing I would caution you or any driver about is not to drive in this area at night. Supplemental/artificial lighting is kept to a bare minimum on local roadways, so once the sun sets, it gets really dark, plus deer, elk and other wildlife like to congregate near the roads at night, and trust me, you don’t want to get in an accident with one of them!
      Here’s a question for you: if you have 4 nights total, did you plan to spend them all in the Page area? You might consider splitting your time between Zion and Page.
      Hope that helps. Feel free to write again!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley πŸ™‚

      • Shab says:

        Hi Alley,

        Thank you so much for writing back and all your advise. You made my day!

        To be honest, I do not have much of clue or itinerary planned. It’s my 45th birthday on June 2nd and have this strange calling that I need to be in Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Other than that I don’t have to stay in Page. But not having been in these areas or ever travelled on my own, feeling pretty nervous and lost. I hope to arrive in Vegas late morning or early afternoon of June 1st so to get a head start. Would like to keep it simple and make most of my days.

        Would it be too much to ask if you have any suggestions or ideas for an itinerary?

        Thank you again for everything. You have no idea how much it means to me.

        Hoping not to chicken out,
        Shab

  88. Cindi says:

    Thanks so much, Alley. I appreciate your bringing the construction problem to my attention. I will certainly keep it in mind when planning. I checked into it after you wrote about it and people have commented that they made sure they visited first thing in the morning to avoid the most traffic.

    Yes, you are correct about the Grand Canyon-I have visited a few years ago, so I will concentrate on other national parks and sites besides the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

    Would it make any difference if I reversed your proposed itinerary? Start with Vegas, then Bryce, then Escalante, then Capitol Reef, etc. Any advantage one direction vs. the opposite?

    Thanks for all your help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Cindi, thanks for writing back! As to the order in which you visit the parks, monuments, etc. on your itinerary, it doesn’t really make a huge difference. Availability of lodging in the different locations may be the primary determining factor for how you plan your trip. Since you’ll have done a lot of driving on this vacation, you may want to coordinate it so your last stop puts you closer to Las Vegas, in which case, that would be Bryce.
      πŸ™‚ Thanks again for stopping by!
      Alley
      P.S. Remember to pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” at the first park on your itinerary. It will save you a ton of money on park entrance fees! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

  89. Cindi Holgash says:

    This is an amazing site! Thanks for all your wealth of information. I need help with my planning of our Utah trip. We plan on flying to Vegas –not sure whether to start at Zion/Bryce or go to Lake Powell first.
    Vegas to Lake Powell– one night in Lake Powell (boat tour)
    Lake Powell to Monument Valley –one night in Monument Valley. My dream is to do a sunset jeep tour if possible here.
    Antelope Canyon, Horshoe Bend
    Monument Valley to Canyonland to Moab
    One – Two nights in Moab (Arches, Canyonland, 7 Dead Horse State Park)
    Moab to Capitol Reef (Arches
    Capitol Reef to Escalante
    Escalante to Bryce/Zion (portion of The Narrows) other various sites there
    2-3 nights in Zion
    2 nights in Vegas
    I am in fair shape but I do have rheumatoid arthritis in my legs. I am 60 and my husband is 63. I would say hiking in the moderate range would be the best bet. Also when would be the best time to go to the Antelope Canyon? Which would be best for us to tackle?
    Thanks so much for your help!

    Does this sound like a plan? If you have a better itinerary, please give me your better ideas.

    forgot to mention that we are thinking of taking the trip mid-July or early August. Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Cindy, thank you for visiting our site, and your compliments!
      First of all, you might want to consider taking Moab off your itinerary. Not that it isn’t beautiful (it is), but there is a major road construction project going on in Arches this year that will significantly impact the quality of your visit. Here’s more information on the project ->: https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/construction.htm
      Not knowing how long you actually have for your trip, I’ll venture to suggest an itinerary as follows:
      Las Vegas to Zion – 2 nights in Zion
      Zion to Page/Lake Powell – 2 nights in Page (boat tour, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend)
      Page to Monument Valley – 1 night in MV
      Monument Valley to Capitol Reef – 2 nights in Capitol Reef
      Capitol Reef to Escalante – 1 night in Escalante
      Escalante to Bryce – 1 night in Bryce
      Bryce to Las Vegas

      For suggestions of good hikes you and your husband can do, I recommend going to https://www.nps.gov and visiting the sites for the individual parks. For Antelope Canyon specifically, Upper would probably be your best bet as that branch of the canyon is flat, 100 yards long (or short, as it were) and manageable for 99% of people who visit. Lower requires some stair climbing and boulder scrambling. Whichever you choose, make sure you book your trip in advance of your arrival. This has become a very popular attraction. In your case, since you’re planning to go to Monument Valley, you can easily do your tour on the way from Page to MV by catching it at the Tribal Park Entrance on US98. Visit http://www.navajotours.com for more information.
      One last thing, keep in mind that it’s going to be hot at the time of your trip, and it’s monsoon season, which means afternoon thunderstorms occur almost daily. It’s nothing to fear, just something to be aware of.
      OK, one more last thing: I notice the Grand Canyon is absent from your trip plan. Have you already been there?
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

  90. Scott says:

    Hi Ryan. We will be spending 3 days and two nights in early may in the Page area. Of coarse plan on visiting Antelope canyon and Lake powell. We would like to camp and have a four wheels drive vehicle. Can you recommend any 4×4 accessible remote beautiful places to set up camp?
    Thanks
    Scott

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Morning Scott,
      Thanks for visiting our site! There are a plethora of camping options – both developed and primitive – in the Page/Lake Powell area. The reason I mention both options is because you did not expressly state whether your 4WD vehicle was your personal vehicle or a rental. If you’re renting your vehicle, most rental car companies forbid off-road driving, even if the vehicle you rent is a 4×4 or SUV. If you venture off paved roadways and sustain any damage to the vehicle, you would void your rental insurance and be held liable for potentially costly repairs. In this case, you’d be better off sticking to managed campgrounds, such as the Wahweap Campground inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, or the Lake Powell Campground in the town of Page, AZ.
      If the vehicle is yours, then you’re free to camp wherever you wish! Popular camping options for those with 4×4 vehicles includes, but is not limited to, Lone Rock Beach on the AZ/UT border near the town of Greenehaven, and Alstrom Point, which can be accessed via a dirt road from the town of Big Water, UT. For the latter, it is strongly advised to get a map of the local area or discuss your planned route with knowledgeable local residents, such as the employees of the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum.
      Another option you might not have considered is to get off your wheels and get on the water. Rent a boat at Lake Powell Marina and Antelope Marina, find a nice cove or beach, pitch your tent and enjoy! However, for this option, you must provide or rent some type of portable sanitation device. Ditto for places such as Alstrom Point, which have no facilities. Be sure to pack out all trash, as well.
      For more information on camping in the Page area, visit our page “Camping and RV Options Near Antelope Canyon.”
      Have fun!
      Alley

  91. Audra Johnston says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for this one day intinerary! I am planning my first day (and first time) in Page with it! I’ve enjoyed your website about Antelope Canyon and all the post and comments so much. After two days in Page, I am heading to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I hope you don’t mind me asking about the South Rim. Any suggestions? Must dos and don’t dos?

    Can’t wait to visit. Thanks for this website, it has been very helpful!

    From Texas,
    Audra J.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Audra,
      As someone who lived and worked at the South Rim for 7 years, I don’t mind at all answering your question!
      First off, the most logical route from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim is to take US89 South, then get on AZ64 West. At the junction of these two highways is the Historic Cameron Trading Post. It makes for a good bathroom break/leg stretch at the very least, but if you have the time or inclination, maybe stay to do some souvenir shopping, or enjoy their restaurant’s signature dish, the Navajo Taco.
      Upon departing the Navajo reservation and entering the park, there are several Grand Canyon viewpoints you should stop at: the Desert View Watchtower, Lipan Point, Moran Point, and Zuni Point, just to name a few.
      When you get to Grand Canyon Village, the main commerce area at the South Rim, find a place to park, then take the free Village Loop Shuttle up to the stop across from the Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then climb the staircase to the rim. There, you can walk the easy, paved Rim Trail through the Historic District, featuring Verkamp’s, the Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio. Yavapai Geological Museum is a fascinating stop as well, also accessible by the Village Loop Shuttle, as is the Canyon View Information Plaza. Outside the park in Tusayan/GC Village South, the IMAX presentation “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” is also fun.
      For more good suggestions on planning a Grand Canyon trip, visit http://www.grandcanyon.com or http://www.nps.gov/grca
      Happy traveling from Arizona,
      Alley

  92. ml says:

    by the way Alley,

    suggested hotels above will be very useful the next visit!
    thanks very much indeed!

  93. ml says:

    Thanks Alley:-)
    Appreciate the tips!
    so, our final trip will be:

    -staying at scottsdale overnight upon arrival
    -early morning heading and exploring Sedona for one day (rock slide -swimming/holy cross chapel
    -in the early evening, heading to flagstaff hotel (2nights)?
    -early morning next day heading to horseshoe bend and entelope
    -overnight stay again in flagstaff
    -early morning heading to grand canyon south rim and explore
    -leave grand canyon by 2pm ? and headback to scottsdale (4.5hrs drive)

    is grand canyon south rim explorable by 3hrs max??

    thanks Alley
    any inputs will be much appreciated.
    God speed!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi again!
      Staying in Flagstaff, it is possible to see quite a bit of Grand Canyon in 3 hours time, especially if you were to arrive and/or depart via the East Rim/Desert View Drive.
      Driving direct from Flagstaff (or “Flag” as we locals call it) to the Grand Canyon takes 1.5 hours; going and/or coming via the East Rim route adds another hour onto the trip. If you want, you can make a “loop” out of it like so ->:
      Be sure to stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post for a bathroom break, leg stretch, maybe a little souvenir shopping or even a meal! http://www.camerontradingpost.com
      Good luck and God speed to you,
      Alley πŸ™‚

  94. ml says:

    Hello Ryan,

    Thank you for your amazing replies and comments, these sure are a great help especially for first time travellers like ourselves.
    we are arriving in Phoenix and staying in scottsdale hotel. Our trip is for five days. travelling with kids (9 and 3 yrs old).
    Planned itineraries:
    day 1 – exploring/driving to sedona then back to scottsdale
    day 2 – driving to page for horseshoe bend and antelope canyon in one day (back to scottsdale end of day), although looking for a night to stay in page but hotels are either fully booked or pricey
    day3- grand canyon
    any suggestions will be much appreciated.
    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi ml, and thanks for visiting our site.
      Your plan looks pretty good, except for the two days exploring Grand Canyon and Page. The drive from Scottsdale to both of these locations is 4.5 hours minimum – one way. Doing day trips out of Scottsdale is going to mean a lot of time spent driving, which is likely to get old pretty quick.
      I know what you mean about Page hotels being a bit on the pricey side, but there are a few that tend to ‘fly under the radar’ due to their location off the main drag of the town, and the fact that they are independently owned properties who don’t take reservations via the usual channels. Lulu’s Sleep Ezze Motel, the Lake Powell Motel, the Red Rock Motel and Debbie’s Hide-A-Way (I’ve personally stayed at Debbie’s several times) are located in a residential area of Page and are actually converted apartments. So for the price of a traditional motel room – sometimes less – you get a bigger space with a separate living area, fully stocked kitchen, and more personal service. Do a Google search of the above-referenced properties and maybe do a price comparison.
      As for the Grand Canyon, you’ll find the same situation re: lodging prices holds true, but by going a bit ‘off-the-beaten-path,’ you can sometimes find a good deal. Click on this link and scroll down for hotels in Valle, AZ (25 miles South of the park) or Williams, AZ (1 hour South of the park) ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Otherwise, get an early start out of Scottsdale, AZ and likewise, start back to Scottsdale well before nightfall.
      Good luck and have a wonderful visit in Arizona!
      Alley

  95. Arby says:

    Hi Ryan or Alley,
    We are flying into Flagstaff and have 4 days and we want to see Grand Canyon,-1day, 1day- antelope canyon, horseshoe bend and 1day-Sedona.
    1. Please suggest the sequence?
    2. And also suggest the sequence for antelope canyon and horseshoe bend?
    3. Also suggest must places to see in Sedona? Thanks a lot

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Arby,
      Alley here! So let’s get right down to it:
      Question #1: The sequence in which you visit the various attractions you have on your wish list will revolve around lodging at the Grand Canyon. Sort that out first, and the rest will easily fall into place. For example, if you’re able to secure a hotel at the Grand Canyon directly upon your arrival, you can then go to Page afterward, then hit Sedona last. If you’re not able to find anything suitable until toward the end of your 4 days, then go to Sedona first, then up to Page, then Grand Canyon and back to Flagstaff. For more information on Grand Canyon hotels, this link lists them in order of preference and proximity to the South Rim. grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ Don’t fret too much about “what’s best,” just grab what’s available and go from there.
      2. As for the sequence for visiting Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, this can also be done in either order. The consensus on the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend is either just after sunrise or late afternoon just prior to sunset. The best time to visit Antelope Canyon is generally regarded as mid-day when the light in the canyon is brightest and the chance for observing the light shafts is greatest.
      3. Must-see places in Sedona – hope you have at least 2 days, because there’s a lot, including, but by no means limited to, Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park, Pink Jeep Tours, Red Rock State Park, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, scenic air tours. Just do a Google search on “top things to do in Sedona, AZ” and you’ll come up with all kinds of suggestions.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and happy traveling!
      Alley

  96. Diana says:

    Thanks for this great itinerary. We’re visiting Page next month with our 6 and 9 year old sons as part of our Sedona and Grand Canyon trip. We have booked the half day raft trip and have one more day to plan. Based on your recommendation we’ve booked Lower Antelope Canyon and will definitely check out Horseshoe Bend. Do you think it still makes sense to do the Lake Powell boat trip being that we’ll be on the water for half of the previous day? We were thinking of squeezing in a hike between Lower Antelope and Horseshoe Bend. The boys like scramble on rocks but I don’t want any dangerous ledges for them.

    Thanks!
    Diana

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Diana, and thanks for visiting our site!
      Your current trip itinerary sounds great for your family. As for doing a Lake Powell boat trip, it would certainly offer a different kind of perspective than the float trip, but I wouldn’t try to fill up 100% of your time just for its own sake. A little bit of “down time” might be welcome here. If you’re still looking for things to do at that point, you might visit the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center.
      As for other hikes you might take during your stay, here is a list of some good suggestions from the National Park Service ->: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/day-hikes.htm
      Speaking of “dangerous ledges,” do keep in mind that Horseshoe Bend Overlook has NO guardrails and it’s a 700′ drop to the river. Make sure your sons are under your control, which means “walk, don’t run!”
      Good luck and happy traveling!
      Alley

  97. Janeese Lewis says:

    Hey, Ryan and Alley! My husband and I are planning a trip from March 31 – April 3 but keep running into logistic problems. We want to see Upper Antelope Canyon when the light is shining through so preferably midday, lower antelope canyon, Horseshoe Bend either at sunrise or sunset and Monument Valley at either sunrise or sunset. The problem is we haven’t decided where we should fly in and out of as far as Utah, Phoenix or Vegas? And we don’t know where we should set up a base as far as the hotel to be able to see these three at times we want to see them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Janeese and thank you for visiting our site!
      Most visitors to this part of the country use Phoenix or Las Vegas airport as their starting point. Either airport is 4.5-5 hours from the town of Page. Salt Lake City is about 6 hours away from Page. Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you were wanting to visit places like Dinosaur National Monument, Arches/Canyonlands or Bryce Canyon, it would be the most logical place to fly into/out of.
      As for where to stay in order to maximise your sightseeing time at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, pretty much any hotel or motel in Page will do. Page is a small town so staying on one side of town vs. the other will only result in a few minutes time saved, or wasted as it were. Page hotels run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, so you can pretty much take your pick. Just book in advance as spring break is a busy time for travel. Visit this link and scroll down to the paragraph with the headline “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim.” https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
      Good luck and happy traveling!
      Alley

  98. Jade Delarosa says:

    Hello,

    Is there an itinerary on the best way to hike just Antelope canyon and Horseshoe Bay in one day?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jade and thanks for visiting our site!
      There is no “best way” to visit these attractions in a single day, but depending on your trip itinerary and the time of year you’re visiting, there are certainly recommended ways to do so.
      For example, if you are traveling to Page from Grand Canyon South Rim, Flagstaff or Sedona, Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just 5 miles South of town, so it’s a convenient stop on your way here. If you’re driving in from Monument Valley, Four Corners or Colorado, Antelope Canyon is conveniently located on Highway 98 just Southeast of Page, so you can easily hit that attraction on the way into town as well.
      If you’ll have stayed the night prior in Page and have the full day to work with, you can visit Horseshoe Bend in the morning, after sunrise, then head towards Antelope Canyon at mid-day, when the light is brightest. Another option is to sleep late, take a mid-day tour of Antelope Canyon, then pop by Horseshoe Bend at mid-afternoon.
      If you’re visiting during the summer months, keep in mind that Horseshoe Bend is completely exposed to the sun, so if you or any of your traveling party are sensitive to extreme heat or sunlight, you might wish to time your visit for the cooler part of the day.
      Good luck and happy traveling!
      Alley

  99. Nakul Bhadoria says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Very informative web page.

    I need your help in preparing my itinerary, My dates are 30th April & 1st May and I want to Cover Grand Canyon, upper & lower antelope canyon and horse shoe band. Please help me in my itinerary. I will be driving my personal car with my wife and daughter.

    Any other option to see any good place and if possible will be good.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Good morning, Nakul — or good evening in India!
      In order to give the best advice on an itinerary, we would need to know in which order you are wanting to visit these attractions. Assuming that you will visit them in the order given on your enquiry, here is what I would suggest:
      Traveling from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, Arizona will take you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon (AZ64). There are many beautiful viewpoints you can stop at on this route prior to exiting the park. Once you are through the park gate, you are now on Navajo Indian Land. The Cameron Trading Post is a good place to stop for a meal or a quick leg stretch/bathroom break. Leaving Cameron, continuing North on Highway 89 will take you into the town of Page.
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located approximately 5 miles South of Page, so you can easily hit this spot on the way into town before settling into your hotel for the night.
      The next morning, drive out to the Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park entrance on Highway 98. This is where the tours of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon depart from. Geographically, it makes more sense to hit Upper Antelope Canyon first, but, if you have your heart set on seeing the light shafts the place is so famous for, doing Lower Antelope first may be the better option. It’s up to you, but whichever you choose, we strongly recommend booking your Antelope Canyon tours in advance as late April/early May is a very busy time of year. Visit this page for complete information on how to go about it ->: https://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/
      If you have time, you might consider stopping off at Glen Canyon Dam for a fascinating tour of this monumental and historically important structure.
      Thank you for visiting and please don’t hesitate to write again if you have further questions!
      Happy travels,
      Alley

  100. Eric says:

    Very informative website, thank you. Apologize if you have answered a similar question before, but if the lower and upper Antelope Canyon are very similar, would you advocate hitting both of them in the same day (one in morning, one in the afternoon) or would we be basically seeing the same thing? We’re staying in Flagstaff on March 9th and have hotel in Page for the 10th and 11th right now – I’m wondering if Lower Antelope morning of the 10th, lunch then Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon might be enough?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Eric, thank you for visiting, and for the compliment! And no apologies necessary for your question πŸ˜‰
      Actually, Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon do have significant differences from one another which would justify trying to see them both. https://antelopecanyon.az/can-you-do-both-lower-and-upper-in-a-day/ Seeing both in one day would be quite feasible and easy since they are located relatively close to one another. We advise allowing 90 minutes to 2 hours to see each one, but if you were to choose one or the other, we’d definitely advocate for Lower.
      Another option is you could visit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town from Flagstaff, then tour both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon on your second day. https://horseshoebend.com/how-to-get-here/ If you take us up on that, be sure to keep your tribal park entrance fee receipt so you don’t have to pay it twice going from one side of the canyon to the other.
      For lunch, consider Antelope Point Marina, which is just minutes away from Antelope Canyon and right on the shore of Lake Powell. https://antelopepointlakepowell.com/dining/
      Thank you again for visiting. Have a wonderful trip!
      Alley
      P.S. Be sure to dress warmly as temperatures in March are still apt to be quite cool.

  101. Irene Miranda says:

    HI Ryan,

    Your website is very useful!
    I would like to show the itineray I am planning for June 2017.
    20th of June leaving Las Vegas early in the morning to Grand Canyon south rim ( helicopter tour) Sleep at Cameron overnight.
    21st Leaving Grand Canyon around lunch time to go to Monument Valley.
    After being there driving to Page and sleep there.
    22nd Rafting +Antelope, Horseshoe bend
    23rd Leaving Page early in the morning to Las Vegas (Our flight back home is at 9 pm)

    I would like to know what you think or if u have any suggestions! thank you

    Irene

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Irene,
      Thank you for visiting our site, and for your compliments! Ryan is away from the office, but as a long-time former resident of both the Grand Canyon and Page, I am happy to help you.
      Your itinerary is feasible, but be prepared: you’re going to spend a lot of time driving.
      Day 1: It takes 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, longer if you decide to stop at Hoover Dam. A Grand Canyon helicopter flight is a great idea, but keep in mind that you will be required to check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Be sure to book your flight well in advance ->: https://grandcanyon.com/tours/south-rim-tours/north-canyon-tour/
      You should then set aside at least 2 hours to explore Grand Canyon Village Historic District and the Rim Trail before departing for the Cameron Trading Post, which takes 1.5 hours to reach from GC Village if you drive directly, which you probably won’t, because there are several beautiful canyon viewpoints you’ll no doubt want to stop at. Whatever you do, make sure you’re in Cameron before nightfall, or at least by dusk. Driving at night is not recommended due to the scarcity of artificial/supplemental lighting and the tendency of deer, elk and other animals to congregate near the roadside.
      Day 2: It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Cameron to Monument Valley, then another 2 hours to drive to Page. If you manage to leave Monument Valley at a reasonable hour, you might be able to get in a tour of Antelope Canyon en route to Page, however, optimal lighting time will probably have passed. Most people prefer to be there around noon, but that is the most crowded time of day. Arriving later, you’ll still have good lighting conditions and less crowds to jockey with.
      Day 3: Take the Colorado River Discovery Rafting trip at 7:30 AM. During the summer months, the river gets quite hot during the afternoon hours, making the 1:00 PM departure quite uncomfortable. After the tour, drive to Horseshoe Bend. If desired and/or if you have time, you might also visit the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors’ Center.
      Day 4: Drive from Page to Las Vegas. The direct route takes approximately 5 hours. You might also consider going there via Zion National Park, which will add another 60-90 minutes to your drive, but the scenery will make it time well spent.
      Hope that helps! Have a wonderful trip.
      Alley

  102. Ankit says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Your itinerary looks great. It is super useful for folks visiting the area for the very first time and have a little idea about how to plan an itinerary (google has too much info). We are planning to visit Las Vegas and Utah for 10 days (June 1 – 10). Parents (about 60 yrs old), brother, his wife and 2 yr old kid, myself and my wife. Total of 6 adults, 1 kid. After reading your post, I definitely want to visit Page, but wondering how long should I plan to stay at Page. Here is what my current itinerary looks like:

    Planning to rent class C RV.

    1. June 1 – 3: Vegas, leave for Grand Canyon South Rim, stay overnight
    2. June 4: 1 day at South Rim, locations still to be finalized, leave for Page in evening, overnight at Page
    3. June 5 and 6: Page. Upper / Lower Antelope, Horseshoe bend and probably boat tour because of parents. Leave for Bryce National Park
    4. June 7: whole day at Bryce National Park, leave for Zion
    5. June 8: whole day at Zion National Park, overnight at Zion
    6. June 9: most likely leave back to Vegas depending on when I book my flight

    I was wondering if June would be too hot and how long should we stay at Page, especially because we might not be able to hike everywhere given that parents are with us. Also, is one day good enough for South Rim? Initially I had planned Arches National Park from Page and then drive to Bryce, which could mean we extend the trip by a day and leave back home on June 10 from vegas.

    Your help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ankit,
      Ryan is out of the office, but as a long-time former resident of Page, I am happy to help you!
      Your itinerary actually looks quite good. A few things to keep in mind:
      1. If you’re renting an RV because you’re under the impression that it will save you money on hotel costs, you may be surprised – unpleasantly – to learn that those savings will negated by the cost of gas. Plus, summertime RV park rates are sometimes just as much as budget- to mid-range hotels. I know, I sometimes travel in a Class B camper myself. Also, I’m thinking that a Class C RV will be a bit cramped for 6 adults and 1 child, so if you do decide to proceed with the RV rental, make sure the unit you rent is big enough to accommodate all of you comfortably. Here’s a video that explains the differences between the RV classes in more detail ->: https://youtu.be/51ct-ZHWQ9Q
      2. Driving at night should be avoided in this part of the US. Roadways in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah have a bare minimum of artificial/supplemental lighting, plus deer, elk and other wildlife have a penchant for congregating near roads and sometimes colliding with cars. Try to arrive at your various destinations during daylight hours, or around dusk at the latest. So on Day 3, for example, I’d recommend overnighting in Page again then driving to Bryce in the morning, then overnighting in Bryce that night.
      3. Zion National Park is a very large park, so 2 nights minimum there are recommended.
      4. If you can squeeze another couple of days out of your trip, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are beautiful, so do try and get there, but it will be hot.
      5. Speaking of hot, yes, June is one of the warmer months of the year. Make sure you carry water with you wherever you go, and wear plenty of sunscreen, hats and good walking shoes. Keep a close eye on the 2-year-old as children become dehydrated more easily than adults. Limit your more vigorous walks to the morning hours. If you do take a boat tour on Lake Powell, make it a shorter one, such as the Antelope Canyon Waterside Tour ->: https://antelopecanyonboattours.com/
      6. Pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” which grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the US for a year for just $80.
      7. Remember that even if you travel in an RV, camp spot reservations must be made in advance just like hotels. You’ll definitely want to stay in a park so you have access to an electrical hook-up for air conditioning. Here is some information on RV and camping spots near Antelope Canyon ->: https://antelopecanyon.az/camping-and-rv-options-near-antelope-canyon/
      Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
      Alley

  103. Julie says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Love your incredible website. You are generous with advice and hoped you could help us as well.
    Visiting end of April. Our arrival and departure cities are set, but the order of everything else is flexible. Here’s what we want to do, but not certain how to fit it all in.

    Day 1/2: Drive from SLC to Arches. Catch many views of Arches and hikes.

    Day 3: Drive to and Tour Monument Valley. ? Where to stay?

    Day 4: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon (we will split into 2 groups due to ability at Antelope Canyon) ?where to stay?

    Day 5: Drive to Zion

    Day 6: Angels Landing at Zion

    Day 7: Bryce, drive to Las Vegas, arrive late at night

    Thanks so much for your help. This is a beautiful part of our country!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Julie,
      Ryan is out of the office, but as a former resident of this beautiful part of our country, I’m happy to help you!
      So the drive from SLC to Moab, UT (gateway city for Arches/Canyonlands) is about 3.5 hours, so having 2 days to spend there is definitely a plus.
      The drive from Moab to Monument Valley is about 2.5 hours. As for where to stay, Goulding’s Lodge (www.gouldings.com) or The View Lodge (www.monumentvalleyview.com) are most desirable, but they may be sold out already, so your next best option for lodging would be Kayenta, AZ, about 30 minutes South. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g31256-Kayenta_Arizona-Hotels.html
      The drive from Monument Valley to Page, AZ takes approximately 2 hours. Since you will actually come to Antelope Canyon first, I recommend you take advantage of that opportunity. You indicate that you have two different groups with differing abilities. For those that are more adventurous and athletic, Lower Antelope is the one to choose. For those that wish to take things a little easier, Upper Antelope Canyon is the ticket. The entrances to either section of the canyon are a short distance across Highway 98 from one another. As for where to stay, Page offers everything from budget accommodations (Motel 6, EconoLodge) to higher-end (Hampton, Marriott) and everything in between. For a complete list of hotels in this area, visit this site and scroll down to the middle of the page where it says “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
      2 days at Zion is also a good plan, especially since you wish to hike to Angel’s Landing.
      On your last day, I would not recommend trying to drive to Las Vegas at night, especially from Bryce Canyon. This part of the country has minimal supplemental/artificial lighting, plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to congregate around the roads (and jump in front of cars). If you can, get an early enough start to Bryce so that you can time your drive to arrive in Las Vegas during daylight hours or at dusk at the very latest. Keep in mind it takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive from Zion to Bryce and 4 hours to drive from Bryce to Las Vegas.
      Hope that helps. Have a great time!
      Alley
      P.S. Make sure you pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass” when you get to Arches! For just $80 you get access to ALL National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time.

  104. Enrique says:

    Hi Alley or Ryan,

    I will be in Arizona in August and I have some doubts about my trip. I will be in Flaggstaff all my days so I would like to know if its possible to see Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley (or “The wave” if it’s not possible the first option) the same day (and comeback to Flagstaff).

    It’s only me so I don’t mind to waking up early and come back to Flagstaff late.

    Another question is if there is any atraction between Flagstaff and Page on the road besides Antelope and Horseshoe Bend.

    Thank you so much and sorry for my english πŸ™‚

    Enrique,

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Enrique,
      Thank you so much for writing, and your English is fine πŸ™‚
      A short answer to your question:

      if its possible to see Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley (or β€œThe wave” if it’s not possible the first option) the same day (and comeback to Flagstaff).

      is no. First off, The Wave is very far away from Flagstaff, 3+ hours one way. Second of all, access to this area is by permit lottery, which is very hard to get. Third, the drive in is difficult and the hike is as well. So, it’s best if you cross this item off your list. For more information, visit this site https://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_buttes/plan.html

      The drive from Flagstaff to Page, AZ is approximately 2.5 hours one-way. It is feasible to visit Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in the course of a day and drive back to Flagstaff. Adding Monument Valley to the trip is doable, but would make for a V-E-R-Y long day. It takes two hours to drive from Page to Monument Valley, then another 3 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Flagstaff. We do not recommend driving in this part of the country at night due to the fact that it’s extremely dark and animals like deer and elk congregate along the side of the road a lot.

      As to whether there are any other attractions between Flagstaff and Page you might like to stop at, most definitely yes! About 15 minutes North of Flagstaff are Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments, whose predominant features are an Ancestral Puebloan village and a dormant volcano respectively. The two monuments are connected by an easy-to-follow loop drive. At the Junction of Highway 64 & 89 is the Cameron Trading Post, which, as its name suggests, is an actual Native American commerce center dating back to the early 1900’s. https://www.camerontradingpost.com/

      Hope that helps. Thank you so much for visiting our site!

  105. Vassily says:

    Hi Alley or Ryan,
    I thought maybe you could comment on our plan, too. My wife and I are thinking about doing Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon in one day (in mid-April). The plan is to stay overnight somewhere as close to Monument Valley as possible and next morning go on a sunrise tour (pre-booked, of course), then drive to Page and go on a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon (also pre-booked), and then stay overnight in Page. Do you think it’s feasible? If so, what time do you think we should book the Upper Antelope Canyon tour for?
    Thank you,
    Vassily

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Vassily,
      Thank you for visiting our site!
      Your plan is feasible in theory, but might require a little bit of modification depending on how long your chosen Monument Valley tour is.
      There are several reasons why I point this out: 1. Because Monument Valley is on the Navajo Indian Reservation, and they observe Daylight Saving Time. However, the town of Page (where Antelope Canyon tours originate) does not. 2. It takes a full 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page, Arizona. But, since Page is not on Daylight Savings Time, you would “gain” an hour upon arrival in town.
      Let’s say, hypothetically, that you choose a 1.5-hour that departs at 8 AM. That would finish up at 9:30 AM. Allowing half an hour to check out of your hotel and load your vehicle, that would put you on the road at 10:00 AM Reservation Time. However, this is highly contingent on what tours are being offered at this time of year. There are over a dozen tour outfitters in Monument Valley whose tours can vary just as widely, so it’s worth checking out. Here is a page that lists them all ->: https://monumentvalleyview.com/navajo-guided-tours/

      Let’s say you are successful in booking a morning tour. Estimating for two hours to make the drive to Page, you would arrive at 12:00 Noon Daylight Savings Time, but 11:00 AM local/Mountain Standard Time. Anytime between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM is a very good time to tour Upper Antelope Canyon because that’s when the sun is positioned perfectly to beautifully illuminate the canyon. Since you are driving in from Monument Valley, your best is to simply stop at the Upper Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Entrance Gate on Highway 98 and get a tour directly from there.

      If for some reason you opt for a tour of Monument Valley that departs later or lasts longer, simply plan on doing your Antelope Canyon tour the next morning around 10-ish. If you go this route, there are 3 outfitters based in the town of Page offering local pick-ups and round-trip transport. Click on this site to view the complete list of outfitters and tour times ->: https://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/

      Hope that helps. Have a wonderful trip!

  106. Pam says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I tried looking for the answer to this on in your previous answers and couldn’t quite find it. So, here it goes: We will be in Williams and were planning on doing Grand Canyon south rim (we are not too outdorsy so, maybe just a quick hikes at some point to snap some pics and that’s it) and I really really want to go up to antelope canyon to do both a lower antelope tour and the lake powell boat tour. I checked this all with google maps and it seems possible, although I’m not sure how much time would the grand canyon take. Any thoughts on this? we only have 1 day to do this and we are staying that night at Page to leave the following day to horseshoe bend, zion park and drive to Mesquite to stay the night before getting to vegas. Basically the question is: is this possible?

    hope that was clear enough πŸ™‚

    Thanks!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Pam, thank you for your question. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I can definitely help you!
      First off, when visiting Grand Canyon South Rim, it is definitely more desirable to stay inside the park. Williams is 1 hour, each way, from the South Rim, so not having to deal with that commute would be a definite plus, especially when going to view sunrise or sunset. If in-park lodging is sold out, then Tusayan/GC Village South is your next best option. For complete information on all possibilities, visit https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
      As for doing both a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon and a Lake Powell boat tour in one day, it is possible in theory, but depends a lot on the time of year you’re visiting. Most Lake Powell boat tours require a minimum of 15 passengers to guarantee departure. That’s typically not a problem during the busy spring-summer-fall timeframe, but if you were traveling in, say, February or early March, you might have a problem fulfilling that requirement. Also, if you were wanting to do one of the longer Lake Powell boat tours, such as the Rainbow Bridge tour, that would take up most of your day, so you’d probably have to do your Lower Antelope Canyon tour the day before or after. For more information, visit https://www.lakepowell.com/things-to-do/boat-tours/ or https://antelopepointlakepowell.com/recreation/tours-2/

      Lower Antelope Canyon walking tours do not adhere to such a strict minimum, and are conducted on a first-come/first-served basis. By the way, Page is about a 2.5 hour drive one-way from Grand Canyon South Rim, but you’ll probably take longer than that since there are many beautiful viewpoints you should definitely stop at along the way. Consider stopping for lunch at the Cameron Trading Post, too! It’s the perfect “mid-way” point between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page at the junction of Highway 64 and 89.

      Hope that was clear enough πŸ™‚ Please don’t hesitate to write again if we can be of further assistance!

  107. Dani says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I just had some question and I was wondering if you can help me out. My friends and I are staying in Lake Powell and trying to cover Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon (lower or upper which ever is best?), and Havasa Falls . I was wondering how you would suggest about planning the day and what are the most affordable tour you would suggest to see all these places, we all are from NYC and we just don’t want to get lost, thank you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Dani, thank you for your question. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I am happy to assist you!
      First of all, let me get the “bad news” out of the way. Havasu Falls is located a long ways away from Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon and what’s more, it’s quite difficult to get to. Access is via an 8-mile trail that is only accessible to horses and hikers, so it’s definitely not a “day trip.” Lodging and camping options are extremely limited and require advance reservations, which must be secured with the Havasupai Tribe, and are typically booked out 1 year or more in advance. Long story short: 99.99999999% probability that you won’t be going there.
      Now for the “good news.” Getting to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell is easy! Both attractions are located about a 15-20 minute drive from Lake Powell. No commercial tours go to Horseshoe Bend since it’s so easy to get to (about 5 minutes South of the town of Page on Highway 89). Keep in mind that the trail to the overlook has some areas with fairly deep sand, so good walking shoes are a must. Plus there are no guardrails at the overlook, so take care near the edge, it’s a 700′ drop!
      As for Antelope Canyon, both Lower and Upper are beautiful! Lower is a bit more physical as it requires navigating a few stairs and boulders. Upper is an easy, flat walk of approximately 100 yards. If anyone in your party has difficulty walking, Upper would probably be best, but if you’re all in reasonably good health, you can probably manage Lower Antelope Canyon. In either case, you simply drive up to the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98, pay your entrance fees and a tour guide will meet you shortly thereafter.
      Here is a link to a map of the area ->: https://goo.gl/maps/cq8QKKYffHx
      Hope that helps πŸ™‚ Please don’t hesitate to write again if you have further questions!

  108. Shira says:

    Hi,

    I’m super excited to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe bend, and was hoping for some help with our itinerary. We are a group of 3 fit girls and planning on driving up from Phoenix early friday morning, staying the night in Page, and driving back to Phoenix either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Any recommendations on how best to plan this out?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Shira, thank you for visiting our website!
      First of all, it takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Page. Before you get to town, stop at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook approximately 5 miles South of Page. Keep in mind that the trail is relatively short (less than 3/4 of a mile), but has some deep sand in some areas, so good walking shoes are a must, as is water since this is a dry, desert environment. Also, there are no guardrails at the overlook, so take care when approaching the edge – it’s a 700′ drop to the river!
      After enjoying Horseshoe Bend Overlook, you can then head to Page and check into your hotel. If you’re still feeling somewhat energetic, maybe take a walk along the Rim Trail. This is a favorite among the locals and offers beautiful views of Lake Powell. https://www.glencanyonnha.org/hiking-page-area/
      The next morning, pay a visit to the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum to learn more about the natural and human history of Page and the surrounding area, then head down to Lower Antelope Canyon. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours to walk through the canyon and take in all of its beauty. Here is a link to a map of the area ->: https://goo.gl/maps/kekfwjBXW542 Be sure to book your accommodations in Page well in advance if you haven’t already. For more information on Page hotels, visit this link and scroll down to the section on Page, AZ hotels. https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
      Hope that helps – if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again. Have fun!

  109. Alexander says:

    Hi, Ryan! My girlfriend and I are going to Phoenix from NJ on Feb 4, for 8 days. Going back on 2/12. I want to take her to Antelope, Lake Powell, Zion, Grand Canyon, Sedona and whatever other natural wonders we can make in 8 days. What’s the best way to do it? We can skip Las Vegas.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Alexander!
      Thank you for writing. Ryan is out of the office, but as a longtime former resident of Northern Arizona, I can definitely help you.
      With 8 days to work with, you can definitely accomplish a lot, as long as the weather cooperates. We do receive snow, and sometimes a lot of it, in this part of Northern Arizona, so keep an eye on the weather as your trip date approaches. You can use this site for Grand Canyon South Rim ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/weather/south-rim-weather/ and this one for Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon area weather ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/weather/east-weather/
      From Phoenix, I would suggest hitting Sedona first. It’s approximately 2 hours from Phoenix and you can easily spend 2-3 days enjoying what the area has to offer, from red rock formations to unique art galleries and retail shops and some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the Nation!
      After Sedona, head to Grand Canyon South Rim and plan to spend 1 night. If possible, book your lodging inside the park. If these facilities are sold out, Tusayan/GC Village South is your best “back-up” option. For complete information on Grand Canyon South Rim hotels, visit this site ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
      From Grand Canyon South Rim, head to Page and Lake Powell via the Desert View/East Rim Drive. Normally, this drive takes 2.5 hours without stops, but there are many beautiful viewpoints you should definitely take time to enjoy along the way. Plan to stop at the Cameron Trading Post for at least a bathroom break, or a delicious lunch. The house specialty is the Navajo Taco!
      Plan to spend 2 nights in Page to enjoy Horseshoe Bend (which you can catch on your way into town), Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. From Page, Zion National Park is approximately 2.5 hours. 2 nights in this area is also warranted as there is a lot to see and do.
      So far, this proposed itinerary is taking 7 of your 8 days, so you might consider adding Bryce Canyon to your itinerary, or Monument Valley. Since these are relatively small parks, geographically speaking, 1 day is usually sufficient for most visitors. However, the drive from either one back to Phoenix would be 7 hours. If the prospect of that does not appeal to you, you might consider shifting Sedona to the end of your visit so the drive back would be shorter.
      Hope that helps – have a great time! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather πŸ˜‰

  110. Noi says:

    Hello Ryan,

    Thank you so much for your ursful review. I do now need help as i have booked flight to Phoenix on 1st Jan 2017 and will arrive at noon. I have no idea or plan for this but what i want to do are to visit Antelope canyon and horseblend follow by your review plan. Im not really sure what to do! I found a one day tour but it costs up to $200 and it picks up at Flagstaff. Are there any recomend from must be much more appreciate. Im thinking on stay overnight at Page at the arriving day but my question is how to get from airport to Page i couldnt drive so far. What tour or what should i do to get to the places from page are there recomend one day tour which cover all with reasonable price?

    Thank you alot
    Noi

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Noi,
      I am so sorry that we were unable to reply to your question prior to your visit! Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays we were closed for an extended period of time. We hope you were able to sort out which tour company to use and that you had a good time. We would be very interested to know how you got on.
      Alley

  111. Prashant says:

    Hello Ryan,

    Could you pls recommend itenarary for 2 days and 1 night covering Page and Monument Valley. How are roads to MV? Is it safe to drive through own car?

    Thanks,
    Prashant

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Prashant,
      Apologies if your visit has already taken place, but other travelers are surely considering the same trip.
      First off, Monument Valley is in a very remote area straddling the border of Northern Arizona and Utah. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Page to Monument Valley, so it makes for a long “day trip.” Likewise if you try to visit on your way back to Phoenix or other destination, it’s still a long drive. If at all possible, we recommend trying to free up enough time in your itinerary to stay overnight at Monument Valley.
      As for the roads, they are fully paved from Page to Monument Valley, but the road through the Valley itself is not paved. I drove a Nissan Sentra through there many years ago, but if you’re driving a rental car, you’d be safer opting for a guided tour since off-road driving is prohibited per your contract. Tours are offered by several outfitters. We recommend Goulding’s Lodge https://www.gouldings.com/tours/ or the View Lodge. https://monumentvalleyview.com/navajo-guided-tours/
      Hope that helps – have a wonderful time in Arizona!
      Alley

  112. Bryan Armstrong says:

    Ryan,

    End of January is our industry annual convention in Las Vegas. Myself and 4 other colleagues are arriving the Friday beforehand and driving to Page to complete this exact itinerary on Saturday and then back to Vegas for the convention on Monday.

    What suggestions do you have for the drive there and back. We are looking for great views, sights, hikes and experiences! Feel free to email me for more details.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hello Bryan,
      So sorry that we were not able to answer your inquiry before your arrival. We hope you had a great time in Las Vegas and Arizona!
      Alley

  113. Akshay says:

    Hi Ryan,
    First of all thanks a ton for posting the 1 day itinerary for Page. I am planning to do the same. I shall be driving from Kanab to Page . Plan is to do Upper and Lower Antelopes, Horse show bend and Lake Powell at Page and leave for Flagstaff by evening. I would be there December 27th or 28th.

    Do you think I can cover all those part and still be able to drive back to Flagstaff? The reason I am planning to stay at FLag staff is that I shall be going to grand canyon the following day.
    Thanks again and I would deeply appreciate your suggestions

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Akshay,
      Apologies for not getting back to your inquiry prior to your visit, but since future travelers will certainly be pondering the same question, we’ll go ahead and reply for their sake!
      Long story short, although what you’re proposing can be done, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. The drive from Kanab, UT to Page, AZ takes about 1.5 hours. Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons takes a bare minimum of 3-4 hours. Factor in about 60-90 minutes for Horseshoe Bend, and so far we haven’t even put Lake Powell into the equation. A quick “look-see” can be accomplished in 60-90 minutes, but won’t really do the place justice. Something like a boat tour or perhaps a flyover would allow you to really comprehend its size, magnitude and beauty.
      Driving from Page to Flagstaff (or anywhere in Northern Arizona for that matter) at night is not recommended. Artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a bare minimum in this part of the country, so when it gets dark, it gets DARK. Plus deer, elk and other wildlife tend to congregate around the roadways and are notorious for jumping in front of cars without warning or provocation. Staying overnight in Page would definitely be safer, and offer a better quality experience for you.
      Instead of going to Flagstaff, going directly to Grand Canyon South Rim would be more efficient and practical.
      Hope that helps. Hope you had a good trip, Akshay!
      Alley

  114. Chris Molina says:

    Hey Ryan,

    First off, I just wanna say great site! A lot of useful info. My wife and I are interested in visiting Antelope Canyon in Jan. She’ll be 3mos pregnant by then. Between upper and lower, which do you recommend? And how is touring in January?

    Thanks,

    Chris

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Chris,
      Thank you for the compliments on our site. Ryan is away from the office, but I’ll be sure to pass along your compliments. Congratulations on your impending bundle of joy! In light of your wife’s pregnancy, Upper Antelope Canyon would probably be the better choice for touring. It is a flat, easy walk at only 100 yards in length. Lower Antelope requires some stair climbing and navigating over and around boulders.
      As for touring in January, it can be quite nice due to the lack of crowds, but then again, inclement weather can put the “kabosh” on plans in relatively short order.
      Hope the two of you got on OK.
      Take care and best of luck to you and your new family!
      Alley

  115. Karl Dubravs says:

    Hi Ryan

    We will be staying in Page for 2 nights and have the entire day (June 9th, 2017) to experience this amazing place. I liked your one day itinerary. Would you be able to suggest the best way to maximise our experience – we will have a rental car available to us? Any advice greatly appreciated.

    regards
    Karl

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Karl,
      Thank you for writing, and kudos to you for planning your trip well in advance! We also compliment you on allowing 2 days to experience the many things Page has to offer.
      As to how to maximize your experience, having more of a “big picture” of your overall trip plan would help us advise you best. For example, will you be coming to Page from Las Vegas or Phoenix? If you are visiting from Phoenix, for example, it takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive to Page. Coming in from the South, you can modify the suggested itinerary. Since you’d come to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook prior to arrival in Page, you could stop there first, then head down to Antelope Point Marina for lunch and a boat tour of Antelope Canyon’s waterside. Time permitting, and if you desire, you could then explore Lower Antelope Canyon before heading back to Page and retiring for the evening.
      If Upper Antelope Canyon is more to your liking, mid-day is the ideal time to view this part of the canyon, and you could do that the next day and maybe compliment it with a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center or the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum.
      If you’re open to a rather novel way to see Horseshoe Bend, consider flying over it! https://horseshoebend.com/see-horseshoe-bend-air/
      I hope that helps in your planning. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance!
      Alley

  116. Michelle says:

    Thank you for all the great info! What are your thoughts on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Page vs. the one in Utah ?

  117. Ken says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I am planning to visit Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas by car. What would the best route to and from and where I can stay one overnight.

    Probably leaving Vegas around noon in mid-December.

    Thank you for your suggestion.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ken!
      Ryan is out of the office, but I’d be happy to help you. I lived in the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon area for many years and have made the drive you’re proposing to make many times πŸ˜‰
      From Las Vegas, head South toward Kingman, AZ on Highway 93. If your priority is making the best time, proceed directly over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Going this way, the drive is about 4.5 hours. If you’d like to stop at Hoover Dam, prepare to spend about 5.5 hours total on the drive to Grand Canyon Village. In Kingman, AZ, you then head East on Interstate 40. If you’re into history, particularly Route 66 history, maybe make a stop in Seligman, where the 50’s are frozen in time! In Williams, AZ, you would then proceed North on AZ64 to Grand Canyon Village.
      As for where to stay overnight, it is most desirable to stay inside the park. There are 6 hotels situated on or near the canyon rim. If these properties are sold out, then Tusayan/GC Village South would be your next best option. For a complete list of Grand Canyon area hotels, visit this site ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/
      The next day, head to Page, AZ, the town nearest to Antelope Canyon. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to make this drive if you go straight through, but there are a lot of beautiful viewpoints to stop at, so don’t be surprised if it takes longer. Head East on AZ64 along the Desert View/East Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon. Then in the town of Cameron, AZ, you would turn North on Highway 89. FYI, Cameron Trading Post is a perfect place to stop, if not for a quick bathroom break, then for lunch and some shopping!
      If you arrive in Page by mid-day, you can easily join a tour of Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, or perhaps both!
      Since the drive from Page to Las Vegas is a full 5 hours, we strongly recommend that you stay an additional night in Page. If this is not possible, then make sure you get on the road in plenty of time to avoid driving at night. This part of the country has minimal supplemental/artificial lighting, so once the sun goes down, it gets really dark. Deer, elk and other wildlife like to congregate alongside the road and trust me, you don’t want to collide with one of these animals.
      Hope that helps – have a great trip!

      • Ola says:

        HI Alley,
        Could you pls advise how to visit most of these places from LVegas if I’m not driving? Are there any public transportation or bus tours that would bring me there and back in a few days?
        Or I would better arrive first from Vegas to AZ and there searched for the bus tours?
        I think of going there in about 2 weeks

        Thanks a lot for your suggestions / ideas.
        Ola

  118. Nirali says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you so much for having this site up for us curious folk. I’d like to pick your brain a little bit too πŸ™‚

    I live in Tucson, and my parents (68 and 57) are finally going to visit me from the East Coast. This will probably be their only trip to the SW, and I really want to make it memorable. I want to show them Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon Upper, and horse shoe bend at least. Lake Powell sounds excellent too, and I’d like to add that in some how if feasible. We will be leaving Tucson on November 25 and returning on November 27- two nights and 3 days. I really want to break up the driving and avoid night time driving. I was contemplating overnighting in Sedona. I’d also like to try some guided tours, bus vs jeep vs etc– so we can learn things! I found a few bus tours to GC from sedona, and also to antelope canyon from sedona. But I can’t afford to do both, and I also can’t figure out the logistics of when to do what.

    What are your thoughts? My parents are not the most adventurous, and I will certainly be pushing them a bit but I don’t want to overdo it either. If the above spots are not feasible in my time frame, what should I nix? Where should we overnight?

    Thank you in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Nirali,
      Two nights and three days is a little rushed IMO to get all this in. If you can possibly free up one more night, that would make a lot of difference.
      It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Tucson to Sedona. Overnighting there is definitely a good idea, but there is a lot to see and do there, so you’ll wish you had more time, trust me!
      To get to the Grand Canyon, Pink Jeep Tours offers an excellent package in very comfortable vehicles https://www.pinkjeeptourssedona.com/sedona-to-grand-canyon-tour/ However, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the easiest parks in the Southwest to self-tour, and you can still learn a lot since the rangers hand you a park guide and other educational materials upon entrance to the park. If you opt for a tour with Pink Jeep or some other outfitter, though, your tour will take essentially all day. That’s why a 3rd night is highly recommended.
      To experience Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, it is also possible to take a package tour to these two attractions from Sedona. https://grandcanyon.com/tours/south-rim-tours/antelope-canyon-horseshoe-bend-from-flagstaff-and-sedona/ This tour is about 7-8 hours hotel-to-hotel.
      Thank you for visiting our site and hope you got on well.
      Alley

  119. Abby says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for the 1 day trip iternary. Me and my pals are planning a 2 days trip with overnight stay in page.

    We want to visit Grand Canyon south rim, Horseshoe bend, lower antelope canyon. We will be be driving from Phoenix on Saturday early morning.
    We are not that much into hiking. Return back on Sunday evening to Phoenix.
    Can you please suggest us a good 2 day itinerary with good hotels to stay in Page.

    Thanks
    Abby

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Abby and thanks for writing!
      Due to the driving distances between Phoenix, Grand Canyon and Page, I’d recommend rethinking your itinerary a little bit. It takes ~ 4.5 hours to drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim, then 2.5 hours to go from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. If you can possibly free up another night to stay at the South Rim, that would make for a much more pleasant experience. Then you can take your time driving to Page and stop at the many beautiful Grand Canyon viewpoints along the Desert View/East Rim drive and the historic Cameron Trading Post. Since Horseshoe Bend is located about 5 hours South of Page, you can easily make a stop there on your way to town. Depending on when you arrive, you might also be able to visit Antelope Canyon before retiring for the evening.
      As for where to stay, Page has ample choices of lodging from budget-priced to higher-end and everything in between. For a complete list of hotels in Page, visit this site and scroll down to the section titled “Page, AZ – 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
      Happy travels!
      Alley

  120. Antonia says:

    Hey Ryan, your website is awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing it. We are a couple with a 11 months daughter and we have a weekend (2 nights) to explore GC, Page (Antelope, lake powell and horseband) and zion.

    I was planning to leave early on Friday visit GC, overnight in Page, in the morning Antelope, lake powell and horseband. Overnight in Springdale, morning in Zion and return to LV.

    What part of the grand canyon do you recommend to visit for this plan? Can you recommend a short hike to do in GC? Do you have a better idea of schedule?

    Thanks a lot

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Antonia,
      Thank you for the compliments! We definitely appreciate your feedback.
      In answer to your query regarding which part of the Grand Canyon you should visit, the South Rim is recommended for families like yourself for several different reasons. For one, there are more visitor facilities available in this area of the park, including hotels, restaurants, retail shops and informational centers. Secondly, this area is open year-round, whereas the North Rim is only open from May 15th through October 15th. Lastly, there is more of the Grand Canyon that can be seen from this area by car. In fact, you can do the bulk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing on the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, which takes you along the Desert View/East Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are several beautiful viewpoints you should stop at!
      Unfortunately, I have to tell you honestly that your schedule is a little too full for 2 days’ time. It takes 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim and 2.5 hours (driving straight through) to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, another 2 hours from Page to Zion National Park, then 3 hours to drive from Zion to Las Vegas. Going from LV-Grand Canyon-Page in the course of one day is tiring at best, and possibly dangerous if your travels take you along local roadways at night. Artificial/supplemental lighting is deliberately kept to a minimum in this part of the country to preserve the natural darkness the area is famous for. Deer, elk and other wildlife also like to congregate along the side of the road at night and trust me, you DO NOT want to have a deer vs. vehicle encounter in the dead of night!
      With 2 days to work with, I would recommend going from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, overnighting there, then heading to Page the following day, hitting Horseshoe Bend just before getting to town and spending the night. Depending on when you arrive, you might be able to squeeze an Antelope Canyon tour or a Lake Powell tour in before settling in for the evening. With an 11-month-old in tow, overscheduling your days is not a good idea.
      And, I’m also recommending that you drop Zion from your “wish list.” You simply don’t have time to do it justice. 2 days at the very least is the minimum amount of time you should allot for a Zion National Park visit.
      Hope that helps. Best wishes and Happy Travels!
      Alley

  121. Susanna says:

    What a super site and such great inside knowledge one would never get from a travel agency! We will visit West Coast US late July – probably from around 20 July onwards and having such hard time trying to decide what to visit! Our list seems to get longer and longer.. Travelling with 3 kids of 17, 15 and 13. Current thinking to get a flight to Salt Lake City, drive southbound and start the visits from Zion, followed by Bryce then Antelope followed by Grand Canyon. One night in Las Vegas before moving to the coast. Hubby wants to also include Monument Valley. It would be great to combine different types of activities as well; hikes, even horses to keep kids also interested – therefore what should we definitely NOT miss, how much time should we foresee for different canyons, parks and places (e.g. places not to miss the sunset or alternatively the sunrise; set XYZ as the base and do different trips from one there; a lodge not to miss etc). Happy for any suggestions you may have to get us started with something more concrete than a never ending list of more and more names.
    Susanna from Belgium

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Susanna,
      Wow, thank you for the wonderful compliments on our site! We compliment you as well for planning your trip to the Grand Circle well in advance.
      I agree that narrowing down what to see and what to skip is crazy-hard! Not knowing how much time you have to work with makes it a bit difficult to advise you accurately, but I’ll do my best πŸ™‚
      The prospect of driving from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas may look good on paper, but in reality, may be somewhat inconvenient and costly. Most rental car outlets prefer that customers drop vehicles off at the same location from which they picked them up. Fees for one-way drop-offs can be quite expensive, and I certainly could think of better things to do with that money!
      I recommend instead using Las Vegas as your “staging” city. From Las Vegas, a popular itinerary is as follows:
      Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, maybe stop at Hoover Dam, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim. Drive time: 4.5-6 hours
      Day 2: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, taking the opportunity to stop at the viewpoints along the Desert View/East Rim Drive and perhaps lunch (or at least a bathroom stop) at the Cameron Trading Post. Stop at Horseshoe Bend prior to arriving in Page. Overnight in Page. Drive time: 2.5-4 hours
      Day 3: More sightseeing in the Page/Lake Powell area. Start with the 7:30 AM departure of the Colorado River Discovery Glen Canyon Smooth Water Raft Trip. Segue into an Antelope Canyon tour. The company that conducts the raft trip offers several tour packages that include Antelope Canyon, so check out all their tour offerings. https://horseshoebend.com/see-the-canyon-from-the-river-colorado-river-discovery/ Spend another night in Page.
      Day 4: Page to Bryce Canyon National Park. Possible stops at the Glen Canyon Dam, the “New Wave,” Lakeshore Drive of Lake Powell, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Big Water, UT. Overnight at Bryce Canyon. Drive time: 3-5 hours.
      Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park, overnighting in Springdale, UT. During the summer months, the main visitor services area of Zion Canyon is only accessible by shuttle from Springdale. Use it to visit the Weeping Rock overlook, Emerald Pools, Visitor Center and Museum. In Springdale, there is also an IMAX theatre with an entertaining and educational presentation on the park.
      Day 6: 2nd day in Zion. Maybe take on a more involved hike such as Angel’s Landing or Observation Point, or drive to the Kolob Canyons section of the park. For more information, click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/upload/2016-Winter-MG-Final-Web.pdf
      Day 7: Head back to Las Vegas. Drive time: 3 hours

      As you can see, we’ve easily filled up 7 days. If you wish to include Monument Valley, it’s best to free up another day, or if that’s not possible, take a scenic flight over it from the Page, AZ Municipal Airport. For more information on Monument Valley air tours, visit https://www.westwindairservice.com/tours-from-lake-powell/monument-valley-air-tour/

      Hope that helps! One more thing: be sure to pick up an America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass. For just $80, this handy card grants you access to all the National Parks and Monuments in the U.S. for one year’s time. It would easily pay for itself on the trip you’re proposing to take.
      Happy travels!
      Alley

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  122. Sheenz says:

    Hey Ryan!

    My friend and I are planning to do this ultimate one day itinerary you’ve laid out (which is great btw!), but starting from Vegas on Nov 7th.

    Do you think it’s possible to do it all in one day, and drive back to Vegas at the end? Or do you recommend staying overnight in Page?

    Any recommendations for activities during night time at Page?

    Thanks!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Sheena,
      Driving to Vegas and back in the same day would make for a really long trip. I think you would be a lot better off staying the night. Then you could stop by Zion on the way back, or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon if you wanted too. At night, I would either go to Lone Rock Beach or into the desert and build a bonfire!
      Best,
      Ryan

  123. Irene says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Do you know what the opening business hours are for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend (if there are any)?

    Also, I read that you have to book a tour guide to Antelope Canyon. Is it possible to just drive to Antelope Canyon by yourself and pay there?

    Thanks in advance! You’re post is helpful!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Irene,
      Depending on the time of year, the first tours to Antelope Canyon are conducted between 8 AM and 9 AM. The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open 24 hours a day, but attempting to go there at night is not advisable. Outside lighting is kept to a minimum and the overlook has no guardrails. It is a 700′ drop to the river!
      Regarding Antelope Canyon, it is mandatory to go there with a tour guide endorsed by the Navajo Indian Tribe. There are 3 outfitters offering round-trip tours from the town of Page, AZ and 1 that offers tours from the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98. The latter would be the closest to “just driving to Antelope Canyon by yourself and paying there.”
      Hope that helps!
      Alley

  124. Colette says:

    Hi Ryan
    My partner and I are coming to Kanab Oct 4-7. We are trying to balance doing the touristy stuff with some ultimate experiences. I had originally thought I wanted to do the upper antelope canyon, but the more I read about the crowds, the less inclined I am to want to do it. Is it a must do while we are there? Is there a different experience you would recommend? What would your 3 day itinerary look like if you were a first time visitor and had picked Kanab as your home base for the 3 days?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Colette,
      I would say that doing a slot canyon is a “must do” but that it doesn’t have to be Antelope Canyon. Kanab and Page are both great places to base from. I would apply every morning I could for a permit to “The Wave” and hope you get it for the next day. You might get lucky.
      The first day I would go hike Wirepass to Buckskin, and spend most of the day exploring Buckskin. Hit the Paria Toadstools on the way out.
      If you got the Wave permit the first day, the second day you’ll spend hiking it. It is very common for over a thousand people to apply for any given day; 10 permits are given out online, and 10 are given in person the day before at the Kanab office.
      If you don’t get lucky, I apply for the Wave permit again, and then head out to Page to do Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. A half day boat rental is a great way to explore the lake, or perhaps a still water float down the Colorado River.
      The third day kind of depends on what interests you more. If you like offroading, I would consider going out to Alstrom Point. I would also consider driving in the opposite direction and exploring Zion National Park. Angel’s landing if you’re feeling pretty ambitious, or just riding the shuttle and doing some of the short hikes would be very enjoyable. Zion is mostly closed to private vehicles in Oct so you will need to drive through the whole park to the visitor center and jump on the shuttle.
      If you want a slower day, I would drive from Kanab to the Grand Canyon North Rim and make dinner reservations at the lodge. Watch sunset over the veranda. Hike down as far as you want and start planning for your return visit to hike to the bottom and out the North Rim πŸ™‚
      I hope that helps!
      Ryan

  125. Madisen says:

    Hi!
    My friend and I are in our early 20s and looking for a weekend from LA to do Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and hopefully the Grand Canyon as well. We’re active and full of energy so don’t mind long days at all! Ideally, we want Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon at optimal time for photos. Which city would be easiest to fly into/leave from? Page and Flagstaff don’t have flights into them so I’d assume either fly into Vegas or Phoenix? Can we do both Antelope/Horseshoe from either of those locations in a day or two? Or should we fly in then drive to another city to complete the trips before flying out of Vegas or Phoenix?

    Thank you!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Madisen,
      You can fly to Page via Phoenix, but the schedule can be difficult. Check greatlakesav.com for pricing and times. You should also know that they wind up cancelling the flights a lot.
      You can also fly in through Vegas then drive the 4.5 hours to Page, which is probably what most locals do, but at that point you’re getting pretty close to just driving from LA (9 hours).

      Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are less then 10 minutes from each other and take about 2 hours each so it’s very easy to do both in a day.

      You might also consider flying into Flagstaff (via Phoenix hourly flights) doing the Grand Canyon South Rim for one day, and then doing Page for a day and driving back to Flagstaff.

      I hope that helps! Let us know how it went when you get back:)
      Ryan

  126. Matt says:

    Ryan-
    Best website I’ve seen on this topic, thanks. The wife and I are planning a week long (spring break) trip to Utah/Grand canyon/page April 8-16. I like your itinerary for a day. What are your thoughts on this: We will be in Grand Canyon the day before, only have one fullish day there could you recommend a hike? Spend the night outside GC and leave for page early in the morning, do your itinerary, and then head to monument valley to hopefully see the sunset and spend the night. Is this doable? We’re mid 30’s, good shape, love to hike. We’re doing an 8 day road trip from Vegas airport, what would be your “must see” attractions during this time? Trying to do the “mighty 5”, but looks like we might cross arches and capital reef off the list.
    Also, is it crowded during this time? Wife is a school teacher, and we try to avoid crowds (kids) during her spring break.
    Thanks!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Matt,
      I’m glad you found the information helpful!

      If you are physically able to do so, the bucket list item for the Grand Canyon is to hike down to the Colorado River. April is a great time to go, and you still have a good chance to get a reservation at Phantom Ranch; try to get a cabin. If you guys regularly do marathons, then you could consider doing it as a day hike, but the park strongly recommends against this. I always recommend hiking down the South Kaibab and hiking back up the Bright Angel Trail. Total distance would be 16 miles, but its the elevation change that gets you. That would take you two days (hike down, overnight at Phantom Ranch, hike up) then drive to Page and doing Horseshoe Bend for sunset.
      Wake up and do Antelope Canyon. The boat tour may not be running at that time because it is still off season. Then I would drive to Monument Valley, do the tour and come back.
      Then I would drive to Bryce and do the Queens Garden hike, overnight there.
      Next day drive to Zion, do Angel’s landing if you still have the energy for a vertigo inducing hike. If not, take the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava and hike the narrows.
      Drive back to Vegas.

      What I’ve described is a pretty popular circuit of what is called the Grand Circle. It is a pretty efficient route for Vegas – Vegas.
      Summary
      Day 1
      -Drive from Vegas to Grand Canyon, stopping at Hoover Dam
      -Walk along the rim at Grand Canyon village and mentally prepare for the hike

      Day 2
      -Wake up early and take the shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead
      -Hike 7 miles all the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch lodge.

      Day 3
      -Realize that you have to hike all the way out, and start early up the Bright Angel trail (9 miles)
      -Drive to Page and stretch your legs going to Horseshoe Bend for sunset

      Day 4
      -Antelope Canyon in the morning
      -Monument Valley and back
      -Stay in Page again

      Day 5
      -Drive to Bryce
      -Hike the Queens Garden Trail

      Day 6
      -Drive to Zion
      -Hike Angels landing

      Day 7
      -Drive back to Vegas

      That’s a pretty serious trip, but is what I would consider the must-do’s of each park. You don’t have to worry too much about crowds, as the season really stars around Memorial day. There will still be people, but much less than peak of season.

      Give us an update after you get back! Safe travels!
      Ryan

  127. Jared says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Your quality content and personal responses to each comment are amazing.

    I’m going to visit the Page and Grand Canyon area (driving up from Tucson, AZ) in late October. My group is 4 active adults in good shape. Half the group have never been to the Grand Canyon so we want to make that a full experience. We have about 3.5 days to explore both areas.

    How would you recommend splitting the time/ where to spend more time hiking?

    Thanks!
    Jared

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Jared,
      Thank you for your kind words!
      I would consider two options. I believe that one of the best parts of going to the canyon is to get below the rim. The end of October is the best time of year. Temperatures will be manageable, and the days still barely long enough to do some long hikes.

      If you are really ambitious, then research hiking all the way to the bottom and spending the night there. I like going down the South Kaibab trail and then up the Bright Angel. You will need to have reservations for the Phantom ranch lodge or the Bright Angel Campground.

      Alternatively, I would spend one day in the Grand Canyon and 2 days in Page. In the Grand Canyon I would walk the rim near the Bright Angel lodge (lots of things to see and places to stop) and then I would do a short hike. A short hike might be taking South Kaibab down to Cedar ridge, which should only take a few hours.

      Then drive to Page and do Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and perhaps a day hike.
      Let me know some more details about how adventurous you’re feeling and I’ll list some hikes I think you might enjoy!
      Best,
      Ryan

  128. marie says:

    Hi Ryan!

    Thanks for this post! extremely helpful. You note on lines and busy days is useful. We’ll be in Zion-Page from Sep 2-6, Labor Day weekend to do tours and perhaps moderate hikes. Can you suggest when to do what, considering the possible crowd? Thanks!!!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Marie,
      I would recommend doing Antelope Canyon first during August and early Sept. During the monsoon season, afternoon rains are very common and will cause the canyon to shut down for safety reasons. Horseshoe Bend is a great afternoon or sunset hike.
      If you want to do other local hikes, you might consider doing Catherdral Wash by Lee’s Ferry. It would take an hour to drive to from Page, and is a moderate hike to the Colorado River. There is a beach at the end that is a great place to have lunch or fish. There is some scrambling involved, so make sure to research the obstacles and see if it is appropriate for your group. It is my new favorite local hike!

      When you are driving from Zion to Page, it is worth the stop to do the Paria Toadstools. The trailhead is just off the highway between Page and Kanab, and is an easy 1.5 mile hike round trip.
      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  129. Nessie says:

    Hi ryan,! Thanks for your post. 3 of us are going on a roadtrip from vegas to phoenix this nov 8-20. We start in vegas-zio-bryce and i was planning a day in page then grabd canyon-sedona-phoenix. Can we do upper and lower antelope canyon and horseshoe bend in a day or just one one canyon the n horseshoe bend? If i have to choose between upper or lower which would u recommend? Can u recommend a tour company as well? We are staying in page then plan to start antelope tours/horseshoe bend and end of the day drive to grabd canyon. Is this doable?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Nessie,
      You can easily do both upper and lower canyon as well as Horseshoe Bend in one day. If you have nobody with mobility issues in the group, I find that lower canyon is more fun because of the stairs. If feels like you are descending into a canyon. Upper is considered to be a little more photogenic, but I would doubt most people could tell from a photograph which canyon it came from.

      I would ballpark 2 hours each for upper, lower, and Horseshoe Bend. That should leave you plenty of time to drive to the South Grand Canyon. From Page to the Bright Angel Lodge takes about 2.5 hours. Keep in mind that on busy days the lines at the entrance to the park can add a lot of time.

      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  130. Ernie says:

    Hi Ryan,

    My wife and I are driving up to Flagstaff or Page on Monday September 19th and would like to see Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and still do the Grand Canyon. We need to be in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 21th to see a evening show. We also thought about a short stay at Zion National park. What would your recommendations be to do this. Vegas is not so important as we are just heading there for the show and then heading back east to Indiana. We will be in Tucson, AZ before driving up to Page or Flagstaff.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ernie,
      I would start from Flagstaff and go straight to the Grand Canyon and spend the day there and then drive to Page. Page prices can be significantly cheaper. That day would be about 5 hours of driving, and however much time you spend at the rim.

      Overnight in Page, then wake up and do Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, then drive to Zion. You should get there for dinner (maybe a late dinner.) This would be about 3 hours of driving and 4 hours of walking attractions.

      Overnight in Zion (or Springdale.) Wake up and take the shuttle to the various hikes. Most of Zion is only accessible via the shuttle. I would also do some research on which hikes you would be comfortable with. The Temple of Shinawava bus stop is very popular. I would consider getting off on that stop and walking along the river as it winds through the canyon.

      Best,
      Ryan

  131. Xavi says:

    Hi Ryan,

    First of all, congrats for your site! Here I’ve found really interesting information that didn’t find in other sites.
    We are planning to visit Antelope or Cathedral Canyon, but don’t have enought time to see both places. So the question is: Which one should we choose, Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope or Cathedral Canyon? I’ve read in past comments that Upper seems to be the easiest option, but also the most popular (and crowded too), we don’t have problems to climb/walk for a couple of hours, furthermore if we can avoid big groups of people.

    Reagards,
    Xavi

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Xavi,
      Thanks for the kind comment.

      I would say that any of the tours you listed will be crowded. Upper is the indeed the easiest option but also the most crowded.

      If you want to really get a slot canyon without the crowds you will either have to go to canyon that limits the number of people per group (like Secret Canyon or Canyon X) or you have to hike by yourself to one of the lesser known canyons.

      If I was driving through the area and wanted to do a canyon hike without any crowds, I would probably do Wirepass Canyon. It’s only a few miles to hike to it, and is super fun. Plus you’ll only see a few people, even in the summer. You could also try your luck and sign up for the Wave lottery, as the Wave and Wirepass trailhead share the same parking lot πŸ™‚ Make sure to call the BLM visitor center in Kanab to see what the road conditions are if you decide to do this option

      I hope that helps,
      Ryan

  132. Alex says:

    Hi Ryan,
    we are from Israel & love the desert, We travel in the Israeli desert with our ATV as my wife has mobility problems (can walk up to 1 mile). We are planning on visiting your area in October. Can you suggest a 3-4 day tour of the area with the above limitations?
    TNX BR
    Alex

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Alex,
      Ryan is out of the office, but as a former resident of Northern Arizona, I’m happy to help you!
      You do not mention specifically if your wife requires a wheelchair to get around, but if she does, all parks in the U.S. National Park System publish Accessibility Guides for individuals with mobility limitations.
      With 3-4 days to work with, I would recommend spending 1 day at Grand Canyon South Rim and 2 nights in Page, Arizona. At Grand Canyon South Rim, many facilities are historic, and the terrain is rough, but there are a few areas where you can enjoy flat, easy walking with beautiful views, namely, the Rim Trail and the Trail of Time. In addition, most viewpoints are accessible by car and have handicapped accessible spaces. If you have a wheelchair placard, you can drive your own vehicle to the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive. If not, the shuttle system does offer wheelchair access. Note, we’re referring to wheelchairs and not motorized scooters.
      In Page, AZ, Upper Antelope Canyon would be the best bet for someone with mobility issues since it is an easy, flat walk of only 100 yards in length. You can also enjoy the Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip and perhaps a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center.
      For accessibility guides to Grand Canyon click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
      For Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, click here ->: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
      Thank you so much for visiting our site!
      Alley

  133. Emmy says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this website loads of full info about this macnificent place. Will November around thanksgiving week too cold to tour around antelope canyon? When is the nice weather to visit? Spring break? My group will include seniors and young kids. Thanks!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Emmy,
      I think November is one of the best times to do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. The weather has cooled down, as well as the crowds. You should look to come during the first weekend of Novemeber, as that is during the Balloon Regatta. It is also a great time to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the same reasons!
      Best,
      Ryan

  134. Dave says:

    Hi Ryan:

    Came across your website and really like what you had to say. Taking my 3 boys to see Antelope Canyon, GC and maybe Marble Canyon from 7/28-7/30. Seems like Lower Antelope Canyon is better. Not sure I really need the sunlight pictures plus will be less crowded and more to see. Agree?

    Can you suggest the best itinerary for 2 full days knowing the canyons we want to see and if there is anything else? Much appreciated.

    Dave

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Dave,
      I agree that Lower Antelope Canyon is probably a better option, if nobody in your party has mobility issues. It is probably still going to feel crowded, as that time of year is pretty popular.

      2 days is a little tight for those 3 locations, unless you really fly through the Grand Canyon. I think a fun itinerary would be
      Day 1 – Grand Canyon
      breakfast at the Bright Angel Lodge
      take the hiker express shuttle to the South Kaibab trailhead
      hike down to Cedar Ridge and back up
      Drive to Page and overnight

      Day 2 – Page
      Antelope Canyon
      Horseshoe Bend
      Rent kayaks and take them to Lone Rock beach

      Day 3 – Marble Canyon
      Take the kayaks to Marble Canyon / Lee’s Ferry and have Colorado River Discovery backhaul you and the kayaks to Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle/float back to the vehicle. It is all stillwater, with no rapids.
      Return kayaks to Page

      That is a pretty active itinerary, and temps will be about as hot as it gets so it will require some research and planning to make sure it is right for you. Hydration will be critical. That said, it is the itinerary I would do. πŸ™‚

      Best,
      Ryan

  135. Jill says:

    Ryan, I appreciate your site and find your advice very helpful. My family and I (family of 4 w/ 17- and 13-year olds) will be traveling in Arizona/Utah for 10 days later this month. I’ve planned 3 nights in Sedona, 2 at Grand Canyon south rim, a night at the north rim, 2 at Bryce, and 1 at Zion. After reading about Page, we’ve decided to skip the north rim and head to Page instead.

    We’ll be traveling from the south rim, so I figure we could see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon on our drive north. After spending the night in Page, any suggestions for a day in the area before driving to Bryce that evening? So many great things to do on the water, but they are rather pricey.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Jill,
      That sounds like a great itinerary. If you have an SUV or some vehicle that can drive on dirt, you should consider checking out Alstrom Point, or hiking through Wirepass canyon. Both are on the way to Bryce, and would be excellent choices. A good option to enjoy the lake at a lower cost would be to rent some kayaks, take them to Lone Rock beach and kayak over to Ice Cream Canyon. Hidden Canyon Kayak will rent them by the day.

      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  136. James says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for providing the great info. If driving from Las Vegas, would it be possible to see part of Grand Canyon in addition to visiting Antelope (upper), and the Horseshoe bend in a single day? If so, in what order would you recommend organizing the itinerary?

    Thank you!
    James

    • Ryan says:

      Hi James, Your itinerary is mathematically possible, but it would be pretty exhausting. To drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon south rim would take about 5 hours. If you departed early enough to get to the south rim by 9 am, you could spend two hours at the Grand Canyon, then drive the 3 hours to Page. You would have to be there by 2-3pm at the latest, take the 2 hour tour, then head over to hike Horseshoe Bend. Depending on the time of year, you could still have enough time to catch sunset before driving the 4.5 hours back to Las Vegas via US 89 to I-15.

      I don’t recommend this itinerary, especially if you are driving alone, but it could be done if you had additional drivers. I would recommend driving to the Grand Canyon south rim, spending a few hours there, then driving to Page and overnighting. You could do Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in the morning, then adding a few hours at Zion on your way back to Las Vegas. It would still be intense, but significantly more manageable.

      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  137. Beth says:

    if you had to choose, the boat tour or a walking tour, which do you recommend? We will be coming from Holbrook in the morning and going on to Vegas that evening so I know it will be a long day and I’m not sure we will be able to do both tours but really want to see the canyon!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Beth,
      The walking tour is the only way to see the very popular images that you are probably familiar with. The water tour is a completely different experience that is much more of a lake tour. You should take a look at this video of the boat tour so you can see the difference between that the walking tour.

      Best,
      Ryan

  138. anna says:

    hi Ryan!
    thank you so much for one day programm!) it is what i was looking for!)
    we are planning to visit page on 25 of june. there will be 2 older ones (60 yo) and 1 – 5 yo. is it tooo hot in the end of june? can we manage 1 day programm and not die?)
    thank you in advance!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Anna,
      They itinerary might be a little bit hot for your group. You should consider switching the boat tour for something a little more low-key. You could walk across the Glen Canyon Bridge, and then do a tour of the dam. It also has great views. Then you could do Wahweap Overlook and the Glen Canyon overlook

      That would probably be a little more manageable, and would you would still see the lake and river.

      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  139. Mira says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks so much for the informative post! After reading through all the comments and answers and not finding what I am looking for I decided to post my own question πŸ™‚

    My friend and I will be traveling to Las Vegas from 31 May – 4 June. We booked a two day tour on 1-2 June, from Las Vegas that visits Zion and Bryce Canyon on day 1 and Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon on day 2 before heading back to Las Vegas.

    However, we are considering staying an extra night in Page instead of heading back to Vegas as we would like to do a third day in the desert to visit Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon (either South Rim or Grand Canyon National Park?)

    What would be the best option considering we need to be back in Vegas by Friday evening, 3 June:
    – Rent a car in Page and drive to Las Vegas, stopping at Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon
    – Tour options starting in Page and ending in Las Vegas?
    – Transport options from Antelope Canyon to Page (the tour we booked ends here before heading back to Vegas so we would need to find our own transport to Page if we want to stay an extra night)
    – If you have any other suggestions of things to see I would greatly appreciate the recommendations!

    Thanks again!

    Mira

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Although this guest’s visit has already taken place, her inquiry brings up a very important point about mass transit – or lack thereof – from the town of Page, Arizona.
      Page, Arizona is one of the most remote communities in the United States. Though it is within a day’s drive of major cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, it is still quite isolated. Many people have found this out the hard way when they found themselves stranded in this area!
      Mira asks about the possibility of
      1. Renting a car in Page and driving to Las Vegas. That’s easier said than done. Avis and Enterprise Rent-A-Car do have outlets at the Page Municipal Airport (PGA), however, they both charge rather hefty drop-off fees for taking their vehicles one-way. This due in part to the relative difficulty of getting vehicles back to their dispatching origin.
      2. Tour options starting in Page and ending in Las Vegas. There are none.
      3. Transport options from Antelope Canyon to Page. You might be able to book one-way transport with one of the local tour outfitters that pick up in Page, but it would no doubt require a special arrangement. You would certainly need to reach out to the different outfitters by phone to accomplish this, if they’re even amenable to it. Otherwise, Buggy Taxi might be an option.
      4. Other suggestions of things to see? There are almost too many to name in the Grand Circle area! The moral of the story, though, is that you’ll always have the most freedom and flexibility by driving yourself to Page, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. Otherwise, be prepared to be at the mercy of someone else’s schedule, which may not always be most convenient for you.
      Happy travels, everyone, ’till next time –
      Alley

  140. Dolores says:

    is the lower tour safe for kids?

  141. Alice says:

    Hi Ryan,
    7 of my friends & I will be driving to Page, AZ from Phoenix metro next weekend….Staying for 2 nights…..Not so much into hiking but we’d love to see beautiful sights around the area……..Do you recommend doing both lower & upper Antelope Canyon?…..We are leaving around 7am, any suggestions along the way?…..Plan to see the sunset on Saturday….Would really appreciate your feedback……Good day…..

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Alice,
      Are you guys Phoenix locals or just flying into PHX? If you’re travelling to Phoenix, I would recommending stopping by the Grand Canyon South Rim and going on a small hike before heading to Page. The most popular choice would be to park at the Bright Angel Lodge, and hike down the Bright Angel trail as far as you want and then turn back when you’re ready. You can grab lunch at lodge, or Cameron Trading post is also a good choice if you’re not hungry yet. Cameron Trading post is on your way from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. It’s about 3.5 hours from Phx to the Grand Canyon, and about 3 hours from the Grand Canyon to Page.
      You could do both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, but I would personally rather do something else since they look very similar. I would do Horseshoe Bend, one of the canyons, the dam overlook and maybe the Glen Canyon Dam. Then I would consider spending a day on Lake Powell, maybe rent a boat or go to Lone Rock Beach!
      Hope that helps!
      Ryan

  142. Ginny says:

    Ryan,

    If I understand what I have read correctly, the entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon is a set of staircases you have to climb down. Is that correct? And it is one-way. So, what are the details on the exiting. I am traveling with older parents who are in fairly good shape and could hopefully manage the climb down, but I wanted to know how we get back out and how difficult that might be. Is it back up more stairs?
    Do you think traveling with older folks that going to upper might be a better idea.
    Thanks for the info.
    Ginny

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ginny,
      There is a saying we use in the Grand Canyon, “Going down is optional, but going up is mandatory.” πŸ™‚ At time time I am writing this, the tours are traveling up the canyon, finishing close to the parking lot. In years past, they were going the opposite direction. In general, I would say that both directions are equally difficult. If your parents may have trouble with 2-3 flights of narrow stairs, then Upper Antelope is definitely a better choice. Upper is completely flat with no elevation change. Take a look at full walk through video of Lower Antelope, hopefully that will help you make a decision.
      Hope you guys have a fun visit!

  143. Vid says:

    Ryan,

    Great info. This is exactly what I was looking for. One question, we are driving from Phoenix and are planning to spend 2 days in Page and then drive to Sedona. We like to hike. Do you have any recommendations for the 2nd day that we have at Page? It looks like there are some nice hiking opportunities there.

    Thanks again.

    Vid

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Vid,
      There are a couple of great hikes that I recommend for a second day. You should look at doing Wirepass to the Buckskin confluence, which is a pretty easy 3 mile round trip. It takes you to the confluence of the largest slot canyon in North America. You should also consider Wahweap Hoodoos, a rocky but relatively flat 9 miles r/t up a wash to some great hoodoos. If you want some great exercise, then consider Spencer’s trail at Lee’s ferry. It is steeper than the corridor trails at the Grand Canyon, but only 2 miles longand takes you to a great overlook. Cathedral Canyon in the same area is a moderate hike that is about 3.0 miles round trip. Its a little cooler for temps because it is in a canyon, and takes you to the river. Finding the cairns that indicate where you have to scramble down can be difficult but it is one of the more fun hikes.
      If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, research “the ropes trail” on the other side of the Colorado River just across from Page. All I will say is that it is pretty difficult, dangerous, takes you to the river, is the original way down surveyors used for the dam, and the park will do everything in their power to discourage you from doing this hike. It is legal to do, just make sure you have the right experience and bring gloves.
      Hope that helps.
      Best,
      Ryan

  144. Amber says:

    Hey Ryan!
    Your post is awesome and I am so excited to have come across it. I see that i can do this great trip in one day, so if I have four days and three nights (April 8-11) is that too much time in which I should include a hike elsewhere? I was hoping to start at the Grand Canyon South Rim and drive up to do your above itinerary. In addition, I wanted to possibly do a photo shoot with a bride/groom in Antelope Canyon… So I’m guessing I should maybe try to do Antelope Canyon on Monday so I won’t have too many people around for the shoot? I don’t know how busy Antelope Canyon is in April.

    Thanks!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Amber,
      Thanks for the questions. 4 days and 3 nights is a good amount of time to spend in the area. If some of the local hikes are not what you’re looking for (too much off-road, too much technical canyoneerings, etc) it is very common to use Page as a base camp for the near-by parks (Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, etc.) Stopping at the Grand Canyon and exploring for a full day still gives you enough time to make it back to Page before bedtime. A lot of locals will get up early to do day hikes at Grand Canyon south rim, and be back in time for dinner.
      April will be as least busy as it gets for Antelope Canyon. Keep in mind that they canyons are just a few hundred feet long, so it doesn’t take a lot of people to start crowding your shots.
      Best,
      Ryan

      • Susan says:

        Your comments/responses are great…many thanks.

        I plan to visit Zion, Byrce and Arches Parks this October. I will be coming from the East and plan to enter Utah from the south. I definitely will spend at least a day in Page to do the Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. I am allowing for 6 days to visit the 3 Parks, and I want to leave from North Utah for my return trip . Is there a good central location where I can stay for the 6 days, or would you recommend that I spend 2 days as close to each park entrance as I can.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Even though this guest’s visit has already taken place, the question is relevant to many travelers planning future visits to the area and warrants a response.
          If at all possible, it’s more desirable and convenient to seek out lodging in or close to the parks you visiting. Distances between parks in the Grand Circle area tend to be quite long, so basing yourself in one city (what we in the industry refer to as a “hub and spoke” approach) to explore them will probably get old after a day or two. The exception to this rule is Arches/Canyonlands National Parks, which do not have hotels within them, but Moab, UT is situated conveniently between them and makes for the best area to stay in to enjoy these parks to the fullest.
          If, for some reason, you are unable to secure lodging in or near your chosen parks – which happens when you wait until the last minute to book their hotels! – then Page, Arizona makes a good “base camp” from which to explore the area of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah known as “The Grand Circle.” https://grandcircle.org/images/stories/graphics/GrandCircle-2016-map.pdf Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon are all 5-20 minutes away from Page. Zion is 90 minutes away, and Bryce Canyon is 2.5 hours away. Moab, UT is approximately 4.5 hours’ drive from Page.
          Hope that helps. Happy travels to all!

  145. Bhea says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I am planning to go to Las Vegas on Feb.2-6 and will take Grand Canyon tour and would love to go for Antelope Canyon as well. I am a solo traveler who cannot drive in your place so I’m thinking how will I do my itinerary covering Grand Canyon, Antelope, Lake Powell, and Horse Shoe bend. I can adjust the departure location in either Las Vegas or Phoenix, depends on accessibility and availability of the tours.

    • Ryan says:

      Bhea,
      At this time, there are not any tours that include Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas or Phoenix. It does require that you drive there from either Las Vegas or Phoenix. However, the tour we do recommend is the Scenic Canyon River Adventure from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim…unfortunately it doesn’t begin until March 1st. In the future, there will be a tour from Las Vegas as it is growing in popularity.
      Ryan

  146. Colleen says:

    Love this itinerary!!! We are planning our visit for early June with 3 kids (10, 13, 15) We will have a little more time. Maybe another half of a day. What would you add for an activity? Also which RV campground would you recommend?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Colleen,
      It depends on which way you are traveling after you leave Page. If you are traveling west, I would recommend Wirepass Canyon (6$ per person) and Paria Toadstools (free.) If you’re traveling east, then Monument Valley is a great choice. South I would say Grand Canyon south rim! If you are looking for activities around town, I would recommend a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, or take a 1/2 day river float trip down the Colorado river. Colorado River Discovery has a 1/2 day tour.
      For RV camping, I would recommend Wahweap Campground. It is a little outside town (15-20 minutes) but it is walking distance from a swim beach on Lake Powell, so I think it is worth the extra time.
      I hope that helps!
      Ryan

    • Ric says:

      Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

  147. Visitor says:

    Hello, I find your introduction from Google, very useful. Would you like to share some experiences about going to Antelope Canyon in the end of January? I planned to go there but finds some comments say it’s NG for Antelope Canyon in winter due to the sunshine concern… Thanks for your advise! πŸ™‚

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Cat,
      Antelope Canyon at the end of Jan will be quite chilly, but you have the benefit of a much smaller group size! I think it is a great time of year to go. You will not see lightbeams, so if that is a must, then this is not the right time for you. However, unless you are a photographer, I don’t think the lightbeams are a very important part of the Antelope Canyon experience.
      Ryan

  148. raquel hurst says:

    how far is skywalk to antelope canyon and the horsebend

  149. Diana says:

    HI Ryan,

    First of all thank you for this wonderful one-day itineirary in Page, AZ. Would like to verify some things regarding doing upper and lower antelope. We are a big family of 9 people, and we’re on a budget, so as much as possible we want to do research first before going and not hire tour guides once we get there on January 3rd. (I believe the antelope and horseshoe bend are open already during this time). We will be driving a private car coming from Grand Canyon South Rim. I was wondering if on Jan. 3 the road to upper antelope is open and can we park there? Is trekking both upper and lower antelope is do-able on our own, without hiring any tour guide? Also how much would permit costs for day-trek? how long does it take to do each leg? Same for horseshoe bend is parking available? Hike do-able on our own? Any permits to pay?

    Also, any other suggestion that we can do while in Page for a day, that does not involve so much paying for tour guides, instead spending on local food, things, scenic views?

    Thank you!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Diana,
      Unfortunately, it is not possible to go to Antelope Canyon without a tour guide.
      If you are interested in doing a great slot canyon with a small budget, I suggest you consider Lower East Waterholes canyon. This is the only part of Waterholes that you can do without a guide, although you will need a backcountry use permit. You can get a permit at Navajo Parks and Rec office, located next to the LeChee Chapter House, which is three miles south of Page, Arizona on Coppermine Rd. (Navajo Route 20). The hike should take you a few hours to a half-day. As with all slot canyons besides Antelope Canyon, you should consider the technical difficulty of the canyon and the ability of your group before doing the hike. You can read the reviews of Waterholes on TripAdvisor.
      Also, Waterholes is just a few miles south of Horseshoe Bend at mile post 542 (Horseshoe Bend is 545.)
      Horseshoe Bend you can do without a permit or guide, just park and take the 3/4 mile hike. It will be cold during your visit, so dress appropriately. There will be plenty of parking during Jan, and it will take you 1-2 hours.

      In addition to the ideas listed on the one day itinerary, if you are interested in budget items you should consider adding the Dam Overlook, Lone Rock Beach and the Paria Toadstools.

  150. Noor says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Hope you are well. Is there any way to cover Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend through a tour bus? Are there any tour companies that might have packages for these 3 spots combined. I’m asking because I don’t have a license, so can’t drive to these locations. Please let me know.

    • Ryan says:

      Great question Noor,
      There is no tour bus that starts in Page that does these three attractions.
      However, if you are already in town staying at a hotel, most of the Antelope Canyon companies are in the center of town, and easy walking distance from most of the hotels. These companies will drive you to Antelope Canyon.
      If you are too far to walk, you should use Buggy Taxi 1 (928) 645-6664. Rates are usually 10-20$ anywhere in town. They will also take you to Horseshoe Bend during the day.
      Antelope Point Marina and Wahweap Marina both have shuttles that pick up in town and take you to their location. The schedules change depending on time of year, so best to call the marinas directly to find time and pick up locations. Their websites also list their tour times for Lake Powell.

    • Melvin Laskoskie says:

      Stop at the local market to get water and snacks for the day. You will want a day pack to carry things in since you will be gone for the entire day.

    • KAREN says:

      Hi Ryan, is 0830 tour ok at the antelope canyon, Ken’s Tours, it was the only time that worked for us and other slots were booked, for march 30th, thanks, karen

      • Alley Keosheyan says:

        Hi Karen,
        Yes, the 8.30 AM tour is perfectly fine. They wouldn’t offer tours at that time if it wasn’t πŸ˜‰
        Have a great trip!
        Alley

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