Visiting Antelope Canyon From Las Vegas

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If you’ve come as far as Las Vegas, you’ve come too far not to visit world-famous Antelope Canyon and nearby Horseshoe Bend. While we’d heartily agree with you, we’d be remiss in our duty not to offer you a few words of warning:

  1. You’d better like to drive – a lot or
  2. You’d better be prepared to make some modifications to your trip plans, like dropping a day in Las Vegas (trust us on this)

So, how does one get to Antelope Canyon from Las Vegas? One has two choices: self-drive or take a tour.

To drive yourself:

  • Get on I-15 and follow it Northeast for 127 miles through Mesquite and St. George, UT to Washington, UT
  • Take Exit 16 to UT-9, which turns into UT-59 near Hurricane, UT, then AZ-389 near Colorado City, AZ. In Fredonia, AZ, take AZ-89A due North Kanab, UT. Follow this routing for approximately 70 miles total to Kanab, UT
  • In Kanab, UT, take US-89 East for 75 miles to Page, AZ
  • Just South of Page, AZ, take US-98 6 miles due East to the entrance of Antelope Canyon (or stop in Page and take a tour from one of 3 outfitters in town)
  • Total trip mileage: 278 Total drive time: 4.5 hours one-way

While a day trip from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ is doable, due to the distance involved, we recommend you get an early start out of Las Vegas in order to avoid driving back at night. Due to the scarcity and sometimes complete lack of supplemental lighting on local roadways, plus the potential for deer and elk to be present, nighttime driving can be dangerous. Better yet? Tinker with your schedule so that you can spend a night or two in Antelope Canyon’s gateway city, Page, AZ. There’s a lot to see and do here, including, but not limited to: the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, Lake Powell boat tours, smooth water raft tripsairplane and helicopter tours, easy but rewarding hikes, and even more slot canyons! You won’t regret taking the extra time. Most day-trippers, on the other hand, regret not taking it. Page, AZ hotels run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste and budget as long as you book in advance.

Take a tour from Las Vegas:

At the time this piece was written, pickings are on the slim side for Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Tours. We speculate it’s due to the driving distance; 10-12 hours behind the wheel is a lot to ask of anybody, even if you are paying them. But, for those determined to experience Antelope Canyon while based in Las Vegas, and don’t want to self-drive, tours are out there.

  • 1-Day MaxTour includes:

    • Hotel pick up

    • Round-trip transportation to Page, AZ;

    • Lake Powell overlook

    • Lower Antelope Canyon tour (admission included in price of the tour)

    • Stop at Horseshoe Bend Overlook;

    • Simple breakfast, hot lunch

    • Hotel dropoff

    • Tour duration: 15 hours hotel to hotel

    • Mode of transport: 15-passenger van

    • Current price: $199+ gratuities

  • 1-Day Grand Canyon Tours Excursion includes:
    • Hotel Pick up
    • Mesquite, NV breakfast stop
    • Kanab, UT Rest stop
    • Drive over Glen Canyon Dam
    • Lunch in Page AZ
    • Lower Antelope Canyon tour (admission included in price of the tour)
    • Horseshoe Bend
    • Navajo Bridge
    • Comfort stops for meals
    • Hotel drop off
    • Tour duration: 15 hours
    • Mode of transport: 7-passenger van
    • Current price: $149 + tax & gratuities
  • Viator Private Overnight (2-days/1-night) Tour to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Zion National Park includes:
    • Las Vegas Hotel pickup
    • Photo stop at Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
    • 1.5 hour Navajo guided tour of Antelope Canyon
    • Guided walk to Horseshoe Bend
    • Overnight accommodation in Page, AZ
    • Visit Big Water, UT Dinosaur Center
    • Guided walk in Zion National Park
    • Return transfer to Las Vegas Hotels
    • Private Driver/guide Professional guide
    • All necessary entrance fees
    • Meals per itinerary (B,L)
    • Tour duration: 2 days, 1  night
    • Mode of transportation: varies
    • Current price: $2995 for up to 4 people

Las Vegas Antelope Canyon tours are only offered on select days of the week and may require a certain number of passengers (usually 4) and favorable weather conditions to guarantee operation.

In September 2017, Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines, a division of the Papillon Group, launched the Private Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Air Tour Expedition. Operating solely on a charter basis for the time being, this trip will run you a chunk of change, but many have already found the trade-offs to be well worth it. Clocking in at just under 12 hours, you’ll get:

  • Complimentary round-trip shuttle service from your Las Vegas hotel
  • 90-minute (each way) exclusive fixed-wing plane flight from Boulder City, NV to Page, AZ
  • Stunning aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Vermillion Cliffs, Glen Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend
  • Guided walking tour of Lower Antelope Canyon
  • 1.2-mile round-trip hike to the Horseshoe Bend overlook
  • Spectacular photo opportunities
  • Meal included

Which way is the better way to go? In the humble opinion of not only this writer and the administrators of this site but many local residents, seasoned travelers, and expert road-trippers, self-driving will always offer you more freedom and flexibility to enjoy Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the myriad attractions in the Page/Lake Powell area at your own pace and on your own terms. But, make every effort possible to visit for more than a day. 10-12 of driving is a lot to take on in one day! That’s what makes the charter air tour quite a tantalizing option.

If you opt to take one of the above-mentioned tours – or even one we didn’t mention – we’d love to know how you liked it. We welcome and encourage you to post your feedback on this site, or other popular travel and consumer review sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, TourRadar, and don’t forget Facebook and Twitter.

Til next time, happy traveling!

141 Responses

  1. Hello Ally!

    My siblings and I are arriving to Las Vegas on March 12th and plan on visiting Grand Canyon by driving there. We will be approximately there one week, March 12 – March 19, and we are flying back from Las Vegas so we would have to be back on the 7th day.
    On Day 2 Driving to Zion and staying the night there.
    On Day 3 we want to drive to Page, Arizona visit Antelope Canyon and visit Horse Shoe bend and spending the night in Page, AZ.
    On Day 4 we want to drive to Monument Valley and spend the night there.
    On Day 5 we want to drive to South Rim Grand Canyon and spend the night there.
    On Day 6 we want to drive early to Sedona and spend the night there.
    On Day 7 we want to drive back to Vegas.

    1. Hi Andrea!
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun. The only criticism — and it’s a minor one at that — is that you’re not giving either Zion or Sedona the time they deserve. Both areas are large, and boast an incredible amount of beautiful scenery and fun activities. 2-3 days minimum are recommended for both areas to enjoy and explore them fully. If you think you might be able to make it back to this area in the foreseeable future, I’d recommend dropping Sedona from your plans this time around and coming back when you can maybe fly into Phoenix (it’s closer) and spend 3-5 days sightseeing and chilling. If this trip will be a one-shot deal, then stick with your current plan and enjoy it.
      Another consideration: if you haven’t made hotel reservations in Monument Valley yet, you might find that all lodging in the immediate vicinity is booked up. That area doesn’t have a lot to work with in the first place. If you find this to be the case, consider staying another night in Page, AZ, and visiting Monument Valley as a day trip. You would need to keep an eye on the clock and be aware that the Navajo Reservation’s time is one hour ahead of Page, and be sure to time your return drive so that you’re not doing any of it in the dark. If doing this by car is not desirable, you might consider flying over Monument Valley by fixed wing airplane out of Page, AZ.
      Be sure that you make all lodging reservations and book your Antelope Canyon tours ASAP if you haven’t done so already.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hello Ally. Your help is greatly appreciated by all. My family has this plan.
    April 10-12
    Leave Vegas at 7am.
    2pm slot tour of Secret Canyon
    6pm Sunset UTV tour in Page
    Sleep in Page
    Next day.. Catch sunrise at Horseshoe/ then drive to Grand Canyon
    see the sights and then spend the night in Kingman
    Drive back to Vegas
    — Is there any MUST see that we should hit, hate to go all that way and didn’t take the extra mile.
    –I would love for my kids to experience a native american “dance” show. Do you have one that you recommend? I am hoping its not hokey but
    entertaining and educational.
    — Best place to eat in Page
    — Best place to sleep in Page

    1. Hi jentess,
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, but I’d still recommend making a couple of changes, namely, on day 2 where you propose to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, then all the way to Kingman. While that looks doable on paper, in reality, not so much. For example, Google maps gives the drive time from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim as 2.5 hours. That’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens because the drive is very scenic, and you will be stopping to take photos more often than you realize. A stop at the Cameron Trading Post for a Navajo taco meal comes highly recommended, which will tack another 60-90 minutes or so onto your trip time. Once you enter Grand Canyon National Park, there are over half a dozen named Grand viewpoints between Desert View Point and Grand Canyon Village, all with differing perspectives and features. You’ll want to stop at most, if not all of them, I can pretty much guarantee! So, after all’s said and done, don’t be surprised if you end up spending the better part of the day just getting to Grand Canyon. Then you want to drive another 3 hours to get to Kingman? Doesn’t sound like my idea of a vacation. For optimal safety and comfort for your family, I’d recommend overnighting at Grand Canyon South Rim, then making the drive to Las Vegas the next day when everyone’s fresh.
      If you would like to see a Native American dance performance, you can enjoy this activity at the Navajo Village Heritage Center in Page, AZ. Options include just the dance performance, which is 20 minutes, or an hour-long educational tour of a replica of a traditional Navajo homesite, and a weaving demonstration.
      Where the best place to stay in Page, AZ, is one of those “in the eye of the beholder” things, where one man’s Radisson is another man’s Roach Motel. According to Google, the Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell is the best-rated, seconded by the La Quinta and Hampton properties. These hotels are quite new, ranging from 1-4 years old. At this point in time, though, it might not be a matter of what’s best, but what’s available. Book whatever fits within your budget and don’t worry too much about it. At the end of the day, your hotel will be just a place to lay your head after a busy day of sightseeing!
      Best places to eat, again, highly subjective, but according to TripAdvisor, the Birdhouse (fried chicken and waffle place) gets the highest rating, seconded by Big John’s Texas BBQ, then Fiesta Mexicana, and Slackers (burger and sandwich place). My personal favorites are the Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge and State 48 Tavern.
      As for “must see sites” you should hit, that’s a loaded question! Sure, there’s a ton of places I’d recommend you see, but you just don’t have the time to visit them. Push comes to shove, you might get an earlier start out of Las Vegas and make a short detour through Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a stunning area that’s not too far out of your way, and April is a good time to visit. I hope you can plan a return trip to Northern Arizona and Southern Utah when you can spend 7-14 days really enjoying the scenery and culture out here.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Our plan is to visit Las Vegas and GC landing on 29th Jan 10 AM at Vegas and returning back on 1st Feb 7PM
    Day 1 (Jan 29): Land at Vegas and stay overnight
    Day 2 (Jan 30): Hang around at Vegas overnight stay
    Day 3 (Jan 31): Leave Vegas at 7 AM (Vegas time) to Antelope Canyon 1PM (AZ time). Visit Horseshoe bend and reach a hotel at South Rim
    Day 4: (Feb 1): Visit GC and start back to Vegas at 12 PM. Reach airport and get the flight at 7:30 PM

    1. Hi Sri,
      Sorry for the late reply.
      Unfortunately, I cannot endorse this plan as it stands, mainly because of what you plan to do on Day 3.
      It takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ, perhaps longer because of construction taking place in the Virgin River Gorge along I-15. That could tack another 30 minutes onto your drive time. Your Antelope Canyon tour will take anywhere from 2-2.5 hours, factoring in advance check-in time and logistics of getting to your tour company’s departure location. Visiting Horseshoe Bend takes on average 60-90 minutes, including parking, hiking out to the overlook, staying awhile to take photos, then hiking back. You’re then looking at another 3-3.5 hour drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. I know that Google maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that’s driving direct, no stopping. That rarely happens because the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take photos often.
      Another reason why I don’t recommend this plan is because at this time of year, days are still quite short. Sunrise takes place at around 7:30 AM and sunset occurs at approximately 6:00 PM. That’s less than 11 hours of daylight on a day when you’re proposing to do over 8 hours of driving and approximately 4 hours of touring. As you can hopefully see, you would end up that doing part of the drive to the Grand Canyon in the dark, which is very dangerous around here due to roads that are very dimly lit, and the possible presence of deer, elk, and other wildlife that could increase your risk of an auto accident. Trust me, that’s not something you want to chance in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, freezing cold, where cell phone reception is spotty (if you can get any bars at all), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention extremely expensive.
      If you’re monitoring replies to your inquiry today, I would strongly recommend heading to Page, AZ, this afternoon and spending the night. Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise tomorrow morning, tour Antelope Canyon, then head to the South Rim when you can take your time and really enjoy the drive instead of racing against the clock to get to your hotel by dark.
      Another observation, when you say “reach a hotel,” hopefully you’re not just planning to find a hotel room on the spot. Even at this time of year, advance reservations for hotels and tours are highly recommended. Without them, you could find yourself driving hours to the next town to find a room for the night.
      Hope this helps. Let us know how you got on.
      Take care,
      Alley 🙂

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