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!


  1. Teresa says:

    Hello ,

    For 1 day max tour from Las Vegas to page, do you only offer to visit lower antelope canyon in this itinerary ? Or you also offer upper Antelope Canyon ? I would like to visit both upper and lower antelope canyon. I have looked at the bundle for upper and lower antelope canyon package, but I will have to drive from Las Vegas to page and the driving is a little bit too long as I am departing from Las Vegas around night and then drive all the way page will be very late. Any advise ?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Teresa,
      MaxTours’ Las Vegas-Antelope Canyon Tour package only goes to one branch of Antelope Canyon. If you wish to visit both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, you will have no other option except to drive yourself. At 5 hours each way, I know it’s a long drive. If you have a problem with that, which I don’t blame you one bit for, you’ll need to rearrange your schedule so that you can stay overnight in Page, AZ. You won’t regret doing so as it will allow you to enjoy Antelope Canyon and everything else the area has to offer at a more relaxed pace, with more freedom and flexibility.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Calvin says:

    Hi Alley,
    This is Calvin, i’ve planned a trip to vegas 1st week of this November, is it possible to cover The wave trail and the antelope canyon in a day then stay for the night in Page, travel back to Vegas the next morning?
    i’m thinking of going to the Grand canyon next day
    Thank you

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Calvin,
      First thing’s first: 99.999999% probability that The Wave is not going to happen. This is a specially managed area due to its geological uniqueness and the relative fragility of the formations. Therefore, only a handful of hikers are allowed there daily on a permit system. The online Wave permit lottery took place in July; 10 more permits will be given out via walk-in lottery the day prior to when you wish to hike, and the first part of November is prime time to make this hike, so competition for those few permits will be fierce. Even if you luck out on getting a permit, you wouldn’t be able to squeeze in The Wave hike and an Antelope Canyon tour in one day. The Wave hike would take the better part of a day, so you’d want to have two full days for it, and an Antelope Canyon tour. One possible exception to all that: fly over The Wave out of Page, AZ, or Kanab, UT. In the course of a 2-hour flight, you’d not only see The Wave, but a ton of other amazing scenery. Yes, it would be pricey, but it would be unforgettable! Mornings are the best time to fly for light and lack of wind. For more information, check out this piece on our companion site, http://www.TheWaveAZ.com: So You Didn’t Get A Wave Permit — Now What?
      Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news. BTW, if you’re staging out of Las Vegas, it would be most logical to go from Las Vegas – Page – Grand Canyon – Las Vegas, or reverse depending on availability of Grand Canyon lodging and Antelope Canyon tours.

      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Moon says:

    We are planning to visit Grand Canyon an las vegas in july.
    Our plan is from los angles we will go to las vegas stay one night overthere. Next morning from Las Vegas to antelope canyon and horseshoes bend and will stay there for one night next morning from antelop canyon to grand canyon south after visiting the Grand Canyon south will back to los angles. We will make a road trip with rent a car. So this plan is possible. We are coming from dubai. First we will visit los angles after los angles will go to las vegas. From las vegas to antelop canyon thengrag canyon south then back to los angles will take our flight

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Moon!
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, although just a tiny bit rushed. Your current plan has you packing up and driving every single day of your visit. If possible, free up an extra day somewhere so you can relax and explore. Also, if I interpret you correctly, you intend to drive from Page, AZ (Antelope Canyon) to the Grand Canyon, then back to LA after visiting Grand Canyon? If so, this is not a good plan. It takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim. I know that Google Maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take pictures more often than you realize. The drive from Grand Canyon to LA is then ~9 hours. Set aside 1 night to stay at the Grand Canyon, then drive back to LA the following day.

      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Muthu says:

    Hi, I am visiting Las Vegas and Grand Canyon in the Last week of November. I am Arriving on November 27th Night on Las Vegas, and Departing on December 1st From Las Vegas. We want to visit Grand canyon North and South Rim, Horseshoe bend and Antelope Canyon, and also spend a day in vegas. If anyone could advise us what to expect and how to plan, since its a Thanksgiving Weekend, it would be really helpful.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Muthu!
      First off, visiting the North Rim won’t be possible at the time of year you’re visiting. Visitor facilities there close on October 15th, and the road into the park is bound to be closed by the time you arrive since that side of the canyon gets heavier snowfall than the South. There might still be a way you can see it, though. More on that in a minute…
      Given your arrival and departure dates, you have three full days to work with. How you arrange them will largely depend on two key factors: availability of lodging at the Grand Canyon, and availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Because you’re traveling over Thanksgiving weekend, don’t be surprised if you find both to be sold out already, or close to it!
      That said, a “classic” Northern Arizona weekend itinerary would go something like this:
      Day 1 (November 28th) – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, with stop at Hoover Dam if desired. Drive time: 5-6 hours, overnight at the Grand Canyon, Tusayan, Williams, or Flagstaff, AZ.
      Day 2 (November 29th) – Take helicopter flight over Grand Canyon North Rim in AM; then drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, stopping at Grand Canyon viewpoints on Desert View/East Rim drive, breakfast/brunch at Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, Horseshoe Bend on way into town. Overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 3 (November 30th) – Tour Antelope Canyon, then drive to Las Vegas (5-6 hours), overnight in Las Vegas.
      Day 4 (December 1st) – Fly home

      You can also reverse the above-referenced itinerary if you find that lodging or tour availability is more conducive to doing so.
      A couple of things to keep in mind: days are short – sunrise occurs at about 7:15 AM, sunset at around 5:15 PM. Any and all driving needs to be done in daylight hours due to roads being very dimly lit and the possible presence of large animals such as deer, elk, free range cattle, even wild horses nearby. You’re also visiting during the transitional period between fall and winter, so, best case scenario, it will be cold; worst case scenario, you could encounter snow. It’s too soon to call at this point, but start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get ready to travel, and plan on packing jackets, gloves, etc., regardless.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Sunny says:

    Hi Alley,

    Really enjoyed reading the advice you generously dole out to everyone here. Most people seems to be traveling in the summer so I have some seasonally specific questions I hope you can help me with.

    We have about 10 days off for vacation during early January next year, and we have 11 year old and 7 year old kids. They are hoping to spend a few days at Disneyland (!!!!….), and Antelope Canyon is on the adults’ bucket list. So we’re hoping to invest 5 to 6 days into that segment.
    First…. what’s the weather like in Antelope Canyon in January – it’s desert climate I imagine so is it gonna be freezing cold? wet? (we don’t mind windy… just not wet and cold)… but we’re from Canada.

    Our initial (very very rough and changeable) plans:
    Day 1: Flight from home to Las Vegas. See LV and stay overnight at LV.

    Day 2: Drive out of LV to see Hoover dam and then overnight stay at Grand Canyon.

    Day 3: Scenic drive from GC to Page, AZ (is this where we see Horseshoe bend?) Overnight at Page, AZ
    Day 4: Antelope Canyon (upper, lower and maybe the float boat tour… if available and suitable in January!) – overnight at Page AZ night#2
    Day 5: drive back to Las Vegas.
 – day tour at LV, then either stay one night LV or take evening flight to Orange County CA
    Day 6 onwards – california
    a few days later… fly home to Canada directly from California

    we have some flexiblity to add a couple of days to this segment (before California) but we aren’t big outdoorsy people (although our kids COULD walk the lower canyon i think) – so we aren’t really super keen on driving a further 4 to 6 hours to get to another National park. Us adults have been to vegas so we don’t feel compelled to stay on the strip too many nights either. But i’m sure you can think of things and attractions (That are worth adding a couple of extra days) that I haven’t at all considered.

    Many thanks in advance!


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sunny!
      Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but January weather in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah can be the dreaded combo of cold, wet, and windy.. or it can just be sunny, brisk, and borderline pleasant. Heck, in 25 years living in the area, I’ve even experienced little “teasers” of spring weather in January where you can actually trot out your short sleeves and fire up the barbecue! Of course, it’s too soon to call, but I’d recommend starting to monitor Grand Canyon area weather 2-3 weeks before you travel and pack accordingly. Best case scenario, you should still plan on bringing jackets, gloves, etc.
      Your assertion that Horseshoe Bend is located near Page, AZ, is correct, as is your concern about whether the Antelope Canyon boat tour will be running. Water-based activities such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip and Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour are usually on hiatus during the winter months, but since the Antelope Canyon boat tour is relatively short (60-70 minutes), it tends to run at least once a day as long as at least 4 passengers are booked and the weather isn’t absolutely horrible.
      Otherwise, your itinerary looks pretty fun. The only suggestion I’d make is if it’s possible to free up another couple of days, do so so you can visit Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, or both. You’re going to be in the neighborhood, and they’re beautiful parks with lots of easy but scenic hiking. The only drawback to Bryce is it’s 8,000′ above sea level, so you’re likely to encounter snow there. Bryce has only one lodge inside the park which tends to be sold out all the time, but there are several small towns nearby where you might look for lodging. For Zion, the town of Springdale, UT, would be the best place to stay on the Western border of the park.

      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Sunny says:

        Thank you very much, especially for the reality check!!!
        We might defer the visit to March or June then…. if we were going we would need to book accommodations and air tickets months in advance, and to be there on weather isn’t a good investment of our previous time off from work and school.

        Great to know that our planned itinerary “works” – one more question, if we are going to keep it to the locations initially planned (but not Zion Park etc.), would it make more sense to return from Page to Vegas via the road we came from (along the south rim), or is it worthwhile to “complete the circle” so to speak and drive back through the “north” ??rim? And how long with that drive page to Las Vegas realistically take?

        Thank you, again!

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Sunny!
          If you’re going to delay your visit, March is in the transitional zone between winter and spring. If you’re looking for warmer, more stable weather, June would offer that, along with larger crowds, so, just something else to consider.
          As for the most efficient way to travel back to Las Vegas from Page, AZ, I’d avoid the potential backtracking via the Southern route and go around the Northern route. Even if you do skip Zion, it’s still a very scenic drive. One possible way you might “vary it up” from the standard route everyone else uses is to travel South from Page, AZ, to Bitter Springs, AZ (hit Horseshoe Bend on the way) and stop by Marble Canyon, Lees Ferry and Cliff Dwellers. At Lees Ferry, you can actually drive your vehicle fairly close to the banks of the Colorado River and wade in the water — albeit for a short time, the water is a constant 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit! The whimsical balanced rock formations nearby also warrant a photo stop. At Navajo Bridge, you can walk across the river from ~700′ above it, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a California Condor. The on-site restaurant at Cliff Dweller’s Lodge is amazingly good for a little hole in the wall in the middle of the desert. Turning West, you’ll head back into the forest and skirt the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Be sure to stop at Jacob Lake Inn for some of their world-famous home-made cookies. In Fredonia, AZ, you’ll get on AZ389 through Colorado City, AZ, eventually making your way back to I-15.

          Wheels turning, no stops, the above drive time is given as 5 hours, but as you can see, you can easily stretch the drive to 6.5-8 hours with all the stops you can potentially make. Another consideration is a road construction project taking place on a stretch of I-15 through the Virgin River gorge that is expected to remain in progress through next summer. That could possibly tack another 30-60 minutes onto your drive time.
          Take care and have fun!
          Alley 🙂

          • Sunny says:

            wow, thank you Alley, for your super awesome step-by-step (stop by stop) guide, MUCH appreciated. This is waaaaay better than having to ask around piece-meal, we’ll be much more confident with your suggestions!
            We’ll probably try for either spring break or mid-June then 😀
            Thank you thank you!!


          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            You are welcome Sunny! Please feel free to hit us up again if you have further questions, and let us know how you get on 🙂
            Take care,

  6. Elvin says:

    Hi, I need your suggestion for vising Grand Canyon West Rim, Antelope Canyon and Horse Shoe Bend on 4 to 5 days. We will be arriving to Las Vegas. Suggestion for schedule and cities to sleep in, if we were to drive, will be appreciated…

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Elvin,
      If it is your first visit to the area, I recommend skipping Grand Canyon West Rim and instead planning on going to Grand Canyon South Rim. The South Rim (the National Park) has the vast, colorful “iconic” Grand Canyon views that you’re probably expecting to see. The West Rim? Not so much. What it has to offer are one-of-a-kind experiences not readily available in the National Park, such as the Grand Canyon Skywalk, helicopter flights to the canyon floor, etc. Another reason for recommending the South Rim over the West Rim is lodging: at the West Rim, lodging is quite scarce. The nearest town with “proper” hotels is Kingman, which is 1.5 hours away. In contrast, Grand Canyon South Rim has 6 hotels inside the park and 5 just outside.
      For Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ, would be the place to stay since both attractions are just a short drive from that particular town. Visiting Antelope Canyon requires a guided tour, which must be reserved in advance. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      As for the order in which you visit these attractions, that will largely depend on availability of lodging at the Grand Canyon, and availability of Antelope Canyon tours. However, with 4-5 days to work with, you could visit Grand Canyon West one day, visit Grand Canyon South Rim the next, spend 2 days in Page, AZ, then return to Las Vegas. You could also do that in reverse if lodging or tour availability dictates.

      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Vipula Manu says:

    HI I am solo traveller and will be staying in Vegas
    I would like to visit Antelope canyon & Horeshoe Bend, and acceptable to do it over 1 to 2 days from Vegas. (30-31st August)
    Which tour companies would you recommend

  8. Stefanie says:

    Good Morning,

    I was wondering does this place have free/discounted admission for Indigenous persons throughout the US and Canada like the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota does as it is around/among Hopi and Navajo Territory?
    For Example: My family and I were informed last minute that we were allowed free admission but we had to present our Treaty cards to prove our status. We were also given discounted prices at one of the Grand Canyon locations.

    *Please NO rude/racist comments either*.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Stefanie!
      So sorry it’s taken so long to respond to your inquiry. Being owned and operated by members of the Navajo tribe, it would stand to reason that people of indigenous descent would receive some price consideration from Antelope Canyon tour outfitters. However, to make absolutely sure what the terms are, if any, I would encourage you to contact the tour companies directly.

      There are two companies operating tours to Lower Antelope Canyon. They are:
      Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours (928) 606-2168 http://lowerantelope.com/ and
      Dixie Ellis’ Antelope Lower Canyon Tours (928) 640-1761 http://antelopelowercanyon.com

      For Upper Antelope Canyon, there are four companies to choose from:
      Chief Tsosie’s Slot Canyon Tours 928.645.5594
      Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours 928.645.9102
      Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours 928.380.187
      Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours 928-698-3384

      In the event Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, there are a number of alternate slot canyons in the Page, AZ, area, all managed by Navajo-owned companies, that are also worth considering. For more information, check out “Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours.”
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  9. grant says:

    hi we vare wanting to visit antelope canyon and monument valley from out base in scottsdale arizona

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hello Grant,
      If you wish to visit Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley from Scottsdale on a self-drive basis, you would need to allot at least 3 days to accomplish this.
      Day 1: drive from Scottsdale to Monument Valley, ~5.5 hours drive, overnight in Monument Valley.
      Day 2: Take morning backcountry tour of Monument Valley, drive to Page, AZ (~2 hours), overnight in Page.
      Day 3: Take morning Antelope Canyon tour , drive back to Scottsdale with stop at Horseshoe Bend (~5 hour drive)
      If you prefer to take an escorted tour, they are out there, but fair warning: you will be limited in what you can accomplish. For example, a tour that includes Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley may also require extra time to visit other National Parks that you may not necessarily be interested in, such as Bryce, Zion, or Arches. Or a 3-day tour that includes Antelope Canyon may go to the Grand Canyon, but not Monument Valley. At the end of the day, driving yourself will allow you optimal freedom and flexibility to enjoy the parks of Northern Arizona at your own pace, and on your own terms.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • grant says:

        ally thank you so much that’s given us food for thought as we are coming for a fortnight to stay in scottsdale all the way from glasgow scotland in the uk and are wanting to see as much as we can take care and thank you so much

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          You’re welcome. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
          Alley 🙂

  10. Vaibhavi says:

    Hi Alley,
    Before I post my question, I would like to specifically appreciate for an excellent job on your expert guidance posts to all travelers questions. You are awesome !!!
    Is Upper Canyon ok for my mother 80 years age who can walk but have trouble with stairs and inclinations.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Vaibhavi, and thank you for your compliments!
      Upper Antelope Canyon should be OK for your Mom. There are no stairs or ladders, and it’s a 100-yard out and back walk on a mostly flat trail. The most “exciting” part of the trip may be the 2-mile ride on an unpaved track from the highway to the mouth of the canyon. The ride can get bumpy. If you foresee a problem with that, you might inquire with your chosen tour operator if your mom can sit up front with the guide.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Alley,
      Thank you so much for this post. I and my fiancé are highly interested in visiting antelope canyon. We were definitely considering doing the self driving and self directed route. Are you able to provide further information (steps/ directions) on how to get down into the canyon?

      This would be much appreciated! Thank you again!

      • Alley Keosheyan says:

        Hi Theresa,
        This post did not provide step by step instructions on how to get down into Antelope Canyon for the simple reason that you can’t do it on your own. Antelope Canyon, and other slot canyons in the Page, AZ, area, are located on Navajo Indian Tribal land. Therefore, a tribe-authorized guide service is required to visit them.
        For Antelope Canyon specifically, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon, then make a reservation. In the event Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, you might consider touring one of many alternate slot canyons in the area that are just as beautiful, but far less crowded.
        Since the drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ, takes ~5 hours to complete, spending 1-2 nights in Page, AZ, is recommended, not only for optimal comfort and enjoyment of Antelope Canyon, but so you may take advantage of all the Page, AZ, area has to offer!
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  11. Amit says:

    Hello, Planning to visit Antelope Canyon along with my fried during July First week. Please suggest on followng plan

    Option 1
    In Vegas on 6th – evening in Vengas
    7th – Around Vegas – Red rock, Hover Dam start drive to Kanab, UT around 5 pm. Stay at Kanab
    8th – Start at 8 .. visit Antelope Canyon and start drive back to vegas around noon

    Option 2
    In Vegas on 6th – evening in Vegas
    7th – Around Vegas – Red rock, Hover Dam stay at Vegas
    8th – Start at 7 .. visit Antelope Canyon and start drive back to vegas around 4.00 pm and reach vegas around 9.00 pm

    Planning to rent a car and me and my friend both can drive.


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Amit,
      Unfortunately, I can’t endorse either plan because both involve driving at night. This is strongly discouraged in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah due to lack of lighting on most local roads (a deliberate move to preserve the natural quality of the night sky), and the tendency of deer, elk, and other large animals to congregate around them. For your safety, all driving must be done during daylight hours.
      If you can possibly free up another night so you can stay in Page, AZ, to tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, then drive back to Vegas the next morning when you’re fresh, that would be much better.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    • Amit says:

      Thanks Alley.
      In option 1 I am planning to start around 5 from Vegas and should reach Kanab by 8.30 .. looking at current sunset should it fine ?

  12. Scott says:

    Hi! Do you mind writing the exact steps of how to book/reserve an Antelope Canyon tour with a navajo guide if you are self-driving from Vegas? One tour bus company is so expensive already without the cost of the entrance fee, fee for Navajo guide, and fees for the bus driver and the bus tour guide. Do I book a tour reservation beforehand (any suggestions with links) and then meet up with that tour guide that I booked the reservation with and then the tour guide leads me to the navajo guide? I read how you can’t just drive up there and join any tour. Just wanted to know the difference between the tour guide company and navajo guide.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Scott,
      You are correct that you cannot just drive up to Antelope Canyon and hope to join a tour. Bus tours, while convenient, do come at a cost, usually a high one. Self-driving definitely offers more freedom and flexibility to enjoy Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and other attractions in the Page, AZ, on your own schedule and your own terms. Because the drive from Las Vegas is relatively long – ~5 hours each way – it is best if you come over and spend 1-2 nights. For detailed instructions about how to book an Antelope Canyon tour on a self-drive basis, visit our pinned post, “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  13. Mark Esiyeden says:

    hi alley

    will i be able to do grandcanyon for a day from las vegas and drive back same day

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Mark,
      I’ll put it this way: can you visit the Grand Canyon as a day trip from Las Vegas? Yes. Should you? Not if you can help it.
      For one, the drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (the side we recommend most for a first time visit) is ~5 hours EACH WAY. If you factor in a stop at Hoover Dam on the way out or back, that will add more time. For maximum enjoyment, at least a one night stay at the Grand Canyon is preferable to a day visit, and a 2-night stay is even better! For more information on Grand Canyon hotels, visit GrandCanyon.com: South Rim Hotels
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. kumar says:


    May first week planning to self-drive to antelope from LAS and will start at 8pm, is it safe to travel during night time? Will be back come next night to LAS. One is enough at Antelope and how to plan everything in one day?


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Kumar,
      Sorry, friend, but I cannot endorse this plan.
      Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in Northern Arizona/Southern Utah due to lack of ambient lighting on what are mostly rural roads, plus the possibility of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses to gravitate near them at night. Any and all driving around here must be done during daylight hours, or at least have you heading out of Las Vegas just before sunrise and/or arriving shortly after sunset.
      During the first week of May, sunrise occurs at around 5:45 AM, sunset at about 7:30 PM. The drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ, takes ~5 hours under usual circumstances, but right now, there is some construction taking place on a small section of I-15 that could add another 30-60 minutes onto your drive. Honestly, 10-12 hours on the road is a lot to endure for just 90 minutes – 2.5 hours of touring.
      If possible, try to rearrange your schedule so that you can travel to Page, AZ, and stay for at least one night. That will enable you to see more sights in the area, and visit Horseshoe Bend at the best time of day, which is just after sunrise.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Mimi says:

        Hello Alley, is December a good time to visit the Antelope? Does it get rain or windy usually around December? Thanks

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Mimi,
          Yes, December is a perfectly good time to visit Antelope Canyon. Yes, it does get cold, windy, and rainy. You might even see a little snow! But, you’ll have fewer people to contend with in Antelope Canyon than if you visited in the summertime, which is IMO more than a fair trade-off for the weather.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  15. Maahi says:

    Hope you are doing good!!!!
    First of all I really want to thank you a ton for a great and helpful guidance.
    We are visiting las vegas in june, with wife and 2 years old kid. We want to visit grand canyon and antelope canyon also.
    According to our plan.

    Day 1 : we will start from lasvegas around 6:30 am ,stop at hoover dam and continue to grand canyon,see sunset and stay their.
    Day 2 : start from grand canyon ,then horseshoe bend and antelope canyon ,and will be back to las vegas till 7 pm.

    Please let me know is it ok??
    What we need to change,we can only stay 1 night there as we have come back.
    Also please suggest is there any tickets for these attractions?? Or do we need go tour guide?
    Please suggest.
    Thanks in advance!!!


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Maahi,
      I’m doing great, thanks for asking!
      Unfortunately, I can’t endorse your plan, especially with a toddler in tow.
      On Day 1, you’re doing, OK. It’s Day 2 where things get unrealistic. It takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (for Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, etc.). I know that Google maps gives the drive time as 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens because the drive is very scenic and you will definitely be stopping to take pictures. Highlights of the drive include, but are not limited to, 6+ named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon, the Tusayan Ruins and Museum, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, random kiosks where Native Americans sell their wares, the Cut Overlook, and Horseshoe Bend. It takes 60-90 minutes to walk out to Horseshoe Bend, take photos, then walk back to the parking lot. For Antelope Canyon, you need to set aside at least 2.5 hours. A guided tour is required to visit. With a 2-year-old, you’ll be limited to touring Upper Antelope Canyon. Then, after all that, you’re facing a 5-hour drive back to Las Vegas? *shudder* Not my idea of a vacation.
      With your limited timeframe, if you have never been to the Grand Canyon, I’d recommend concentrating on it and leaving Page, AZ, off the table. If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon already, then just visit Page, AZ. Unfortunately, you just don’t have enough time to visit more than one spot comfortably this time around. Whatever you decide, be sure to book all hotel rooms and guided tours well in advance of your trip.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Maahi says:


        Thankyou so much for your response.
        Honestly speaking ,i never been to grand canyon and antelope canyon and want to visit both because of it scenic.
        And the time bothering us as visa issues.
        How about the plan second..
        Day 1: strat from las vegas around 7:00 am and reach grand canyon around 12 pm
        Then start from GC around 4:30-5:00 pm and stay overnight in page Az.
        Day 2: early morning tour for upper antelope and then horseshoe shoe band and come back.
        One questions,what is the last safe time limit so we can start driving from page?

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Maahi,
          Sorry to hear about your visa issues, I hope you can get it sorted out.
          As far as your alternate plan goes, I still think you’re doing way too much driving. Not to say it hasn’t been done before. It definitely has, but I always hate to see people remember their vacations from inside a car rather than outside doing things.
          Your main obstacle is going to be daylight. You want to be at your final destination for the day well before sunset. Nighttime driving in this part of the U.S. is strongly discouraged due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, plus the possibility that you might run into a deer, elk, free range cow, or even a wild horse, all of which tend to be active at night.
          Sunrise in Las Vegas, NV, occurs at around 5:30 AM; sunset in Page, AZ, at around 7:45 AM (Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Page are on the same time at that time of year).
          Therefore, on Day 1, you’ll want to start making your way to Page, AZ, a bit earlier if possible, mainly for the reasons I gave in my initial reply, it’s a very scenic drive, and you should take the opportunity to sightsee along the Eastern Rim/Desert View Drive as well as the Navajo reservation.
          On Day 2, hit Horseshoe Bend first because temperatures will be cooler and the overlook is quite exposed. After your Antelope Canyon tour, I would advise starting the drive back to Las Vegas, NV, no later then 2:00 PM. Sunset in Las Vegas is close to 8:00 PM, but there will be construction taking place on a stretch of I-15 that you’ll have to travel, which could delay you anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic.
          Good luck to you, and let us know how you get on,
          Alley 🙂

  16. Heather says:

    We wanted to hear your tips /advice on our below itenary.
    March 23rd – Land in Vegas
    March 24- drive from Vegas to Page
    March 25- Drive from Page to Monumnet valley and back to Page
    March 26- Drive from Page to Grand canyon south rim and back to Page
    March 27- Page – Lower AC, horseshoe bend , glen canyon dam
    March 28- drive from page to LV

    We are making Page as our base and doing day trips to MV and GC. I really could not find any hotel reservations in GC, and that is why we decided to stay in Page.
    Some questions :
    1. How are the road conditions in March from Page to GC , what time should we start back from GC to make it safely back to Page
    2. Can we do 17 mile in MV in rented car?
    3. Are there any special tires/chain required for driving ? WE are from south and dread driving in snow
    4. How is the road from LV to Page ?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Heather and thank you for visiting!
      Using Page, AZ, as a base for touring the attractions in Northern Arizona is not ideal, but if you are unable to find lodging in the various locations you’re wishing to visit, you can make it work. As you’ve rightfully deduced, you’ll have to keep an eye on the time, since you’ll want to be sure to get any driving you need to do done for the day by sunset. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, plus the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses. You don’t want to have a vehicular encounter with any one of them! Another thing to keep in mind, with regard to Monument Valley, is that it observes Daylight Savings Time, whereas, Page, AZ, does not. So you’ll “lose” an hour driving from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley, then “gain” it back upon returning. Sunrise in Page, AZ, occurs at about 6:30 AM, sunset at around 6:40 PM. Move that ahead 1 hour for Monument Valley. It takes 2-2.5 hours to make the drive from Page to MV, so, on the return trip, you’ll need to leave the area by 5:30 PM MV time, 4:30 PM Page, AZ, time. I know it’s confusing!
      Fortunately, Grand Canyon and Page, AZ, are on the same time (Mountain Standard). The drive from Page, AZ, to the Grand Canyon is listed as taking 2.5 hours on Google maps, however, that’s wheels turning, no stops. On the drive down from Page, take your time and enjoy the scenery. You can realistically expect to take the better part of 4 hours to do this. That way, on the drive back to Page, you can get on the road at 4:00 PM and book it back by sunset; with an earlier start, you might stop at Horseshoe Bend for that!
      RE: the roads between LV and Page, Page, AZ, and GC and Monument Valley, they are fully paved, and rarely closed, unless a major snowstorm moves through the area. The 17-mile scenic drive in MV is not paved. Technically, you are not supposed to drive rental cars on unpaved roads as doing so could void your insurance contract. Many years ago, I made the trip in a Nissan Sentra (my own car) and lived to tell the tale, but, technically, I should advise you to contact a tour company to access this area. There are a number of licensed providers of backcountry tours who utilize different means of getting to the backcountry, including jeeps, horses, and hiking. Navajo Nation Parks Monument Valley Tours
      Snow chains are a similar situation, rental car companies forbid customers from using them. If you encounter inclement weather on your trip, simply stay put in the area and wait it out.
      All that said, you might still be able to secure lodging at the Grand Canyon and/or Monument Valley hotels at this point. Cancellations do happen. For the Grand Canyon, if you can’t find lodging inside the park, check Tusayan, which is 7 miles outside the park. Monument Valley doesn’t have much to work with, just The View and Goulding’s, but you might consider staying in Kayenta or Tuba City.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Heather says:

        Thank you for the response. We are now considering cancelling our reservation and re-booking, here’s the modified itenary :
        March 23- Vegas
        March 24- Drive from Vegas to Page, see horse shoe bend
        March 25- ANtelope tour and glenn canyon dam
        march 26-Drive to MV, stay in Tuba city
        March 27- start from tuba city to GC, stay the night at flagstaff or Williams
        March 28-start to vegas

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi again, Heather!
          That looks a lot more feasible, and comfortable for you and your family 🙂

  17. Xiaoya huang says:

    we are planning in April to go to Las Vegas. Selfdrive to antelope canyon,horse shed bend, and lake powell with my family( kids and elders) how long do you think it should take, and how should I plan the trip ?


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Jacky and thank you for contacting us!
      A trip to Page, AZ, that factors in sufficient time to tick off all the items on your “wish list” would be 2-3 days.
      Since you have seniors in your party, you should probably plan on touring Upper Antelope Canyon, that is if anyone has any mobility issues. If not, they might be able to manage Lower Antelope, but you should probably watch this Full Video Walk-Through before deciding. Horseshoe Bend can be visited the same day you visit Antelope Canyon. Keep in mind there may be parking restrictions in place due to on-going construction projects, so be prepared to adapt your plans accordingly.
      Regarding Lake Powell, it is a huge body of water, and the best way to appreciate its size and majesty is by boat tour. With a full day, you could do a tour to Rainbow Bridge, but depending on the level of Lake Powell at the time of your visit, a walk of ~3 miles round-trip from the boat dock to the Bridge might be required. If the older people in your party cannot handle this, another worthwhile, family-friendly activity would be the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. This activity does have a brief stop with a walk to a petroglyph panel, but it is relatively easy and manageable for most people. It’s also optional.
      Be sure to reserve all lodging and guided tours well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  18. Sri says:

    Hi Alley,

    Me, my hubby and kid are planing to visit Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Zion national park during end of March 2019. We don’t want to do hiking.

    Day 1: Early morning flight from home to Las Vegas. See LV and stay overnight at LV.
    Day 2: Drive out of LV to see Hoover dam and then overnight stay at Grand Canyon.
    Day 3: Next day visit GC view points and stay at GC.
    Day 4: Next day visit horseshoe bend, one of the Antelope Canyon and then Zion national park. Stay overnight at Springdale.
    Day 5: Next day drive back to Las Vegas.
    Day 6: Early morning flight back to home from LV.

    Do you think this plan is doable?
    Will GC or Antelope canyon be crowded during that time of the year?
    How will be the weather during that time?

    Thanks, Sri

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sri,
      Your trip looks very well-planned, with one exception: Day 4, where you’re proposing to tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend as a “drive-by” on your way to Zion. It takes ~3 hours to drive from GC to Page, then another 2 hours to drive from Page to Zion. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are going to take at least 5 hours to explore, and at the end of March, your daylength is going to be very short, with sunrise occurring at about 6:45 AM and sunset at around 6:30 PM. Nighttime driving should be avoided at all times due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and other large, nocturnal wildlife.
      Instead, I would recommend dropping that second night at the Grand Canyon and staying that night in Page, AZ. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to see a lot of the Grand Canyon since the route naturally takes you along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are over half-a-dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints you can stop at prior to exiting the park. In the Navajo Indian Reservation, which you’ll enter after passing Desert View Point, there are points of interest as well, including the Little Colorado River Overlook, Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views, and “The Cut” Overlook. Horseshoe Bend would be right on your way into town. If unable to find parking that afternoon, you could visit it just after sunrise the following morning. Then tour Antelope Canyon, then head for Zion/Springdale.
      As for your other queries, yes, Antelope Canyon will be crowded, so I hope you already have reservations for a tour!
      Regarding the weather, it will be cool, and perhaps even raining or snowing, so be prepared by packing a few pieces of warmer clothing.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Sri says:

        Hi Alley

        Thanks for your feedback. Even I was skeptical about Day 4 plan. I will surely adjust my plan accordingly.


  19. Jane says:


    Im taking my 70-year old parents to Grand Canyon and Antelope. And after reading your answers, I figured it would be best to visit Grand Canyon West Rim and Upper Antelope. I plan to take a tour bus though; do you have any recommendations of tour bus/es? Thanks 🙂

  20. Steven says:

    Hi Alley,

    will be spending two nights at GC Tusayan (20-22 Dec) after LV.
    Wanted to visit the Antelope beside GC.
    Using Tusayan as a base, is the Antelope doable as a day trip?

    My tentative plan as follows:

    20 Dec
    Leave Vegas in the morning, stop by Hoover Dam and reach Tusayan in around 2.
    Enter GC to catch sunset.

    21 Dec
    Visit Antelope

    22 Dec
    Leave GC

    Need some advise will I miss out too much on GC attractions?
    Should I skip Hoover dam and hit GC as early as possible to cover more?
    I need to leave early on 22 Dec for LA.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Steven and thank you for your inquiry.
      Antelope Canyon is doable as a day trip from the South Rim, but not ideal, especially at the time of year you’re traveling.
      The minimum drive time from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, is 2.5 hours. However, that’s wheels turning, no stops, which rarely happens, since the drive is very scenic, and you’ll no doubt find yourself stopping to take pictures. Between the turn-off onto AZ64 East and Desert View Point alone, there are over half a dozen Grand Canyon viewpoints, all with varying perspectives and features. Upon leaving the park and entering Navajo Indian Tribal Land, there’s even more to see, including, but not limited to, the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s souvenir stands, the Cameron Trading Post (great “brunch” stop, by the way!), Chinle formation views, the “Cut” overlook, and last, but not least, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, which you should set aside 60-90 minutes to enjoy.
      Depending on whether you tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon, your tour will take anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours. You would then have a 2.5 hour drive to contend with to get back to Tusayan. Another factor working against you at the time of year you’re traveling is daylength: late December is when days are at their shortest, with sunrise occurring at 7:35 AM and sunset taking place at around 5:15 PM. Driving after dark is strongly discouraged in this part of the US due to lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, and the possible presence of deer, elk, coyotes, free range cattle, and other nocturnal wildlife.
      A better option would be:
      20 Dec: Get an early start out of LV. You can still see Hoover Dam from the bypass bridge on US93. Upon arrival in Tusayan, maybe catch the IMAX movie, head to Grand Canyon Village and do some sightseeing around that area, including the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive, catch sunset, then go to bed. You will “lose” an hour traveling between Nevada and Arizona as they are on different time zones this time of year.
      21 Dec: Get an early start on this day as well. Drive to Page, AZ. Hit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your way into town; if the parking lot is full that afternoon, then plan to catch it first thing in the morning the next day. Do an Antelope Canyon tour that afternoon. Overnight in Page, AZ.
      22 Dec: Head back to LA. The driv from Page, AZ, to LA will take ~8.5 hours. That’s only 1 hour longer than it would have taken from Grand Canyon. Plus, you will “gain” an hour going back into California, but here again, your daylength is short: sunrise at around 6:45 AM, sunset at 4:50 PM.
      Best wishes for safe travels, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

  21. Ryan says:

    Hi Alley

    Is it true you need a guided tour to antelope canyon (lower/upper)? My family and I will be visiting during Thanksgiving this year and are thinking of spending Thursday touring Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

    After reading all the terrible reviews for TakeTour on TripAdvisor, I am a little hesitant booking online and would rather drive on my own to Antelope Canyon and if needed, pay for a guide tour at the entrance.

    What do you recommend?


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Ryan,
      Sorry to hear that you’re finding a lot of negative reviews on TakeTours, but it’s probably a blessing in disguise that you found out about them before committing your hard-earned money and being disappointed. Self-driving is really the better way to go as this gives you more freedom and flexibility to enjoy the sights on your own schedule and pace.
      As for Antelope Canyon, however, you absolutely must have advance reservations for a guided tour prior to arrival. Thanksgiving is a busy time of year, so you should book your reservations as soon as possible. You cannot count on just driving up to the canyon and purchasing tickets for the tour when you show up.
      Since it is ~5 hours’ drive each way from Las Vegas to Page, we recommend spending the night at one of our local hotels for optimal safety, comfort, and enjoyment for your family.
      Good luck and safe travels, and have a Happy Holiday Season!
      Alley 🙂

  22. Irene says:

    Alley, if I would like to drive from St George to Antelope Canyon, would the roads be doable during the first week of April in terms of the weather conditions? Thanks, Irene

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Irene,
      The roads between St. George, UT and Page, AZ are fine ~95% of the time in April. However, that time of year is quite notorious for that one last snowstorm of the season moving through, so be sure to monitor weather conditions in Page, AZ and the surrounding area a couple of weeks before you plan to travel.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and have fun!
      Alley 🙂

  23. Maria says:

    Hello ! I’m travelling from argentina with my boyfriend and 9months old baby . Our first stop is las vegas . We would really like to visit antelope canyon, horseshoe bend and grand canyon in two days. Do you think it s possible ?
    And then , after visiting g canyon im not sure whats the best option, if driving to san diego or going back to las vegas and take a plane to san diego .
    Thanks !!!

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Maria and thank you for visiting us!
      It is entirely possible to tour Grand Canyon and Page in 2 days’ time from Las Vegas.
      From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, the drive is ~4.5 hours; the same for the drive from Las Vegas to Page, therefore which place you visit first is up to you, and largely contingent on lodging availability in each area. Check Grand Canyon hotels first, then book Page, AZ lodging.
      Because you’re traveling with an infant, you should probably tour Upper Antelope Canyon. That’s the easiest and shortest branch of the canyon to walk through. Take care at Horseshoe Bend to ensure that you carry enough water for your entire party, and that you all wear hats and sunscreen.
      As for whether you go back to Las Vegas and fly back to SD, or just drive direct, that’s up to you. It takes ~9 hours to drive back to SD from either Grand Canyon or Page. Another option might be to fly from Page to Phoenix, then back to San Diego. Contour Airlines offers daily scheduled air service from Page to Phoenix; the only disadvantage is that they don’t have a downline baggage transfer agreement in place, so you would have to carry your own luggage and check it in at the counter of the airline you use to fly to SD.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  24. Uma Batta says:

    Hello Alley,

    Thank you for all the devices you are providing.

    Me, my wife n kid and coming to Vegas from nj for a four day trip. Reaching Tuesday night and starting back on Saturday evening. As per your comments, I see, grand canyon n antelope r must visit. We don’t want to do hiking and any big activities. Just want to go around and take some good photos. What and where would you suggest to go.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Uma,
      Hello and thank you for visiting our site. Apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry.
      Fortunately, hiking and “big” activities are not a requirement for having a fulfilling visit to the area. Grand Canyon South Rim is a very easy park to self-tour by car, and you’ll end up doing a lot of sightseeing on the drive between the South Rim and Page. Between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Point, where you exit the park, there are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon, all with differing perspectives and features. Upon leaving the park and entering Navajo Indian Tribal Land, there is no shortage of sights that will warrant a photo stop as well, such as the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s Curio Stand and the Cameron Trading Post.
      Since you indicate you will arrive somewhat late to Las Vegas on Tuesday, I would recommend spending the night there, then starting to Grand Canyon on Wednesday. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from LV to GC, longer if you factor in a stop at Hoover Dam and/or Route 66 towns such as Kingman, Seligman, and Williams. Spend 1 night at the Grand Canyon, in the park if you can find lodging, or Tusayan/GC Village South if those hotels are booked up.
      On Thursday morning, make your way to Page, AZ and plan on spending 2 nights there to tour Antelope Canyon, visit Horseshoe Bend, and, if you’re visiting between March and November and your kid is at least 4 years old, take part in the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. Again, none of these activities are super-strenuous, but Horseshoe Bend might be pushing it if any of your party has have severe breathing or mobility issues. If that’s the case, read this article on our sister site for suggestions on how you can still see Horseshoe Bend with less exertion: “Help! I Can’t Do The Hike To Horseshoe Bend
      Then on Saturday, start making your way back to Las Vegas. Here again, it’s about a 4.5 hour drive going direct; the option is also available to make a detour through Zion National Park, but only if you have plenty of time for photo stops before you have to be at the airport. If the Glen Canyon Float Trip does not appeal, or if your visit is taking place during the tour’s seasonal hiatus, you might consider dropping that 2nd night in Page, AZ and spending it in Zion National Park instead. The town of Springdale, Utah on the Western border of the park has the best selection of hotels and motels, and would put you only ~3 hours from Vegas on that last day.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  25. Sook says:

    Hello Alley,

    Seems like you are an expert in the Grand Canyon regent. I would like to know more about a tour from Vegas to Antelope Canyon, and possible to Zion. Which tour do you recommend since I don’t drive.

    In June this year, I visited Flag Staffs for 5 days, solely to joint a tour to Antelope Canyon (I really like it, except it was a bit rush by tour company). I was told that this is a closer distance compare to departing from Vegas to Antelope Canyon. What do you think? does it make any different in terms of distance which city’s tour will depart? There are many cheap flights to Vegas, and flights to Flagstaff are expensive and rare. When I was in Vegas in 2016, I couldn’t find any tour company which offer bus tour from Vegas to Antelope Canyon. If there are new tour company offering such tour, can you please write down the website & phone number? I am a solo traveler and I don’t drive long distance.

    Thank you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Sook,
      Hi there! You have unfortunately discovered that guided tour options out of Las Vegas that include both Zion and Antelope Canyon are few and far between. Still, they are out there. The tour operators we’ve found to have the most in terms of tours offerings and price points are:
      Viator http://www.viator.com (855) 611-5269
      Tours4Fun http://www.tours4fun.com 1-866-933-7368
      TakeTours http://www.taketours.com 1-617-500-7002 or 1-888-428-7255
      Hope that helps you find a tour that works for you!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  26. Fatima Varga says:

    Hi Alley,
    We-my 14 years old son and I- are visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, and some of the famous Southwestern National Parks this autumn.. I’ve read plenty of sites about how to manage a trip to the Canyons but your are the best for sure
    I would like your recommendation on how I should plan my trip. We arrive to Las Vegas on 23th of October, and I want to fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco the 30th of October. We rent a car of course.
    We hope to see Antelope Canyon Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon, and Zion or Bryce

    Would really appreciate your work and time

    Fatima & Balázs (Hungary)

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hello Fatima and Balázs!
      Thank you so much for the kind compliments on our site.
      The 1-week itinerary in Northern Arizona/Southern Utah might go something like this:
      Day 1 (10/24) – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive), overnight at the South Rim Grand Canyon Hotels
      Day 2 (10/25) – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3.5-4 hour drive), hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, take afternoon Antelope Canyon Tour, overnight in Page.
      Day 3 (10/26) – Take the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip or the Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour , spend a 2nd night in Page.
      Day 4 (10/27) – Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park (~3 hour drive), overnight in that area.
      Day 5 (10/28) – Drive from Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park (~2.5 hour drive), overnight in Springdale, Utah, ride the shuttles into the park and do some easy hikes in Zion
      Day 6 (10/29) – Do some other activities in Zion, such as longer hikes like Angel’s Landing or The Narrows, or perhaps take a trail ride. Zion National Park Activities Spend a second night in Springdale, Utah
      Day 7 (10/30) – Drive from Springdale, UT back to Las Vegas, NV, fly to SF
      Naturally, this itinerary can be reversed in the event you find it difficult to get lodging at Grand Canyon on the date specified. Indeed, Grand Canyon Lodging should be the “lynchpin” around which the rest of your trip planning revolves, and evolves. For more suggestions on activities and sights you might visit on your trip, check out The Grand Canyon and Beyond: The Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern Arizona & Southern Utah
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. Be sure you pick up an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the USA for 1 year’s time. The only areas it won’t work are Native American Tribal Parks (of which Antelope Canyon is one) and State Parks, but it will still pay for itself on this trip. Just purchase it at the first National Park you visit.

  27. Anita S says:

    Hello, my family is coming to Vegas in late August. Planning to stay 2 nights in Vegas before driving to Antelope (overnight), then Grand Canyon (overnight) and then another 2 nights in Vegas. After reading your post, Zion National Park sounds like a good place to stop over. But will it be too rush (as I have reserved a 10am tour in Antelope already) and will we will be seeing similar things — different shapes of rocks or canyon? Also, head of Route 66, is it worth to take that route on way back from Grand Canyon.
    Just a note, already booked all hotels and no changes allowed.
    Thank you very much for your help.


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Anita,
      Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park are not similar to one another at all: the former is a slot canyon, the latter is a wide, spectacular and multi-faceted canyon carved by the Virgin River. If your hotels and trip logistics indeed cannot be changed, I don’t see how you can include a stopover there, which is a shame. The most logical place to include Zion would be as a “detour” on the drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ.

      Regarding your 10 AM Antelope Canyon tour, I’m assuming you have that booked for the morning after you arrive in Page, just before you depart for Grand Canyon? I hope so, because if you’re wanting to do it on your arrival day from Las Vegas, you’ll need to light out at 4:30 AM at the latest – the tour companies want you to check in 30 minutes prior to departure.
      Allow for at least 4 hours to make the drive to the Grand Canyon from Page. I know Google maps gives the timeframe as 2.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as the trip is very scenic and you’ll no doubt find lots of photo opportunities that pique your interest, especially once you enter the park at the East Rim/Desert View Drive. There are over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon en route to Grand Canyon Village, all with different features and perspectives on the canyon. Be sure you time your trip so that you’re not doing any driving at night, due to lack of supplemental lighting and the tendency of deer, elk and other nocturnal wildlife to congregate around local roadways.
      As for Route 66, it’s a worthwhile detour if you’re a history buff and/or like old cars. Taking this small loop off I-40 will add about an hour onto an already long-ish drive (4.5 hours direct). If you do take us up on it, be sure to stop at Delgadillo’s Snow-Cap Drive-In in Seligman, AZ for a burger and a laugh. Kingman, AZ is where the road will rejoin the interstate, and where you’d turn off onto US93 to head to Las Vegas.

      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  28. Mark Citsay says:

    Self-driving sounds a lot more fun and you are definitely right that it offers more flexibility. Who wouldn’t a fun road trip with a couple of good friends right? Although we do have to be cautious just like you mentioned especially when driving at night, but there’s always a challenge to everything! So, that’s gonna make the trip much more exciting. Antelope Canyon sounds like a great place to visit after all.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      It is indeed! It’s even better if you can spend the night, or better yet, spend two!
      Take care,
      Alley 🙂

    • Veronica M CERVANTES says:

      Hi Alley
      We are planning a driving trip w/the 3 teenage boys starting from SA in early August and finish at The Grand Canyon in 6-7days. We like to cover Grand Canyon (W and/or S Rim), Antelope Canyon plus something along the way, in no particular order. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

      Antelope Canyon
      Lake Mead
      and maybe Hoover Dam

      • Alley Keosheyan says:

        Hi Veronica,
        I feel kind of dumb here, but I’m not sure what area “SA” refers to! San Antonio? South Africa? I’m assuming the former is getting warmer.
        As for the order in which you tour the sites you list, hotel room availability at Grand Canyon South Rim will most likely by the “lynchpin” around which the rest of your plans will revolve, and evolve, so check that first. Staying inside the park is most convenient, but those rooms are likely to be booked already. Tusayan/Grand Canyon Village South, 7 miles from the park entrance, is your next best option, and may offer more amenities that appeal to teenage boys, such as pools, game rooms, etc. If those are already full, which is entirely possible, then Valle, Williams and Flagstaff, AZ will be the next best alternate locations, in order of both proximity to the rim, and desirability. Grand Canyon hotels
        The next element to book should be Antelope Canyon tours. Decide whether to tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon (Upper = 100 yards, flat, easy/Lower = longer, some stair and ladder climbing) then reserve an available time that works for you. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
        For Zion, here again, in-park rooms are probably booked, but you might consider staying in Springdale, UT, just outside the Western border of the park, and a 3-hour drive from Las Vegas.
        Whenever you can work Las Vegas into your trip would be the time to visit Hoover Dam.
        Hope that helps – good luck and safe travels!
        Alley 🙂

  29. Tatiana says:

    Hi Alley,

    We are planning to travel for 4 days from Aug 31 to Sep 3 and want to start in Las Vegas going to Zion-Bryce-Antelope-Page and back to Las Vegas . We are thinking to spend Aug 31 in Zion, Sep 1- in Bryce, Sep 2- in Antelope and Horseshoe bend and drive back to Vegas on Sep 3 . Our Google map gives us I-15, US- 89 and AZ-389 to get there so could you advise if another route from Horseshoe to Vegas can be taken . Is anything else we can see on our way back.

    Thank you very much,


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Tatiana and thank you for visiting us!
      An alternate route for getting back to Las Vegas from Page would involve traveling South on US89 to Bitter Springs, then heading North on US89-A through Lees Ferry, Marble Canyon and the Southern edge of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. At Lees Ferry, you can actually drive up relatively close to the bank of the Colorado River and dip your feet in it. There are some cool balanced rock formations in that area, too. I highly recommend Cliff Dwellers Restaurant as a lunch stop, then a stop at the Jacob Lake Inn for some delicious home-made cookies for later. Afterward, continue on to Fredonia, AZ, where you would resume travelling West on AZ389-59-9 to I-15.

      This route would take roughly 6 hours, factoring in stops for photos, bathroom breaks, etc.
      Hope that helps — best wishes for safe travels! 🙂
      P.S. I notice the Grand Canyon is absent from your itinerary; have you already been there? If not, you could swing down to the North Rim from Jacob Lake, but that would add another 2 hours onto an already long drive.

  30. Ben says:

    Hi Alley, we are planning a driving trip starting from LV in mid September and finish at Los Angeles in 7-8 days. We like to cover Grand Canyon (N and/or S Rim), Antelope Canyon plus something along the way, in no particular order. Would appreciate your input.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Ben and thank you for stopping by today.
      Mid-September is a great time to be here. Temperatures are cooling off and crowds are thinning out, albeit just slightly. It’s still busy, so you need to get on making hotel and Antelope Canyon tour reservations quickly.
      The typical 7-8 day itinerary in Northern AZ/Southern UT, using Las Vegas as a “staging” city, goes something like this:
      Day 1 – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (~4.5 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
      Day 2 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (~3-3.5 hours), hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 3 – Tour Antelope Canyon, perhaps take a Lake Powell Boat Tour or the Glen Canyon 1/2-Day Float Trip , spend another night in Page
      Day 4 – Drive from Page, AZ to Bryce Canyon, UT (~3-4 hours), overnight in Bryce
      Day 5 – Drive from Bryce to Zion (~2 hours), overnight in Springdale, UT (on the Western border of the park)
      Day 6 – Explore Zion, take the free shuttle system to the main scenic drive, maybe hike part of the Narrows, or do some river tubing (water level permitting), spend another night in Springdale, UT
      Day 7 – Drive back to LA, ~6.5-7 hours. Or, if desired, maybe make a detour to Death Valley NP and spend the night there before heading home.
      Hope that helps! For a more detailed itinerary and suggestions on what to do each day, read “The Grand Canyon and Beyond: The Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern AZ & Southern UT
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  31. Renju says:

    Hi Alley ,

    We are planning 3 day trip .We start from Las vegas and planned to cover Antelope ,horse shoe bend, Zion National Park ,Monument valley and Grand canyon .we arrive on friday night and planning to start on saturday early morning to antelope.I still have a doubt whether it is doable .We need to return to LV airport on Monday night .
    Would you please suggest an Itenary .Also what all this we need to book in advance if we are taking a rental car (thinks like permit).Will we be able to take own vehicle to all the attractions ?or Do we need to depend on guided tour ?.Please suggest

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Renju,
      Sorry, but you won’t be able to hit all those attractions and spend any amount of quality time with only two full days to work with.
      What you can do is this:
      Day 1 (Saturday) – Drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ via Zion National Park. Drive time: approximately 5 hours. Overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 2 (Sunday) – Visit Horseshoe Bend Overlook after sunrise, tour Antelope Canyon at mid-day, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim. Drive time: 3-3.5 hours. Overnight in Grand Canyon South Rim.
      Day 3 – (Monday) – Sunrise on the rim, drive to Las Vegas. Drive time: 4.5 hours.
      As for the things you need to book in advance, those are:
      Antelope Canyon Tours
      Page, AZ Hotels
      Grand Canyon South Rim Hotels
      Of course, this itinerary can be reversed depending on availability of Antelope Canyon Tours and Grand Canyon South Rim lodging.
      Now, one way you MIGHT be able to work Monument Valley into your trip, is to
      1. Get an early start from Las Vegas into Page on Day 1 and take a late afternoon Antelope Canyon Tour
      2. Take a 90-minute fixed-wing airplane flight over Monument Valley first thing in the morning, then hit Horseshoe Bend just South of of Page, AZ as you head toward Grand Canyon South Rim.
      All parks are open to private vehicles, with the exception of Antelope Canyon, that requires a guided tour regardless of whether you have your own vehicle.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. For more helpful travel tips, visit our sister sites, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com and http://www.TheWaveAZ.com

      • Irene says:

        Hi Alley

        I would like your recommendation on how I should plan my trip. We are planning on 6 nights 7 days and those days are also including traveling back to and from NY.

        Antelope Canyon
        Horseshoe Bend
        Grand Canyon
        and maybe Hoover Dam

        Should i fly into Nevada or Arizona.

        What should i go to first etc. I am planning this trip for next year.

        Thank you.

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Irene and thank you for your inquiry.
          The order in which you visit these attractions will evolve and revolve around lodging availability at Grand Canyon South Rim, Page/Lake Powell (Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend) and Zion National Park. We recommend starting by checking Grand Canyon South Rim, then Zion National Park (if you’re unable to find lodging in the park, check Springdale, UT on the Western border of the park), then Page, AZ.
          Most visitors to the area opt to fly into Las Vegas as flights tend to be a little cheaper. The typical itinerary from Las Vegas would be:
          Day 1 – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, with a stop at Hoover Dam (~5 hours driving), overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim hotel
          Day 2 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, direct drive time, 2.5 hours, actual drive time for most visitors, 3.5-4 hours. Stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way into town, overnight at Page, AZ hotel.
          Day 3 – Take Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip in the morning, then an afternoon tour of Antelope Canyon, spend 2nd night in Page, AZ.
          Day 4 – Drive from Page, AZ to Bryce Canyon National Park. Drive time ~3.5 hours Spend night at Bryce Canyon, either in the park, or gateway cities.
          Day 5 – Drive from Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park, UT. Direct drive time: ~2 hours, actual drive time for most visitors factoring in stops at points of interest: ~3-3.5 hours. Seek lodging either in Zion National Park or Springdale, UT on the Western border of the park. Spend 2 nights.
          Day 6 – Explore Zion National Park, spend 2nd night in Zion.
          Day 7 – Drive back to Las Vegas, ~3 hours from Springdale, Utah.
          For more ideas on how to get the most out of a 7-day vacation in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah check out this article The Grand Canyon and Beyond: The Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary
          Good luck and safe travels!
          Alley 🙂

  32. Thomas says:

    Hi Alley,

    am so glad to stumble upon your site… I am planning a trip to visit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in November. My initial plan is to drive from Vegas to Page on Day One, spend a night there and move on to the Grand Canyon on Day Two and spend a night there, and on Day Three to drive back to either Vegas or Phoenix to catch a late night flight to Orlando. Can u give me some suggestions on the itinerary as this will be our first trip there! Thank you in advance!


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hey Thomas,
      Suggestion #1: make more time! There is so much to see in this area that you could spend a week here and only scratch the surface. But, if 3 days is all you have, then, that’s the way it is.
      The drive from Las Vegas to Page takes approximately 4.5 hours. With an early enough start, make the slight detour through Zion National Park. Without reservations in the park, you would not be able to take your vehicle on the main scenic drive, but you could still have an enjoyable trip on the sections that would be open to you. Upon leaving Zion, make a stop in Kanab for a bathroom break/leg stretch or even a meal. There are lots of good restaurants to choose from, but the Kanab Creek Bakery seems to be a big hit these days.
      Heading East toward Page, at Mile Marker 19, you’ll find the Paria Rimrocks and Toadstools Trail. Worth a stop for a fairly easy and scenic hike.
      Again, with an early enough start, you can accomplish all this and get in an Antelope Canyon tour late that afternoon before settling in at your hotel.
      As you head to the Grand Canyon the next morning, hit Horseshoe Bend on your way out of town. As you head South through the Navajo Indian Reservation, you may encounter roadside kiosks where the tribe members sell jewelry and other wares. You can also do some souvenir shopping, or have a meal, at the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of US89 and AZ64. Turning West on AZ64, you’ll enter Grand Canyon National Park at Desert View Point. Stop at the Watchtower, as well as at the half-dozen-plus viewpoints along the East Rim Drive before arriving at Grand Canyon Village. The drive from Page to GC typically takes 2.5 hours driving direct, but that rarely happens what with all the stops you’ll inevitably make. Plan on spending anywhere from 3.5-5 hours realistically.
      The next morning, get ready to drive to Phoenix with a detour through Sedona, AZ. Here again, you won’t be able to do much, but you might be able to squeeze in a Pink Jeep Tour or a stop at Tlaquepaque.
      Hopefully this sounds like a fun and doable itinerary. Before you commit to it, though, make sure your rental car costs for picking up in one city and dropping off in another won’t be cost prohibitive. I’ve heard that if you book from overseas, they waive the drop-off fees, but am not positive, so do check on it. Secondly, be sure you make ALL reservations in advance of your arrival, for hotels, tours, everything. You may have heard that November is considered “off-season” in this part of the US, but that really isn’t the case anymore.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      • Thomas says:

        Hi Alley,

        It’s finally happening…we are due to embark on the GC/Page journey like u suggested. Leaving on Nov 9 from Vegas, we will stop by Zion National Park/Kanab/Paria Rimrocks and Toadstools Trail b4 heading to Lower Antelope Canyon, the thing is, I was just wondering, if I were to book the last tour for the day, the 3.30pm, would there be sufficient sunlight to enjoy the full beauty of the Canyon?
        Also, as we make our way from Page to GC Village the next day, and stop by the places u suggested, what time do u think should we ideally reach GC Village?

        Thank you once again….

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hey Thomas,
          Hello again and Bon Voyage!
          Yes, there will be ample light on the 3:30 PM Antelope Canyon tour to enjoy it. Keep in mind at that time of year that there will be a time difference between Las Vegas, Utah and Arizona. Utah and Arizona will be one hour ahead of Las Vegas, so you will “lose” an hour as you pass from the state of Nevada into Utah. Be sure you time your drive and other activities with that knowledge.
          Unfortunately, I have to share a bit of bad news with you: a couple of days ago, a section of US89 South was washed out by heavy rain between the town of Cameron on the Tuba City Junction. That means that you’ll have to make a significant detour on the drive from Page, AZ to Grand Canyon Village. The drive that would normally take 2.5-3 hours will now take twice as long. Read this article for the full details of what took place https://www.azdot.gov/media/News/news-release/2018/10/04/closure-of-multiple-days-expected-on-us-89-north-of-flagstaff and refer to this link for a map of the detour route https://goo.gl/maps/ZqhfDyPyYa22
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Thomas – PLEASE DISREGARD THE MAP LINK ABOVE and refer to this link instead: https://goo.gl/maps/5CCSvZrD6Gy

          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            …and just disregar that altogether – they got the road open!

          • Thomas says:

            Thanks again Alley!

            looks like we are all set and looking forward to hit this trail that you have suggested for us in a few days….

            one quick question please, u mentioned a drive through Zion National Park on the way from Vegas to Page, does that mean we drive in through Springdale, pay the fee for the drive through or park entrance, and exit on the other side to head toward Kanab?


          • Alley Keosheyan says:

            Hey Thomas,
            You are correct in that if you drive from Las Vegas to Page via Zion, you would be required to pay the park entrance fee in Springdale, then exit the park on the Eastern side near Mt. Carmel Junction. If you’d prefer to skip all that, then the map below represents the more direct route to Page.

            Happy holidays and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

  33. Muhammad Irfan says:

    Hi Alley Keosheyan ,

    The site is really interesting and informative. We (my wife) plan to stay one night at Vegas and then next day to Grand Canyon and Antelop. Also staying in Grand Canyon or Antelop (no idea where to stay), for next day trip. So in total 2 days and one night. We can’t self drive. Suggestions required please. Also we plan to leave for Chicago on second day evening or night.

    Thank you.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Muhammad,
      Hello and thank you for your compliments.
      With the limitations you describe (not being able to drive and having only 2 days to spend), your don’t have many options. Tours are out there that can accomplish your goals, but you may have to modify your plans somewhat, especially the bit about flying out to Chicago on your 2nd day. The majority of package tours will return to Las Vegas too late to accommodate that, and even if they did, interruptions to the schedule could arise such as an accident on the highway or heavy traffic. It would be best to stay another night in Las Vegas, then fly out the next morning.
      Overnight tours typically have lodging included, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that. The tour that sounds most conducive to your trip goals and timeframe is TakeTours’ 2-day Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon Tour. Tours4Fun offers a similar program.
      Good luck and let us know how you get on.
      Alley 🙂

  34. Carolyn says:

    Hi Alley,
    Husband and I are visiting Las Vegas & Arizona in Sept. driving from Las Vegas to Page on Monday morning and flying out of Phoenix on Friday evening. Wanting to stop at horseshoe bend, antelope canyon etc, then drive down to Phoenix via Sedona. Do you think 5 days (Monday afternoon to Friday afternoon) is enough time? What would you recommend to see after leaving Page?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      Thank you for visiting our site today!
      With 5 days to work with, you certainly can accomplish a lot. Before you commit to the plan to fly into Las Vegas and out of Phoenix, I would verify what rental car drop-off fees will be like. They can be pretty hefty for dropping vehicles anywhere other than where you picked them up. If you do proceed with that plan, here’s what I’d recommend:
      Day 1, Monday: Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park (~3.5 hours), overnight in Zion National Park, or Springdale, Utah Zion National Park Hotels
      Day 2, Tuesday: Drive to Page (~2 hours), tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page Page, AZ Hotels (scroll to the middle of the page)
      Day 3, Wednesday: Drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5 hours), stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way Grand Canyon hotels
      Day 4, Thursday: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona, overnight in Sedona Sedona hotels
      Day 5, Friday: Drive from Sedona to Phoenix (~2 hours)
      If you have already been to the Grand Canyon, then I would recommend taking that night and giving it to either Page, AZ or Sedona, AZ.

      Hope that helps! Be sure you reserve all your hotels and Antelope Canyon tours well in advance of your arrival.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. Be sure you plan on purchasing an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For $80, this pass grants you and your traveling party access to all the National Parks, Monuments and Federal Fee Areas in the US for 1 year’s time. It’s not valid at some State Parks, and Native American Tribal Parks (like Antelope Canyon), but it would still pay for itself for you on this trip.

      • Carolyn says:

        Fantastic suggestions Alley, thank you very much. Will research your suggestions further. Can’t wait for this trip, should be awesome!!

  35. Courtney Canady says:

    Hi, I am planning on flying into Vegas either in May or June of this year to visit antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. The plan is for a 3 day 2 night trip total, with our flight getting in around 9-10 the first day and leaving on a late night flight the third. I was planning on leaving Vegas after lunch time the first day to head towards page and go to antelope canyon and horseshoe bend the second day and either head to phoenix or back to vegas to fly home the third day. Do you have any suggestions for stops along the way? I was considering Zion National park if we have time.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Courtney and thank you for visiting our site!
      The drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ typically takes ~4.5 hours. If you make a slight “detour” through Zion National Park, that will obviously extend the drive time, but at least you could cross that Park off your “wish” list. Going through Zion on the way back to Vegas is also an option, again, time permitting. You might also add the Coral Pink Sand Dunes just outside the town of Kanab, UT. It’s quite the surprise in relation to the surrounding terrain. Off-road driving, however, should be avoided in rental cars.
      As to where you should fly out of, I recommend flying out of the same place you fly into. Rental car outlets in the area typically charge substantial fees for dropping vehicles anyplace other than where you pick them up from. This is due to the remoteness of the area and distances between cities.
      The Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools (located between Page, AZ & Kanab, UT at Mile Marker 19 of US89) also make for a nice little addition to your itinerary.
      Be sure you make advance reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour and Page, AZ hotel.
      Have a great trip!
      Alley 🙂

  36. Sou says:


    We are planning to visit Antelope Canyon and Horse shoe bend next month for 1 day tour, would you recommend to self drive , please provide any suggestions.


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Dear Sou,
      Yes, we recommend self-drive for optimal freedom and flexibility, however, package tours are available from several nearby cities, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, Flagstaff and Sedona. Not knowing where you would be starting your tour from, it’s impossible to say which one would be best, but a good place to start researching options is this site. Another good resource is our sister site, http://www.HorseshoeBend.com
      If you are self-driving, a good example of a 1-day Page, AZ itinerary would cover Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, just for starters. The main thing you have to decide is whether you’re going to tour the Upper or Lower branch of Antelope Canyon. In a nutshell: Upper is easy, 100 yards in length, and can be managed by 99% of the population. Lower is more physical, requiring some stair climbing and light bouldering. Individuals reliant upon wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids would not be able to experience this section of the canyon. Antelope Canyon tours must be booked in advance.
      Thank you for visiting today and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      • Sou says:

        Thanks for ur reply, we plan to start from Las vegas. I need to understand how we proceed after we reach the Antelope Canyon, is there any entry fee and do we need to pay for a tour guide or is it allowed to look by ourself? How much would it cost if we drive as to compared to a bus tour?

        • Alley Keosheyan says:

          Hi Sou, thank you for further clarifying your plans.
          You are required to go with a tour to Antelope Canyon, therefore, yes, there is a fee. How much it is depends on a few things, such as what time you wish to tour (peak tour times are typically more expensive), whether you choose a sightseeing tour or photographic tour (photo tours are longer and more expensive and are limited to those carrying professional-grade equipment) and whether you tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon (Upper is more expensive). How to book a tour of Antelope Canyon
          As to cost comparison, it would probably be somewhat cheaper to do a self-drive since you have more flexibility on where/when/if to get meals, choice of a more fuel-efficient vehicle, etc. The downside, of course, is that you have to drive, which means spending 10+ hours behind the wheel if you do it as a day trip. That’s why we’d recommend staying overnight in Page, AZ for a better quality of experience.
          Good luck and safe travels!
          Alley 🙂

  37. Chana rachel says:

    I am planning a trip to las Vegas and would really just live to see antelope canyon- and stay in Page for 2 nights while I’m there. What’s the best tour option- from last Vegas and how can I book in advance?
    Thanks so much,
    Chana Rachel

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Chana, thank you for visiting our site today!
      Unfortunately, touring options from Las Vegas are quite limited, and those that do include an overnight stay usually include just one. If you really want to stay for two nights, then your best option is to drive yourself. If that’s not an option, then Tours4Fun is a well-rated company with a wide variety of offerings that include Antelope Canyon, from day trips to week-long national park loop trips.
      Good luck and hope you enjoy your trip, whichever way you choose to travel!
      Alley 🙂

  38. Thomas says:

    Is Take Tours a good tour company trying to book a day trip to Antelope Canyon?

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Thomas,
      Thanks for posing your question today. I have personally searched for first-hand reviews, and, to be expected, there are some good, some bad, some ugly. A review on TripAdvisor concerning a different tour package indicates that their tours are geared primarily toward the Chinese market, but it seems as though their guides are multi-lingual.
      Are they the “only game in town?” Hardly – but the fact remains that they’re one of only a handful of companies offering a day tour package from Las Vegas. Other outfitters worth considering are: Tours4Fun, GlobeRouter, and Viator. Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines has also begun offering charter airplane service from Las Vegas to Page, which can be a time-saver, but an expensive one.
      Long story short: the best way to go is to drive yourself over and spend a night or two in Page, AZ.
      Good luck, hope that is of some help.
      Alley 🙂

  39. Sourav says:

    Hello Alley,

    This is Sourav here, I and my Wife , we will be going for Leisure trip to Las Vegas on Dec-23-2017 to Dec-29-2017, while each evening and Night we are planning to spend in Vegas only. This is our first trip to Vegas

    During the day, I am planning to visit Horseshoe bend and Antelope canyon,
    Can you kindly add some more to my list during the day visit..


    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Sourav,
      Thank you for visiting our site today!
      I hesitate to add more to your list on the day you tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend simply because if you intend to drive yourself, you’re going to be spending most of the day driving – it’s 5 hours each way. Another things to consider is that in late December when daylength is short. Sunrise is at 7:30 AM, sunset is at 5:15 PM.

      If you are able to get an early enough start, some stops you might include in your trip include but are not limited to:

      1. The “New Wave:” approximately one mile past the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge, opposite the turn-off to the Lake Powell Resort complex, turn left instead and you’ll come to a small but interesting cluster of rock formations that bear more than just a passing resemblance to “The Wave.” Unlike the “Old Wave,” the “New Wave” requires no permits, and at the moment, no admission fee. The only caveat: the road is not regularly maintained and prone to washing out. If you see any signage stating “no admittance” or the like, obey it.
      2. The Big Water Visitor Center: located 15 miles Northwest of Page, AZ over the Utah border on US89, this small but impressive facility features locally-excavated dinosaur bones, a topographical relief map of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and award-winning paleontology and geology displays.
      3. The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: at mile marker 19 between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 you’ll find a moderate 1.5 mile round-trip trail leading to a Mars-like landscape of whimsical hoodoos, balanced rocks and other geological oddities. Don’t be fooled by what looks like the end of the trail; a short rock scramble leads to the main hoodoo garden.
      4. Kanab, Utah: once the on-location darling of Western movie producers, Kanab, Utah is a charming small town with plentiful shopping and dining opportunities. Locals and visitors alike are partial to the Rocking V Cafe and Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant.

      If you’d rather spend more time sightseeing and not driving, you might consider chartering a plane from Las Vegas. It’ll cost a bit more, can’t lie about that, but the flight time from Las Vegas to Page is about 1.5 hours each way, giving you more time to sample the many sights in Page, AZ!
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  40. Angie C says:

    We’re flying to Vegas Thursday next week and will be starting our hike early from Valley of the Fire in Nevada Friday then drive same day to spend two nights in Page for Horseshoe bend/Antelope Canyon. Can you recommend other interesting stops along the way before we hit Page? I saw Grand Staircase Escalante but it’s so huge and can’t find any info if there’s any entrance along 89.

    • Alley Keosheyan says:

      Hi Angie, thank you for stopping by today.
      Hope you realize it takes 4.5-5 hours to drive from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ. I don’t know how much time you plan on spending hiking around Valley of Fire, but daytime high temperatures are still running in the high 90’s – low 100’s in Las Vegas, NV and the surrounding area. You might be zapped by the time you get done, and in no mood to face a 1/2-day’s drive afterward.
      You might consider cutting down on your driving distance that first day, and spend the night in Springdale, UT, which is ~ 2.5 hours from Valley of Fire. Springdale, UT is the gateway town to Zion National Park, which is a stunning area and makes for a beautiful and interesting drive to Page, AZ the next morning.
      Other stops you might make include but are not limited to the Kanab, UT, the Paria Rim Rock Trail and Toadstools, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitors Center in Big Water, UT. And you’re right about Grand Staircase, it is huge, but the folks at the visitor center can give you some good suggestions for areas you might realistically see in the limited time you have.
      Hope that helps. Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

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