Visiting Antelope Canyon From Las Vegas

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 TakeTours Excursion includes:
    • pick-up and dropoff at select Las Vegas hotels;
    • round-trip transportation to Page, AZ;
    • Drive-by Glen Canyon Dam;
    • Lower Antelope Canyon tour;
    • stop at Horseshoe Bend Overlook;
    • Tour duration: 14 hours hotel to hotel
    • Mode of transport: Motorcoach
    • Current price: $120 per person + tax and gratuities
    • Optional add-on: Lake Powell air tour
  • 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 LakePowell
    • 1.5 hour Navajo guided tour of AntelopeCanyon
    • Guided walk to Horseshoe Bend
    • Overnight accommodation in Page, AZ
    • Visit Big Water, UT DinosaurCenter
    • Guided walk in ZionNational 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!

About the author

Alley Keosheyan

With 20+ years in the tourism industry in Northern Arizona, including 7 years at Grand Canyon South Rim and 15 years at Lake Powell, Alley has taken part in virtually every commercial tour there is! She has ridden the Grand Canyon mules, hiked rim to rim, rafted the rapids of the Colorado River (and the smooth bits, too), enjoyed many a houseboat weekend on Lake Powell, logged countless hours on both airplanes and helicopters, walked on air on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and frolicked in the blue-green waters of Havasu Falls. About the only thing on her "to-do" list now is the Tower Butte Helicopter tour! She now makes a living as a freelance writer by day, bass player in a cover band by night.

Steven - December 3, 2018

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 - December 3, 2018

    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 🙂

Ryan - November 5, 2018

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 - November 5, 2018

    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 🙂

Irene - September 24, 2018

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 - September 24, 2018

    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 🙂

Maria - September 21, 2018

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 - September 24, 2018

    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 🙂

Uma Batta - September 19, 2018

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 - September 24, 2018

    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 🙂

Sook - August 22, 2018

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 - August 22, 2018

    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 (855) 611-5269
    Tours4Fun 1-866-933-7368
    TakeTours 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 🙂

Fatima Varga - August 20, 2018

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 - August 20, 2018

    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.

Anita S - August 12, 2018

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 - August 13, 2018

    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 🙂

Mark Citsay - July 15, 2018

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 - July 16, 2018

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

    Veronica M CERVANTES - July 30, 2018

    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 - July 31, 2018

      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 🙂

Tatiana - July 3, 2018

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 - July 4, 2018

    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.

Ben - July 3, 2018

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 - July 3, 2018

    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 🙂

Renju - June 5, 2018

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 - June 7, 2018

    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 🙂
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      Irene - June 12, 2018

      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 - June 12, 2018

        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 🙂

Thomas - April 28, 2018

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 - April 29, 2018

    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 - October 5, 2018

      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 - October 5, 2018

        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 and refer to this link for a map of the detour route
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

          Alley Keosheyan - October 5, 2018

          Thomas – PLEASE DISREGARD THE MAP LINK ABOVE and refer to this link instead:

          Alley Keosheyan - October 8, 2018

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

          Thomas - November 2, 2018

          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 - November 3, 2018

          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 🙂

Muhammad Irfan - April 14, 2018

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 - April 14, 2018

    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 🙂

Carolyn - April 2, 2018

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 - April 2, 2018

    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 - April 3, 2018

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

Courtney Canady - March 26, 2018

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 - March 27, 2018

    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 🙂

Sou - November 25, 2017


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 - November 25, 2017

    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,
    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 - November 26, 2017

      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 - November 27, 2017

        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 🙂

Chana rachel - October 18, 2017

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 - October 18, 2017

    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 🙂

Thomas - September 22, 2017

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

    Alley Keosheyan - September 25, 2017

    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 🙂

Sourav - September 21, 2017

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 - September 22, 2017

    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 🙂

Angie C - September 12, 2017

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 - September 12, 2017

    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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