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.

21 comments
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!

Thomas

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    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 🙂

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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.

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    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 🙂

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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?

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    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.

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      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!!

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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.

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    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 🙂

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Sou - November 25, 2017

Hi,

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.

Thanks

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    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, 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 🙂

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      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?

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        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 🙂

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Chana rachel - October 18, 2017

Hi,
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

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    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 🙂

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Thomas - September 22, 2017

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

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    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 🙂

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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..

Regards
Sourav
+19016029371

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    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 🙂

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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.

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    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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