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!

148 Responses

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

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

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  3. Hi Alley, thank you for your wonderful post! I am planning a trip for my family of 5 (15, 12 and 9-yr old) to Las Vegas Dec 29-Jan 5. Can you give me some tips/feedback on my itineraries?
    Dec 29 – easy day in Vegas, maybe a show
    Dec 30 – renting a car for day trip to Valley of Fire and Hoover dam
    Dec 31 and Jan 1 – Las Vegas either one or both days. We are flexible here; would like to hear your feedback on what is best options. We can either stay in Vegas or take leisurely drive to Antelope canyon after lunch on Jan 1.
    Jan 1/2-4 – Antelope Canyon. We would like to do the upper/lower canyons and horseshoe bay. On the Jan 4th, we would like to head back to Vegas after lunch to avoid driving at night. If we were to stay near Antelope Canyons Jan 1-4, what else could we do?
    Jan 4 – Las Vegas, dinner and turn in
    Jan 5 – flying back home

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Christine and thank you for visiting today!
      The time of year you’re visiting is early winter, which has its pros and cons. One factor that kind of falls in the “minus” column is that some activities in Page, AZ, are on seasonal hiatus, which means that a 3-4 night stay in this area would probably be a bit too much. However, you can also interpret that as a bit of good news, because with an extra 2 days to work with, you can visit other attractions, such as the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park.
      Hoover Dam is located Southeast of Las Vegas, whereas Valley of Fire State Park (which is absolutely stunning!) is situated Northeast of the city. Therefore, it’s not absolutely necessary to set aside a whole day to visit those areas when, depending on your itinerary, you could hit them between Point A and Point B on one of your travel days. For example, you could do something like this:
      December 29-30: Enjoy Las Vegas
      December 31st: Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park with stopover in Valley of Fire (~4.5-5 hour drive factoring in VOF detour and depending on traffic in a construction zone in the Virgin River Gorge), overnight in Springdale, UT.
      January 1st: 2nd day/night in Zion, hike and explore the many scenic, family-friendly trails in the area
      January 2nd: Drive to Page, AZ (~2.5 hours), optional hike en route: Paria Rimrocks/Toadstool Hoodoos; tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon, overnight in Page, AZ
      January 3rd: Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim, visit Horseshoe Bend on the way, late breakfast/early lunch at the Cameron Trading Post, overnight at the Grand Canyon Drive time here can range from 2.5-4.5 hours due to numerous scenic viewpoints between Desert View Point and Grand Canyon Village
      January 4th: Drive back to Las Vegas w/stop at Hoover Dam (~5 hour drive), dinner and overnight in Las Vegas
      January 5th: Fly home

      If it happens that you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, or you’d prefer to save it for another trip, you might swap that out for a day or two in Sedona, AZ, which wouldn’t make a huge difference in your drive time going back to Las Vegas. It’s a beautiful area with lots to see and do!

      It’s good that you’ve taken our advice about driving at night, it can definitely be dangerous, especially at the time of year you’re visiting! Speaking of that, you should be aware that snow is a very real possibility in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah in late December/early January, so be sure to start watching local weather about 2-3 weeks before you get set to travel.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hi Alley,

    I am planning to drive from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon next February. Between these two places, will there be snow on the road? It looks like I’ll be driving up Highway 15 from Vegas. Please advise. thank you.

    1. Hey Peter,
      In February, snow is a very real possibility. Not so much in the area between Las Vegas and Mesquite, NV, but once you get up into the Virgin River Gorge, the terrain rises quite fast, so you could encounter snow between St. George, UT, and Page, AZ. Of course it’s too soon to call, so start monitoring local weather about 2-3 weeks before you travel. That will give you the best idea of what to expect. If at any point in your travels, you do encounter an active snowstorm, your safest plan is to wait it out, and resume your drive when the weather has cleared. Las Vegas weather Page, AZ, weather
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you, Alley. We really want to avoid the snow at all possible. In February, would we avoid the snow if we drive from Phoenix up to Antelope Canyon? And then, heading back to Las Vegas from Phoenix.

        1. Hi again, Peter,
          You have just about as much of a chance at encountering snow driving to Page, AZ, from Phoenix as you do from Las Vegas. I know, I’ve been caught in a few snowstorms on I-17 in my day! If you really and truly wish to avoid snow, you might want to rethink your plans to visit in February and maybe save the trip for a time of year when the weather is more stable. Mid-October is the best time of year, weather-wise, to travel in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Temperatures are cooling, crowds are thinning — still busy, but it’s mostly adults since kids are back in school — and all activities are still in full swing.
          Take care,
          Alley 🙂

  5. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the area from NY 12/29/19-1/3/20. We will fly in to Las Vegas and are open to flying home from Vegas or Phoenix (if that makes sense?). We definitely want to visit the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon and can’t decide whether we should do Utah or Sedona in the remaining days. From all the responses to previous posts, I see that the Antelope Canyon tour and lodging at the Grand Canyon should take precedence in booking. Any thoughts on how to plan and what to see in that limited time period? Any ideas for celebrating New Years Eve somewhere fun? I doubt we”ll be out this way again any time soon. Please also note that we both love taking photos, so the photographic aspects of the trip are very important to us. Thanks in advance!!!

    1. Hi Marie,
      So assuming that 12/29 and 01/03 will be travel days, that gives you 4 full days to work with. That’s not a heck of a lot of time to work with, considering all there is to see here, but you could still accomplish quite a lot.
      12/29 – Fly to Las Vegas, overnight in Las Vegas
      12/30 – Drive to Page, AZ, w/detour through Valley of Fire State Park (~6 hour drive), tour Antelope Canyon in the afternoon, overnight in Page
      12/31 – Visit Horseshoe Bend, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hour drive, factoring in stops), overnight at Grand Canyon
      01/01 – Drive to Sedona, AZ (~3 hour drive from South Rim), do Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour, overnight in Sedona
      01/02 – 2nd day/night in Sedona, possible activities: Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock Trail, Tlaquepaque, wine tasting Things To Do in Sedona
      01/03 – Drive to Phoenix (~2.5 hours) or Las Vegas (~5 hours), fly home
      Regarding New Year’s Eve, we tend to be a bit more low-key about marking the occasion in Northern Arizona. You won’t see things like fireworks or rowdy parties in the National Parks or surrounding areas. If you prefer your holiday celebration a bit more festive, you might reverse the above itinerary so that you’re someplace like Sedona or Flagstaff on New Year’s Eve. Then hit the Grand Canyon, then Page, AZ.
      As for including any of the Utah National Parks, you could drive through Zion National Park between Page and Las Vegas, which would add another 90 minutes or so onto your drive time. If you wanted to include an overnight visit, that would require sacrificing Sedona IMO. Both places warrant at least 2 days to explore and enjoy fully. If you can possibly free up an extra day or two for your vacation, you might swing up to Bryce between Zion and Page. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll find no shortage of photo ops along the way!
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  6. Hi Alley,
    We are from Australia and travelling to the region in September 2020. We will have our own rental car and 3 kids (ages 13, 10 & 8), and are thinking about this as a possible itinerary:
    Day 1: Drive Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (glamp in Valle)
    Day 2: Grand Canyon South Rim in the morning (bicycle hire for an hour or so?), then drive to Page in afternoon, stay at Page overnight
    Day 3: Antelope Canyon tour in morning, drive to Springdale in afternoon
    Day 4: Hike in morning in Zion (any suggestions?), then either drive to Vegas that afternoon or next morning (stay in Springdale or LV that night)
    Day 5: Depart from LV late morning
    Is this too rushed? What are the must sees along the way?
    Thanks so much for your help

    1. Hey Matt,
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, but if you can possibly arrange an extra day in Page, AZ, I’d highly recommend that so you can take the wonderful Glen Canyon Half-Day Family Float Trip. As the name suggests, the trip does not go through any rapids, but does offer a lot of beautiful scenery and fascinating history!
      Also, an extra day for Zion is something you wouldn’t regret, either. There are plenty of good hikes to be had in Zion in varying degrees of difficulty, but the two that tie for the title of “Grand-Daddy of Them All” are Angel’s Landing and The Narrows. Mind you, Angel’s Landing is strenuous, and if you’re afraid of heights, forget it. The Narrows involves walking in water for several miles, so renting a wetsuit, water shoes, and trekking poles is highly recommended. If flash flood danger is elevated, this area may be off limits to you, but that’s too soon to call at this point.
      Hope that helps! Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Hi, we are hoping to do a day tour to antelope canyon sometime over the next few days from Las Vegas. Unfortunately Max Tours are booked out. Are there other companies or tours you would recommend?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Ashlinn,
      I’d recommend checking with Viator at this point. They have several options available out of different cities, including Las Vegas, such as this VIP package. Tours may only be offered on certain days of the week, and may be contingent on a certain number of people booking.
      Viator Antelope Canyon Tours
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Hello,
    We will be in Las Vegas in January. Can we see Antelope Canyon and take a boat tour then? I’m not finding any times for that.
    thank you in advance.

  9. We’re planning to fly into Las Vegas in mid December, stay there for 3 nights, then drive to Page for 2 nights to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, then drive down to Sedona for 2 nights and then onto Scottsdale for 3 nights and fly out Phoenix to go home. This is our first time in the Page and the surrounding areas. I’m into landscape photography and very excited to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. I’m also interested in the Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase NM. How can I fit that into our schedule? From the map, at first I thought it was close to Page. But actually it takes 3.5 hours drive then the hike takes 5 hours roundtrip. Any other place good for landscape photography close to Page?

    1. Hi Dave and thank you for visiting us!
      Your itinerary looks very well-planned, and it’s probably a good call crossing Calf Creek Falls off the list. Not that it isn’t beautiful; it is, amazingly so, but as you can see, it’s a pretty big commitment, distance and time-wise. Plus it’s cold at the time of year you’re visiting, which is not a nice time to visit a gorgeous waterfall but not take a dip. Better to save it for another trip, perhaps a Utah Mighty 5 loop next October? 😉 The only way to make it work this time around would be to drop a day somewhere, IMO the best place to trim down would be Las Vegas or Phoenix.
      If you decide against that, yet still want to go somewhere good for landscape photography that’s a bit “off the beaten path” but not such a big schlep out of your way, you might consider visiting Alstrom Point. This is a stunning spot, with a panoramic view of Lake Powell that only a small percentage of visitors get to experience! Fair warning, the road there can be rough, so if you’re in a rental car, you should go with a guide service. For more information on both self-drive and guided touring, visit our companion site, Another good spot is White Pocket, in the Vermilion Cliffs/Paria Canyon Wilderness Area. Although a tour is not required to access this area, it’s still recommended since the access road is quite challenging, and easy for inexperienced drivers to get stuck on. Licensed tour guides have vehicles with the appropriate clearance and suspension systems to get you there, and back in one piece. There are several licensed tour companies in both Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, that go to this and other beautiful areas, but one I’m personally acquainted with is Paria Outpost & Outfitters.
      But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself — I notice that the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. Have you already been there? If not, you must prioritize this park over everything else. You can easily hit it between Sedona and Page, AZ, but you should spend at least 1 night for maximum enjoyment. For more information on accommodations, visit South Rim Hotels
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  10. Alley – you are so very helpful on here! amazing! A friend and I are traveling out in March to run the Antelope Canyon 50 Mile Ultra. We will be flying into and out of Las Vegas. We will get to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe bend during the race. Here is our loose itinerary. Any suggestions you have would be so appreciated.

    Wed – March 11 – arrive Las Vegas, spend the night
    Sat – March 14 – race day in Page, nothing this day but the race
    Tue – March 17 – depart Las Vegas first thing

    I just started looking, I am thinking we take a loop route, counter clockwise. Perhaps seeing the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon South Rim. Then Page for the race. On the way out of Page, maybe Glen Canyon Dam, up to Zion on the way back to Vegas. We will of course be tired from the race but want to see as much as possible while in the area. This could also include just spending time in Page/Lake Powell area.

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

    1. Hey Steve, thanks for your compliments and best of luck in the Antelope Canyon Ultra-Marathon!
      Honestly, the order in which you visit the attractions you list will depend largely on hotel availability, or lack thereof. It might be more conducive for you to hit Zion and Bryce en route to Page, or do a Grand Canyon-Page-Zion-Bryce loop.
      With that in mind, you could do something along the lines of:
      March 11: Arrive in Las Vegas, overnight in Vegas
      March 12: Drive to Zion (~4-4.5 hour drive to due construction on I-15 through Virgin River Gorge), spend the day hiking and exploring, overnight in Kanab, UT
      March 13: If desired, drive to Bryce Canyon (~90 minutes from Kanab), do some sightseeing, then on to Page, AZ (~3 hours from Bryce) to overnight
      March 14: Race day, 2nd night in Page
      March 15: Drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hour drive factoring in stops), overnight at Grand Canyon
      March 16: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas, with stop at Hoover Dam (~5 hour drive), overnight in Vegas
      March 17: Fly home
      Again, hotel availability will be the key determining factor in how you put your itinerary together. Start checking on that ASAP, the time of your visit coincides with Spring Break for some schools, so it will be busy!
      If needed, you could also do this:
      March 11: Arrive in Las Vegas, overnight
      March 12: Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, overnight at South Rim
      March 13: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page (~3.5-4 hours), overnight in Page
      March 14: Race day, 2nd night in Page
      March 15: Drive from Page, AZ, to Zion, overnight in Springdale, UT
      March 16: Drive from Springdale to Las Vegas (~3.5-4 hours), detour through Valley of Fire State Park, overnight in Las Vegas
      March 17: Fly home
      Whatever you decide, one important consideration is to do any and all driving during daylight hours. Roads in this part of the country are very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), plus deer, elk, and other wildlife tend to move about at night, which ratchets up your risk of an accident. Daylength also tends to be on the short side in March: sunrise occurs about 6:30 AM, sunset at around 6:30 PM. Utah will be 1 hour ahead of Arizona since the former DOES observe Daylight Savings Time, whereas the latter DOES NOT.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

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