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. Hi Alley,
    I’m recycled from pre-COVID (thanks for your Q&A from back then!!!!! And hope all your loved ones made it thru the pandemic alright) – we were planning this trip for 2020 spring amd well, now here we are, trying to reactivate. I’ve followed your recent posts and are aware that the tribal lands are still closed, but we’ve got to plan for air tickets and work vacation allowance /approval to deal with so we can’t afford to decide last minute, so we’re gonna bet that it will reopen for mid August.

    We are a family of 4- kids 12 yo and 9 but we aren’t too outdoorsy- we enjoy scenery and photography. Here’s our tentative itinerary for mis august :

    Day 1 arrive at Las Vegas
    Day 2 LV
    Day 3 LV
    Day 4 Drive out of LV ; Hoover Dam (short stop), geology museum (hopefully make it here before 3pm), overnight stay at Grand Canyon. Hotel: GC
    Day 5: Sunrise; short hike; visit other GC village view points, Desert Rim Drive, drive to Monument Valley (probably 6 hours drive?) Stay at Monument Valley
    Day 6: Monument Valley guided tour. Other activities? Drive to Page (3h drive). Stay at Page (night #1)
    Day 7: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon – overnight at Page Hotel: Page (nigiht #2)
    Day 8: dawn – visit horseshoe bend, – float tour? Drive to Zion National Park (2h?) stay: Zion (outskirts)
    Day 9: morning: tour Zion, leave Zion – after lunch drive to Las Vegas (scenic stops- drive time 3h + stops – return car at Vegas and stay 1 night? or not? What time would we get to Vegas by car?
    Day 10 fly home from las vegas

    A couple of questions:
    1. do you think we are spending enough time in GC village? We won’t do any long hikes – maybe half of the south kalbab trail? But the kids would love the museum. I think we would be better off staying 2 nights in GC but there isn’t vacancy, day 5 seems too ambitious time-wise?
    2. Should we go GC-monument valley-page, or GC-page-monument valley? Does it matter?
    3. Can you please suggest a super easy hike or non hiking activities in Zion? Looks like it will just be a half day there for us on day 9.

    Really crossing our fingers that the tribal lands and tours will reopen by then…

    Many thanks!

    Sunny

    1. Hey Sunny,
      I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your inquiry. For some reason I didn’t get an alert about it, which is weird, but… better late than never!
      Your itinerary looks pretty fun, although teetering on the brink of being overplanned. Naturally, we are crossing fingers and toes that the Antelope Canyons and other Navajo Tribal Parks will reopen by the time you get here. If they don’t, you’ll have to look at alternatives, which there is no shortage of, thankfully.
      Staying 2 nights at the Grand Canyon would certainly give you more time to enjoy it, especially in light of your itinerary, but as you’ve already seen, that may not be possible. One question: have you thought about dropping a night in Las Vegas, NV, and coming over on Day 4? Las Vegas, NV, really doesn’t have much to offer for kids, so IMO, you guys wouldn’t be missing much. It will take you ~5 hours to drive from Las Vegas, NV, to GC, longer if you factor in a stop at Hoover Dam. The drive to Monument Valley typically takes ~3.5 hours, wheels turning, no stops, but that rarely happens because the drive is very scenic, especially between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Point. There are over half a dozen named Grand Canyon viewpoints in that 26-mile stretch of road, all with different features and perspectives, so a good chunk of your Grand Canyon sightseeing will take place on the drive East. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it ends up taking more along the lines of 5-6 hours. I would strongly recommend going from GC to Monument Valley, then Page, AZ, and not GC-Page-MV. The latter route will involve a lot of backtracking, which is best avoided whilst on vacation.
      If you’re looking for an easy hike to occupy your morning before heading back to Las Vegas, NV, the Lower Emerald Pool can be done in less than 1 hour (note that you’ll have to use the Zion Canyon Shuttle for that if you’re not staying inside the park). Or you may visit the fascinating ghost town of Grafton near Springdale, UT. The drive from Springdale, UT, back to Las Vegas, NV, will then take ~3-4 hours.
      One last observation I can make is to resist the temptation to have every. single. minute. of your vacation planned. Vacations should be about exploring, certainly, but they should also include some good old-fashioned chill time. In my experience, the most memorable vacation memories come from places, people, views, even insights into your own character, that you discover for yourself.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,

        Thank you very much again for your always-helpful comments!!!
        Everything we’ve read seems to scream that this itinerary is very popular, and advises wanna be travellers to book rather than drop by and hope for availability – and since we aren’t 1-2 ppl, as a family of 4 it would be even harder to hope for last minute availability especially if travel restrictions does lift, and everyone going on a frenzy, hence the over-planning. But then I tend to be an over-planner even before the pandemic LOL!!!
        Super reassuring that you highly recommend GC-MV-Page (vs GC Page MV). The GC accommodations is the bottleneck that made us not able to add a night before or after the one night that we managed to get, and everything else sort of just fell in place around it. We adults have been to LV numerous times so we just plan to lounge in the hotel pool for one of the days LOL (we’ve been stuck in the cold and wet northern latitudes for way too long now) and the kids might just find a fake Venice, fake Paris, and fake new york interesting enough, especially after being stuck in the same scenery for 18 months. I haven’t booked the MV hotel room yet as it’s cancellation with a penalty… nothing is certain – if GC hotel opens up so maybe we just stay GC 2 nights and skip the overnight at MV (going straight from GC to Page).
        Zion we’ve left more open ended – it will be end of our trip. I want to book horseback riding for 4 (our youngest would have just turned 9 – she’s not small but is on the lightweight side, skinny but strong legs as she’s a figure skater…. none of us has any horseriding experience though) – but i’m getting some anxiety-induced vetoes by 2 of the other 3 family members 🙁 Emerald Pool sounds lovely enough!

        Best,
        Sunny

  2. Hi

    I am thinking of doing this trip as well. My itinerary would be as follows, at least this is what I am thinking. Would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    I am coming from New Jersey and this would be a solo birthday trip.

    9/8 – Arrive in Vegas
    9/9 – Drive to Page early early in the AM. Do Antelope Canyon Tour & Horsebend.
    9/10 – Drive back to Vegas – Relax and Chill
    9/11 – Grand Canyon Tour
    9/12 – Leave to go back home to Jersey

    1. Hi Jordan,
      This is not a bad plan at all! The kicker, of course, will be whether the Antelope Canyons reopen in September! If they don’t, you’ll need to modify your plans a bit, but that won’t be as hard as it sounds.
      A “plan B” itinerary, should the Antelope Canyons remain closed, would go something like this:
      9/8 – Arrive in Vegas
      9/9 – Drive to Page early early in the AM with stopover in Kanab, Utah, to tour Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. Continue on to Page, AZ (~90 minutes from Kanab) and spend the night.
      9/10 – Hit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning, drive back to Vegas – Relax and Chill
      9/11 – Grand Canyon Tour
      9/12 – Leave to go back home to Jersey
      If you are not familiar with Red/Peek-A-Boo Canyon, it is a slot canyon with twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, but not subject to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. It’s a short but memorable walk featuring classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one anyway. While the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate deep sand. Even then, people still get stuck. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. Reputable tour companies that can get you to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Should the Antelope Canyons reopen next month — which we’re all crossing fingers and toes for! — you’ll need to book a guided tour ASAP. They are required to access Antelope Canyon. For more information, read “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi Alley!!
    I would so appreciate help with my itinerary and would be happy to book tours thru you!
    Land in Las Vegas 9/10 and drive to page for overnight.
    Check into Amangiri 9/11 for 3 nights. During stay take excursions to antelope canyon, horseshoe bend, and lake Powell and hike and enjoy amangiri property.
    Depart after lunch 9/14 and head to Grand Canyon south rim. ****Need suggestion for accommodation here in vicinity.
    9/15 _ explore south rim and **** suggestion on exploration of Grand Canyon south rim area… we fly home on the 16. Should we stay 2 nights at the south rim? Or is there somewhere else we should go on our way back to Vegas?
    Head back to Las Vegas and fly on late flight On 9/16 back home!

    Thoughts? Suggestions?. We have a rental car.

    1. Hi Mara,
      OMG that’s so cool that you get to stay at Amangiri! If you have a minute after your vacation, we would love to know how you liked it, so few of our visitors get to stay at that very exclusive and beautiful property.
      Now, onto a bit of potentially bad news: as of right now, the Antelope Canyons are closed due to COVID-19 by order of the Navajo Tribal Council. They are scheduled to reopen on August 31st, but whether that actually will happen is unknown. Should the closure be extended through the dates of your stay, there are alternatives, namely, Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Kanab, UT. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one anyway. While the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate deep sand. Even then, people still get stuck. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. Reputable tour companies that can get you to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      The staff at Amangiri would probably be able to help you change your arrangements if need be.
      Regarding accommodations at the South Rim, if you haven’t booked anything yet, you may have some issues with availability, or lack thereof. It’s always most convenient and desirable to stay inside the park, but those hotels tend to book up months in advance. Should that be the case, your next best alternative is Tusayan, AZ, just 7 miles outside the park gates. Should that area be booked up (and it’s entirely possible that it is), Williams or Flagstaff, AZ, 60 and 90 minutes from the park respectively, is where you’d need to look for accommodations. For more information, visit http://www.GrandCanyon.com: South Rim Hotels As for what to explore, since the Village Shuttles aren’t running, and some roads and facilities are closed, you’re going to be somewhat limited on that, mainly to the Grand Canyon Village area, and the East Rim/Desert View Drive up to Navajo Point. Grand Canyon National Park COVID-19 Operations Another consideration is that should the Navajo Nation closures be extended through the timeframe of your visit, the drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim will be longer than usual. Due to a key component of the travel route being closed off, a detour through Flagstaff, AZ, is required to get to the South Rim, turning a trip that usually runs ~3 hours into more of a 4.5-5 hour drive. For this reason alone, you may indeed with to stay 2 nights at the South Rim, if you can find accommodations.
      As for what else you might see on the drive back to Las Vegas, here again, that’s a long drive, ~5 hours, so most visitors prefer to bang it out as quickly as possible. Should you be of the opposite inclination, you might take advantage of the opportunity to visit Seligman, AZ, a Route 66 mainstay, and the real-life inspiration for the fictional town of “Radiator Springs” from the “Cars” movies. Kingman, AZ, ~90 minutes from Las Vegas, also has a neat Route 66 Museum. Hoover Dam would also be right on your way, but that might strictly be a “drive-by sighting” since all walkways and visitor facilities are closed at the present time.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hello Ally!

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

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

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

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

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