If you’ve taken the time and trouble to get to Sin City (aka Las Vegas), it would be a sin not to visit the most iconic entrenched meander on the planet, Horseshoe Bend, and nearby Antelope Canyon. While normally we’d “second that emotion,” we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t tell you this:
- You’d better like driving – a lot or
- You’d better consider changing up your trip plans slightly, namely, spend one less day in Las Vegas and one more day in Page, Arizona
So, how does a determined traveler get to Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas? Said traveler has two choices: by driving themselves, or by commercial tour.
- Take I-15 and proceed Northeast through Mesquite and St. George, UT to Washington, UT. Mileage for this section: 127
- For the next 70 miles of the trip: Get off on Exit 16 to UT-9, which turns into UT-59 near Hurricane, UT, then becomes AZ-389 near Colorado City, AZ. In Fredonia, AZ, take AZ-89A due North Kanab, UT.
- From Kanab, UT, take US-89 East toward Page, AZ. Pass the town and look for the signs for Horseshoe Bend Overlook between Mile Marker 544 and 545. Mileage: 80
- Total trip mileage: 276 Total drive time: 4.5 hours one-way
Because of the relatively long distance and duration of the drive from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ, a day trip is feasible, but getting an early start out of Las Vegas is a definite must. This is so you don’t have to drive back to Las Vegas at night. Due to the relative dearth of artificial lighting on roads of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, and the presence of deer and elk in the area, driving after dusk can be nerve-wracking at best, dangerous at worst. A better idea is to modify your schedule so that you can spend a night or two in the nearby town of Page, AZ. There’s a lot to see and do here, including, but not limited to: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, the Colorado River Discovery half-day float trip, boat tours on Lake Powell, airplane and helicopter flights, scenic hikes in varying degrees of difficulty, and slot canyons galore. Taking the extra time to enjoy Page and Lake Powell more fully is a decision you won’t regret. Indeed, most day-trippers end up planning return visits to see everything they missed!
Commercial tours from Las Vegas:
At the present time (March 2017), tours from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend are somewhat few and far between. The driving distance is the most likely deterrent for many tour operators. However, for those with the gumption to visit Horseshoe Bend on their Las Vegas vacation, but without said gumption to drive themselves, a select few offerings are out there.
- TakeTours 1-Day Tour includes:
- Transfers from and back to select Las Vegas hotels;
- Transportation to and from to Page, AZ;
- Drive over and possible stop at Glen Canyon Dam;
- Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon;
- Horseshoe Bend Overlook stop;
- Tour duration: 14 hours door-to-door
- Mode of transport: Motorcoach
- Price (subject to change): $120 per person + tax and gratuities
- Add-on Option: Lake Powell plane tour
- Grand Canyon Tours 1-Day Tour includes:
- Pick-up at Hotel
- Breakfast stop at Mesquite, NV
- Rest stop in Kanab, UT
- Glen Canyon Dam drive-over
- Page AZ lunch stop
- Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon (admission included in price of the tour)
- Horseshoe Bend
- Navajo Bridge
- Evening meal stops at guide’s discretion
- Unlimited bottled water
- Drop off at Hotel
- Tour duration: 15 hours door-to-door
- Mode of transport: 7-passenger van
- Price (subject to change): $149 + tax & gratuities
- Viator Private Overnight (2-days/1-night) Tour to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Zion National Park includes
- Pickup at Las Vegas Hotel
- Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell Photo Stops
- Navajo-Guided tour of Antelope Canyon, 1.5 hours
- Escorted walk to Horseshoe Bend Overlook
- Overnight in Page, AZ hotel
- Big Water, UT Dinosaur Center stop
- Escorted walk in ZionNational Park
- Las Vegas Hotels return transfer
- Private driver/Professional guide
- All park entrance fees
- Meals per itinerary (B,L)
- Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
- Transport vehicle: varies
- Price (subject to change): $2995 for up to 4 people
The above-referenced trips are only run on certain days of the week and may have a minimum passenger requirement (usually 4) to guarantee operation, which is usually on a “weather permitting” basis as well.
So, how should you get to Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas? In the opinion of this site’s administrators, countless local residents, tourism professionals and folks who’ve ‘been there and done that,’ driving yourself always offers the most freedom and flexibility to enjoy not only Horseshoe Bend, but everything the Page/Lake Powell area has to offer. Do everything you can to stay here for a day or more. 10 hours is a long time behind the wheel!
If you do decide to take one of the tours we described – or even one we didn’t mention – we’d love to hear about your experience. We heartily encourage you to post a tour review or other feedback here, or on other popular travel and consumer sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, TourRadar, and those old stalwarts, Facebook and Twitter.
Til next time, happy traveling!