How to get here

UPDATE: Highway 89 from Flagstaff to Page has been repaired and is open to all traffic.

http://www.kpho.com/story/22806330/us-89-reopens-in-northern-arizona

Directions to Horseshoe Bend from Page, AZ

From Page, AZ drive south on Highway 89 to between mileposts 544 & 545. Look for the exit lane and prominent dirt road on the west side of the road which you can drive a short distance on to the parking area.

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How to get to Page, AZ

Page is serviced by regional commuter flights through Great Lakes Aviation. They have flights from Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix. You can then rent a car from the only car rental business at the airport, Avis.

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Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon | A Few Days Off - July 20, 2013

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    Almira - February 6, 2017

    Can I found any other details about this subject in other languages?

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      Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

      Hi Almira,
      I didn’t have any luck finding information in languages in other than English for Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, but you might try Google Translate. translate.google.com
      Alley

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Jim - March 28, 2016

How far is the walk to Horseshoe Bend from the parking lot?

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    Karlyn Bunting - April 2, 2016

    Jim,

    It’s just over a .6 mile walk…but it’s posted as a 3/4 mile or .75 mile walk.

    Enjoy,

    Karlyn

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Joe - April 18, 2016

Is there a park entracne fee to Horseshoe Bend?
How much per family?
Thanks.

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    admin - April 18, 2016

    Joe,
    Horseshoe Bend is technically part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but at this time they are not collecting fees.
    Ryan

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      Kyle Niedrich - July 25, 2016

      Thanks for this information!

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    casey - July 26, 2016

    no park entrance fee, just bring water and a hat.

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Tjia - June 11, 2016

Is it possible to cover these points of attraction 2D1N from :
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim
Overnight in Page
Continue next morning to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon + Monument Valley
Back to, Las Vegas?

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    admin - June 17, 2016

    Hi Tjia, the second part of your probably too tough. If you did Horseshoe Bend and Antelope, it would be difficult to leave Page before 10am-noon. From Page to Monument Valley back to Las Vegas would be about 8 hours of driving, not including the time you spend in Monument Valley. You might consider adding Zion instead of Monument Valley, because it is on your way back to Vegas.

    Hope that helps!

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Kristen - June 16, 2016

Can you hike with dogs?

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    admin - June 17, 2016

    Yes, you can hike with dogs, but there is no guard rail, so best to keep them under control near the edge!

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jack - June 26, 2016

How far is the hike from horseshoe bend to antelope canyon?

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Kristina - July 6, 2016

How many hours drive fromLas Vegasto Horseshoe bend?

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    admin - August 25, 2016

    Hi Kristina,
    Locals will drive it in about 4.5 hours. Make sure the GPS doesn’t try and take you through Zion’s, as that will add at least an hour because of the tunnels.

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      Sue Ann - March 23, 2017

      Hi,
      I google map but it shows 7 hours drive from LA to Horseshoe bend. Am i missing something?

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        Alley Keosheyan - March 23, 2017

        Hi Sue Ann,
        I think so – it actually takes about 8-9 hours to drive from LA (using LAX as a starting point) via the shortest route, which is through Las Vegas, NV, St. George and Kanab, UT.

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hazel - July 18, 2016

Hi! What would you think about a hike like this.. leaving vegas at 7am – arriving for a 1:30pm tour at the antelope canyon.. then getting to the horseshoe bend around 330/4 (spending like an hour and a half there) then going to the south rim for the sunset. do you think we would make it? thanks!

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    admin - August 25, 2016

    Hi Hazel,
    That itinerary is very possible, but it is a lot of driving. It would wind up being about 7-8 hours of driving. Depending on the time of year, sunset at the South Rim may or may not be possible.

    I hope that helps!

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Sharon - July 19, 2016

How do I travel to horseshoe bend from Los Angeles in october 2016? Can we explore the horseshoe bend on our own without a guide?

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    admin - August 12, 2016

    Los Angeles to Horseshoe Bend would be about a 9-12 hour drive, depending on where in LA and traffic. You could also fly to Las Vegas and rent a car, or fly directly to Page via Phoenix. You could also take a train to Flagstaff and rent a car.

    Horseshoe Bend is a free self guided hike.

    Hope that helps!

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Mark - July 27, 2016

Does the trail extend to allow you to walk around the north and/or south sides of Horseshoe Bend?

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    admin - August 12, 2016

    At the end of the trail, it becomes slick rock and you can easily navigate north and south to get different viewpoints of the Colorado river and Horseshoe Bend. Most people will just stay around the apex, so it is worth it just to get some space.

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Salina Sells - August 2, 2016

Hello! I am looking for a top line tour of the Grand Canyon. Beginning from 11a – 11a next day. I want to see as much as I can but have no idea where to begin. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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JENNIFER WRIGLEY - August 11, 2016

We are wanting to visit the Horseshoe bend for our son’s 11th bday we would like to rent an affordable cabin where would you suggest us to for cabins or recommend any nice reasonable hotels we planning on visiting in September
Thanks!!

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    admin - August 25, 2016

    Hi Jennifer,
    The 3rd and 4th week of September is traditionally a slower time of year. Prices can be lower during this time.
    There are no cabins in Page, but the city approved vacation home rentals a few years ago and it can be a great option if you are travelling with more two people or would like a kitchen and living area. Check out vrbo.com for local homes available for rent.

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Gigi - August 17, 2016

Hi:

I’m coming from Hollywood, Los Angeles and was planning for labor day sept 2016 driving out to Page Arizona to see the horshoe bend and the antelope lower canyon. I’m planning to spend the night so which one should I drive to first?

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    admin - August 25, 2016

    Hi Gigi,
    Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are only about 10 minutes from each other so they are logistically very easy. If you are concerned with photography, you should look at this page that shows how Horseshoe Bend looks at different times of the day. If photography is not the primary concern, I would do Antelope Canyon first and then Horseshoe Bend, because the tours for Antelope Canyon stop early afternoon, and sunset is a little cooler in temps for Horseshoe Bend.
    Antelope Canyon will be about 10-15 degrees colder than the temperature outside the canyon.
    Hope that helps!
    Ryan

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Gia - September 13, 2016

Hi! I would like to save money & see if I can take a family trip to go see antelope canyon & horseshoe bend from Las Vegas.
Can you suggest a cheap tour guide for the antelope canyon?!
Will it be safe for my 6, 3 yr olds & 7 month (w/ carrier) old?
Does it matter if I start w/ upper/lower canyons? I have a fear of heights… (Will the drive make me crazy?)
Is there a trail at the horseshoe bend where we are close to the lake? Water surrounding it?!
Thanks for your help!!!

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    admin - September 14, 2016

    Hi Gia,
    The tours are roughly the same price, since they are all operated with permission from the Navajo Nation. The first thing you should look for is which company is going during the time spot you want. Each company is assigned different times.

    Antelope Canyon is very safe, but if you are carrying a child it would be easier to do Upper Canyon since it does not have any stairs. Lower Canyon might be difficult because of that.

    There are no heights on the drive, other then driving across a short bridge if you cross the canyon.

    Horseshoe Bend is less than 10 miles from both Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon. However, Horseshoe Bend is south of Glen Canyon Dam, so it overlooks the Colorado River not Lake Powell which is formed by the Colorado River backing up against the dam. If you wanted to overlook the lake, just a few miles north is the Carl Hayden visitor center which is a great overlook and has some fun activities for kids. They might also enjoy the tour of the Dam.

    I hope that helps!
    Ryan

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      Gia - September 27, 2016

      Thank you for your thorough response!!! Best!!

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casey - September 19, 2016

we are visiting Las Vegas around thanksgiving this year and wanting to drive to Grand Canyon, after doing some research it looks like South Rim is pretty much our only choice. But found Horseshoe Bend and wondering if we could do Horseshoe and then on to the South Rim in time for sunset? my husband and I have been to the GC but friends traveling with us really want to go as they have never been. we have never been to Horseshoe Bend and thought it would be nice to go straight there and then on to GC but not sure how much time it would take including drive time. if need be we will just go to GC this trip and do the Horseshoe on the next one.

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    admin - September 26, 2016

    Hi Casey,
    I think that sounds like a lot of driving if you are trying to do it as a day trip. Horseshoe Bend is about 2.5 hours from the South Rim. Many people will do it as a loop from Las Vegas, going from Vegas to Grand Canyon to Horseshoe Bend / Antelope Canyon, then Zion then back to Vegas.

    If you really wanted to, you could drive 4.5 hours to Horseshoe Bend, hike it, and then go to the South Rim, but that is a lot of driving. I think you should either do one or the other, or stay an extra night.

    I hope that helps!
    Ryan

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Purbali - November 3, 2016

Hi,
I want to stay in Page and like to visit upper antelope, lower antelope and horseshoe band in a single day and then back to Las Vegas to catch our flight at night. Does it sound like feasible plan
I saw few tour operator cover upper antelope but not horse shoe band and lake powell and lower antelope.
If they are covering all these places it is either from sedona or flagstaff not from page itself.

Can you give some on how to cover all these places.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Dear Purbali,
    If you absolutely have to visit Horseshoe Bend, plus Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, and head back to Las Vegas that night, I strongly recommend getting a very early start on your activities. It takes fully 4.5 hours to drive from Page to Las Vegas and for your safety, we do not recommend driving at night.
    The reason you do not see tour operators doing this itinerary out of Page is because most visitors drive here in their own vehicle or by rental car and all of these destinations are within relatively close proximity of one another. There is no bus or train service to Page, so if can’t get here by car, you’ll have to sign on with a tour company that offers multi-day tours such as this one ->: https://www.viator.com/tours/Las-Vegas/3-Day-National-Parks-Camping-Tour-Grand-Canyon-Zion-Bryce-Canyon-and-Monument-Valley-from-Las-Vegas/d684-5602GCZMV_3D
    Good luck!
    Alley

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Al - November 25, 2016

Hi there, Planning going to AZ 3 weeks from now for 5-6 days.Landing in Phoenix driving straight to either sedona or flagstaff.Haven’t decided which one to use as a base will like to do some hiking before GC. Then go to GC and horseshoe/antelope and maybe go to Utah if possible coral pink sand dunes.For the antelope canyon it can only be tour with a company or can it be self guided?Also any idea what else to do besides sand dunes once in Utah close to border of AZ?thanks!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Hi Al, you can call me Al, too ๐Ÿ˜‰
    With 5-6 days to work with, I strongly advise dialing back your itinerary just a bit. First off, I don’t recommend using one place as a “base” if you can possibly help it. Due to the driving distances involved, you’ll want to transition every couple of days for the best quality experience.
    If you want to do some hiking before Grand Canyon South Rim, Sedona is a good place to do just that. There’s a lot to see and do there, so I recommend devoting at least 2 days to it.
    Then, head to Grand Canyon South Rim for at least one night, then Page/Lake Powell for 2 nights. With an early enough start (it takes 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon to Page), you can hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town, then take a tour of Antelope Canyon later in the day.
    Coral Pink Sand Dunes is up near Kanab, UT. If you stay for a second night in Page, you might be able to manage it, but it is about 1 hour and 45 minutes each way to get there.
    It then takes about 4.5 hours to drive from Page to Phoenix.
    Good luck and have a great trip!
    Alley

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Shruta Lakhani - November 28, 2016

Hi, Ryan
Thank you so much for such wonderful tips.
We are planning a trip of 7 days to vegas in the third week of december

2 nights – Las Vegas
3rd day- Zion national park then Bryce canyon(sunset and overnight in Kanab)
4th day- Antelope canyon then Horseshoe bend(sunset and overnight in Page)
5th day- Grand canyon south rim(overnight?)
6th day – West Grand canyon Skywalk and back to vegas in evening

Could you please suggest if you think this plan will work.
Could you please also suggest if December is a right time to visit Lake Powell and if we can fit it somewhere in our plan?.
Also, if you have any suggestions where to stay 5th night.

Please feel free to suggest any other plans.
Thank you so much for your time and help ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Hi Shruta –
    Your ideal itinerary requires a little modification.
    First of all, trying to experience Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in a single day is a bit too much to take on. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon, then a further 3 hours to drive from Bryce Canyon to Page. That doesn’t allow enough time to enjoy either area in earnest, especially during the month of December when days are so short. Plus, Zion is a really big park and warrants at least 2 days time. I know that’s not always manageable, but I recommend at least taking Bryce off the table.
    Regarding the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim (and yes, we suggest overnighting there, see here for hotel information ->: http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/south-rim-hotels/ ) to Las Vegas via the Grand Canyon Skywalk, here again, you’re looking at a LOT of driving. It takes about 5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Grand Canyon West, then another 2 hours to drive from Grand Canyon West to Las Vegas. If you’re really wanting to see the Grand Canyon Skywalk, I’d recommend doing a tour from Las Vegas during one of your days there. This can be done in just half a day’s time with a tour such as this one ->: http://grandcanyon.com/tours/west-tours/grand-celebration-skywalk-and-boat/
    Have a great trip!
    Alley

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Phyllis Speyer - November 30, 2016

Are either of these power wheelchair accessible?

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Dear Phyllis,
    Thank you for writing, that’s an excellent question.
    If you’re referring to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you would probably want to have someone handy to assist you as the trail to Horseshoe Bend especially has a short uphill incline at the beginning, and can be quite sandy in some areas. Ditto for Antelope Canyon. Regarding Antelope Canyon, you would want to experience Upper Antelope Canyon as it is a relatively short and flat trail. Lower Antelope requires navigating some stairs and around a few boulders. We would also recommend contacting the tour operators in advance of your arrival to let them know that you have a power chair so they can accommodate you accordingly.
    Good luck and have fun!
    Alley

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Tilak - December 3, 2016

Hello,

We are planning to see the New Year festivities in Vegas. Our plan is like this, We want to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon and then head to Vegas. We are planning to finish the AZ places and reach Vegas by 30th December afternoon. Hence what are your suggestions??

We are a group of 4 coming from Anaheim, CA.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Coming from the Los Angeles/Anaheim area, you can enjoy many attractions in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah depending on the time of year you’re traveling and the number of days you have to work with.
    We suggest starting with Grand Canyon South Rim. It is possible to drive there in a day from Anaheim, but it takes about 7 hours. If you wish to break the drive up, perhaps consider overnighting in Las Vegas on your first day. You’ll want to stay overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim to enjoy sunrise and sunset on the rim.
    Then plan to head to Page/Lake Powell from Grand Canyon South Rim via the Desert View/East Rim Drive. There are several beautiful viewpoints you can stop at along the way. Plan to visit the Cameron Trading Post for at least a bathroom break, but if you have more time, enjoy lunch there! About 5 miles South of the town of Page, you’ll find the Horseshoe Bend Overlook on the left hand side of the highway. Stay overnight in Page, then after a leisurely morning, take a tour of Antelope Canyon.
    If you have time, plan to visit Zion National Park in Utah upon leaving Page. It’s a big park, so it warrants 2 days of your time at the very least.
    From there, Las Vegas is an easy 3-hour drive.
    Have fun!
    Alley

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Brooke - December 9, 2016

Is there an address to put in my gps so that I could be directed to horseshoe bend?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Horseshoe Bend Overlook - new and improved!

    Hi Brooke – GPS coordinates for Horseshoe Bend Overlook are 36.879207, -111.509923 And check out this photo of the latest improvements to the area!

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Dee - December 14, 2016

Me and my husband are planning to visit Horse Shoe Bend this Christmas day. So, just wondering are these places Horse Shoe Bend, Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon open on 25th December?

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Dear Dee,
    Merry belated Christmas!
    All National Parks and Monuments are open on Christmas Day, however, Antelope Canyon tour operations may be closed so the employees may enjoy the day with their families.
    Hope that helps,
    Alley

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Pragya - December 14, 2016

Hi,
Are pets (dogs) allowed in the Antelope canyon?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Pragya, sorry, but dogs are not allowed at Antelope Canyon (with the exception of ADA-certified service dogs). However, dogs are allowed at other Page area attractions, such as Horseshoe Bend Overlook. They must be kept on a leash and you should be prepared to bring water for your dog as this is a dry, desert area. If youโ€™re visiting during the summer months, the sand can get very hot, so if your dog exhibits signs of discomfort, you should be prepared to get her out of the area.
    There is a nice fenced dog run at Golliard Park next to the Page Municipal Airport. You might also take a walk along the rim trail which circles Manson Mesa and has some great views of Lake Powell. http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/page-rimview-trail If your dog likes to swim, I would recommend taking her to Lone Rock Beach, which is near the Arizona/Utah border. Again, dogs must be leashed in all of these areas.
    Hope that helps โ€“ have fun!

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Jay - December 18, 2016

Hi i am planning to do a GC, HorseShoe, Antelope and Zion. I want to start from Las vegas (start Tuesday morning) and drive back to LA (by thursday night) covering above points. I have booked 2 night stay at south rim (in one of the lodges there). WHat should be the ideal itinerary?
I am thinking: Tuesday morning start from LV -> drive to Antelope/HorseShoe and then back to south rim
next day start from south rim to sedona/zion and back.
Thursday afternoon start from southrim back to LA. ( got a good deal at the lodge at the rim hence booked two nights).
Is that an optimal itinerary? anything else, i could cover in these days?

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Hi Jay, thanks for writing!
    With only two days to work with, this itinerary is extremely rushed. It’s going to have you doing a lot of driving and very little enjoying of the attractions you wish to see. You’re going to need to trim your “wish list” down, and I suggest starting with Zion and Sedona. You simply don’t have enough time to include them.
    What I would recommend is focusing your energies on enjoying Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Hang on to your two nights booking at Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. Get an early start out of Las Vegas on Tuesday morning. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim. After getting checked in at the hotel, utilize the free shuttles to explore Grand Canyon Village Historic District and the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive. Perhaps enjoy dinner at the El Tovar Hotel (reservations required) or the Arizona Room (first-come/first-served).
    The next morning, get up nice and early and get ready to experience the Canyon River Adventure tour! This exciting all-day tour begins with a scenic sunrise flight over the Eastern portion of the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Upon landing at the Page Municipal Airport, you’ll then be picked up by safari jeeps for a 90-minute tour of Upper Antelope Canyon, after which you’ll be dropped at the offices of Colorado River Discovery for a 1/2-day Smooth Water Float Trip through beautiful Glen Canyon! At the conclusion of the float trip, you’ll be transported by coach back to Grand Canyon National Park Airport. For more information on the tour, click here ->: http://horseshoebend.com/scenic-canyon-river-adventure/ ***The Canyon River Adventure is offered March 1st through October 31st***
    Good luck and have fun!
    Alley

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Betty - December 25, 2016

Hi,

I have family coming to visit at the end of January, and we were hoping to make a roadtrip through Arizona. The plan is to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and stay the night in Williams, then visit Horseshoe Bend and stay at Page City for one night, and then finally visit Antelope Canyon before driving to St. George for one night. From there we would head back to Las Vegas. Do you know what the road conditions are like for our route around that time of the year? Will we need anything special like snow chains? Also, Iโ€™ve read that visitors to Antelope Canyon need to have licensed tour guides to enter, is this true? Thanks for your help!

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Betty, apologies that we were not able to respond to your inquiry sooner. We hope you had a fun trip in the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell area.
    For those contemplating wintertime visits to the Southwest US, especially Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, snow is a very real possibility at this time of year. Though road closures do not occur often, they can be expected in the middle of an active storm pattern. As for whether you’ll need snow chains, rental car outlets forbid customers from using them. If you’re driving your own vehicle, it’s not a bad idea to have them, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. If not, don’t bother. Just be prepared to shift your trip plans if you get detoured or delayed by bad weather. Check http://www.az511.com before setting out.
    Regarding Antelope Canyon, yes, a licensed guide is required for entry. Tours are offered from the town of Page, AZ, or can be obtained at the Tribal Park entrance gate on Highway 98.
    Have fun!

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Jessie - January 9, 2017

Is this a good place to visit during winter? My husband wants to visit next weekend but I see that Page is supposed to get some snow the day he wants to be there.

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Jessie, how was your visit?

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Kelli - January 12, 2017

Hi,

I am trying to plan a trip to Horseshoe Bend, and will be traveling with my dog. Is this trip doable with a dog? I would hate to come all the way up and not be able to see anything because I have her with me. And what other attractions are dog friendly?

Thanks!!
Kelli

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Kelli, that is a really good question! Yes, dogs are allowed at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. They must be kept on a leash and you should be prepared to bring water for your dog as this is a dry, desert area. If you’re visiting during the summer months, the sand can get very hot, so if your dog exhibits signs of discomfort, you should be prepared to get her out of the area. There is a nice fenced dog park at Golliard Park next to the Page Municipal Airport. You might also take a walk along the rim trail which circles Manson Mesa and has some great views of Lake Powell. http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/page-rimview-trail If your dog likes to swim, I would recommend taking her to Lone Rock Beach, which is near the Arizona/Utah border. Again, dogs must be leashed in all of these areas.
    Hope that helps – have fun!

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Irma Heras - January 12, 2017

How far is Horseshoe Bend from either Quartzite or Yuma . We are going from Amarillo . which would be better to do first .

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Irma, thank you for your question. Quartzite is closest to Horseshoe Bend – if you can call a 6-hour one-way drive “close” LOL Map ->: https://goo.gl/maps/cxpz3mRqbhq
    Due to the distance, we recommend staying overnight in Page, AZ, the town where Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located. There are many hotels to choose from, ranging from economy class (Motel 6, Super 8, EconoLodge) to higher end (Marriott, Hampton, etc.) and everything in between. For more information on lodging in Page AZ, visit this link and scroll down to the section on Page, AZ hotels ->: http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    So are you going to Quartzite for the rock and gem show? Have a wonderful time!

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    Irma - April 11, 2017

    algemeen I geen leren bericht op blogs, echter maar ik wil zeggen dat dit schrijf-up zeer druk te checken en doen it! Uw schrijven stijl is verbaasd verrast me. Dank, zeer groot artikel .

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      Alley Keosheyan - April 11, 2017

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      Dank u voor uw bezoek aan onze site vandaag – hebben een mooie reis!

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Christy - January 12, 2017

I am planning on making a trip this weekend to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, would you agree that the weather should be ok? And do you have to go on a tour in order to see Antelope Canyon or can you go on the hikes alone?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hello Christy, How was your trip?

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rondi kirby - January 15, 2017

We will be in Vegas in feb for a few nights. I wanted to drive to HOrsehoe bend and back. Would you recommend that or would you suggest staying someplace on the way?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Dear Rondi,
    Hello and that’s a very good question! It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Page, Arizona, where Horseshoe Bend is located. Due to the distance, you’ll have a better quality experience if you plan to stay overnight in Page, AZ. Page, AZ has many hotels to choose from in a variety of price ranges from budget (Super 8, Motel 6, Econo Lodge, etc.) to higher end properties (Hampton, Marriott). For more information on lodging in the area, visit this page and scroll down to the section on Page, AZ. http://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    Good luck and have fun!

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Chandra Bairi - January 19, 2017

Hi Ryan,
We are planning to drive to Arizona during Feb 2nd- Feb3rd week. We plan to visit (5days trip)
Monument Valley
Antelope Canyon
Horshoe Bend
The Wave
Zion

Can you please help us how we should plan. I am looking at information regardin any tours that would allow us to see them all and how long do you think would it take to visit each place.

Thanks in Advance

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Dear Chandra,
    Hello and thank you for your inquiry. Knowing a little more about your overall trip plan would help us advise you best. For example, are you coming to the area from Las Vegas or Phoenix? Since Las Vegas is a popular “staging” city for vacationers to this area, I’ll assume that you’re coming from there.
    In which case, I would advise this:
    Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park (approx 3 hours), stay overnight
    Day 2: 2nd overnight in Zion National Park
    Day 3: Drive from Zion NP to Page, AZ (approximately 2.5 hours) in the morning, visit Antelope Canyon at mid-day (approximately 2 hours), Horseshoe Bend Overlook in the afternoon (approximately 1 hour), stay overnight
    Day 4: Make day trip to Monument Valley (2 hour drive each way), 2nd overnight in Page.
    Day 5: Drive back to Las Vegas (5 hours)
    Notice I have not included The Wave in this trip plan. That’s because this area requires a permit to visit, and they are extremely hard to obtain.
    I hope this helps. Please don’t hesitate to comment again if you have further questions.

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LA - January 22, 2017

Can you take an RV to the parking lot of the horseshoe bend?

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    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    LA,
    Hello and thank you for your question. RV’s can be accommodated at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook parking lot. However, do not be surprised to find it full during peak travel periods and popular viewing hours, which are between 9 AM and 5 PM. You might be pleased to know that there are restrooms available at the parking lot should you need them. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes for walking and to carry water as this is a dry desert environment.

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Diane - February 6, 2017

I will be staying at the Lake Powell Resort as part of a tour, so I will not have a car but I will have free time. Is there any transportation that I could take to Horseshoe Bend?

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 7, 2017

    Hi Diane,
    Horseshoe Bend is approximately 10 miles from Lake Powell Resort & Marina, just South of the town of Page. There is no mass transit or bus service in the area, but there is a taxi service called Buggy Taxi. Their phone # is 928-645-6664.
    Another option is to reach out to your tour company. Many tour companies recognize that the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is a “must-see” attraction for many Lake Powell area visitors. They may already be planning a stop there.
    A third option is to fly over Horseshoe Bend with Grand Canyon Airlines from Page Municipal Airport. The airline may be able to offer a pickup for a small fee. http://horseshoebend.com/see-horseshoe-bend-air/
    Hope that helps!
    Alley

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Tess - February 7, 2017

Hi there,

I’m planning to do 2D1N trip:

Day 1: From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim and proceed to Lake Powell to join their 5pm boat tour, and stay in Page for the night.

Day 2: Join Antelope Canyon morning tour, proceed to Horseshoe Bend, and drive back to Las Vegas.

On the 2nd day, is it possible to make it back to Vegas by 6pm?
Is there any Horseshoe Bend tour when I reach the parking lot? How long is the hike?

Thanks so much!
Cheers!

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 9, 2017

    Hi Tess, and thank you for visiting our site.
    I’ve got 3 words for your itinerary on Day 1: too much driving! The trip from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South rim takes 4.5 hours minimum. Tack another hour onto that if you want to stop and see Hoover Dam. The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page takes 2.5 hours, but there again, it rarely ends up being that length of time because there are many beautiful viewpoints one can stop at along the way. Then, you’ll need to get to the marina by 4:30 PM at the latest in order to check in for the Lake Powell Boat Tour. Depending on where it’s taking place from (Lake Powell or Antelope Point Marina?), it’s anywhere from 15-30 minutes drive from the town of Page itself.
    As to your itinerary on Day 2, it takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Page to Las Vegas via the most direct route. At Horseshoe Bend, there is no tour that takes you up to the overlook, you just go at your leisure. The hike is approximately 3/4 of a mile each way. Because Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles South of the town of Page on Highway 89, you might be able to stop there on your way to town prior to arrival, depending, of course, on how good of time you manage to make.
    But again, that first day’s itinerary, in our honest opinion, is a little too ambitious.
    An alternative you might consider is simply staying at Grand Canyon South Rim for 2 days’ time and on your second day, take the Scenic Canyon River Adventure tour. Consisting of an early morning flight over the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, a jeep tour of Upper Antelope Canyon, and a half-day float trip through Glen Canyon, this 3-in-1 combination tour includes all round-trip transportation, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery. After all, isn’t that what coming here was all about? For more information on the Scenic Canyon River Adventure, click here ->: http://horseshoebend.com/scenic-canyon-river-adventure/
    Good luck and happy travels!
    Alley

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Madhumati Mukherjee - February 10, 2017

Hi, We are planning a trip to Antelope Canyon, Horshoe bend, Glen Canyon. I know, we have to book a guided tour for Antelope canyon, but can we do Horseshoe bend and Glen Canyon on our own? Once we pay the $8.00 park entrance fee along with the Antelope canyon tour, do we have any more entrance fees, parking fees etc to pay for Glen canyon and Horseshoe bend? Also, do you have a suggestion for the best tour company to go with for the Antelope canyons?
Thanks,
Madhumati

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 10, 2017

    Good morning Madhumati and thank you for visiting our site.
    In regards to entrance fees, you do not have to pay one to go to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. If you wish to enter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to see Lake Powell or take a boat tour, you do have to pay an entrance fee of $25 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days’ time.
    If you plan to visit other National Parks in the Southwest US, such as Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, etc., consider purchasing an “America The Beautiful Federal Lands Access Pass.” For $80, this card grants you access to all National Parks and Monuments in the US for 1 year’s time (Native American Tribal Parks such as Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon West not included). For more information, visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass
    As for which Antelope Canyon tour outfitter to choose, visit this page for more information on local tour companies that tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon.
    Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if we can be of further assistance and visit our Facebook page for more information! https://www.facebook.com/horseshoebendaz/
    Happy Travels,
    Alley

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seth - February 18, 2017

Hello. My family of 5 (kids 14, 12,12) will be traveling from Grand Canyon South Rim to Bryce in mid June. On the way to Bryce, we plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend before our tour at 10:00 am for Antelope Canyon. We were thinking of leaving the Grand Canyon at 6:30 am with the hopes of arriving at Horseshoe Bend around 8:30 am. That would give us about 30-45 min at the site. How is the viewing at 8:30 am and do you think I’m giving us enough time? After our Antelope Canyon tour, I was thinking about hiking waterholes Canyon. What is your opinion of hiking waterholes with my family? It would probably be around 11:30 am. From my research, not many visitors here. Other than the heat, is there anything we should worry about (i.e. rattle snakes)? Thanks in advance for your time and answers.

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    Alley Keosheyan - February 21, 2017

    Hi Seth, and thank you for visiting our site!
    First of all, the drive from Grand Canyon to Horseshoe Bend usually takes a little over 2 hours if you drive straight through. However, that is not likely to happen since there are many beautiful canyon viewpoints along the way. No doubt you’ll find yourself stopping. Don’t forget as well to visit the Cameron Trading Post at the junction of Highway 64 & 89 – great collection of Native arts and crafts, and Navajo tacos in the restaurant!
    Assuming you actually hit Horseshoe Bend at around 9:00 AM, that would give you a nice view, but most people end up spending 1.5 hours when factoring the hike to the overlook and back.
    As for hiking Waterholes Canyon, your kids would probably enjoy it, and so would you. However, keep in mind that only the section closest to Highway 89 is open to independent hikers now. Also, a permit from the Navajo Tribal Parks office is required before entering. These can be purchased at the Antelope Canyon Tribal Park entrance gate (it’s included in your Antelope Canyon tour price, just save your receipt). Snakes aren’t seen too terribly often. They’re around, but they want as little to do with us as we want with them! Bring plenty of water and make sure to use toilet facilities before your tour as there are none at the canyon sites.
    Hope that helps. Have fun!
    Alley
    P.S. Here’s a video of a family hiking Waterholes Canyon to whet your appetite for your trip! https://youtu.be/Ef-XKP6ONkI

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Erin - March 6, 2017

Visiting this area in a couple weeks. My mom really wants to see Horseshoe but has a bad hip and walks with a cane. Is the trail very sandy or are their any handicap considerations? Thinking of renting a mobility scooter but unsure of terrain.

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Erin and thank you for visiting our site.
    Though the trail to Horseshoe Bend is relatively short, the uphill grade from the parking lot to the trailhead can be hard for some people to manage. In fact, when my own mom (with bad knees) came to visit me a few years ago, I proposed visiting the overlook, but one look at the trail and she had to decline. A mobility scooter probably wouldn’t help matters because the trail is very sandy. If sand got into the gears of the scooter, that could result in mechanical problems, and costly repairs for you.
    Since there is no cost to go to Horseshoe Bend Overlook, you can always go to the parking lot and judge on the spot whether your mom could handle the walk. If it’s already sounding like a no-go, consider taking another approach: flying over it. Fixed-wing airplanes depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport (weather permitting) and cover many other beautiful sights in addition to Horseshoe Bend. For more information, click here ->: http://horseshoebend.com/see-horseshoe-bend-air/
    Good luck and happy traveling,
    Alley

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sarah - March 7, 2017

We have a pass but what else/if anything, is needed to go and see it? Also, if we want to camp near by what would be a good place? Last question, what is a good trail for a couple teens and young adults for experience, nothing super hardcore lol..

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for visiting our site!
    At the present time, it does not cost anything to visit Horseshoe Bend. However, if you have a National Park Pass, you can use it to enter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and any other National Park or Monument in the U.S.
    As for camping, it is not allowed at Horseshoe Bend, but there are many options nearby, either in the town of Page or on Lake Powell. Read this article for a full list of RV and tent campgrounds in the Horseshoe Bend area ->: http://antelopecanyon.az/camping-and-rv-options-near-antelope-canyon/
    For suggestions of some good, easy hikes in the area, visit this site ->: http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/day-hikes.htm One hike I enjoy that that site does not mention is the Page Rim View Trail. It’s not easy if you take on the whole thing (it’s 10 miles long), but hiking a small section can reward you with some great views of Lake Powell. http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/page-rimview-trail

    Good luck and happy travels!
    Alley

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Kourtney - March 8, 2017

Thank you for all the helpful information. I currently live in SoCal and was planning on driving up to Horseshoe bend end of this month. I was going to take a day to drive as it is 7 hours and spend the night (not sure where?) and then go to horseshoe bend in the morning. I see there are tours from Sodona and Flagstaff. Just not sure what is the best way to see horsehoe bend. I would like to hike some of it too. Plus last year I did a tour through anteloupe Canyon but can’t remember if it was upper or lower and would rather not repeat the same tour as there is so much more to see. So just looking for information really to try and plan a trip and figure out the best place to stay. I would spend the night and then drive back to SoCal the following day – so it will end up being three days. Is there anything else I should definitely try and see while I am at horsehoe bend? I have been to Zion but not Bryce. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks so much for your help.

~Kourtney

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Kourtney,
    With only one night to work with, I wouldn’t bother taking a tour. If you’re willing to drive the 7 hours from LA, you can drive yourself to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyons. As for where to stay, the town of Page is the best, closest option. There are quite a few hotels in the area, ranging from Motel 6 to Marriott quality and everything in between, so you’re bound to find one that fits your budget and taste. Visit this link and scroll down to the paragraph headed “Page, AZ โ€“ 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: http://www.grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    As for seeing Bryce Canyon National Park while you’re here, you’re really not going to have enough time. In fact, I would recommend rethinking your whole plan because it’s awfully rushed. Try to free up at least 2-3 days in order to enjoy this area and everything it has to offer.
    Thanks again and happy traveling,
    Alley

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Endri - March 8, 2017

Hi there,

This will be my 2nd time visiting AZ with my family. Last year we visited the South rim of the GC; and this year we plan to go back, stay in Williams 04/8-04/10 to see the North Rim. We’d also like to visit the crater in Flagstaff, Oatman, Horseshoe bend, and Kingman. Any suggestions on the best itinerary?

Thank You

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Endri and thank you for visiting our site.
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the North Rim of the Grand Canyon won’t be open at the time of year you’re visiting. It doesn’t open to the public until May 15th, so unless you want to skip the Grand Canyon entirely, it looks like you’re limited to going back to the South Rim, or visiting Grand Canyon West and going on the Skywalk. Since you’re wanting to go to Kingman, Oatman and Williams, it wouldn’t make for too much of a detour. You could then stop at Oatman on your way back to California, if that’s where you’re heading.
    As for Horseshoe Bend, it’s located approximately 2.5 hours North of Williams just South of the town of Page, Arizona.
    Good luck and happy traveling,
    Alley

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Karla Casas - March 9, 2017

Hi, I’m planning going to the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend the first week of April. I would like to know what would you recommend to do, I am going with my parents and my mom has a bad knee, so she is not doing great with stairs. We are going from San Diego, CA. We are going 4 days, as your previous recommendations I’m planning to drive the first and last day, so we have two full days to enjoy. Also what is the best option , hotel or rent a house?
Thanks in advance for your tips!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 14, 2017

    Hi Karla and thanks for visiting our site,
    Regarding Horseshoe Bend, your mom may want to take a pass on it. Though the trail is relatively short, the uphill grade from the parking lot to the trail head can be a bit much for someone with bad knees to take on. I know, when I visited with my mom (who also has bad knees) a few years ago, she took one look at it and said “no way.” Fortunately, it doesn’t cost anything to go to Horseshoe Bend, so you won’t be out anything if you go to the overlook then decide to pass on it. Another option if the walk is too much to handle is to see it from the air. Small airplanes depart daily from the Page Municipal Airport. Click here for more information ->: http://www.horseshoebend.com/see-horseshoe-bend-air/ Or.. see it from the river on the Colorado River Discovery Float Trip ->: http://www.horseshoebend.com/see-the-canyon-from-the-river-colorado-river-discovery/
    As for where to stay, you can choose from traditional hotels or vacation homes in Page. For house rentals, visit VRBO.com
    Good luck and have a great trip!
    Alley

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Denise - March 17, 2017

Hi-
Regarding the upper vs lower antelope canyon tours— any preference? I have 2 daughters (13 & 15) with the 15 year old really into photography.

Also, my plan is to leave early from the South Rim in order to make a 10:30am tour of the canyon. Stop by horseshoe bend. Then drive on to overnight in Sedona (hopefully taking in the sunset). Feasible?

Thanks! Great website, by the way! A lot of good information!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 20, 2017

    Hi Denise, thank you for visiting our site, and for your compliments!
    As for a “preference” for Lower vs. Upper Antelope Canyon, we really don’t have one as they are both beautiful. The choice for most visitors comes down to whether they have their hearts set on seeing the light beams – a phenomenon limited to Upper Antelope Canyon during the late spring-early fall months – and how much effort they’re willing to expend on their trip. Upper Antelope Canyon is an easy, flat walk of 100 yards. Lower, however, requires climbing a few staircases and navigating around a few boulders. If you’re in reasonably good health, you should be able to do it. If your daughter is that much into photography, you might want to splurge and take the photographer’s tour, which is a little longer, and yes, costs more, but well worth it for those who want to take home good quality pictures.
    As for your trip plan, keep in mind it takes 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, if you drive straight through. That’s not likely to happen because there are many beautiful viewpoints you can stop at along the East Rim/Desert View Drive, plus the Cameron Trading Post. I recommend getting as early a start as possible so you don’t feel rushed. Plus you’ll need to check in for your tour 30 minutes prior to departure. The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is approximately 5 miles outside of town, so it makes for an easy stop on the way in.
    The drive back to Sedona also takes about 2.5 hours. Make sure you start back before it starts getting dark. Artificial lighting is kept to a bare minimum on the roads up here, plus deer, elk and other animals like to congregate near them at night. Hitting a deer is the last thing you want to do!
    Happy traveling,
    Alley

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Diane Fudge - March 21, 2017

I really appreciate how interactive you are with the comments! Thanks for taking time to answer! I’m sure its time consuming. What do you think about this?
How long do we need to leave between a tour of Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope Canyon, and then Horseshoe Bend? The Upper Antelope Canyons tours are only available at 2:45 or 4:00. We want to do Horseshoe Bend last and possibly see the sunset. But I’m struggling to figure out what time we should book the Lower Antelope? Also we chose Antelope Canyon Tours for the Upper Antelope and Ken’s for Lower. Are these wise choices? We will have a rental car, and staying the night before and after in Page.
Thanks for any insight and helpful info!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Hi Diane, thanks for visiting out site, and for your compliments! Time consuming? Maybe, but it’s a labor of love nonetheless ๐Ÿ˜‰
    To answer your queries, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook and Antelope Canyon are about 7 miles apart. The entrances to Upper and Lower Antelope are about 1 mile apart. Therefore, I’d advise allowing at least 30 minutes between Antelope Canyon tours. Since Horseshoe Bend is open 24/7 and doesn’t require a guide to enter, you can go there pretty much whenever you want. I wouldn’t advise going there at night, though. It’s really dark and it’s a long drop to the river. LOL
    As for the companies you’ve chosen to tour Antelope Canyon, they are all good reputable companies whose tour offerings will be very similar right down to the footsteps. Since you have your own vehicle, I’d double-check that your tour outfitters depart from the canyon entrance on Highway 98 and NOT from the town of Page.
    I don’t recall seeing what time of year you’re visiting, but have you also considered taking the Glen Canyon Float Trip, or a boat tour on Lake Powell?
    Hope that helps in your trip planning. Have a wonderful time!
    Alley

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Nina - March 21, 2017

Hi,
I’m so glad i found your site while researching about my trip. It’s amazing!!
I plan to go to Vegas on mid June and I am thinking to go to Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe bend due to its popularity.
Since i’m on a tight schedule, my initial trip would be like:
Leave Vegas at 7am, arrive at Antelope Canyon at 12pm and join the 12:30 tour. Then continue driving to Horseshoe bend, arrive there at 3 or 3.30pm. Spend an hour there (is it enough?), and leave at 4.30pm back to Vegas.
Do you think my plan is possible or would it be too tiring?
If indeed i have to stay 1 night, where do you suggest i should stay? Also which attraction could i add to my itinerary? I am thinking about adding lake powell or grand canyon sky walk or grand canyon south rim if i get to spend 1 more night in Arizona.
Please feel free to suggest any itinerary you think suits best.
Many thanks in advance for your help ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Hi Nina and thank you for visiting our site!
    As you’ve gathered, it takes approximately 5 hours, one way, to drive from Las Vegas to Page. Going there and back again in the same day is no fun at all, plus we don’t recommend driving at night in this part of the country due to the lack of artificial lighting on local roadways, and the presence of deer, elk and other wildlife that may collide with your vehicle.
    Page, Arizona has a variety of good hotels that run the gamut from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, so you’re bound to find one that fits your taste and budget. Click here for more information and scroll down to the paragraph heading “Page, AZ โ€“ 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” ->: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    If you do stay an extra night, we would recommend adding activities such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip or a Lake Powell Boat Tour. If you choose to go to Grand Canyon South Rim, it’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Page, then 4 hours to get from the South Rim to Las Vegas, so you should plan on spending a night there, too.
    The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West, a totally different area from the South Rim that’s actually closer to Las Vegas.
    Hope that helps in your planning!
    Happy traveling,
    Alley

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Sierra Brown - March 21, 2017

Hey there!

I am going to be flying out from Detroit Michigan, DTW Airport and want to see both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. I don’t mind renting a car upon arrival.. I am just wondering the closest place to fly in to? It was saying I should stay in Flagstaff?

Thank you for you help!!!

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 21, 2017

    Hi Sierra,
    This is a great question!
    Most visitors to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend fly into either Phoenix, AZ or Las Vegas, NV. Either airport is 4-4.5 hours from Page, AZ. Though Flagstaff, AZ is closer, geographically speaking, you’re not likely to save time or money by flying into this airport since you would have to connect in Phoenix anyway and still deal with the logistics/inconvenience, etc. of getting a rental car. Most people who fly into Flagstaff end up wishing they hadn’t done it.
    As for staying in Flagstaff, I wouldn’t recommend doing that unless you absolutely had to, for example if all Page lodging was booked or you have hotel points you can only redeem in Flagstaff. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Flagstaff to Page one-way. Besides, there are plenty of places to stay in Page, from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between. To check availability of Page hotels, click this link and scroll down to the paragraph headed “Page, AZ โ€“ 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim” – >: https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/
    Hope that helps. Happy traveling!
    Alley

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Theresa - March 27, 2017

Hi
is it still ok to go and hike with dogs?

Thanks

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 27, 2017

    Hi Theresa,
    Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed at all times. Believe me, you want them leashed: there are NO guardrails at the overlook and it’s a 700′ drop to the Colorado River!
    Thanks for visiting and happy traveling,
    Alley

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Andrea Campabadal - March 30, 2017

Hi, Our family (2 adults, 2 chd 10 yrs) are planning a visit to the Grand Canyon on Sep 2017. We will arrive to Phoenix on Sep 23 and I need advise on teh following queries:
1-We will drive and our goal is to go to the South Rim, is it a good idea to overnight at Sedona on the 23rd, so that we can take a highlight tour on the morning of the 24th and then continue to the South Rim?
2-We have 4 to 5 nights to spend at the Grand Canyon, right now we have reservations at the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon, we were not able to get reservations inside the park. (We were&are trying to get reservations at El Tovar, eventualy, is it a good lodging choice?)
3- As far as we have researched, we would like Sunrise/Sunset experiences, the helicopter ride(not the 15min. one) Desert View, Smooth pontoom water trip (I believe this will be done at Page), Horseshoe bend and Antelope (don’t know exact location and don’t know how can it be done)
4-I know the girls (and my husband and I) would love to take the Grand Canyon Railway, but it leaves from Williams, any suggestions about how to include it (since we are havine a rental car, will we have to make the Railway round trip)
5-Any important spots/stuff we are missing?
6-We will drive from Grand Canyon to Las vegas and spend a couple of nights, it is really not the highlight part of the trip, but of course we would like to go to Hoover Dam and Route 66, are there any suggestions as for where to stop and what to visit on our way to Vegas?
So sorry for so many queries, but it has been our goal to travel to Grand Canyon and we want to have the most of it ! Many thanks in advance and best regards

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    Alley Keosheyan - March 31, 2017

    Dear Andrea,
    Hello and thank you for visiting our site!
    To answer your queries in the order posed:
    1. Is it a good idea to overnight at Sedona? YES! It takes about 2 hours to drive from Phoenix to Sedona, and there is a lot to see and do in that area. For suggestions of activities and attractions, visit The Top Things to Do in Sedona on TripAdvisor. Instead of just a single night, I would recommend spending 2-3 nights, and contrary to what you might think, you do have that option (see my answer to your next question).
    2. “We have 4 or 5 nights to spend at the Grand Canyon.” That’s way too long! Most families find 2 nights tops to be plenty of time to experience and enjoy the Grand Canyon fully. Unless you’re a hard-core hiker and have plans to occupy every single day with a specific and different hike, I can almost guarantee you’ll be ready to move on after a couple of days. Give 1-2 of those nights to Sedona, or 1 to Sedona and 1 to Page, AZ. For more detailed information, take a look at this video: Other Things to See and Do in the Grand Canyon Area.
    As for lodging, the Grand Hotel is perfectly fine, in fact it’s one of my favorite out-of-park hotels because it blends old-style architectural touches with modern amenities. El Tovar is amazing, but hard to come by, but by reducing your stay to 1-2 nights, you’ll have a better chance. Also, keep in mind the hotel was built in 1905 and so the rooms are quite small. For a family of four, you’ll need at least a deluxe room or suite to not be stepping all over each other.
    3. Grand Canyon and other touring experiences: for the helicopter ride, shoot for a morning departure for better light and less wind. They start running at 8:00 AM. If possible, take the 45-minute flight aboard the Eco-Star helicopter.
    For the Smooth Water Float Trip, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, you can easily partake of these activities by driving yourself to Page, AZ and staying there for a couple of days. Another option is to take a tour that originates at Grand Canyon South Rim, the Canyon River Adventure. It’s a really good tour that includes a scenic flight (airplane) over the Grand Canyon East Rim, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam and part of Lake Powell, a jeep tour to Antelope Canyon, and the Smooth Water Float Trip. It’s a 12-hour tour, so you should stay at Grand Canyon at least 2 days to have sufficient quality time at the Grand Canyon as well.
    4. The Grand Canyon Railway – personally, I’d recommend skipping it. It doesn’t pass by the canyon or offer anything of particular significance as far as scenery. It’s more of an “Old West Historic” experience than anything else. The attraction of the train is the train itself. If you’d like to see the train, it arrives at Grand Canyon South Rim near the El Tovar Hotel at 11:30 AM and departs from there at 3:30 PM.
    5 & 6. Other stops/where to stop on the way to Las Vegas: Seligman, Arizona. It is an old Route 66 stand-by and was the partial basis for the fictional town of “Radiator Springs” in the movie “Cars.” It still retains its kitschy, “frozen-in-time” look and feel and makes for a relatively short detour on the way to Las Vegas. Be sure to grab lunch at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In.
    It’s a legendary fixture of the old “Mother Road!”
    Hope that answers your questions – and no apologies necessary for so many.
    Alley

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      Andrea Campabadal - March 31, 2017

      Dear Alley, Hi !
      As Nina said, your website it’s just spectacular!!
      I can’t thank you enough for your WONDERFUL and so clarifying answer !!!
      We will take into account each of your professional advice and when we have ready the new day by day itinerary, we’ll check back again ๐Ÿ™‚
      Many thanks and have a great day !!
      Counting the days for our trip ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Alley Keosheyan - April 1, 2017

        You’re welcome, Andrea! Have a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Marisa - April 4, 2017

Hi,
I’m playing a trip to the Grand Canyon this September with a few friends and we will be staying at the Mather Campgrounds.
What is a good way for us to plan a trip to Horseshoe Bend and are there any fees we’d need to pay to see the sites?
How is the weather in September?
Where would we go to begin our hike?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 4, 2017

    Hi Marisa,
    Thanks for visiting our site today!
    Yes, September is a wonderful time to visit the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Daytime temperatures tend to run in the 60’s at the Grand Canyon, 10-15 degrees warmer in Page, AZ. That’s Fahrenheit, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰
    As for planning a day trip to Horseshoe Bend from Grand Canyon, it takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from the South Rim to Page, if you were to drive straight through, which people seldom do. There are many beautiful overlooks of the Grand Canyon you can stop at along the way, as well as points of interest in the Navajo Indian Reservation, such as the Cameron Trading Post, which you’ll also pass through. An early start from Grand Canyon is recommended so you can get to Horseshoe Bend during the mid-morning hours when lighting is best, and so you can visit Antelope Canyon, another “don’t miss” attraction in the area, which is best seen at mid-day.
    At the present time, no fees are required to visit Horseshoe Bend. You simply proceed to Mile Marker 545 on US 89 just 5 miles South of Page. The overlook is very clearly signed from the highway.

    If you wish to tour Antelope Canyon, you are required to go with an authorized guide and/or tour company. The price for the basic sightseeing tour of Upper Antelope Canyon is $45/person. Touring the Lower section is slightly cheaper, but requires a bit more effort in the form of stair climbing and a little boulder scrambling. For more information on both options, visit http://antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/
    Good luck and have a great trip!
    Alley

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Cindy - April 10, 2017

Hi Alley,

We have an upcoming 3N4D trip celebrate our 45th anniversary (May 9-12) to see Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend. Driving from Phoenix and staying in Flagstaff during the entire time, already booked a 8:30 tour to Antelope. Appreciate your help to maximize our time there.

Cindy

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 11, 2017

    Hi Cindy and congratulations on your 45th anniversary! Thank you so much for stopping by our site today.
    To maximize your time here, I suggest you cancel those reservations in Flagstaff and overnight in Page instead. The reason I do so is because it takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Flagstaff to Page one way. Visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend as a day trip will mean 5 hours spent driving – that’s almost half of your day! You’ll have a much more relaxed experience by staying closer by. Page has a variety of hotels, from Motel 6 to Marriott and everything in between, as well as vacation rental homes in a wide range of sizes and amenities. Between the two, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste and budget. For Page hotels, visit https://grandcanyon.com/category/hotels/east-hotels-1/ and scroll down to the paragraph heading Page, AZ โ€“ 133 miles to the South Rim, 153 miles to the North Rim For vacation rental homes, visit https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/arizona/canyon-country-northeast/page
    Other activities you might consider to round out your vacation include, but aren’t limited to: Lake Powell boat tours, the Colorado River Discovery Smooth Water Float Trip and scenic airplane tours and helicopter flights.
    Hope that helps – have a wonderful anniversary!
    Alley

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Kathy - April 13, 2017

Hi Alley,

Me and my husband are going to Las Vegas on the second week of May and i’m planning for a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe bend.
Do you think this itinerary is possible for a day trip?
Las vegas to Horse shoe bend
Horseshoe bend to South Rim just before sunset
South Rim back to Las Vegas

Thanks,
Kathy

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 13, 2017

    Hi Kathy,
    Yikes! That’s way too much driving for one day. First off, it takes approximately 4.5-5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend. Then it takes another 2.5 hours to drive from Page, AZ (where Horseshoe Bend is located) to Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 4.5-5 hours to get to Las Vegas. That makes for 12-14 hours behind the wheel! I don’t know about you, but that’s not my idea of a vacation.
    If you only have one day to spare, I strongly recommend that you choose which park you want to see, and if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, that’s the one I’d pick (strange as it may sound from a site devoted to Horseshoe Bend!). If for some reason you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, and wish to come to Horseshoe Bend, read this page for tips on how best to get here from Las Vegas and make the most of your day.
    Good luck and safe travels!
    Alley

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Cal Gilbert - April 17, 2017

Can you walk down to the river from anywhere in that general area?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 18, 2017

    Hi Cal,
    Great question ~ I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember those “Active Listening” classes from the 1980’s, but they were always getting on people’s case about answering questions with a “yes, but…” I say those instructors never worked in the travel/tourism industry, because we’re always saying “yes, but…” and the answer to this question is no exception!
    While you cannot walk to the Colorado River directly from the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, there are a couple of areas nearby from which you can. One is at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam a short ways upstream from Horseshoe Bend, and here’s where the “yes, but” comes in: you must be on a guided raft trip in order to access the river from this point. These excursions, called the Colorado River Discovery Float Trip will take you 15 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, and is a wonderful family activity. You should definitely consider adding it to your Page, Arizona vacation plans!
    If you pass on that trip, you can also drive down to Lees Ferry yourself and park nearby the river. This is a fascinating area to explore, where the remnants of a ferry boat and the Historic Lonely Dell Ranch still stand. The adjacent orchard still produces delicious fruit that visitors are welcome to pick (in reasonable amounts) in the fall. You can also hike up to the confluence of the Paria and Colorado River if you desire. The drive from Horseshoe Bend to Lees Ferry takes approximately 45 minutes, but plan for at least an hour so you can stop off at “The Cut,” Navajo Bridge, and the balanced rock garden near Marble Canyon.

    Have fun!
    Alley

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      Cal Gilbert - April 24, 2017

      Thank you so very much for your reply. I will consider the options.
      Cal

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Tomas - April 20, 2017

Hi, can i spend a night on Horseshoe Bend in a tent? And do I need a permit and where to get one?

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 20, 2017

    Hi Tomas,
    Overnight camping of any kind is not allowed at Horseshoe Bend, but there are a number of developed and primitive campgrounds in the Page, AZ area. Read this for more information ->: Camping & RV Options in Page/Lake Powell, AZ.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Alley

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Giulia - April 22, 2017

Hi,
we’re a group of 5 with a RV, we’ll be there on 2nd of June, for the sunrise we’ll stop to see the Horseshoe Bend. After we wanna do a tour of Antelope Canyon at 11.30/ 12 during the best time for take pictures, I found online a website to book it for 57$ each. I would know if you have any suggestion to book this tour from website or other contacts.
Thank you!

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    Alley Keosheyan - April 22, 2017

    Hi Giulia,
    Thanks for stopping by! We recommend booking your Antelope Canyon tour directly with the tour outfitter. There are several to choose from for both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Seeing as though you are wanting to go to Horseshoe Bend, then tour Antelope Canyon, we recommend going directly to the Tribal Park entrance on Highway 98 and picking up a tour from there.

    If Upper Antelope Canyon is the one you wish to see, book your tour in advance at NavajoTours.com
    If you prefer to tour Lower Antelope Canyon, there are two outfitters to choose from:
    Kenโ€™s Tours http://www.lowerantelope.com or Dixie Ellis’ Tours http://www.antelopelowercanyon.com
    Again, be sure you book your tour in advance, as well as an RV camping site in the Page, Arizona area.
    Best of luck and have a great trip!
    Alley

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