24 Hours in Page, Arizona


“What a difference a day makes?” If that day happens to include 24 hours in Page, Arizona, that difference will be a deeper understanding and appreciation of the power, complexity and artistry of an incredible force of nature known as the Colorado River.

If you’re coming to Page from Grand Canyon South Rim (which most of you will be doing), you’ve already gotten a sense of what wind and water erosion can accomplish, albeit in a somewhat abstract sense. From Grand Canyon Village and nearby vantage points, views of the river tend to be from far away, but as you proceed East on the Desert View Drive toward the park boundary, opportunities to get a better glimpse of it present themselves at places like Grandview Point, Moran Point, Lipan Point and from the top of the Desert View Watchtower.

Upon exiting the park, you are now on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, in an area loosely known as “Grand Canyon East.” A stop at the Little Colorado River Overlook reveals where two rivers join as they continue on course toward the Pacific Ocean. This confluence, known as the “sipapu,” is a sacred place to the local Hopi Indians, and is regarded as the portal through which the human race emerged from the underworld to walk the Earth.  

Continuing East to the junction of AZ64 and US89, a stop at the Cameron Trading Post is a definite must, if not for a quick bathroom break/leg stretch, for a delicious meal of their signature Navajo Tacos and perhaps a bit of souvenir shopping. Ask to visit the gallery to view some of their higher-end collectibles, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculpture.

As you proceed North on US89 toward Page, the river falls mostly out of view until you turn East at Bitter Springs and start the climb to Manson Mesa. Be sure to stop at the well-marked pull-out before entering “The Cut” to view the gorge as the river dramatically cuts its way through the plateau and winds its way toward the Grand Canyon.

Getting back in your car and heading North once more, the town of Page, Arizona begins to come into view. Here, you should start looking for mile marker 545 and the sign for the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. This incised meander of the Colorado River offers perhaps the most “up-close-and-personal” view possible from a rimside vantage point. Small wonder that it’s risen from an obscure afterthought to world-famous icon status in relatively short order. Allow two hours to enjoy the overlook, including the 1.2 mile round-trip walk from the parking area. If anyone in your party has mobility issues, allow more time to complete the walk.


During the summer months when temperatures routinely exceed 100°F, this activity should be scheduled for the following morning.


Time permitting, after visiting Horseshoe Bend Overlook, other activities well worth your time include:  

  • Visiting the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum
  • Touring the Glen Canyon Dam
  • Visiting the White House Overlook
  • Entering the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and taking the scenic Lakeshore Drive to the Lake Powell Resort complex
  • Taking a short boat tour on Lake Powell

Check in at your hotel, get some dinner, spend the rest of your evening relaxing.


The following day, after a good breakfast, tour Antelope Slot Canyon. There are two branches of the main section of Antelope Canyon, Upper and Lower. At 100 yards in length and a mostly flat trail, Upper Antelope Canyon is the easier of the two sections, manageable for most people, even those with mild mobility issues. Lower Antelope Canyon is the more physical of the two, requiring some stair climbing and light bouldering. Individuals reliant upon wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids will not be able to manage this section of the canyon. Due to the rapidly rising popularity of Antelope Canyon tours, reservations are an absolute must. These must be made well in advance of your arrival in Page. If you find that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out, consider touring alternate slot canyons that are just as scenic, but far less crowded, including some lesser-known drainages of Antelope Canyon.


If you manage to tour Antelope Canyon early enough, you might also be able to squeeze in some more sightseeing, including:

  • The Glen Canyon Half-Day Float Trip
  • A stand-up paddleboard or kayak tour of Lake Powell
  • Lunch at Antelope Point Marina
  • A scenic plane or helicopter flight over Lake Powell

If your schedule dictates that you must move on to your next destination, consider stopping at these “bonus” attractions between Page and Kanab, UT:

  • The “New Wave”
  • The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitors Center in Big Water
  • The Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail

Naturally, if you’re visiting Page from Zion or Bryce on your loop through the Grand Circle, the order in which you partake of the above activities can be flip-flopped to suit your itinerary. Still, don’t be surprised if you find that 24 hours in Page, Arizona is just enough to whet your appetite but not enough to satisfy your hunger for jaw-dropping scenery and family-friendly fun. Page, Arizona offers so many ways to play, so why not stay another day?

 

58 Responses

  1. We are trying to plan a two week road trip throughout Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico hitting whichever parks are open. How could I see horseshoe bend? Are there any other slot canyons like antelope canyon that will be open that I could try to see? We are coming the first part of June.

    1. Hi Brandi,
      This is a great question!
      Fortunately, Horseshoe Bend is one Northern Arizona attraction that never closed throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Since Page, AZ, weather is heating up in earnest at the time of your visit, we recommend hitting the overlook just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
      In the event the Antelope Canyons are closed at the time of your visit — and there’s a good possibility that they will be — other slot canyons in the area you might consider visiting are Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch, between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on US89; Red Canyon, aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon, near Kanab, UT, Spooky Gulch and/or Zebra Slot Canyon near Escalante, UT, Leprechaun Canyon near Hanksville, UT, and last but not least, Kanarra Falls, near Cedar City, UT. All the afore-mentioned slots, with the notable exception of Kanarra Falls, do not require an advance permit, but may require a nominal entrance fee.
      Hope that helps!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hi Alley,

    I am from California and would like to go to the Grand Canyon ( not sure which one is open, I think Its South RIM)and the Horseshoe bend this weekend. It will be me an my two adult children. We will be leaving Friday 05/22 evening returning Sunday 05/24 any recommendations on this trip. I have no itinerary. Looking for ideas of place to stay and possibly places to see on out way up there.

    1. Hi Angel,
      First of all, Grand Canyon South Rim is only open on a limited basis: entry will be granted between the hours of 4:00 AM and 10:00 AM from Friday May 22nd to Monday May 25th. I’m not sure which part of California you’re coming from, but if you’re traveling from Los Angeles, CA, for example, it will take you approximiately 8 hours to drive to Grand Canyon South Rim. You’d need to depart just after midnight in order to make it to the park by the time they close the gates. Another “wrinkle:” all lodging within the park is closed, and only a few food and beverage outlets will be open. For more information, visit NPS.gov: Grand Canyon Public Health Update
      Yet another complication is that the East gate of the park at Desert View Point is closed, and travel within the Navajo Indian Reservation is highly discouraged. Unfortunately, this is pretty much impossible to avoid if you want to travel from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, to see Horseshoe Bend. Although the road is not blocked off, you may be stopped and asked to wear a face mask until you arrive on non-reservation land. This is going to require getting a little creative with your itinerary and lodging.
      Upon leaving the Grand Canyon, you might want to stay in Flagstaff, AZ, which is 90 minutes South of the park. The drive to Page, AZ, the next day will take approximately 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, the Antelope Canyons are closed until further notice, but the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell is open, so you can drive in and enjoy the lake either from the shore or take a swim on one of the beaches. Stay in Page, AZ, that night, then traveling back to California, I recommend swinging North of the Grand Canyon and maybe taking a detour through Zion National Park, time and desire permitting. That way, you don’t have to backtrack through the Navajo Indian Reservation.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi from Scotland, UK

    Love all of the info, links and photos.
    We’re supposed to be going back to USA for a 4 week long road trip from June 29th – we had been planning on going back to many of the places listed……however, with the way things have gone over the past several weeks, we’re not holding out much hope at all of getting back to the USA this year. Been counting the days / sleeps since we booked up again last year (quite sad, I know !).
    However, as much as it’s a real pain in the backside for us, there are much more important things to be dealing with these days.
    If it doesn’t actually happen for us this year, hopefully we’ll get back to the beautiful country some day soon, as we just can’t get enough of the place !!!

    Most importantly, stay safe everyone.

    1. Hi Gerry,
      Thank you for your patience and realism in this very difficult time. We hope you are able to return to the US as planned next month. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell) is planning to implement a “phased” reopening of some facilities later this month. Unfortunately, lodging and restaurants aren’t among them, but by June, that could change.
      Stay well and let us know how things work out,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley

        The bad news came……….pretty much as expected. 🙁

        To make matters worse, I’ve been having to cancel about 13 accommodations for our trip that’s no longer happening as well, and car rental, etc….
        Heart-breaking, but hopefully we’ll get back to USA at some point in the future……..just not this year…….

        Hopefully you’ll know that I don’t mean this in any kind of bad way at all, but as sad as this will sound, I kind of hate the fact that I love America so much…..if you know what I mean…..

        Take care.
        Gerry

        1. Hi again, Gerry, and thank you for the update.
          We’re so sorry that your long-awaited Southwest vacation has had to be postponed, but, better safe than sorry, I suppose.
          We look forward to hosting you and your family when the time is right!
          Alley 🙂

      2. Hi Alley,

        We live in Phoenix, AZ and would love to come up for some hiking. Is Horseshoe Bend open currently?

        1. Dear Kerstin,
          Horseshoe Bend is currently open, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell is scheduled to begin a phased reopening of facilities such as lodging, restaurants, and activities in the days and weeks ahead.
          Nevertheless, there are a few things you should keep in mind before committing to your trip: the Antelope Canyons, another popular attraction in Page, AZ, are closed and expect to remain so until June. There are also over 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including several dozen fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and the Navajo Reservation has been hit particularly hard. They are asking that travelers avoid that area altogether if possible.
          In addition, many other popular attractions in the area such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and Monument Valley may be partially or completely closed. With all that in mind, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time.
          If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and personal hygiene protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    1. Dear Anthony,
      As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that status could change without notice rather quickly if the situation warrants. However, the Antelope Canyons are closed until further notice. In light of that fact, plus considering that there are over 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including several dozen fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and many popular nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and Monument Valley are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very small medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their limited capacities.
      If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

    1. Dear Esraa,
      As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open.
      However, in light of the fact that there are over 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including some fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and that many major attractions in the area including the Grand Canyon and the Antelope Canyons are closed, we strongly recommend considering whether your visit is 100% necessary. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very limited medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their respective capacities.
      If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

        1. Dear Sky,
          As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that status could change without notice rather quickly if the situation warrants.
          In light of the fact that there are over 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including several dozen fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and that many nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, and the Antelope Canyons are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very small medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their limited capacities.
          If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley

    1. Hi Johnny,
      At this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open for visitation. For your health and safety, and that of your families, please practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face, especially after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that get touched frequently, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hi
    we are planning a 1 day trip to Page, AZ. We will have a small rental car. We will be in 2 adults and a small child. Due to the age of the child we are not planning heavy hiking or very long hrs tours.
    Is it possible just to see the Horseshoe Bend and Glenn Dam without a tour Guide? Is it Monument Valley very far from Horseshoe? Can it be visited by car just to take some pictures? Is it possible to safely drive on permitted areas? Should we get a tour guide to drive us to the Monument Valley? Thanks in Advance!

    1. Hi Mary,
      Horseshoe Bend can be visited anytime between the hours of sunrise and sunset in your own vehicle. Keep in mind it is a long-ish walk from the parking lot to the overlook (.6 miles one way), so you might want to be ready with a backpack carrier for the kiddo. To visit the Glen Canyon Dam just on the topside area does not require a tour; if you wanted to get down into the power plant area, however, a guided tour is required since those are restricted areas. Glen Canyon Dam Tours While in Page, AZ, you should also tour Antelope Canyon; Upper would be best since you are traveling with a small child.
      Monument Valley is approximately a 2-hour drive from Page, AZ. If you are OK with photographing it from the road or Visitors Center, plenty of people do just that. There is a 17-mile scenic loop drive that you can also take, but we would strongly discourage attempting it in a rental car. Off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies and doing so would void your insurance, leaving you on the hook for any damage you might sustain. If you would prefer to explore Monument Valley with a local guide service, you would certainly get more out of your experience that way. There are a number of guide services and types of tours to choose from, so be sure to explore your options thoroughly and make advance reservations. Monument Valley Guided Tours
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hi Alley,
    I will be traveling from st George on the 5th of march to horseshoe bend for a day trip and i wanted to know if you have any recommendations? any must see’s?

    1. Hi Gary,
      In addition to Horseshoe Bend, you should plan on visiting Antelope Canyon. A guided tour is required for this, which must be reserved in advance.
      In addition to Antelope Canyon, other sights you might hit, time and inclination permitting, are the Glen Canyon Dam, John Wesley Powell Museum (currently inside the Glen Canyon Conservancy building), and the “New” Wave aka the Beehives. Though it’s a little cold for getting in the water, you might still enjoy a walk by the shore of Lake Powell at Wahweap or Antelope Point Marina, or Lone Rock Beach. These areas are located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which means you’ll have to pay the park entrance fee, which may or may not be worth it for just a short visit.
      Remember it takes approximately 2.5 hours each way to drive from St. George, UT, to Page, AZ. Be sure to time your return trip so that you’re not doing any of it in the dark. A majority of the route is very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), and sometimes populated by deer, elk, and other wildlife that can raise your risk of an auto accident. Not something you want to chance in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, freezing cold, where cell phone service is spotty to non-existent, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive! Sunset on March 5th occurs at 6:25 PM, so you’ll want to start the trip back to St. George, UT, by 4:00, 4:30 PM at the latest.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. Hi,
      We are planning to drive from Las Vegas in the morning and stay 1 night in Page before heading back to Vegas by nightfall the 2nd day during Early December timeframe. We will like to visit antelope canyon (upper and Lower) as well as Horseshoe bend. We know it’s 4 1/2 hour drive from Vegas so we won’t get to Page until early afternoon. What’s the best itinerary for us to visit all 3 sites and hopefully some good meals. Thanks.

      1. Hi Pamela,
        The best way to schedule your trip will depend largely on availability of tours. Since you are driving over from Las Vegas, then driving back the following day, you’ll probably need to tour one segment of Antelope Canyon on your arrival day, then the other after visiting Horseshoe Bend the next day. For more information, visit “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon” on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
        Horseshoe Bend is best visited just after sunrise for ease of parking and fewer crowds to contend with. In early December, sunrise occurs at around 7:30 AM.
        As for places to dine, you’ll find no shortage of options and types of cuisine. For suggestions, check out TripAdvisor.com: 10 Best Restaurants in Page, AZ.
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  6. Hi,
    There are three of us who are going to be vacationing in Tempe Jan 18-Jan 22. We are wanting to see both horseshoe bend and antelope canyon. I am wondering if this is a good time to see both or if it will be too cold. If it is a good time to see them we would like to make it a one day thing, which would you recommend doing first. We plan to drive and get there as early as possible.

    1. Hi Kayla!
      There’s no such thing as a “bad” time to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but January is definitely a bad time to attempt to do it as a day trip out of Tempe, AZ.
      It takes approximately 4.5 hours, one way, to drive from Tempe, AZ, to Page, AZ. Touring Antelope Canyon takes anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on which branch of Antelope Canyon you choose to tour, and factoring advance check-in time and the inevitable “bottlenecking” that occurs as the day goes on. You then need ~30 minutes to transit from Antelope Canyon to Horseshoe Bend, and 90 minutes to 2 hours to find a place to park, hike the .6 miles out to the overlook, take photos, and hike the .6 miles back. So that’s 4-6 hours for hitting the attractions on your wish list, and getting lunch at some point. You’re then facing a 4.5-hour drive back to Tempe, AZ, and proposing to do all that at a time of year when daylength is short: sunrise occurs at ~7:30 AM, sunset takes place at around 5:30 PM. Driving at night is best avoided in Northern Arizona due to roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of deer, elk, and other wildlife that can ratchet up your chance of a collision. Trust me, you don’t want to chance that in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, freezing cold, where cell service is spotty (if you can get any bars at all), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
      A better plan would be to spend the night in Page, AZ, so you can enjoy Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend at a more relaxed pace!
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy New Year 🙂
      Alley

  7. We will be around this area the 2nd week of June and looking to rent a speed boat for the 6 of us on Lake Powell. Where would you reccomend going to see?
    Thank you,
    Adam

    1. Hey Adam!
      This is an excellent question, and fortunately, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer. Lake Powell is chock-a-block with amazing sites, and part of the fun is discovering them for yourself. Another factor that may or may not affect what you can and/or cannot do is the water level of Lake Powell at the time you visit. When you check in for your boat rental, you should be given a map of the most easily accessible sites from the marina. Be sure to carry food and water with you, so if you see a spot that looks good for a picnic, you can indulge your instincts.
      Bear in mind that in June, days are starting to get hot, so the closer you can be to shade during the peak heat of the mid-day hours, the better. Thankfully, you can always take a cool dip in the lake from virtually anywhere!
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Hello, I am trying to plan to visit the Antelope Canyon @1030am with the tour ending at 12noon, then proceed to Horseshoe Bend on 22 Dec. Would you be able to share if this would be a ideal route during this period? Thanks

    1. Hey Sally,
      The Horseshoe Bend overlook is approximately a 10-minute drive from the Antelope Canyons, so going there after your Antelope Canyon tour shouldn’t be a problem as long as you can find parking. Another option worth considering is to visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, which occurs at ~7:30 AM, then head to your tour from there.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Kellie,
      If you were referring to how to book a tour to Horseshoe Bend, it’s not necessary to do so. You can visit in your own vehicle between the hours of sunrise and sunset, parking permitting. If you prefer not to deal with the potential hassles, shuttle service to the overlook is offered through Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours.
      For Antelope Canyon, a guided tour is required. For more information, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      If we failed to answer your question adequately, please feel free to write in again for further guidance.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  9. Hello there,

    I am trying to plan accordingly, but having a difficult time deciding on where I should stay overnight. I am arriving in PHX at 9am on 11/2 and have booked a tour to see Upper AC at 10am on Sunday 11/3. My plan is to also visit Horshoeband after that tour on Sunday. My dilemma is: should I stay overnight in PHX and leave at 4/5 am or travel half way on Saturday afternoon to Sedona or Flagstaff in order to cut my commute. I have read that it is not safe to travel when it is dark due to visibility and large animals on the road. I also plan to visit the GC on Monday and then head to Vegas Monday afternoon/evening. Also debating on where I should stay overnight after my day in Page.
    I have never been to AZ so I am trying to make the best of it. I really would like to explore PHX and Sedona, but I don’t think I will have time. Any advice on this would be helpful! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Tanya and thank you for visiting our site! I am sorry it took me awhile to respond to your question, I was working over the weekend up near Grand Teton National Park 🙂
      If your flight arrives in Phoenix at 9:00 AM on 11/2, you should have ample time to drive all the way up to Page, AZ, to spend the night. The trip from Phoenix to Page takes ~5 hours, so even if your plane is a couple of hours late, you should still have enough daylight to work with. In early November, sunset occurs at around 5:30 PM, and sunrise takes place at approximately 7:00 AM.
      RE: your plan to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim, then on to Vegas, that’s where you need to rethink things. It takes ~3-3.5 hours to drive from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim; that’s factoring in the stops you’ll inevitably make. It’s a very scenic drive, and photo ops are everywhere you look! It would then take you another 5 hours or so to drive from GC to Las Vegas. At a time of year when you have less than 12 hours of daylight to work with, and you’re contending with a time difference (Arizona will be on Mountain Time, Nevada on Pacific Time), it’s a recipe for a race against the clock to make it to Vegas by 4:30 PM when the sun goes down. Better to overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim, then head back to Las Vegas the next morning.
      I agree that you don’t have sufficient time to explore Sedona this time around. That area really needs 3-4 days to fully explore and enjoy, so save it for another trip when you can give it the time it deserves!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  10. Hi Alley – we will be in Page on 10/20-23; we booked an airbnb there. There will be six people in my group.

    Planning to do the horseshoe bend (before sunrise) and lower antelope canyon tour (at 12:30 – only slot available) on 10/21 plus self-guided kayak tour lake Powell if time permits. We have a minivan rental but not sure if we can hook 3 tandem kayaks.
    – How far are the vendors from the lake? Are they walking distance from the lake?
    – Can they help us with the kayaks?
    – Is it better to do it in the morning or afternoon? Weather forecast is 84F.
    – If we do it in the morning, will we be able to check in at the lower canyon tour by noon?

    Then on 10/22, drive to Utah to hike Angel’s landing in Zion and also see the dinosaur tracks (can we easily find these ourselves or do you suggest booking a tour?). I looked up the weather forecast and currently indicating 63F on 10/22. That’s cold but I think we can handle it. Just not sure how safe it’ll be up there? Snow? Flash floods? What do you suggest we do instead?

    We’re flying home 6pm the next day from PHX. So it’ll be 4-6 hrs drive from Page. Can’t really fit anything else except for a quick souvenir shopping that day. Any idea of the traffic that day? Or other places we MUST check out before leaving AZ.

    Really really appreciate any feedback.

    RC from Sacramento

    1. Hi Rachelle and apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry.
      The tour companies typically do help people get the kayaks onto their vehicles, but it probably won’t be possible to get 3 kayaks onto one vehicle. Also, kayak rental outlets are located in the town of Page, AZ. They are not walking distance from Lake Powell. Due to the logistics and potential difficulties of getting that many kayaks down to the lake, self-guided kayak touring may not be the best activity for you to pursue. Another thing: not sure where you’re getting the 84 degree weather forecast for Page, AZ. Current local weather forecasts show daytime highs in the mid-to-high 60’s range, with the possibility of rain cropping up here and there. If you really want to do a water-based activity, a boat tour from nearby Antelope Point Marina might be more practical, not to mention more comfortable.
      As for Angel’s Landing, the most recent weather forecast for Zion National Park is also calling for rain the day you’ll be there. You may indeed want to consider some alternate hikes, which fortunately are numerous and diverse in length, degree of difficulty, and scenic features.
      The dinosaur track site I think you’re referring to is actually located in the town of St. George, UT, which may be a bit too far out of your way if you’re just doing a day trip to Zion. Johnson Farm Dinosaur Discovery Site A site that may be a bit easier to access, both time-wise, and driving-wise, is the Moenkopi Dinosaur Track Site near Tuba City, AZ. When you get make the drive down to Phoenix, you would make a short detour off US89 via US160, then take the same road back to US89 to resume the drive. The tour is technically complimentary, but the guides do appreciate gratuities. Another stop you might make on the way back to Phoenix is the Cameron Trading Post. Good place to grab breakfast/brunch and do some souvenir shopping.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  11. Hi Alley, Is it reasonable to see both Upper Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a single day, assuming we are able to get on a tour of Upper Antelope at the ideal time? And if yes, which would suggest doing first (Horseshoe or Upper Antelope)? I’m thinking an early tour of Upper Antelope first, but let me know your thoughts. We plan to be there is late November. Thanks!

    1. Hi Steve,
      Yes, it is totally possible to tour both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a single day. They are located about 10 minutes apart from one another, so, no problem.
      Due to parking snarls at Horseshoe Bend this summer, which could carry over into shoulder season, we recommend hitting the overlook first thing in the morning.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  12. hi, i´m going to the us in two weeks, i just wanna know if we can just get directly to horseshoebend or antilope canyon and if i can pay the tour just right there?, or it is necessary to go to page, AZ to get one, and how much do they cost?

    If you could provide me a phone number to have more infomation about this, i would apreciate.
    THANK YOU

    1. Hi Jared!
      For Horseshoe Bend, you can go directly to the overlook any time you wish: in theory. In reality, you might find parking difficult, especially if you arrive during the mid-day hours. If you find this to be the case when you arrive, here are some tips on how to deal with that situation: “Help! There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend” Hint: it’s best to go there first thing after sunrise for fewer people and cooler temperatures.
      For Antelope Canyon, a tour is a must, as are advance reservations. If you prefer to take your tour directly from the Navajo Tribal Park Entrance on US98, that can be done, but again, not without a reservation. As for contact information, you must choose whether you want to tour Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon as the tour companies are different. For further information, visit “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon.”
      Hope that helps you out. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  13. I am planning on bringing my boys to the Lower Antelope Canyon, but noticed the site says it can take up to 3 hours to get in. If we schedule a 9am tour, do we really need to be there at 6am to get in?

    We will also be touring Horseshoe Bend, as we have never been to either location. Actually, we have never seen the Grand Canyon and we have lived in AZ for 15 years.

    1. Hi Julie,
      If you book a 9 AM tour, you don’t need to be there at 6 AM to get in, but you might experience delays in entry depending on the number of visitors there. The Navajo Tribe and Antelope Canyon tour outfitters are currently taking steps to alleviate crowding in this extremely popular attraction. If you don’t wish to endure all this rigmarole, you might consider touring any number of alternate slot canyons that are just as beautiful, but far less crowded.
      As for Horseshoe Bend, you may go there whenever you wish, since it’s open 24 hours a day. Although I wouldn’t recommend going at night necessarily 😉
      If you would like to visit the Grand Canyon, it’s only a 2.5 hour drive from Page, and you definitely should see it!
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Hello!

    I’m looking to visit horseshoe bend/antelope canyon late May and was wondering about pet restrictions for those areas as well as any good suggestions for camping in or around the area that allows dogs. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Bri and thank you for your excellent question.
      Dogs are welcome at Horseshoe Bend as long as they are leashed and you pick up after them. In May, it’s already getting pretty warm, so be sure to bring enough water for yourself and your pet!
      Dogs are not allowed, however, in Antelope Canyon. Exceptions *might* be made if the dog is a service animal, but you would need to contact the tour companies directly to inquire, plus the dog would have to have appropriate certification by the proper authorities.
      Camping is not allowed at Horseshoe Bend, but you can find excellent opportunities for both RV and tent camping at the Page/Lake Powell Campground in the town of Page, AZ, the Wahweap/Stateline Campground near Lake Powell Resort in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (entrance fees apply) or at Lone Rock Beach on the Utah/Arizona border. Page/Lake Powell Camping Options
      Hope that helps. Best wishes and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  15. Good morning
    We would lo like to receive information about types of tours and price for a 5 members family

    We would like how to Reserve a tour in the antelope canyon on 26th or 27th in march

    We will in Monument valley on 26th in the morning so we will rravel to antelope canyon by car

    Could you give me options and prices?
    We are looking for a 2 hours tour
    Our kids are 15, 12 and 10 years old

    1. Hi Claudia,
      Since you’ll be traveling from Monument Valley, it would be most convenient for you to take your Antelope Canyon tour directly from the Tribal Park Entrance on US98 before you get to Page.
      The key at this point is to decide whether you’ll tour Upper Antelope Canyon or Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper is the easier of the two, just 100 yards in length, fairly flat the whole way. Lower is longer (600m), requires some stair climbing and simple bouldering. If your family are all relatively fit, Lower should be manageable for you.
      If you do choose Lower, there are two outfitters that conduct tours of that branch of the canyon:
      Dixie Ellis Tours, https://antelopelowercanyon.com/ and Ken’s Lower Antelope Tours https://lowerantelope.com/
      The tours are virtually identical in logistics and price, so pick one that has availability for your desired time and book it. Remember that Monument Valley will be on Mountain Daylight Time and Page, AZ will be on Mountain Standard Time, so you’ll “gain” an hour when you enter Page. Also, be sure to allow at least 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page.
      If you prefer to tour Upper, Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours is the outfitter operating from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate. https://navajotours.com/tour-packages/#book-a-tour
      Good luck and have a safe trip!
      Alley 🙂

  16. Hi Alley,

    we have almost 2year old toddler, do you think is manageable for us to do the Antelope Canyon tour? And the Horseshoe bend, do we have to purchase tickets somewhere in advance, or its free? Thank you.
    Eva

    1. Hi Eva!
      With a 2-year-old, I would recommend sticking to Upper Antelope Canyon. If you end up having to carry your child, going up and down ladders and scrambling over boulders in Lower won’t be fun at all. Upper is 100 yards long and pretty flat the whole way. You might request to sit up front on the ride from the Tribal Park Gate to the canyon’s entrance, but the walking part is fairly easy. Be sure you make reservations in advance for your tour. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
      RE: Horseshoe Bend, it is open 24/7, so you can visit whenever you wish. There, you’ll want to keep an eye on your toddler as the majority of the overlook is unfenced and it’s a 700′ drop to the river. If the prospect of that unnerves you, there will be a viewing platform with safety railings completed by springtime.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  17. Aloha,
    Just wanted to thank you for sharing! We look forward to visiting Page and will definitely be able to see its beauty thanks to your information.

    1. Deb,
      Yá’át’ééh! That’s “hello” in Navajo 😉
      Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and pay us your compliments.
      Have a wonderful trip and be sure to let us know how you got on!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Linda!
      To schedule a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. In a nutshell, Lower is more physical, Upper is easier. Then find the tour outfitter who has the departure that best fits your schedule. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      As for Horseshoe Bend, you may visit it at any time, a tour is not required.
      Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful visit!
      Alley 🙂

      1. I’m visiting the Grand Canyon and saw an advertisement for Horseshoe Bend. We are staying in Flagstaff for a few days and wanted to visit both. Any tips on how to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a day?

        1. Hi Emanuel,
          You should be aware that will take you at least 5 hours round-trip to drive from Flagstaff to Page, AZ, and back again. You should also take the opportunity to visit Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments just North of Flagstaff since they are right on the way. The two monuments are situated close together and are connected via a convenient loop drive, which takes about 2 hours on average.
          Horseshoe Bend is situated just South of the town of Page, AZ, so theoretically, you should hit that on your way into town, parking permitting. If the parking lot is full at the time of your visit, you will be asked to return at a later time when parking is available. If you are able to park, then 60-90 minutes should be allowed to hike out to the overlook, take photos, then hike back to the parking lot.
          Then tour Antelope Canyon that afternoon. Advance reservations are an absolute must to have. Depending on which Antelope Canyon tour you take, 2.5-3 hours minimum should be allowed for this activity.
          Honestly, instead of visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend as a day trip from Flagstaff, it’s better to plan on staying overnight in Page, AZ. That way, you won’t risk having to drive back to Flagstaff at night, which we strongly discourage due to the lack of lighting on area roads, and the possibility of encountering deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses. If you take us up on the suggestion to overnight in Page, AZ, you can hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise the next day, which will impart the benefits of cooler temperatures and fewer people.
          Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Desiree, this is an excellent question!
      The best time of year to visit Northern Arizona is when temperatures are not so hot (or so cold) and tourist attractions are not so crowded. That tends to be the timeframe during late September and October. Granted, it will still be busy, so hotels will be full (or nearly full) and you still must make reservations for popular activities such as Antelope Canyon tours, but for the most part, temperatures will be pleasant and with children back in school, it’s usually just us “grown-ups” out there.
      Hope that was the information you were looking for!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  18. Hi
    We will be in PAGE 25 APRIL 2018 and we are interested in a full day smooth river tour on the Colorado river
    Do you have any tours and what is the Price

    1. Hi Vibeke –
      At the present time, the concessionaire for the Smooth Water Float Trip is in transition. Glen Canyon Rafting Hospitality will assume operational responsibility in the 2018 season, but have yet to launch an official website. We recommend checking back periodically by doing a Google search for “glen canyon float trips” or “Page Arizona smooth water raft trips.”
      If you cannot acquire satisfactory information within the next few weeks, please contact the National Park Service at 928-608-6200.
      Sorry we can’t be of more help at present.
      Alley 🙂

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