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?

 

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  1. Hi Alley,
    Me and friends are planning a 5 days trip going to Arizona to Utah then going back to Los Angeles. Any recommendation/advice. Thank you so much in advance.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      Assuming your 5 days does not include travel from/to LA, here’s what I would recommend:
      Day 1: Begin by driving from LA to Grand Canyon South Rim (~8.5 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
      Day 2: 2nd day/night at Grand Canyon South Rim
      Day 3: Drive to Page, Arizona ***unfortunately, the closure of a section of the usual drive due to COVID-19 necessitates a detour through Flagstaff, AZ, then back North on US89; this has rendered what is normally a 3-hour drive into a 5-hour drive*** overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 4: Visit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning, then drive to Kanab, UT (~70 minutes), to tour Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon (if desired), then head to Zion National Park, overnight in Springdale, UT
      Day 5: 2nd day/night in Zion National Park, overnight in Springdale, UT
      Map of trip
      Day 6: Drive to Las Vegas (~3.5 hours from Springdale, UT) or drive back to LA (~7 hours from Springdale, UT)
      Of course, the feasibility of the above route is most dependent on hotel availability. If needed, you can also reverse this itinerary, hitting Zion first, followed by Page, AZ, and Grand Canyon South Rim. If you find you can squeeze an extra day in there somewhere, instead of going from Page, AZ, to Zion, you could visit Bryce Canyon (~3 hours from Page) for 1 night, then proceed to Zion before heading home.
      Very important that whatever you decide, you do all driving during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to local roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of large wildlife such as deer and elk, as well as free range livestock such as cattle and even wild horses. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temps can dip down below freezing that time of year), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
      Be sure that you reserve all hotels and guided tours well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hi Alley – We will be flying into Las Vegas the week of Thanksgiving. We are planning on visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon, but were also interested in heading into Page to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. I see that Antelope Canyon is closed at the moment. Any idea whether it will be open by late November? And, hoping that it is, are the visual effects of the sun through the canyon still as spectacular at that time of year? And if not (open), what other recommendations would you have for around Page?

    1. Hi Mark,
      Unfortunately, I have a bit of bad news for you: it was recently announced that Navajo Indian Tribal Parks will remain closed through the end of 2020, which means the Antelope Canyons won’t be an option. The local slot canyons are still beautiful in November, but you wouldn’t get the light beams you’ve no doubt seen photos of. That’s strictly a late spring through early fall phenomenon.
      If visiting a slot remains on your to-do list, there are a few options not subject to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. The ones we recommend are Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT, and Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch near Paria, UT.
      Red Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon, and an easy walk, about 70 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, and some features unique to it, the hard part about touring Peek-A-Boo is actually getting there. The access road to the slot canyon goes through a lot of deep sand, which a lot of people get stuck in, therefore, a guided tour is strongly recommended. Reputable tour companies who can get you to Peek-A-Boo are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you’re up for something more rugged, Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the first slot is via a typically dry streambed, usually full of deep sand. That and an 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is via the House Rock Valley Road, which is also unpaved, and any moisture whatsoever can render it a muddy, impassable mess. Therefore, a guided tour is recommended for getting your party there and back without incident. Companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Before committing to either of these, here’s another thing to consider: Normally, it would then take ~3 hours (one way) to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (or vice versa). However, because of COVID-19, an integral component of the shortest travel route between the two places has been closed to through traffic by the Navajo Tribe, which means you have to take a rather long detour from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, through Flagstaff, AZ. This has turned a 3-hour drive into more like a 5-hour drive. Then you have another hour to drive to Kanab, UT. Not the sort of thing I’d recommend attempting as a day trip.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi,

    I’m planning a trip in a few weeks, with kids. I know we will be limited because of the kids but do you have any recommendations around Horsehoe bend that are kid friendly? Kids ages are 3, 4 and 10. 3 adults. Thank You!

    1. Hi Paulina,
      You are correct in that you will be somewhat limited with children that young, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s plenty to see and do, even with the Antelope Canyons closed.
      Horseshoe Bend should definitely be on your to-do list, with a few caveats: for one, the trail from the parking lot to the overlook is .7 miles one-way. Strollers can be managed on it, but the terrain might be a little rugged for that, it just depends on recent weather and use. Long story short, the kids should be prepared to walk, or you might have to carry them, all or part of the way. At the rim, there is a small viewing platform with a fence, but the majority of the ‘bend’s “real estate” is unfenced, and it’s a 700’ drop to the river. Be sure to keep a close eye on the kids near the edge!
      As for other things you might do, if visiting a slot canyon was something you had planned on, Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon, near Kanab, UT (~70 minutes from Page, AZ), is still open, and smaller children are permitted on tours. Companies offering tours of Red Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you were wanting to get down near the water, the Wahweap Swim Beach offers such opportunities, and you’ll even find picnic tables, shade ramadas, and BBQ grills nearby. It will probably be too cold to swim, but you can at east claim bragging rights to having dipped your feet in Lake Powell. Lone Rock Beach is also accessible, but you have to be careful not to drive too far into the sand or you might get stuck. FYI both of these areas are located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, meaning you’d have to pay the entrance fee.
      If any of the kids, or adults for that matter, are into dinosaurs, plan to visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitors Center in Big Water, UT, ~20 minutes from Page, AZ, or on your way to Kanab, UT. Some of the dinosaur fossils on display were actually excavated in the local area.
      Hope that helps. Whatever you decide, be sure you make any and all hotel and guided tour reservations well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hello, I am planing to visit this beautiful place, Horseshoe Bend on 9/29/20, can someone please tell me what time the park closes and until what time they let in the last person? Can we come in for sunset? How long is the hike from the parking Lot on Route 89? Any additional information would be much appreciated! Thank you!!

    1. Hi Natalia,
      The parking lot at Horseshoe Bend is open from sunrise (~6:15 AM) to just after sunset (~6:15 PM). You can come in for sunset, but I strongly advise arriving about 30 minutes prior as the light starts to change about then, and that way you have a better chance of catching the “starburst” phenomenon. That’s all I’m going to say about that 😉
      Anyway, the hike from the parking lot to the Glen Canyon Rim is ~.7 miles one way. The path is partially paved, partially graded. Although it’s advertised as being wheelchair and stroller accessible, recent reports assert it’s not to easy to navigate. Be sure to bring enough water for yourself and all members of your traveling party, maybe a light jacket, and to bring a flashlight in case it gets dark as you are walking back to the parking lot.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hello,

    Me and my partner is spending the night in Page after our day trip in Flagstaff. I have a few questions:

    1-We are probably arriving in Page after sunset and we’re looking for a site suitable for our camper van. Which place do you recommend that will accommodate us at the time we arrive and that is close to Horseshoe Bend and other scenic spots?

    2-We will be in Page for the day (but no later than sunset time) until we drive back to Flagstaff for the night. We know that Antelope Canyon is still closed. What do you recommend for things to do that is within the Horseshoe/Antelope area? Preferably easily accessible and with parking. Also, newbie roadtrippers here—can you advise us on where and what needs to be purchased in terms of permits and fees?

    Thank you so much in advance for all your advice! This site is super helpful!

    1. Hi Kendra,
      Since I don’t recall seeing when your visit is planned for, I’ll assume it’s happening in the immediate future.
      The nearest developed campground (aka, with electrical and water hook-ups) to Horseshoe Bend is the Page/Lake Powell Campground. While they are typically able to accommodate late arrivals, DO NOT assume you can stay there without a reservation. Even with COVID-19 going on, the Page, AZ, area has been surprisingly busy, and many hotels and tours are selling out. I recommend giving them a call at (928) 645-3374 to book a site, and inquire about office hours.
      Visit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. As for other activities you can still enjoy in the Page, AZ, area, there’s no shortage things to see and do, even with the Antelope Canyons closed. You don’t need an advance permit for any of them; for Horseshoe Bend, there’s a one-time parking fee, which is collected upon entry. Should you wish to enter the Glen Canyonn National Recreation Area, there’s a $30/vehicle fee, which is good for one week’s time. Open/accessible attractions in the immediate area include:
      – Grandview Overlook Park
      – Wahweap Marina
      – Antelope Point Marina
      – The Chains & Hanging Garden Trail
      – Lone Rock Beach
      – Page Rim View Trail
      – The “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock
      – Wahweap Overlook
      – Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
      – Alstrom Point
      – Skylight Arch
      – White Pocket
      – Wire Pass/Buckskin Gulch
      – Lees Ferry & Lonely Dell Ranch
      – Navajo Bridge & Interpretive Center
      – Glen Canyon Conservancy Flagship Store
      – Kayak Tours on Lake Powell & the Colorado River
      – Private Boat Charters
      – Airplane & Helicopter Tours
      – Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge
      – Jeep/ATV Tours
      – Electric Mountain Bike Tours
      – Big Water Visitors Center (Big Water, Utah)
      – “The Moon” (Big Water, Utah)
      – Gunfighter Canyon Indoor Shooting Range
      Before I sign off, one thing I will caution you on is driving after dark. It’s not recommended in this part of the U.S. Roads around here are very dimly lit; that’s a deliberate move in most cases to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky. Another safety factor is the possible presence of deer, elk, and other animals such as free range cows, sheep, and goats, and even the occasional wild horse. Trust me, you don’t want to risk a collision with one in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, extremely cold (temps in Flagstaff are dipping down around freezing), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. If possible, try to adjust your schedule so that you are doing any and all driving during daylight hours. Sunrise occurs at around 6:15 AM; sunset takes place just after 6:15 PM.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  6. Hi
    We are planning to visit the week of thanksgiving from Texas. We will be flying in at Flagstaff and driving to Lake Powell Resort. We have one day for the Horseshoe Bend and the Lake Powell. We understand that antelope Canyon is closed due to COVID. What do you recommend for us to day ? Our family is big on photography. I saw in previous post of Peek a boo canyon. Is that worth the drive in the time we will have. We have planned a 7 days trip for Utah. Starting from Horseshoe Bend to driving to Monumental Valley & Gooseneck Park than to Moab with Canyonlands , Dead Horse and the Arches than to Goblin and Capital Reef and Finally end the trip with ZIon and Bryce. Your expertise for the area would be greatly appreciated .

    1. Hi Diba!
      First off, we’re crossing fingers and toes that the Antelope Canyons will reopen by Thanksgiving. As to whether it will happen is anybody’s guess, but you can get on a priority e-mail list to be notified if it does. If interested, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Antelope Canyon Reopening Alert
      If you only have one day allotted for Page, AZ, driving up to Kanab, UT, to tour Peek-A-Boo Canyon would take up the better part of that day. It takes ~70 minutes, 1-way, to drive from Page, AZ, to Kanab. Peek-A-Boo Canyon tours take anywhere from 3-4 hours. Then you’d probably want to get lunch or dinner somewhere, so there’s another 60-90 minutes gone.
      At first glance, that probably doesn’t seem like that big a deal, but the thing to keep in mind at the time of year you’re visiting is that days are rapidly shortening. Sunrise during Thanksgiving week occurs at around 7:15 AM; sunset takes place shortly after 5:00 PM. That means you have ~10 hours of daylight to accomplish a lot of sightseeing. Since the Horseshoe Bend parking lot opens right at sunrise, you could hit it first thing in the morning before heading to Kanab. You’d need to allow ~90 minutes to 2 hours to park, walk to the overlook, take photos, then walk back to your vehicle. You then have a 70-90 minute drive to Kanab, 4 hours for touring Peek-A-Boo, another hour or so for lunch or dinner, then another 70-90 minute drive back to Page. Any and all driving must be done during daylight hours in this part of the U.S. due to roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of deer, elk, and other large animals, which increases your chance of an accident. That’s not something you want to risk in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, freezing cold (nights get down around/below freezing at that time of year), where cell service may be spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
      Long story short, it can be done, but you’d be sacrificing a lot of opportunities in Page, AZ. If you decide to do this, you’d probably be best off staying overnight in Kanab, UT after touring Peek-A-Boo. Another option might be to tour Peek-A-Boo at some point between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Kanab would be a relatively short detour off the route you’d have to take anyway, and Kanab, UT, makes for a good place to stay for visiting Zion.
      Should the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands be extended further, you wouldn’t be able to tour the backcountry of Monument Valley, but you’d still be able to get good views of it en route to Moab, UT, on US163. Hopefully you’ve allowed 3 days for the Moab, UT, area, there’s a lot there to see! If you could possibly add another night or two to your vacation, that would allow you to enjoy things at a more relaxed pace. If, as you say, you’re “big on photography,” one thing I would like to suggest is taking Scenic Byway 12 from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon. It’s a stunning drive, rated as one of the most beautiful in the U.S.! It would add a bit of time to the trip, but most find it time well spent.
      Here’s what’s jumping out at me: the Grand Canyon is conspicuously absent from your itinerary. If you’re flying into Flagstaff, the South Rim is only a 90 minute drive away. If you’ve never been there, you should really try to carve out some time for it.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi DeAnn,
        My reply to Diba did indeed seem to imply that you could drive through Monument Valley without permission. I have edited it to be a bit more clear: since US163 from Kayenta, AZ to Bluff, UT, remains open, Diba could still get good views of Monument Valley driving past it en route from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT. One notable exception: Goulding’s Lodge remains open, and operating tours on modified routes. Other than that, you are correct, Navajo Indian Lands are closed to the public until further notice.
        Thank you so much for pointing this out.
        Alley

  7. Hi Alley,
    I decided to last minute visit the horseshoe bend on the day August 17th, is there anything else fun to do for the day? Is it worth it to visit lake powell? I’m coming from Las Vegas, NV and planning on driving home that same night.

    1. Hey Sam,
      Apologies for not replying to your inquiry in a more timely fashion. Hopefully you’ve sorted out the details of your last minute day trip to Horseshoe Bend, particularly the fact that it’s a 5+ hour drive, each way, from Las Vegas, NV, to Page, AZ. A better plan would be to spend the night in Page, AZ, and hit Horseshoe Bend at the best time of day: sunrise!
      As for other things you might do while visiting Page, AZ, you might walk across the steel arch bridge at the Glen Canyon Dam (the visitors center is closed due to COVID-19). If you’d like to enjoy a refreshing dip in the water, head down to The Chains. It is a bit of a hike to get back up from the waterline, but if you’re in decent health, you can probably manage it. If you’re feeling peppy after a swim at the Chains, you might also enjoy the short hike to the Hanging Gardens area. The springs are probably dry, but this is a neat little area, very unexpected to find in the desert.
      A short distance away, across the Glen Canyon Dam bridge, the “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock is a small but interesting cluster of rock formations, some of which resemble the Wave, but don’t require a permit to visit. Just bear in mind that there is also a campground in this area, so be sure that you don’t accidentally impede on someone’s space or privacy.
      Another thing: make sure you begin your drive back to Las Vegas well before sunset. Between Page, AZ, and St. George, UT, especially, local roads are very dimly lit and may be populated by deer, elk, free range cattle, feral horses and other wildlife that can ratchet up your risk of an auto accident. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, where cell phone service is spotty (if you can get any bars at all), and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. Between St. George, UT, and Las Vegas, NV, is more heavily populated, so you’ll have more (and bigger) city light domes to illuminate your way. Sunset this time of year occurs shortly after 7:00 PM, so recommend you get on the road by 4:30-5:00 PM at the absolute latest.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. Hello,
    My families are planning travel to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe in Labor Day weekend – Do you know if Antelope Canyon will be open for tour at that time yet? If I want to book tour for Horseshoe then which tour you recommended? Which area that we should visit for our trip. Our group will be around 20+ people, we have about: 15 adults, 5 kids 5-10 years and 3 children 2-3 years old. We are coming from Hurricane, Utah for 1 day visit. Thank you so much

    1. Hi Jennie!
      The closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Parks was recently extended through August 16th. As to whether it will be extended beyond that is unclear; hopefully you will be able to tour Antelope Canyon when you visit on Labor Day. Nevertheless, you should be thinking of a “Plan B” in case it is not. “Help! My Antelope Canyon Tour Got Cancelled” Another consideration: because you have toddlers in your party, you are going to be somewhat limited in what tours you can/should take. If the Antelope Canyons reopen by the time you visit, Upper Antelope Canyon will be the best choice for your group. If it is not, then Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Kanab, UT, would be your next best alternative. Car seats will most likely be required for the younger kids.
      As for Horseshoe Bend, a tour is not required to visit there. The parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset. We recommend visiting just after sunrise to enjoy cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
      The drive from Hurricane, UT, takes approximately 2.5 hours, each way. That’s going to make for an awfully long day for your family, especially the younger children. If you possibly can, reconsider this plan and stay overnight in Page, AZ. If that is not possible, be sure that you time your return drive so that you’re not doing any of it at night. The route is very dimly lit, and extremely remote, and may be populated by deer, elk, free range cattle, and other large animals that pose a collision risk in an area where cell phone reception is spotty and help will be a long time coming, not to mention very expensive. What’s more, Hurricane, UT, will be on Mountain Daylight Time, but Page, AZ, will be on Mountain Standard Time, meaning that Hurricane, UT, is one hour ahead of Page, AZ. You’ll need to factor that in when deciding when to head back to Hurricane. Sunset on Labor Day weekend occurs at ~7:45 PM Utah time, 6:45 PM Arizona time, so that means you’ll need to start heading back to Hurricane by 4:30 PM (Arizona Time) at the latest.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hello Alley,

        This website is AWESOME! My friend and I are thinking of visiting Horseshoe Bend between August 20-23. What time is best to arrive at Horseshoe Bend in order to find parking? Also, how long is the hike from the parking to the Horseshoe Bend?

        We would also love to visit Antelope Canyon however I see that it remains closed due to COVID. If it opens by next week, do we need to make a reservation ahead of time?

        Lastly, which other hiking places do you recommend near Horseshoe Bend?

        Thank you! 🙂

        1. Hi Lauren, and thanks for your compliments on our website!
          In the hot months of late summer/early fall, we recommend arriving at Horseshoe Bend in the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. At the time of year you’re visiting, sunrise occurs just before 6:00 AM. The trail to the overlook, which has recently been flattened, graded and partially paved, is .7 miles 1 way.
          Unfortunately, we don’t anticipate the Antelope Canyons reopening by the time you visit. If, by some miracle, they do, you’d definitely need an advance reservation as people are going to be chomping at the bit to visit. In the likely event the Navajo slot canyons remain closed, we recommend visiting Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT, ~90 minutes from Page, AZ. While a tour is not 100% required to visit Peek-A-Boo, we recommend taking one because the access road to get out there goes through some very deep sand. People get stuck out there all the time, resulting in a hefty tow fee. For more information on slot canyon tours to Red/Peek-A-Boo Canyon, read this piece on our companion site, “http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Help! My Antelope Canyon Tour Got Cancelled”
          As for other good hikes around Page, AZ, you can take your pick of hikes ranging from easy to difficult, through a variety of scenery. The Page Rim View Trail is a fun one, it circumnavigates Manson Mesa, where the townsite of Page, AZ, is situated. It’s 10 miles long, but you don’t have to commit to the entire length of it. There are several spur trails which enable you to get off it at pretty much anytime. The trail features nice views of Lake Powell, but no lake access.
          You can also walk across the bridge at the Glen Canyon Dam, and if you’d like to enjoy a refreshing dip in the water, head down to The Chains. It is a bit of a hike to get back up from the waterline, but if you’re in decent health, you can probably manage it. If you’re feeling frisky after a swim at the Chains, you might also enjoy the short hike to the Hanging Gardens area. The springs are probably dry, but this is a neat little area, very unexpected to find in the desert.
          A short distance away, across the Glen Canyon Dam bridge, the “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock is a small but interesting cluster of rock formations, some of which resemble the Wave, but don’t require a permit to visit.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  9. Hey!

    We are looking at doing a big road trip from Texas for New Years. As of right now I’m planning on coming from New Mexico. We will stay the night in Page, and hopefully get to see Antelope Canyon and Horse Shoe Bend. I read in a previous comment you recommended Red Canyon, or Peek-a-Boo in Kenab, Ut. Logistically could we do Horse Shoe Bend, and Red Canyon in one day and still be able to drive up to Bryce to stay? Or should I plan on staying in Kenab for the night.
    Just trying to wrap my head around the area.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Kristen!
      At the time of year you’re traveling, you need to be prepared for cold weather, up to and including snow. That could affect your plans, so keep a close eye on it in the various places you go. I have family in Austin, TX, so I’ve made the drive from Texas to Page, AZ, several times at that time of year. We typically break the drive into two days. If winter weather is a threat, I recommend traveling via I-10 to Tucson, overnighting in Las Cruces, NM (the Best Western propert there is nice). If weather is expected to be good, head up to I-40, maybe break up the drive in Albuquerque, NM.
      If the closure of Antelope Canyon is extended through New Years (which we certainly hope won’t happen!), you could hit Horseshoe Bend right at sunrise, which takes place at around 7:30 AM. Allow approximately 2 hours to walk out to the overlook, take photos and walk back. The drive to Kanab, UT, would take ~90 minutes, and your tour company will probably require that you check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure. You’d probably want to get lunch beforehand, so that will eat up 60-90 minutes right there; we recommend the Kanab Creek Bakery 😉 Tours to Red/Peek-A-Boo Canyon are 3 hours in length, and sunset at Bryce Canyon takes place at 5:30 PM. Overnighting in Kanab, UT, would be the safest bet so you’re not doing any of the drive at night. Then you can start fresh the next morning for Bryce, which is about a 90-minute drive from Kanab. Page, AZ, to Bryce Canyon, UT, via Kanab
      Hope that helps you get a sense of drive times and logistics! Please feel free to write in again if you need further guidance.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  10. Hi was wondering if Wednesday July 8th , will horseshoe bend still be open for a sunrise hike ? Or will it be affected by the wildfires?

    1. Hi Alina,
      Horseshoe Bend happily has not been affected by wildfires in the area, so we fully expect it to be open on July 8th!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Fernanda!
          This is an excellent question — fortunately, the answer is “no,” reservations are not required to park at Horseshoe Bend.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  11. Hi!
    We are planning to go to Page, Arizona this 4th of July weekend. Just want to know what state parks are open now that your governor orders closure again of bars, clubs etc. for the next 30days.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Cez,
      Hope you’re looking forward to your trip to Page, AZ, for 4th of July weekend. We are very sorry that you won’t be able to partake of bars, clubs, and other nightlife while you’re here, but we’re confident you can find other ways to enjoy your visit.
      Fortunately, the majority of National Parks, Arizona State Parks and Utah State Parks remain open, including the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, etc. It’s probably best to list the few that are closed, which are:
      Navajo Nation Tribal Parks – the Antelope Canyons, Monument Valley, Four Corners Monument, Canyon de Chelly, Antelope Point Marina, and Canyon de Chelly
      The Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area – Coyote Buttes North/South, The Wave, House Rock Valley Road, which was closed as of Friday June 26th due to a wildfire; as of this morning, the Wire Pass Fire is 70% contained, so the trails are expected to reopen on Wednesday
      Visitor Services on Grand Canyon North Rim – this park itself is open only for day use; all visitor services facilities are closed
      As for things you might do during the evening hours that don’t involve bars or restaurants, you could enjoy a sunset stroll on the Page/Lake Powell Rim View Trail, or watch the sun go down from the vantage point of the Wahweap Overlook, Horseshoe Bend, or the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.
      On the 4th of July, be sure to bring a lawn chair and mask up so you can enjoy Page, AZ’s world-famous fireworks display along with the locals!
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  12. Hi Alley,

    I am trying to plan a trip to Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon Parks in UT, before driving to see the Horseshoe Bend in AZ. The trip will be in a campervan from Las Vegas, NV, and preferably spend nights boondocking from Tuesday thru Saturday. Do you have a suggestion as far as breaking the trip up?

    For sure, The Narrows and Sand Beach at Zion are on the list. Peek-A-Boo Loop and probably Sheep Creek for Bryce are also on the list.
    Any more suggestions or sight seeing around Page, AZ, since the Horseshoe Bend shouldn’t take much time?

    1. Hi Yariam,
      The best way to break up the trip would be to stay as close as possible to the parks you wish to explore. However, if you limit yourself to boondocking (free camping), you will place yourself some distance away from the main attractions. Within the National Park boundaries, you must pay for either an RV site or a campsite. If you wish to save that money for souvenirs, tours, or other things, dispersed camping is allowed in several areas, including one that makes for a nice “centralized” base camp from which to tour Zion and Bryce: Mt. Carmel Junction, near Kanab, UT. For more information on these and other possibilities for boondocking, visit Campendium.com: Free Camping Near Zion National Park
      Seeing as though Mt. Carmel Junction and Kanab, UT, are just a short drive from Page, AZ, you might just plant yourself up there for the duration of your stay and make day trips. If that does not appeal, unfortunately, free camping opportunities are a bit fewer and further between in Page, AZ, but the price you’d pay for a campsite would more than pay for itself in convenience. The Lone Rock Beach campground does require that you pay the National Park entrance fee, but in exchange, you get great views of Lake Powell, and easy access to take a quick swim should the mood strike. Ditto for the Wahweap Campground, which is also walking distance from the Lake Powell Resort complex should you fancy a cold beer or a meal out. If being near the water isn’t a huge priority, the Beehive Campground may do the trick for you. Again, it’s not free, but this small dry camping area is adjacent to an easy but interesting hike known as the “New” Wave and/or Radio Tower Rock.
      Since the Antelope Canyons are closed due to COVID-19 at the moment, another good slot canyon to explore, that lo and behold, has a free camping area right next to it, is Wire Pass Canyon. Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. However, you are allowed to camp just across from the Wire Pass trailhead, or, if you want something with more in the way of “amenities,” the Stateline Campground is just down the road a bit and has 7 sites with a pit toilet and a shade structure. Last but not least, there’s always the parking lot of the local Super Wal-Mart!
      One last thing: if your visit is occurring between now and say, mid-September, you must know that you’re traveling during the hottest months of the year. Boondocking may not be realistic or comfortable since nighttime lows don’t get much below 70 and you’re basically proposing to sleep in a tin can sitting in the sun. You might want to spring for a hotel; believe me, you’ll appreciate having access to air conditioning when the daytime high temp is expected to tempt the 110 degree mark! Page, AZ, hotels
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  13. Hi Ally,
    We are going to come up early on 10/18 from the south rim. Would like to do the Upper and Lower and Horseshoe. What is the weather like in October? Also, really weird question… one person is deathly afraid of snakes and will not join us. Does she need to worry about this? Also, are all 3 parks only hiking or are there any scenic byways?
    Jill

    1. Hi Jill,
      You’ve chosen a great time to visit the American Southwest! Let’s just hope that things are back to some semblance of normalcy by then, especially regarding the Antelope Canyons (they’re closed until further notice due to COVID-19).
      October weather is about as close to picture-perfect as you can get! Temperatures are cooling, with average daytime highs in Page, AZ, in the 70’s and 80’s (vs. upwards of 100 right now!), and while tourist attractions are still busy, traveling parties tend to consist of mostly adults as kids are back in school.
      As for “scenic byways,” pretty much all roads out here are very scenic, even if they’re not formally designated as such. Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Canyons, however, must be hiked to (or through, as it were). They cannot be seen from the road at all. Should the Antelope Canyons be reopened by the time you visit, we recommend booking tours of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon as a “bundle” for optimal convenience. Should they still be closed at the time of your visit, a good alternative would be Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT (not to be confused with another Peek-A-Boo Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!) This family-friendly slot canyon is located approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, it’s a short but memorable walk offering classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. Reputable companies that can get you out to Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      On the subject of snakes, it’s highly unlikely that your ophidiophobic friend should encounter one, especially in October. Being cold-blooded, snakes tend to be out and about during the hot months of summer. Even then, sightings are rare, and “close encounters” are even more so. The majority of problems experienced by people and snakes tend to be what we affectionately call “testosterone poisoning.” Guy A dares Guy B to pick up that snake, Guy B says “hold my beer” and the rest, as they say, is history. Hope that convinces him/her to join you. They’ll really be missing out if they don’t!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Hi Alley
    My family planning a road trip from Orange county CA to lake Powell for 5 days on July 17- 21. Do you have any suggest scenery route ? where to stay?
    we want to see horse shoe bend, Antelope Canyon (hopefully is open ) and the lake. Thank you for your helps.
    Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,
      If you’re coming from Orange County, you’re looking at at least 9-10 hours to make the drive to Page, AZ. The “scenic” route will take you through Las Vegas, NV, which might be a good place to break up the drive. The following day, you’d pass through St. George, UT, and Kanab, UT. You will be right in the vicinity of Zion National Park, which is definitely worth a stop, if not at least making time to drive through.
      Since it is very likely that the Antelope Canyons will be closed at the time of your visit, a good alternative would be Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT (not to be confused with another Peek-A-Boo Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!) This family-friendly slot canyon is located approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, it’s a short but memorable walk offering classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. Reputable companies that can get you out to Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend in the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people.
      As for where to stay in Page, AZ, the town has many hotels to choose from in a variety of price points and amenity classes. Choose whatever fits your budget, and has availability. Although some facilities and attractions are closed due to COVID-19, on-site reports indicate that there are still many tourists visiting Lake Powell and the surrrounding area.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  15. Hello I am planning a road trip from Los Angeles to Zion for two nights, one night in Bryce Canyon, one night in Page and one night in Sedona. Do you have any tips on things to do or see? I did see the alternative suggestions for Antelope Canyon but I don’t have a 4×4 vehicle are there any slot canyon hikes that do not require that type of vehicle? I read that the scenic drive for Zion gets closed off pretty early, are there alternative ways to enter the park to do the available hikes?

    1. Hi Amanda,
      You are correct in that the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive gets full pretty early in the day. Normally I would suggest hiking to Observation Point and/or Hidden Canyon, but that trail is closed due to a rockfall. In light of that, you might take a bit of a detour and access the park via the Kolob Reservoir Road, aka the Kolob Terrace Road, 25 miles from the town of Virgin, UT. Great views, fewer people, what’s not to like about that? If you have your heart set on seeing the picture postcard views of Zion without the hassle, you might consider flying over it. Fixed-wing airplanes depart daily (weather and requisite number of passengers permitting) out of the Hurricane, UT, airport ~30 miles from the Western border of the park. If you want to explore similar scenery, even if it’s technically outside of Zion National Park, you might consider hitting Snow Canyon State Park or the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Zion National Park Alternatives
      As for getting to local slot canyons outside of the Antelope Canyons, unpaved roads are pretty much a given. If you don’t have a 4×4 vehicle, your best bet is to go with a guided tour. Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon (not to be confused with Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Escalante, UT!) would be the one I’d recommend to most visitors. This beautiful slot canyon, with twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, is located near Kanab, UT, ~1 hour from Page, AZ. It’s a short but fun walk featuring classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you utiize one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. There are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      In Page, AZ, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell are the ‘must-see’ attractions. In Sedona, there’s no shortage of great stuff to see and do! Our recommendations:
      the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour
      sunrise hot air balloon rides
      wine tastings
      day trips to Jerome, AZ, former ghost town turned artist colony
      Verde Canyon Railway
      Montezuma Castle/Well National Monument
      Tuzigoot National Monument
      Slide Rock State Park
      On second thought, you may want to add a second night onto Sedona, or perhaps a third 😉
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Feiga,
        Boy, this is a loaded question. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah offer a lot to see and do! Not knowing how much time you have, or whether you’re flying or driving out, it’s hard to list the “most important places.” If you are not limited by time constraints, however, I’d recommend hitting the following:
        1. Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
        2. Page, Arizona (for Horseshoe Bend, the Antelope Canyons, Glen Canyon/Lake Powell)
        3. Zion National Park
        4. Bryce Canyon National Park
        5. Capitol Reef National Park
        6. Moab, Utah (for Arches/Canyonlands National Park)
        Again, this is just a bare-bones outline of the most iconic locales in the Grand Circle area. If you are limited on time, however, I’d recommend prioritizing the Grand Canyon over everything else, then heading to Page, AZ. Ultimate 7-Day Trip to the American Southwest
        Feel free to write in again if you need further guidance.
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  16. Hi 🙂

    Me and my friend are planning to drive to Utah, Arizona and California. We were thinking to visit Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Horseshoe bend, grand canyon and Joshua tree all in 4 days ( July 2nd to 5th). not sure if it is possible 🙂 do you have any recommendations?

    1. Hi Rayehe,
      Is it possible? Yes. Is it the best way to go? No.
      This plan will have you doing a lot of driving and enjoying very little quality time.
      Assuming you’re planning on visiting these attractions in the order you list them, let’s break it down stop by stop:
      From Bryce Canyon to Zion is about a 2-hour drive, but that’s wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens since the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take photos more often than you realize! Plus, you should allocate some time to do at least minimmal hiking in Bryce Canyon, preferably during the cooler early morning hours. The Mt. Carmel Tunnel, which you’ll probably end up passing through, delays most drivers as traffic is occasionally reduced to one-lane to accommodate RV’s and larger vehicles. Since the shuttles aren’t running, you’ll be able to drive to most areaas, but finding a place to park will be a challenge. Then there’s the matter of where will you stay? Springdale, UT, on the Western border of the park is where most Zion National Park visitors stay, but since you’re doing this loop in reverse order, I’d recommend Kanab, UT, on the Eastern border of the park, ~45 minutes from Zion. Since Kanab, UT, is centrally located to both Bryce and Zion, you might simply book 2 nights there for optimal convenience.
      Horseshoe Bend is located near the town of Page, AZ, approximately 90 minutes from Kanab, UT. The Antelope Canyons, another popular attraction in the area, are closed due to COVID-19 unfortunately, but there’s still enough to do to justify staying a night in this area. A visit to Lake Powell to enjoy a refreshing swim is definitely a must during the hot days of summer, then plan to hit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise the next morning to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
      Now, here’s where things get tricky: due to COVID-19, the Navajo Tribe has opted to close the section of AZ64 from Cameron to Desert View Point. This is typically the route visitors take from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim. The trip typically takes ~3 hours, but due to this closure, you’ll have to go all the way down to Flagstaff, AZ, then take US180 back up North to Grand Canyon South Rim. This will lengthen the drive time to ~4-4.5 hours at best. After a drive of that length, you should definitely plan to stay overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim. Since the park is probably sold out, Tusayan, AZ, or Williams, AZ, will most likely be where you can most easily find lodging.
      The drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Joshua Tree will the longest of your trip, ~6-6.5 hours. Since there are no hotels inside the park itself, you’ll probably have to look to nearby communities such as Indio, Apple Valley, 29 Palms, etc. Joshua Tree Hotels Here again, because the weather is very hot at this time of year, hiking or any other labor-intensive activities should be undertaken during the early morning hours for safety and comfort.
      Long story short, you can pull this off in 4 days, but if you can possibly free up 2-3 more days, that will enable you to take things at a slower pace and enjoy and explore things more fully.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley Keosheyan 🙂

  17. Does the horseshoe bend parking lot gate open and close at specific hours? I see hours for the visitor center, but will we get locked in if we aren’t out when the center closes?

    1. Hi Bella,
      The Horseshoe Bend Parking Lot is open from sunrise to sunset. There is no visitors center there (yet). As for whether you’d get locked in, that’s unlikely to happen. The staff always makes a sweep of the parking lot and overlook to ensure that everyone vacates the area in a timely manner and orderly fashion.
      Alley

  18. Hello! Is Horseshoe bend stroller friendly? We will be coming from the DFW area with our little kids. Anything else besides Horseshoe bend in the area that is kid friendly? My kids love exploring and going on new adventures.

    1. Hello Ash,
      The trail to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is partially paved and partially graded, so strollers should be able to navigate it, but the unpaved portion may get a bit dodgy if recent weather has been wet. If that’s the case, be prepared to carry your little ones, or have them walk part of it.
      As for other activities and attractions in the area that are kid-friendly, a visit to popular swimming areas such as The Chains, Wahweap Swim Beach and/or Lone Rock Beach are open and would make for a fun way to round out your day. The Chains is located outside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so no entrance fee is required; Wahweap Swim Beach and Lone Rock Beach are both located inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so an entrance fee is required to visit those areas. Again, sun exposure is an important consideration at these areas, so be prepared to protect yourself and your family with plenty of sunscreen, water, hats, protective clothing, etc.
      If your kids are into dinosaurs (and what kids aren’t?), a short drive up the road to Big Water, Utah, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitors Center would be in order. The dinosaur museum tends to be a big hit with the kiddos!
      If you take us up on the latter suggestion, a stop you might also make between Page, AZ, and Big Water, UT, is the “New” Wave, aka the Beehives, and take the short walk to Radio Tower Rock. If your visit is taking place over the summer months, remember that all outdoor activities involving physical exertion are best undertaken during the cooler hours of the day just after sunrise. Water must be carried for all party members, and sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and closed-toed shoes should be worn.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  19. Hi Alley,

    I plan on visiting Horseshoe Bend in two weeks and I was hoping to make a quick trip into Utah (just so I can say I’ve been there:). Is there a place you recommend going to just over the border that’s not too far from Page?

    1. Hi Caroline!
      Great question 😉
      Fortunately, you needn’t go far from Page, AZ, to secure “bragging rights” for having been to Utah.
      Simply drive to the town of Greenehaven, AZ, near Lone Rock Beach, a quick 15 minutes West of Page, AZ, and you’ll see the “Welcome to Utah” sign in all its glory! Be prepared to wait for other parties wanting to snap a picture of themselves near the sign.
      If you’re willing/able to drive a little further, go a few more miles into Utah to the town of Big Water and pay a visit to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center. They have some awesome displays of dinosaurs, some of which were excavated in the local area!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 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 🙂

  23. 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 🙂

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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

  26. 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 🙂

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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 🙂

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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 🙂

  31. 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 🙂

  32. 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 🙂

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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 🙂

  35. 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 🙂

  36. 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 🙂

  37. 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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