48 Hours in Page, Arizona: Glen Canyon, Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Two days. 48 hours. That’s all the time you’ve got in Page, Arizona.

While that may not be enough time to see all there is to see, that’s ample time to see Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and a few more choice attractions that make this little desert town a big-time player in Northern Arizona’s travel and tourism scene.

So, how should you work your visit to Page, Arizona to make the most of your time? You have a few options, starting with Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, then adding a couple more in-depth activities that will give you a closer look at Glen Canyon and/or Lake Powell.  

Seeing as though a most vacationers come to Page from Grand Canyon Village, Flagstaff or Sedona, we’ll go off that assumption as well. If you’re coming in from Zion, Bryce Canyon, SLC or points North, you can simply flip-flop this trip plan to suit your schedule.  

DAY 1

Early morning:

Do the majority of your packing the night before so you can start driving to Page, Arizona just after sunrise. Going direct, the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim or Flagstaff usually takes 2.5, but 3.5-4 hours ends up being a more accurate figure due to ample photo ops you’ll invariably find on the way, such as Wupatki/Sunset Crater (just North of Flagstaff), the Little Colorado River Overlook (just East of the Grand Canyon Park boundary), and Chief Yellowhorse’s world-famous roadside souvenir stand. The Historic Cameron Trading Post is a great place to stop and grab breakfast. The Navajo Taco topped with an egg is incredible, but be warned: the regular size dish is ginormous! So unless you’re running on empty, opt for the “mini.”  

Mid-morning:

Hit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Located just 5 miles South of Page, AZ, the parking area at Mile Marker 545 on US89 is easy to spot. A .6 mile walk takes you to the overlook, where a reasonable physical effort is rewarded with a now-iconic view of an incised meander of the Colorado River. A fairly steep incline starts the hike off from the parking lot, then mild  uphill/downhill sections make up the remainder of the trail. Strategically placed benches can help break up the hike for anyone in your party who might be hard-pressed to tackle it all in one go.  Water and sun protection are a must in this exposed desert environment, as is footwear suitable for walking a trail whose texture can vary from packed dirt to unwieldy “sugar” sand. Another caveat: the drop to the river below is 500’+ and at the present time, there are no guardrails. Children and dogs should always be kept in sight and under control. There are restrooms near the parking lot. Give yourself 1.5 to 2 hours to take in the view of this hairpin turn in the river before grabbing lunch or checking into your motel. Can’t manage the walk? Here’s how you can still enjoy Horseshoe Bend.

Early or mid-afternoon:

Antelope Canyon tour. This geological oddity, called a slot canyon, has earned a well-deserved place on the photographic “must-do list” of everyone who vacations to Northern Arizona. Its soft, muted colors and almost unreal shapes must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. What you must decide before coming here is whether to tour Upper Antelope Canyon or Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper features a flat, 100 yard walk that most people can manage. Tours can be taken directly to the Tribal Park Entrance on Highway 98, or with one of three tour outfitters based in downtown Page, AZ. To tour Lower Antelope Canyon, you must be able to manage some stair climbing and light bouldering. Lower Antelope Canyon tours may be taken with one of two outfitters based at the Tribal Park Entrance Gate. Another alternative that you might consider is taking the Antelope Canyon Boat Tour just down the road from Lower Antelope Canyon. However you choose to tour Antelope Canyon, and whoever you choose to tour it with, booking a tour well in advance of your arrival is a given. The popularity of this attraction grows every year, along with the crowds who visit it. If the prospect of being jammed into a confined space with hundreds of people doesn’t appeal to you, or Antelope Canyon tours are already booked up, consider taking an Antelope Canyon Alternative Tour which will take you to slot canyons that match or even rival Antelope Canyon for beauty, but are nowhere near as crowded.

Depending on the time of year, your preference and Antelope Canyon tour availability, these activities can easily be done in reverse order as well.

If all that sightseeing has made you hungry, you’ll be glad to know that Page, AZ has a wide selection of restaurants of both chain and independently restaurants to satisfy any appetitie. If you tour Antelope Canyon from the Tribal Park Entrance Gate on US98, the Deli at Big Lake Trading Post is a convenient place to grab a made-to-order sandwich to go, or if a sit-down lunch or dinner is more your speed, you’ve love the food and the view at the Sandbar Restaurant at Antelope Point Marina.

Within the Page city limits, everything from burgers to sushi are yours for the eating. For a meal that comes with a hearty helping of culture and history on the side, Sanderson’s Into the Grand serves up home-cooked Navajo tacos, Native American dances, live music, and a Colorado River Rafting exhibit. Reservations are strongly recommended for this dining experience rated #1 on TripAdvisor. Prefer food that’s a little more familiar that still offers some local character? An oven-baked pizza or bowl of pasta served inside a historic Lake Powell paddleboat just might hit the spot at Canyon King Pizzeria.

It’s been some day, and your fun is just beginning! Get a good night’s sleep back at your Page, Arizona hotel or vacation rental, but don’t forget to set your alarm. You’ll find that Page, AZ is a town where folks rise early and fun starts at the crack of dawn.

 

DAY 2

Early AM (optional):

If your day back home starts with an invigorating jog or walk, that doesn’t mean you have to pass it up just because you’re on vacation. Get your morning exercise in, along with a little sightseeing, on the Page Rim View Trail. A 10-mile unpaved track that encircles Manson Mesa (Page, AZ’s original townsite), this trail is well-traveled by local walkers, joggers and mountain bikers. Manageable for adults and active children, panoramic Lake Powell views can be had around virtually any corner, but there is no access to the lake itself. Once on the trail (established trailheads are near Lake View Elementary on North Navajo Boulevard and on Rim View Ave just off Lake Powell Boulevard), you do not have to do the full 10 mile loop! There are several opportunities to get off the trail if you desire. The trail also has no shade whatsoever, so water and sun protection must be carried, and appropriate footwear worn.  

Your busy day should begin with a good breakfast. Continental or cooked-to-order breakfast is included in some Page, AZ hotel room rates. Those who prefer to do their own cooking, may do so in vacation rentals or properties equipped with full kitchens. Page, AZ’s most popular breakfast eateries include the River’s End Cafe inside Colorado River Discovery, the Ranch House Grille and Canyon Crepes.

Trip Plan “A” – 7:00 AM:

Check in for the Glen Canyon Half-Day Raft Trip. This calm water float trip traverses a glassy-smooth section of the Colorado River through the last 15 miles of Glen Canyon that remain untouched. Appropriate for children as young as 4, boats launch from the foot of the mighty Glen Canyon Dam. You’ll drift through Horseshoe Bend, where you can wave “hello” to the people looking down at you from the rim, and anchor at Petroglyph Beach where those who dare can brave the cool river water for a swim, ponder ancient symbols in carved in the sandstone walls by the Ancestral Puebloans, or enjoy a snack or beverages. After docking at Historic Lees Ferry, you’ll be taken back to Page via motorcoach, arriving back in town at approximately 11:30 AM.  

After a quick lunch (if you wish), a trip to the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum will acquaint you with John Wesley Powell himself, the first white American citizen to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869, laying the groundwork for the settlement of the Southwestern  U.S., and setting off the continuing controversy about land and water conservation. Locally-excavated dinosaur specimens, and artifacts made by the native peoples of the Colorado Plateau are just a few interactive displays your family will enjoy at the JWP. The employees here are also some of the most knowledgeable in the area, not only about Lake Powell, but Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, the Wave and way beyond. If you have a question about any destination on your itinerary, you’re bound to find answers here, along with a great selection of souvenirs for loved ones back home.  

Trip Plan “B” – 7:00 AM:

Check in for the Lake Powell & Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour. This 6-hour adventure, which originates at the Lake Powell (formerly “Wahweap”) Resort will show you the splendor of Lake Powell from a perspective that can only be seen by getting on the water. Your Coast Guard certified tour boat captain will show you serene coves, majestic beaches and soaring sandstone cliffs of Warm Creek Bay, Padre Bay and Navajo Canyon en route to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the largest stone arch known to man and a sacred site to Native Americans. The deep reds of sandstone escarpments, side-by-side with azure waters that stretch as far as the eye can see is, literally, a scene out of a movie: many Hollywood epics have been filmed here! On the trip back to Lake Powell Resort, a stop at Dangling Rope Marina brings a welcome opportunity to enjoy a soft-serve ice cream cone. Since Lake Powell’s water can vary widely throughout the year, passengers must be prepared for a walk of 1.5 miles each way, including some uphill inclines and lack of shade, to access the viewing area of Rainbow Bridge. Those with mobility problems or sensitivity to sun must carefully consider whether or this tour is appropriate for them. Tour price includes water, coffee and lemonade on the boat. Snacks and/or preferred beverages may be brought with you in reasonable amounts in secure containers. If you’re hungry after your tour, you have a choice of five on-site dining outlets at Lake Powell Marina at which to enjoy appetizers, pizza, cocktails, gourmet cuisine or custom coffee drinks. The prime lakeside view is free of charge!

Time permitting, tour Glen Canyon Dam with the Glen Canyon Natural History Association. Explore the inner workings of this towering structure whose creation was responsible for the formation of Lake Powell, an important but still-polarizing reservoir of the Colorado River Storage Project. Tours are given on a first-come first-served basis. The Glen Canyon Dam is a federally-managed facility, therefore Department of Homeland Security regulations are strictly enforced. You will be passing through a metal detector, and armed guards are in place throughout the facility. No knives or any weapons will be permitted in the building. Bags and purses are prohibited on the tour.

After your tour, return to your hotel, relax and reflect on your day’s discoveries, or discover someplace different for dinner. If you still have energy and daylight to burn, a short drive off the mesa will take you to the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, also known as the “White House” to enjoy sunset. Or, dance up a storm to a live band at the Windy Mesa, Ken’s Old West, or the Dam Bar.

If you want to sleep in tomorrow morning, go right ahead. You’ve earned it!

DAY 3 

Day 3 already? It got here before you knew it. We hope you’ve had fun! If you’ve taken us up on the activities we’ve suggested, and maybe done a little “customizing” of your own, the last two days won’t soon be forgotten. Still, that doesn’t mean the fun is over until you get to your next park. “Bonus activities” abound that can easily be added to your itinerary on your way out of Page, AZ for the next phase of your Grand Circle vacation:

On US89 heading toward Bryce Canyon, Zion or St. George, Utah:

  • The “New Wave:” about one mile past the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge, a left turn opposite the turn-off to the Lake Powell Resort complex will bring you to a small but fascinating collection of rock formations that resemble “The Wave.” Unlike the “Old Wave,” no permits or admission fees are required to visit the “New Wave.” However, the unmaintained road is prone to washing out after storms, so if you see any signage directing you to “Keep Out,” obey it.  
  • The Big Water Visitor Center: crossing the border into Utah, 15 miles Northwest of Page, AZ, is an understated but impressive facility featuring dinosaur bones excavated nearby, a topographical relief map of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and award-winning paleontology and geology displays.
  • The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail: Between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89 you’ll find a moderate but worthwhile hike leading to a surprising landscape of whimsical hoodoos, balanced rocks and other geological oddities. You may think you’ve arrived at the end of the 1.5 mile trail, but you haven’t: a short rock scramble leads to the main hoodoo garden. The trailhead and parking area is located between Mile Markers 19 and 20.  
  • Kanab, Utah: a once-popular shooting location for Western movies, this picturesque small town boasts ample dining and shopping options. Locals and visitors alike are partial to the Rocking V Cafe and Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant.

On US89 en route to Flagstaff, Sedona or Phoenix:

  • The Gap Trading Post: if Old West trading posts strike your fancy, but you prefer those that have escaped flagrant commercialization, The Gap Trading Post, 45 miles South of Page on US89 will satisfy your curiosity and give you a chance to grab a cold drink. Still an active (though sometimes overlooked) commerce center, hand-made Navajo textiles, jewelry and pottery are still sold and traded here.  
  • Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks: 20 miles South of the Gap Trading Post, a slight Eastern detour onto AZ160 will lead you to a non-descript sign advertising free parking. A Navajo Indian guide will then escort you to a site featuring fossilized dinosaur tracks, eggs and dung. Though the latter two are unconfirmed, the dinosaur tracks are the real deal. Formally, there is no charge for admission to the site, but guides to appreciate gratuities.
  • Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monuments: Just North of Flagstaff, Arizona, this monumental “two-fer” is connected by a convenient loop drive. At Wupatki, the remnants of an ancient and surprisingly sophisticated Ancestral Puebloan Village are the primary feature. Its more unusual attributes, such as a multi-story complex and a ball court, can be explored on foot via an easy, paved trail. Sunset Crater features a cinder cone that last erupted approximately 800 years ago, which, according to geologists, is quite recent. Ask the on-site rangers if the lava tube happens to be open.

 

  • Please note that this suggested itinerary is assuming that you’re traveling during Page, Arizona’s peak tourist season of late spring through early fall. Due to extremely hot temperatures typical of this timeframe, being out on the water or an an exposed desert trail during mid-day to late-afternoon hours is ill-advised.
  • During the cooler periods in early spring or late fall, you can reverse the orders in which you take part in these activities and still be comfortable. On Day 2, for example, tour Glen Canyon Dam or the John Wesley Powell Museum first thing in the morning, then do the float trip or boat tour in the afternoon.
  • Be aware that many of tours and activities are only available at certain times of the year. Wintertime visitors should assume that water-based tours and scenic flights will be on seasonal hiatus, or will require a certain number of paid bookings before they will operate.

 

 

‘Til next time, good luck and happy traveling!

133 Responses

  1. Does anyone know the mile marker for Little Cut south of the turnoff for the the bend where the teepees are so great at sunrise?

  2. Have 7-8 days to visit Arizona. Can fly in/out of LAS or PHX. Want to visit GC south, Monument Valley, maybe Page/Sedona. Open 2 other suggestions. Going middle/end April, 2020. We’re 2 older adults 70+, not very active. What would you recommend as far as itinerary, tours with easy timing. Thanks

    1. Hi Charlee,
      With 7-8 days to work with, you can have a wonderful vacation in Northern Arizona and even parts of Southern Utah!
      As for which airport you fly in and/or out of, that depends largely on who’s offering the better airfare. Las Vegas tends to win out in that regard, but check both before you commit. Another popular option is to fly into one and out of the other, but before you commit to that, make sure your rental car drop-off fees won’t be prohibitively high.
      That said, here’s what I’d recommend:
      Day 1: Fly to Las Vegas, drive to Zion National Park (~4 hours), overnight in Springdale, Utah
      Day 2: Explore Zion Canyon Scenic Drive using free shuttles, a little hiking if desired, 2nd night in Springdale
      Day 3: Drive from Zion National Park to Page, AZ (~2.5 hour drive), optional stop at Big Water Visitors Center, Glen Canyon Dam, tour Upper Antelope Canyon in the afternoon, overnight in Page
      Day 4: Visit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise, drive to Monument Valley (~2 hours), take guided backcountry tour, overnight in Monument Valley **in the very likely event Monument Valley Lodging is sold out, you can visit it from Page, AZ, as a day trip; remember that MV time is one hour ahead of Page, AZ, so keep an eye on the clock and make sure you begin the drive back to Page, AZ, well before sunset. Another option: fly over it out of Page, AZ by fixed wing airplane**
      Day 5: Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-4 hour drive), stop at Cameron Trading Post for breakfast/brunch, overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
      Day 6: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona (~3 hour drive), take Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour, overnight in Sedona
      Day 7: More sightseeing in Sedona, 2nd night in Sedona
      Day 8: Drive to Phoenix (~2 hours) or Las Vegas (~4.5 hours), fly home
      How you ultimately structure your itinerary will come down to 2 key factors: availability of Grand Canyon hotels and Antelope Canyon tours. If availability or lack thereof dictates, you may have to flip-flop this itinerary, which won’t detract from the quality of your trip in any way.
      April is just around the corner, so start booking lodging and tours ASAP!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. I’m thinking to visit Antelope canyon and Horseshoe Bend in mid of Feb next year. Wondering the road conditions if I drive from Flagstaffs to Page? Snow or icy? Thank you

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Snow and ice on the roads is a very real possibility at that time of year. But then again, it could be sunny and pleasantly brisk. It’s too soon to call at this point, but I would recommend monitoring local weather and road conditions about 2-3 weeks before you get set to travel. Here are a couple of links you can use: Horseshoe Bend weather Arizona Road Conditions
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Hi,

    I am keen of doing a 2 day tour from Phoenix to the below, is there any tour operator who can help me cover that?

    – Phoenix to Lower Antelope, Horse-shoe bend. Staying one night in Page (camping or lodge)
    – Day 2 , Page to Grand Canyon South Rim and back to Phoenix.

    Is this advisable and is it a popular tour offered for tourist?

    1. Hi Naman,
      There are tours from Phoenix that will take you to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and/or the Grand Canyon, but the majority will be one-day tours, such those offered by Detours American West. Strange as it may sound, you are more likely to find the type of tour you are looking for originating from Las Vegas, such as this 2-day Antelope Canyon/Grand Canyon package from Viator.
      Ultimately, the way to experience these attractions that offers the most freedom and flexibility is to self-drive. All roads from Phoenix, AZ, to Page, AZ, and Grand Canyon South Rim are fully paved and well-traveled. The drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ, takes approximately 5 hours. The trip from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim takes 3.5-4 hours (factoring in stops, it’s a very scenic drive), and the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Phoenix takes around 5 hours.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hello,

    I am planning to visit in October 31st thru November 2nd do you think weather would good ? I am planning to do proposal during sunrise do you think weather and seen would be nice ?

    1. Hi John, and congratulations on your hopefully impending nuptials!
      Page, AZ, weather at the end of October/early November is kind of like that old poem about the “little girl with the little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.” You’re probably too young to know what I’m going on about, but let’s just say essence of the punchline to that story is a lot like Page, AZ, weather at that time of year: when it’s good, it’s very, very good, but when it’s bad, it’s horrid. Best case scenario, you’ll have a day that’s sunny and brisk, probably jacket weather, so be sure to pack those. Worst case scenario: cold, wet, windy, possibly light snow and gray skies. I know, I lived in Page, AZ, for 15 years and saw all of the above, and everything in between!
      If you have the option of traveling at a different time, I’d advise moving your trip date up a couple of weeks. Weather in mid-October is usually picture-perfect, with pleasant temperatures, blue skies, and very little precipitation, if any.
      Naturally, what this year will shake out like is too soon to call, so start monitoring local weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel. That will give you the best idea of how to pack. Sunrise tends to be the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend for taking advantage of smaller crowds. Mid-day gets very busy, and parking can be somewhat problematic.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for the reply, I cant change the date no more everything set up already flights hotels and other stuff. I am going with my luck hopefully we going to have some good scenery and weather. I know this is only about the touristic places and i will be staying in Page, AZ. would you recommend to go any places for celebration after restaurants bars or something else.

        Thank you so much

        1. Hi again, John!
          Any number of restaurants or cocktail lounges in Page, AZ, would be a wonderful place to celebrate your engagement, but if you want to make it super-special, I’d suggest the Rainbow Room at the Lake Powell Resort. It’s situated within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you’d have to pay the $25/vehicle entrance fee to get in, but the view of the lake is absolutely gorgeous! Ditto for the Antelope Point Marina, which the $25/vehicle entrance fee would also be required for, but again, it’s right down by the water and would make a memorable “capper” to what will hopefully be a very special day.
          If you’d prefer not to mess with the logistics of getting down to the lake, the State 48 Tavern and the Blue Coffee & Wine Bar are nice places right in the town of Page, AZ.
          Have a wonderful time!
          Alley 🙂

  6. Hi Alley,
    Hubby and I are planning to visit the lower antelope canyon and the horse-shoe bend in August. We are looking at staying in Page, Arizona for 3 – 4 days max. I am wondering if there are tours that would include hotel pick-ups and drop-offs. Any recommendations would be highly appreciated. Thanks, Gilda

    1. Hi Gilda, and thank you for this excellent inquiry.
      Unfortunately, tours that offer hotel transfers are virtually non-existent in Page, AZ, simply because it’s a very small town and Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are relatively close to most hotels. So this leads me to the question, how are you getting to Page? If you’re driving your own vehicle, Horseshoe Bend is ~a 10 minute drive from town; Antelope Canyon is about the same. If you’re flying in, or using a service like National Park Express, it would be best to reserve a rental car for your time here. Otherwise, you might contact your chosen tour operators by phone to see if you can make special arrangements to be picked up and dropped off, which may or may not involve extra cost.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Will definitely do Alley. Keep the good work to help others to have a perfect vacation on this beautiful land. Greetings from PA, Mihaela

  8. Hi Alley,
    I want to thank you so very much for your precious guidance. Based on your info posted here we had an amazing vacation seeing Sedona, South Rim GC, Page with some of the beauties (Lower and Upper Antelope, Glen Canyon, part of lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, driving through the beautiful “Cut” and the out this world landscapes north of Flagstaff. All these in only 4 days. It was a lifetime dream come true. We’ll definitely return.
    Mihaela

    1. Hi Mihaela,
      Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to give us feedback on our itinerary, and guidance! I’m overjoyed to hear that you had a good trip, and even moreso to hear that you plan to return someday. When that time comes, if you need further guidance, feel free to contact us again. You may also contact me privately at [email protected]
      Take care and have a wonderful summer!
      Alley 🙂

  9. Hi, Alley. I maybe moving to page for work within 4 months, if I accept the job offer. How is it living in page Arizona? I live in west valley currently (Arizona ). What places should I visit that’s more so a local spot? I will be traveling to page next week, to get a feel for the town ? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Having lived in Page, AZ, myself for 15 mostly happy years, I can summarize a few pros and cons as follows:
      Pros: beautiful views everywhere you look, close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell and other National Parks, people are friendly, good weather most of the year
      Cons: isolation (2.5 hours drive to the nearest place that passes for a “city”), housing costs high for the area, VERY hot summers, most services geared toward tourists vs. locals
      As for places to visit that are more “local” spots, I would actually suggest joining the Facebook Group “Page, Arizona Community Bulletin Board” and bounce some of your questions off current and former area residents.
      Hope that helps. Good luck in your decision!
      Alley 🙂

  10. Hi Alley, what is the best time of the year to visit upper and lower Antelope Valley/Horse Shoe Bend (weather wise). Thank you.

    1. Hi Jean!
      If you are able to pick and choose what time to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, I would strongly recommend October. Autumn typically offers cooler temperatures, stable weather patterns, and what with most kids being back in school, it’s mostly just us grownups out touring. It is still busy, however, so hotels, Antelope Canyon tours, and reservations at higher end restaurants should be booked in advance.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  11. Hi, We are planning to visit Sedona, Grand Canyon North rim and Page (Horseshoe bend, Antelope Canyon). We will be reaching Phoenix late mid-night on May 17th and have a flight back on May 21 at 9:30 PM from Phoenix. We have an infant (20 months old). We could get Upper Antelope tour for May 19th evening 4:30 PM. Can you please help us plan an itinerary that will wok best for us. This is what we are thinking as of now.
    May 17th – Stay in Phoenix for the night
    May 18th (Day 1) – Start a trip to Page, planning to see Sunset and stay overnight there.
    May 19th (Day 2) – Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, and Antelope Canyon Tour in evening
    May 20th (Day 3) – Start to Grand Canyon in morning, cover scenic drive, stay overnight
    May 21 (Day 4) – Start back to Phoenix. On the way visit 1-2 places in Sedona.

    1. Hi Sunibha!
      The itinerary you have is fine, except for that last day, when you propose to “visit 1-2 places in Sedona” on the way from Grand Canyon North Rim to Phoenix. It’s about a 6-hour drive from the North Rim to Phoenix, and while it is feasible to make a detour through Sedona (it will add at least an hour to your drive), you don’t have time to do any sightseeing. Besides, you won’t find a “drive-by” viewing to be satisfactory at all. The general recommendation is to spend 3-4 days there minimum; some people who’ve spent a week there report feeling as though they’ve only scratched the surface. In light of that, I’d recommend taking Sedona off the table and planning a future trip when you can give it the time it deserves, and perhaps when your little one is old enough to enjoy it. Sedona has a lot to offer.
      Another possible alteration you might consider is swapping out Grand Canyon North Rim for the South Rim. If you don’t have lodging reservations at the North Rim by now, you’re unlikely to be able to get them. Grand Canyon South Rim has more to offer in the way of lodging, restaurants, and other visitor facilities. If you still have your heart set on seeing the North Rim, you might still be able to do so by taking a scenic flight by fixed wing airplane or helicopter. Mornings are generally the best time to fly for better light and less wind, so you could perhaps take a flight on your way back to Phoenix. Children 2 years old or less can fly free of charge as long as they are sitting on the lap of an adult.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  12. Thank you for this! We’ll be staying in Page for about six days in late May. It was so convenient since the Grand Canyon, Zion, Monument Valley, and other national parks are within reasonable driving distances. I’m also looking forward to checking out the trading posts and other places nearby as well.

    Are there any drop-in tours for Antelope Canyon or is it best just to book it in advance? Also, aside from Into the Grand, any other restaurant recommendations you would suggest?

    1. Hi Georgia!
      Hope you’re looking forward to your visit. When doing day trips to the various locations around Page it is important to keep an eye on the time, because you want to make sure you’re back to base well before sunset. Nighttime driving is dangerous in this part of the U.S. due to lack of ambient lighting on local roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses. Sunrise occurs at about 5:15 AM, sunset about 7:30 PM Page, AZ, time. Going back and forth into Utah, and into Monument Valley, remember that they DO observe Daylight Savings Time, but Page, AZ DOES NOT. Therefore, you will “lose” an hour traveling from Page, AZ, to UT and the rez, then “gain” it back returning to Page.
      With Antelope Canyon, you absolutely must have advance reservations! In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if tours were sold out for May already. If that’s the case, consider touring one of several alternate slot canyons that are just as beautiful, but far less crowded.
      Other restaurants you might try in Page, AZ, that might not have been listed in the article that are good are State 48 Tavern, Big John’s Texas BBQ, the Birdhouse, and one that is in the process of opening that I’m anxious to try is Rim View Terrace. My personal favorite is Blue Buddha, ’cause I LOVE sushi, but they do serve other aka cooked things. Ask at your hotel for other recommendations, too.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  13. Hi, my friend and I are planning to stay in Page, AZ for 2 nights March 23rd-March 24th.
    We are driving in from Los Angeles on the 23rd and plan to visit Horshoe Bend when we arrive. If all goes as planned we would be arriving mid afternoon.
    Would this be a good time to visit Horseshoe bend? Will there be parking?
    On the following day we plan to take the upper antelope tour around late morning early afternoon. I think the tour is only 2 hrs long. What would you recommend we do after that?
    And should we expect the weather to be cold?

    Please advise , thank you!

    1. Hi Mary,
      During the time you’re visiting, the main parking lot of Horseshoe Bend is closed between the hours of 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. During that time, visitors are required to park in an alternate area, and take a shuttle to the overlook for $5/person. If you don’t wish to bother with all that, you might consider visiting Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise on one of your mornings in Page, AZ. Then, the normal parking area will be open and you can visit at your leisure. Plus you won’t have as many people to contend with.
      Following your Antelope Canyon tour, other activities you may wish to partake of include, but are not limited to: visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum or the Navajo Village Heritage Center, taking a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam , enjoying one of several easy but scenic hikes in the area, or taking the Lakeshore Drive loop that parallels Lake Powell near the Lake Powell Resort and Marina complex.
      As for the weather, yes, cooler temperatures are the norm in March. In Page, AZ, you can also expect it to be windy. Pack a few pieces of warmer clothing just in case, but don’t be surprised if you experience a little “teaser” of spring weather while you’re here, too! Start monitoring Page, AZ, weather right about now to best gauge what to expect.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Cathy, and thank you for your inquiry.
      The “New” Wave should be accessible at the time of your visit, but the roads there are prone to washing out in the event of heavy rains or snow. If you encounter any signs explicitly stating “no admittance,” or the roads look dodgy in any way, skip it. There’s plenty more to see and do in Page, AZ!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Hi. I’ve been reading a lot of your posts and think I have worked out a good trip with your advice 🙂 But I am needing help deciding between two options on Day 3.
    I”m excited to be visiting the area in September of this year. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon or anywhere in Arizona actually! Here are my current thoughts:

    Day One: We arrive in Flagstaff at noon. Plan to drive to the South Rim, explore and stay overnight.
    Day Two: Explore South Rim a little more, leave there mid-afternoon to drive to Page and stay in Page overnight.
    Day Three: Take a slot canyon tour – leaning toward Canyon X or Secret Canyon. Would like to also see Horseshoe Bend. Thinking the combo Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon/Overlook combo is the way to go. Then drive that evening to St. George, UT and stay overnight.
    Day Three ALTERNATIVE: Take a slot canyon tour and do the Horseshoe Bend Glen Canyon Float Trip. Stay overnight again in Page.
    Day Four: We need to be in Las Vegas by mid-afternoon to meet friends flying directly there. So either we’d be driving from St. George or from Page depending on what we decide on Day 3.
    Thoughts?

    1. Hi Tracy and welcome to the forum!
      Your trip is very well planned, but seeing as though this might be a “once-in-a-lifetime” or at least once in a blue moon opportunity, I’d recommend the “alternative” plan for Day 3 that has you taking the Glen Canyon Float Trip. However, I’d reverse the order in which you take your specified activities, namely, do the early morning departure of the Glen Canyon Float Trip, which would check in at 6:00 AM and have you back to Page, AZ, at about noon, then do a slot canyon tour in the afternoon. That way, you could make the drive to St. George with daylight to spare after your slot canyon tour concludes (the drive from Page, AZ, to St. George, UT is ~2.5 hours).
      Another option would be to take your slot canyon tour in the afternoon after driving in from Grand Canyon South Rim. Doing the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon & Overlook combo tour would certainly save you the hassle of dealing with the parking situation at Horseshoe Bend, plus Secret Canyon (aka “Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon“) is a beautiful slot canyon and fairly easy to hike.
      If you opt to make the drive to Las Vegas on Day 4, you could get an early start out of Page, AZ, and make a short detour through Zion National Park. That would add another 90 minutes or so onto a 4.5 hour drive, but the scenery is well worth the time spent.
      Whatever you decide, be sure that all your driving is done during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the country due to lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, plus the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle, and even wild horses in the area. In September, sunrise occurs at approximately 6:00 AM and sunset occurs around 6:30 PM.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Just got back from my trip to the area. We spent a day and a half at the Grand Canyon, drove to Page with a stop for Navajo Tacos and Beef Stew at Cameron Trading Post and did the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (Secret Canyon) and Horseshoe Bend Overlook Combo. It was fabulous!! We loved our guide and learned so much about the area. Finished up in St. George UT which was also amazingly beautiful before heading to Vegas. Thank you for your advice. It was a trip of a lifetime!!

  15. Alley,

    Thanks for providing information on those 2 parks.. Mesa Verde looks very interesting. I’ll start on modifying out lodging.

    Thanks for providing valuable insight…

    Jose

  16. Hi Alley,

    I really appreciate your feedback.

    Darn, I forgot to provide important piece of info. We will be driving in from Florida.
    Arriving on Monday, 03/18.
    Returning on Friday, 03/22.

    Recap:
    Day 1- GC, stay overnight.
    Day 2 – GC, stay overnight.
    Day 3 – drive to page, Antelope Canyon – Horseshoe Bend. Stay overnight.
    Day 4 – drive to Monument Valley. Take tour. Stay overnight.

    Day 5 – depart MV. Not sure what else to visit nearby. Any suggestions?
    Late afternoon, visit Four Corners Monument. Then back to Florida.

    Should I stay just one night in the GC and add another stop? Perhaps I’m missing a location, I haven’t thought of. My current reservation could be modified. I don’t mind making changes.

    Thanks again. Really appreciate all the support you provide to everyone on this platform…

    Jose

    1. Hi again, Jose!
      Thank you for providing this valuable piece of information, that helps clarify things a lot.
      In light of the fact that you are driving back to Florida at the conclusion of your visit, a site that would be a natural and fulfilling add-on to your itinerary would be Mesa Verde National Park. It is located ~90 minutes East-Northeast of the Four Corners Monument and features some very well-preserved and sophisticated examples of Ancestral Puebloan architecture. Plus that whole area is just beautiful. There is only one lodging facility inside the park, Far View Lodge, which doesn’t open until April. However, there are several hotels to choose from in the nearby towns of Mancos and Cortez.

      Another fascinating area centered around Ancestral Puebloan culture and history is the Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico. This is a bit further away from Four Corners (~3 hours) and the nearest lodging is at least 1 hour away, but again, it would make a fairly easy inclusion into the trip back to Florida.

      Again, if you are able to modify your lodging reservations at this point in time, you might consider dropping a night at the Grand Canyon and moving your visit to Page up one day in order to work one of these other attractions in. Moving your reservation at Monument Valley would probably prove to be the biggest obstacle, however, as lodging is somewhat scarce there in the first place.
      Thanks again for your visit and have a wonderful trip!
      Alley 🙂

  17. Hi,

    I’ve been doing lots of research on an upcoming trip on March 18 – March 22. I’m looking for some recommendations on how to plan.

    Here’s the plan.

    Day 1: (GC South) Arrive mid-day, check in, relax, view sunset. (Lodge already booked)

    Day 2: (GC South) View sunrise, relax and wonder around all day.

    Day 3: (Page, AZ) Depart early from GC, drive to Page, AZ. Stop at Horseshoe bend, then mid-afternoon lower Antelope Canyon, rest of the day – wonder round.

    Day4: (Monument Valley, UT) Depart Page, drive to MV. Drive the 17 mile loop. Take a tour (jeep or horseback. Any recommendations on tour company) Check into The View, relax, visit Forrest Gump Hill.

    Day5: Unknown. Should we stay longer at a previous location or explore a new one?

    Thanks in advance,

    Joe

    1. Jose O,
      Your trip is very well-planned and it’s good that you’ve factored in some “down time.”
      On day 2 at the Grand Canyon, be sure to concentrate your sightseeing on the Grand Canyon Village Historic District and the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive. Both areas are served by a free hop-on/hop-off shuttle system. On your drive day to Page, plan on stopping at the Grand Canyon viewpoints on the East Rim Drive since you’ll have to travel that way anyway. At Horseshoe Bend, the main parking lot will be closed during the time of your visit due to some construction projects taking place. You’ll need to park your vehicle at an alternate lot, then use a $5/person shuttle to get to the overlook. Horseshoe Bend parking lot closure occurs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, so if you happen to arrive after 4:00 PM, you’ll be able to go to the parking lot in your own vehicle, if there is space available (oftentimes, there’s not [“Help! There’s No Place to Park at Horseshoe Bend“]).
      One important piece of information that’s missing from your correspondence, though, is where you’re driving in from? If you’re using Las Vegas as your “staging city,” you could spend that 5th day in Zion National Park. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Monument Valley. For lodging, look to Springdale, UT, not only for ample choices of hotels, but close proximity to Las Vegas (~3 hours). If you are driving back to Phoenix at the end of your trip, you could devote your extra day to exploring Sedona, AZ. Sedona is also about a 3.5 hour drive from Monument Valley. Phoenix would then be about a 2-hour drive from there. Sedona AZ hotels
      The downside to either place, Zion or Sedona, is that you’ll wish you had more time there. Both areas are huge and have lots of things to see and do. Visitors report spending 4-5 days in both areas and feeling as though they could have spent two or three weeks!
      Since you appear to already have lodging booked, it may be somewhat difficult to alter your plans, but you may consider modifying your itinerary as follows:
      Day 1 – drive to GC, stay overnight
      Day 2 – drive to Monument Valley, stay overnight
      Day 3 – drive to Page, tour Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, stay overnight
      Day 4 – drive to Zion or Sedona, overnight
      Day 5 – second night in Zion or Sedona
      But again, if it means totally upending your existing plans, then by all means, stick with what you have. You’ll have a perfectly wonderful time regardless!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  18. Hi Alley! We’re 2 adults planning a road trip from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles. We haven’t picked dates yet but it will be sometime in late March or beyond into April or May and it looks like we are going to have start booking tours now :-X since apparently everything is already getting booked for the year. We are thinking of doing a two-week trip, where we take one week to drive from Austin through NM and AZ to see the sights, and a second week to drive from AZ to LA and stay in California for a few days. We were originally going to drive back from LA but now I am thinking we’ll rent a car and drive one direction to get all the sites in and then fly back to TX on the last day of the 2-week trip. Otherwise, we will have to extend into a 3rd week or forego some of the sites we want to see.

    Here’s my question: We’re definitely going to the Grand Canyon, but I’d like to come up to see at least Horseshoe Bend Overlook and Antelope Canyon. Is 2 full days enough? Sleeping 3 nights?

    I am thinking we drive into Flagstaff AZ in the evening on Night 1 (probably from Albuqueque NM). Sleep. Drive to the Grand Canyon on Day 2 and spend all day there. Drive up to Page from the Grand Canyon on Night 2 to sleep. Day 3, spend half the day at Horseshoe Bend and half the day at Antelope, then sleep in Page the last night and drive out to California the next day.

    Any advice?

    1. Hi AK (Hey,m I’m AK too!) –
      You are correct that things are already booking up for the spring break period, so it’s good that you’re already making plans.
      First off, I’d recommend verifying whether doing a one-way car rental is going to be feasible, cost-wise. Oftentimes, rental car outlets will charge some pretty hefty fees for this, so be sure to check on this before you commit.
      Regarding your main inquiry, 2 days/3 nights is sufficient to see the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Instead of staying in Flagstaff that first night, I’d recommend going all the way to the Grand Canyon since it’s only another 90 minutes further (~6 hours from ABQ to GC). Being on the canyon rim is most desirable so you can experience sunrise and/or sunset there. Stay in the park (Grand Canyon Village) if possible; if nothing is available there, then try for something in Tusayan/GC Village South. Grand Canyon hotels
      Spend the next day sightseeing in the immediate vicinity of Grand Canyon Village, maybe hit some of the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive on the free shuttle. Depending on your preference/time frame, you could spend that 2nd night at the Grand Canyon, or head up to Page, AZ, that afternoon, hitting Horseshoe Bend Overlook on the way into town. The drive from GC to Page is listed on Google Maps as 2.5 hours, but in reality, it ends up taking more like 3-4 due to the number of photo ops along the way, including the half a dozen-plus overlooks of the Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado River Overlook, the Cameron Trading Post, Chinle formation views… just to name a few. The main thing is to get to your destination by sunset. Nighttime driving is discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to lack of ambient lighting on local roadways, plus the possible presence of deer, elk, free range cattle and other animals you might collide with.
      The following day, tour Antelope Canyon (be sure you have a reservation), maybe tour Glen Canyon Dam as well, overnight in Page. Then head to CA the following day.
      The order in which you visit Grand Canyon and Page can also be flip-flopped depending on lodging availability (or lack thereof) in either place. When you get your trip dates nailed down, check that first, then Antelope Canyon tour availability.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley K 🙂

  19. Hi Alley, I’m planning a trip from Florida to Page, AZ from May 2-7. I’m trying to figure out what’s the best itinerary. I want to visit the Grand Canyon South and/or North rim (bright angel point), antelope canyon, horseshoe bend and boat trip to rainbow bridge. Which airport should I fly into? Where should I go first? How many days should I spend in each destination? I thought of flying into flagstaff since it’s closer to the GC but I wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. I’m trying to come up with an itinerary so then I can start making reservations. Any help you can give me is very much appreciated! 🙂

    1. Hello Vivian and thank you for your inquiry.
      Given your travel dates, that’s going to narrow down your Grand Canyon visit to the South Rim. The North Rim does not open until May 15th, but there’s still a way you might be able to see it – more on that in a minute.
      Flying into Flagstaff, AZ, is an OK option, but frankly, not the best. The only direct air service into that airport is from Phoenix, AZ, so you’ll have to connect through after getting in from Florida. Most visitors to this area tend to fly into Las Vegas, or Phoenix. Either airport is ~4.5 hours from Grand Canyon South Rim, or Page, AZ.
      As to which place to visit first, that should be planned around availability of lodging at Grand Canyon South Rim. Check that first. If availability doesn’t line up with that being the first stop on your trip, then make it the last stop.
      A typical itinerary for a 5-day visit is as follows:
      Day 1: Travel day to Phoenix or Las Vegas, overnight
      Day 2: Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~4.5 hours), overnight at Grand Canyon
      Day 3: Explore Grand Canyon Village, Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive, maybe catch the IMAX movie (you could also do that on your way into GC Village)
      Day 4: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, 3-4 hours, take afternoon tour of Antelope Canyon, overnight in Page, AZ
      Day 5: Visit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise, take Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour , overnight in Page again
      Day 6: Drive back to Las Vegas or Phoenix. If you use Las Vegas as your staging city, you could include a short detour through of Zion on the trip back, which will add another couple hours onto your drive time. Fly home.
      Be sure to book all hotels and guided tours in advance of your arrival. Oh – regarding the North Rim: if you really want to see it for yourself, you might consider flying over it. Airplane and helicopter flights depart daily from Grand Canyon South Rim. If you decide to go that route, try to get the first flight of the morning for optimal lighting and lack of wind.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  20. Thank you. Your advice was exactly what I was hoping for. What would you recommend if we are able to add another day/night to our trip?

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Your advice is a great gift to all of us.

    1. Hey Todd, glad to hear our suggestions helped!
      If you were to be able to free up another day/night, I would suggest adding it to Sedona. Sedona is the type of place one can spend 4-5 days and people still find themselves wishing they could have had more time. There’s lots to see and do there, including easy but scenic hikes, art galleries, shopping, backcountry jeep tours, even hot air balloon rides! For ideas on how to use another 24 hours in Sedona, go to http://www.VisitSedona.com
      If for some reason that does not appeal, then you could spend your extra day at Grand Canyon South Rim and use that time to visit the viewpoints on the Hermit’s Rest/West Rim Drive of the canyon. This section of the rim drive is closed to private vehicles, but is served by a free shuttle line. If inclined, you can hop-on/hop-off as you desire and hike between some of the viewpoints, then re-board the shuttle when you’re ready to head back to the Village.
      Thanks again and have a great day!
      Alley 🙂

  21. My wife and I are planning a five day vacation with two adult children during the last week in March 2019 starting in Tucson. I would like to visit Sedona, Grand Canyon, Page, and Monument Valley but am open to other suggestions. Can you recommend an itinerary? We enjoy natural beauty and adventure.

    1. Hi Todd and thank you for your inquiry.
      Using Tucson as a base, and with 5 days to work with, you can certainly hit all the attractions on your list, but you don’t have time to squeeze much of anything else in.
      Assuming that your five vacation days do not include travel days to/from Tucson, you could do something like this:
      Day 1 – Tucson to Page, AZ (get the long drive – 6.5 hours – out of the way first). With an early start, you might take a detour through Wupatki/Sunset Crater National Monument just North of Flagstaff. Hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town, overnight in Page.
      Day 2 – Do morning tour of Antelope Canyon, head to Monument Valley (2 hour drive). Do backcountry tour of Monument Valley either that afternoon or the following morning. Overnight in Monument Valley .
      Day 3 – Drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~3.5-5 hour drive). This particular section of the drive has a lot of good stops you might make, which is why the drive time range is so wide. Potential points of interest along the way include but aren’t limited to: Elephant’s Feet Buttes, Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks, the Cameron Trading Post (great place to grab lunch), the Little Colorado River Overlook, and over half a dozen named viewpoints of the Grand Canyon between Desert View Point and Grand Canyon Village. Overnight in Grand Canyon.
      Day 4 – Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Sedona (~3 hours) and spend 2 nights. Every vacation should incorporate a little downtime, and Sedona is the perfect place to have it. Popular activities in this area include, but certainly aren’t limited to, backcountry jeep tours, spa treatments, wine tastings, easy but scenic hikes, shopping, art gallery tours, even hot air balloon rides! For plenty of ideas on how to spend your time here, go to VisitSedona.com
      The drive back to Tucson at the end of your trip will take approximately 3.5 hours.

      Naturally, if you want to flip this itinerary around, you can do that as well. How you choose to do it will depend largely on lodging availability, or perhaps, a lack thereof. Start by checking availability of hotels in Monument Valley, since there isn’t much to choose from to begin with, and build the rest of your itinerary around that. Grand Canyon hotels and Antelope Canyon tours should be checked next, in that order. All lodging and guided tours should be booked in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels, and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Amy!
      Horseshoe Bend is open 24/7/365, so you can visit it anytime you wish, with your own vehicle. In theory, anyway… Parking has gotten to be something of a problem of late due to the ever-increasing popularity of the overlook. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you might have to consider alternate means of getting to the overlook, such as a shuttle service, or an overflight by plane or helicopter. If you do go there on your own, be sure you keep a close eye on your child as the majority of the overlook is unfenced and it’s a 700′ drop to the river.
      As for Antelope Canyon, since this attraction is on Native American Tribal Land, a licensed guide service is required to visit it. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon As for which branch of Antelope Canyon is best for young children, a 6-year-old could probably handle the physicality of Lower Antelope Canyon; if you have any doubts about that, then choose Upper. Whatever you decide, Antelope Canyon tours must be reserved in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck, safe travels, and have a Happy Holiday Season!
      Alley 🙂

  22. Hi Alley,

    Thank you for all your information above. My mom and I are driving from Phoenix to Chicago for Thanksgiving in early November, we are starting off in Page with Horseshoe Bend Overlook, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley… we’ll be heading north from there… can you make some recommendations for a scenic route/sites into SLC (not the Mighty 5 as did that a couple of years ago).

    1. Hi Bea and thank you for visiting.
      The “scenic” route from Page to SLC can be summed up in 4 words: “stay off I-15.”
      As you leave Page, AZ, you’ll travel on US89 Northeast to the Mount Carmel Junction in UT. Here, you can choose to go West on UT9 through Zion or continue North on US89. Take the latter option. This will allow you to experience the “countryside” of Southern Utah, including pastoral farmland, quaint historic towns, and high desert forests. Marysvale is an area our family is fond of. Be sure to stop at the Big Rock Grill across from the Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort in Sevier for lunch (provided it’s open at the time of year you’re visiting). The section of the route that passes the Manti La Sal National Forest is just stunning.
      If you want, you can rejoin I-15 just North of Spanish Fork, UT. Or, if you’d like to take in more beautiful scenery, you can transition to US189 and go into SLC via the “back way,” past Deer Creek Reservoir, through Heber and Park City. The more direct route takes ~7.5 hours. The more scenic route would require another 60-90 minutes. You might want to consider a “half-way” point to break up the drive. Richfield, Utah would probably be a good candidate as it’s on a well-traveled section of the route with ample hotel choices.

      Due to the time of year you’re traveling, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the weather and road conditions. Download the UDOT Traffic ap on your smartphone, or bookmark it on your desktop or laptop and start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to hit the road.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  23. Hi Alley,
    Just found you amazing site! My husband and I are leaving next week for a hiking/photography trip. We will start in Las Vegas, drive to Snow Canyon/St George for 3 nights. Head to Zion for 2 nights, then to Bryce for 2 nights. From Bryce we will head to Page. Can you tell me the best route to Page? We would like to see (and possibly walk/hike a little) in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. I am very confused…is the monument in Kanab? I keep googling it and get so many different answers…
    1. please help with any suggestions on what to see driving from Bryce to Page…we have the entire day
    2. I have had Antelope Canyon on my bucket list for years and have just read about Secret Canyon, also a slot canyon near Page which is much less populated. Have you been there? Can you compare to Antelope Canyon? We will have 2 full days in Page. Should we go to Secret Canyon and Antelope?
    3. I will take any suggestions you may have for Zion, Bryce and Snow Canyon too!
    Thank you in advance for your help! With Great Appreciation, Melissa

    1. Hi Melissa, and thank you for your compliments!
      The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is huge and has several gateway communities, Kanab, UT, being one. There is a very good visitors center there, as well as some good restaurants and shopping. The drive from Bryce to Page will take you around the Western edge of the monument, which is a very scenic drive.

      Stops you might make include, but aren’t limited to, the Moqui Cave, the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Trail, the Big Water Visitors Center (great dinosaur exhibit), the “New” Wave, and the Glen Canyon Dam & Carl Hayden Visitors Center.
      I have been to Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon and it’s beautiful, not to mention a lot less crowded than Antelope. Horseshoe Bend doesn’t have “chambers” like Antelope Canyon does, it’s just one long slot that involves squeezing through a few narrow spots and some simple bouldering. It’s one of several beautiful “alternate” slot canyons you can choose from. One cool thing about touring Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon is the option/ability to add the Horseshoe Bend Overlook to your tour. Eliminates a lot of headaches with parking. One slot canyon tour should be sufficient to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ. If you have more time, other activities you might consider are the Glen Canyon Float Trip, Lake Powell Boat Tours, scenic flights, visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum… just to name a few. For water-based activities, it depends on the time of year you’re visiting as these go on seasonal hiatus in the winter months.
      Hope that helps for now – good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  24. Hi Alley,

    I will be traveling to Page with my husband and two teenage sons, arriving late on Dec 22nd. We will have 1 1/2 days in town before traveling to Phoenix. While in Page, we plan to see Lower Antelope Canyon as well as Horseshoe Bend. No other plans yet, but certainly welcome any suggestions! From what I’m seeing online, it sounds like we can visit Horseshoe Bend either day (12/23 or 12/24) since there is no tour, and the recommendation is to go earlier in the day, both to avoid crowds and to enjoy better sunlight on Horseshoe Bend.

    I have two questions I wanted to ask:
    1) When is the best time of day to plan to be IN Lower Antelope Canyon given the time of year? The tours provide a check-in time and tour depart time so I’m trying to select a time that will ensure we are IN the canyon at the best time.
    2) I see that both Ken’s and Dixie’s offer tours throughout the day, though Ken’s offers a Deluxe tour with a smaller group of 6 people. Is it worth it to pay extra for the smaller crowd at that time of year?

    Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.
    Julie

    1. Hi Julie and thank you for visiting our site.
      The time of year you’re traveling is considered “off-season,” so you’ll enjoy benefits such as cooler temperatures and fewer people in Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
      Since crowds will most likely be smaller at that time of year, I don’t see the need to pay extra for the “deluxe” tour of Lower Antelope Canyon. If you have the budget/inclination to go for a tour that guarantees smaller groups, you might want to tour Antelope Canyon X instead. It is similar to Lower Antelope in that it involves some stair climbing and moderate exertion, but group sizes are deliberately kept under 10 people.
      Due to shorter daylengths in December, optimal time to tour any slot canyon in Page, AZ is between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
      Because of the weather and lack of demand, water-based activities such as Lake Powell Boat Tours and Glen Canyon Float Trips are on seasonal hiatus. However, these tours might operate on an “on-demand” basis if weather conditions are favorable and a certain number of paying passengers are booked. You might contact the companies that operate these tours upon arrival in Page to see if there is any interest in running a tour.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  25. Hi Alley,
    Planning almost a week tour from Phoenix to Zion and back.
    Day 1- Drive from Phoenix around 8 am to Grand Canyon with stop for views and lunch at Sedona.
    Depart for Grand Canyon around 2 pm to hopefully catch sunset at Grand Canyon. Will stay overnight at Kachina Lodge for 1 night.
    Day 2 – Grand Canyon sunrise and after lunch head to Page to check out Sunset at Horseshoe Bend.
    Planning to stay 2 nights in Bend.
    Day 3 – Lower Antelope canyon tour and then take a day trip to Monument Valley for few hours.
    Is it worth driving to Monument Valley and just be there for about 3-4 hours and drive back to Page?
    OR is it better just to also view upper antelope canyon for a 4pm tour?
    Day 4 Depart from Page to Bryce Canyon for day trip and by afternoon , drive to Springdale for 2 night stay.
    Day 5- Zion Park full day
    Day 6 drive back from Zion to Phoenix to catch a evening flight back.

    1. Hi Eileen, and thank you for visiting us.
      I think you’re trying to cram too many destinations into a short trip.
      First off, let’s talk about Sedona: this exquisite locale deserves at least 3 days of your time to do it justice, 2 if you’re pressed for time. Most visitors who do what you’re planning (a quickie “drive-by” sighting) end up wishing they could have spent more time there.
      If you really have your heart set on seeing Zion, you might consider flying out of Las Vegas instead of Phoenix. The drive from Zion to Phoenix will take you at least 7 hours. If you fly out of Vegas, you would only be facing a ~3 hour drive from Springdale. However, rental car drop-off fees can be pretty hefty for leaving a vehicle in a different city from where you picked it up, so the expense could override the convenience.
      Also, your plan to visit Bryce as a “day trip” en route from Page to Springdale is less than ideal. You’re looking at at least a 2.5 hour drive from Page to Bryce, but that figure is a “wheels turning, direct drive” estimate. That rarely happens because there is so much to see on the way there, so a more realistic expectation would be 3.5 hours or so. Then, you’re looking at a 2+ hour drive to Springdale. You’ll need to get an early start out of Page, AZ in order to pull this off and get any semblance of quality time in Bryce. Ditto if you really want to do that first leg (PHX-Sedona-GC) as you’ve planned it.
      Another consideration is daylength. I don’t recall seeing when you planned to travel, but if it’s in the near future, i.e., the fall-winter season, you need to keep in mind when sunrise and sunset are. Any long-distance driving should be completed well before sunset. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the US due to the lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on local roadways, and the tendency of deer, elk and other large, nocturnal wildlife to congregate around them after dusk.
      Doing a day trip to Monument Valley from Page is possible. I’ve done it myself with out of town guests due to the dearth of lodging options there. But here again, you’re looking at a long drive in order to make it happen, 2 hours, each way. Another way you might work Monument Valley into your itinerary without adding to your already substantial time on the road would be to fly over it. Fixed-wing airplane flights to Monument Valley are operated out of the Page Municipal Airport by Westwind Air Service. You can choose from a 90-minute overflight or a half-day air/ground combination tour with a landing at the Goulding’s Airstrip, and a Navajo-guided backcountry tour (scroll about half-way down the page on the link provided to get to the Monument Valley tour section of the site).
      If you’re physically up for doing Lower Antelope Canyon, stick with it. It is not necessary to tour both Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower AC in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page.
      Sorry to be a bit “all over the place” in providing my observations on your itinerary.
      If it were up to me, I would skip Sedona on this trip and plan to visit at a future date when you have enough time (3 days minimum) to take in all it has to offer. I would also use Las Vegas as your staging city and do something like this:
      Day 1 – drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim, stay 1 night
      Day 2 – drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, see Horseshoe Bend (if parking allows), stay 1 night
      Day 3 – Visit Horseshoe Bend (if not able to do it day before) Morning flight tour of Monument Valley, drive to Bryce, overnight in Bryce
      Day 4 – drive from Bryce Canyon to Zion, stay 2 nights
      Day 5 – full day in Zion
      Day 6 – drive from Zion to Las Vegas to catch flight home
      Good luck, I know these are some hard choices! Please don’t hesitate to write again if we can be of further assistance.
      Alley 🙂

  26. Hello Alley,

    Thank you so much for all the information you have given above!
    I am travelling to Page from Las Vegas on 1st September. I would really appreciate your advise on the below itinerary:

    Day 1:
    Leave Las Vegas between 7 am to 8 am for Bryce Canyon
    Get to Bryce Canyon no later than 1 pm, explore Bryce Canyon until 4 pm
    Leave for Page at 4 pm and get to the hotel by 7 pm

    OR

    Leave Las Vegas between 7 am to 8 am for Hoover Dam
    Explore Hoover Dam till 11 am
    Get to The Paria Rimrocks-Toadstools Trail by 4 pm
    Leave for Page at around 6 pm

    Day 2:
    Take half day Glen Canyon Dam Tour at 7 am
    Get to Horseshoe bend by 1.15 pm to 3.15 pm
    **Can we add something else too after the horseshoe trail??**

    Day 3:
    11 pm Lower Antelope Canyon tour
    Leave for Las Vegas at around 1 pm

    Thank You,
    Saloni

    1. Dear Saloni,
      Hello and thank you for visiting today.
      Your proposal on Day 1 to drive from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon, then to Page is not feasible. It takes 4.5-5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Page; then you’re looking at another 2.5-3 hours to drive to Page. Your “plan B” – drive from Las Vegas to Page after exploring Hoover Dam is more reasonable, however, you’ll want to time your drive so that you’re off the road by sunset, which, on September 1st, is 6:55 PM. I would shoot for leaving Hoover Dam a bit earlier.
      On Day 2, you might find it difficult to visit Horseshoe Bend immediately after the float trip. Parking during the mid-day hours is extremely hard to come by, so you might time your visit there for first thing in the morning on Day 3, or take one of the hourly shuttles offered by Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours (reservations suggested). If you are able to visit Horseshoe Bend that same afternoon, other activities you might consider for that afternoon include but aren’t limited to: visiting the John Wesley Powell Museum, doing a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam, taking one of several easy but scenic hikes in the area, or taking the scenic Lakeshore Drive around the Lake Powell Resort complex (entrance fee required).
      On your Lower Antelope Canyon tour, don’t be surprised if your departure ends up being slightly later than 11:00 AM. The drive from Page to Las Vegas typically takes ~5 hours, and sunset occurs there at 7:15 PM local time.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  27. Hello! Can you tell me in which Canyon the beautiful photo at the top of the page was taken? I am trying to decide between the typical Antelope Canyons or the other less traveled slot canyons as a photographer. TIA!

    1. Hi Heather!
      If you mean the view looking up toward the topside of the slot canyon on this page, that’s Antelope Canyon.
      However, you may wish to give serious consideration to one of several alternate slot canyons in the area that are just as beautiful, but a lot less crowded, including, but by no means limited to:
      – Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon
      – Antelope Canyon X
      – Cathedral Canyon
      – Rattlesnake Canyon
      – Mountain Sheep Canyon
      – Wind Pebble Canyon
      – Ram’s Head Canyon
      – Waterholes Canyon
      For more information, check out “Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours.”
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  28. Hi – our family of 5 is planning to visit Northern Arizona in mid-April 2019. Our kids will be 8 1/2, 8 1/2, 10 1/2. We are planning to spend some time in Page between our visits to Zion and Grand Canyon. We would love to do a half day float trip and a slot canyon tour – I didn’t realize that there were better options to Antelope Canyon such as the Cathedral Canyon tour. Are float trips running in April? If we were in Page for a full day and a half day, what would the best itinerary be?

    Thanks!
    Anne

    1. Hi Anne and thank you for your inquiry,
      April is a nice time to visit Northern Arizona – usually. The occasional late season snowstorm does roll through, so have a couple of items of warmer clothing in your luggage, just in case. During the month of April, the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip runs once daily, at 10:00 AM (check-in required at 9:00 AM), and returns at ~3.30 PM. Therefore, you’ll want to have at least 1 and 1/2 days in Page, AZ in order to do it, plus a slot canyon tour.
      As for the best order in which to take the tours, that depends on your itinerary. If you’re coming down to Page, AZ from Zion, it’s about a 2-hour drive, but keep in mind that Utah will be on Mountain DAYLIGHT Time, whereas Arizona will be on Mountain STANDARD Time. Utah will be one hour ahead of Arizona, so you’ll “gain” an hour going from one state to the other. Making a 9 AM check-in for the float trip wouldn’t be that hard to do. If you’re going from Grand Canyon to Page, AZ, they’re on the same time, but the drive from GC to Page is longer, ~3.5-4 hours (I know Google Maps states it as 2.5 hours, but that’s not factoring in the many stops people tend to make on that leg of the drive). In that case, that 9 AM check-in for the float trip would require a really early morning, which your kids probably wouldn’t like LOL.
      Hope that clears things up.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  29. Hi Alley, thanks much.

    Few more…..

    What is the temperature like for first week of Dec? Estimated.

    Can I have the location for Steel Arch Bridge – the one i can find is on US89A – different route from US89 from South Rim to Page?
    Same for Painted Desert – which I can find is on US77 and requires 2.5hr from US64 X US89

    Once again, thanks for all your guidance…

    1. Hey Jivin!
      Temperatures for the first part of December average in the 40’s for Grand Canyon South Rim, and 60’s for Page. Nighttime dip below freezing at the Canyon, usually hover just above it in Page.
      The Glen Canyon Steel Arch Bridge is located above the Glen Canyon Dam.

      The bridge you are referring to on US89 between the South Rim and Page is actually called Navajo Bridge, and time/desire permitting, is a worthwhile stop.

      It would add about an hour to your drive time.
      Regarding the Painted Desert, I believe I have confused things by my wording, for which I apologize. I was not actually recommending that you go to the Painted Desert adjacent to Petrified Forest National Monument — unless you wanted to. The Painted Desert actually refers to a large area of “badlands” composed of Chinle rock formations. This area extends far beyond the formal boundaries of the Monument, and a good-sized part of it can be seen on the drive between Page and the South Rim, just North of the Cameron Trading Post.
      Hope that clears things up!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley thanks for the clarifications. Glen Canyon is my stop before leaving Page to LV.

        1 more – worth to do Upper Antelope on Sun 3pm?

        Have a great weekend.

  30. Hi Alley, thanks for your reply. I lost your sister site so I’m going to continue from here.

    Now I change my itinerary to focus on driving from LV to Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon village and stay overnight there.

    Day 2 – will drive from hotel to Page passing few more view points and Cameron Trading Post. However from there to Page, I’m not sure what else “must” visit.

    Day 3 – Page to LV. In the morning i will go for lower antelope. In early Dec, which timing is good? Any issue for a 1.85m and 40 inch waist man to walk the lower antelope? LOL. Need to drive back to LV stopping at Glen Canyon Dam on the way.

    Where shall i visit on way to page?
    Shall I visit horseshoe bend on day 2 afternoon or day 3 after lower antelope?

    Much appreciated.

  31. Hi,

    I’m planning to travel from LV to Page (staying overnight) in early Dec before heading back to LV. Appreciate if you can advise on my itinerary below:

    Day 1
    Leaving LV early morning say 730am to Hoover Dam.
    Reach Grand Canyon South Rim by 1pm with visits to few view points before heading to Page for overnight stay.

    Day 2
    Going for morning lower antelope then horseshoe bend before heading back to LV. Any other recommendations along the way back to LV? Like Glen Canyon Dam?

    Much appreciated

    1. Hi Jivin!
      I think I answered your inquiry on our sister site, but am happy to answer it again, so here goes: you’re trying to cram too much into a limited timeframe.
      It takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim; it then takes 2.5-3 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. The latter figure, however, is direct driving, which means wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens because there is a LOT to see on the trip from GC to Page, such as over half a dozen Grand Canyon viewpoints, each with differing features and perspectives on the canyon; upon leaving the National Park, there are other sights to see on the Navajo Reservation, such as the Little Colorado River Overlook, Chief Yellowhorse’s Curio Stand, the Cameron Trading Post, Painted Desert formations, just to name a few. It would be a shame to pass all that by because you’re pressed for time.
      Another thing to keep in mind is that your days in December are going to be short: sunrise is at 7:30 AM, sunset is about 5 PM. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the country due to lack of artificial light on local roadways, and the possible presence of deer, elk and other wildlife you do not want to collide with.
      The drive back to Las Vegas from Page is also about 5 hours, longer if you were to make a detour through Zion National Park.
      My advice: either free up another night so you can spend the night at the Grand Canyon, then Page, or cut out one destination. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, then, as much as I hate to say it, that should win out over Page, AZ. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, it’s a “must see.” Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are “icing on the cake.”
      Good luck, I know it’s a hard choice.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley, thanks for your reply. I lost your sister site so I’m going to continue from here.

        Now I change my itinerary to focus on driving from LV to Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon village and stay overnight there.

        Day 2 – will drive from hotel to Page passing few more view points and Cameron Trading Post. However from there to Page, I’m not sure what else “must” visit.

        Day 3 – Page to LV. In the morning i will go for lower antelope. In early Dec, which timing is good? Any issue for a 1.85m and 40 inch waist man to walk the lower antelope? LOL. Need to drive back to LV stopping at Glen Canyon Dam on the way.

        Where shall i visit on way to page?
        Shall I visit horseshoe bend on day 2 afternoon or day 3 after lower antelope?

        Much appreciated.

        1. Hi Jivin,
          Your modified plan sounds much better. Still, avoid the temptation to “overthink” them. On Day 2, for example, driving from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, you’ll find no shortage of photo ops once you head North on US89, but none are a “must visit” per se. For example, there is a large swath of Painted Desert type rock formations on this leg of the drive, as well as curio stands run by the Navajo Indian tribe members. If you want to stop, go ahead and do so; if not, keep on driving. Just don’t drive onto private property or unmarked roads. One stop that I rank as a “must” just South of Page is “The Cut” overlook. It looks out over the Colorado Plateau, and the Colorado River bed as it cuts through the bedrock. Very dramatic, and very clearly marked.
          Horseshoe Bend can easily be visited on your way into Page as it’s just 5 miles South of town. As for which departure time is best for an Antelope Canyon tour, it depends on when you need to be back in Las Vegas. The drive from Page to LV takes ~4.5 hours, going direct. Allow for about 1 hour to visit Glen Canyon Dam and the Steel Arch Bridge, longer if you take a tour. Another thing to keep in mind is that in December, Las Vegas will be on is on Pacific Standard Time and Page will be on Mountain Standard Time. Nevada is one hour “behind” Arizona, so you will “gain” an hour passing from one state to another.
          Lower Antelope Canyon tours run ~2 hours long, so assuming you have to be back in Las Vegas by mid-afternoon, I’d say take the first available departure of the day so you don’t have to rush.
          Thanks for contacting us again, and be safe out there!
          Alley 🙂
          P.S. 1.85 m height/40″ waist is no problem.

  32. Hi. Me and my friends are planning for a trip to horseshoebend and sedona. I would like to ask if are there any tour buses from Las Vegas to Arizona either a day tour or we can stay overnight. Would it be best if we are all flying to Arizona from our state of origin or just travel from LV to Az? If ever, do you know any tour buses or agency that would help us with our tour ? It will be much appreciated. Thanks

    1. Hi Tiffany,
      If you absolutely must rely on a guided tour to accomplish your goals, be aware that your options will be limited. If at all possible, arrange to rent a car and drive yourself to Sedona and Page, AZ. That will afford you the most freedom and flexibility. If that’s not an option, there are some guided tour packages that will get you not only to Sedona and Horseshoe Bend, but also Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. This package from Viator, for example, encompasses 3 days and 2 nights of touring, with overnight accommodations included ->: Viator 3-day Sedona, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon tour
      TakeTours also offers a 2-day package that would include Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Sedona ->: 2-Day Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Sedona Tour from Las Vegas
      If the prospect of being on the road that long does not appeal, you might also consider Grand Canyon/Scenic Airlines’ Combination Air/Ground Tour from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon
      These are just a few examples of available tours out of Las Vegas. Bear in mind that our suggesting them does not constitute an endorsement, it is merely information.
      Again, if you want to be able to call your own shots on this trip, the best way to do it is to do your own driving.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  33. Hi Alley,

    I am planning to visit Arizona from September 14 to 17. We will be staying in Sedona and are planning to drive to the Grand Canyon and Page. I want to see the Grand Canyon South Rim, West Rim, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon. I also wanted to do at least 1 hike in Sedona. Originally I had planned to drive back to Phoenix on 9/16 because I wanted to stay in the city for 1 night but I’m not sure if I can pack Grand Canyon and Page in 1 day. If you don’t think that’s possible what do you think of this itinerary:

    9/14/18: Arrive in Phoenix at 3:30 pm and drive to Sedona. Will be staying in Sedona
    9/15/18: Drive to the Grand Canyon and explore South and West Rims
    Drive back to Sedona
    9/16/18: Drive to Page and explore Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon
    Drive back to Sedona
    9/17/18: Devil’s Bridge Hike
    Drive back to Phoenix to take a 6pm flight

    1. Hi Arlynne,
      Your plan requires some adjustments, namely on Day 2 when you’re proposing to drive to both the South and West Rims. Long story short, it won’t work. It takes ~3 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim. Allowing for about 2-3 hours to explore the main visitor area, it would then take ~4.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Grand Canyon West. After all that, you’re looking at a similar drive going back to Sedona. That’s nearly 12 hours time in the car! *shudder* No thanks.

      Trying to pack Grand Canyon South Rim and Page into one day is also a bad idea. What I would recommend is choosing quality time at Grand Canyon South Rim instead of trying to cram in the West Rim. If you wish, you could take the “long way” around from Sedona to GC South Rim and enter the park via the East Rim Drive, which would allow you to tour the viewpoints along what is generally regarded as the most scenic section of the South Rim. This would add another hour onto your drive time; you could also reverse course and enter the park via the South Entrance and exit via the East.
      Point being is that Grand Canyon West is a destination more conducive to those flying into/out of Las Vegas, which is precisely how it’s marketed. It’s only ~2.5 hours drive from Las Vegas, or if inclined, you could take a plane, bus or helicopter tour. There are lots of different Las Vegas-Grand Canyon West touring options.
      Personally, I’ve never done the Devil’s Bridge hike, I hear it’s amazing, and supposedly it’s pretty easy. Supposedly the road to the trailhead has deteriorated quite a bit of late, so 2WD vehicles are not recommended. You might need to figure out a taxi, shuttle or other means to get there. Otherwise, September’s a nice time to be in Northern Arizona. You should have a great time.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  34. Hi Alley!

    If I have a flight that comes in at around 10 AM on Tuesday August 14 and leaves at 8 PM on Thursday August 16, do you think it would be possible to fit in Monument Valley, the antelope canyon tour, and a visit to the Horseshoe Bend? This is what I had in mind:
    Day 1 (Aug 14) – Drive from Phoenix to Page in the early morning, check into hotel at Page around 3 or 4 pm, and then visit Horseshoe Bend
    Day 2 (Aug 15) – Upper Antelope Canyon tour at 8:30/9 AM, and then drive to Monument Valley during the day time. Arrive at Monument Valley and stay over night
    Day 3 (Aug 16) – drive back to Phoenix early in the morning from Monument Valley, and drop off rental car at Phoenix airport for flight at 8 PM

    Please let me know what you think and what your suggestions are! Again, thank you so much!! 🙂
    Natalie D.

    1. Hey Natalie,
      Check out my response to your inquiry from 6/23 – sorry for the delay in getting back to you 😉
      Alley

  35. Hi Alley!

    I am planning to fly in to Phoenix on August 14 (Tuesday) at 8AM and fly back on August 16 (Thursday) at 8 PM, but my friend and I want to visit the Horseshoe bend, take the Upper Antelope Canyon tour, and visit Monument Valley as well. How should we go about this and plan our trip? Would this be doable? Really would like some of your recommendations. Thank you so much!
    🙂
    Natalie D.

    1. Hi Natalie and thank you for visiting our site.
      I’m afraid that visiting Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon AND Monument Valley is going to be pushing it with the limited timeframe you have, but, as they say, where there’s a will (and a patient driver), there’s a way.
      8/14: Assuming your flight gets into Phoenix on time, and it takes 60-90 minutes to pick up your rental car, you should then begin the drive to Page, AZ (where Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are located). The drive takes approximately 4.5 hours, but that’s wheels turning, driving direct, which rarely happens. There are a lot of scenic views, historic attractions and other points of interest that will no doubt pique your curiosity and warrant a photo stop, so, don’t be surprised if the trip ends up taking more along the lines of ~6 hours. That would get you into Page, AZ at approximately 4 PM. If you want, you could hit Horseshoe Bend on the way into Page since it’s just 5 miles South of town. However, mid-afternoon tends to be quite busy, and hot, so you may want to save this stop for first thing the next morning. Overnight in Page, AZ
      8/15: The next morning, rise early, and if you didn’t visit Horseshoe Bend the day prior, visit it then. Proceed to Antelope Canyon on US98 and take a morning tour. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon After your Antelope Canyon tour, continue on to Monument Valley. The drive to Monument Valley from Page, AZ typically takes 2 hours, but plan on taking a little longer for the reasons given for the drive from Phoenix to Page. Another consideration: Monument Valley, which is on the Navajo Reservation, observes Daylight Saving Time, whilst Page, Arizona does not, so you will “lose” an hour going from one place to the other. Keep that in mind if you plan for any time-sensitive activities or tours in Monument Valley. If you can find lodging in Monument Valley, you could spend the night there. In the likely event Monument Valley hotels are sold out, your next best option would be to stay in Kayenta, AZ, ~30 miles South of Monument Valley. Another option? Simply go back to Page, AZ. Just try to avoid driving at night due to the lack of supplemental artificial lighting on local roads, and the possible presence of deer, elk and other wildlife.
      8/16 – Drive back to Phoenix. Time/inclination permitting, you might make a detour through Sedona, Arizona.
      If the prospect of doing all that driving doesn’t appeal to you, you might consider booking lodging for 2 nights in Page, AZ, and on the morning of 8/15, fly over Monument Valley. Fixed-wing airplane flights depart from the Page Municipal Airport daily, weather permitting and possibly contingent on a certain number of passengers booked. Tour flights are typically about 90 minutes long. For more information, visit Westwind Air Service.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  36. Hi Alley!

    I am planning to do this following itinerary On August 14 (Tuesday) to August 16 (Thursday) and I wanted to know if this is doable and what your thoughts and recommendations are:
    Day 1 (Aug 14) – Drive from Phoenix to Page in the early morning, check into hotel at Page around 3 or 4 pm, and then visit Horseshoe Bend
    Day 2 (Aug 15) – Possibly a Lake Powell tour in the morning, and then an Upper Antelope Canyon tour at 2:30 PM, and then drive to Monument Valley. After visiting Monument Valley, drive back to Page
    Day 3 (Aug 16) – drive back to Phoenix early in the morning, and drop off rental car at Phoenix airport

    I would really appreciate any of your suggestions! Thank you so much!! 🙂
    Natalie D.

    1. Hi Natalie!
      I’d recommend making a small change to your itinerary, especially on Day 2. The drive to Monument Valley takes 2 hours one way, and after doing a Lake Powell boat tour and touring Antelope Canyon, trust me, you’ll be in NO mood to make a 4 hour drive.
      What you might consider doing is either:
      1. Investigate the possibility of staying there overnight. Lodging in that area is scarce, certainly, but if you were able to secure a room there, that would allow you to experience sunset in Monument Valley, which is absolutely magical. Hotels in the immediate vicinity are The View Lodge and Goulding’s Lodge. If unable to obtain lodging there, check the nearby towns of Kayenta, Arizona or Tuba City, Arizona. It would then be about a 5-hour drive to Phoenix the following day.
      2. Abandon plans entirely to make the drive to Monument Valley on Day 2 and instead fly over it on Day 3. Fixed-wing airplane flights depart daily, usually first thing in the morning, from the Page Municipal Airport. Flight length is approximately 90 minutes and the tours are offered by Westwind Air Service. The drive from Page to Phoenix will then take approximately 4.5 hours.
      Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful trip!
      Alley 🙂

  37. Hi-

    We’d like to visit Glen Canyon, horseshoe bend, and lower & upper Antelope canyon. How much time (how many days do we need?

    We are planning on staying in Page for two nights from saturday afternoon (9/1/18) (around 3pm) until Monday noontime (9/3/18)

    Please advise. Thank you!

    1. Hi Gen and thank you for your inquiry.
      2 days is sufficient to tour all of the attractions you list, but one thing I should point out is that it is not necessary to visit both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon in order to have a fulfilling visit to Page. If you’re physically up for touring Lower Antelope, I would stick with that and use the extra time to hit some other attractions in the area, such as the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum or the Glen Canyon Dam/Carl Hayden Visitors Center. The New Wave might also appeal if you want to do a little more hiking.
      Be sure to book all accommodations and guided tours in advance of your arrival.
      Best wishes for safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  38. Hi,
    I`m planning to do the following itinerary in the first week of August. I wanted to know if you understand this is doable and also if the weather will be too hot for hiking:
    Day 1 – Drive from Vegas to Grand Canyon (South Rim) in the afternoon and stay overnight in the Park
    Day 2 – Day in the Grand Canyon and drive to Page in the end of the day
    Day 3 – Lower Antelope Canyon tour and horseshoe bend – overnight in Page (is Page the best place to stay?)
    Day 4 – Drive to airport (either Vegas or Flagstaff)
    I`m flexible to do all this at a different time of the year if August weather is not pleasant.
    Appreciate any suggestions! Thank you 🙂
    Suellen

    1. Hi Suellen and thank you for your inquiry.
      August weather is hot, and it’s also monsoon season, which means afternoon rainstorms roll in with some degree of regularity. This can heighten flash flood danger, and often results in the cancellation of slot canyon tours, but again, that’s a mostly afternoon phenomenon, so booking your Antelope Canyon tour in the morning is a good move.
      As for whether your itinerary is “doable,” it definitely is. Just make sure on Day 2 that you time your trip so that you don’t end up driving after sunset, 1. because local roads are very dimly lit, sometimes not at all, 2. deer, elk and other wildlife tend to graze near roads at night, and 3. you can easily hit Horseshoe Bend on your way into town and the pre-sunset hours are generally regarded as the best time to visit
      With extra time on Day 3, you might consider taking the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip or perhaps a tour of Glen Canyon Dam. If you take us up on those suggestions, you should plan on staying in Page, AZ that night.
      On Day 4, I would recommend driving back to Las Vegas instead of Flagstaff. Even through Flagstaff is closer, you cannot get any direct flights from there. You would have to fly into Phoenix, and make any outbound connections from there, which means changing terminals, transferring baggage and all those hassles. Rental car outlets also tend to impose pretty hefty surcharges for dropping vehicles anywhere other than where you picked them up from. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Vegas to Page.
      All that said, if you have the flexibility to travel whenever you wish, I would recommend delaying your visit until late-September or sometime in October. Temperatures cool off significantly then, not to mention crowds thin out slightly what with kids going back to school.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  39. Dear Alley,
    In desperate need of your reply quickly please since I am running out of time. Our family is vacationing in Phoenix Wednesday May 16 – Sunday May 20th. I have purchased Upper Antelope Canyon tour tickets for Thursday afternoon. I have also made hotel reservation at South Rim for Thursday night. Plan on spending Thursday at Page and then head out in the evening to South Rim. We plan on spending Friday at South Rim. We have accommodations for Friday night and Saturday at Peach Spring to go white water rafting.

    My only question is where should we spend Wednesday night? Sedona or Page? Our flight arrives on Wednesday at 1:00pm.

    Option 1) I wanted to do some sight seeing in Sedona for the afternoon and head to Page in the evening to spend the night in Page in order to get a head start on Horse Shoe bend in the morning and do the antelope tour in the afternoon and the head to South RIm.

    Option 2) Spend Wednesday afternoon and the night in Sedona and head out to Page on Thursday morning?
    Is there any other option?

    Thank you so much for your time
    Sam

    1. Hey Sam,
      Apologies for the delay in response to your itinerary. Both options are viable, but personally, I’d prefer option #1. Option #2 would have you doing ~5-6 hours driving in one day, which would run the risk of having to do part of the driving to the South Rim after sunset. We don’t recommend that due to the lack of light on local roads and the tendency for wildlife (deer, elk, etc.) to congregate around them at night.
      What raised more alarms for me is your logistics around the white water rafting trip at Peach Springs. It’s a lot of fun, but staying the night prior to it at the South Rim might not be the best idea. If I remember correctly, you have to check in at 7:00 AM at Hualapai Lodge for it, and it takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive over from Peach Springs. That means you’ll need to be “wheels up” at 4:30 AM from the South Rim in order to make it on time.
      Please be fully aware of all drive times before you commit to this plan.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  40. Hi Alley,

    I want to plan a trip for a group of six. We all have always wanted to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. We all have seen the Grand Canyon. We are thinking of going in May or June and plan to stay in Page so that it is less driving for us. Which tour would you recommend us to view so that we get to see both locations?

    1. Hi Larissa and thank you for visiting our site!
      Good call on staying in Page, AZ. That will allow you to get the most out of your visit.
      Horseshoe Bend is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you may visit it whenever you wish, in your own vehicle. Although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend visiting at night LOL
      For Antelope Canyon, you need to decide whether you want to visit Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon. In a nutshell, Upper is the easier of the two, 100 yards long, flat the whole way; Lower is a bit longer and more physical, requires some stair climbing, stepping over a few boulders, etc. More detailed information, as well as authorized tour companies are provided in this article: How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon
      Be sure to book your Page, AZ hotel and your Antelope Canyon tour well in advance of your arrival. Both May and June fall in peak travel period for the area and both tours and hotels do book up.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  41. We are planning (family) to go to Page, Arizona to see Horseshoe bend and Antelope Canyon (upper and lower). Are you in Page? How can we register for the tour?

    1. Hi Grace and thank you for visiting our site.
      Contact information for each of the tours should be provided via text link. If for some reason you can’t access them, let us know which tour you are specifically interested in and we will let you know who to contact 🙂
      Alley

  42. Hi Alley and team!

    Me and my husband wanted to visit arizona this april 24-26, but we have a 2 years old son. Please advise us what is the best thing to do since we have a 2 years old with us, we will drive from las vegas and we want to visit hoover dam, grand canyon, horseshoe-bend and get antelope tours but regarding antelope which one is the best you recommend the upper or the lower antelope and also the best time to be there. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Lhea!
      Thank you for visiting our site and apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry.
      With a 2 year old in tow, I would recommend opting for Upper Antelope Canyon. It is short, easy and the most manageable option for families with toddlers. Lower Antelope Canyon has a lot of stairs, boulders and rock overhangs that could strike a little one being carried by a parent in the head. We’d hate to see that happen 😉
      Whatever you decide, be sure to make reservations well in advance of your arrival. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon Mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to visit, but those are peak hours for tourists, so those spots are probably sold out. Take whatever time slot is available and works with your schedule. There’s no such thing as a bad time to tour Antelope Canyon.
      Also, be sure to reserve your hotels if you haven’t already. With 2 nights to work with, I’d recommend spending one at the Grand Canyon, and another in Page. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, not factoring in the stop at Hoover Dam, then another 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon to Page (again, not factoring in stops), then the drive back to Las Vegas from Page takes 4.5 hours as well. The 2-year-old will no doubt influence the pace of your trip, so don’t be in a hurry, allow plenty of time for bathroom breaks, and sightseeing for yourselves.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  43. Hi Alley and team!

    I’m heading to the lower antelope canyons this april and I was wondering what time would be great to capture the beautiful purple/orange colours the canyon can offer?

    Thank you
    Arthur

    1. Hi Arthur and thank you for your visit.
      Mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to see the slot canyons illuminated to full effect. Unfortunately, those time slots are always the first to get booked up, so check with the tour outfitters ASAP to see what’s available. How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon If the prime tour times are booked up, you have a few choices. You can a) tour at one of the off-peak times such as earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon; the colors will still be beautiful or b) tour a different slot canyon; there are actually many slot canyons in the area that are just as beautiful as Antelope Canyon but far less crowded. Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours
      Since your visit is soon, start making those calls or going online to check availability ASAP!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  44. Hi Alley,
    Love this page – Such great information! We will be in Page on June 13-14. If we cannot get a tour for Antelope Canyon, which of the alternative do you recommend if we can only see one slot canyon?
    Thanks,
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thank you for your inquiry!
      Which “alternate” slot canyon you tour depends largely on your physical fitness level and how much exertion you’re willing to endure – or not endure.
      Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon for example is a 450′-long canyon, but doesn’t involve much in the way of uphill walking. It does require a 6-mile off-road ride in a safari truck to get to the canyon’s entrance.
      Antelope Canyon X does require some uphill/downhill trail walking, stair/ladder climbing and scrambling down some short rock faces in a few spots.
      Slots like Mountain Sheep and especially Cardiac Canyon require some more technical canyoneering moves and might be a little beyond the range of us “average Joe’s” and weekend warriors LOL.
      For more detailed information, read Antelope Canyon Alternative Tours on our sister site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.az There are some alternate slots not listed in the article, such as Wind Pebble Canyon, Ram’s Head Canyon and Ligai Si’Anii Canyon. These are managed by Ligai Si’Anii Tours out of LeChee, AZ. For more information on their tours, visit http://www.hikingslotcanyons.com
      Good luck and have fun!
      Alley 🙂

  45. Hi Alley
    My husband & I are visiting friends in Chandler for a week.
    We plan to rent a car & take a couple of days to tour.
    Our plan is to drive to Flagstaff, making this home base & driving to tour lower Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend on the same day.
    We also plan to visit GC as well.
    We will be there probably March 29th-31
    WhT type of clothing do you recommend for Antelope Canyon?
    Any other advice on where to go while we are the would be much appreciated.
    Thank you for your help.
    Colleen

    1. Hi Colleen and thank you for visiting our site.
      First off, using Flagstaff as a “base camp” for visiting the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon is less than ideal. It takes 90 minutes, each way to drive from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon; then 2.5 hours, again EACH way, to get from Flag (that’s what we call it around here) to Page. Driving after sunset is strongly discouraged in this part of Arizona due to the lack of artificial/supplemental lighting on local roads. That means you’ll miss seeing sunset and sunrise in two of the best places on Earth from which to view them!
      If you’re not locked into your hotel reservations in Flag, you may want to explore options for staying closer to your two destinations. Grand Canyon Hotels Page, Arizona Hotels
      As for what kind of clothing to wear, in a word, layers, that can easily be shed if necessary. Flagstaff and Grand Canyon South Rim are 7,000′ Above Sea Level and Page is ~ 4,500,’ so you’ll start off in the morning wearing jackets, then as the day progresses and gets warmer, you’ll want to have something lighter on. Good footwear for walking is also a must. If you’re a “sandals 24/7” person, flip-flops aren’t that great around here, you’ll want to have something more substantial like Tevas, Chacos or Keens.
      Be sure you book your Antelope Canyon Tour in advance of your arrival.
      Hope that helps and that you have a wonderful time!
      Alley 🙂

  46. HI Alley,
    My husband and I are planning a trip to Page AZ in beginning of April from Vegas. WE will start early morning from Vegas on Saturday and would want to start our journey back from Page to Vegas on Monday morning. I have searched all over the internet and is super confused now about planning my trip. Can you please help!

    Thanks much in advance!

    1. Dear Swati,
      Hi and thank you for contacting us. With two nights to work with, and since you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, you might consider spending one of your nights in Zion National Park, provided you can get reservations. For one, it’s beautiful, and secondly, it’s right on your way. At this point in time, you’ll probably end up having to stay in Springdale, UT on the Western border of the park. If that’s indeed the case, then I’d recommend doing that on your second night. Since it’s only about 3 hours from Las Vegas instead of ~5 (as is the case with Page), that saves the shorter drive for “last” if you prefer. But again, it’s contingent on being able to get lodging reservations, which you might be too late for.
      In Page, activities you should consider a “must” are visiting the Horseshoe Bend Overlook and touring either Antelope Canyon or one of the other slot canyons in the area. If you decide to devote your two nights to the Page area, you might also consider taking part in the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip or a Lake Powell Boat Tour.
      Hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have further questions!
      Alley 🙂

  47. Hi Ally – i am trying to plan a 3 day trip (either flying into Vegas or Phoenix) to see horseshoe bend specifically.. but i am trying to come up with the best itinerary where i can see many other places (considering the south rim grand canyon, antelope canyon, zion, bryce cannon, monument valley and 4 corners). i realize i cannot see everything, but i would really like to see horseshoe bend for sure. Any recommendations ? I will be renting a car and driving from which ever airport is better depending on what i plan on seeing…. need recommendations!!
    thanks

    1. Hi Marisa,
      Distance-wise, Phoenix and Las Vegas are about the same: about a 4.5 hour drive from Page, AZ. Which one you choose to fly into will probably come down to price, so be sure to check flights into both airports.
      As for the rest of your trip planning, you will have to cut down on the number of attractions you can realistically see. To accomplish everything you want to do, you’ll need more time, along the lines of a week. 7-Day Itinerary in Page, Arizona
      With 3 days to work with, I’d suggest:
      Day 1 – drive from Las Vegas (or Phoenix) to Grand Canyon South Rim (4.5 hours), overnight at a Grand Canyon hotel
      Day 2 – drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Monument Valley (about 3.5 hours), overnight in Monument Valley or Kayenta, AZ — on this day, you could make the detour to Four Corners, but it’s 90 minutes each way from Monument Valley. Too long, IMO, and not really worth it.
      Day 3 – drive from Monument Valley to Page (about 2 hours), tour Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
      Day 4 – drive back to Las Vegas via Zion National Park (about 5.5 hours)

      Hope that helps. I know it’s a hard choice. Again, if you can possibly free up more time, please do so. You won’t regret it.
      Take care,
      Alley 🙂

  48. Hi – planning to visit Page following a trip to Monument Valley in early June and wanting to make the most of our time and see both Antelope canyon and Horseshoe Bend (both from the look out area and from the river). Hoping you can give some guidance about drive times/route planning and what should be booked in advance. Many thanks!

    1. Hi Cathy and thank you for your inquiry!
      It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Monument Valley to Page, but all is not as it seems: Monument Valley is situated on the Navajo Indian Reservation, where Daylight Saving Time is observed. Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are located near Page, AZ, where Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed, so — you will “gain” an hour as you pass from Navajo Indian Land to non-Native land.
      Since you will pass by the Navajo Tribal Park Entrance to Antelope Canyon on the way from Monument Valley, we recommend you take that tour prior to entering the town of Page, AZ and that you make reservations for your tour in advance.
      To see Horseshoe Bend from the Overlook area, you simply drive there at your leisure as it is open 24/7. To see it from the Colorado River, book the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip with Wilderness River Adventures.
      Another element of your trip to book in advance: hotels, at every stop on your tour. June is peak travel season in Northern Arizona, and lodging will sell out soon if it hasn’t already.
      Take care and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  49. Hi Alley
    I am trying to make a choice between Canyon X slot canyon and Horseshoebend Slot Canyon. I am interested in photography in the slot canyon. From this point of view can you advice which one of the two is preferable as I may have opportunity to cover only one of the two.
    A few pieces of advice on photography of lake Powell may also help me. I mean the time and vantage points etc.

    1. Hi Pradeep,
      Both slot canyons are beautiful, but for photography, you might consider Antelope Canyon X. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (aka “Secret” Canyon) does not have any “chambers” like Antelope X does, it’s just one long slot. Antelope X, on select days during the summer months, features the light beams that Upper Antelope Canyon is so famous for. Whether they will show themselves during your visit depends on its timing, and is never guaranteed, but even without them, the canyon is regarded by many as just as beautiful as the main branches of Antelope Canyon.
      For photo tips not only on Lake Powell, but many scenic attractions in the Page, AZ area, go to VisitLakePowell.com/PhotoTips
      Have a wonderful and safe trip!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi John,
      We tend to discourage nighttime driving around here because most visitors who come from more populated areas are used to having their roads be fairly well lit. That’s not the case in this part of the country. Artificial/supplemental lighting is kept to a bare minimum, and many towns in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are recognized as “Dark Sky” communities. Once the sun goes down, it gets REALLY dark. Another hazard is the wildlife: deer, elk and other animals tend to be nocturnal and like to graze by the roadways at night. Getting into a collision with one will wreck your car, and your vacation.
      From personal experience, I once drove from the Grand Canyon to Four Corners at night and literally saw my life flash before my eyes a few times!
      Long story short, nighttime driving is by no means forbidden by legal statute, but it’s best avoided if you can help it.
      Hope that sheds some “light” on the situation. Ha ha ha…
      Best regards and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  50. Hi Alley
    I and a friend are planning a visit to Grand Canyon, attractions around Page and Monument Valley for landscape photography. We have a limited time though with us. We are self driving from Las Vegas on Day 1 morning to this area (hope to photograph Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend) night stay in Page, Day 2 happens to be a Sunday (probably slot Canyon photo tours aren’t offered on this day) we are reaching Monument valley in afternoon and night stay in Monument Valley. On Day 3 we are leaving Monument Valley after sunrise photography and driving to Page. Here we have booked Upper Antelope Canyon photo tour for afternoon and shall drive back to Las Vegas to reach in night.
    With your complete knowledge of the area can you help us fill in the destinations in our schedule – eg Horseshoe bend, Lake Powell, Slot Canyon(any not conventional one) etc.
    Thanks
    Pradeep

    1. Dear Pradeep,
      Sorry to say this, but you’re proposing to do too much driving on this itinerary, and too much backtracking. I know it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but you shouldn’t forget to schedule some relaxation and “quality time.”
      The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim takes approximately 4.5 hours, then the drive to Page takes about 3 hours. On day 3, you’re proposing to return to Page from Monument Valley, which takes about 2 hours, then drive from Page to Las Vegas (after an Antelope Canyon Tour) which takes about 4.5 hours as well. Antelope Canyon and other tours are operated 7 days a week, so the assumption that tours don’t run on Sundays shouldn’t guide your decision making at all.
      On Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Page via Zion National Park (about 5.5 hours). Try to arrive early enough in Page to do an Antelope Canyon Tour.
      On Day 2: Start early, visit Horseshoe Bend on your way to Monument Valley, take a short tour in that area, then drive to Grand Canyon South Rim. All told, that’s about 5 hours of driving, and you need to time your trip so that you’re not driving in the dark.
      On Day 3: Drive back to Las Vegas, which is about 4.5 hours from GC South Rim.

      Be sure to make Grand Canyon hotel reservations as well as Antelope Canyon tour reservations, and reservations for Page, AZ hotels.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  51. Alley,

    Are there self-guided tours of any of the slot canyons? If I read correctly, there are self-guided tours for Horseshoe Bend. We intend to travel in March 2018. Thanks.

    1. Hi Loretta,
      You are correct in that Horseshoe Bend is a “self-touring” attraction in the Page, AZ area. The majority of slot canyons, however, are not. Many popular slot canyons are on Navajo Indian Tribal Land and require an authorized tour company in order to see them. These include, but are not limited to, Antelope Canyon, Antelope X, Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (formerly “Secret” Canyon), Cathedral Canyon, Ligai Si-Anii Canyon, Wind Pebble Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon and Cardiac Canyon.
      There are a handful of slot canyons, however, that simply require a permit from either the Navajo Nation or the Bureau of Land Management. Waterholes Canyon is one such canyon, located South of Page, AZ on US89. To explore this canyon, you simply obtain a Navajo Tribal Park permit at the Antelope Canyon Tribal Park entrance and go at your leisure — and at your own risk.
      Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch slot canyons are located in the Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Management area. You access these via the House Rock Valley Road, which is between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT on US89.

      For these, you self-register at a small kiosk located at the trailhead, and pay a nominal per person (and per dog) entry fee. Again, this is a go at your own pace and your own risk proposition. Also, the House Rock Valley Road can be rendered impassable after it rains or snows, which is a frequent occurrence in March. Be sure to check road conditions with local visitors centers before setting out.
      Hope that helps. Have a wonderful trip!
      Alley 🙂

  52. Can you please help us know how to arrange tickets for the antelope canyon tours and the boat ride tour. We will be arriving May 23 in Page and have 2 full days, 24 & 25. Big bucket list area for my husband and I don’t want to leave it to chance. Would love to buy tickets to ensure we can go. I also don’t want to be taken advantage of. I very much appreciate your help.

    1. Hi LuAnn and thank you for visiting.
      You’re definitely doing the right thing by planning your trip well in advance.
      For Antelope Canyon tours, you must first decide whether you want to visit Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon. In a nutshell, Upper is an easy 100 yard walk, Lower is 600 yards and requires navigating a few staircases and around some boulders. Once you have decided which branch to visit, make a reservation with whichever tour outfitter has availability for the time slot that works best for you. How To Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
      For the “boat ride,” I’m not certain whether you mean the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour or the Glen Canyon Float Trip. They are similar in length, but go to different places. The Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour may require up to a 3-mile round-trip walk to see the bridge itself depending on the water level of Lake Powell. Simply visit the appropriate link to make reservations for the tour you desire.
      Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour
      Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip
      Be sure you make your hotel reservations in advance of your arrival as well.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  53. Hello! I am taking my husband to Page for our 20 year anniversary, but neither of us have been to the area. I have reserved a lake view room at the resort and rented two kayaks. I am wondering if it is possble to explore Antelope canyon by kayak without joining a tour group. We are very athletically capable of captaining our own kayaks, but just need to know if it is allowed.

    1. Hi Heather,
      Exploring Antelope Canyon by kayak is permitted, but you probably shouldn’t attempt to pilot your kayak all the way from Lake Powell Resort. There is a ton of tour and private boat traffic in the channel leading up to Antelope Canyon which could overwhelm your kayak and cause you to capsize. It would be safer to haul your kayaks to Antelope Point Marina and launch from there. Keep in mind that Antelope Point Marina is inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation area as well, so hang onto your receipt when you pay the entrance fee to get into Lake Powell Resort. It’s good for 7 days’ time.
      Congratulations on your anniversary and have a wonderful trip!
      Alley 🙂

    2. Hi,
      My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Sedona and I was wondering if we need to pay a tour or guide to visit the red rocks formations or if we can access there by car. Also we might not have too much time since we will be arriving Sedona in the afternoon and leaving to Grand Canyon on the next morning.

      1. Hi Omar,
        A guided tour is not required to visit the Red Rock formations of Sedona, but it certainly might help to have one in light of your limited time. Wasting time looking for sights you are not familiar with doesn’t really sound like an option. For suggestions of activities you might take part in, visit http://www.Sedona.net If you prefer to tour on your own, make plans beforehand to tour the Chapel of the Holy Cross, hike Oak Creek Canyon, shop Tlaquepaque or take a Pink Jeep Tour. 10 Best Sedona Sights & Landmarks
        The drive to the Grand Canyon the next day will take approximately 2.5 hours.
        Hope that helps,
        Alley 🙂

  54. Hello! What is the best time of the year to visit antelope canyon and horseshoe bend? I would like to avoid the crowds but also get some amazing pictures.

    1. Hello Yenh and thank you for your inquiry.
      If you would like to avoid crowds yet still get good photographs of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, we would advise you to visit during the winter months (November through February). You risk encountering inclement weather, up to and including snow, but as long as you are prepared with warm clothing, and a diligent eye on the weather, you should still be able to enjoy a fulfilling visit to the Page, AZ area, with fewer people to contend with.
      If the prospect of wintertime travel doesn’t appeal, late September through November offer nearly perfect daytime temperatures, and though local hotels and attractions will still be busy, it will be mostly adults out traveling as children are back in school.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  55. Hello, I been wanting to go to the Antelope Canyon for a while now. So confused where to go and stay from NJ! Can you please help me?? Should I go to Phoenix? Then from Phoenix drive to Flagstaff or Page?? The 48 hrs. tour sounds very good to me.

    1. Hi Sandra and thank you for your inquiry.
      Flying into Phoenix is a good option; but the slight majority of visitors choose to fly into Las Vegas. Either city is about a 4.5 hour drive from Page, AZ. Regarding where to stay, Page, AZ would be best as it would put you closer to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Page, AZ has a wide variety of traditional hotels and vacation rental homes.
      Staying in Flagstaff would put you a 2.5 hour drive (one way) from Page, making for a long day behind the wheel if you choose to go that route.
      Hope that helps. Be sure to book your hotels, and make your Antelope Canyon tour reservations well in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  56. HI, I am planing a trip to Arizona with my friends on from May 4th returning on the 7th . Can we do 2 tours in one day ? Antelope Upper tour and Hoseshoe Bend , we’re thinking to stay in Sedona Friday’s night until Saturday , drive Saturday afternoon and stay close to the Canyon area and do both tours on Sunday since we are returning on Monday. Please let me know what you recommend . Thanks !

    1. Hi Nana,
      So are you planning to visit the Grand Canyon at any point on your trip? It’s a definite must and is mid-way between Sedona and Page. An overnight there is best so you can enjoy sunrise and/or sunset. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim, then another 2.5-3 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page.
      If you have already been to the Grand Canyon, then the itinerary you propose is doable. I’m assuming you’re flying out of Phoenix? If so, be sure to plan for 4.5-5 hours to drive back there from Page, AZ.
      Since your visit will occur during peak travel season, all arrangements should be made well in advance of your arrival, including hotels and Antelope Canyon Tours.
      Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
      Alley 🙂

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