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How to Get to Horseshoe Bend From Las Vegas

How to Get to Horseshoe Bend From Las Vegas

If you’ve taken the time and trouble to get to Sin City (aka Las Vegas), it would be a sin not to visit the most iconic entrenched meander on the planet, Horseshoe Bend, and nearby Antelope Canyon. While normally we’d “second that emotion,” we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t tell you this:

  1. You’d better like driving – a lot or
  2. You’d better consider changing up your trip plans slightly, namely, spend one less day in Las Vegas and one more day in Page, Arizona

So, how does a determined traveler get to Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas? Said traveler has two choices: by driving themselves, or by commercial tour.

To self-drive:

  • Take I-15 and proceed Northeast through Mesquite and St. George, UT to Washington, UT. Mileage for this section: 127
  • For the next 70 miles of the trip: Get off on Exit 16 to UT-9, which turns into UT-59 near Hurricane, UT, then becomes AZ-389 near Colorado City, AZ. In Fredonia, AZ, take AZ-89A due North Kanab, UT.
  • From Kanab, UT, take US-89 East toward Page, AZ. Pass the town and look for the signs for Horseshoe Bend Overlook between Mile Marker 544 and 545. Mileage: 80
  • Total trip mileage: 276 Total drive time: 4.5 hours one-way

Because of the relatively long distance and duration of the drive from Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ, a day trip is feasible, but getting an early start out of Las Vegas is a definite must. This is so you don’t have to drive back to Las Vegas at night. Due to the relative dearth of artificial lighting on roads of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, and the presence of deer and elk in the area, driving after dusk can be nerve-wracking at best, dangerous at worst. A better idea is to modify your schedule so that you can spend a night or two in the nearby town of Page, AZ. There’s a lot to see and do here, including, but not limited to: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, the Colorado River Discovery half-day float trip, boat tours on Lake Powell, airplane and helicopter flights, scenic hikes in varying degrees of difficulty, and slot canyons galore. Taking the extra time to enjoy Page and Lake Powell more fully is a decision you won’t regret. Indeed, most day-trippers end up planning return visits to see everything they missed!

Commercial tours from Las Vegas:

At the present time (September 2017), tours from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend are somewhat few and far between. The driving distance is the most likely deterrent for many ground tour operators. However, for those with the gumption to visit Horseshoe Bend on their Las Vegas vacation, but without said gumption to drive themselves, a smattering offerings is out there.

  • TakeTours 1-Day Ground Tour includes:
    • Transfers from and back to select Las Vegas hotels;
    • Transportation to and from to Page, AZ;
    • Drive over and possible stop at Glen Canyon Dam;
    • Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon;
    • Horseshoe Bend Overlook stop;
    • Tour duration: 14 hours door-to-door
    • Mode of transport: Motorcoach
    • Price (subject to change): $120 per person + tax and gratuities
    • Add-on Option: Lake Powell plane tour
  • Grand Canyon Tours 1-Day Tour includes:
    • Pick-up at Hotel
    • Breakfast stop at Mesquite, NV
    • Rest stop in Kanab, UT
    • Glen Canyon Dam drive-over
    • Page AZ lunch stop
    • Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon (admission included in price of the tour)
    • Horseshoe Bend
    • Navajo Bridge
    • Evening meal stops at guide’s discretion
    • Unlimited bottled water
    • Drop off at Hotel
    • Tour duration: 15 hours door-to-door
    • Mode of transport: 7-passenger van
    • Price (subject to change): $149 + tax & gratuities
  • Viator Private Overnight (2-days/1-night) Tour to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Zion National Park includes
    • Pickup at Las Vegas Hotel
    • Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell Photo Stops
    • Navajo-Guided tour of Antelope Canyon, 1.5 hours
    • Escorted walk to Horseshoe Bend Overlook
    • Overnight in Page, AZ hotel
    • Big Water, UT Dinosaur Center stop
    • Escorted walk in ZionNational Park
    • Las Vegas Hotels return transfer
    • Private driver/Professional guide
    • All park entrance fees
    • Meals per itinerary (B,L)
    • Trip duration: 2 days, 1  night
    • Transport vehicle: varies
    • Price (subject to change): $2995 for up to 4 people

The above-referenced trips are only run on certain days of the week and may have a minimum passenger requirement (usually 4) to guarantee operation, which is usually on a “weather permitting” basis as well.

At this time, only one tour company is offering a Las Vegas – Horseshoe Bend flight tour option with limited seating, but it is out there for those with a big enough vacation budget for it. Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines Private Antelope Canyon Expedition includes:

  • Roundtrip shuttle service to/from Boulder City Municipal Airport from most major Las Vegas hotels
  • Exclusive fixed-wing airplane service to Page/Lake Powell, Arizona
  • Amazing aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Vermillion Cliffs, Glen Canyon, and a Horseshoe Bend flyover
  • Guided tour of legendary Antelope Canyon
  • Guided hike to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook
  • Light lunch

So, how should you get to Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas? In the opinion of this site’s administrators, countless local residents, tourism professionals and folks who’ve ‘been there and done that,’ driving yourself always offers the most freedom and flexibility to enjoy not only Horseshoe Bend, but everything the Page/Lake Powell area has to offer. Do everything you can to stay here for a day or more. 10 hours is a long time behind the wheel! Then again, that charter plane tour sounds pretty sweet.

If you do decide to take one of the tours we described – or even one we didn’t mention – we’d love to hear about your experience. We heartily encourage you to post a tour review or other feedback here, or on other popular travel and consumer sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, TourRadar, and those old stalwarts, Facebook and Twitter.

Til next time, happy traveling!

About The Author

Alley Keosheyan

A 25-year veteran of the tourism industry in Northern Arizona, including 7 years at Grand Canyon South Rim and 15 years at Lake Powell, Alley has taken part in virtually every commercial tour offering there is! She has ridden the Grand Canyon mules, hiked rim to rim, rafted the rapids of the Colorado River (and the smooth bits, too), enjoyed many a weekend on a houseboat on Lake Powell, logged countless hours on both airplanes and helicopters, walked on air on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and frolicked in the blue-green waters of Havasu Falls. About the only thing on her "to-do" list now is the Tower Butte Helicopter tour! She now makes her living as a freelance writer by day, bass player in a cover band by night.

10 Comments

  1. Don

    Alley
    My wife and I will be in Arizona in December 10-14.This is our first visit and would like to see the different sites, Grand Canyon, horse shoe falls etc.
    Are all the parks accessible during this time of year and ave temp is expected to be in 40 to 50 degrees, correct

    Reply
    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Don, and thank you for your inquiry!
      All the parks are indeed accessible during the month of December, however, a little clarification on one point is definitely in order: Horseshoe Bend does not actually feature a waterfall. If you’re thinking of Havasu Falls, the really tall, blue-green waterfalls that are so famous, then you won’t be going there since that area is really difficult to get to and requires advance permits which have been sold out for ages.
      As for average temperatures, the 40-50 degree Fahrenheit range is about right, but wide variances can and do occur, especially if snow, rain or high winds are present. Remember, too, that Grand Canyon South Rim is 7,000′ above sea level, a full 3,000′ higher than Page, so its weather usually runs a bit cooler. Keep an eye on the weather forecast before you head out this way and you should be good to go!
      Have fun and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      Reply
  2. dan

    Hi! Is the road from LV to Horseshoe bend gonna be all highway? is there any bumpy road? cause my pregnant wife is kind of worry about that, thanks a lot!

    Reply
    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Dan and thank you for your question!
      You’ll be pleased to know that the entire drive from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend takes place on paved highway. The thing your wife should really be worried about is the walk to the overlook. At present, it’s .6 miles, a good portion of it uphill, through potentially deep sand. If you plan to be traveling during the summer months, we would definitely recommend taking on this activity during the cooler morning hours rather than the blistering hot afternoon.
      If after considering the realities, you decide that walking to Horseshoe Bend is not the right activity for a woman who is pregnant, there are other options for experiencing Horseshoe Bend anyway, including, but not limited to rafting, airplane or helicopter tours (though these are not recommended for women in the later stages of pregnancy), or just taking the walk as slow as you want to.
      Another possibility, if your visit is taking place next year, is that improvements to the overlook are underway, which include leveling out the trail, and installing shade structures. So, depending on the timing of your visit, the problem might already be solved!
      Safe travels, and congratulations on the addition to your family!
      Alley 🙂

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  3. Stella Kocharyan

    Hi Alley! Thank you so much for the wonderful detailed info! We want to see both Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Band a
    And I was wondering is the http://www.taketours.com reliable? Do you have any other suggestions? Have you ever heard of http://www.tours4fun.com? Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Stella, thank you for your kind compliments.
      From what I have heard, TakeTours is reliable, however, they seem to cater primarily to the Chinese market, employ Chinese-speaking guides (though usually bilingual), have meals at Chinese restaurants, etc.
      I am also familiar with Tours4Fun, in fact, a recent traveler wrote about her (very positive) experience with this company on her blog, SoCal Shuffle. Give it a read, and visit Tours4Fun’s website to browse their different tour offerings out of LA and Las Vegas.
      Good luck and let us know how you get on!
      Alley Keosheyan 🙂

      Reply
  4. Ilse

    Myt cousin and myself will make a 2 weks trip to California,. We will hire a car and be in Las Vegas on November 16, We want to see Horseshoe Bend, Anteope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon. What is the best rout and how much time will we need to see it all?Would 4-5 days be reasonable.?

    Reply
    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hello Ilse and thank you for visiting. We hope you’re looking forward to your trip!
      4-5 days is an OK timeframe for the itinerary you’re proposing, but it’s a little rushed. If you could extend it to 5-6 days, I guarantee you’d enjoy that more. The typical trip from Las Vegas looks like this:
      Day 1: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon (5 hours), overnight in Grand Canyon
      Day 2: Grand Canyon to Monument Valley (3.5 hours), overnight in Monument Valley
      Day 3: Monument Valley to Page, AZ (2 hours), tour Antelope Canyon en route, overnight in Page
      Day 4: Visit Horseshoe Bend, then drive to Bryce Canyon (2.5 hours), overnight in Bryce Canyon
      Day 5: Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park (1.5 hours), overnight in Springdale, UT
      Day 6: Drive back to Las Vegas (~3 hours from Springdale)
      Below please find a suggested route map:

      The itinerary can be reversed (LV-Zion-Bryce-Page-MV-Grand Canyon) if need be. Be aware that during the month of November, daytime temperatures will be cooler, and you could encounter snow. Be sure to pack warmer clothing just in case. Even though that time of year is considered shoulder or off-season, advance reservations for hotels are strongly recommended.
      Another suggestion: purchase an “America The Beautiful” Federal Lands Access Pass to save money on park entrance fees. You can buy it at the first National Park or Monument you stop at.
      Best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      Reply
  5. Michel Chao

    hi I am interested in going to Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas for 1 day tour. Can you send me which hotel and dates.

    Reply

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