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:
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.
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.
Hotel pick up
Round-trip transportation to Page, AZ;
Lake Powell overlook
Lower Antelope Canyon tour (admission included in price of the tour)
Stop at Horseshoe Bend Overlook;
Simple breakfast, hot lunch
Tour duration: 15 hours hotel to hotel
Mode of transport: 15-passenger van
Current price: $199+ gratuities
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:
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!