The Intimate Grand Canyon Experience

In the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, Aesop cautioned us to temper our “need for speed,” because “slow and steady wins the race.” In the case of the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, slow and steady doesn’t necessarily win any race, but taking a gradual, more mindful approach to this now-iconic symbol of the American Southwest will give the viewer a better appreciation for the true complexity of the area’s geology. And that, in our book, is definitely one for the “win” column!

As you exit your vehicle in the newly-expanded Horseshoe Bend parking area just South of Page, Arizona, your first challenge is to make your way up a mildly steep incline through deep, sometimes unwieldy sand. Though most visitors succumb to the temptation to make quick work out of this small obstacle, you might view it as an opportunity to take a trip through a real-life “Jurassic World.”

About 200 million years ago, a massive sea of sand dunes covered the landscape from Arizona to Wyoming. Known to geologists as “ergs,” they eventually became petrified (turned to stone) by water and minerals, solidifying into a uniform layer of sandstone over 2,000’ thick in some areas. After the bedrock of Navajo Sandstone formed, other sedimentary layers of sandstone, mudstone, calcite and limestone settled on top of it, then began to wear away under the constant scouring of relentless winds, flash floods, and extreme heat and cold. Today, the Navajo sandstone is once again exposed, and its top layer turning to sand. So this hill that makes you go “erg” is what remains of a gigantic sand dune that actually saw dinosaurs walk upon it. Indeed, there is a small, but hard-to-find dinosaur track about 50 yards from the end of the trail. Tell us the GPS coordinates if you happen to find it!

As you crest the hill, the trail begins to undulate and you’ll notice the tone of the landscape has taken on more jagged, sloping characteristics. Whitish gravel and chunks of sand also make an appearance. These are remnants of the calcite, or limestone layer that was once here. The diagonal stripes in the rock formations tell the story of how the sand dunes were petrified, yet retained their former shape as minerals, rain and snow changed their molecular composition over the course of 20 million years.

As you get closer to Horseshoe Bend Overlook, you’ll notice that some of the rock formations sport dark, sandy nodules. These are known as “iron concretions.” Because it was heavier than sandstone, iron tended to cluster up into small spheres during the process of petrification. As the sandstone erodes away, these concretions are becoming exposed to the elements once again. Occasionally, they will break away from the sandstone bedrock. When they do, they become what are known as “Moki Marbles.” If you find one – or more – please don’t pocket them. Remember, take only pictures and leave only footprints!

If all this sounds pretty amazing so far, wait until you see what’s ahead of you: the very thing you came here for – Horseshoe Bend! A geologic masterpiece sculpted by the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend is an example of what happens when water takes the path of least resistance. Approximately 5 million years ago – or what a geologist might describe as “just the other day” – the Colorado Plateau abruptly uplifted. The rivers that flowed across this ancient landscape were suddenly trapped in their beds. Seeking a new natural level, with the help of gravity, the Colorado River began cutting through rock layers deep and fast. Here at Horseshoe Bend, an unstoppable force met an immovable object, namely, a sandstone escarpment. Since this rock formation wasn’t going to budge anytime soon, the river did the most logical thing it could: it went around it. The result is the 270° bend in the river (called an “incised” or “entrenched meander”) you see before you. Who knows, in a few million years, the stubborn promontory might finally decide to give way to the river’s whims, and future tourists could be viewing an attraction that bears a resemblance to Rainbow Bridge!

At this viewpoint, you can see the waters of the Colorado River in all their sparkling, blue-green glory as they drift along toward the Grand Canyon."

But, that’s in the realm of sheer speculation for now. What’s in the realm of absolute certainty is that this is one of the most intimate views of the Colorado River you’re likely to experience on your Northern Arizona vacation. At this viewpoint, you can see the waters of the Colorado River in all their sparkling, blue-green glory as they drift along toward the Grand Canyon. Where else can you take a selfie with this timeless, majestic waterway in the background? Certainly not at the Grand Canyon – from the South Rim, there is only a handful of viewpoints that the Colorado River can be seen from, and then only a small stretch before it disappears again behind a butte or plateau. So pause for a few minutes to breathe in the fresh air and appreciate this magnificent view for how powerful and miraculous it truly is!

Now, wasn’t it worth the walk? For best results photographing Horseshoe Bend, you’ll need a wide angle lens to get the entire scene in the picture. If heights freak you out a little, try sitting or even lying down to take in the view from a more secure perspective. Seeing little blue dots on the river? Don’t worry, that’s not the altitude messing with your mind, those are rafts rounding Horseshoe Bend on the Half-Day Glen Canyon Float Trip. If you take one look at that first hill and still say “no way,” consider flying over Horseshoe Bend to get an incredible bird’s eye view without breaking a sweat.

366 Responses

  1. Hello! My boyfriend & I will be traveling to Sedona Nov. 10-17! I am having a mildly difficult time doing research about the top things to do & see during our time there – we for sure want to make it up to the Grand Canyon & Horseshoe Bend. Unsure of which “rim” or hikes in the Grand Canyon to do? Are you aware of any waterfall hikes that we could do that we wouldn’t have to camp? Super interested in scenic hikes because we are from Florida & not use to all the Red Rocks! For sure plan on Devils Bridge but also open to any must sees in Sedona & surrounding areas! Thinking about Vermillion Cliff if open? I know Antelope Canyon isn’t. Really just looking for a solid “must see” list & some advice on the best ways to go about it all so we don’t waste our time (: Thank you so much in advance, truly appreciate you taking all the time to reply to everyone on here.

    1. Hi Carly,
      Using Sedona, AZ, as a “base” camp puts you in closest proximity to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It takes about 3 hours, one way, to drive from Sedona, AZ, to Grand Canyon Village. Once there, park as close as possible to Bright Angel Lodge and catch the shuttles out to the Hermit’s Rest overlooks, or you can self-drive on the Desert View Drive as fas as Navajo Point.
      The main priority on all of your sightseeing days is to make sure you do any and all driving during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to the roads being very dimly lit, plus the possible presence of large wildlife such as deer and elk, as well as free range livestock such as cattle and even wild horses. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temps in some areas can already dip down below freezing at that time of year), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. In November, you’ll be up against days that are rapidly shortening. During he first week of November, sunrise occurs at 7:00 AM, and sunset takes place shortly after 5:00 PM. You’ll need to be sure you’re heading back to Sedona from Grand Canyon South Rim no later than 2:30 PM to ensure that you’re not driving US89A through Oak Creek Canyon in the dark. That section of the drive is very twisty and narrow and definitely not recommended to take on at night!
      For Horseshoe Bend, you’ll need to set aside a separate day to drive to Page, AZ. There again, you’re looking at ~ a 3-hour one way drive. You’ll then need to allot approximately 2 hours to park, walk to the rim (~1.5 miles round-trip), take photos, then walk back. There is a construction project taking place near Horseshoe Bend that may delay your arrival slightly. As for including the Vermilion Cliffs area into your day, it’s possible, but you’ll need to keep a close eye on the time so that you’re heading back to Sedona, again, no later than 2:30 PM. What you might do is get an early start on the day, drive directly up to Page, AZ, visit Horseshoe Bend, then pop down to Cliff Dweller’s Lodge (one of Northern AZ’s best kept “secret” restaurants!) for a late lunch/early dinner, then head back to Sedona. Map of trip
      As for “waterfall hikes,” November isn’t the best time of year for that type of activity, mainly because it’s too cold to swim (usually, anyway). Many waterfalls in Arizona are seasonal, so you may not find any water flowing at all at that time of year. The one that would probably be most easily accessible is Slide Rock State Park. That’s a natural waterslide that’s very popular in the summer months. Note that there is an entrance fee required here.
      For more suggestions on things to see and do during your stay in Sedona, go to http://www.VisitSedona.com or the Sedona, AZ, Forum of TripAdvisor
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hello, my family wanted to visit arizona around thanksgiving time and it will be our first time. We were looking forward to the antelope canyons but heard it is closed. But horseshoe bend also looks nice and grand canyon. Does this trip seem reasonable if we go for a few days? Also, what other hikes are similar to the caves of antelope canyons because we really wanted to see that! Would appreciate your feedback!

    1. Hi Susan,
      Sorry to hear that the closure of the Antelope Canyons has thrown a kink into your vacation plans, but all is not lost when it comes to slot canyons! More on that in a minute…
      If by “a few days” you mean at least 3-4, that’s workable, but better if you could set aside 4-5. Also, not knowing if you’re flying in or driving in, I’m going off the possibly incorrect assumption that you’ll be starting your trip off in Phoenix, AZ.
      The drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon South Rim is approximately 5 hours, one way. Due to the distance, and the fact that days are relatively short during the Thanksgiving Holiday, you should plan on staying overnight in the immediate vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, either in the park, or Tusayan, AZ, 7 miles outside the park.
      Horseshoe Bend is located just outside the town of Page, AZ. Normally, it is about a 3-hour drive from Grand Canyon South Rim. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a critical component of this drive on Navajo Indian Tribal Land is closed. This necessitates a detour back down to Flagstaff, AZ, then back up North on US89 to Page, AZ. This has turned a 3-hour drive into more like a 5-hour drive. If you book 2-3 nights in Page, AZ, this will enable you to devote one full day to making the short drive to Kanab, UT (~70 minutes) to visit Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. This short but memorable walk features scenery on par with the Antelope Canyons (which are closed), and a few that are unique to it. Although the slot canyon portion isn’t that difficult, the drive to get there is, which is why we recommend again taking a guided tour to this area. Tour companies that can get you to Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Whatever you decide, be sure to book all hotels and guided tours ASAP; now would not be too soon to start making reservations!
      Also, be sure to time all drives so that they are done during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to local roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of large wildlife such as deer and elk, as well as free range livestock such as cattle and even wild horses. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temps can dip down below freezing that time of year), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi Alley,

    I know this is a bit late to ask, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me. My friend and I came for a spontaneous 2 day trip to visit horseshoe bend and antelope canyon (without much planning). We arrived today and were able to go and see the beauty of horseshoe bend, but are a bit lost as to what to do tomorrow. We really want to see a few of the best bits of the Grand Canyon tomorrow before we have to head back. We loved the idea of rafting down with one of the tour companies but I want to have a plan B since their website doesn’t show if they have availabilties. Would appreciate any input you might have! We are fine hiking short distances from parking spots, however our car isn’t really made for long distances on gravel so unfortunately anything like that would be difficult for us.

    1. Hi Henrik,
      Unfortunately, you are too late in the season for rafting.
      The drive from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim is normally ~3 hours, but due to the closure of an integral component of the normal travel route due to COVID-19, you’ll have to detour down through Flagstaff, then head back North via US180/AZ64 or I40/AZ64. This has turned what is usually a 3-hour drive into a 5-hour drive. This is all via paved roads, by the way. Upon arrival at the South Rim, there are ample hiking opportunities both on the rim and in the inner canyon. For the best quality experience, it is best if you spend the night at Grand Canyon South Rim.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley, my husband and I are planning a trip from Prescott, Az to Page. I noticed Antelope Canyon is closed, but Horseshoe bend is not. However I noticed your comment about travel distance being longer. Will that impact our travel time, as well. I’m not real familiar with the northern region

        1. Hi Danielle,
          The trip from Prescott, AZ, to Page, AZ, takes approximately 4 hours. It is not affected by the closure of AZ64 from Cameron, AZ, to Desert View Point. That primarily affects visitors traveling from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ as they now must detour through Flagstaff, which adds another 2 hours onto their drive time. But again, the normal travel route from Prescott, AZ, to Page, AZ, has not changed.
          You are correct in that the Antelope Canyons are closed. If seeing a slot canyon remains on your “wish list,” there are several alternatives not affected by the closure of Navajo Indian Lands. For more information on these, check out our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: “Help! My Tour Got Cancelled”
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  4. Hello Alley,
    My teenage boys (17 & 14 yrs. old) and I will be flying into Las Vegas on Sat 11/21- and leaving on Sat 11/28. We would like to visit the Grand Canyon (South Rim), Horseshoe Bend, Zion Nat’l Park, The Hoover Dam, and spend the last 2-3 nights in Vegas. Given this time of year, do you recommend visiting these places in any particular order? Is the Grand Canyon Railway day trip into the Canyon worth it? What time will it start getting dark while we’re there? I appreciate any insight you can provide.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Assuming that 11/21 and 11/28 are travel days, and given your timeframe and parks on your “wish list,” here’s what I’d recommend:
      11/21 – Fly to Las Vegas, overnight in Las Vegas
      11/22 – Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive). The Hoover Dam visitor center and bridge walkway are unfortunately closed due to COVID-19, but you can still get a good view of it from the Pat Tillman/Mike O’Callaghan Memorial Bridge that passes above it. Overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
      11/23 – Drive to Page, AZ ***unfortunately, the closure of a section of the usual drive due to COVID-19 necessitates a detour through Flagstaff, AZ, then back North on US89; this has rendered what is normally a 3-hour drive into a 5-hour trip*** Visit Horseshoe Bend (or do it first thing the next morning) overnight in Page, AZ
      11/24 – Get up early, drive to Kanab, UT (~70 minutes from Page, AZ) to tour Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon (if desired), head to Zion National Park, overnight in Springdale, UT
      11/25 – 2nd day/night at Zion National Park, overnight in Springdale
      11/26 – Thanksgiving Day — drive to Las Vegas (~3 hours from Springdale), overnight in Las Vegas
      11/27 – 2nd day/night in Las Vegas
      11/28 – Fly home
      Trip map
      As you can see, the Grand Canyon Railway has not been included in this plan. Not because it isn’t fun, it’s just that in your case, it may not be the best use of your time, or money. The Grand Canyon Railway leaves from Williams, AZ, 60 miles due South of the park. This means that you won’t see the Grand Canyon from the train; you won’t see it until you get to the park and get off the train. Since it is pulled by antique diesel engines, the Grand Canyon Railway doesn’t break any speed records getting you to your destination: the train takes ~2.5 hours — each way, mind you — to make a trip that would only take you one hour by car. Upon arriving at the park, you then only have ~3.5 hours to explore before reboarding the train and heading back to Williams. You’ll be able to get the most out of your already limited time by self-driving. Here’s a video that discusses the train vs. drive debate in more detail. Note that the footage is a bit dated, but the core principles are evergreen.
      With two teenage boys in tow, I think the Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon Tour would be more enjoyable and more of an adventure for them. If you like hiking, but prefer more of a DIY approach, you might consider doing the Paria Rim Rocks/Toadstool Hoo-doo Trail. It’s a relatively easy hike to some cool rock formations, the trailhead is located between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, near mile marker 19 on US89.
      Regarding daylength, at the time of your visit, it will be short. In Arizona and Utah, sunrise takes place at around 7:15 AM, and sunset occurs just after 5:00 PM. Nevada will be one hour behind Arizona and Utah then. Once you leave Las Vegas, it’s important you do all driving during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to local roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of large wildlife such as deer and elk, as well as free range livestock such as cattle and even wild horses. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temps can dip down below freezing that time of year), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. On the back end of the trip (Springdale – LAS), it’s OK to do the latter part of the drive after dusk because between St. George, UT, Mesquite, NV, and Las Vegas, NV, you have a sizeable urban light dome and a relatively low risk of encountering any wildlife.
      Last but not least, the feasibility of all this will depend largely on hotel availability. Start by checking availability at Grand Canyon South Rim first. If need be, this itinerary can be reversed (Las Vegas-Zion-Kanab-Page-Grand Canyon-Las Vegas) if you have an easier time finding hotels that way.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hey Alley,

        Your trip suggestions are most helpful and very insightful. I agree about the train trip and it’s probably not the best use of our time; besides the boys may get bored with that. Lol. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses to others questions. So happy I encountered this website.

        Keep up the great job and suggestions! 🙂
        Thank you so very much!
        Take care.

      2. Hi again, Alley,

        I’m thinking we’ll try to choose either Horseshoe Bend, Peek-A-Boo Canyon or Zion National Park, so we’re not trying to cram too much into one week and the boys get road weary from the long drives. I’m just not sure. With 2 teenage boys, what do you recommend? My older son is more active and would enjoy the hikes while my younger son may get tired of the hikes more quickly. Besides Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, the others are lagniappe but would definitely enjoy seeing one of them. I’ve read the Hoover Dam is partially open now.

        Thank you, again, for your insight!
        Ashley

        1. Hi again, Ashley,
          Thanks to you, I’ve learned something new: “lagniappe!” Meaning bonus, icing on the cake, etc., right?
          When you make the trip from Grand Canyon South Rim to Zion National Park, you pretty much have to pass through Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, anyway. Staying overnight in either place would be a good way to break up the drive since the detour through Flagstaff, AZ, basically tacks another 2 hours onto an already long trip.
          Whether you visit Horseshoe Bend or Peek-A-Boo Canyon, scenery-wise, it’s an apples to oranges comparison. If time is tight, Horseshoe Bend would probably win out in that contest. Horseshoe Bend takes approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours to park, hike to the rim, take photos, and walk back to your vehicles. The trail to the rim is ~.7 miles one way.
          By itself, Red Canyon/Peek-A-Boo Canyon is also ~.7 miles long (one way), but to visit by guided tour, which is what we recommend, takes ~4 hours.
          I know it’s a hard choice, but I don’t think you can go wrong either way!
          Take care and Happy Holidays,
          Alley 🙂

          1. Hi Alley,

            Yes indeed. Lol, come to Cajun land down South and we can teach you all sorts of new language! 🙂
            Okay, I’ve made our itinerary using your suggestions. We are getting excited about the trip and hope the weather cooperates for us.

            Thank you, again, for your assistance!
            Happy and Healthy Holidays to you also.
            Ashley

          2. Hi again, Ashley,
            Hope you have a wonderful time!
            If you get a minute when you get home, write back and tell us how it went.
            Take care,
            Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Tashfin,
      So sorry I didn’t see your inquiry sooner! Hopefully you found that Horseshoe Bend is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week 🙂
      Alley

  5. I’m so glad I found this page! It gas given me lots of future ideas!! We are taking a short weekend trip to check out Horseshoe Bend. Is there anywhere else I. The general are that you’d recommend hiking?

    1. Hi Lindsay!
      Assuming that your trip is coming up soon, you’ll find no shortage of hiking opportunities in Page, AZ, in addition to Horseshoe Bend. Unfortunately, the Antelope Canyons are off the table due to COVID-19, but if a slot canyon is on your “wish list,” there are other options. More on that in a minute….
      Horseshoe Bend will take at least 2 hours of your time to park, walk out to the rim, take photos, then walk back. In the immediate vicinity of Page, AZ, other hikes you might enjoy include, but aren’t limited to:
      The “New” Wave – a small but interesting cluster of rock formations, some bearing a resemblance to The Wave, others not; Radio Tower Rock is a highlight of this area. If you’re in a 2WD vehicle, be very careful not to drive too far into the sand or anywhere you might have trouble turning around. The access road is not regularly maintained, but there is a small campground located nearby.
      – the Page Rim View Trail – a popular spot for locals to get their morning walk or jog in, visitors are welcome to use it, too. It’s 10 miles long, circumnavigates Manson Mesa, atop which the City of Page was built, but you aren’t locked into doing the entire 10 miles if you don’t want to! There are several spur trails that will get you back to “civilization” when you’ve had enough. Great view of Lake Powell, but no Lake access.
      – along the Page Rim View Trail, you’ll also find the newly opened Grandview Overlook Park. Great views of the lake, but no access to it, has a beautiful East-West perspective, so is a great spot to catch sunrise and/or sunset form
      – the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge and Hanging Garden Trail – park your vehicle on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Dam, walk across the bridge, then come back to your vehicle and walk the short, easy Hanging Garden Trail; the springs for which the latter is named are probably dry, but it’s a nice little walk to an interesting spot
      – Wahweap Swim Beach (inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you’ll have to pay the entrance $30/vehicle entrance fee, which is good for one week’s time) – a short distance from the Lake Powell Resort complex, walk out to the waterline, acquire bragging rights to say you dipped your feet in Lake Powell
      – Lone Rock Beach (also inside GCNRA), popular camping spot, nice beach area with great views of the Lone Rock formation
      For more information about the above-referenced areas and more, check out LiveLaughRV.net: Adventures at the Arizona-Utah Border
      – Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch — takes some effort, both to get there, and to hike it, but you might find the scenic pay-off well worth it! Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which is typically full of deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is another reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to see and do around Page, AZ, even with the Antelope Canyons closed.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  6. Hi Alley,
    This site has a lot of great information! My family of 4 (my husband, myself and our 14 and 16 year olds) is traveling to Sedona and surrounding area Dec. 18- 29 (flying in and out of Phoenix). We are booked in Sedona for the week of 18th-25th and then are thinking of staying in Page two nights (12/25 and 26th) and then Scottsdale the 27th and 28th. We are very active and love to hike. We are thinking of doing a day trip from Sedona to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) either on a helicopter/plane tour or just a hiking tour. From Page we would like to see Peek a Boo Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. From Sedona to Page on Xmas day, will anything be open, and what would be best to do that day? Also wondering about going to Zion National Park and whether we can fit that in. Then, I thought on the 27th we could do a day trip drive through the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest on our way to Scottsdale. Then spend Monday in Scottsdale and leave on Tues. However, I am wondering whether we should skip Scottsdale and spend more time in the Page and Zion area. Wondering if you have any tips on itinerary and routes? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Melissa, glad you found us!
      Your trip plan looks pretty fun, but there are a couple of areas in need of a “reality check.”
      First off, I wouldn’t recommend visiting the Grand Canyon from Sedona as a self-drive day trip. The main reason for this is because it’s ~a 3 hour drive, each way, from Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim. At the time of year you’re visiting, you’re also dealing with days that are extremely short. Sunrise during Christmas week takes place at around 7:45 AM, and sunset occurs at approximately 5:15 PM. That’s not even 10 hours of daylight that you have to work with, and you’re proposing to eat up 6 of those hours driving. You then have to factor in finding a place to park and getting your bearings once you arrive at Grand Canyon South Rim, which could easily take up another hour. At some point, you’ll probably want to get lunch (unless you bring something with you). That doesn’t leave a lot of time for sightseeing. If you’re thinking at this point, “we’ll just drive back that night,” uh… no. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to local roads being very dimly lit, and the possible presence of large wildlife such as deer and elk, as well as free range livestock such as cattle and even wild horses. The stretch of US89A from Flagstaff to Sedona in particular is very dark and windy. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temps can dip down below freezing that time of year), where cell service is spotty, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive. Long story short, either arrange to spend the night at the Grand Canyon, or do an air/ground combination tour out of Sedona. Those are HUGE time-savers, and flying over the area will give you a deeper appreciation for the magnitude and complexity of the landscape!
      In Page, AZ, you won’t find much open on Christmas Day itself, save for hotels, but tour operators, restaurants, and other services should be back up and running the following day. The drive from Sedona, AZ, to Page, AZ, takes approximately 3 hours as well. Horseshoe Bend is something you can probably hit on your way into town, then the next day, plan on visiting Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. Although the hike in Peek-A-Boo is pretty easy, driving there is anything but. If you’re in a rental car, forget it. Therefore, we recommend taking a guided tour to that area with one of several reputable tour companies in Kanab, UT (~70 minutes from Page):
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Since a tour of Peek-A-Boo will take anywhere from 3-4 hours, that won’t give you much time do much sightseeing in Zion other than a quick “pop-in/pop-out” just to say you saw it. Here again, you don’t want to find yourself having to drive back to Page, AZ, at night. The stretch of US89 between Kanab, UT, and Page, AZ, in particular is a popular migratory route for elk, who are notorious for moving about at night. Trust me, I’ve had a couple of “too close for comfort” encounters myself! You could certainly consider spending the night in Kanab, UT, or Springdale, UT (on the Eastern and Western borders of Zion, respectively), but that would leave you having to make an extra-long haul back to Phoenix, anywhere from 7-8 hours to be exact. Here, you could certainly use the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert to break up the drive; the gateway community of Holbrook, AZ, is ~5-6 hours from Zion, and the drive back to Phoenix would be ~4 hours.
      Another option? Skip that part of the plan entirely, give the extra time to Zion, and fly out of Las Vegas. IMO Scottsdale/Phoenix is just another big city, and all that that implies. The desert scenery surrounding it may be somewhat novel for your family, and the cost of switching your plane tickets around may be too high at this point, but the in at PHX/out at LAS approach has been used by many travelers to the American Southwest to get the most out of their sightseeing time. If it’s not too expensive (the rental car drop-off fees tend to rule it out for many people), it certainly merits consideration.
      Hope that helps, I know it’s a hard choice! Feel free to write in again if you need to bounce more ideas off us.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Hi Alley,

    Thanks so much for your quick responses — all this information is extremely helpful and informative. I am planning to travel to Sedona with my parents during the 1st week of November, for about 7-8 days. We are looking to definitely visit Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Flagstaff, Page / Horseshoe Bend, and the Grand Canyon (South Rim seems ideal) – but are open to any other suggestions you might have for what we could visit in this time. We know Antelope Canyon is unfortunately closed, but have read about other places like Glen Canyon, the Wave, White Pocket, Monument Valley, etc. that seem to be worth visiting if we have the time.

    Also, we are thinking of flying in and out of Phoenix, but again open to what you think would be best.

    We would really appreciate any advice or recommendations you have for us! Thanks!

    1. Hi Nihar!
      Well, let me get the bad news out of the way first: The Wave won’t happen. That’s a highly-coveted hike in an area where access is extremely limited: only 20 people per day are allowed to visit Coyote Buttes North, who must apply for an online permit lottery 4 months in advance, or by walk-in lottery the day prior to when they wish to hike. Also, I don’t recall seeing your parents’ age, physical fitness level, etc., mentioned, but the Wave is a 6-mile round-trip hike that not everyone is up for. For more information on permits, terrain, etc., visit our companion site, http://www.TheWaveAZ.com
      Another non-starter: Monument Valley. It’s on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, which are closed due to COVID-19. Even if you don’t go there, there might still be a way for your family to see it. More on that in a minute…
      You are correct in that the Antelope Canyons are closed. They are also on Navajo Indian Lands. However, if seeing a slot canyon remains on your “wish list,” there are some in the area not subject to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. The most family-friendly (read: easiest to walk) is Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT. With twists and turns and classic slot canyon scenery comparable to the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk also offers some unique geological features. While a guided tour is not required to get there, we strongly recommend taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is not difficult, the drive to get there is. can be. Parties in rental cars are discouraged from attempting it as you will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. Reputable tour companies who go to Red Canyon are based in Kanab, UT:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      White Pocket is also a possibility as this area boasts stunning rock formations and easy hiking, and doesn’t require a permit to access (not yet, anyway, knock on wood). Here again, a guided tour is strongly recommended due to the difficult nature of the drive to this area. Most of the above-referenced tour companies can get you to White Pocket; one not mentioned but who we are personally familiar with is Paria Outpost & Outfitters, http://www.paria.com, 928-691-1047.
      You are also correct in that Grand Canyon South Rim would be best for you to visit at the time of year you’re traveling. If it would be your first visit, especially, the South Rim has more in the way of visitor services (hotels, restaurants, etc.). For maximum safety, comfort, and enjoyment, plan on spending one or two nights at the Grand Canyon, preferably in the park or Tusayan, AZ. Also, note that the drive between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ, is normally ~3 hours, but due to the closure of Navajo Indian Lands due to COVID-19, it is now necessary to detour through Flagstaff, AZ, to get from one place to the other. This has turned a 3-hour drive into more like a 5-hour drive. Map
      Speaking of driving, any and all of it must be done during daylight hours in this part of the U.S. This is due to local roads being very dimly lit — a deliberate move in many cases to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky — and the possible presence of large animals such as deer, elk, free range cattle, even wild horses. You don’t want to risk a collision with one in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, possibly cold (nighttime temperatures are starting to dip down below freezing in some areas in November), where cell service is spotty to non-existent and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
      Long story short: in light of what you want to accomplish, and possible modifications to your plans due to some areas being closed, I’d recommend flying in and out of Las Vegas. You can still hit Sedona, AZ, with relative ease using LAS as your staging city, but would probably need to save Phoenix/Scottsdale for another visit.
      For a sample 7-day itinerary (pre COVID-19, so you’ll need to adjust accordingly), visit our companion site http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern Arizona & Southern Utah
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. Oops! Forgot to mention how you might still work Monument Valley into your trip without actually going there: fly over it! Fixed wing airplanes may be chartered out of the Page, AZ, Municipal Airport with Westwind Air Service. Flights over Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and the Glen Canyon Dam last 90 minutes and are spectacular!

  8. Hello Alley!

    I am so glad I found this website! I have been a little lost with planning my trip, especially with Covid. I’m from Texas, but my family and I have just bought an Airbnb in Kanab! We’ll be driving, and we will be staying in Kanab from December 25th – December 30th. I’ve been doing research, and I found a bit of information on Coyote Buttes South, Paria Canyon, some trails in Bryce Canyon, and a little bit about Buckskin Gulch. Since I’m from Texas, I don’t know where to go first or the best way to spend my time.
    Do you have any recommendations of other places my family and I can go to? I’m also going with my parents, so I’d like to go with safer options because it might be a bit icy.
    I’m also concerned about the permits because I have heard those are difficult to secure.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Jessica!
      At the time of year you’re visiting, weather will be the primary determining factor on where you can go and what you can do.
      I’ll get the potentially bad news out of the way first: Coyote Buttes permits will be the most difficult to come by. Coyote Buttes North, where the world-famous “Wave” formation is located, is probably going to be a non-starter since only 20 people per day are allowed into that area. Coyote Buttes South, which many feel to be more beautiful than North, tends to be easier to acquire permits for, but the number of hikers is still quite limited into that area. The fact that you’re visiting during what is technically winter may be advantageous, but there are downsides to it, such as needing to be prepared for very cold weather, etc. For more information on how to apply for a permit, visit Recreation.gov: Coyote Buttes Permits
      Should you succeed at acquiring a permit, however, there is the matter of getting out there. Access to the Coyote Buttes area is via the Wire Pass Trail, located on the House Rock Valley Road off US89. This unpaved road, though regularly graded, is usually rendered impassable after a snow or rainstorm, and during the Christmas holidays, these tend to occur more often than not. If you’re in a standard passenger vehicle (2WD), I would strongly discourage you from attempting to drive on the HRVR. Even if you’re in a 4WD, if you’re not accustomed to driving in muddy conditions or through deep sand, you may wish to enlist the help of a licensed guide service to get you there and back in one piece. For more information about hiring a guide to Coyote Buttes and other scenic areas in the Kanab, UT, area, visit our companion site, http://www.TheWaveAZ.com: Hire A Guide Many of the other sights you’ve mentioned, such as Wire Pass Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, etc., must also be accessed via HRVR or other unpaved roads, so the aforementioned link will also help you in that situation.
      One thing that jumps out at me is that you say you are traveling with your parents. Not knowing their exact ages or physical fitness levels, or whether you are traveling with any young children, I still feel the need to forwarn you that the sights you have on your wish list are in very rugged terrain. Wire Pass Canyon, for example, has a 8-10′ vertical drop that tends to deter parties with the elderly, small children, or anyone afraid of heights. If your traveling party has any of these concerns, you might wish to opt instead to tour Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. This short but memorable walk features scenery on par with the Antelope Canyons (which are closed), and a few that are unique to it. Although the slot canyon portion isn’t that difficult, the drive to get there is, which is why we recommend again taking a guided tour to this area. Tour companies that can get you to Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Another area you might consider instead of Coyote Buttes is White Pocket. This is a stunning area chock-a-block with exquisite geological features, yet doesn’t require a permit (not yet anyway, knock on wood). Another plus? The “hiking” involved is very easy. The hard part — surprise, surprise — is the drive out there. Here again, hire a tour guide. You can find suggestions of companies in the link provided above from TheWaveAZ.com.
      If you do take us up on the suggestion to take a tour of Peek-A-Boo Canyon, ask your chosen tour company about dovetailing or packaging this area with the Coral Pink Sand Dunes or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
      Last but not least is Zion National Park. Located less than an hour’s drive from Kanab, UT, this is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the American Southwest, and rightfully on the list of Utah’s “Mighty 5.” There are all kinds of opportunities for hiking and exploring, from easy to hard and everything in between. You should definitely plan to spend at least one of your days there. Due to COVID-19, there are some limitations on services, and you have to purchase tickets for the park shuttle in advance of your arrival. Also, be warned: a day visit will leave you feeling as though you’d only “scratched the surface” of all that’s there. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be planning another visit when you can spend more time!
      Oh, almost forgot: another area within easy access by car, and one of the area’s “hidden gems” is Pipe Springs National Monument. A very educational and humbling glimpse into the area’s past, and how difficult it was for folks to eke out a life in this often inhospitable land.
      You might also set aside a day to make the short drive to Page, AZ (~70 minutes), and visit Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and the Glen Canyon Dam.
      As you can see, you’ll have no problem finding places to go and things to see and do using Kanab, UT, as your base camp! For more suggestions, go to http://www.VisitSouthernUtah.com
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley!

        Thank you so much for responding! Your response was so helpful. I had a few follow-up questions:

        1) I read about the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, but if I weren’t going to go with my tour company, would it be possible to go there on my own? If so, how does the parking/permit situation work?
        2) I’ve been looking for information on the Horseshoe Bend parking, but I’ve only found that the price for one vehicle, which I believe was $10. Do I need to pay in advance, if so, where?
        3) For Peek-a-Boo canyon, I found that TC Tours has the cheapest options (by almost $100). They also won’t answer my calls. Are you sure this is a reputable tour company?
        4) I’m still confused about the location of everything. I know I want to hit Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and now probably Peek-a-Boo Canyon. If I’m only staying there for around 6 days, how can I get the best experience? Are there some canyons that are close to each other that I can hit while I’m around that area?

        1. Hi Jessica,
          So sorry for the delay in getting back to you, the format of the comments page tends to “bury” follow-up replies such as yours. But, better late than never, I always say!
          1) It is absolutely fine to visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes without a guided tour. The parking fee is $10/vehicle, it may be purchased in advance online if you wish, but that’s not mandatory. Without an ATV or equivalent off-road vehicle, you will be somewhat limited in where you can go, but you can still have an enjoyable time just hiking around and exploring.
          2) The parking fee for Horseshoe Bend is $10/standard passenger vehicle or $35/light commercial vehicle. The option to purchase tickets in advance is not yet available, you simply pay the fee upon arrival. The parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset.
          3) Wow, sorry to hear that TC Tours is not returning your calls. I’ve never used them personally, but to my knowledge, they are a reputable company that has been around for several years. Should they continue to dodge you, I’d simply take my business elsewhere. Dreamland Safaris is probably the most well-established tour company that goes to Peek-A-Boo, followed by Kanab Tour Company.
          4) Regarding the locations of the parks you wish to visit, here is a map of them. As to which order to visit to “get the best experience,” there is no “wrong” way to do it. Realistically, your route will be determined by hotel availability — or possibly lack thereof — in the various locations you are wanting to visit. For Zion, we recommend at least 2 days. Bryce can be explored fairly well in 1 day. Give Page, AZ, 2 days, then 1 for Grand Canyon South Rim.
          5) There are several slot canyons you can visit while you’re in the area between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT. Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo is one. If you’re wanting something more rugged, then Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch would fill the bill. Another slot canyon that’s kind of flown under the radar until now is the Cottonwood Wash Narrows. While not as “slotty” if that’s a proper word as Antelope or Wire Pass, the scenery around the area is still beautiful. In all cases, access to the canyons is via unpaved roads. If you’re in a rental car, or 2WD vehicle, we would strongly discourage you from attempting to get to them on your own. These are very remote areas where cell service will be spotty to non-existent, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive, if you get in trouble. For Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch, we recommend going with Paria Outpost & Outfitters, http://www.paria.com, 928-691-1047. For the Cottonwood Wash Narrows and other “hidden gems,” visit Big Orange Jeep Tours or phone 928-288-0685.
          Take care and have a safe trip,
          Alley 🙂

  9. Hi Alley – thank you SO much for spending all this time answering folk’s questions. Reading thru those is as educational as the main post itself. Quick one for you – i keep reading that the North Rim is closed and it’s impossible to get in, however, according to https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/north-rim-begins-day-use-operations-2020.htm – AZ67 will remain open thru November 30 (pending snowstorms) which means that even though the VS is closed, one can still drive through and do day-hiking activities. Is this correct or am I missing something? TYSM for your help!

    1. Hi Lance,
      Nope, you’re not missing a thing! Although visitor services at Grand Canyon North Rim area closed, you can still get into the park as long as favorable weather holds. As you can imagine, that situation can change in a New York minute, so keep an eye on local weather for best guidance.
      Since the sole in-park hotel is closed for the season, along with the nearby Kaibab Lodge, the closest overnight accommodations to the North Rim would be the Jacob Lake Inn (~60 minutes away), seconded by Kanab, UT, the Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry area (both ~90 minutes from the North Rim), then Page, AZ (~2.5 hours from GC North).
      Should you book lodging nearby and visit the North Rim as a day trip, it can be very cool having the park virtually to yourself, but remember you won’t find any restaurants, gas stations, or other services open. Be sure that your vehicle is fully gassed up, and that you pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water.
      Should your plans on visiting the North Rim in person be thwarted by inclement weather, there is still a way you could at least see it, and that is to fly over it. Fixed wing airplanes can be chartered out of the Page Municipal Airport in Page, AZ, or you can hop on a scheduled airplane flight or helicopter tour from Grand Canyon South Rim. Neither flight would land at the North Rim (no airstrip or helipads).
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  10. Hi! Visiting Sedona with family in December. What do you recommend for a 4 night stay. I see some places are closed. Any advice is appreciated!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Brittney,
      Sedona is a stunning area with lots to see and do! You could easily have a wonderful 4-day visit, yet feel as though you’d only “scratched the surface” of all Sedona has to offer.
      In December, you’re going to be dealing with short days; sunrise occurs at around 7:30, while sunset takes place just after 5:00 PM. Since all driving should be done during daylight hours, I would advise against making any day trips involving more than 2 hours — round-trip — behind the wheel. That would mean that if you fancied going to the Grand Canyon or Horseshoe Bend (Page, AZ), both of which require a 3-hour one way drive, you should set aside separate days for these and spend the night in the area.
      For 4 days in Sedona, here’s jus a small sampling of what you can do:
      – the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour — a fun 4WD tour into Sedona’s amazing backcountry with knowledgeable guides skilled at navigating rough terrain
      – touring the “man-made” wonders of Sedona, including the Chapel of the Holy Cross, shops and galleries in the downtown area, Tlaquepaque shopping complex, etc. For suggestions, check out this video: “Walking Tour of Downtown Sedona
      hot air balloon rides — these occur weather permitting, first thing in the morning
      – hiking: there are plenty of beautiful trails and opportunities for people of all fitness levels Best Hikes in Sedona
      Verde Canyon Scenic Railway – beautiful half-day excursion through a scenic river canyon, originating in Clarkdale, AZ (~30 minutes drive from Sedona)
      Wine tastings – there are several wineries in the Sedona area with tasting rooms for you to sample the fruits of their labors! DIY or take a guided tour
      Montezuma Castle & Montezuma’s Well/Tuzigoot National Monuments: explore ancient Native American dwellings set amongst beautiful scenery in an easy loop drive from Sedona, or you can hit Tuzigoot before or after the Verde Canyon Railway trip and visit Montezuma’s Castle on a separate day
      Out of Africa Wildlife Park – rated one of Arizona’s top zoos, located in Camp Verde, ~20 minutes from Sedona
      Again, this is just a small sampling of things to see and do. For more suggestions, visit the Arizona Forum of TripAdvisor and look for posts by a contributor called “RedRox.” He’s a long-time resident of Sedona who can give you practical and realistic advice on how best to enjoy this area.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  11. Hello,
    I am planning to visit Zion, Bryce, horse shoe bend, Grand canyon north rim, south rim & west in Nov first week. I will be spending around 8-9 days. I will flying to Vegas on 31st Oct and then driving in a loop and flying out of Vegas again on Nov 9th. I wanted to check whats the feasibility of covering all of these location and has COVID pandemic affected the entrances to any of the areas. I have a few questions regarding this trip. It would be really helpful if you could help me out.
    1) How safe is it to fly & stay in hotels around these areas considering COVID situation?
    2) Do you know if any of these locations are closed due to COVID?
    3) Will I be exhausting myself with all of these locations during a single trip within 9 days?

    It would be really helpful if you could provide me some advice regarding about questions and my trip.

    1. Hi Pranav,
      Well, let me get the potentially bad news out of the way first: there’s a 95% probability that you will not be visiting Grand Canyon North Rim. That has nothing to do with COVID-19, it’s because visitor services there close in mid-October, and the road into the park is usually not far behind. While you most likely won’t be able to visit the North Rim in person, however, there might still be a way for you to see it. More on that in a minute…
      In answer to your specific inquiries:
      1) How safe is it to fly and stay in hotels? Only you can make that determination for yourself. The hotels and airlines are all taking extra precautions to clean and sanitize facilities and take other preventative measures, such as reducing capacity and room inventory. Still, people do catch COVID-19 as a result of traveling in this area. Think about it: even with masks and social distancing, you’re liable to be around people from all over the country who may have unknowingly been exposed. With COVID-19’s long incubation period, it may be awhile before you are even aware you’ve been exposed. Should you fall ill while you’re traveling in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, another factor that could work against you is the relative remoteness of the area and the lack of medical facilities. You may end up traveling a very long distance (at potentially great expense) to find a hospital or clinic with the necessary facilities to care for you.
      2) Are any locations closed due to COVID-19? Yes – specifically, attractions on the Navajo Indian Reservation. These include the Antelope Canyons, Monument Valley, Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly Campground, some areas of Marble Canyon, and the Little Colorado River Overlook. Most significantly IMO, is the closure of AZ64 from Cameron, AZ, to Desert View Point. This is an integral component of the travel route from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim. Because of this closure, it is now necessary for those traveling from Page, AZ, to Grand Canyon South Rim to drive all the way down to Flagstaff, AZ, then back North via US180/AZ64 or I40/AZ64 to the South Rim. This rather long detour has turned what was once a ~3 hour drive into a ~5 hour drive. You must be prepared for this by ensuring that your vehicle is fully fueled, and that you carry water and maybe a few snacks so you avoid stopping on Navajo Reservation Lands. Tribal residents wish to avoid any interraction with outsiders as they have been affected disproportionately hard by COVID-19.
      3) Will you be exhausting yourself by trying to hit all these locations? Taking the North Rim off the table helps. Depending on when your flights get into Las Vegas, and when you leave Las Vegas, you essentially have 8 full days to give to your trip.
      In light of these and other concerns, here’s what I’d recommend:
      October 31st: Fly to Las Vegas, overnight in Las Vegas
      November 1st: Drive to Zion National Park (~3.5 hours), overnight in Springdale, UT or Hurricane, UT
      November 2nd: 2nd day in Zion, overnight in Hurricane, UT
      November 3rd: Drive to Bryce Canyon (~2 hours from Hurricane, UT), overnight in Bryce Canyon area
      November 4th: Drive to Page, AZ (~3 hours from Bryce Canyon, UT) stop in Kanab, UT on the way to tour Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon (tour takes ~4 hours), overnight in Page, AZ
      November 5th: Get up early, visit Horseshoe Bend en route to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive), overnight at Grand Canyon
      November 6th: 2nd day at Grand Canyon South Rim — remember how I said you might still be able to see the North Rim without actually going there? Here’s where that comes in! Get up early that morning, then take a flight over it in an airplane or helicopter. Neither flight will actually land at the North Rim (no airstrip or helipads), but will give you enough time over it to get a sense of how different it is from the South Rim. If possible, take the helicopter flight (they are allowed to fly lower than planes) and spring for the longer flight (40-45 minutes) in the Eco-Star helicopter. Grand Canyon helicopter tours If you’re on a tighter budget, you can take an airplane tour of comparable length and route; Grand Canyon airplane flights are required to fly ~1,000′ higher than helicopters, but offer a nice bird’s eye view of not only the Grand Canyon, but the surrounding landscape. Mornings are the best time to fly. Afterward, if desired, you might see the IMAX movie “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” 2nd night at Grand Canyon South Rim
      November 7th: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Grand Canyon West (~5 hour drive), tour Grand Canyon Skywalk, maybe take heli flight/boat ride to canyon floor , overnight in Kingman, AZ (~90 minutes from GC Skywalk), or at Grand Canyon Ranch (~30 minutes from Grand Canyon West)
      November 8th – Drive back to Las Vegas (~2.5 hours from Grand Canyon Ranch, ~90 minutes from Kingman), overnight in Las Vegas
      November 9th – fly home
      Map of trip
      If you can allot another day to your trip, you can choose to stay another day in Page, AZ, or Zion.
      One last thing regarding weather: at the time of year you’re visiting, it’s typically cold. In the higher elevations, such as Grand Canyon South Rim (7,000′ ASL) and Bryce Canyon (8,000′ ASL), you could encounter snow. Of course, it’s too soon to call, but start monitoring weather in the area about 2 weeks before you get set to travel (meaning, start checking now!). That will give you the best idea of what to expect.
      If you haven’t booked any hotels, or guided tours, do so ASAP. Those hotels and tour companies that are still operating may have reduced room inventory or seat capacity to facilitate social distancing.
      Hope that helps. Feel free to write in again if you need to bounce more ideas off us.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thanks a lot Alley. Your advice is really helpful and I will tweak the plan to substitute visiting to north rim with helicopter ride. This is an excellent forum and you are extremely helpful with timely advice. Thanks again.

        1. You are welcome Pranav — hope you have a wonderful trip!
          If you get a minute when you return home, write in again and let us know how things went 😉
          Alley

  12. Hi Alley,

    My mom and I are planning a trip to Arizona at the end of October, first days of November (it was initially planned for Holy Week, but the COVID-19…).
    We arrive first at Sedona, where we spend more or less 4 days, after that we will be staying in Page, AZ.
    We just saw that the Antelope Canyon is closed!!!! 🙁 Do you know if it is for sure???
    We want to visit Horse Shoe Bend, and don’t really have an itinerary planned… we’ve only thought we would enjoy some trails, stargazing experiences, or ATV tours.
    Could you maybe give me some ideas or tips in order to better plan the trip and take advantage of all AZ has to offer?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Ariadna,
      So sorry that COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into your trip plans, and that you’ve been dealt a double-whammy with the closure of the Antelope Canyons.
      Yes, it is certain that all attractions on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands are closed through the end of 2020. That includes the Antelope Canyons, Monument Valley, the Four Corners Monument, Canyon de Chelly Campground, the Little Colorado River Overlook and some areas of Marble Canyon. However, if seeing a slot canyon was high on your “must-do” list, there are still a couple of options for salvaging that part of your trip. More on that in a minute 😉
      That’s awesome that you’re spending ample time in Sedona, AZ. You’ll be glad you gave it the time it deserves! The drive from Sedona, AZ, to Page, AZ, will take you ~3 hours. Since a good chunk of that route goes through Navajo Indian Land, and they discourage outsiders from interracting with tribe members, be sure your vehicle is fully gassed and that you have plenty of water and a few snacks packed just in case you get hungry. Since Horseshoe Bend is located a short distance South of Page, AZ, you can hit it on your way into town, parking permitting. If for some reason you’re running late, or the parking lot is full, plan on hitting it first thing in the morning the next day. Whichever way you go, be sure to allow ~2 hours to park (a one-time $10/vehicle fee is collected upon entry), walk to the rim, take photos, then walk back.
      You mention that you are traveling with your mom and that you want to ‘enjoy some trails’; if your mom is relatively healthy, she should be able to manage the 1.4 mile round-trip walk to the rim of Horseshoe Bend and back. If for some reason that’s too much for her, you might consider flying over Horseshoe Bend in a fixed-wing airplane or helicopter. Horseshoe Bend flights
      As for some other trails you might do, the Hanging Gardens trail is relatively easy and takes you to an unexpected sight here in the desert. The springs are probably dry at this time of year, but it’s a nice walk. Since that trail is right near the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge, you can easily walk across it next. If you’d like to get down to the waterline of Lake Powell, you can do so at the Wahweap Swim Beach or Lone Rock Beach. Note that these areas are located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you’d have to pay a $30/vehicle entrance fee, which is good for one week’s time. If you have a National Park Pass, that works, too.
      For ATV tours, one that might “kill two birds with one stone” for you is Big Orange Jeep Tours’ Cottonwood Slot Tour. As the name suggests, it does visit a slot canyon that is not affected by the closure of the Navajo Reservation. While it is not as “slotty” (if that’s a proper word LOL) as Antelope Canyon, you’ll enjoy a ton of beautiful scenery in a relatively short trip.
      If you prefer something with more “classic” slot canyon scenery, plan on making the short drive to Kanab, UT (~70 minutes) to take a tour of Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features picture-postcard slot canyon formations, as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. Tour companies that go to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      For stargazing, you’ll find no shortage of good vantage points in the area. The newly opened Grandview Overlook Park in town would be a good spot, but for best results, you should try to get outside Page, AZ’s surprisingly large light dome. Lone Rock Beach might be a good candidate for this (just don’t drive too far in the sand). If you’re OK with doing a short-ish drive off-road, you might venture as far as Big Water, UT (~20 minutes from Page, over the Utah border) and go to an area known affectionately as “the Moon.” If it has rained recently, though, avoid this area as the road can become a muddy, impassable mess when it’s wet. Inquire with a local if you’re even remotely interested in doing this if it’s feasible. If conditions are right, you might piggy-back this activity onto a visit to the Big Water Visitors Center & Dinosaur Museum
      Hopefully, you’re feeling more reassured about visiting Page, AZ, because even with the Antelope Canyons being closed, there’s no shortage of things to see and do!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,

        Thank you so much for your response, it has helped a great deal! I wanted to ask you something else, would yu recommend visiting Zion National Park? We’ll be arriving to Page on the 4th of November, and leaving on November 7. Or would you recommend us to better stay close by?

        Thank you!

        1. Hi again, Ariadna,
          Glad our advice has helped so far!
          I think in light of your existing plans, you might be better off skipping Zion this time around. Zion is a huge park and deserves at least 3-4 days of your time, at least, to fully enjoy. Another consideration is that due to COVID-19, capacity on the Zion Canyon Shuttle, which is mandatory for access to the main scenic area of the park, has been reduced. This has necessitated advance reservations for shuttle tickets, which is a huge pain in the tookus according to friends of mine who were recently there.
          Now, I don’t recall where you were flying out of, but if you happened to be flying out of Las Vegas, you could make a quick “drive-through” of Zion on the way from Page, AZ, to Vegas. That would add another 90 minutes onto an already long drive. Less than ideal, but at least would entitle you to bragging rights to having seen Zion.
          Hope that helps and that you have a happy Holiday season!
          Alley 🙂

  13. Hi Alley, Im so glad I found your page!
    Me, my Husband, & 3 kids (ages 8-14) are planning a trip towards Grand Canyon mid November 2020.
    We are driving from California & plan to spend a week exploring (can extend to 10 days). This is our first time visiting!
    Our wish list includes: Hikes in Sedona/ATV tour in Page /Lone rock beach/ “new” wave / Horeshoe bend/ Glen canyon bridge/ Grand Canyon south rim.
    Is this feasible? What route would you recommend & how much time would needed at each location?
    Nothing is set and we are willing to switch things around if you recommend an alternative or of there is a must see along the way that I’m missing.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Melissa, we’re glad you found us, too!
      It’s not often I say this, but you should be able to achieve everything on your wish list, and maybe a bit more, in the time that you have. Most people try to cram too many places into too short a time 😉
      The main thing to be aware of is that mid-November is in the transitional timeframe between autumn and winter, so you’re very likely to encounter days that range from sunny and brisk to raging snowstorms and everything in between! It’s too soon to call, of course, but I’d recommend monitoring Grand Canyon area weather about 2 weeks before travel to get the best idea of what to expect, and how to pack.
      I don’t recall seeing what part of California you’re traveling from, so I’m going to assume LA. Because the initial drive out and the final drive back could be on the long side (~8-10 hours), you might consider breaking up these legs of the trip in Las Vegas, NV, Laughlin, NV, or the Mojave Desert Area. Your kids would probably thank you LOL
      In light of these and other considerations, here’s what I would suggest:
      Day 1 – Drive from LA to Las Vegas (~5 hour drive), overnight in Las Vegas
      Day 2 – Drive from Las Vegas, NV, to Zion National Park (~3.5 hour drive), overnight in Springdale, UT
      Day 3 – Morning: sightseeing in Zion National Park – **note that you must use the Zion Canyon Shuttle to access the main part of the park, and since capacity has been reduced to promote social distancing, advance reservations are required. Zion Canyon Shuttle Tickets If you prefer not to mess with that, there are other areas accessible to cars, but hiking opportunities may be limited in these areas.** Drive to Page, AZ, in the afternoon (~2 hours), time permitting, visit Lone Rock Beach and Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge on the way into town, overnight in Page, AZ.
      Day 4 – Sightseeing in Page, AZ: ATV tour, “New Wave,” spend 2nd night in Page, AZ.
      Day 5 – Visit Horseshoe Bend on way to Grand Canyon South Rim. ***This drive normally takes ~3 hours, but due to COVID-19, the section of AZ64 from Cameron, AZ, to Desert View Point has been closed per executive order of the Navajo Tribe. This means that you must drive all the way down to Flagstaff, AZ, then back North to the Grand Canyon. This detour has turned a 3-hour drive into more like a 5-hour drive.*** Overnight at Grand Canyon South Rim
      Day 6 – See IMAX movie “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” on the way to Sedona, AZ (~3 hours from Grand Canyon South), overnight in Sedona, AZ
      Day 7 – Hiking and sightseeing in Sedona, AZ, 2nd night in Sedona
      Day 8 – Begin trip back home, maybe break up drive in Mojave Desert area (~5 hours from Sedona), overnight in Needles, CA? Whatever you do, stay away from Baker, CA.
      Day 9 – Complete drive home
      Map of the trip
      If you are able to squeeze an extra day in somewhere, I’d recommend either Zion or Sedona. Both areas are stunning, big, and offer a lot to see and do!
      Hope that helps. Feel free to write in again if you need to bounce more ideas off us 🙂
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Hey!
    My friends and I are planning a Road trip which may sound a little crazy but we will try our best to make every stop happen! We will plan to leave San Fransisco on the 13 of November early evening and have this route planned…
    SF – Joshua Tree NP – Salvation Mountains (picture) – Route 66 (Flagstaff + just want pictures) – Grand Canyon – Antelope Canyon (we know its closed) – Horseshoe Bend ( no big need of hikes) – drive ‘through’ Monument Valley (picture) – Arches NP – Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon – Zion NP – drive by Seven Magic Mountains( picture) – Death Valley (no need to plan a big day just taking some pictures) – back to San Fransisco

    So the whole trip is planned through the 11/13-11/22/2020. Another question just adding too my previous question is if we need any reservation in advance for the parks I have listed above (we have the annual pass) If you guys have any suggestions of places to sleep or in general some advice we would really appreciate… we are three young girls in a car and are all used to road trips and we switch between the three of us with driving!

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Marie,
      So, since your e-mail address has the .de suffix on it, I’m assuming that you’re coming over from Germany? If so, you’re going to be jetlagged when you arrive in the U.S., and may need an extra night in San Francisco to acclimate to local time.
      Also, it’s best if you avoid driving in the dark, especially in unfamiliar areas, and especially in the more remote areas of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Instead of leaving SF on November 13th, just spend the night there and hit the road first thing 11/14 when everyone is rested. In mid-November, sunrise in San Francisco, CA, occurs just before 7:00 AM, and sunset takes place at around 5:00 PM in California
      It’s good that you’re used to road trips and long drives, but still, IMO you’re going to need to rein in your ambitions. Otherwise, you’re looking at a trip that will resemble more of a death march than a vacation. For example, you’re looking to encounter a super-long haul right off the bat: it takes ~8 hours to drive from SF to Joshua Tree, then another 1.5-2 hours to get to Salvation Mountain. There isn’t much in the way of lodging nearby, so you’d probably end up having to go as far as El Centro, CA, to find a hotel room… more driving (oh, joy), and you’re already racing against a short daylength as it is. I’d recommend breaking up the drive somewhere like Sequoia National Park, which is ~5 hours from SF, then make the trip to Joshua Tree NP and Salvation Mountain the next day. Map of trip
      The drive from Joshua Tree to Flagstaff, AZ, via Route 66 will take anywhere from 7-8 hours factoring in stops, so plan on overnighting in Flagstaff, AZ, that night. In fact, you might want to book 2 nights in Flagstaff and just visit Grand Canyon South Rim as a day trip. The reason I recommend this is because normally, the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, takes ~3 hours. Due to COVID-19, the Navajo Indian Tribe has opted to close an integral component of the shortest travel route between the two areas (AZ64 from Desert View Point to Cameron, AZ). This means that you’d have to detour all the way back to Flagstaff, AZ, anyway, then proceed North on US89 to Page, AZ. This has turned a 3-hour drive into a 5-hour drive. You might as well just stay in Flagstaff, AZ, the night before, then make a 3-hour drive to Page, AZ. Sunrise in Arizona in mid-November occurs shortly after 7:00 AM, sunset takes place after 5:00 PM. Again, make sure you are keeping an eye on the clock always so you are not doing any driving at night.
      In Page, AZ, Horseshoe Bend won’t be a problem — you need at least 2 hours to visit it — but the Antelope Canyons are a no-go. They are completely closed, and the nearest slot canyons open to tourism are located in Paria, UT (Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch) or Kanab, UT (Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon). You could visit either of these en route from Bryce Canyon to Zion. A guided tour is not technically required for either, but are strongly recommended due to the access roads being unpaved, which will void the insurance on your rental car. For more information on touring Wire Pass or Red Canyon, read this piece on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Help! My Tour Got Cancelled
      In light of these concerns, here’s what I’d recommend:
      11/14 – Drive from SF to Sequoia National Park (~5-6 hours), overnight in Visalia, CA
      11/15 – Drive from Sequoia National Park to Joshua Tree & Salvation Mountain (6-8 hours), overnight in Brawley, CA, or El Centro, CA
      11/16 – Drive from Joshua Tree area to Flagstaff, AZ, via Route 66 (7-8 hours), overnight in Flagstaff, AZ (map of trip section from SF to Flagstaff)
      11/17 – Day trip to Grand Canyon South Rim (1.5 hour drive each way), 2nd night in Flagstaff, AZ
      11/18 – Drive from Flagstaff, AZ, to Page, AZ (~3 hour drive), visit Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Page
      11/19 – Drive from Page, AZ, to Moab, UT (~6 hours), via Monument Valley, overnight in Moab, UT (Map of trip section from Flagstaff, AZ, to Moab, UT)
      11/20 – Drive from Moab, UT, to Bryce Canyon via Scenic Byway 12 (~6 hours, beautiful drive), overnight in Bryce Canyon area
      11/20 – Drive from Bryce Canyon to Kanab, UT (~1.5 hours), tour Red/Peek-A-Boo Canyon (tours last ~4 hours), then drive to Zion National Park (~1 hour from Kanab), overnight in Springdale, UT
      11/21 – Drive from Springdale, UT, to Seven Magic Mountains (~3.5 hours), then on to Death Valley NP, overnight in Barstow, CA (map of that leg of the trip)
      11/22 – Drive back to San Francisco (~7 hours from Barstow)
      11/23 – Fly home
      Notice I’ve taken Salt Lake City off the agenda. You don’t have time for it, it’s too far out of the way, and frankly, it’s just another big city. I know, I live 90 minutes from there.
      As for requiring advance reservations in the parks, the National Park Pass will take care of entrance fees, which don’t require advance reservations. At Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ, the parking lot is managed by the City of Page, so a one-time $10 per vehicle parking fee is required, whether you have the National Park Pass or not. In Zion, you must use a shuttle to access the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which is generally considered the main sightseeing area of the park. Due to COVID-19, passenger capacity on the shuttles has been reduced to facilitate social distancing, so advance reservations are now required if you want to utilize this service. Zion Canyon Shuttle Tickets
      Other “general advice:” that time of year is usually cold, and you could encounter snow in the higher elevations, such as Grand Canyon South Rim (7,000′ ASL) and Bryce Canyon (8,000′ ASL). Be sure to check the weather in the areas you plan to travel about 2 weeks before you arrive to get the best idea of what kind of conditions you’ll encounter and what kind of clothes to pack.
      Whatever you decide, be sure that you reserve all hotels and guided tours in advance of your arrival. Now would not be too soon to start checking availability!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you very much for your quick response and we will definitely take your advices serious!
        Yes, you saw right that my email is foreign (Germany) but me and my friends live here in the states (them in Cali) and we have our own car so no need to worry to much about the rental car…
        I really appreciate your detailed response and I am looking forward to use your information!
        Best regards,
        Marie

        1. Hi again, Marie!
          Glad my advice has helped so far, and thanks for the clarification about where you’ll be coming from, and the fact that you’re driving a personal vehicle instead of a rental car.
          Even though you’ll be driving your own vehicle, we still recommend guided tours for attractions where the access roads are unpaved (Peek-A-Boo Canyon, Wire Pass Canyon, etc). Trust me, we hear a lot of horror stories about folks getting stuck in these areas, and they’re not fun (or inexpensive).
          Take care and have a wonderful trip. If you get a minute upon your return home, write in again and let us know how things went!
          Alley 🙂

  15. Hi,

    My family and I are going on a road trip and already planned on spending one day in Page, AZ on November 1st, before even checking the websites and learning that the canyons are closed for the remainder of 2020. I am thinking we visit Horseshoe Bend and then possibly cruise Lake Powell on a boat or kayaks. Anything other recommendations? We only have one day in Page and then heading home the next morning.

    1. Hi Marlene,
      Sorry to hear that your vacation plans have been unexpectedly affected by COVID-19. The Antelope Canyons are indeed closed indefinitely, but there are other slot canyons in the area that are still open to tourism. The one we recommend most is Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon, located near Kanab, UT, approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there definitely is; lots of people get stuck out there, even those with prior experience with 4WD-ing. Tour companies that go to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Water-based activities may not be realistic at the time of year you’re visiting since most of them go on seasonal hiatus in mid-October. Besides, it’s starting to get cold in November; not the type of weather conducive to boating or kayaking. Still, you can explore Lake Powell from the shoreline, or one of several viewpoints (without lake access) in Page, AZ. Whatever you decide, be sure to book all hotels and guided tours in advance of your arrival.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  16. Hi,

    Working on plans to travel to Page, AZ Nov 13-14 with 3 and 5yo. They are good hikers (and can be carried if necessary!). Any activities you would recommend? Also, do the highway closures mentioned above affect the drives from Sedona to Page and then Page to Williams?

    Thank you!
    Meredith

    1. Hi Meredith!
      At the time of year you’re visiting, water-based activities on Lake Powell are pretty much on seasonal hiatus, so that takes boat tours, kayak tours, etc. off the table. Still, it is possible to visit the lake and walk around the shoreline. Since it is within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a $30/vehicle entrance fee is required, which is good for 1 week’s time. If this feels like a lot to spend for a quick visit, you’ll be glad to know that views of Lake Powell (but no actual lake access) can be enjoyed from several areas not subject to the entrance fee, such as the Wahweap Overlook, the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge, the Chains/Hanging Garden Area, and the brand new Grandview Overlook Park.
      Horseshoe Bend is a definite must; the parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, and a one-time $10/vehicle parking fee is collected upon entry. The trail is ~.7 miles one way and mostly flat. If your kiddos are good hikers, they should be able to manage it, but be sure to keep an eye on them near the rim: the majority of it is unfenced, and it’s a 700′ drop to the river. If you would feel better behind a fence, there is a small viewing platform with a safety railing available. Whatever you decide, be sure to wear appropriate walking shoes, and bring enough water for yourself and all members of your hiking party.
      If you were wanting to tour a slot canyon while in the area, unfortunately the Antelope Canyons are closed for the remainder of 2020, but Red Canyon/aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon would be appropriate for your family (it’s open to all ages). This slot canyon is located near Kanab, UT, approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there definitely is; lots of people get stuck out there, even those with prior experience with 4WD-ing. Tour companies that go to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Regarding your travel routes and drive times, you shouldn’t encounter any issues with highway closures if you stick to the most direct routes between the cities you have specified. From Sedona, AZ, to Page, AZ, is about a 3-hour drive; ditto for Page, AZ, to Williams, AZ. However, if you were wanting to visit Grand Canyon South Rim at any point, that could throw a kink in your travel plans, particularly between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ. A critical component of the most logical travel route — AZ64 between Desert View Point and Cameron, AZ — has been closed per order of the Navajo Indian Tribe. This means that you have to travel all the way back to Flagstaff, then proceed North on US89 to Page, AZ. This means that what is normally a ~3 hour drive has turned into a 5-hour drive.
      Hope that clarifies things sufficiently.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,

        We are planning an Arizona trip October 29th- November 2nd. We land at 1pm Thursday and leave early that Monday morning. We have Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Havasu Falls, and Montezuma on our list. What are you recommendations for this trip? We are willing to add/drop certain things. Neither of us have been before so welcome to ALL suggestions and tips. There will be only two of us and want to get the most out of the trip. Thanks for your help!

        1. Hi Ranzi,
          Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your trip plans are in need of a reality check.
          Havasu Falls, first of all, is not going to happen. This area is closed to tourism until further notice by the Havasupai Indian Tribe due to COVID-19. Even if that weren’t the case, it still wouldn’t be feasible for you to get there in the limited time you have. I also have a distinct feeling that you’re not familiar with what it actually takes to get there. It’s a 10-mile hike in — one way — in an extremely remote area, and advance reservations for either accommodations at the Supai Lodge or Havasu Falls Campground are 100% essential. This is something you’ll need to plan for a future trip, fully cognizant of the sometimes complicated logistics, and physical challenges of the terrain. For more information, visit http://www.HavasupaiReservations.com or read this article on AZCentral: Hiking to Havasupai
          Antelope Canyon is also a no-go. Here again, these attractions have been closed to tourism indefinitely per the Navajo Indian Tribe, on whose lands they are situated. If seeing a slot canyon is still high on your list, you might still be able to salvage this component of your vacation. More on that in a minute.
          Provided your flight, which I assume is into Phoenix, lands on time, you’ll still have another ~2 hours in the airport collecting your luggage and rental car. Best case scenario, it would probably be ~3:00 PM when you’re actually able to get on the road. Another thing potentially working against you at the time of year you’re visiting is daylength, or lack thereof: sunrise occurs just before 7:00 AM in late October, sunset takes place just after 5:00 PM. You’ll need to get up early to make the most of your sightseeing days. You also want to avoid driving after sunset in this part of the U.S. due to local roads being very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), and the possible presence of deer, elk, and other wildlife that could raise your risk of an auto accident. Trust me, that’s NOT something you want to risk in an unfamiliar area that’s pitch black, freezing cold (nighttime temperatures are dipping down into the 30’s at that time of year in the higher elevations), where cell service is spotty, and help may be a long time coming, not to mention VERY expensive.
          In light of these factors, here’s what I suggest:
          Thursday – Fly into Phoenix, head for Flagstaff, AZ, (~2 hours from Phoenix, AZ), stay overnight (book 2 nights).
          Friday – Get up early, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~1.5 hours from Flagstaff, AZ) for the day, return to Flagstaff, stay overnight
          Saturday – Get up early, drive to Page, AZ (~3 hours from Flagstaff), check into Page, AZ, hotel, drive to Paria, UT, area (~40 minutes from Page) to hike Wire Pass Canyon, return to Page to stay overnight
          Sunday – Get up early, visit Horseshoe Bend. Drive from Page, AZ, to Phoenix, AZ, with stop at Montezuma Castle (~6-7 hours), overnight in Phoenix
          Monday – Fly home
          Trip map
          Regarding Wire Pass Canyon, it is a moderately strenuous hike, with an 8-10′ drop a short ways into the slot canyon. This may be a deterrent to inexperienced hikers, or individuals afraid of heights. Another consideration: the trailhead to Wire Pass Canyon is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road, an unpaved road. While it is regularly graded and accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. We strongly recommend looking into a guided tour that can get you to there and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Reputable companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
          – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
          – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
          – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
          Whatever you decide, be sure that you have all hotels and guided tours booked in advance of your trip.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

          1. Thanks for your help! This is a last minute trip and as well as one we plan to do again with more time and better planning. Just in need of a weekend get away now. Very interested in the Wire Pass Canyon. I also saw you mention Red Canyon in another response that I was interested in.
            Also, interested in Sedona as well. What would you recommend in that area? Like I said, open to all recommendations on things we should add or skip.

            Thanks again,

            Ranzi

          2. Hi again, Ranzi!
            Not surprised to see that Sedona, AZ, has piqued your curiosity, it’s a stunning area with lots to see and do. It’s good that you’re planning to visit in the future when you have more time, because you’ll need it in Sedona. People report staying there 4-5 days and still feeling as though they’ve only “scratched the surface.” In your situation, with the limitations you already have on your time, you’d probably be best off either a. visiting as a “drive-by” on your way back to Phoenix, AZ; be prepared to add another 2 hours onto your trip time, at least or b. drop a destination in order to stay overnight… more on that in a minute.
            Regarding Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo, it is actually situated near Kanab, UT, about 60-70 minutes West of Page, AZ, on US89. If you’d stayed overnight in Flagstaff, AZ, the night before, that would extend your one-way drive time to ~3.5-4 hours. Guided tours of Peek-A-Boo last ~4 hours as well. Guided tours are not required, but they are strongly recommended due to the access road to the slot canyon being very sandy, and not recommended for parties in rental cars. Lots of people get stuck out there, even those with prior experience with 4WD-ing. Tour companies that go to Peek-A-Boo Canyon are:
            – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
            – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
            – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
            – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
            – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
            In light of your time constraints, and the fact that the Antelope Canyons in Page, AZ, are closed, as much as I really hate to say it, you might be best off dropping Page, AZ, from your itinerary and giving that night to Sedona instead. If need be, you could simply book 3 nights in Flagstaff, AZ, and use it as a “base” from which to explore the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Sedona is ~1 hour from Flagstaff (one way). If you take me up on that suggestion, one of the more popular activities in that area is the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour. No matter what you decide, do remember what I had advised about driving at night, or not doing so.
            Good luck, I know it’s a hard choice.
            Alley 🙂

  17. Hello. My husband and I are planning on a 5 to 6 day AZ trip the week of Thanksgiving. Based on my limited knowledge of the area, we were planning on starting in Phoenix Saturday morning with local attractions and then making our way to Sedona by the evening to catch the sunset. Spend Sunday in Sedona and then slowly make our way out to the Horseshoe Bend on Monday to make it there by late afternoon (assuming the best views are during sunset). Stay in the area Monday night and drive to the Grand Canyon Skywalk Tuesday morning and then cover the Grand Canyon. Spend the night in the area and drive out to Vegas on Wednesday and fly out Thursday from Vegas. The map indicated some partially restricted roads. I’m not at all familiar with the area especially with the current circumstances so I was hoping for your expert opinion. The 6 location I mentioned are the key spots we want to hit. Please let me know if there is a better way to approach this trip, the plan is feasible/logical, or if I’m making any grave mistakes. Also wondering about the partially restricted roads and what they mean for travel by car. Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Hi Kavya,
      First off, you’re not giving Sedona enough time. It’s a stunning area with a lot to see and do. People report spending 4-5 days there and feeling as though they’d only scratched the surface. A one day visit is sure to leave you wanting. If you can, try to at least set aside another day to spend in that area. I promise you won’t regret it!
      Another thing that’s jumping out at me is that you’re putting the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Grand Canyon National Park in the wrong order. Grand Canyon West, where the Grand Canyon Skywalk is located, is closer to Las Vegas than Grand Canyon South Rim, which is the only side of the National Park that’s open over Thanksgiving.
      You have correctly assumed that some roads are closed, most notably, AZ64 between Cameron, AZ, and Desert View Point. This stretch of highway, an integral part of the normal travel route between Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon, is necessitated a detour through Flagstaff for those traveling between Page, AZ, and the South Rim. This means that what is typically a 3-hour drive, has turned into a 5-hour drive.
      Speaking of long drives, which are a fact of life in this part of the U.S., it takes ~4.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to the Grand Canyon Skywalk; it would then take another 2.5 hours to drive from the Skywalk to Las Vegas. IMO, you really don’t have enough time to do all that, meaning you’ll have to sacrifice one attraction, and it should be the Skywalk. Not that it isn’t a cool attraction, but Grand Canyon South Rim is the “true” Grand Canyon, where the picture postcard views can be experienced from.
      Another consideration at that time of year is daylength, or lack thereof as the case may be. All driving must be done during daylight hours since many roads in Northern Arizona are very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), plus deer, elk, and other wildlife pose a safety hazard after dark. During Thanksgiving week, sunrise occurs at around 7:15 AM, sunset takes place shortly after 5:00 PM.
      Here is a map of the trip for reference. Be sure that you book all hotel reservations and any guided tours you might like to take well in advance. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, many areas remain fairly busy.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for your quick response Alley! It’s very helpful, especially the map! I do have a few more questions. We are flexible in reversing the order as well, meaning starting in Vegas and ending in Phoenix. The main goals for our trip are to ride a hot air balloon in Phoenix, hike/relax in Sedona, see the Horseshoe Bend and the Southern Rim, and then the Skywalk (It’s something my husband would really like to do). In your expert opinion, what is the best way to achieve as many of these things as possible without feeling like we missed out? We are, of course, willing to drop locations (like the Skywalk) if it’ll make our time elsewhere much more worthwhile. We will land Friday night and leave Thursday morning, and like I said, order can be reversed. Vegas is also not a must; just added it because it was closer to fly out from there than Phoenix on our initial plan. We are not familiar with the area or the current situation there with COVID. We certainly do no want to get stranded on the roads/get lost, etc (thank you for the tip on driving during the day by the way!). I’m also aware that it is the holiday week and attractions may be closed on weekends and weekdays. Bearing all these factors in mind, how do you suggest we go about this? Hope I communicated clearly and am looking forward to your response!

        1. Hi again, Kavya!
          If the Grand Canyon Skywalk remains high on your husband’s wish list, then visiting Las Vegas, NV, is prett much a given since that’s the city it’s closest to.
          The order in which you visit these attractions will depend largely on hotel availability, also. Grand Canyon South Rim tends to be the “lynchpin” around which most peoples’ trip plans tend to revolve, and evolve, so check Grand Canyon lodging first, then build the rest of your trip around that.
          Landing on a Friday night, then departing on Thursday morning, gives you five full days to work with for this trip. That may sound like a lot of time, but it really isn’t in light of the driving distances you have to contend with. Assuming that your plan to land in Phoenix and depart out of Las Vegas remains as is, you could do this:
          Friday night: land in Phoenix, overnight in Phoenix
          Saturday: hot air balloon ride in Phoenix (these typically occur first thing in the morning, weather permitting), then drive to Sedona, AZ (~2 hour drive), overnight in Sedona
          Sunday: Drive to Page, AZ (~3 hour drive), overnight in Page
          Monday: Visit Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise, drive to Grand Canyon South Rim (~5 hour drive due to required detour through Flagstaff), overnight at Grand Canyon
          Tuesday: Drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Las Vegas (~5 hours), overnight in Las Vegas
          Wednesday: Self-drive day trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk (~5 hour round-trip drive, not including time at the Skywalk), or package Grand Canyon West tour out of Las Vegas, spend 2nd night in Las Vegas
          Thursday: Fly home
          As you can see, this itinerary pretty much as you packing up and driving every day of the trip, except one. If the prospect of that doesn’t appeal, you’ll need to drop a destination, and as much as I hate to say it, Page, AZ, might be the one that has to go. Not that it isn’t beautiful, but just in light of the fact that the drive has turned into a long-distance run-around due to the closure of AZ64, saving it for another trip might be the wisest choice.
          Good luck, I know it’s a hard choice!
          Alley 🙂

  18. Hello,

    I am traveling to the South Rim Oct 10-15th and wanted to make a day out of visiting Page. Could you advise me as to what there is to do there at this time that isn’t currently closed. I see that the Antelope Canyon tours are not operating however was wondering if any of the other slot canyons in the area perhaps were? (Secret, Cardiac, canyon X, Mountain Sheep, Rattlesnake?). Also wanted to make sure that Horseshoe Bend was still accessible for us to visit on our own. Additionally I was hoping to do something on the river or in the water. I noticed the 1/2 day and full day rafting trips I’ve seen are also all cancelled but was wondering if you knew of a guided tour of any kind either by boat or kayak that would still be taking place.

    Any advice sure does help!
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Unfortunately, all the slot canyons you list are on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, which are closed to outsiders at least through the end of this year.
      The good news is that many other attractions, such as Horseshoe Bend, remain open. However, you won’t have enough time to do a water-based activity, either on the Colorado River or Lake Powell, if you visit Page, AZ, as a day trip. The main reason for this is because you have to take a rather long detour through Flagstaff, AZ, to get from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ. Again, this is due to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands due to COVID-19, which has taken an integral component of the shortest travel route between the two places out of circulation. This means that what normally is ~a 3-hour drive (one way) has turned into a 5-hour drive; again, that’s one way. For this reason alone, you should rethink your travel plans so you can stay overnight in Page, AZ. That way, you’ll have enough time to do a kayak tour.
      Popular kayak alternatives in this area are Hidden Canyon Kayak’s tour of the waterside of Antelope Canyon. From what I’ve heard, the current water level is low enough to allow a bit of hiking into the beginning of the slot portion of Lower Antelope Canyon, which is within the boundaries of Federal land. Another popular option is to kayak the 15-mile stretch of Glen Canyon through Horseshoe Bend to Lees Ferry. For this, you’d have to drive down to Lees Ferry, rent a kayak, get backhauled to the base of the Dam, then paddle unguided back to the Ferry. For more information on this trip, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  19. Need idea where to start, traveling end of the month to UT and AZ for 3 days. road trip. leaving from either vegas or phx – where should we start
    is it required to do tours or we can hike ourselves ? do we need to register anywhere . with covid and everything, we want to make sure we do everything before hand. thanks in advance

    1. Hi again, NemSar,
      Thank you for clarifying your trip length.
      With 3 days to work with, I’d recommend flying into Las Vegas and spending 2 nights at Grand Canyon South Rim, and 1 night in Page, AZ. You can do it in that order, or reverse it depending on hotel availability.
      It takes approximately 5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim. It also takes that long to drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ, so check hotel availability in both places Grand Canyon hotels Page, Arizona hotels and plan your trip around that.
      The biggest kink that COVID-19 will throw into these plans is the trip between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ. Normally, that is a 3-hour drive along the East Rim/Desert View Drive, through the Navajo Reservation, then North on US89. Due to COVID-19, the Navajo Indian Tribe has closed an integral component of the most logical travel route between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ — AZ64 from Desert View to Cameron, AZ. That means that, upon leaving Grand Canyon South Rim, you’re going to have to drive all the way back to Flagstaff before heading North on US89 to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend. This very long detour has basically turned the ~3 hour drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ (or the other way around), into a 4.5-5 hour drive.
      In Page, AZ, plan to visit Horseshoe Bend, which you can do at your leisure in your own vehicle between sunrise and sunset. In your other inquiry, you mentioned wanting to visit kid-friendly sites, but I don’t recall seeing how old your kids were. If your kids are relatively young, and you still wish to visit a slot canyon, Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT. Kanab, UT, is ~1 hour drive from Page, AZ. It is a family-friendly canyon, and a relatively easy walk. The hard part about getting there is the access road in, which a lot of people get stuck on, therefore, a guided tour is strongly recommended. Reputable tour companies who can get you to Peek-A-Boo are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you take us up on the suggestion to tour Peek-A-Boo Canyon, you might want to shift the number of nights you allot to each place, in other words, spend 2 nights in Page, Arizona, and 1 night at Grand Canyon South Rim.
      As for “registering” anywhere, you must make reservations for guided tours, such as Peek-A-Boo Canyon, in advance, along with all hotels.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  20. Looking to travel to UT and Az first week of November. Flying to Vegas and that way. What suggestion on places to visit thy is open and kid friendly to see sunsets

    1. Hi Nemsar,
      If I’m understanding you correctly, you were wanting to spend approximately 1 week’s time traveling in our area? If that’s the case, check out this piece on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: The Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern Arizona & Southern Utah
      On that itinerary, you will find two key places closed due to COVID-19: Monument Valley and the Antelope Canyons. Another important consideration, if you do decide to go to the Grand Canyon, is that an integral component of the most logical travel route between Grand Canyon South Rim and Page, AZ — AZ64 from Desert View to Cameron, AZ — is closed due to COVID-19. That means that, upon leaving Grand Canyon South Rim, you’re going to have to drive all the way back to Flagstaff before heading North on US89 to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend. This very long detour has basically turned the ~3 hour drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, into a 4.5-5 hour drive.
      If you still wish to visit a slot canyon while you’re here, you’ll be happy to know that there are alternatives not affected by the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. The most “family-friendly” of these is Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT. Kanab, UT, is ~1 hour drive from Page, AZ, and Red Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon, and an easy walk. The hard part about getting there is the access road in, which a lot of people get stuck on, therefore, a guided tour is strongly recommended. Reputable tour companies who can get you to Peek-A-Boo are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      As for good places to see sunsets, we’ve got loads of them — no such thing as a bad place to see sunset from around here 😉 One neat spot that has opened up recently is the Grandview Overlook Park in the town of Page, AZ. The cool thing about it is because it’s oriented East-West, it makes for a good spot from which to watch sunrise AND sunset!
      One last thing: weather in November can be cold, so make sure you are prepared to pack warmer clothing such as jackets, gloves, etc., especially for higher altitude areas like Grand Canyon South Rim (7,000′ above sea level) and Bryce Canyon (8,000′ ASL).
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  21. Hi, my boyfriend and I are traveling to Horseshoe Bend next month. Can you give me some more information about the park and what to expect if hiking?

    1. Hi Sash!
      Well, first of all Horseshoe Bend is open, contrary to what you might have heard. It is one of the few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed during COVID-19. The parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset. The parking fee is $10 for standard passenger vehicles and motorhomes.
      The trail from the parking lot to the canyon rim is .7 miles in length, one way. The trail is partially paved, and partially graded. You can take an advance look at it on this Facebook video by Finley Holiday Films. Appropriate footwear for walking should be worn, as should sun protection such as a hat, sunblock, possibly long sleeve shirt and long pants. Also, be sure to bring enough water for yourself and all members of your traveling party.
      Weatherwise, you can expect everything from sunny and comfortable to cold and blustery. Start monitoring Page, AZ, weather about 2 weeks before you travel. That will give you the best idea of what to expect.
      One last thing: there is a construction project taking place near Horseshoe Bend that will very likely affect your visit. They’re building a dedicated turn lane to Horseshoe Bend on the Northbound side of the highway. Traffic in both directions will be regulated either by flagmen or automated traffic control devices, which means that delays of 15-30 minutes, in either direction, may occur.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  22. Hello!
    I’m planning on getting married at Horseshoe Bend on October 31st. I understand it’s a tourist destination, but I was wondering about just how popular it is at the end of October. I also wasn’t sure if we would be able to book any private tours with covid happening. It’s also my understanding that the “hike” up there has been made a little more accessible. Wedding dress accessible??

    1. Hi Kasey, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!
      You are correct that Horseshoe Bend is a popular tourist destination, and weddings there are still happening in spite of COVID-19. In years past, things used to quiet down quite a bit around Halloween, but that’s not the case these days. It will still be busy, and you might have to be prepared to deal with colder weather. However, you’d still be able to have a beautiful wedding, and appear in your photos as though you had the overlook all to yourselves, by working with the right people. We recommend you contact Monumental Arizona Weddings. They are owned and operated by a longtime Page, AZ, local, with all the right connections to ensure that you have the proper permits, and that other contingencies are anticipated. For more information, call 480-980-8121 or visit http://www.HorseshoeBendWedding.com
      As for how the trail is these days, it has been partially paved and graded on the other half, so it should be an easier walk with a wedding dress on! To see how it looks these days, check out this video on Facebook by Finley Holiday Films
      One thing I should mention: there is a construction project taking place near Horseshoe Bend (a long-overdue, much needed dedicated turn lane) that will probably extend through next month, and will very likely result in delays in travel. Be sure you pad your drive times by 15-30 minutes to account for this.
      Good luck, safe travels, and have a lovely wedding! If you get a minute after returning from your honeymoon, write in again and let us know how it went.
      Alley 🙂

  23. Hello! I am visiting Arizona the first week of November for the first time. I am flying into Phoenix and will be taking roughly a 5 day vacation. I am hoping to stop by scottsdale, Sedona (cathedral rock, devils bridge, bell rock) Grand Canyon and page (horseshoe bend, antelope canyon, kayak or boat lake powell, the wave)!! Any recommendations on how I should plan all of these different locations? or suggestions if something is closed due to Covid 19. I was thinking about driving straight to Page when I land in Phoenix and then traveling my way back.. what do you suggest? thank you so much for your help. This page has been so helpful

    1. Hi Brittany,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your plans are overly ambitious.
      Let’s start with The Wave: it’s highly unlikely you’re going to be able to include it in your itinerary. The Wave is one of the most coveted hikes in the American Southwest. Since it is in such a unique and potentially fragile area, only 20 people per day are allowed to hike in, and must do so by obtaining a permit. 10 permits are given out by advance online lottery 4 months in advance (so, November permits were given out in July), then another 10 by walk-in lottery the day prior to when you wish to hike. Since early November is prime time for hiking The Wave, competition for the remaining 10 walk-in permits is going to be fierce, and besides, you just don’t have time to work it in. Long story short, take The Wave off the table. For more information about getting there in the future, read this piece on our companion site, AntelopeCanyon.AZ: How To Get A Wave Permit
      Next up: the Antelope Canyons. Due to COVID-19, they are closed until further notice. Whether they will open in November remains to be seen, but hopes are not running very high for that right now. You can be placed on a priority e-mail list to be notified when/if they do, again, on our AntelopeCanyon.AZ site. Should the closure remain in effect at the time of your visit, a good alternative would be Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon in Kanab, UT. Kanab, UT, is ~1 hour drive from Page, AZ, and Red Canyon is a beautiful, user-friendly slot canyon. The only hard part about getting there is the access road in, which a lot of people get stuck on, therefore, a guided tour is strongly recommended. Reputable tour companies who can get you to Peek-A-Boo are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Let’s talk about Lake Powell — sorry to be a “Debbie Downer” again, but November is not the best time to do any water-based activities due to the fact that it’s starting to get really cold. Many kayak tour/rental outfitters close up for the season in October. Boat tours are also on hiatus until further notice due to COVID-19. If you’re wanting to enjoy Lake Powell, probably best to plan on doing it from the shoreline. Fortunately, there are ample opportunities for this type of exploration, including The Chains, Wahweap Swim Beach , and Lone Rock Beach.
      Hope it doesn’t sound as though Northern Arizona will be rolling up the sidewalks at the time of your visit; that’s far from the case! That said, I’d recommend planning for 2 nights in Sedona, 1 night at Grand Canyon South Rim, and 2 nights in Page, AZ. How you position these in relation to when you land or fly out of Phoenix will largely depend upon hotel availability. Since Grand Canyon South Rim and Page are both ~5 hours from Phoenix, you might look at hitting Page, AZ, first to visit Horseshoe Bend and maybe tour Peek-A-Boo, then move on to Grand Canyon South Rim.
      Now, normally, the drive from Page, AZ, to GC South Rim takes ~3 hours; due to COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has opted to close an integral portion of the shortest travel route between the two places, necessitating a detour through Flagstaff, then traveling back North again via US180. This has essentially turned a 3-hour drive into more of a 5-hour drive. Overnight at the Grand Canyon, then conclude your trip with a couple days of chill time in Sedona, AZ, ~3 hours from Grand Canyon South Rim. Your drive back to Phoenix would then be ~2.5 hours. Map
      One last suggestion: if you can possibly free up another night or two so you can spend more time in Sedona, you won’t regret doing so. A lot of people report staying 4-5 days in Sedona and only feeling as though they’d “scratched the surface.” There’s a lot to see and do there!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  24. Hi, I’m thinking of bringing a friend to Horseshoe Bend when she visits next month. Are dogs allowed in the park and on the trail?

    1. Hi Brittney,
      Yes, dogs are allowed at Horseshoe Bend as long as they are on a leash and the owner picks up after them. Be sure to bring enough water, not only for your “human” hiking party, but for your dog as well.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  25. Hi–

    Myself and a group of about ~10 others are looking to hike the Grand Canyon (is the South rim entrance open now?), Lake Powell (potentially Horseshoe Bend as well in the same day), and Sedona. Would we need to prepare to purchase any permits prior to making this endeavor/would all of these locations be open for us to hike and explore? Any insight here would be helpful, thank you! This page is great.

    1. Hi Eric and thanks for your compliments!
      Grand Canyon South Rim is open, with some limitations on services due to COVID-19.
      You do not need to purchase or reserve any kind of permit for the trip you were planning to take, unless you were wanting to camp below the rim of the Grand Canyon, in which case, you’d need to reserve a backcountry permit. These are reserved several months in advance, however, so if you don’t have one already, you’ll be limited to day hiking, which can be just as fulfilling as an overnight Grand Canyon hike! Check out this list of popular Grand Canyon day hikes
      The biggest problem I’m seeing here is your plan to hike in the Grand Canyon and visit Horseshoe Bend in the same day. Even under ideal circumstances, this is neither practical nor desirable. Under normal circumstances, the drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Horseshoe Bend takes ~3 hours. Unfortunately, an integral component of the normal travel route is on Navajo Indian Reservation land, and the tribe has opted to close it due to COVID-19. This means that you’re going to have to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim back to Flagstaff, AZ, then continue up US89 North to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend. This effectively turns a 3-hour drive into a 5-hour drive. Trust me, that’s not something you’ll want to deal with after a potentially rigorous hike in the Grand Canyon! You really need to plan for an extra day and overnight stay in Page, AZ, to comfortably include Horseshoe Bend in your trip plans.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley–

        Thank you for the insight! We were planning on doing a day-trip to the Grand Canyon so that works out nicely. Sounds like we may opt to stay in Lake Powell for the day then rather than make the hike to Horseshoe Bend thereafter! Are there any specific sites or activities within the Lake Powell area that you would recommend checking out? Thank you again!

        Best,
        Eric

        1. Hi again, Eric!
          I think you’ve made a good call to stay overnight in Page, AZ. Contrary to what you might have heard, you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do. Unfortunately, the Antelope Canyons are closed, but you won’t have any problem occupying your time. Attractions and activities that remain open and accessible right now include:
          – Grandview Overlook Park
          – Wahweap Marina
          – Antelope Point Marina
          – The Chains & Hanging Garden Trail
          – Lone Rock Beach
          – Page Rim View Trail
          – The “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock
          – Wahweap Overlook
          – Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
          – Alstrom Point
          – Skylight Arch
          – White Pocket
          – Wire Pass/Buckskin Gulch
          – Lees Ferry & Lonely Dell Ranch
          – Navajo Bridge & Interpretive Center
          – Glen Canyon Conservancy Flagship Store
          – Kayak Tours on Lake Powell & the Colorado River
          – Private Boat Charters
          – Airplane & Helicopter Tours
          – Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge
          – Jeep/ATV Tours
          – Electric Mountain Bike Tours
          – Big Water Visitors Center (Big Water, Utah)
          – “The Moon” (Big Water, Utah)
          – Gunfighter Canyon Indoor Shooting Range
          For more suggestions on how to make the most of a day in Page, AZ, visit “24 Hours in Page, Arizona
          Hope you have a wonderful time! If you get a minute when you get home, drop us a line and let us know how it went 🙂
          Alley

          1. I see that you have recommended White Pocket. Are you aware of any companies that rent high clearance 4×4 vehicles? Thanks

          2. Hi John!
            This is a great question — there are indeed several companies that rent high clearance jeeps and other 4×4 vehicles that could get you to White Pocket.
            They include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:
            – Powell Adventure Rentals, http://www.powelladventurerentals.com, 928-645-0208
            – Carl’s Marine & Jeep Rentals, http://www.carlsadventurerentals.com, 928-660-0548
            – Lake Powell Jeep Rentals, http://www.lakepowelljeeprentals.com, 928-660-1395
            – Lake Powell Vacations, http://www.lakepowellvacations.com, (928) 614-8573
            Before you commit to a self-guided tour to White Pocket, I must warn you that the access route to get there should only be attempted by those with previous 4×4 experience. Even individuals who regularly drive off-road have gotten stuck out there, requiring a VERY expensive towing bill. If you have never driven a jeep in deep sand, rutted roads, or over rocky terrain, I’d skip the rental and go with a guided tour. These companies have experienced drivers and vehicles with beefy enough suspensions to handle the terrain! Authorized tour companies for this area are:
            – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
            – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
            – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
            – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
            – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
            – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
            Good luck and safe travels!
            Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Richard,
      If you are referring to Horseshoe Bend, yes, it is one of a few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed. Glen Canyon National Recreation (Lake Powell) is also open, albeit with some facilities closed. The most significant component of most peoples’ Page, AZ, vacations that remains up in the air are the Antelope Canyons. They are currently closed due to COVID-19. When they will reopen is uncertain, but you can get on a priority e-mail list to be notified when the closure is lifted. AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Closure Alert E-mail List
      One thing to bear in mind, whatever you decide to do, is that December is winter, therefore, it will be cold in most places you go. It’s rare for the Page, AZ, area to see enough snow to warrant closing Horseshoe Bend, but you’ll at least need to pack jackets, gloves, etc.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. Hi There! I’ve been wanting to plan a tip to Arizona to explore the national parks and sites for a long time. I heard that most places you need to apply for a permit? Like Antelope Canyon and Havasu Falls. Does Horseshoe Bend need one too? Can you let me know all the places that require a permit or reservation? And provide me with a link to the site to do so? Thank you so much for any information 🙂
      -Julie

      1. Hi Julie!
        Contrary to what you might have heard, only a few “Arizona Bucket List” places actually require a permit to visit.
        Havasu Falls is one of them. Unfortunately, that area is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19. When they do reopen, you’ll want to bookmark http://www.HavasupaiReservations.com to apply for a camping permit.
        The Antelope Canyons are also closed until further notice due to COVID-19 unfortunately 🙁 Visiting that area doesn’t require a permit, per se, you just have to go with a guided tour. When/if the Antelope Canyons reopen, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon Should they remain closed at the time of your visit, our companion site also has guidance on how to deal with that situation: “Help! My Tour Got Cancelled
        As for other permit-required sites, The Wave is perhaps the most highly coveted one of all! Due to the unique nature of the terrain, and the fragility of the rock formations, only 20 people per day are allowed to visit this area, which is part of the Coyote Buttes Special Management Area of the Vermilion Cliffs/Paria Canyon Wilderness Area. 10 permits per day are distributed via an online lottery, which must be applied for 4 months in advance. The other 10 permits are given out in a walk-in lottery held in Kanab, UT, the day prior to when you wish to hike. For more information on Wave permits, visit our other companion site, http://www.TheWaveAZ.com
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  26. I would definitely NOT recommend this as being “wheelchair accessible” despite what is claimed. I took my wife there today who is in a wheelchair. The walkway to the Horseshoe is NOT smooth. The path is full of rocks and sand and is very uneven. We nearly broke the wheels on the wheelchair several times due to the rocks, holes and sand on the trail. I nearly dumped my poor wife numerous times! The hill is also quite steep both on the way TO the Horseshoe and on the way back to the parking lot. I don’t think I would have made it were it not for another man helping me. I’m in decent shape, so it’s not that I am so weak that I could not make the hills. Anyhow, I hope they improve this for wheelchair access. The view was spectacular, but we barely made it back!

    1. Dear David,
      I am terribly sorry that you found the trail to Horseshoe Bend less than accommodating for your wife’s wheelchair!
      Since the City of Page, AZ, is in charge of maintaining the trail and parking lot (and touting the trail as being ADA compliant), I would strongly recommend that you share these observations with someone there. The Economic Development/Tourism department would probably be a good place to start. They can be reached by phone at (928) 645-4310.
      Despite how things went this time around, I hope you get a chance to return to the area someday, perhaps at a time when the trail to Horseshoe Bend has been fully paved.
      Take care and have a good rest of your summer,
      Alley 🙂

      1. My husband and I are planning a trip to the area in late January/early February and thought we’d like to take a look at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon (if it’s opened at that time). We’re hikers (having previously traversed down to Phantom Ranch) and I’m wondering how long (in time and distance( the hike is at Horseshoe Bend) and if it is just around the rim or if you actually descend into the canyon-and if so, how far. Also, how cold is this area in mid-winter?

        1. Hi Debbie!
          If you’ve been to Phantom Ranch, Horseshoe Bend will be a cakewalk. The out-and-back trail is only .7 miles in length (one way), is mostly flat, and extends from the parking lot to the canyon rim. No part of the trail actually goes down into the canyon itself.
          As for what Page, AZ, is like in mid-winter, you’ll encounter days that are sunny but brisk mostly, but we do get the occasional wind or snowstorm passing through. Bring a jacket and gloves in any case.
          As for the Antelope Canyons, we are crossing fingers and toes that they’ll be reopened by the time you get here. If they aren’t, you might want to start looking at some alternate activities. If touring a slot canyon is on your wish list, you’d probably enjoy Wire Pass Canyon. This photogenic two-part slot canyon is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may require traversing deep sand if recent weather has been dry. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
          – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
          – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
          – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
          To be placed on a priority e-mail list notifying people when/if the Antelope Canyons do open, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Closure Alert
          Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  27. Hi! My family and I are planning to visit Horseshoe Bend and, on your recommendation in some of the comments, Peek A Boo Canyon, since Antelope Valley is still closed. Could you recommend other sights to see appropriate for a 7 year old in between those 2 locations? Also, where would you say would be the best location to stay that is most accessible to all the sights? We’re planning to stay end of Sept for about 3 nights (9/25-9/28). Thank you for all your help!

    1. Hi Nina,
      This is a great question! For optimal convenience visiting Horseshoe Bend and Peek-A-Boo Canyon, the best place to look for hotels would be Page, AZ, or Kanab, UT. As for sights in between the two towns that would appeal to a 7-year-old, you’ll have no shortage of fun! ~15 minutes from Page, AZ, on US89, you’ll find the town of Big Water, UT, which has a wonderful visitors center featuring paleontology displays and dinosaur bones excavated locally. Almost smack dead center between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, at mile marker 19 on the Utah side of US89, is the Paria Rimrocks/Toadstools Hoodoos Trail. This hike, rated easy to moderate, offers up cool rock formations and classic desert scenery. If you’re wanting to take a swim, The Chains area on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Dam is a good area, although it’s a bit of a hike to get back up to the parking lot from the water line. If that doesn’t appeal, Lone Rock Beach on the Arizona/Utah border is nice, just don’t drive your vehicle too far onto the sand — believe me, you don’t want to get stuck there! Another cool hike near the Glen Canyon Dam is the “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock. It’s a relatively short, easy trail that leads to a small but interesting cluster of rock formations. It also happens to be near a small campground, so be sure you don’t impede on anyone’s privacy (or sleep!) while exploring this area. Also, watch how far you drive in so you don’t get stuck in the sand.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hey Courtney!
          The trail to Horseshoe Bend is now more accommodating for those with wheelchairs and strollers, but a testimonial from a recent visitor indicates that it’s not all smooth sailing. He reports:

          I would definitely NOT recommend this as being “wheelchair accessible” despite what is claimed. I took my wife there today who is in a wheelchair. The walkway to the Horseshoe is NOT smooth. The path is full of rocks and sand and is very uneven. We nearly broke the wheels on the wheelchair several times due to the rocks, holes and sand on the trail. I nearly dumped my poor wife numerous times! The hill is also quite steep both on the way TO the Horseshoe and on the way back to the parking lot. I don’t think I would have made it were it not for another man helping me. I’m in decent shape, so it’s not that I am so weak that I could not make the hills. Anyhow, I hope they improve this for wheelchair access. The view was spectacular, but we barely made it back!

          So, feel free to bring your stroller, but be very aware of the terrain you’re on, and be prepared to carry your kiddo, or have him/her walk part of the way. If you get a minute after your visit, report back and let us know how things went for you!
          Alley 🙂

  28. Hi,

    We are super excited to visit horseshoe bend, lower antelope, grand staircase, and Vermilion Cliff in the end of September.
    We will be heading that way from Arches national park, can you please provide the address that we can put on the GPS?
    Which parking lot can we park? And with the whole pandemic, its there anything we should be prepare for? Its all the park are open now?
    We are hoping to do stand up paddle board or kayaking if that is open.

    Looking forward to your suggestion.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Sasikarn,
      The GPS coordinates for Horseshoe Bend are 36.8792° N, 111.5104° W, but frankly, you don’t need these to find it. The overlook is very clearly signed and easy to find, on US89 about 5 miles South of Page, AZ. The parking lot is also very large and easily found. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle for standard passenger cars and motorhomes. Social distancing and personal hygiene protocols should be followed as normal.
      Some of the National Parks in the American Southwest have had to modify some operations due to COVID-19, such as Zion National Park now taking reservations for the Zion Canyon Shuttle. The best way to get current information on what facilities may be open (or closed) at the parks you wish to visit is to go to http://www.NPS.gov, which is the official website of the National Park Service. You can then search for a particular park from there. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, as is the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.
      One piece of potentially bad news that I do have for you is that by order of the Navajo Indian Tribe, the Antelope Canyons are closed and are expected to remain closed for quite awhile. You should start thinking alternatives for slot canyon tours, and the most easily accessible slot canyon that is not subject to the closure of the Navajo Indian Reservation is Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Kanab, Utah, ~90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we recommend that you take one anyway. While the hike through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. Even then, people still get stuck. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. To explore Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort, contact any one of these reputable tour companies to choose from in Kanab, UT:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      For stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking, you have several options. The first decision to make is whether you want to do this activity on Lake Powell or the Colorado River. If Lake Powell is where you’d like to explore, visit http://www.LakePowellPaddleboards.com If you’d prefer to kayak or SUP on the Colorado River, contact http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  29. We are looking to hike near Horseshoe Bend in October. We were wanting to do some slot hikes as well. I know that Antelope Canyon is closed. Are Rattlesnake Canyon and Mountain Sheep Canyon closed as well? Or is there any other slot canyons available for hiking at this time?

    1. Hi Kevin,
      That’s a really good question! Rattlesnake Canyon and Mountain Sheep Canyon are part of the Antelope Canyon drainage. Therefore, if the Antelope Canyons remain closed in October, so will Mountain Sheep and Rattlesnake.
      The good news is there are other slot canyons in the semi-immediate vicinity of Page, AZ, that are not beholden to the restrictions on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. For most visitors, we recommend Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Kanab, UT, ~90 minutes from Page. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we recommend that you take one anyway. While the hike through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. Even then, people still get stuck. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. To explore Peek-A-Boo in safety and comfort, contact any one of these reputable tour companies to choose from in Kanab, UT:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you’re looking for something a little more rugged, try Wire Pass Canyon. Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Gabriela,
      Dogs are welcome at Horseshoe Bend as long as they are leashed at all times. Also, since it’s a desert environment, be sure to bring adequate water for yourself, your pet, and all members of your traveling party.
      If you are visiting during the summer months, remember that sugar sand can get VERY hot. Therefore, we recommend investing in a set of protective booties to keep your dog’s paws nice and cool.
      Regarding RV parks located near Horseshoe Bend, the closest one is Page/Lake Powell Campground, ~7 miles from Horseshoe Bend, in the town of Page, AZ. Another RV park worth considering is the Wahweap Campground, ~20 minutes from Horseshoe Bend, in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (entrance fees apply, not included in RV park rate). The afore-mentioned are developed campgrounds and have amenities such as full hook-ups, etc. There are other areas where people in RV’s can camp, but you may not have access to electrical hook-ups, which IMO you’d definitely want to have if traveling during the heat of summer, or dead of winter. If you agree, and prefer to stay in an RV park with hook-ups, advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you’re OK with more primitive/undeveloped areas, there’s no shortage of these either.
      For more information on the full range of possibilities, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Camping & RV Options
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  30. Hello,

    I have a trip scheduled to Arizona and was pretty upset that the antelope canyon is closed. From reading previous comments I’ve seen that the horseshoe bend is open, correct? If so, would you happen to know the address to the horseshoe bend where we can park the car and hike up to it? If you could let me know please. Thank you!

    1. Hi Manassa,
      You are correct in that the Antelope Canyons are closed at this time. Trust us, we feel your pain on that issue! They are expected to reopen “soon,” but when exactly that will be remains uncertain.
      The good news is that Horseshoe Bend is one of a few attractions in the area that never closed. The address is Mile Marker 545 of US89, Page, Arizona, 86040. Frankly, you don’t really need an address or GPS coordinates because the parking lot is quite large and very clearly signed. You literally can’t miss it!
      If Antelope Canyon happens to remain closed at the time of your visit, there are alternative slot canyons in the semi-immediate vicinity of Page, AZ, that are not subject to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. For more information, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: “Help! My Antelope Canyon Tour Got Cancelled”
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  31. Hey Alley,
    I have a question about Horseshoe Bend, do you need a tour to see it, or can you go on your own? Also how far is it from the parking lot/ is it easy to find? Thanks so much 🙂

    Also, I see Antelope Canyon is closed 🙁 do you have any other suggestions besides Horseshoe bend for us to see while we are out in Page? Thank you!!!
    -Justine

    1. Hi Justine!
      Horseshoe Bend does not not require a guided tour to visit, you may simply go at your convenience while the parking lot is open (from sunrise to sunset). Parking is $10 for most passenger vehicles. It is very easy to find, very clearly signed near mile marker 545 of US89, about 5 miles South of the town of Page, Arizona.
      You are correct in that the Antelope Canyons are closed right now. Fortunately, there are plenty of other wonderful sightseeing opportunities in the semi-immediate vicinity of Page, AZ, that you can enjoy.
      After visiting Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, you can walk across the steel arch bridge at the Glen Canyon Dam (the visitors center is closed due to COVID-19). If you’d like to take a refreshing dip in the water, head down to The Chains. It is a bit of a hike to get back up from the waterline, but if you’re in decent health, you can probably manage it. If you’re feeling peppy after a swim at the Chains, you might also take a short hike to the Hanging Gardens area. The springs are probably dry right now, but this is a neat little area, very unexpected to find in the desert.
      A short distance away, across the Glen Canyon Dam bridge, the “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock is a small but interesting cluster of rock formations, some of which resemble the Wave, but don’t require a permit to visit. Just bear in mind that there is also a campground in this area, so be sure that you don’t accidentally impede on someone’s space or privacy.
      If a slot canyon tour is still on the “must-do” list, take the short drive up US89 to Kanab, UT, and tour Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon. It’s a beautiful slot canyon that, like Upper Antelope Canyon, is easy walking, and features twists and turns on par with its more famous counterpart in Page, AZ. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. There are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Ally,
        This was super helpful as we plan a family trip done their to page this weekend. It is a true bummer that Antelope Canyon is currently closed. I was wondering about Lake Powell. Is there a beach access down to the lake, where we can sort of relax, picnic etc. I heard about Lone Rock campground but is that the only access? If so, is there a fee or reservation that I must do? Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!

        1. Hi Omar,
          There are several areas on Lake Powell where you can, as you put, relax, picnic, etc.!
          The easiest one to access is The Chains, on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Dam. It is a bit of a hike to get down to the waterline, and even more of a hike to get back up to the parking area, but if your family are all relatively healthy, you should be able to manage it. There are no picnic tables in this area, so you’d have to improvise a bit on that front, but lots of folks do, plus there’s a neat little hike you can piggy-back onto a visit here called the Hanging Gardens. The springs are probably dry, but it’s still an unexpected find in the desert! The nice thing about this area, too, is that you don’t have to pay an entrance fee to get in.
          Another area you might consider visiting is the Wahweap Swim Beach. This area is within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so you would have to pay the entrance fee (which is good for 1 week), but it has a developed picnic area with tables, grills, and shade canopies, which is nice to have access to on a hot day! Here again, it’s a bit of a walk to the waterline, but in this case, mostly flat. Lone Rock Beach is another good option, but it tends to be quite crowded with campers, boaters, etc. Lone Rock is also within the Glen Canyon NRA, so an entrance fee is required. If you decide to visit both it and the Wahweap Swim Beach, simply keep your entrance fee receipt as it is good for 7 days.
          Hope that helps!
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

      1. Is floating open? Is horseshoe bend the wave and antelope canyon open? What’s the cost to park and go in to these? Also for floating? If not open, when will they open?

        1. Hi Stephanie,
          Thank you for your clear, concise inquiry!
          The Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip is unfortunately cancelled for the remainder of the season due to COVID-19 🙁 If your visit to the Page, AZ, area is scheduled for sometime in 2020, a good alternative would be to drive to Lees Ferry, rent a kayak, get backhauled to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, and paddle the 15 mile stretch of the Colorado River back to Lees Ferry. There are several companies that offer this alternative tour, but the one we’re most familiar with is Kayak Horseshoe Bend. Visit that website for more information about cost, schedules, etc.
          Horseshoe Bend, we are happy to report, is one of the few attractions that never closed through all this. It may be visited at one’s leisure, between sunrise and sunset. The parking fee for standard passenger cars is $10. We recommend visiting just after sunrise to enjoy cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
          Antelope Canyon, unfortunately, remains closed for the time being. When it will reopen, is anybody’s guess. To be placed on a priority e-mail list to be notified of when it reopens, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ. Should the Antelope Canyons remain closed at the time of your visit, a good alternative would be Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon, near Kanab, UT. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one. While the hike through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. Even then, people still get stuck, and if you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. Reputable tour companies in Kanab, UT, are:
          – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
          – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
          – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
          – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
          – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
          Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  32. Hi Alley!
    You seem to be very knowledgeable about all things AZ, so Im hoping you can help me out!
    My friends and I are venturing out to Arizona and Utah this Wednesday! I am curious to know if there have been any changes such as new openings or closing. We are really interested in Monument Valley, the Four Corners, and Antelope Canyon. Even if you could direct me to a website as to which attractions are open to visitors I would greatly appreciate it (:

    1. Hey Morgan,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Navajo Nation Tribal Parks are slated to remain closed, optimistically, through the end of August, pesimistically, “until further notice.”
      A site to monitor for any change in status would be http://www.NavajoNationParks.org A couple of “saving graces,” if you can call it that, is that highway US163 from Kayenta through Monument Valley remains open since it is a pretty important shipping corridor. You can still get good views of Monument Valley on a “drive-by” basis, plus historic Goulding’s Lodge has managed to remain open with modified services. If you do visit this area, be sure to wear a mask and practice personal hygiene measures as prescribed by the CDC and WHO.
      As for the Antelope Canyons and Four Corners, they’re a no go 🙁 Fortunately, however, there are several beautiful slot canyons in the semi-immediate vicinity of Antelope Canyon that are not subject to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Parks. We recommend Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon, near Kanab, UT, if you’re looking for a family-friendly experience. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. There are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you’re wanting something more adventurous, Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Hope that helps! To get notified immediately if/when the Antelope Canyons reopen, visit our companion site to get on a priority e-mail list at http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  33. Hi Alley

    I am planning on bringing my wife and kids (16 and 14) on trip to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Las Vegas, The Narrows and the Grand Canyon in March of 2021.
    I was wonder if you can give as much info as possible? I will be at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope for 2 days of our trip. How is the weather normally, where should I stay for the 2 nights, what time of the day should we go, what tour guide should we use for the Antelope Canyon tour? And of course any other info would be greatly appreciative. How intense or how far is the hike?

    1. Hey Chris,
      Visiting in March, you should be aware that this is in the transitional period between winter and spring. You could encounter days that are sunny and brisk, or you could run into a blizzard, it just depends! Of course, it’s too soon to call, but the main point is to be prepared for anything weather-wise. Start monitoring the weather about 2 weeks before you get set to travel. That will give you the best idea of what kind of clothing to pack.
      Due to the high probability of cold weather, The Narrows in Zion may not happen for you seeing as though that trip has you walking through water. If that’s the case, don’t fret too much over it; there are plenty of good hikes to enjoy in Zion. If your family is relatively fit, which it sounds as though you are, you might look at Angel’s Landing. Along with The Narrows, it is considered the “holy grail” of Zion hikes.
      As for your time at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ, is where you should stay for that leg of your trip; that’s the gateway community for both attractions, as well as Lake Powell. Regarding which tour company to go with, all advertised guide services are well-rated and licensed by the Navajo Indian Tribe. Tours are virtually identical, right down to the footstep, and comparable in price. For more information, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon Difficulty and/or intensity of the hike depends on which branch of the canyon you tour. Upper Antelope is an easy, flat 100 yard out-and-back walk. Lower Antelope is ~1 mile and involves navigating some stairs, ladders, and small boulders. Alternate sections of the Antelope Canyon are usually comparable to Lower Antelope, or slightly more difficult. Mid-day is generally regarded as the best time to tour Antelope Canyon for lighting and photography, but other times of day offer their own advantages. Long story short, there’s no such thing as a bad time to go; simply book a tour at a time that works for you!
      When you go to the Grand Canyon, you should try to stay inside the park at Grand Canyon Village if possible. If that area is already sold out (which is a very real possibility at this point), then Tusayan, AZ, 7 miles outside the park, is your next best alternative. Grand Canyon hotels
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  34. Any ETA on the reopening of Antelope Canyon. We are visiting September 14 for 3 days and I am officially sad, when I discovered they are closed.

    1. Hey Lisa,
      We, too, are sad that the Antelope Canyons will remain closed for the rest of the summer 🙁
      As to whether they will reopen by the time you get here, that remains uncertain. If they are still closed at the time of your vacation, the good news is that there are other slot canyons in the area that are not subject to the closure of the Navajo Nation.
      We recommend Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon, near Kanab, UT, if you’re looking for a family-friendly experience. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you take one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. There are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you’re wanting something more adventurous, Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Hope that helps! To get notified immediately if/when the Antelope Canyons reopen, visit our companion site to get on a priority e-mail list at http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  35. Is there clear signage on the road leading you to horshoebend in case I lose service and will my sedan be okay or do I need a 4WD car? Also are there any free campsites accessible in the area? Also can I access Lake Powell through a walk near horseshoe bend? Or rent a kayak?

    1. Hi Zee!
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is extremely easy to find, approximately 5 miles south of the town of Page, AZ, on US Highway 89 North. Signage is very clear and prominent, and the main access road into the parking lot is paved, so no need for a 4WD vehicle. The pedestrian trail to the canyon rim is ~.7 miles one-way and mostly flat, but it is almost completely exposed, so during the summer months, it will be very hot. Be sure to wear/bring adequate sun protection and water, and wear appropriate shoes for walking.
      There is no access to Lake Powell or the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend. To get to Lake Powell, you would have to drive ~10 minutes from Horseshoe Bend to either Wahweap Marina or Antelope Point Marina. Kayaks can be rented from several outlets in Page, AZ, or you can take a guided tour if you prefer. To kayak through Horseshoe Bend, you’d have to drive down to Lees Ferry, rent a kayak, get backhauled to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle back to Lees Ferry. For more information on this activity, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      As for free camping, there is none in the immediate area of Horseshoe Bend or Page, AZ. Prices for tent or RV camping sites in Page, AZ, vary from place to place, but one word of caution re: tent camping at this time of year — it’s HOT. Nighttime low temperatures aren’t getting too far below 75 degrees at this time of year, which can make tent camping VERY uncomfortable. Best to spring for an RV site with electrical hook-ups or a hotel room in Page, AZ, so you can have access to reliable air conditioning!
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Gregg, and thanks for your compliments!
      Whether to visit Horseshoe Bend at sunrise or sunset is one of those 6-of-one/half-a-dozen-of-another conundrums. Both timeframes have their pros and cons. Just after sunrise, for example, the Colorado River will be in shadow the sun gets higher overhead until mid-morning. At sunset, you have the sun in your eyes since the overlook faces due West, but that’s when you can potentially capture the elusive “starburst” that occurs just before the sun disappears over the horizon.
      Honestly, though, I’m the worst photographer ever, so you shouldn’t take my word as gospel. A few years ago, a photographer named Brian Klimowski took the time to photograph Horseshoe Bend from sunrise to sunset and every time in between! To see the results of his work, and his patience, check out our “Horseshoe Bend Sunrise to Sunset Photo Series
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  36. My wife and I are planning to visit horseshoe bend next weekend. Is there a cost to bike riders at the Horseshoe bend parking lot? Are there bike racks where we can lock them? Can we take them on the trail?
    Thanks for being a great resource,
    Scott

    1. Hi Scott, and thank you for this excellent question!
      Bikes are subject to a $5/person parking fee. There are no bike racks on-site, but you can probably find a parking pole or something similar to lock your bikes down to. Bikes are not allowed on the trail, only wheelchairs.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  37. Hi Alley,

    You’ve got a very helpful website, thanks for that! We plan to visit Horseshoe Bend with an RV and a dog. Is there a special RV parking space and is it possible to hike from there (with the dog) to the Horseshoe Bend? Also, how early should you get there to get a spot, what would you recommend? We will probably arrive in the afternoon and think about trying to get directly to the Horseshoe Bend before checking in at a nearby campground.

    Thanks you in advance!
    Elena

    1. Hi Elena,
      The new Horseshoe Bend Parking Lot does have special spaces designated for RV’s, and you are welcome to visit with dogs as long as they are leashed at all times. You should also bring enough water for yourself and your pet, and if you’re visiting during the summer months, we strongly recommend outfitting him/her with a set of protective booties so they don’t burn their paws on the hot sand.
      We actually recommend visiting Horseshoe Bend in the hours just after sunrise so you can take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. In August, sunrise takes place at around 5:45 AM.
      Hope that helps, and that you have reservations for your chosen campground.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hey Alley, I am wondering if you could help me find the GPS Coordinates to Horseshoe Bend? I’m having a hard time finding it based on no real address. I was married here and we are trying to get the GPS coordinates printed. Could you help?

      2. Alley,

        Do you know of a kayak tour or boat tour you can take to see Antelope Canyons? Which would you recommend?

        Thanks
        JD

        1. Hi JD,
          There are several companies that offer Antelope Canyon boat tours or kayak tours of Antelope Canyon. All are authorized by the National Park Service and have excellent safety and service records, so you really can’t go wrong with any one of them.
          For kayak tours:
          – Hidden Canyon Kayak (928) 660-1836 http://www.lakepowellhiddencanyonkayak.com/
          – Kayak Lake Powell (928) 660-0778 http://www.kayakpowell.com/
          – Lake Powell Paddleboards & Kayaks (928) 645-4017 http://www.lakepowellpaddleboards.com/
          – Lake Powell Adventure Company (928) 660-9683 https://www.lakepowelladventure.com/
          For boat tours:
          – Lake Powell Resort & Marina (888) 896-3829 https://www.lakepowell.com/marinas/boat-tours/
          – Antelope Point Marina (928) 645-5900 https://grandcanyon.com/tours/east-tours/antelope-canyon-boat-tours/
          Of course, you should be sure to verify that the above-referenced businesses are even open or operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19.
          Good luck and safe travels!
          Alley 🙂

  38. Hello Alley,

    We are planning a last minute trip to Horseshoe bend this weekend. I would like to take my two dogs. Do you recommend it? i see that the weather will be at mid 90’s. Also, can you inform me of nearby places where we can go for a swim- possibly dog friendly too?
    thank you,

    blessing,
    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,
      It is indeed hot at Horseshoe Bend these days. That’s why we recommend, if at all possible, that you try and visit in the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and you must be sure to carry enough water for yourselves and your pets. We also recommend investing in protective booties for your dog’s feet as surfaces tend to get very hot at this time of year. We certainly wouldn’t want to hear about your dog’s feet getting burned!
      As for places where you and your dogs might enjoy a swim, The Chains area, on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Dam, is popular with locals because you don’t have to pay the park entrance fee to access it. Last I heard, dogs were allowed, I took my own dogs there when I lived in Page, AZ. One word of caution, though, is that it is quite a schlep to get back up from the waterline, depending on where you hike down to. Another good spot you might take them to is Lone Rock Beach. It is ~15-20 minutes from Page, AZ, located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (entrance fee required) and a popular spot with campers, so you won’t be alone there by any means. The walk to the waterline is pretty straightforward, although you might encounter deep sand in some spots.
      Wherever you decide to go, be sure your dog is leashed at all times, and again, carry water because you are in the desert in the middle of summer!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  39. We’re planning to come visit in late October. What will the temperatures be like here at that time of year ? Do you recommend any certain time of day to visit that are better for photos and more vibrant rock colors ?

    1. Hi Christina!
      Late October is a wonderful time to visit the American Southwest. Temperatures in the lower elevation areas, such as Page, AZ, Kanab, UT, etc., are just about perfect, ranging from the mid-60’s to low-70’s. In the higher country, such as Grand Canyon North Rim and Bryce Canyon, they are borderline cold, in the 40’s-50’s or thereabouts.
      As for a good time of day to visit Horseshoe Bend for photography, there’s no such thing as a “bad” time, but mid-morning or early-afternoon tend to be when the river is not in shadow, yet there is some nice shadow play on the canyon walls. For the sake of practicality, though, the timeframe just after sunrise when the parking lot first opens affords the benefits of smaller crowds. Although Glen Canyon is in shadow at that time, we’ve never had any complaints from people who took a bad photo!
      For more suggestions, check out “The Best Time To Visit Horseshoe Bend.”
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley Keosheyan 🙂

    2. I was just at Horseshoe Bend this morning and was trying to balance getting there before the crowds and when the light would be good, with not waking my kids (ages 6-18) too early. We got there about 90 minutes after sunrise and it was tricky because the top half of the rock was lit but the bottom half and the river were still in shadow. It would have been better for all one or the other. It was only about half a mile from the parking lot, so I wish I would have just gone as soon as the parking lot opened by myself for photos and gone back later with my kids.

      1. Hi Corinne,
        Thank you for sharing your insight into the photographic and logistical nuances of visiting Horseshoe Bend!
        Alley 🙂

  40. Hi Alley! First, I want to give you a shoutout for being the real MVP and responding to all of these comments. Second, I’m planning to run an independent virtual marathon this year and I am hoping to do so in the Navajo Nation. Would Horseshoe Bend be a good place? If not, would you have any suggestions? I’m planning to do this in October or early November at the latest.

    1. O O O, thank you so much for your kind compliments!
      Your virtual marathon sounds like an interesting endeavor. If any of it should physically take place on Navajo Indian Tribal Land, however, a special use permit, or some manner of written permission, from the tribe would be a must. Complicating matters is that due to COVID-19, all Navajo Indian Tribal Lands and attractions are closed to outsiders. Horseshoe Bend has shared jurisdiction by the National Park Service, the City of Page (they run the parking lot), and the Navajo Tribe, whose lands flank the overlook on its South side. If you think it sounds complicated, it is. As for whether restrictions will be lifted by October or November is anyone’s guess.
      If you like to run, you might consider taking part in the upcoming Lake Powell Half Marathon, which is taking place IRL Saturday October 10th of this year.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe running,
      Alley 🙂

  41. Hi Alley, Just wanted to say how helpful reading this comment strand has been as I plan for my upcoming visit. Thank you so much for all of this important and up-to-date tips and advice.

    1. Kay,
      Thank you for taking the time to let us know our advice helped!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Carlos,
      If by “overland” you mean camp, in a tent or RV, no, it is not allowed at Horseshoe Bend. For more information on campgrounds in the vicinity of Horseshoe Bend, read this piece on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: RV & Camping Options Near Antelope Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hello Alley,

        We really would like a guide showing us and our two kids around.
        Do you think there are guides available on Sunday 26th?

        Thank a lot for the info on this site.

        1. Dear Rolf,
          Sorry to reply to your query after the fact. Hopefully you were able to find out that a guide isn’t really necessary to have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend.
          Take care,
          Alley 🙂

          1. Hi Earlon,
            Horseshoe Bend is one of a few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed. The Antelope Canyons, however, remain closed through August 16th by executive order of the Navajo Indian Tribe. For suggestions of other slot canyons you can still tour, read this piece on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: “Help! My Antelope Canyon Tour Got Cancelled”
            We are not the “official” website, but like to think we’re pretty darn close 😉 The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but the Horseshoe Bend parking lot is administered by the City of Page, AZ. The land on the Southern flank of the overlook is administered by the Navajo Indian Tribe.
            Hope that makes sense. Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Chanel,
      Yes, there is a fee to park at Horseshoe Bend. The rates are as follows:
      – Motorcycle: $5
      – Car or RV: $10
      – Commercial Van/Bus: (Passenger Capacity up to 14) $35
      – Commercial Bus: (Passenger Capacity 15-35) $70
      – Commercial Bus: (Passenger Capacity over 35) $140
      Entrance fees are based on the passenger capacity of the vehicle, not the number of passengers being carried at time of entry.
      Advance reservations are not required to visit anytime between sunrise and sunset.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. No – it’s the desert, very dry area, so anything combustible that could start a fire is strongly discouraged.

      1. Hello, I was wondering what the distance is to the viewpoint for horseshoe bend? Is it considered a difficult hike?

        1. Hi LeAla,
          The hike to Horseshoe Bend is .7 miles 1 way, 1.4 miles round-trip. It’s relatively flat, considered moderate for most individuals. Nowadays, the biggest obstacle for most visitors is the heat. It’s getting up above 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Page, AZ, of late, and here is little to no shade along the trail (save for a small covered pavillion) to Horseshoe Bend. You must bring enough water for all members of your party, and wear sun protection.
          In light of these considerations, we recommend visiting Horseshoe Bend in the hours just after sunrise to enjoy cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  42. hey? is there any waterfalls around horseshoe bend or close to havasu falls that you can hike with no special permit? we are coming from las vegas so anything that may be on the way is fine! because i know now the havasu falls is close? thank you for your time!

    1. Hey Albert,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but there are no waterfalls that are that easily accessible out here. Havasu Falls, which requires a very hard-to-obtain permit, is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
      The place which will have the most easily accessible waterfalls is Zion National Park, which is ~90 minutes – 2 hours from Horseshoe Bend. The easiest to access would probably be the Emerald Pools, seconded by Mystery Falls in the Narrows. The downside (one of several) is that this year, Zion National Park’s shuttle service requires advance reservations due to COVID-19. Also, they’re discouraging people from hiking in the Virgin River due to an algae bloom. If you wish to visit the park, I recommend you get there early. For more information, visit National Park Service: Zion National Park
      I’m not sure where else you might be traveling to, but Lower Calf Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall with a refreshing pool at its foot. It’s a long way from Page, AZ, ~ a 4-hour drive, and a long but easy hike, ~5.5 miles round-trip.
      Kanarra Falls is another one you might consider, it’s located near Cedar City, UT, ~3 hours from Page, AZ. That’s a neat hike, moderately difficult, with a few tree limbs and ladders to navigate, but it goes through a slot canyon with water in it. Advance reservations are required to visit. For more information, visit http://www.KanarraFalls.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Callie,
      Both Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon National Park are open. However, if you’re planning on going to the South Rim, take note: the East entrance to Grand Canyon South Rim at Desert View Point is closed due to the section of the highway leading up to it being on Navajo Tribal Land, which is partially closed due to COVID-19. Therefore, you’d have to drive from Horseshoe Bend to Flagstaff, AZ, then get on US180 to AZ64 heading up to the park. This diversion means that a 2.5-3 hour drive is now a 4-5 hour drive. Grand Canyon North Rim is ~2.5-3 hours from Page, AZ, and is now open for visitation, so it may be the better option to visit at this time. For more information, visit GrandCanyon.com: North Rim Planning
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi, I was planning to make the drive to horseshoe bend this afternoon and I saw on the all trails app something about a trail reroute which started July 2020. I couldn’t find any other information about this though so could you let me know if that’s true and if so what the situation is and where to park/ where the trailhead starts?

        1. Hi Sophia!
          So sorry that I’m late in responding to your inquiry, I hope you found your way to Horseshoe Bend OK.
          For those wondering about similar issues, the trail to the rim of Glen Canyon at Horseshoe Bend was flattened, graded, and rerouted slightly, so it is a trifle longer than the “social” trail carved out in years past. This means that the walk to the overlook is now .7 miles one-way vs .6 miles, but it is now wheelchair accessible. The parking area is very clearly signed, about 5 miles South of the town of Page, AZ, where a one-time fee of $10/passenger vehicle or RV or $35/light commercial vehicle is collected. Horseshoe Bend Parking Lot Reopens, Implements Fees
          Good luck and safe travels to all,
          Alley 🙂

  43. Hi, we are planning on going to Horseshoe Bend in the morning and then to Lake Powell for swimming after that. Where is the best place to go near the water so the kids can climb on the rocks and cliff jump into the water?

    1. Hi again, Divora!
      After visiting Horseshoe Bend, there are several good swim beaches you can visit! Before I make any recommendations, though, I have to tell you that cliff diving is a practice that is illegal here at Lake Powell, and for good reason. I personally am/was acquainted with one person who died, and another who became permanently disabled while doing so! That said, there are plenty of opportunities to climb on some rocks and jump in the water from safer heights.
      The place closest to Horseshoe Bend is The Chains, on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Steel Arch Bridge. You have to hike down a ways to the water’s edge, which means you also have to hike back up, but the cool thing about The Chains is that you don’t have to pay the park entrance fee to get in. Also, you can easily piggy-back a visit to The Chains with a hike to the Hanging Gardens if desired.
      If you’re OK with paying the Glen Canyon Park Entrance Fee, then you might visit the Wahweap Swim Beach just across the road from the Wahweap Campground. It has shades, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. Just a short distance West of there is an area called The Coves, but that may not be as accessible as it was in years past due to lower lake levels. Here again, if paying the Glen Canyon Park Entrance Fee isn’t a problem (it’s good for a week’s time), Lone Rock Beach is another popular swimming spot, although you must be prepared to share it with a lot of boats, jet skis, etc., which can make the water quite choppy. Also, be sure you don’t drive too far into the sand, or you might get stuck.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  44. what is the latest you can enter and the earliest you can enter to hike horseshoe bend at the end of July? Thank you!

    1. Hi Angelica,
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open from sunrise to sunset daily. In late July, sunrise occurs at about 5:30 AM and sunset takes place at around 7:30 PM.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  45. Do you know what is opened for older kids near horseshoe bend to go swimming or where I can find information on what’s around there. We decided a last minute trip to page but have no idea what’s around. Last minute sucks, but our other plans got canceled due to covid-19 🤦‍♀️ do you know if lake Powell is doing their fireworks?

    1. Hi Brittany,
      Addressing your questions in reverse order, Page, AZ’s 4th of July fireworks are scheduled to go on as planned. The best vantage points are in and around the Lake Powell Golf Course, so mask up and bring a lawn chair!
      As for swimming areas, you have several choices. The easiest to access is The Chains, on the Eastern flank of the Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge. It’s a bit of a hike to and from the water line, but since you mention you have older kids, they should be able to handle it. If you want, you can easily piggy-back a visit there onto a neat little hike to a place called the Hanging Gardens. The springs there are probably dry, but it’s a nice easy walk. The Chains & Hanging Gardens Hike Entrance to The Chains is free since it is outside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area boundary.
      If you don’t mind paying the Glen Canyon Park Entrance Fee, a couple of other swimming areas worth considering are the Wahweap Swim Beach and Lone Rock Beach. The former has picnic tables, restrooms, and BBQ grills nearby. The latter is very sandy, so if you’re not in a vehicle with 4WD, don’t drive too far onto the beach and risk getting stuck! Also, be prepared to share it with campers and boaters.
      Hope that helps!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  46. Is hiking horseshoe bend still available during this COVID restricted time? Looking to get away from my house this weekend

    1. Hi Ashlee,
      Yes, Horseshoe Bend is open. It is one of the few attractions in the area that never closed.
      Parking lot hours are from sunrise to sunset. We strongly encourage visiting in the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Although the overlook remains open, you should still practice social distancing and personal guidelines protocols as recommended by the CDC, WHO, and the National Park Service:
      – Wear a mask.
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  47. Hi there,

    We are in an RV at the campground nearby. Would we be able to park our RV in your parking lot or do we need to ride our bikes over (we don’t have any other vehicles)?

    Thanks so much,
    Gen

    1. Hi Gen,
      This is a great question!
      The Horseshoe Bend parking lot does have sufficient space to accommodate RV’s, but you may wish to ride your bicycles over for the exercise.
      If you’re staying at the Page/Lake Powell Campground in Page, AZ, Horseshoe Bend is ~5 miles (one way) away, approximately a 30-45 minute ride as estimated by Google Maps.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hello! We are from Tennessee.
        Me and my family are planning to go this coming Sunday, I would like to know if is open, how much is the entrance and if is dangerous for my baby 18 months because of the hot weather, and I want to to if I can wear sandals.
        Please let me know, we are in Phoenix and before we go I want to make sure that we are safe. 🙂

        Thanks!

        Thanks!

        Is our first time.
        Please let me know.

        1. Hi Diana,
          Apologies for not getting to your inquiry sooner, I, too was traveling this weekend!
          Hopefully you found your way to Horseshoe Bend without much difficulty and discovered that the parking fee is $10/standard passenger vehicle or $35/light commercial vehicle.
          For those wanting to travel to the area in the near future, yes, it is very hot right now, which can be dangerous for infants and young children IF they are not propertly hydrated and protected from the sun. Be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, and to bring enough water for yourself and all members of your traveling parties.
          Regarding footwear, you can do whatever you want, the City of Page and/or the National Park Service assume no responsibility for injury or inconvenience you might sustain during your visit, but to be 100% honest, sandals are not recommended at this time of year. The trail to Horseshoe Bend may pass through deep “sugar” sand, which gets very hot during the summer months. Closed-toed shoes will protect you better and ensure that you don’t burn your feet.
          Good luck and safe travels to all,
          Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Vitul,
          Yes, Horseshoe Bend is open. It is one of the few attractions in the area that never closed.
          Parking lot hours are from sunrise to sunset. We strongly encourage visiting in the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Although the overlook remains open, you should still practice social distancing and personal guidelines protocols as recommended by the CDC, WHO, and the National Park Service:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Meg,
      I sure wish I knew where you saw this, because it is not correct.
      Horseshoe Bend is open; it is one of the few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed, so come on up!
      Remember that the parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, also that summertime temperatures are VERY hot. If at all possible, try to time your visit for the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Please remember also to practice social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines as prescribed by the CDC:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Jodie,
          Happy to say that that’s not the case! Horseshoe Bend remains one of the few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, so come on up.
          Remember that the parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, also that summertime temperatures are VERY hot. If at all possible, try to time your visit for the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Be sure to bring enough water for yourself and your traveling party. Please remember also to practice social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines as prescribed by the CDC:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Nick,
          Dogs are welcome at Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell as long as they are leashed, and you pick up after them. Since the trail and surrounding grounds consist of potentially deep sand, which gets very hot during the summer months, we also recommend that you provide protective booties for your dog (such as these), and enough water for yourself, your traveling party, and your dog.
          If you should be traveling during the warmer months of summer, you might consider timing your visit for the hours just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Viviana,
      Horseshoe Bend is one of a few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed, so come on up! Remember that the parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, and please remember to practice social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines as prescribed by the CDC:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  48. As you’re standing and looking at Horseshoe Bend, there is the sandstone rock to the right to climb. How high are you climbing to get to the top of it?

    1. Hi Sandra,
      The “climb” is not far, maybe 3 meters or so? While it is manageable for most healthy people, a close eye should be kept on young children so they don’t fall and hurt themselves.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Ana,
      The trail to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is ~1.4 miles round-trip. We recommend setting aside 90 minutes to 2 hours to walk to the rim, take photos, and walk back to the parking lot. If your visit is taking place within the next few weeks, please bear in mind that it’s very hot here and the trail is completely exposed. There is a small shade pavillion near the rim, but you must carry enough water for your hiking party, and wear/bring sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Jessica!
          It depends who you ask.
          The walk from the parking lot to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is ~.7 miles, one way. While the trail has been recently graded and is much more even and wide than the previously-used “social” trail, it may still be a bit challenging for young children, the elderly, or those with mobility issues to handle. I recommend you watch this recent video of the hike to Horseshoe Bend to judge for yourself. The narration is in Vietnamese, but there are some English language titles with good tips for visitors. If you determine that the walk might be a bit too much for yourself or anyone else in your party to handle, check out these alternate means of visiting Horseshoe Bend: “Help! I Can’t Do The Hike To Horseshoe Bend” Please note that Horseshoe Bend Tours may not be operating at the time of your visit due to the closure of Navajo Indian Tribal Lands due to COVID-19.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  49. Hello everyone,
    I am confused because when I write Horseshoe Bend or Horseshoe Canyon, they are two different places and far away from each other on google maps so to know which one I d like to see, I click both names on google images and come the same pictures…which one is The one to visit?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Sophie,
      Surprise, there are many places called “Horseshoe Bend” located throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, Google still gets some of them mixed up. The iconic, instagrammable Horseshoe Bend — THE one to visi — is located near the town Page, AZ.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  50. Hello, my friends and I are driving from Phoenix and we were wondering if the access to horseshoe bend closes and when ? we were thinking of arriving around 5 pm to avoid the sun being very strong during the day. Do you think that would be a good idea ?

    1. Hi Dalal,
      The Horseshoe Bend overlook and parking lot are open between sunrise and sunset, so technically, you could get there at 5:00 PM if you wished.
      However, if you want to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, we recommend visiting during the hours just after sunrise. Hopefully you plan on spending the night in Page, AZ, so you can easily do this!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Dear Youngsoo,
          Barring anything unforeseen, the Horseshoe Bend Overlook will be open for visitation from sunrise to sunset on June 21st! During the hot days of summer, we recommend visiting just after sunrise to enjoy cooler temperatures and smaller crowds!
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  51. Hello!

    I am planning on going to Horseshoe Bend in a week and a half. I was wondering if you could give me any tips/advice? How is parking? Do I need to make a reservation to enter the park? Anything would help, thanks!

    1. Hi Thao,
      The parking situation at Horseshoe Bend tends to vary throughout the day. We can tell you that the overlook is busiest between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, when the day trippers from Phoenix, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and other gateway communities are rolling in. Another consideration, though, is that your visit is occurring during one of the hottest times of the year. Daytime high temperatures can (and frequently do) inch up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the mid-day hours. That’s why we strongly recommend visiting in the hours just after sunrise (~5:00 AM) to enjoy cooler temperatures, and smaller crowds.
      Reservations are not required to visit Horseshoe Bend. You simply pay the parking fee of $10/standard passenger vehicle or $35/light commercial vehicle and go!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Jen,
      You’ll be pleased to know that the Horseshoe Bend Overlook was one of a few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so come on up! Just be sure to observe social distancing and personal hygiene protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO.
      The parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset. In June, the weather is hot, so we strongly recommend timing your visit for the timeframe just after sunrise (~5:00 AM) to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  52. I will be visiting AZ in July. I would like to see the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon. Are dogs allowed to accompany my hikes in these places?

    1. Hi Sophia!
      This is a really good question 😉 The answer: let’s just say two out of three ain’t bad.
      Dogs are welcome in Grand Canyon National Park as long as they are on a leash and remain on paved trails. They can’t go with you on any inner canyon trails such as the Bright Angel or Kaibab Trails. They can also accompany you to Horseshoe Bend, as long as they are leashed and remain on established trails. One thing about the time of year you’re traveling is it’s HOT, which means surfaces like asphalt and sand can be very hard on your dog’s paws. You might want to invest in a set of booties for your fur baby. Also, be sure and bring enough water for your hiking party, and your pet, and be sure to pick up after them at all times.
      The Antelope Canyons do not allow dogs, due to the ruggedness of the terrain, and the fact that these slot canyons are on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. There are a few dog boarding and day care facilities in Page, AZ that you might utilize when you visit Antelope Canyon. Another option would be to visit a slot canyon that is not situated on Indian Reservation land, such as Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch. These beautiful slot canyons are located between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on BLM land. They do not require a guided tour to visit, and dogs (on leash) are allowed. However, these canyons are in a very remote area, and the trailhead located on a dirt road (the House Rock Valley Road), which can be rendered impassable when wet. Plus, if you’re in a rental car, you would void your insurance the moment your wheels leave the pavement, which would put you on the hook for any damage you might sustain.
      Hope this helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley

          1. Hi! Roughly how long is the hike described above from the parking lot to the vantage point? With the raft tours shut down, trying to figure out if my kids could make the hike. Thanks so much!

          2. Hi Catherine,
            The trail from the parking lot to the overlook is .7 miles one-way. It is partially paved, the other half is graded, and is somewhat more even and flatter than the previously-used “social” trail. Kids can and do make the hike every day, but only you can determine if your kids should attempt it. If you determine that they can’t, you may consider flying over it by airplane or helicopter. Horseshoe Bend Air Tours
            BTW, the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip floats down the Colorado River through Horseshoe Bend. There is no way to walk from the overlook to the river, just so you know.
            Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Danielle,
        Unfortunately you are correct: the Antelope Canyons are indeed closed until further notice.
        However, there are other slot canyons near Page, AZ, that offer beautiful scenery and unforgettable adventure, but are not bound by the closures of Navajo Indian Land. Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon (not to be confused with Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Escalante, UT!) would be the one I’d recommend to most visitors. This beautiful slot canyon, with twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, is located near Kanab, UT, ~1 hour from Page, AZ. It’s a short but fun walk featuring classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you utiize one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. There are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
        – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
        – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
        – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
        – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
        – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermillioncliffs.net
        Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

  53. Good day to you. My question is about accessibility. I am handicapped and walk with a cane….very, very slowly. Is the hike to the bend possible for someone like me? I can bring my walker for rest stops if that is even feasible. I take a long time to cover the same ground as a fully functional whippersnapper but I get there! Are there well worn paths or is it pretty much out of the question? Any brutally honest response and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
    Most Kind Regards,
    R. Raymond

    1. Hi Rebekah!
      You’ll be happy to know that you’re not the first, and certainly won’t be the last person to take the Horseshoe Bend walk at a slower pace. And there’s nothing wrong with that at all; as you’ve hopefully gathered from the article you read, it shouldn’t be about how fast you get there! In recent months, the trail to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook was partially paved and graded. While it’s now slightly longer than in years past (~1.4 miles round-trip vs 1.2 in its former state), it’s flatter, so individuals with a walker or cane should have an easier time navigating it. Plus, there are several strategically placed benches where you can take a rest or water break if desired. IMO the biggest issue you should be concerned about is shade, or lack thereof. Horseshoe Bend is very exposed, and during the summer months, daytime temperatures can soar up and over 110 degrees (F). Incidents of heat stroke, a few that have ended in fatalities, have occurred. Therefore, we recommend that summertime visitors, especially those with mobility or health concerns, visit during the cooler hours just after sunrise. Another benefit of getting there early: fewer people to contend with!
      If, after considering all that, you feel the walk will be too much for you, visit “Help! I Can’t Do The Hike To Horseshoe Bend” for suggestions on other ways to see it with less effort.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  54. Hi Alley,
    We are planning to take a family trip to the Glen Canyon area which including the Upper/Lower Antelop, Horse Bend, etc. We will be driving from Texas and this will be our first time to visit this area so hopefully you can give us some guidances for this trip during the reopening of the country.
    Do we need to make a reservation for any of this place?
    Are there any specific requirements like face mask, limited number of people per group?
    Can we driving straight to these places, our must take tours?
    Any other nice places such as waterfalls, sightseeing around this area?
    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Cong,
      Since I have family in Austin, TX, I’ve made the drive you’re proposing to take several times myself. Since it takes anywhere from 16-20 hours, it is best to break up the drive into two or three days, depending on which part of TX you’re coming from. Our go-to spots for this are Clovis, NM, since we have family there as well, but you might opt to stop in Carlsbad, NM, to visit the Carlsbad Caverns, or Albuquerque, NM, to visit the Acoma Pueblo, Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument or any number of attractions in that area.
      You should definitely make reservations for hotels along your route, and for any guided tours you might wish to take. For the Antelope Canyons, a guided tour is required to visit, provided that they are open. Residents of the Navajo Reservation, where Page, AZ, slot canyons are situated, has been affected in disproportionately high numbers by COVID-19. Last I heard they were shooting for a reopen date of June 7th, but this may not happen. Should they extend the closure of their lands to visitors, that doesn’t mean you have to or should cancel your trip, you’ll just need to look to alternatives.
      Fortunately, the Horseshoe Bend overlook remains open (it never closed), and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell is reopening gradually. Face masks and other social distancing guidelines may be observed at one’s discretion. Passenger capacity on tours may indeed be reduced, which is why advance reservations remain crucial. Should the Antelope Canyons remain closed at the time of your arrival, other slot canyons in the area you might consider visiting include but are not limited to Wire Pass Canyon and/or the Buckskin Gulch near Paria, UT and Red Canyon aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon near Kanab, UT. While these do not require a guided tour, per se, it is recommended that you take one since the roads to these formations can be hazardous, and difficult to navigate for those unaccustomed to off-road driving. If you’re in a rental car, you are forbidden from driving off-road anyway.
      Waterfalls, as a general rule, tend to be kind of hard to get to. If you are planning to visit Zion National Park (which you should if at all possible!), the Upper Emerald Pools is a family-friendly hike that takes you to a three-tiered formation of waterfalls and natural ponds (unfortunately swimming is not allowed). The Weeping Rock Trail is also easy, but I’ve heard that it is closed this season due to damage from a rock slide. If you’re planning on going to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lower Calf Creek Falls is spectacular, but the hike to get there is kind of long (5.5 miles round-trip) and might not be suitable for young kids.
      Hope that helps! Feel free to write in again if you need to bounce more ideas off us 🙂
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

        1. Hi Ann!
          Although camping is prohibited at Horseshoe Bend itself, you’ll be happy to know there are several places to camp nearby. The closest campground is the Page/Lake Powell Campground, about 10 minutes away from Horseshoe Bend, in the town of Page, AZ. A bit further away is the Arrowhead Campground at Mystical Antelope Canyon Tours, where you can “camp” in a covered wagon, traditional Navajo hogan, or a tipi! One caveat: Arrowhead Campground is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, which is closed to tourists until July 6th due to COVID-19, so if your visit is taking place between now and 07/06, this won’t be an option Near the entrance to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, you’ll find the Beehives, a small first-come/first-serve campground. Within the Recreation Area, there’s Wahpweap Campground and also Lone Rock Beach, both on the shores of Lake Powell! Wahweap Campground is administered by ARAMARK/Lake Powell Resorts. Lone Rock Beach and the Beehives are operated by the National Park Service. For more information on camping in Glen Canyon, visit the National Park Service website for this area.
          I don’t recall seeing when you were planning to visit, or whether you were traveling by RV or wanting to tent camp. If you are traveling during the summer months, you might want to rethink tent camping. Summers in Page, AZ, are very hot, with daytime highs occasionally reaching over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Nights don’t cool down much either, making tent camping a very uncomfortable proposition. If you’re RV’ing, you’ll want to choose a camping area with electrical hook-ups so you can have access to air conditioning. The Page/Lake Powell Campground and Wahweap Campground are both developed with full electrical and water hook-ups.
          If you don’t have an RV and are now re-thinking tent camping, you’ll find a diverse assortment of hotels, motels, and vacation rentals that would be much more comfortable.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  55. Hi Alley!

    I’m planning to visit the Lake Powell area, and want to check out Horseshoe Bend (while ALSO remaining safe due to the current state of the world!)
    That being said– I’m not an avid hiker, but I really want to see Horseshoe Bend from this point of view. I’ve seen mixed reviews on the hike, but it seems fairly attainable. I was wondering how long it seems to take to ‘hike’? And if there are any other sort of trails at Horseshoe Bend aside from the one pictured above?

    Also, do you have any advice on kayaking Horseshoe Bend? I’ve never kayaked before, but would be going with a friend who has. She seems very interested in the idea, as am I… but would love to hear your insight! 🙂 Thanks so much for all of this information. I’m looking forward to seeing this beautiful site in person!

    P.S.

    Do you have any recommendations for swimming holes or hikes specifically in the Lake Powell/Page/Horseshoe Bend area? <3

    1. Hi Lindsey,
      First off, you do not need to be an “avid” hiker to enjoy the trip to Horseshoe Bend. If you’re in relatively good health, you should be able to manage it. Just be sure to bring appropriate closed-toed shoes, ample sun protection, and water for yourself and your hiking party. If after considering the pros and cons, you surmise that you won’t be able to make the walk, there are other ways to see it that are less physical, although more pricey. For more information on these, visit “Help! I Can’t Make The Hike To Horseshoe Bend
      As for kayaking through Horseshoe Bend, it is possible by utilizing what’s known as a backhaul service from Lees Ferry. You can either bring your own kayak, or rent one from one of several local outfitters. You would then be motored to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, where you would transfer to your kayak and paddle down the river 15 miles back to Lees Ferry. For more information on this activity, visit http://www.kayakthecolorado.com or http://www.kayakhorseshoebend.com
      On the subject of swimming holes, you’ve got the grand-daddy of all swimming holes just minutes from Horseshoe Bend: Lake Powell! There are several nice swim beaches in the area, including The Chains, which is easily dovetailed with a hike to the Hanging Gardens area. The Wahweap Swim Beach and Lone Rock Beach are fun, too; these are both inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, meaning you have to pay an entrance fee.
      Hope that helps — good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Udi,
      Theoretically, you can picnic at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, but to be honest, it may not be the best place for that. There are no picnic tables out there, and very little shade, and right now, daytime temperatures are starting to ratchet up above 90 degrees.
      A better place for a picnic would be near the Stateline Launch Ramp at Lake Powell. Just across the road from the Wahweap Campground is a nice picnic area, with tables and shade. And if you get hot, Lake Powell is just a short walk away for a refreshing dip. Since it is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, an entrance fee is required to utilize this area. If that does not appeal, the Wahweap Overlook on U.S. 89 boasts a nice view of Lake Powell (but no lake access), picnic tables and shade, and no entrance fee.
      Hope that helps!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  56. What time if day gets the sun in right place so you can get the picture above? Thank you!
    Also, can Antelope Canyon be done in the same day?

    1. Hi Meghan!
      These photos were most likely taken during the mid-day hours during winter and early spring. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, however, you may not want to be at Horseshoe Bend at that time. If you’re coming during the hot months of summer, for example, you’ll want to be at the overlook just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. Though the Colorado River may be shadowed, you will still be able to take beautiful photos!
      As to whether it’s possible to tour Antelope Canyon the same day you visit Horseshoe Bend, yes, you can — usually. Right now, the Antelope Canyons and other attractions on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands are closed due to COVID-19. They are shooting for a reopening date of mid-June, last we heard, but that could get pushed back since COVID-19 cases are occurring in disproportionately high numbers on the reservation.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Miss alley i can still go through monument valley (just to see the view)main highway to get to fourcorners right?! Looks like some if my iptuon for camping are open but im going to call them to make sure I will be leaving sunday for roadtrip to colorado utah 4 corners and new mexico! I will be in horseshoe bend as well!

        1. Hi Connie,
          Although the road through Monument Valley remains accessible, the Navajo Nation asks that any visitors from outside the reservation avoid stopping in this area. To that end, all campgrounds, hotels, and other tourist-oriented businesses are closed. This includes the Four Corners Monument. The Navajo Tribe’s residents have been affected in disproportionately high numbers by COVID-19 and cannot risk accidental exposure by tourists. If for any reason you must get out of your car on reservation lands, you will be asked to wear a mask, especially if you have to patronize a business such as a gas station or convenience store. But again, with careful planning, you can avoid this.
          You are correct in that some campgrounds in the American Southwest are reopening, but others are not. Be sure to verify the status of all campgrounds you plan to stay at before assuming you’ll be able to get a space.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Shelly —
      Yes, Horseshoe Bend is open. It is one of the few attractions in the Page, AZ, area that remained open throughout the COVID-19 shutdown period. Other nearby attractions on Navajo Tribal Land such as the Antelope Canyons and Monument Valley are closed, but are shooting for a re-open date of mid-June. To be put on an e-mail list to be notified as to when that happens, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Glen Canyon/Lake Powell is in the midst of a “phased” reopening of facilities and activities and *fingers crossed* will be back in full swing by the time you visit!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  57. Hello! I have a few questions.
    1. What are the hours of operation?
    2. Do we buy the tickets online? If so, where and how much per person?
    3. Can we still access the river to swim?

    1. Hi Valeska,
      1. The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open from sunrise to sunset
      2. Parking fees of $10/passenger vehicle or $35/light commercial vehicle are paid on arrival; they may not be purchased in advance
      3. You can access the Colorado River to swim at Lees Ferry, or at several access points on Lake Powell. For specific information on these, visit http://www.NPS.gov: Glen Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Simply go to Google Maps and do a search on “Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ.”
      Horseshoe Bend is located at mile marker 545 on US89. The parking lot is very well-signed and easy to find!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  58. Hello, is this trail easily done by an elderly person that usually needs a cane or walker to assist them?

    1. Hi Mark,
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook trail is approximately .7 miles one way, therefore, you’re looking at just shy of 1.5 miles round-trip. That might be a little much for someone with mobility issues to handle.
      Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news on that front. Depending on when your visit is scheduled for, namely, a few months from now, you might consider one of several alternate means of visiting Horseshoe Bend that don’t involve so much physical activity. However, many of these options are on temporary hiatus due to COVID-19. For more information, check out “Help! I Can’t Do the Hike to Horseshoe Bend
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

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

          1. Will there be roadblocks by the Navajo nation police? Are we able to drive there Friday for one day trip and leave? departing be fore 2pm.

          2. Hi Jennifer,
            This is a really good question.
            While roads through the Navajo Nation are not closed to through traffic — after all, trucks still have to get through to deliver supplies — the local police may require you to stop at any time. You may be asked to wear face masks while traveling through reservation lands, and discouraged from stopping at gas stations, trading posts, anywhere you could risk exposing local residents to COVID-19.
            We thank you in advance for complying with these guidelines. The Navajo Nation has been hit especially hard by COVID-19 and needs time and space to heal.
            Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

          1. Ross,
            Apologies for the delay in response to your inquiry. Hopefully you found Horseshoe Bend still open, as indicated in previous replies, and enjoyed it!
            Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Jasmin!
          For updates on other attractions reopening (or choosing not to), visit http://www.NPS.gov and search for your desired park by state or by name.
          From what we have been told, Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) will reopen on a very limited basis for Memorial Day weekend.
          Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell also plans a phased reopening of activities and facilities, as do Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah.
          The Navajo Indian Tribe, who manage popular attractions such as the Antelope Canyons and Monument Valley, have opted to keep their reservation lands closed to visitors until further notice. They have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19, so we support this decision 100%.
          Hope this helps. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  59. Is this open and if so do i have to pay?

    I am going to be driving from San Diego.

    What are the hours and will there be people there?

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

      1. Hi.. I wanted to come up this Sunday. I was wondering if you think that Mother’s day would be really busy?
        Wanted to stay with rules and guidelines and not be in crowded areas. We are driving up from Phoenix area and packing lunch to have in car and not planing on making any stops. Just going straight there and straight back. Thank you.

        1. Hi Cecilia,
          The Horseshoe Bend Overlook should be open on Mother’s Day.
          As for whether it will be busy, that remains to be seen. Nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon and the Antelope Canyons remain closed, as do other popular National and State Parks, which will begin reopening in the days and weeks after your visit.
          Another consideration is that your trip route will take you right through the Navajo Indian Reservation, whose residents have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19. Thus they are asking that travelers avoid that area if at all possible; if you must travel through, please don’t stop and risk exposing anyone you might meet. Bear in mind it’s also a 5-hour drive from Phoenix to Page, AZ. That’s a lot of time on the road just to go to one overlook. Don’t get me wrong, Horseshoe Bend is beautiful, and we’d love to have you visit, but perhaps another time would be better.
          If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and personal hygiene protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley

          1. Hi Austin,
            Yes, the trail to Horseshoe Bend remains open. It’s one of a few attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed through the COVID-19 lockdown! Still, we ask that you observe social distancing and personal hygiene protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
            * Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
            * Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
            * Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
            * When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
            * Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
            * Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
            * Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
            * Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
            Good luck and safe travels,
            Alley 🙂

  60. Hello, I know as of recent someone asked if the bend is still open to the public. I am curious if that is still in effect?

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Hello Trinity,
      At the present time, Horseshoe Bend remains open to visitation. However, that status could change without notice rather quickly under the present circumstances. The one point about your inquiry that really jumps out at me, however, is your mention of camping. Camping has never been allowed at Horseshoe Bend, nor will it ever be in the foreseeable future.
      Nevertheless, we strongly encourage you to consider whether your visit is 100% necessary. What with many popular camping areas being closed to the public, the fact that there are over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including some fatalities) in Northern Arizona, plus the fact that many nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon and the Antelope Canyons are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very limited medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their respective capacities.
      If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

      1. Hello does it cost to park and walk to see the Horseshoe bend? Also is this something you can type in a gps or find or where could I find an exact location?

        1. Dear Tiffany,
          As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that status could change without notice rather quickly if the situation warrants. Parking fees are $10 per standard passenger vehicle, $35 for light commercial vehicles. GPS coordinates are 36.8792° N, 111.5104° W
          In light of the fact that there are over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including some fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and that many nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon and the Antelope Canyons are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very small medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their limited capacities.
          If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley

    1. Hello Emily,
      As of Monday, March 30th, Horseshoe Bend remains open for visitation. However, in light of the fact that there are several confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Page, AZ, and limited medical facilities that are already stretched thin, we strongly recommend considering whether your visit is 100% necessary. If you decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of
      infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Dear Emily,
          As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open. However, in light of the fact that there are several confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including 2 fatalities) in Page, AZ, and many more in the Navajo Indian Reservation, which abuts the town of Page, AZ, we strongly recommend considering whether your visit is 100% necessary. Bear in mind that both areas have very limited medical capabilities that have already been stretched beyond their respective capacities.
          If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of
          infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

      1. Hello Eddie,
        If you’re referring to right this minute, Horseshoe Bend remains open and visited, but not in the numbers we typically see at this time of year for obvious reasons.
        As for weather conditions, right now, the temperature is 52 degrees Fahrenheit under partly cloudy skies; later today, we’re expecting a high of 73 degrees and continued partly cloudy conditions. Page, AZ, and the East Grand Canyon vacation planning
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Jesus,
      At the present time, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that could change if determined necessary by the City of Page or the National Park Service. In the meantime, we urge you to please practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face, especially after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that get touched frequently, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
      As for what else you might do while visiting Page, AZ, not a lot of activities are running due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, there are opportunities for self-guided sightseeing, such as hiking along the Rim View Trail, and visiting the White House or Wahweap Overlooks. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area technically remains open, but services available will be extremely limited. No hotels, restuarants, stores, etc. If you do visit this area, be prepared to bring your own food and drinks.
      Better yet, as much as I hate to say it, stay home. Page, AZ, is a rural community with very limited health care services. We would hate to see you fall ill and not get the quality of care you may get at home, or worse yet, to have you unknowingly give the virus to people who live here.
      Good luck and safe travels, I know it’s a hard choice.
      Alley 🙂

  61. I was just informed the Page terminal is closing, where I had a tour booked. Will the bend also be closed? I don’t want to make the drive to find that both are not open.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jonnathan,
      At the present time, Horseshoe Bend remains open to visitors. However, that status could change at the drop of a hat, as I’m sure you’ve found out.
      For the time being, for your health and safety, and that of your families, please practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face, especially after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that get touched frequently, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
      For current information regarding potential closure(s), I would recommend monitoring these websites:
      LakePowellLife.com, website of the local radio station in Page, AZ, and
      The Lake Powell Chronicle, Page, AZ’s local newspaper
      The City of Page, who oversee the parking lot at Horseshoe Bend
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Doug,
          Horseshoe Bend is open as of today. For obvious reasons, we urge you to please practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face, especially after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that get touched frequently, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Justin,
      Sorry to be late in response to your inquiry.
      For those asking the same question, at this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open for visitation. For your health and safety, and that of your families, please practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that are frequently handled, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Abby,
      You are correct that Antelope Canyon tours have temporarily been suspended due to COVID-19. We support this decision 100% since slot canyons are a confined space. I certainly wouldn’t want to be in one with a contagious virus floating around.
      Horseshoe Bend, on the other hand, is one of the Southwest’s world famous wide open spaces, which, at the moment, is open for business. We simply ask that you practice basic common-sense measures as advised by the CDC and WHO: wash your hands frequently, stay at least 6′ away from other people, avoid touching your face after touching hand-rails, credit card machines, and other surfaces that are frequently handled, and last but not least, stay home or at your hotel if you feel the least bit sick.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  62. When searching Horse Shoe Bend on Google, many photos appear where people are standing dangerously close to the edge. Is there enough margin for the tourists to see the Horse Shoe Bend from a reliable distance? A person might slip and fall towards the canyon, also another tourist might slip or stumble behind another person. Also, photographic equipment might drop or something like that when another person is walking. The canyon is amazingly beautiful, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a solid margin policy or supervision in place. Maybe same discussion for other locations in Arizona.

    1. Hello Jill,
      A small platform with a safety railing was installed at Horseshoe Bend last year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop people from being careless or doing things they shouldn’t. Besides, if the entire overlook was to be fenced in, environmentalists would have a screaming fit. The National Park Service or the City of Page assume no responsibility for loss of property or personal injuries sustained during one’s visit to Horseshoe Bend. It is up to each individual to keep themselves and other members of their traveling party safe at Horseshoe Bend, the Grand Canyon, and other potentially precarious locations throughout the American Southwest.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. There is a section to the slight left of center that has a guardrail now. The direct center views have no guardrail. I was there last week and many young folks were making stupid and dangerous selfies and photos perched at the end of rocks over the 1000 foot drop. Just dumb. Folks have died there doing stupid stuff. If you are wary of the open edge, stick to the guardrail area, you can still make a great shot from there.

      1. Gerald,
        It’s impossible to regulate stupidity, but if they tried to fence in the entire overlook, the environmentalists would have had a screaming fit. They flapped around enough when the current safety railing was installed.
        As Ricky Nelson once said, “you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.
        Cheers,
        Alley 🙂

  63. Hey! I am planning a trip in late May and will be staying in Sedona. Do you think it’s possible to drive up to Page, do an Antelope Canyon Tour and the Horse shoe Bend hike in one day? Hoping to head back to Sedona after the said activities.
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Mary!
      The drive from Sedona to Page, AZ, takes approximately 3 hours — wheels turning, no stops. That rarely happens as the drive is very scenic and you will be stopping to take pictures more often than you realize, so don’t be surprised if it ends up taking longer. Therefore, lighting out of Sedona right at sunrise is strongly advised. During the month of May, sunrise occurs at around 5:15 AM. Touring one segment of Antelope Canyon will take anywhere from 2-2.5 hours; that’s factoring in advance check-in time, logistics of getting to your departure point, and delays that may occur due to the inevitable “bottlenecking” that tends to take place as the day goes on. The hike to Horseshoe Bend typically takes 60-90 minutes, but to be on the safe side, tack another 30 minutes onto that timeframe in order to sort out parking.
      At some point, you’ll probably want to grab some lunch, which will take another 1-2 hours depending on whether you choose to get a quick bite at a fast food place, or a sit-down meal. In the area of Antelope Canyon, there aren’t many restaurants, but the Deli at Big Lake Trading Post makes good sandwiches, which you can get to-go. If you prefer a sit-down meal, you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving different types of cuisine in the town of Page, AZ.
      In May, sunset occurs at roughly 7:30 PM, so be sure you leave Page, AZ, no later than 4:30 PM. You don’t want to do any driving in Northern Arizona in the dark, particularly the stretch of US89A through Oak Creek Canyon. It’s a very narrow, twisty road that’s very dimly lit, and may be populated by deer, elk, and other wildlife.
      Long story short, yes, you can pull of an Antelope Canyon tour (which must be reserved in advance) and a visit to Horseshoe Bend as a day trip from Sedona. If you’re not locked into room reservations in Sedona, however, do consider staying overnight in Page, AZ. That will make for a much more relaxed experience, and allow you to visit Horseshoe Bend at the best time of day, when temperatures are cooler and parking is easier: just after sunrise on your way back to Sedona.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. I am currently on Said trip. My wife and I found that staying in Sedona to visit a few areas and do Phoenix. We stopped by Grand canyon for a weekend and then decided to stay here in page to do horseshoe bend, rainbow bridge and antelope canyon.

    3. Do the Antelope Canyon first as you have to reserve a tour (Navajo guided tours are the only way to see either Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon). I went last May and the tours were crowded so reserve your time and whether you want an Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon tour in advance. Then you can go the ten minute drive over to the parking lot for the Horseshoe Bend. The walk in is about 8/10 of a mile each way from the parking lot, more downhill to the bend, then mostly uphill back to the parking lot. There are two shaded places to stop, sit and rest along the walk, if you need a break. Horseshoe Bend needs no reservation. People go there from sunrise to sunset. If you are into photography, there are sites that show you what the bend looks like at different times of day, with the different directions of light. The Bend faces west. I have done both and yes they could be done in the same day and then head back to Sedona. It could be a very long and physical day but not too much if you are reasonably fit, just start out early. Both are stunning and well worth the effort. Cheers

  64. Hi, what time do you recommend getting to the parking lot by if you want to be the first ones there during sunrise? Also, how much time do you need to see Horseshoe Bend? We’re coming in May and we also want to check out lower Antelope Canyon the same day. Thank you

    1. Hi Samreen,
      The Horseshoe Bend parking lot is open from dawn to dusk year-round. In May, sunrise occurs at approximately 5:15 AM (for exact time on your specific travel date visit http://www.sunrise-sunset.org). Therefore, it would be a good idea to be ready to enter the parking lot approximately 15 minutes beforehand. It is suggested that you allow 60-90 minutes to walk to the overlook, take photos, then walk back to the parking lot.
      Be sure that you make advance reservations for your Antelope Canyon tour.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Samreen,
          A small number of Page, AZ, tour companies go to Horseshoe Bend: Horseshoe Bend Tours, who offer a shuttle service to Horseshoe Bend via a private entrance on Native American Land. You can also bundle a trip to the overlook with a tour to Secret Antelope Canyon. For more information on these, visit http://www.HorseshoeBendTours.com
          Another option, if you wish to tour the Lower segment of Antelope Canyon, is to take the Lower Antelope/Horseshoe Bend combination tour with Dixie Ellis. For more information, visit http://www.antelopelowercanyon.com
          Take care,
          Alley 🙂

  65. Hi, I’m going to be out in Page in late April. I know the pay station closes at sun set, but how late are you allowed to be there after sun set and will they let you know at the booth if the lot is full?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Jon,
      You won’t be allowed to stay for very long past sunset, so if you were hoping to get some “star photography,” that won’t be possible at the present time.
      In the event the parking lot is full at the time of your arrival, you will be informed somehow, whether by signage, or by the entrance gate staff personally.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. They close the parking lot entrance gate after sunset, but if you are already in you can stay a bit past sunset. But the Bend is not lighted, and most of the edge is without any railings, so venture there at your own risk without any light. You can see yourself as you drive up if the lot is full or not.

      1. Gerald,
        That’s excellent advice! Sunset visitors may wish to carry flashlights or headlamps for their personal safety.
        Alley 🙂

  66. Hi Alley, Your page has a lot of information which I appreciate. I just watched a video shot last week saying you cannot get into the parking lot of Horseshoe Bend until after sunrise. Is this true?

    1. Hi Deb,
      At present, “dawn to dusk” are the official operating hours of the Horseshoe Bend parking lot, according to the City of Page. This means you wouldn’t be able to be at the overlook prior to sunrise. Since you are not alone in wanting to visit Horseshoe Bend before “actual” sunrise, I would recommend contacting the City office Economic Development and Tourism to voice your concerns. They can be reached at (928) 645-4310.
      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful at this time,
      Alley

    1. Hi Robert,
      Yes, dogs are allowed, as long as they are on leash, and you pick up after them.
      During the summer months, you may wish to put booties on your dog’s paws since the sand gets very hot!
      Alley 🙂

  67. Hello Alley!
    We are going to page in the middle of February. I wanted to know how normally is the weather there during that time of the year. (To know what kind of clothes I need to wear for the hike) Also I would like to know your personal opinion about what canyon is better to visit; (In February)the upper or the lower? I will have just one day in Page arriving at noon and leaving around 8pm. My plan is to visit the best part of the antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. I was planing to visit the bend around 5 pm, is that too late? Thank you for all the information in this page and all your comments 🙂

    1. Hi Fernanda!
      In February, you will need to be prepared for cooler weather, and conditions that can range from sunny and brisk to rain and/or snow. Pack jackets, gloves, etc. just in case, and in general, dress in layers that you can easily remove and stash in a backpack or your vehicle.
      As for which canyon is better to visit, that’s a hard one, as you can imagine – they’re all gorgeous! 😉 However, if everyone in your party is physically fit and able to handle a few stairs, ladders, and small boulders, Lower Antelope Canyon would be a good choice. To judge whether this would be a safe and enjoyable activity for all members of your party, watch this full video walk-through of Lower Antelope Canyon on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Regarding whether 5:00 PM is too late to visit Horseshoe Bend, it shouldn’t be. The parking lot at the overlook is open from dawn to dusk, and sunset occurs at about 6:00 PM in February. However, be prepared to share the area with a lot of people. Sunset is a popular time of day to be there!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. Weather is cool in the morning 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit but can heat up to the 40-60’s in the afternoon. Bring layers and gloves. I prefer the lower canyon the light is better that time of year because of the shape of the canyon so it is easier to take better pictures it is also more family friendly because there are restrooms and a snack bar and shop on site. The Upper canton is beautiful as well but much darker especially in winter and harder to get good photos. There is also no restroom so it can be challenging for some especially kids. Horseshoe Bend is best in the afternoon before 3 in my opinion it is less crowded then sunset.

      1. Hey Josie,
        Thank you for your input and assistance to Fernanda 🙂 We always love it when the public gets involved.
        Alley 🙂

  68. Hello there! We will be bringing a school group up to Horseshoe Bend in March and are trying to figure out the best time of day to come.
    It will be a Wednesday morning and we have an Antelope Canyon tour booked for 8:45am, so we will arrive at Horseshoe Bend a little later in the morning-most likely around 10:30/11:00. If the bus is unable to find parking, it is possible to pay the bus entrance fee, unload the students, and have the bus go back to our hotel to park until pickup? Or, is there another solution folks have used before?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ellyse,
      Doing what you describe is not allowed. There is no parking along US89, and the speed limit there is 65 MP. According to the City of Page, who manages the Horseshoe Bend parking lot, they have “passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting passenger drop-offs and pickups at the Horseshoe Bend entrance or along the Highway 89 corridor.”
      Since you are touring Antelope Canyon at 8:45 AM, I assume you will be staying overnight in Page the night prior. If so, my suggestion would be to arrive at the Horseshoe Bend parking lot right at sunrise, which is at approximately 6:30 AM in March. You should allow approximately 90 minutes to walk out to the overlook, take photos, and walk back. Depending on who you are touring Antelope Canyon with, you will be required to check in for your tour 30-60 minutes prior to departure, so make sure everyone is back on the bus in time to drive to your tour company’s designated departure location, which is typically a 10-15 minute drive from Horseshoe Bend.
      If the above suggestion does not appeal or is not convenient to your group’s schedule, you are welcome to take your chances visiting the overlook after our Antelope Canyon tour, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to find parking right away. Since that time frame is Spring Break, which I assume is your reason for visiting as well, things will be busy.
      Good luck and safe travels. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful on this issue.
      Alley

  69. We are planning a family trip from Denver to Mesa Verde to Four Corners, Monument Valley and then to Horseshoe Bend while staying the night in Page, AZ. What if we can’t see Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon on that same day? Silly question, but can we see it in the late evening before the sun goes down, or first thing the next morning? Are there restricted park hours?

    Also, if we do a tour of Antelope Canyon, are we guaranteed to see Horseshoe Bend?

    Thanks,
    Lyndsi

    1. Hi Lyndsi,
      No such thing as a silly question here 😉
      Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are two separate areas, approximately 10 miles apart from one another. Therefore taking a tour of the latter, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to visit the former, unless you take a tour that expressly includes the two attractions.
      Unfortunately, late afternoon and sunset are the busiest times of day at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Lots of day trippers out and about then. You stand a better chance of visiting it with minimal hassle if you plan to hit it just after sunrise. Since you are staying overnight in Page, AZ, you have that option!
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  70. Hi Alley,

    How is the wheelchair accessible path coming along. I have a heavy duty power chair that goes up and down the beach but occasionally struggles in the soft sand. I’m considering a trip to Page over President’s Day and I’m wondering if I should try Horseshoe Bend in my power chair.

    Ray

    1. Hey Ray,
      Sorry to say, they’re still working on it. I wouldn’t try taking your power scooter on the trail as it stands.
      If you are able to walk a short distance, you might consider going to Horseshoe Bend with Horseshoe Bend Tours. They offer shuttle service to a private area of the overlook where the walk is only 200 yards. They do not have the ability to carry wheelchairs or scooters, unfortunately, so you’d have to get on and off the tour vehicle under your own steam.
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on that front,
      Alley

    1. Hi Missy,
      The hike to Horseshoe Bend is 1.2 miles round trip, and rated as “easy” on AllTrails.com. In other words, most people in reasonably good health can handle it. It does have a few uphill/downhill sections, and after a prolonged spell of dry weather, the trail currently being used can be sandy (they are working on a more level paved trail, which should be complete by next summer). If you have any doubts about your ability to make the walk, or that of anyone else in your party, read “Help! I Can’t Make the Hike To Horseshoe Bend” for suggestions on alternate ways of including it in your vacation.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  71. Hi, I was wondering if I can come in really early like 5am to hopefully catch some astrophotography at the horseshoe bend. Is this possible?

    1. Hi Quiolo,
      It depends on when you were planning to visit. The main parking lot at Horseshoe Bend is open between dawn and dusk. If your trip is planned for sometime in the next couple of months, that means the pay stations won’t be open until 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM, so you wouldn’t technically be able to get to the overlook before then. If you find that to be the case, there are other areas you might consider for doing some star photography, such as the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, aka the “White House” Overlook, the Wahweap Overlook, just past the Dam on US89 as you head toward Kanab, UT; or Alstrom Point, near the town of Big Water, UT, which is best visited with a licensed guide for safety.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  72. Hi Alley,

    I will be visiting with 5 others and we will be driving a Class C (with a small car in tow) to Horseshoe Bend, do you know what the parking cost would be for this type of vehicle? Thanks!! 🙂

    1. Hi Helen,
      According to the information we last received, a class C motorhome qualifies as a light commercial vehicle, so your one-time parking rate should be $35. Since you’ll be towing a car, I would strongly advise you to try and visit Horseshoe Bend first thing in the morning when the parking lot opens so you can find a pull-through space, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  73. Is there much snow in January? I know to expect colder temperatures but do you have snow around this time of the year! Thanks for your response!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Page, AZ, is 4,100′ above sea level, and as such, typically doesn’t receive heavy snowfalls. In the rare instance when we get 6″ or more, it tends to melt off fairly quick. However, in other areas around Page, AZ, like the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion, it’s not uncommon for there to be a lot of snow during the winter months. Whether that willl be the case when you visit is difficult to predict as you might imagine, so start keeping an eye on local weather about 2-3 weeks before you get set to travel. Page, AZ, weather
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  74. Hi Alley,

    If I have the America the Beautiful Passes, do I still need to pay entrance fees for Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon? My vehicle is a Dodge Grand Caravan, about 17 feet in length. What would be the entrance fees for my vehicle and for how long can I park it? Thank you!

    1. Hi Anson,
      Unfortunately, your America The Beautiful Pass will not work for either Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon.
      Antelope Canyon is a Native American Tribal Park, therefore separate from the National Park system. Your Tribal Park entrance fee is usually included in your Antelope Canyon tour price.
      Horseshoe Bend is now administered as a municipal park by the City of Page, AZ. The one-time parking fee for passenger vehicles is $10. The typical visit for Horseshoe Bend is 90 minutes-2 hours.
      Hope that helps. Good luck, safe travels, and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

  75. Good afternoon,

    My friends and I can to hike horseshoe bend on Feb 18, 2020 in the afternoon. We have a reservation for Upper Antelope Canyon at 4:15. Do we need to make a reservation for horseshoe bend?

    Thank you,

    Devin

    1. Hi Devin!
      You do not need to make a reservation to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. The parking lot is open between dawn and dusk. A one-time parking fee of $10 for standard passenger vehicles or $35 for light commercial vehicles is required. Allow for ~90 minutes to park, walk out to the overlook, take photos, and walk back to your vehicle. You then should allow ~30 minutes to travel from Horseshoe Bend to your Antelope Canyon tour outfitter’s departure location. Depending on which tour company you’re traveling with, they will want you to check in anywhere from 30-60 minutes prior to your actual tour departure.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  76. I recently watched a YouTube video of Horsehoe Bend and noticed a sign, and if I’m interpreting it correctly says no work boot type sole allowed on the trail. Are there specific shoes, boots not allowed on the hike?

    1. Hi Curt, and thank you for this excellent question.
      Technically, you can wear whatever kind of shoes you’re comfortable with to hike to Horseshoe Bend. That doesn’t mean you should attempt the hike in 6″ stiletto heels or flip-flops. Heavy work boots may also be discouraged as the wearer may inadvertently do damage to fragile rock formations or crypto-biotic soils if they happen to wander off the established trail.
      Trail runners, tennis shoes, and hiking boots should be fine as these are enclosed and will give your feet the support and protection they need.
      Hope that helps. Good luck, safe travels, and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Shawna!
      Is the hike to Horseshoe Bend doable with a 5-year-old? That kind of depends on your 5-year-old!
      Many young children are able to make it to the Horseshoe Bend overlook faster than their parents can, but parents should exercise their right to restrain kids’ enthusiasm since the majority of the overlook is unfenced and it’s a 700′ drop to the river. Other kids may struggle a bit, particularly if the sand on the trail is dry and deep. The good news is, you’re not limited to a certain timeframe in order to get to the overlook and back safely. Take all the time you need for everyone to enjoy it, and observe the beauty of the terrain around you.
      Be sure to bring water and dress warmly as January temperatures are on the cooler side. If, for some reason, you discover that your child, or anyone else in your party is not able to make the walk, read this piece on alternate ways of seeing Horseshoe Bend.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Sven,
      Yes, a one-time entrance fee of $10 per passenger car or $35 for light commercial vehicles such as Ford Transit, Chevy Express vans, etc. is now required for visiting Horseshoe Bend.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  77. It was great experience to visit horseshoe bend and grand canyon. The most beautiful scenic area, natural beauty and heat touching spiritual atmosphere. This page is very informative for those people having plans to visit this unique and wonder of the world. Please read this page before to final your trip. You will enjoy and discover much more.
    Noor Jarral

    1. Dear Noor,
      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We hope you get a chance to return to our area. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer, and 2019!
      Best regards,
      Alley 🙂

  78. Is it possible to tour antelope canyon, horse show bend and lake Powell in 1 day? And if so what would be the best order of visit coming from Page. Thanks

    1. Hi Tricia,
      Since all 3 of these attractions in Page, AZ are relatively close to one another, they can be visited in one day, and order in which you visit them in doesn’t matter a whole lot. What will probably be the key determining factor on that is availability of Antelope Canyon tours. Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo Indian Tribal land, so a guided tour is 100% necessary in order to tour it. Tours book up fast, so start researching your options, decide whether you want to tour Lower Antelope or Upper Antelope, book a tour at a time that works for you, then plan the rest of your visit around it. Book A Tour Of Antelope Canyon
      Horseshoe Bend is open 24/7, so you can visit it whenever you wish. During the warmer months of summer and early fall, just after sunrise is a good time in order to avoid the excessive heat of mid-day.
      To visit Lake Powell, you have a choice of entering at Antelope Point Marina, which is near Antelope Canyon, or the Lake Powell Resort and Marina entrance, which is just across the Glen Canyon Dam as you head from Page, AZ toward Kanab, UT. Lone Rock Beach is another option, which is a short distance West of the small community of Greenehaven, AZ just before you cross the Utah border. In all cases, you will need to pay the $25/vehicle entrance fee, which is good for one week’s time. If you prefer not to deal with that, The Chains is a public beach type area located outside the Federal Fee Area boundary, but it’s quite the hike to actually get down to the lake from the parking area due to the current water level.

      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  79. Hi! I want to visit this spot (Horseshoe Bend, the photo I am watching here) on this Thursday (June 22) around 3-4 PM. I wonder if I should make a reservation to get into this point that people take photos. We will drive from Las Vegas to get here. Can we just get here by car / on foot after parking?

    1. Mr. Kwon,
      Thank you for your visit and you question.
      You do not need reservations to visit Horseshoe Bend. You are free to visit whenever you wish, including the spot you see people taking photos from. Once you park your vehicle in the very well-signed parking lot, it’s a 3/4 mile hike to the overlook. Be aware that your visit is occurring in peak summer heat, so bring water and wear a hat and sunscreen.
      If you would prefer to have the knowledge and expertise that only a tour guide can provide, consider visiting the Horseshoe Bend Overlook as an add-on to a Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tour. https://horseshoebend.com/horseshoe-bend-slot-canyon-tour/#
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Jeremy,
      Yes, pets are welcome at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Since there are no guardrails, plus it’s a 500’+ drop to the river, you must be sure that they are leashed at all times. Also, be sure to bring a plastic bag or two to pack out any waste if needed, and bring plenty of water for both of you!
      Alley

  80. alley, do you have the exact address to the horseshoe bend? will it show in the navigation?
    how far from the holiday inn and suites at page,az? thanks

    1. Hi CT,
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just 5 miles South of Page, AZ at Mile Marker 545 on US89. It is clearly signed and should be quite easy to find. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to drive there from Holiday Inn & Suites.

      Happy traveling!
      Alley

  81. Hello! My family (Dad, Mom, Sister, and I) are visiting beginning of September (during labor day weekend). We wanted to book a tour with you guys for Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon; however, I saw that you guys pick up only from Sedona? We’re planning on staying in Lake Powell area, so it’s closer to the actual canyons. Do you guys pick up from there? Would that be a different price? I would love to get options! Thank you so much! 🙂

    1. Hello Sing, thank you for visiting our site.
      The tour out of Sedona is by no means the only way to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Since you are planning on staying in Page/Lake Powell anyway, you can take a tour to Antelope Canyon directly from there. 3 tour companies pick up in the town of Page; you also have the option of driving to the Tribal Park Entrance on Highway 98 (about 5-10 minutes drive from Page) and going to the canyon from there. Whichever way you choose to go will cost the same, and tour duration will be comparable as well. Visit AntelopeCanyon.az for more information.
      Horseshoe Bend can be visited on your own. There is no charge for entry at the present time. Just after sunrise or just prior to sunset is generally regarded as the best time to view it.
      Thanks again and happy travels,
      Alley

  82. This is a photo I took and almost lost my life for. Don’t try this at the rim like I did..to close for fun.
    I was sitting on the edge about 3 feet back of the rim. I had my camera on the end of my tripod and the release in my hand. I took the shot and just as I did this big chunk of sandstone broke loose. Holy S..t !!
    I was quick enough to put my boots into the dirt and stop my sliding while still hanging on to my gear.
    We went in before dawn so I didn’t see the warning sign.
    Someone was looking out for me that day.
    Enjoy.

    1. Hi Scott – an important and timely cautionary tale. The rest of you, take heed: If in doubt, leave it out!

    1. Hi Lexi,
      This is a wonderful question!
      Yes, you can get married at Horseshoe Bend, and many people have. However, since it’s part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and thus overseen by the National Park Service, you may be required to get a permit for your wedding. Cordoning off the overlook just for your ceremony is not allowed. Your activity shouldn’t disrupt other visitors’ ability to enjoy the overlook. “The smaller, the better” is the way to go. For more information on National Park permit guidelines, click here ->: https://www.mylakepowellwedding.com/Lake_Powell_Wedding_Ceremony_S/Horseshoe_Bend_Wedding/horseshoe_bend_wedding.html
      If you’re wanting to have something a little more elaborate, with friends, family, photographers, etc., visit this site for other ideas for wedding sites and venues in Page and Lake Powell ->: https://www.myarizonaguideweddings.com/html/lake_powell_wedding_sites.html
      Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!
      Alley

  83. Hi! Do I need to book a tour to visit Horseshoe Bend or can I do it on my own? I am planning on doing a tour of Lower Antelope the same day do you think there is enough time? Thanks!

    1. Hi Val, and thank you for visiting our site!
      Horseshoe Bend can be visited on your own, any time of day, though we wouldn’t recommend visiting at night — it’s a long drop to the river!
      You can easily visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon in one day. Lower Antelope Canyon is located approximately 7 miles East of Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Be sure to allow 90 minutes to 2 hours to enjoy each attraction. You’ll want to take lots of photos. Remember that you must visit Antelope Canyon with an authorized Navajo guide. Visit this page for more information ->: http://www.antelopecanyon.az/how-to-book-a-tour-for-antelope-canyon/
      Have a wonderful visit to Page!
      Alley

      1. Hi Alley,
        I have a question regarding parking. If I come in May (the date I have in mind has a sunset time at 7:15 pm) one afternoon right before the sunset, can I use the same parking sticker to return the very next morning for the sunrise visit (5:33 am)? Thank you for your time!

        1. Hey Jim,
          Sorry to be the bearer of bad news in this regard, but according to the City of Page, who oversee the Horseshoe Bend parking lot, the $10/vehicle parking fee is a one-time fee. Therefore, if you were to revisit the overlook, you would have to pay the entrance fee again — theoretically, anyway. When you visit the overlook, you might ask the staff of the entrance gate if you can re-use your entrance fee receipt to visit Horseshoe Bend overlook a second time. I can’t guarantee this will work, but it never hurts to ask.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

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