Ultimate One Day Itinerary: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Posted August 7, 2019 by in Tour Info

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Do you need to save money or time during your stay in Page, Arizona? Don’t worry — you can experience some of the most breathtaking sights that the American Southwest has to offer by visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in a single day. Here’s an itinerary to help you spend a day experiencing the very best of the Canyon and Horseshoe Bend so you can have one of the most exciting day trips imaginable.

Early Morning to Early Afternoon

Travel to the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe area from wherever you are currently located at sunrise. You will experience more the earlier you leave your current location. If you have been visiting the Grand Canyon or somewhere else nearby, such as Sedona or the Cameron Trading Post, you should only need about two to four hours by car to arrive in the Page area.

If you have not already booked a tour to visit Antelope Canyon, you will need to do so once you arrive. The Canyon is a sacred site of the Navajo Nation and can only be toured with qualified tour guides and a park permit. You will have to decide if you want to visit Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon. Since the Upper canyon provides beautiful summer sunbeams and other famous sights, you will most likely want to choose it to get the best experience that one of the most beautiful Canyons in Arizona has to offer.

Some people choose a combined Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend tour, but this is not likely to be as in-depth as the individual tours will be. You will want to book your Upper Canyon tour before 2 pm, as that is when the lights will shine at their brightest in the summer and when lighting will generally be at its best at any time of year.


After your tour of Antelope Canyon, take a little time to explore the area. Antelope Point Marina, Lake Powell, and the Glen Canyon Dam are some nearby sights that you can see between tours. Ja’di’To’oh is a great place to stop for lunch on the Marina docks before embarking on the next part of your journey.

Late-Afternoon to Evening

After lunch, get ready for your Horseshoe Bend adventure. Most tours require an entrance fee, so if you are trying to cut costs, drive to Horseshoe and hike to the overlook yourself for a personalized Horseshoe Bend touring experience that also saves you money. The hike is only .75 miles and is a great place to view the Arizona sunset if you arrive a little bit later in the day. You may even get to see the Colorado River flowing around its rock promontory. Hiking to Horseshoe Bend will involve a lot of heat that only cools slightly in the evening, so make sure you bring plenty of water for this part of your day tour. Consider staying overnight in Page if you have the time and resources so you can enjoy luxurious lodging in the area, preferably on or near Lake Powell.

Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours

Are you struggling to choose a tour company to explore Upper Antelope? Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours offers exciting tours that allow you to experience one of the most memorable day trips you will ever have. Visit Antelope Canyon with help from a Navajo guide who will tell you about the Canyon and the Navajo people while taking you to see Upper Antelope’s most famous sights. You will get to enjoy a structured tour that leaves you plenty of time to venture to Horseshoe Bend. We do not require prepayment and even offer last-minute bookings on the day of your trip. Contact us today to learn more about our tour packages.