Day trip from Grand Canyon to Page:
From the Grand Canyon we took a day trip to Page, leaving early in the morning to make it to an 11 a.m. tour of Antelope Canyon, and returning back to the Grand Canyon after sunset. I HIGHLY recommend doing the activities of Page in a day, which CAN be done, as there is not much in Page besides the three main highlights: Antelope Canyon, Antelope Canyon River Tour, and Horseshoe Bend.
Upper Antelope Canyon, known as a slot canyon (think of a cave without a roof), is one of the most photographed canyons in North America. This canyon, among with others, were formed over millions of years ago when tributaries of the Colorado River would flood during hard summer rains. Now a sculptured masterpiece remains.
Antelope Canyon makes you feel like you enter into another world. The shapes and colors are constantly changing with the ever changing position of the sun casting light into the cave.
Your Navajo Guide will take you on an easy journey through the canyon stopping in areas that are popular for photos and also sharing the Navajo Cultural stories about the canyon. This tour is very informative, sharing the history and geology of the canyon and lasts about an hour.
Your Navajo guide with bring you on safari-style vehicles to the entrance of the canyon, sharing Navajo cultural stories and explaining about the history and geology of the canyon.
*Note* The ONLY way to see Antelope Canyon is by signing up for a tour, as it is on a Navajo Indian Reservation.
We did a tour with Navajo Tours, which operates tours all day long. Any time of the day is good to see the canyon because as the sun crosses the sky it offers different lighting within the canyon.
Rumor has it that the BEST time, however, is around noon, when the sun is high in the sky.
The tour cost $40 dollars per person. Navajo Parks and Recreation requires permit to enter the canyon and there is an additional $8 charge, that must be paid in cash. Tour payments can be made by credit card.
For the avid photographer, there is a professional photography tour for $80 that lasts about 2 hours long.
Adults: $40 per person. Children ages 0-12 are $20
There are a few other tour companies that operate that offer the same packages. You can also opt to tour the Lower Antelope Canyon, which offers some different photo opportunities.
We went in January, and although we were unable to see the famous beam of light that shoots through the canyon (due to the position of the sun in the wintertime sky) we were able to enjoy the slot canyon with less crowds and more photo opportunities.
Antelope Point Marina Boat Tours- Lake Powell
After we ended our tour of Upper Antelope Canyon we headed into Page to grab some lunch, and then made it to the Antelope Point Marina for a boat tour of Lake Powell by 2 pm.
The tour departs every hour and a half, so it’s easy to catch. The tour on Lake Powell lasts about an hour, letting you relax and enjoy the beautiful contrast between the blue waters and the Navajo Sandstone.
The tour costs $28 for adults and $18 per child.
Visit Antelope Canyon Boat Tours for more information, directions and to reserve your spot.
The view down into the LIttle Colorado RIver from the canyon overlook is one you will never forget, and is a must see location for either sunrise or sunset.
After our boat tour we headed straight to Horseshoe Bend for sunset which was around 5:30 p.m.
Arriving at Horseshoe Bend is an easy 1.5 mile roundtrip walk from the parking lot off off U.S. Route 89. The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.
If you are brave enough to stand at the edge (that has no handrails) and look down, good luck! This site will leave you speechless, especially if you stay for the setting sun, casting colorful hues across the sky. Best of all: IT’S FREE!
Directions to Horseshoe Bend:
From Page, AZ drive south on Highway 89 to between mile posts 544 & 545. Look for the exit lane and prominent dirt road on the west side of the road which you can drive a short distance on to the parking area.