The 5 Best Antelope Canyon Tours of 2021

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Best Overall: Antelope Canyon and Glen Canyon Scenic Tour

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Departing from either Sedona or Flagstaff, this tour focuses on Antelope Canyon but includes a number of other activities. The day starts with a pickup at your hotel in either of the aforementioned cities and then drives you out through the Navajo Nation’s lands to the town of Page in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

From Page, you’ll take a four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle into a drivable segment of the Canyon. You’ll be able to jump out of the vehicle for photo ops at several locations and get a good view from inside the vehicle as well, and you’ll take a 90-minute walking tour with a Navajo guide.

From there, you’ll move on to visit some historic and natural sites in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, including Lee’s Ferry, Lonely Dell Ranch, the Colorado River, Lake Powell, and the Vermillion Cliffs, all explained in detail by your tour guide.

At the end of the day, you’ll be transported back to the front door of your hotel. Entrance fees, ground transportation, bottled water, and a simple boxed sandwich lunch are all included in the fee.

Best Private Tour: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell & Zion

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If you’re up for a splurge and prefer something a bit more luxurious than a shared mini-coach, consider this Viator Exclusive tour that includes an overnight in a three-star hotel in Page, Arizona. You’ll be picked up in a luxury vehicle from your Las Vegas hotel and drive to Lake Powell via the Virgin River Gorge. You’ll see the Glen Canyon Dam and have a picnic boxed lunch at the edge of the lake itself.

After lunch, it’s on to Antelope Canyon, where you’ll take a 90-minute walking tour with a Navajo guide (note that this segment of the trip is a public tour, not a private one), and then a short guided hike to Horseshoe Bend, a dramatic loop in the Colorado River. You’ll then have dinner and spend the night in Page.

On Day 2, you’ll head into Zion National Park through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and make a stop at the Big Water Dinosaur Center, where real dinosaur fossils that were found in this area are displayed. Zion National Park has a large number of beautiful hiking trails for all fitness levels, and your guide will help you choose one that suits your preferences.

After a pleasant day in the park, you’ll be driven back to Las Vegas in comfort. Note that the price of the tour covers up to four people riding in the same vehicle, and includes all entrance fees and the hotel itself, as well as boxed lunches both days. 

Best Tour From Sedona: Antelope Canyon Tour and Horseshoe Bend

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If your southwest trip is headquartered in Sedona, consider this full-day tour that ​includes pickup and drop off at your Sedona hotel. You’ll drive to Antelope Canyon via a National Scenic Byway through the Oak Creek Canyon and see the striking geological formations of the Painted Desert in every direction.

Upon arrival, you’ll be led into the canyon by a Navajo guide, who’ll illuminate the history and geology of the site, as well as help you take some great pictures of this extremely-photographable location. After your tour, you’ll stop at the Cameron Trading Post to shop for Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni artisan crafts.

A picnic lunch is provided at Glen Dam, from which you can see Lake Powell and the Glen Dam Gorge. The day’s final activity is a hike up to Horseshoe Bend, after which you’ll begin the beautiful drive back to Sedona.

Best Tour From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

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This guided tour is a bit more cost-conscious than other options and leaves from a central location in Flagstaff. From there, it heads straight out to Antelope Canyon in climate-conditioned comfort. Upon arrival at the canyon, guests will join their Navajo guide for a 90-minute trip into its depths for a moderate hike and lots of photo ops. Nearby Horseshoe Bend is next, where guests will take a short hike (less than a mile) for the best possible view. A simple picnic lunch is provided, as is commentary from a knowledgeable expert tour guide and all entrance fees.

Best Tour from Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

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Escape the hustle-bustle of Las Vegas for a day and head out to the remarkably peaceful desert area just a few hours to the east. This small-group tour picks you up early in the morning from your Vegas hotel in a comfortable mini-coach, where you’ll be served a continental breakfast (with plenty of coffee).

Your 4.5-hour drive to Antelope Canyon is via the Virgin River Gorge and through Kanab, Utah, and is well-supplied with snacks, soft drinks, and free Wi-Fi. Upon arrival at the canyon, you’ll join your Navajo guide for a 90-minute tour, after which you’ll drive to Page and enjoy an included basic restaurant lunch (sandwiches or burgers).

After lunch, you’ll visit Horseshoe Bend for a 1.5 mile round-trip hike and then a quick visit to a scenic overlook of Lake Powell, and then it’s back to Las Vegas in comfort.

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