Ty and I spent 3 days in Page, Arizona to visit the Antelope Canyons, Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon. The amount of time you spend in Page, Arizona and surrounding areas totally depend on what you would like to see and do in addition to these three sights.
Most visitors come from Las Vegas, Sedona, and Phoenix to take a tour. We flew in from Phoenix, I will discuss that more below. Our full Southwestern trip included Las Vegas, Page and then on to Los Angles. I am every bit of a planner; therefore, I always create a full itinerary for our trips and this one was no different. It was three days of pure magic. Over the years Antelope Canyon has become more and more popular due to its vivid and jaw dropping views. Words cannot begin to describe the beauty of these canyons. All three are places you must visit to appreciate.
Las Vegas To Page, Arizona
We considered driving from Las Vegas, Nevada to Page, Arizona, which is a little over a 4 hour drive but ultimately decided to fly instead. We flew from Las Vegas to Phoenix and then from Phoenix to Page.
On the flight I truly regretted not driving to Page solely because the aircraft was so small. By the way, the cost of the flight was very reasonable. We decided to fly instead of driving because we only had 3 full days to spend and wanted to make the most of each day prior to moving on to California.
How Far Is Page, Arizona From Las Vegas
The flight from Phoenix to Page was a 1 hour flight. This aircraft was exceedingly small, because of this I will tell you I prayed the ENTIRE time. Boarding, I prayed, after getting buckled in, I prayed, 15 mins after taking off I prayed and any turbulence I prayed even harder!
Airports Close to Page, Arizona
Once we arrived in Page, we landed at the Page Municipal Airport. This airport is, you guessed it, SMALL! There is not much to it therefore it will not take long for you to gather your things and be on your way. We rented a car from the airport, there’s Avis on site. If you do not drive into Page, I highly recommend renting a car.
Things To Do In Page, Arizona
Lower Antelope Canyon
I will start off by saying the area is owned and operated by Navajo natives. You must visit the canyon with a tour guide. You cannot enter without one! We booked our tour here. There is also a $8 Navajo nation permit fee.
Ok, that’s out of way!
There were long lines and big crowds the wait to enter was 2 hours. We went in June and it was extremely hot, I would suggest you bring lots of water. We booked a 10:30 am slot to try and catch the best time for the sun to beam down into the canyons to catch the best colors. The time of day determines what colors you will capture. Even after waiting in line for 2 hours it still seemed like it was the perfect time.
Antelope canyon takes about an hour to complete. It is longer, narrower and there are stairs throughout. I have never seen something so beautiful as Lower Antelope Canyon in my entire life. Our guide helped with camera settings to make sure we got the best photos possible. She pointed out presidents, lions, tigers, and bears. Haha. The guides are extremely helpful and are a wealth of knowledge.
Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon must be a guided tour as well. There is also a $8 Navajo nation permit unless you do Lower on the same day. The fee is waived. We booked our tour here.
Upper Antelope is much easier to navigate than lower. There are no stairs or ladders to go up or down because of this you will go through in a shorter amount of time. It is ground level. You could totally do Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon on the same day.
The colors in Upper are much darker and honestly much less exciting. Lower is more photogenic and a lot more fun to venture through. Although, if you have the time do not miss experiencing Upper. If you do not and you have to pick between the two do not miss Lower Antelope.
When we went there was not a wait at all. The guide drove us to the site and took us right in to explore. It is also much cooler in this canyon.
Page, Arizona to Grand Canyon
We took a drive to the Grand Canyon which was about 2 hours and 30 minutes. We visited the South Rim and I honestly thought I would be underwhelmed but the views were stunning. No wonder the Grand Canyon is a Natural Wonder! We spent the rest of the day here exploring. The views are breathtaking!
Walking shoes/sneakers should be worn during all canyon visits and Horseshoe bend.
There is no visiting center for Horseshoe Bend. No guide needed. Also, there is now a fee to park. The price ranges from $10-$140 depending on type of vehicle.
We went to Horseshoe Bend a couple of hours prior to sunset. I know I have said it a lot through this blog post, but Horseshoe Bend is another magical spot. Horseshoe Bend should not be missed. It truly feels like you are at one with nature. There were no crowds at all during the time we went. So, you could truly sit in peace and take it all in. Horseshoe Bend overlooks the Colorado River and the views are spectacular.
Horseshoe Bend is at your own pace so you could add another activity to your itinerary on the same day.
Where stay in Page, Arizona
We stayed at the Hampton Inn; it had recently opened during this time. It was totally fine for what we needed during our short stay in Page.
Where to eat in Page, Arizona
During our visit there was not a lot of restaurants to choose from, this may have changed. Some of the same restaurants were on repeat for us. Fiesta Mexicana, Bonkers Restaurant and Stromboli’s were a few restaurants we ate at during our stay.
*Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are currently open. Slot Canyon Section (Upper and Lower) are not open. The Navajo Nation government extended the closure of all Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation. Check above sites for updates.
Tip: There is a Walmart located in Page, Arizona a short distance away from Hampton Inn. I recommend you load up on water, food for your room and snacks. This especially came in handy for our drive to the Grand Canyon.
Have you been to Page, Arizona?