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Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

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Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

We will be travelling from Las Vegas to GCNP in early July for a two night stay at El Tovar before moving on to Sedona.

Do you think we would be able to work in a visit to Antelope Canyon at some point without changing our itinery or would it be too much and a waste of the limited time we have at the canyon?

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1. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

You really should plan on spending a night in Page to see Antelope Canyon and everything else that is there!

How many night/days will you be in Sedona? Would it be possible to take a night from either Grand Canyon or Sedona to spend it in Page? If you don't have the time then I personally would skip Page/Antelope Canyon!

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2. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

It takes a minimum of 2.5 hours each way to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, so that would be a lot of driving just to experience Antelope Canyon. And as SJG states, there is a lot more to do in Page, so it definitely merits consideration for an overnight stay. Video ->: http://youtu.be/sgA2TWxGir0

If unable to shave any time off your stay in Sedona, you might indeed consider taking a night off your Grand Canyon stay and giving it to Page. You wouldn't really be shortchanged on your Grand Canyon experience, here's why: a good chunk of your sightseeing of the Grand Canyon would actually occur on the drive to Page. By necessity you'd travel along the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon, where there are over half a dozen Grand Canyon Viewpoints you can stop at.

Upon exiting the park just east of Desert View Point, you'll then enter Navajo Indian Tribal Lands where there are also a number of worthwhile stops, such as the Little Colorado River Overlook (nominal fee charged) and the Cameron Trading Post. The Cameron Trading Post in particular is fascinating because it's a real Old West trading post dating back to 1915. Their gift shop has everything from "trinkets" to high end crafts. If you're hungry at this point, consider having a meal at their on-site restaurant, which is famous for its Navajo Tacos. From Cameron head North on Highway 89 to Page, maybe stop at Horseshoe Bend on the way into town.

Antelope Canyon can be toured pretty much any time of day between 8 AM and 4 PM; mid-day is most crowded as that's when the sunbeams shine down onto the floor of Upper Antelope Canyon. Lower Antelope is a bit more physical and as such is less crowded. Another activity to consider if you are able to free up an overnight in Page is the Colorado River Discovery Half Day Float Trip. Visit www.raftthecanyon.com for more info.

It would then take about 3 hours to drive from Page to Sedona.

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3. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

I'm with K-Bot. Skip the second night at GCNP and give it to Page. Otherwise, no, it doesn't make sense to try and go 5 hours in the opposite direction for a one hour tour.

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Agree with the previous posters. So no if you don't want to change your itinerary. If you skip Page make sure you'll leave GC by its east entrance and visit Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano on the way to Sedona.

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5. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

Thanks for your helpful ideas and advice.

Since we only have one night in Sedona then two in Scottsdale to unwind after a lot of travelling I think we will save Page for another time as it seems there is plenty to see and do there.

It would be a shame to try to fit everything in and not be able to enjoy them to the full and it is a good reason for another visit.

Wupatki and Sunset Crater sound good and any ideas on what to see en route from Las Vegas to GCNP will be appreciated ( or am I better starting new thread for that question )?

MF5

Edited: 30 May 2012, 17:56
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6. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

@MistralF5 - if you're in a position where you foresee being able to return to the area, then by all means, save Page/Lake Powell for a time when you can "do it justice." There is indeed plenty to see and do there, enough to easily occupy 2-3 days. Perhaps you could set aside a week or more and also visit some of the wonderful parks in South/East Utah such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, maybe even Capitol Reef, and Arches/Canyonlands (Moab).

For others in a similar situation (want to see Antelope Canyon but limited time at the Grand Canyon) a Flagstaff-based tour operator has recently begun offering an Antelope Canyon tour package that not only lets you see it from the land-based side, but also from the water-side on Lake Powell. It picks up in Cameron, ~1 hour East of Grand Canyon Village/Tusayan. It's about an 8-hour day round-trip from Cameron, so you should make sure you have sufficient "quality time" at the Grand Canyon, but... a potential solution to the "so close but yet so far" problem that Antelope Canyon sometimes poses. The tour goes to Lower instead of Upper, so more physical but less crowded. Info ->: http://bit.ly/L5M7XX

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7. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

Some places between Las Vegas and GC are: Hoover Dam and the new Clorado River Bridge, Kingman with its visitor center/R66 museum. The drive between Kingman and Seligman on R66 with stops in Hackberry and Seligman and there's Williams of course. between Williams and GC Village in Valle is Bedrock City. There are more places but with limited time I'd only stop at Hoover Dam and in Seligman.

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8. Re: Antelope Canyon - Is it possible with our itinery?

Drop a night or both in Scottsdale and stay longer in Sedona. There is no better place to relax and unwind, especially in July! Way too hot to plan extra time in Scottsdale.

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