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Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

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Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Hello,

this summer, we'll have to drive from Kayenta (after visiting Monument Valley) to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan) on the north rim.

Would it be possible to include a trip to Antelope Canyon near Page before going to Grand Canyon ?

Or is it best to overnight in Page for 1 night ?

Thanks for the help and tips.

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1. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

It takes 2 hours to get from Monument Valley to Page, then 2.5 hours to get from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim. map ->: http://goo.gl/maps/3qrGI

So yes, it is better to stay overnight in Page. Besides, there's so much to do in Page, you'd probably regret not doing so. In addition to Antelope Canyon, you have the Colorado River float trip, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam, just to name a few.

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2. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Tusayan is near the South Rim, as K-Bot references in the above post.

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3. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

If you are going to Tusayan, you are going to the South Rim not the North Rim. Tusayan is a small town outside the south entrance to GCNP. While it is close to the park, staying in the park in a park lodge is a better experience.

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4. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Great answers. Thank you.

So if we prefer to stay in the GCNP (instead of Tusayan), which hotel/lodge would you recommend us for 1 night ?

Do some Lodge have a direct "Canyon view" room ? That would be a great experience.

And Page is quite expensive in the summer I can see.

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5. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Bright Angel, Thunderbird, Kachina and El Tovar are right along the rim. Some rooms have partial rimview.

1. You can drive between MV and GC with a visit to Antelope Canyon (Upper or Lower?) in one day.

2. Yes, it's best to stay overnight in Page.

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6. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Since you say you are traveling this summer and don't yet have a booking for lodging at the Grand Canyon, you may not have much choice at all. Summer is very busy there and things can book fully up to a year in advance. Check the website--www.grandcanyonlodges is the official site and the one you want to use. If they show no availability, keep checking. However, it might well be worth a phone call. Since people book so far in advance, plans do change and cancellations do occur. Many times these new availabilities never show up on the website because someone who has called snaps them up.

Look at the cancellation policy, and then I would suggest taking anything they have available, if it fits into your budget. You can always keep checking to see if something else opens up; if not, you still have a room.

We've stayed at El Tovar, Thunderbird and one of the partial rim view cabins at Bright Angel over the years. Do be aware that the partial rim view means that you see that a canyon is there--not usually a jaw-dropping view of the interior of the canyon. Still well worth it for the location--these three and Kachina are the closest to the Rim.

Also be aware that if you don't have lodging arranged for Monument Valley, get that as soon as you can. Not much there and it also books well in advance in the summer.

Edited: 23 January 2013, 15:24
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7. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Which part of Antelope Canyon is best ? What is the famous view we can see in travel guide ? Upper or lower ? How long is the visit ?

We've already prebooked a room in Kayenta and in Tusayan so we might change for a Lodge in GCNP if available.

Thank you for your help.

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8. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

The iconic pictures mostly are taken in Upper Canyon and best time (also most expensive) for a visit is midday. Count on 1.5-2 hours for a visit. 2 hours if there's waiting time.

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9. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

In MV, you have to have a Navajo guide. They are available in Kayenta. You also have to be guided by a Navajo guide in Antelope. Both are on reservation. I would definitely stop in Page overnight. I personally like lower Antelope better than Upper - the light changes by the minute and it can be dazzling. I spent the entire 4 hours allowed down in the Lower (about 50' down and a quarter mile long), and shot an entire memory card of pics. Upper is OK, and different, but we like Lower better. Also, you might want to check out a visit to Canyon de Chelly -- we loved it!

Edited: 13 January 2014, 03:15
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10. Re: Driving from Kayenta to Grand Canyon Village (Tusayan)

Welcome to the forum Jim. You've just revived a thread that died almost a year ago. Your experiences and input are welcome, but try to respond only to current questions and threads.