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From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

1. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

Leave bustling Las Vegas and head out on a scenic drive into Navajo territory on a van tour. Explore this striking landscape with the help of a local Navajo guide, learning about the area's rich and long history. See iconic natural landmarks like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Begin your tour with a stop for breakfast in St. George, Utah—home to the oldest continuously operating Mormon temple in the world. After breakfast, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Note where the river flows and meanders around the rocks creating a distinctive horseshoe-shaped loop beloved by visitors and photographers from around the world. Next, travel to where “the water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. Explore lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. With your local Navajo guide, discover the beauty of the canyon up close. Admire the beauty of the sun which creates shafts of light that shine through the slits in the canyon walls. After a break for lunch, continue to the Glenn Canyon viewpoint for one last look at this spectacular area. Finally, hop back on the bus to return to Las Vegas in the evening.

Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

2. Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

Combine remarkable views of Horseshoe Bend from the air with an exclusive Tower Butte landing. You'll have pilot-to-passenger headset communication so that you receive a running commentary of the sights you pass over, which include Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and Horseshoe Bend. Finally, land on top of Tower Butte, where few have been. Rising 5000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of the American Southwest’s most notable landmarks. From this vantage point, you'll enjoy 360-degree views of Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, Padre Bay, the Grand Staircase Escalante, and the LeChee Rock. The scenery is breathtaking and unrivaled. Spend 15-20 minutes on Tower Butte for photo opportunities before returning to the air terminal. This unique tour package is not offered by any other provider.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

3. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

Hop in an air-conditioned van and head to either the famous Lower Antelope Canyon or the secluded Antelope Canyon X with your Navajo tribal guide. Get off the beaten path and see sights like Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River on this small-group experience. Indulge in the scenic views from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon as you pass back and forth across the Utah and Arizona state borders on your way to Page, AZ. Depending on the weather, stop in either Mesquite, Nevada, or Hurricane, Utah, for an opportunity to stretch your legs, use the facilities, and grab coffee before continuing to the Grand Canyon. Wander past red sandstone walls and spiraling corkscrew formations that illuminate the canyon when the sunlight climbs down. After a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a 10-minute drive to Horseshoe Bend will take you to your 1 km hike. Make your way to a vista point overlooking the famed bend in the Colorado River for stunning views. Make the most of the opportunity to get close to the 1,000-foot drop for photos of one of nature's most beautiful sights. From there, relax as your professional driver-guide heads back to Las Vegas for your hotel drop-off, with convenient pit stops on the way.

Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip

4. Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip

Ride a comfortable inflatable raft down the Colorado River on a thrilling day trip to explore the stunning Grand Canyon. Travel through the Navajo Indian Reservation and Painted Desert en route to Page, Arizona with views of the Grand Canyon’s Eastern Rim. Arrive at the base of Glen Canyon Dam and board a motorized raft for a guided trip.  Motor along effortlessly between canyon walls while travelling 15.5 miles on the river. Your guide will provide interesting facts about the history of the area, the ancient peoples who once lived there, and the rich animal and plant life. Each passenger will also receive a light box lunch to enjoy during their river float. Enjoy a stop along the river bank to take a short hike to see ancient petroglyphs and photo opportunities. Drift through the world-renowned Horseshoe Bend and end your raft tour at historic Lee’s Ferry. From here, a vehicle will take you back to your accommodation, with a stop at the Cameron Trading Post along the way.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

5. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Page: Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight

6. Page: Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight

If you're visiting Page, Arizona, you have the unique opportunity to witness the vast landscape of the Southwest desert on a thrilling helicopter tour over Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and Horseshoe Bend. This flight lasts approximately 10-12 minutes and leaves from Page Municipal Airport. Fly above the pristine blue water of Lake Powell, the curve of Horseshoe Bend, and the stunning red and orange hues of Glen Canyon while an experienced and knowledgeable pilot shares the history of the area. After capturing the incredible sights from above, you'll be returned to the heliport to enjoy the rest of their vacation. Return from your flight with photos and memories to last a lifetime.

From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

7. From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Spend a day visiting 2 of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Enter the heart of Antelope Canyon and visit Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River. Leave Flagstaff in the morning and travel the Arizona and Utah border to visit Antelope Canyon. With the help of your Navajo Partner Guides, spend time walking through Antelope Canyon. From there, travel just a few miles to the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center for a quick picnic lunch and some great views of Lake Powell. For the finale, head to the famous Horseshoe Bend overlook before returning to Flagstaff in the evening.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour

Head into the desert and see impressive landscapes. Visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam, and Lake Powell on this day trip from Las Vegas. Depart Las Vegas in the early morning (pickup starts from 4:30 AM) for a scenic drive through the Nevada desert. Once you reach Antelope Canyon, your Navajo guide will teach you about the canyon's history and the culture of the local Navajo tribe. Marvel at Antelope Canyon, famous for its stunning sounds and colors formed by water that ran through sandstone for centuries. Next, drive over to Horseshoe Bend to enjoy a rare natural wonder. Watch the dark green waters of the Colorado River wrap around the red rock formations, leading to a 280-degree curve that has cut the same route for centuries, and is now 4,000 ft (1.2 km) deep. Lastly, stop at the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell on your way back to Las Vegas. At both locations, take in panoramic views of the mirror-like water that runs along the white and orange layered sandstone.

Horseshoe Bend: In-App Walking and Driving Audio Tour

9. Horseshoe Bend: In-App Walking and Driving Audio Tour

Get to know the sheer beauty and grandeur of Horseshoe Bend canyon at your own pace with your friends or family. Tune in to your in-app audio tour to learn about the history of this magical location as you walk along. Later, embark on a self-guided driving tour of Page and learn all about this fascinating town. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your journey in the parking area for Horseshoe Bend. From there, all you need to do is follow the quarter-mile path toward the canyon itself. Along the way, hear about the early days of the mighty Colorado River, when it was little more than a meandering river on a floodplain. As you walk, you’ll find out how that floodplain transformed into the soaring plateau known today. Pick up insights into the area’s human history as well, like how it passed from the Navajo to the hands of the US Government. Finally, arrive at Horseshoe Bend itself, where multiple viewing platforms offer jaw-dropping views of this unique landmark. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures. Your tour of Horseshoe Bend concludes here. Also included with your tour is a driving tour of Page, the town where Horseshoe Bend is located. This tour begins at the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, where you can get phenomenal views of the dam which was the reason for the town’s existence. From there, head north to a collection of breathtaking trails full of great desert vistas. Then it’s on to the dam itself, where you’ll have the opportunity to get out of your car and actually walk over the immense structure. Head then to Wahweap Overlook, offering a stunning look across Lake Powell. Your tour concludes here.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Private Tour

10. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Private Tour

See the highlights of Antelope Canyon, Arizona, and Horseshoe Bend on a guided day trip. Choose between three areas of the canyon to explore. Meet your guide at your hotel in Las Vegas and climb aboard the air-conditioned bus to start your journey. Head straight to Antelope Canyon. Discover why the original Navajo name Tsé bighánílíní means "the place where water runs through rocks." Enjoy the memorable photo opportunities created by the slot canyon's sculpted sandstone walls, formed by flash floods and wind erosion. Marvel at the stunning colors and reflections caused by the daylight dancing through the narrow openings at the top of the canyon. Choose from three areas in Antelope Canyon to explore: Lower Antelope Canyon Meet your Navajo guide on arrival at the canyon and take a short walk to the canyon’s entrance. Descend the safe, railing-lined stairs to the floor of Lower Antelope Canyon and set off on a journey to explore this magnificent formation. Upper Antelope Canyon On arrival at the canyon, climb aboard a 4-wheel drive for a 4-mile drive up a sandy riverbed to the slot canyon's entrance. Walk into the canyon between towering sandstone walls sculpted by flash floods and wind erosion. Canyon X Enjoy a mix of both the Upper and Lower canyon's characteristics, with the Upper’s pillars of light and the Lower’s steepness. Regardless of the option you choose, then head to Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River makes a 280-degree turn around the rock. Enjoy a 1.5-mile walk to and from the Horseshoe Bend Overlook to look down upon the mighty Colorado River at the bottom of Glen Canyon. Head back to the vehicle to be taken back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Glen Canyon Dam

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 701 reviews

It was a great and smooth trip! Shauna was our guide and from the beginning filled us with lots of information about Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. We made a stop at the Cameron trading post where you can get a Navajo Taco and do some shopping. The trip proceeded to Horseshoe bend where we had ample time to hike down to take some pictures and take in the scenery. We had a nice picnic at the Grand Canyon Dam and went to Lower Antelope Canyon. It was a great way to sit back and relax and let the guide take care of everything. We had a great group and had a fun filled day. Would highly recommend this tour!

Really an amazing experience to get a birds eye view of the Horsebend and landing at the Tower Butte. The chopper pilot Josh was very friendly and did a great job from the departure and return. Mike - the funny and entertaining manager at the front desk was also very helpful and he kept us up to date with the current condition due to the wind gust the day we were supposed to take the tour. He is very accommodating to rebook us on a different day and worked out just great. Thank you.

All of the stops along the tour were breathtaking. The driver and guide were extremely knowledgeable and very kind.

Well worth the time and money - pilot very knowledgeable and personable. This was an exciting excursion!

“Hoho” was excellent. The transportation was comfortable with vip van.