It IS possible to do Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend in one day (just one of the Canyons and not both).
During a tradeshow conference in Las Vegas, I decided to take a tour visiting (Lower) Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe. There aren’t many one day tours from Las Vegas going to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend so when I came upon Max Tours, I booked it with a quickness.
- Pick up at hotel
- A quick stop at Lake Powell
- Horseshoe Bend
- Lunch (while on the bus)
- Antelope Canyon
- Head back to Las Vegas
Max’s Tours uses a small comfy minibus with 12-15 seats. Our group had 8 people so there was plenty of extra room. The minibus comes with wifi but if there isn’t’ cell phone signal, there isn’t any wifi.
Our tour guide and driver, Kekoa was awesome! He was upbeat, positive, and absolutely amazing. He’s also from Hawaii. He made sure we were all comfortable with the temperature and had plenty of chilled bottled waters and snacks on hand.
After picking everybody up, we were on our way. After about an hour, we break at a rest stop for a bathroom break, grabbing some coffee, and Kekoa hands out breakfast. Breakfast is simple – fruit and your choice of pastry along with some juice and/or water.
The first stop is Lake Powell. The view gives us panoramic views and I only wished I had more time to visit Lake Powell instead of just look at it.
The trail (walking path) is about 1-1.5 miles and in the sand so wear the right type of footwear. I suggest closed-toed sneakers or hiking sandals. The hike to Horseshoe Bend is totally exposed so wear a hat, sunscreen, and BRING WATER. There are no facilities on the trail and when I went, it was pretty crowded. I passed many young and old, abled, and people with canes.
Horseshoe Bend is truly an amazing sight though! It’s totally worth it and you can spend hours there finding different angles to shoot. It’s quite massive so it’s easy to not have people in the shot. Be careful though. There are some areas with guard rails but most of it is completely open.
Take turns and allow others to get that “perfect” shot in that spot. At sunrise and sunset, you’ll want to arrive early because photographers will stake out a specific spot, set up, and stay there forever with their tripods.
Lower Antelope Canyon
There are two Antelope Canyons – upper and lower. For this tour, we only toured Lower. Lower Antelope Canyon is run by Ken’s Tours and all their guides are Navajo or Dineh. They’re all young too – some looked around college-aged but all are super nice, professional, and well-versed in their land, history, and all that. They’re also all great photographers!
They will give tips on your camera settings, show you angles, and offer to take photos of you.
The Actual Tour (Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend in one day)
The actual tour starts off a bit crowded but it moves along. As you walk through the canyon and the slots, it narrows so groups can continue to move forward.
The guides are well-versed, informed, and happy to answer any questions that you may have about how the slot canyons were formed and how exploration actually began.
- Tip: Don’t be the inconsiderate jerk that lags behind and jams up the group behind you.
With our experience, we have a private group of 4 people ahead of us and they took their sweet ass time. We couldn’t really soak anything in because the group behind us had to keep moving. If it’s one thing I hate, it’s inconsiderate tourists.
- Don’t forget to tip! If you’re from another country that doesn’t tip, please understand that as a visitor, it’s best to adapt to the visiting country’s customs and etiquette.
Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend in one day from Las Vegas is totally possible. If you go with Max Tours, it’s a little easier and stress-free despite having to follow a schedule. I was very happy going with Max Tours and wholeheartedly recommend them if you only have a day and don’t have a car to get there yourself!
Max Tours also has a 2-day option to Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas too! Check that out if you have a bit more time to explore and it’s a bit less grueling and tiring than the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in one day tour.
If you have time, check out my posts about Sedona as well!
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