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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. 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.

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From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon Small Group Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon Small Group 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.

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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, and journey into the great American Southwest. First, stop at Antelope Canyon and enjoy its colorful, intricate rock walls and formations, rainbow colors, and patterns. You'll explore the canyon with an experienced Navajo guide. Next, take in spectacular views at the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. After hiking 1.2 km on a sandy trail, take your time to admire the breathtaking views. Finally, stop at the world-famous Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. On the way back to Las Vegas, take a short break in Seligman or Williams, small towns along Route 66.

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Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

4. 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.

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Page: Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight

5. 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.

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From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

6. From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

Enjoy all the great nature in the Grand Circle trip from Las Vegas.  Discover the most popular must-see destinations in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and the Horseshoe Bend. Admire the scenic red rocks and vortexes of Sedona and watch the sunrise at Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon, the Grand Circle's two most spectacular sunrise spots. Day 1: Route 66, Sedona, & Grand Canyon National Park On the first day, visit the famous Route 66 town, Seligman, and explore Sedona’s natural beauty and feel the spiritual energy at vortexes. These power spots are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing and meditation. Leaving Sedona, head to the Grand Canyon, a must-see World Heritage Site. Witness the stunning sunset and majestic land. Day 2: Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, & Horseshoe Bend On the second day, start by witnessing the spectacular sunrise over Monument Valley, the holy site for the Navajo tribe, located on the Arizona-Utah border. There will be a lot of photo opportunities. After exploring the valley on the guided jeep tour, visit the location of the movie "Forest Gump". In the afternoon, head to the beautiful Antelope Canyon with unique geological formations and curves and enjoy the breathtaking view of Horseshoe Bend. Day 3: Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park On the third day, spend time in the Southwest of Utah, exploring Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. The day will begin with the best sunrise at Hoodoos Overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park. After experiencing this sprawling reserve, relax at Zion National Park and take in the spectacular landscape and extraordinary rock formations in a magnificent display of natural beauty. This Grand Circle 3-day tour includes all the most iconic destination you can't miss. Travel in comfort and style in a fully outfitted vehicle with WiFi and air-conditioning.

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Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

7. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

Enjoy an exciting 3-day, 2-night private or shared-group winter tour through iconic Arizona and Utah landscapes. Drive through the stunning Mojave Desert to the spectacular Grand Canyon, explore Monument Valley, and finish the tour with some spectacular hikes through Zion National Park. Day 1: The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy a scenic drive through the mighty Mojave Desert, arriving at the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, considered of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stroll along the rim, hike into the one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth, or take in a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking landscape on an optional helicopter ride. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and stay overnight at the historic Red Feather Lodge. Day 2: Monument Valley After a brief visit to a traditional Navajo trading post, follow the mighty Colorado River through the Painted Desert and wind your way through spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet. The home to the Navajo Indians and the backdrop for many famous western movies, Monument Valley is a real treat for sore eyes. Hop in a Jeep and traverse the stunning landscape with the help of a Navajo guide. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and head in the afternoon to Page Arizona and Lake Powell, lodging at the Quality Inn, Page.   Day 3: Zion National Park Begin the day with a visit to Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, and then continue for a scenic photo stop at Lake Powell before heading to Utah's finest National Park. Visit the Zion Canyon, an impressive mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs and ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2000 feet above the canyon floor. Spend the day hiking through the picturesque winter wonderland, and stroll to the emerald pools, marveling at the fantastic views of the Great White Throne and Weeping Rock. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch and prepare for a return to Las Vegas at approximately 19:00.

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Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip

8. 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.

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From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

9. From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

Choose from a a private or small-group tour and embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure across Monument Valley. Admire the depths of the Grand Canyon, experience the real Wild Wild West, and discover the iconic Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyon Lands. Day 1 Zion National Park: Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to Utah’s finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows, weather permitting.  Or if you are feeling really adventurous-do all three! Day 2 Bryce National Park: A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape. A soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp will ease those hiking muscles and a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Day 3-4 Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang of a sandstone cliff on one of our optional canyoneering adventures! Visit Arches National Park home to over 2000 arches for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets the Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the southwest has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800’s, visit the local town and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital. Day 5 Monument Valley: We wind out way through more of USA Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet.  The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley.  Camp right along the rim and get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies and bag your front row seat to a magnificent sun rise. Day 6 Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon national park: Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon- Antelope Canyon this morning ($75-$80 pp) followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Saving the best for last! After a brief visit to a Navajo trading post we follow the mighty Colorado River through the painted desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into the one of the deepest  and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes a admire the view before one last cookout with your new friends! Day 7 Las Vegas: We get our kicks at Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City in plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip in a stylish stretch limousine.

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Grand Canyon: Antelope Canyon & River Adventure

10. Grand Canyon: Antelope Canyon & River Adventure

This incredible day trip includes a spectacular scenic flight by airplane over the Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado River and Lake Powell. Upon landing in Page, Arizona, embark on a guided ground tour of Antelope Slot Canyon. Explore the twists and turns of the carved walls and their beautiful radiant colors. Continue on your journey and board a river raft at the base of Glen Canyon Dam for a 15.5-mile smooth water float on the Colorado River. Witness the rock formations and the canyon walls that rise hundreds of feet above you. Stop along the way to see ancient petroglyphs interpreted by your river guide. Your trip concludes with transfers through the Navajo Reservation and back to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport with a stop at Cameron Trading Post.

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What people are saying about Horseshoe Bend

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

One of the best tours ever. Incredible to walk through the slot canyons. Far exceeded any expectations I had of the beauty of this canyon. Was truly a natural wonder of the world. This tour also stopped at Horseshoe Bend which was an added plus. We originally planned to go on our own, but glad we had a tour guide to get us there. Except for the extremely long 4+ hour ride to and from Las Vegas, the tour was perfect. We were exhausted just sitting in the minivan. No way we could have driven it ourselves in one day.

Amazing tour with an excellent guide Tim and driver Ed! We enjoyed interesting stories during the ride and the views were spectacular!! Tim also helped us to take pictures and knew all the good places for them. We enjoyed it sooo much!! But be ready for a bumpy ride if you sit at the back of the van

The driver and the tour guide is very friendly and what amaze us more is that they’re Japanese. They made sure that everyone is comfortable and cozy. They’re great in taking pictures too! Will definitely recommend them. Shout out to Yumezo-san and Han-san. Job well done. Arigato-gozaimasu!

We had an amazing time and a blast experience flying over Lake Powell with Becky ! She is the best tour guide, companion and definitely the best pilot . Lydia and Vladimir

Very unique place to visit and entire tour was on time having sufficient time to view & take pictures for memory