Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

1. 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.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

2. 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 Antelope 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.

From Flagstaff: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

3. 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.

Las Vegas: Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Dam

4. Las Vegas: Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Dam

Discover the famous Lower Antelope Canyon and the magnificent Horseshoe Bend on this day tour from Las Vegas with a tour guide. Depart in the morning from Las Vegas. On the way, you'll pass through the town of Kanab in Utah. After a short bathroom break, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Stop at the viewpoint, you will also see breathtaking views of Glen Canyon and Dam. Next, travel to one of the world's most famous photography spots, Lower Antelope Canyon. Follow the local Navajo tour guide and enter the canyon, which allows for stunning photo opportunities of the light reflecting through the canyon walls. Take plenty of pictures of this astounding natural formation. After a lunch break, depart the town of Page on the van/tour bus for your return trip to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Dam

5. Las Vegas: Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Dam

Get out of Las Vegas and experience breathtaking Upper Antelope Canyon on a day trip. Discover why the Navajo calls the canyon "the place where water runs through rocks," snap beautiful pictures of awe-inspiring geological formations, and see the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend. Meet your guide at your pickup point in Las Vegas and head into the high desert. As you drive, pass through the town of Kanab in Utah. After a short bathroom break, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Stop at the viewpoint to see panoramic views of Glen Canyon and its dam before heading to one of the world's most popular photography spots, Upper Antelope Canyon. Choose between entering the canyon during prime time, the best hours to see the sunlight on the canyon walls or non-prime time. Meet your local Navajo tour guide and enter the canyon to get pictures of the light reflecting off the canyon walls. Next, drive to Page for a lunch break (cost not included) before returning to Las Vegas.

Page: Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing

6. 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: Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Overnight Tour

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Overnight Tour

Visit the majestic Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, & Antelope Canyon with an experienced guide. Choose from a private or shared-group experience as you explore some of the world's most beautiful locations, rife with wildlife, scenic views, and photography opportunities. Day 1 Grand Canyon, Lake Powell Begin your journey in Las Vegas before heading out on a desert adventure. Enjoy scenic landscapes as you travel out of Nevada, and into the sprawling wilderness of northern Arizona. Take advantage of a photo stop at the Hoover Dam and iconic Route 66 before you arrive at the Grand Canyon South Rim in time for lunch on the rim. Marvel as the sweeping views high above the clouds at this National Park and Natural Wonder of the World. While at the Grand Canyon, guests may choose to experience a helicopter ride and stroll along the rim before making you way to the shores of Lake Powell for your overnight stop. Day 2 Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Continue your journey as you visit some of the top photography destinations in the Southwest, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. You may choose to enjoy an optional 1.5 hour Navajo guided tour of Antelope Canyon- the worlds most famous Arizona slot canyon followed by a short, guided scenic walk to Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River. Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and travel back to Las Vegas through the Virgin River Gorge taking in Southwest USA’s spectacular landscapes. You will arrive back to Las Vegas approx. 6pm. Optional activities can be booked and paid for on departure with your tour guide.

Page: Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight

8. 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.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Private Tour

9. 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.

Horseshoe Bend: In-App Walking and Driving Audio Tour

10. 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.

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It was amazing trip! We are family of 2 adults and 11 years old boy. Our driver was Kurt I believe. He pick us up from a hotel in Las Vegas at 5 am and drove us to first stop at horseshoe bend and we spent about one hour. It was really nice scenery. Then next stop was lower antelope which our tour time was at 12:30ish and last about 1 hr 15 mins. And we had a subway lunch which was included in our tour fee. We arrived at Las Vegas around 7:30 pm. It’s about 5 hours driving from Las Vegas to Antelope canyon so it starts very early. Our tour group was 14 people and our son was only kid in the group but he did like it. Our van was little tight with 14 people but doable. Kurt was great and a good driver. We had couple stops for restroom and scenery. Lower antelope canyon tour still required mask. Some of us did not have mask so Kurt stop by gas station that we can buy mask. Antelope guide was amazing. He took a lots of good picture for us and awesome guide. Highly recommended

This was an amazing experience! Our guide was Hiro and he was very prepared for the day and very informative. If you’re early enough he might be able to make an extra stop with spectacular views. Be prepared to pack the least amount of things with you. Once you enter the Navajo Tribe Antelope Canyons there are NO bags allowed. I loved learning about the land & Navajo tribe and would definitely come back again.

Great bus tour to Horseshoe Bend overlook and Slot Canyon X. Tour guide, Mike, was excellent. Bambi, Navajo canyon guide, was an excellent source of information on the Native American life, culture and history in the area. Highly recommend tour. Activity level of walking and stair climbing was strenuous for four ladies in their mid seventies, but doable. Mary-Jo

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, we learned a lot about geography and history. The sights were breathtaking.

Well worth paying for the tour. Views are beautiful. JR was very informative and made the ride entertaining.