This tour starts picking up in Las Vegas at about 5 a.m. We will travel north up Interstate 15, leaving Las Vegas and its bright lights behind. You may be surprised to learn that Las Vegas is actually in the middle of a desert, which we come to as soon as we depart town.
After passing through the small casino town of Mesquite, on the Nevada Arizona border, we cross into the desolate Arizona Strip, before heading up the Virgin River Gorge and into Utah. There will be a comfort stop at either the small southern Utah town of St. George, or the even smaller one of Hurricane. This is a long day, but there will be plenty of breaks along the way to get something to eat, or use the restroom.
The road from St. George to Page crosses the Utah/Arizona border several times. On the way we travel through the twin towns of Hilldale and Colorado City, where polygamy is still practiced. The large families explain the even larger houses in the middle of nowhere.
The route continues through Fredonia, Kanab and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, before we get our first glimpse of Lake Powell, on the outskirts of Page.
You will be touring Antelope Canyon in a specially converted off road vehicle, led by a Navajo guide. Leaving Page in the back of the truck, you will cross over onto the Navajo Reservation, before disembarking and entering Antelope Canyon, one of the most striking slot canyons known to man.
A slot canyon is a narrow canyon sliced through a mesa by the forces of nature. Some canyons measure less than a yard across at the top, but drop a hundred feet or more from the rim to the bottom. Slots are cut and scoured by water and wind, with the striations of the sandstone becoming almost incandescent.
There is only a short time of the year when you can see the sun coming down into the canyon, and then only at midday. Tours at that time of the day and that time of the year sell out far in advance. You may need to book at least six months ahead of time, for a summer month tour, to take advantage of this. Having said that, Antelope Canyon is spectacular at all times of the day and year, and your Navajo guide will be happy to show you how to take the best pictures, and the opportunities are almost endless!
Leaving Page we head east, across the Navajo Reservation. Every now and again you will see small Indian dwellings scattered across the harsh landscape.
As we approach the tiny Navajo town of Kayenta, the mesas and buttes for which the area is so well known start coming into view. Soon you can just about picture yourself in a scene from an old Western movie as we travel towards Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, as it is officially known.
Once you get to Monument Valley there are two options. The first is to stay around the Visitor Center area and enjoy the panoramic views. These include Sentinel Mesa, Mitten Buttes, Merrick Butte and the majestic vistas of the area. At the Visitor Center you can also see female and male Hogans, the traditional homes of the Navajos, as well as other exhibits.
The second option is to take a two hour back country tour of Monument Valley, conducted by a Navajo (Indian) guide, in a specially converted vehicle. There is a charge for this, which can be seen elsewhere on the page.
Visitors love to see the buttes, mesas and other sandstone formations that are so prevalent in the Monument Valley area. Monument Valley is actually not really a valley at all, but a relatively flat plain surrounded by red cliffs, with the buttes, as well as the remnants of ancient volcanoes, towering from the earth.
For fans of old western movies, Monument Valley is the epicenter of the west, with many great cowboys and Indians films having been shot in the area. The familiar rock shapes can be seen from many miles away, with the really great scenery to be seen on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which straddles the Utah/Arizona border.
Amongst the sites that your tour will likely take in are movie locations, 1000 foot monoliths, rug weaving, and, of course, the famous monuments are visited.
Payment And Cancellation Details: CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS TOUR. Changes will also not be accepted, and refunds will not be given. Please consider purchasing trip insurance as our cancellation policy is strictly enforced. Your card will be charged within 12 hours of making the booking. The credit/debit card used must be in your name and must be present, so we can take an imprint. Please contact us if this is not possible. Please ensure you have the card you used with you. If the card is not in your name please let us know ahead of time, as our credit card authorization process will need to be completed.
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The days and dates this tour runs can be seen in the calendar at the top right of this page.
If there are eight or more in your group, or you are willing to pay for eight people, we may be able to start a tour for you on a date that the tour does not regularly run.
This tour will last about 18 hours. We depart Las Vegas at about 4.45 a.m. and will return at about midnight. Because of the vast distances, times are not guaranteed, and we are in no way responsible for the consequences of delays. All times are approximate and this itinerary may change without notice.
Portions of this tour are operated by sub contractors.
All or parts of this tour may be cancelled as a result of weather, mechanical failure, or other factors beyond our control. If this happens the only amount we will be refunding is the cost of part(s) of the tour that is/are cancelled.
An optional guide's gratuity is excluded but expected in the USA for services well delivered.
A minimum of five people may be required for this tour to depart.
Entry to both parks is included. The Antelope Canyon tour is included. The back country tour at Monument Valley is an optional extra.
The only meal included is one sack lunch. You will have opportunities to buy food on the trip.
After ordering this tour please wait to receive a confirmation email from us before making any plans that are dependent on this tour. The fact that you have ordered the tour does not necessarily mean we can fulfil the order.
The price includes the services of a guide/driver. For safety reasons, and to comply with United States Department Of Transportation regulations, we use at least two drivers on this trip, in addition to separate driver/guides at Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley.
Depending on the number of guests the vehicle to be used may be any of the following: SUV, minivan, executive van (van with individual, high back, reclining seats) mini bus or coach.