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Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

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Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Our family of four adults will be on a road trip next week, driving from Bryce to Grand Canyon S. Rim. Want to spend time in the Lee's ferry/Page area and want to tour Antelope Canyon. Will be arriving at Page at night (after a long day at Bryce) and want a clean, inexpensive motel, don't need many frills, just a place to sleep before our Antelope tour early the next a.m. Called the Marriott, they said they were 25 miles from the canyon. Trying to find a place closer, if that is possible. Any help is much appreciated!

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1. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

All the lodging options in Page are about the same distance from Antelope Canyon. The Marriott is just on the far side of Page from AC, so if it is 25 miles, the other places are 23 miles. If you are getting to Page late in the evening, the Marriott would be the first place you come to and easy to find, since it is not right in town.

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2. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Thanks for your quick response! Just talked to the Day's Inn/Page and found it's 35 miles from Lee's Ferry and 7 miles from Antelope Canyon. Any opinions on this place? Reviews seem to be ok.

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3. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Day's Inn is good. Friendly staff, large rooms and the Wal*Mart is at the other side of the road. I don't know what canyon CbM meant by telling you it's 25 miles but driving time to Antelope Canyon from CbM or Days Inn is about the same. From Days Inn a tiny little bit shorter. App. 10 minutes to AC.

CbM is the first hotel you'll see on your left hand side as OH has said. For Days Inn just continue on 89 and it's at the next exit on your left hand side.

Tet

Edited: 9:04 am, March 26, 2010
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4. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Tet is right; any of the lodging choices in Page are going to be a10-15 minute drive to Antelope Canyon; the drive is probably less than 10 miles (give or take).

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5. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Unless you drive yourself to the AC gate all the booked tours leave from Page. Were you planning on heading out there yourself or booking a tour?

It really doesn't matter which hotel in Page you stay in as far as nearness to the canyon. The only one that would be more than a minute or two different would be the Lake Powell Resort that is on the lake (which would be 5-10 minutes further).

Edited: 11:41 am, March 26, 2010
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6. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

That's a great question about the tours. We're torn between reserving a tour that leaves from Page and transports you there, or just driving to the canyon by ourselves. I've been in contact with the tour guides at the canyon, they say no reservations are necessary. We're on kind of a tight schedule, unfortunately, and really don't want to miss out on a tour as that is our main reason in detouring to Page. If we drove out ourselves, we'd try to hit the first tour offered at 9am, any thoughts on this?

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7. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Trust the advice that you won't need a reservation if you drive there yourselves. Especially if you go at 9AM.

But also try to get yourselves off the 'tight schedule'. The southwest is too big and too far to come to, to be on a schedule that is tight. It's about relaxing and taking time. If you're on that tight of a schedule, you're trying to do too much and you'll probably have a less than satisfactory vacation.

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8. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Just remember that early morning the light in the canyon may not be what you would see at noon.

Also I see both Chief Tsosie and Antelope Canyon tours listing an 8:30am tour. Not sure that applies this early in the year, but you may check it out.

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9. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Instead the side trip to Lees Ferry you could go to Horseshoebend overlook first (just south of Page) and to AC after that. You'll have better light later in the morning. Page to south rim is 2.5 hours but it will take considerably longer with the stops along east rim. The views on Horseshoebend overlook beat the views on Marble Canyon imo.

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10. Re: Where to stay to see Antelope Canyon?

Thanks, I've marked it down and will check it out!