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Grand Canyon vs. Antelope Canyon

We often get questions about the differences in distance and features between the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. We’re here to help!

First off, Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend are NOT the same thing. Yes, they both reside in Arizona, and yes, they both are part of the Grand Circle. Aside from those two things, they are very different.

Grand Canyon

When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they think of the South Rim. This section of the Grand Canyon offers some of the very best viewpoints, the best access to hiking, and all of the major services offered at the Grand Canyon. For most, the accessibility is the biggest factor when visiting the Grand Canyon. The South Rim can be easily accessed from Flagstaff, Williams, or even Sedona, Arizona. From these locations you can be standing at one of the most magnificent views on earth within just an hour.

The South Rim offers dozens of spectacular viewpoints, from Hermit’s Rest on the western edge, to the iconic Desert View Watchtower on the Canyon’s eastern end. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon also offers all of the creature comforts, including hotels, restaurants & bars, camping, and even bike rentals.

You can see all the best views on our most popular tour—our Grand Canyon guided tour. In addition to stopping at the various vistas to take in some fantastic views, you’ll also get to learn about the history, geology, and culture of the area.

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend reside about two hours northeast of both Flagstaff and the South Rim of Grand Canyon near the town of Page, Arizona. These two spots are, without a doubt, two of the most magnificent sites in the Southwest. Although these two places are relatively close to Grand Canyon, and one shares the same river, they are not the same. Antelope Canyon is split into two distinct sections; Upper and Lower. Generally, we like to visit Lower Antelope Canyon because it can be less crowded, and often times it has more rich colors. While we prefer Lower Antelope Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon is also a worthy destination.

Our Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend tour allows you to explore the landscape around these two iconic sites. Learn the history and geology from our knowledgable guides, and enjoy a provided lunch along the journey.

When is the Best Time to Visit?

Aside from avoiding the heat, there is really no bad time to visit Horseshoe Bend. Oftentimes, guests can be startled to see a full parking lot at this site, but once you get to the vista, that anxiety quickly disappears. Horseshoe Bend is an extraordinary geologic feature along the Colorado River, and it’s just a few miles upstream from the beginning of the Grand Canyon.

If you want to visit and really take in both of these sights, you’ll really need two full days to explore. The experienced local guides at Grand Canyon Adventures are here to help you every step of the way! Ready to start planning your adventure? Book a Grand Canyon tour package online today, or contact us to learn more.