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Painted Desert, United States: 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.

From Flagstaff or Sedona: Antelope Canyon Day Tour

2. From Flagstaff or Sedona: Antelope Canyon Day Tour

Discover the stunning rock formations and scenery of Antelope Canyon on a guided tour. Learn about Native American history and natural history with your expert guide as you visit locations such as Oak Creek Canyon, the Painted Desert, and Horseshoe Bend. After pickup at your hotel in Flagstaff or Sedona, journey to the famous water-carved slot canyon of Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land east of Page. See the reflections of the sun's rays and sky splashing the narrow sandstone walls with colors of orange, yellow, blue, and purple.  Start with a climb through scenic Oak Creek Canyon, ranging from 4,500 feet above sea level to 7,500 feet onto the Colorado Plateau. Get a stunning view of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona's largest volcanic mountain range that reaches 12,600 feet (3,840 meters) at its tallest point. Then, make your way through the spectacular colored rock formations of the Painted Desert. Take a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) walk at Horseshoe Bend, and experience an iconic clifftop overlooking the Colorado River. You will also see breathtaking views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. Take an exciting tour into the narrows of the slot canyon, and admire the natural formations up close. Return to base while driving by the Painted Desert. Lunch is provided on this tour.

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What people are saying about Painted Desert, United States

The tour was an incredible experience. The highlight of our vacation. This is definitely a must do when you are in Sedona. Our guide was outstanding not only was he an expert about the area but he was actually an expert with outdoor activities. He was a pleasure to have as our guide. Hope he continues to do tours with this company.

This was a great tour. We had always wanted to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Both were everything we had expected and more. Our guide, Sheldon, was professional, friendly, and always helpful. The other people on the tour were great also. It’s a long day, but it is well worth it.

Awesome tour took us from Sedona to Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and the dam area, and Antelope Canyon. Driving through the Navajo Nation our guide gave us countless stories and background on the history of what we were driving through.

Our guide, Brad was awesome! Personable, extremely knowledgeable about the area, culture, geography and Native Americans. Very friendly and caring as well.

I was stricken in awe by the natural beauty of the Antelope Canyon.