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Bryce Canyon To Antelope Canyon

Last Update on January 03, 2024
by Sunny Samaroo
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If you’re looking for a great road trip in the West, consider hopping in the car and taking a drive from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park and Antelope Canyon are home to some of the most famous red rock formations in the country. Bryce Canyon has iconic natural arches and hoodoos, while Antelope Canyon's stunning vistas of twisted sandstone walls are one-of-a-kind.

These two attractions — mainstays of many a Southwest bucket list — are both gorgeous, with awe-inspiring landscapes that will make your trek worthwhile.

View of Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a must-visit destination on any Southwest trip!

Is Antelope Canyon Close To Bryce Canyon?

One of the first questions you should think of when considering this trip is, "Is Antelope Canyon close to Bryce Canyon?". Luckily, despite being in different states, Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon are not too far from each other. 

The distance between Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon is 157 miles. The drive from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon typically takes about 2.5 to 3 hours

Looking for a pair of attractions that are closer to each other? Consider visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Both are in Utah and it takes less than two hours to drive from one to the other. Because of their proximity and their status as two iconic Southwest destinations, they're commonly visited together.

How to Get from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon

Drive Yourself from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon

The most straightforward way to get from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon is to drive yourself there. The drive will take 3 hours the most — a modest road trip — but you should still be prepared and be sure you know the route.

If you're starting your Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon trip from Las Vegas, as many travelers do, the whole one-way trip becomes nearly 7 hours. In that case, you may want to consider joining a guided tour instead.

Related Reading: How Far Is Bryce Canyon From Las Vegas? 

Once you've had your fill of Bryce Canyon, head southeast toward Page, Arizona. This drive will take you through some of the most stunning desert and savannah landscapes in the United States.

Tip: even if you're driving yourself during your trip, consider taking advantage of Bryce Canyon's free shuttle while you're there. It runs throughout the main area of the park from April through to October. Taking the shuttle ensures you see all the best sights and learn interesting facts about the canyon from the driver.

Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon Tour

Aside from shuttle drivers, tour guides also know the best spots around Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon. By joining a guided tour of Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon, you can sit back and relax while all the logistics of the trip are taken care of for you.

You can even make it a full best-of-the-Southwest trip by joining a tour like our epic 3-Day Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley tour.

Can You Fly from Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon?

Unfortunately, flying from Bryce Canyon National Park to Antelope Canyon is not really an option. 

The closest airport to Bryce Canyon National Park is Cedar City Regional Airport, while the closest airport to Antelope Canyon is Page Municipal Airport. There are no direct flights from one to the other, and any other alternative airport choices would simply be impractical.

View of Antelope Canyon
Whichever way you choose to get there, the Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon trip won't disappoint.

Tips for an Awesome Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon Trip

Know the best time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park— Not all times of year are created equal when it comes to visiting Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon. The most ideal time to visit both parks is in the spring and fall. This is outside of the crowded peak season (summer) while the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.

Dress appropriately — Depending on when you choose to visit, make sure the clothes you wear are appropriate. The safest thing to do, at any time of year, is to wear layers. As the terrain can be rugged in both locations, make sure you wear comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes.

Pack appropriately — The last thing anyone wants on a road trip is to realize you don't have something you need. Make sure you have all your needs and wants accounted for, including cash, food, and water. Also, be sure to bring a camera so you can capture some amazing memories!

Leave no trace — Take as many pictures as you want but don't disturb the natural landscape. This goes for any natural attraction: leave it as you found it. Respect natural landforms, animals, plants, and historical structures.

People at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park can get quite busy during peak season.

Where is Bryce Canyon National Park?

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The whole area is known for its stunning, varied desert landscapes, but Bryce Canyon National Park stands out thanks to its colorful hoodoos

Hoodoos are tall, column-like rocks formed by erosion. These hoodoos are scattered all around Bryce Canyon, which actually isn't a canyon at all, but rather a collection of natural amphitheaters.

Once you get to Bryce Canyon, take some time to explore all the hiking trails and viewpoints. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can capture some amazing photos of the surreal landscape.

Related Reading: What to See in Bryce Canyon on a Tour

View of Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon's hoodoos are some of the most unique landforms in Utah.

Where is Antelope Canyon?

Antelope Canyon is located in northern Arizona, just below the Utah-Arizona state line. The canyon is on Navajo land and the nearest population center is Page. It's a small town but it boasts one of the Southwest's most sought-after destinations.

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon formed by millennia of flooding. This has resulted in rock walls that have been carved in unique, flowing shapes. The rock walls are most beautiful when they're illuminated by the light beams that shine down into the narrow canyon at certain times of the day and year.

The canyon has two main sections: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. If you're visiting Antelope Canyon after Bryce Canyon, you may not be able to visit both sections in one day. In that case, check out our post comparing Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon.

Final Thoughts

Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon is a road trip that will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the US. Afterward, you'll be well-deserving of a hearty dinner in Page and a good night's rest at your accommodation.

Whether you’re an experienced photographer looking to capture some stunning shots or just a traveler wanting to explore two of nature’s hidden gems, this trip is one for the books! So pack your bags and hit the open road — you’ll be glad you did.


Sunny Samaroo

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