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Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

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Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

My wife and I were thinking of visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon during a 5 to 6 day trip around the holidays next year. We have been to both parks and would like to experience them with less crowds and maybe some snow. However, we are now thinking that it may be a better idea to visit Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley instead, because we have not been to that Area.

Do you guys feel a visit to Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December is worthwhile? Or, do you think we'd be better off returning to Zion and Bryce, and save Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley for a time when we could visit when days are longer and temperatures are a little higher?

Thanks for your input.

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1. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

First note to make is that Antelope Canyon at Page, and Monument Valley, will not occupy 5-6 days of time. You still have time to include Zion, or better yet Bryce(where you will find winter and snow)

Page and Monument Valley do not experience a lot of snow in the winter. Both locations can be pleasant in the winter, and definitely less crowded.

Look at spending a good one night at Monument Valley. Seeing the valley from the visitor center does not take long, but definitely take a public valley and backcountry tour by one of the native providers in the area.

Antelope Canyons in Page is also seen by tour. You have upper and lower to choose from. You can also choose other less known tours in the area as well, but most of the lake tours and the river tour will be shut down for the winter. In the area you also will find Horseshoe Bend, and Glen Canyon Dam/Carl Hayden Center. Plan on a night or two.

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2. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

Page AZ, which is the town near Antelope Canyon, on it's own is not a vacation destination. Since the primary purpose in Page is to support the huge tourist industry that converges on Lake Powell during the summer months, the town will be very quiet. You can do an Antelope Canyon tour and visit Horseshoe Bend in a day. Add in a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam and Wahweap overlook for sunset and you've done about all there will be to do in December. There are tour boat trips on Lake Powell in December, but the schedule is limited and don't even run if there aren't at least 15 people signed up. The boat tour to Rainbow Bridge only runs on Saturdays.

You'll be doing a lot of driving from Las Vegas for a night at MV and Page. I'd suggest that you focus on Zion and Bryce and maybe driving the famous scenic by way highway 12 for a quick visit to Capitol Reef.

Save MV and Page as part of a longer trip to the national parks in eastern Utah (Arches/Canyonlands and possibly Mesa Verde).

Edited: 14 January 2016, 22:50
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3. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

There is never a bad time to visit northern AZ. Personally, I find Monument Valley to be stunning if there is a presence of snow. Antelope Canyon is always beautiful and the prospect of visiting when crowds are minimized would be most attractive. I hate to say it, but in recent years, the popularity of Antelope canyons as has outgrown their ability to accommodate demand. I won't go there again during busy seasons.

Unfortunately most of the other reasons to visit Page, i.e. Lake Powell and Glen Canyon aquatic activities are inactive in the winter cold. The scenery is still there, but access is limited.

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4. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

Thanks for your input guys. We have a lot to think about. Good thing we are planning in advance.

We like the sound of small crowds, and are not that interested in a boat tour of "Lake" Powell, so we are still strongly considering hitting Page, Monument Valley, and adding Mesa Verde. That seems like a niced pace 5-6 day loop coming and going out of Phoenix, with maybe a night in Sedona on the tail end.

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5. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

Be advised that a night in Sedona will have you going home to plan your next vacation at Sedona. You'll discover that Sedona needs and deserves most of a week.

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6. Re: Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in late December?

We have been to Sedona - and you're right, we love it.

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