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Unread 10-07-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Default Tours on Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Zion & Bryce

I'm overwhelmed! There are so many tours and so many agencies that provide them. Some need reservations. Some don't. I need some advice on the most reputable tour guides, preferably ones that don't need reservations, although I will make them if need be. I want to take tours of the South and North rims of Grand Canyon. Do you recommend anything else? I only have two days though. I want to see Upper Antelope Canyon in Page AZ. I am completely unfamiliar with Zion and Bryce. I would love to get some advice!!
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Unread 10-07-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Scottsdale, AZ
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very, very few people take "tours" of these places.....just show up, pay the entrance fee (National Parks), drop in at the visitor center, and see what you want....yes, Antelope Canyon (on Navajo land) does require a tour, but just show up in "downtown" Page and look for the signs in the businesses that offer them....it's all very casual (i.e. slow down and don't be in a rush)......

and two days is not at all enough time to see Zion, Bryce, South Rim, North Rim, and Antelope.....be ready for many hours of driving.....

will you be approaching from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake, or where??....
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Unread 10-07-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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There's no way to do anywhere NEAR all that in two days. Even North and South Rim in two total days of travel is not possible. Pick which area you most want to see, and concentrate on that.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You could charter a plane and fly over all those places.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Oh wait! I meant I only have two days in the Grand Canyon. I have about 5 days to see all of the sites I mentioned.

Thanks for your input so far. Maybe I'm trying to micro-plan too much. azdr, I will arrive in Phoenix by plane. Then drive to Sedona and Flagstaff, spending about a day in each. Then it's off the the Grand Canyon, Page, Zion and Bryce. After that I'm going to make my way over to Colorado, Denver and Boulder. Then it's off the Santa Fe New Mexico. I'll probably see Tao, too. Then I drive back to Phoenix, stopping midway overnight, to fly home. This will be a 16 day trip.

Quite a trip, heh?
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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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You have five days all together, counting the day in Flag and the day in Sedona? Still can't do it. Even if you have five on top of those two, you really can't "tour" the North and South rims in two days. Antelope Canyon I know nothing about, but given its location, you can't tour that, Zion AND Bryce in the time you have left.

Part of the experience of seeing these places (I'm referring to the national parks specifically) is taking the time to fully appreciate and experience them-- not whipping through for a quick look so you can say you've been there. I could say the same about Santa Fe and Taos, not sure what you are planning to see in Denver and Boulder, so I can't comment on that.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Sorry, I guess I haven't been too clear.

I have 5 days for Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Zion and Bryce.

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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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Still not enough time.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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I could actually make it 6 days. Spending 2 in the Grand Canyon. 1 in Page. 1 in Zion (I guess I'd just take a drive through). Then spend 2 days in Bryce.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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It's about a five hour drive from one rim to the other of the Grand Canyon. Unless you want this trip to be like "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium", I think you are being too ambitious to go all the places you've listed for the whole trip in the time you have.

And, visitor services at the North Rim are available only from mid-May to mid-October, according to the park service website. The road will be open (if snow doesn't close it), but there's no services from there to Jacob Lake. When are you planning on going?
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