This is one of the most spectacular tours and best values offered at the Grand Canyon. You will depart the Grand Canyon airport at about 7 a.m. for the 45 minute flight, in a twin engine plane with large viewing windows, to Page and Lake Powell. On the way you will enjoy great views over the Canyon, the Colorado River and the submerged canyons of Lake Powell. Please note that this tour is only available from spring through fall.
Upon landing in Page you will be taken to Antelope Canyon, in a specially converted, high off the ground, off road vehicle. Antelope Canyon is one of the most striking slot canyons known to man. A slot canyon is a narrow canyon sliced through a mesa by the forces of nature. Some canyons measure less than a yard across at the top, but drop a hundred feet or more from the rim to the bottom. Slots are cut and scoured by water and wind, with the striations of the sandstone becoming almost incandescent. From within you will see a palette of colors transmuted by light filtering down from above and bouncing from wall to wall. Antelope Canyon can only be visited using the services of an authorized Navajo Nation guide, from whom you'll have the opportunity to learn something about the history and lore of the Navajo people.
After touring Antelope Canyon you will be taken to the Glen Canyon Dam Wall. The Colorado River flows from Lake Powell out of Glen Canyon Dam, towards Lee's Ferry, the official starting point of raft trips through the Grand Canyon. Today you'll be taking a float trip down the river. The adventure begins with an unusual ride down the two mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. At river level, with the dam soaring almost 600 feet above you, you will board a comfortable, motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream.
For the next fifteen miles, you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell (after whom Lake Powell is named) and others, and the river's modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.
A picnic style lunch is provided on the banks of the Colorado. At historic Lee's Ferry you will be met by a coach or vans to take you back to the Grand Canyon. On the way back you'll have the opportunity to shop at the Cameron Trading Post, one of the best southwestern and Native American souvenir stores anywhere. The total tour duration is about 12 1/2 hours.