As you plan your trip to Northern Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is a must see! Horseshoe Bend, which is technically located in Glen Canyon, is an intimate Grand Canyon experience. Just so you are aware, Horseshoe Bend is about a 3/4 mile out hike (roughly 1.3 mile out and back) located just outside of Page, Arizona that is good for all skill levels. It’s an easy to moderate trail depending on who you are.
Pictures don’t do it justice so we recommend that you see it for yourself! It’s truly breathtaking!Travel To The Next
Getting To The Trail
Horseshoe Bend is approximately 5 miles south of Carl Hayden Visitor Center on U.S. Hwy 89. Just south of highway marker 545, turn at the Horseshoe Bend sign onto the dirt road which ascends the small hill where you can park your car at the base of the hill. Just a heads up: vehicles cannot go beyond the end of the parking lot at the base of the hill.
Review Of The Horseshoe Bend
Overlooking the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, and 7 miles north of mile zero of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend is one of the most spectacular views ever! This is is not overstated! It is absolutely amazing. We watched the sunset at Horseshoe Bend and it was remarkably scenic and romantic.
Getting to the overlook is more of a short walk, than a hike in our opinion, but be sure to bring water, good shoes, sunscreen and even bug spray (FYI: there are lots of flies!). Nevertheless, the “hike”, which is anywhere from 10-15 minutes, has beautiful views throughout as you continue through the inclined, trodden path of deep sand. Unfortunately, there are LOTS and LOTS of people, and it can get particularly crowded with hundreds of tourists in the afternoon and throughout sunset. It has certainly increased in popularity annually. There are no rails or fencing by the rocky and craggy 1200 FT drop, and 82 people have fallen over the years so be careful!
Once you arrive at the ledge, you can climb up higher and higher on the rocks to get the best views. As you stand on the edge of the canyon, you can take incredible photos overseeing the river. When planning your hike, make sure you get there early to see the sunset and even stay after sunset to get a beautiful glimpse of the stars.
In sum, Horseshoe Bend is an incredible nature vista and highly memorable. Pictures don’t do it justice so we recommend that you see it for yourself! It’s truly breathtaking! 🙂
Have you ever been to Horseshoe Bend or are you planning on going? If so, please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below 🙂