Majestic Horseshoe Bend

After leaving Grand Canyon National Park, we set our sights on Page, AZ, a small town about two hours northeast. Our first stop was Horseshoe Bend, a majestic place where the Colorado River makes a 270° turn—a sight you can witness from 1,000 feet above it.

Admiring the view.

Admiring the view.

The overlook parking lot is clearly marked on the west side of US 89 heading into Page, just sound of the Glen Canyon Dam National Recreation Area. The overlook is a trek from the car—make sure you have 30-45 minutes to hike the wide path. It’s an uphill climb both ways! You’ll walk up the pathway from the parking lot, expecting to see the river once you make it to the top of the hill, but you’ll be greeted by an even longer trail descending to the overlook. You’ll see people and tripods dotted across the mouth of the river ledge.

Tripods galore!

Tripods galore!

When you finally reach the edge, the view is stunning. Be safe—there is no guardrail, and the rocks near the edge may be eroding beneath your feet—quite literally! (So glad I saw that warning sign on the way back to the parking lot!) Find a spot to sit and admire. We were there at sunset and got to witness the color of the rocks shift in the evening light.

 

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Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend, U.S. 89, Page, AZ, United States

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend, U.S. 89, Page, AZ, United States

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