It’s one thing to see pictures of Horseshoe Bend, but it’s another thing entirely to be here in person. There are lots of viewing areas of the turn in the river from atop the cliff, and you can climb around and find all sorts of different angles. It’s a short hike from the nice parking area to the viewing area, but there aren’t any other facilities, as a heads up.
If you’re in search of an incredible natural vista, then Horseshoe Bend is definitely worth a visit. The name was inspired by its unusual shape, a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located four miles southwest of Page, AZ, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Glen Canyon Dam and the popular Lake Powell, the best view is from the steep cliff above Horseshoe Bend.
This is truly one of the most beautiful spots in America. I think most travelers drive right by it without even knowing it is there. The parking lot for Horseshoe Bend is on the west side of the highway and there is a tiny sign pointing the way. No matter what you do, pull off and do this fairly easy hike. Even if it is tough for you to get up that initial hill, the rest of the hike is an easy downhill hike to the lookout point. BRING YOUR CAMERA as you will want to take dozens of pictures--it is just that beautiful!
Don't let the hike scare you--you can see the hardest part from the parking lot--just an uphill hike but it is on a very sandy pathway so it is quite slippery. I don't think you'd be able to take a wheelchair and a stroller would be very difficult as well. Definitely keep your little ones close by--do not let them run ahead! I'm not usually afraid of heights but being on that edge is quite scary and if I was there with my kids, I'd be quite nervous. That being said, this is easily one of the most beautiful places in America and should be put on the top of your list if you are in the area around the Grand Canyon and Page. WELL worth the side trip!
Actually sitting on the edge of a 3000ft drop... makes this experience way more real than the millions of pictures you’ll see on the internet. You have to visit the Horseshoe Bend, it is an iconic USA location of natural beauty!
Be careful of vertigo... gravity has a habit of pulling you closer to the edge, just like that ring did to Frodo! *We were there on a completely still day... not so sure you’d want to stand near to the edge on a windy day.
Bucket List Location! Do it!
One of the few places I've ever been in my life that is 100% as stunning and gorgeous as the photos you've seen. Horseshoe Bend might be one of the most incredible natural attractions to behold in the whole U.S.
It's about a half mile walk from the parking lot to the cliff overlooking Horseshoe Bend--be sure and bring a water bottle, and be prepared to walk through a bunch of sand. Once you get to the edge of the cliff get ready for a jaw-dropping view into the riverbed and the rock formation. As Daryn said, the experience of looking out over such a sheer drop is amazing in and of itself. Seriously, no matter what if you are ANYWHERE close to this area you have to go visit Horseshoe Bend.
We rafted with the Colorado River Discovery tour, then hiked up to Horseshoe Bend. What a memorable day!
Simply amazing. Located just outside of Page AZ this is a spectacular view. there is a steep incline, followed by a steep decline to get to the viewing point, made all the more difficult to navigate due to the loose sand underfoot. But once there you can stroll around to find a less crowded area to take pics.
Totally worth the effort and any detour you have to make to get there. Recommend Sunset / sunrise to take the most spectacular images.
Spectacular!!!!! About a mile hike to this location so make sure you bring your water if going in the summer. Worth it. A little unnerving to be so close to the edge without any barrier, and with older kids my heart never stopped pounding.
It's about a mile walk from the parking area to the edge but there is a huge space that you can walk around but as stated pay attention you can go right up to the edge and it's easy to lose your footing especially if you're not paying attention.
Absolutely beautiful! A must see! The short hike in the sand is very worth it. Happy I got to check this off of my bucket list!
Went there this past spring, after having taken a rafting trip from Glen Canyon Dam to the bend and back. It's amazing to think how high up you are above the water (at least 1,000 feet!). Though it does need to be pointed out - ALWAYS pay attention to where you're stepping on the rim - some of it is actually hanging above the rim, and there's no railing anywhere.
Unbelievably breathtaking!! Like all the reviews say, definitely worth the hike!
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