Horseshoe Bend

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By: Robert Fayette – March 29, 2017

Arizona is primarily known for it’s vast desert, professional sports teams and the Grand Canyon National Park.

Horseshoe Bend is a natural wonder carved out over a million years by the Colorado River as it’s way down the Grand Canyon.  The sweeping panoramic views from the outlook 1,100 feet above the Colorado River are for travelers of all ages and fitness levels.

Getting To Horseshoe Bend:

Horseshoe Bend is located south of Page, Arizona.  From Page, head south on Highway 89 for 5.1 miles.  Coming south towards Page, turn left into the dirt parking lot once you see the sign for Horseshoe Bend Overlook sign.

The conditions at Horseshoe Bend can be very dry and warm depending on the time of year.  Before departing your vehicle, it is recommended to wear proper footwear and bring along an adequate amount of water for the hike.  The trail departs from the parking lot uphill for several minutes until you reach the gazebo halfway to the overlook.  The remainder of the trail is downhill quickly providing views of the canyon.

Depending on the time of day, the overlook can be very busy with foot traffic coming and going.  If you’re looking to avoid large crowds and warm weather in the summer, it is recommended to visit the overlook early in the morning.  Afternoon is the ideal time for capturing the overlook as the sun sets.

There are plenty of areas along the overlook to view Horseshoe Bend, but please remember that there are no railings along the end of the cliff.

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Heading downhill from the gazebo to the outlook.

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