Horseshoe Bend is located near Page, Arizona and is about 3 miles south of town on Hwy 89. This magnificent bend in the Colorado River sits below Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. It is truly a sight to behold!
We visited this area during a spring break vacation to Lake Powell and Page. While I’d done some reading before our trip, here are 5 things I wish I had known beforehand.
- It’s Popular: Of all the places we visited in and around Page, AZ, Horseshoe Bend was the most crowded. Why is it so popular? See #2. There is a fairly sizable parking area, but we still had to park out by the highway.
- It’s Amazing. I’m sure by now you’ve seen tons of photos of Horseshoe Bend, and of course, this is one of those places where photos don’t do it justice. I think what struck me most was it’s expansiveness. You can take in unobstructed views from several vantage points. It is not just an overlook!
- It’s a Hike. I was a bit surprised how much of a hike it was to get to the great views. We went at the end of the day, so perhaps it would have seemed more leisurely if I hadn’t been tired from our day-o-fun. The distance is longer than I expected, and it wasn’t what I would call flat. Don’t get me wrong, the hike isn’t hard… but it certainly isn’t a place you’d want to take a stroller!
- Time of Day Makes a Difference. If you want to capture a more iconic image of Horseshoe Bend, you might want to pay attention to the time of day you visit. We visited in the late afternoon. I was not thrilled about where the sun was in relation to the view of the bend, so I wasn’t very happy with the photos.
- There is NO Barrier: As I mentioned, it is expansive. You can walk along for quite a ways looking at the bend from various angles. And, at no point is there any kind of railing or barrier. There are many big drop offs! It have bit of a fear of heights, so I stayed back. However, my kiddo was making me nervous bounding around. If I’d realized what it was going to be like, we’d have had a conversation in the car about sticking close to mom and and dad!
All in all, Horseshoe Bend is a don’t miss this activity if you are near Page, Arizona. I’d suggest taking in this iconic view in the morning when you are fresh and the sun is in a more favorable position. Whenever you go, be prepared to enjoy sweeping views unlike anywhere else!