Horseshoe Bend, Page
Horseshoe Bend - A Quick Overview[Contribute/Review]
Address: U.S. 89, Page, AZ 86040, United States
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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About Horseshoe Bend, Page
This overlook over the Colorado River is one of the most dramatic sights you’ll find on the grand canyon. From the top of the meander’s mesa is a 1000 feet or 300 metre drop into the water. The red sandstone canyon walls, the aquamarine mineral rich water below and the blue sky above all create a ridiculously good photo opportunity. Throw in a sunset and words literally cannot describe the beauty of this place.
An important distinction to note is that this guide is not directing you to the top of the mesa itself. Rather, from the US Route 89, about 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, there is a 1.5 kilometer access trail that will take you to an overlook above Horseshoe Bend. The mesa itself is on the other side of the river.
Horseshoe Bend Information
- Don’t wear flip flops. Wear sturdy shoes.
- Don’t let kids mess around the edge.
- Bring lots of water. This can get HOT.
Horseshoe Bend Opening and Closing Hours
- Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 4:30pm.
How To reach Horseshoe Bend by Public Transport
- Drive to the parking area and then walk downhill to the overlook.
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Horseshoe Bend, Page Reviews
Come and stop by here when you are on your way to Grand Canyon or around Las Vegas! It's incredible! Really a beautiful place to see the sunset and even just to sit down enjoying the view. Be prepared to walk for around 3o minutes in sand and hills but but awaiting scenery is drop dead gorgeous. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, bring a lot of water and be careful when you walk around. Watch out extra carefully if you have kids with you.
Fantastic grand vista lookout with short walk from parking lot and everything is free. It's nice to be able to see a place that hasn't been taken over by the US Park Services yet. Of course, with that, comes personal responsibility. It's easy to get near the edge for a cool photo, but what you can't see is how thick the rocks are that you are walking out on when you get near the edge. Some of them are quite thin and people have died here getting too close to the edge or taking selfies. But hey, life is a risk, and so is standing at the edge of a 1000 ft cliff. Might as well get a good picture out of it! By the way, this thing is MUCH huger than it looks in photos. It's so big, it almost makes you a little dizzy, but certainly worth the visit especially since it is such a short drive right outside Page.
After parking in the Horseshoe Bend Parking Lot, you'll take a 1 mile (1.6 km) round-trip hike to see Horseshoe Bend itself and it's worth it, even with the hundreds (yes) of people vying for an unobstructed view of the gorgeous work the Colorado River has done. As with all explorations of this kind, be sure you're prepared with the proper footwear and water, no matter the temperature! You'll want to be hands free, too, in case you trip as the ground is unstable.
Went 8:30 AM and the crowd was very light. The hike is not long but there is quite a little hill to get up and over. Elderly folks or very young could have trouble. Plus you are walking in sand so it's even more challenging. It is well worth it though. Absolutely amazing views. Breath taking. AND FREE!!
The view is spectacular, but that's where it ends. Expect to run into multitudes of people throughout the day. The dirt parking lot fills quickly and overflow goes on to the shoulders of Hwy 89. The place was teeming with people, many coming from cars, but just as many disgorged from numerous tour buses. Coming at sunrise or sunset? Those are the most crowded times due to how the reddish light makes the bend look even more stunning. I do note there is construction that will bring significant improvements, especially with safety by adding guard rails to prevent falls. The fact it was unseasonably warm doubtless contributed to the crowd. Bottom line: the view is like the pictures and worth seeing in real life. However, expect to share it with many, many other people - especially during weekends and holidays. If you're expecting solitude like the stock photographs suggest, you probably aren't going to find it.
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