Horseshoe Bend, Page
Horseshoe Bend, Page - Address
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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A worthwhile visit if you're in the region. These are a few things you should take into consideration. COST: 5/5 There is no entrance cost, and you can stay as long as you like during opening hours (sunrise to sunset). VIEW: 5/5 Very beautiful no matter what time of the day. I would say in order to get the best shot of the canyon all lit up and the water really blue, visit in the early afternoon (2pm-4pm). If you visit before 10am, there might not be much crowd, but the canyon walls will be dark. AMENITIES: 2/5 To access the canyon, you'd have to hike from the parking lot for half a mile. The hike is sandy with lots of up and down hill, so very hard to walk. There is no shady areas to rest except 1 tiny post close to the parking lot. It is also very crowded so chance are you won't be able to find a place to rest. Beware of sun stroke. There are no shops that sell water or food, so bring snacks. Otherwise you will get dehydrated super quick. We were lucky to find some shady spots right on the ledge of the canyon for a few moments of respite. But if it's busy, these spots will be filled up. There are public bathrooms at the parking lot.
Do not wear sandals. HOT SAND! The walk does not seem far until you realize it's over 100 F (114 F to be exact -- the day we went). Don't underestimate the water....BRING 2 BOTTLES. Take breaks. The view is breathtaking...so is the heat! Enjoy the view once there. Try to not focus on the fact you will have to walk UPHILL IN SAND to get back to the car. Seriously, worth the view and visit, but be prepared.
Huge bang for your buck. Because the only cost is hiking down through a very sandy route. Come get here fast before they build the silly railing and viewing structure. This is not handicapped friendly, or elderly friendly. The sand can be very difficult to walk though for healthy people. It can be very tiring as well. But so worth it. Parking is usually available but can fill up fast in peak months.
They are constructing a new trail and will be adding hand rails next year. Construction was happening on the trail when I was there.Glad I went when I did, not sure how the rails will affect the photo ops and the scenery in general. That said, the bend did not disappoint, so beautiful. Then I drove to the north rim of the Grand Canyon and that was a magnificent drive as well, truly recommend it.
Situated a couple of miles from the sleepy town of Page, this place is an absolute delight and a must visit. Best time to visit should be around noon when the Sun is high and shines brightly on the rocks. The hike from the parking lot to the Bend and back would be about three quarters of a mile and should take half an hour.. The views are completely gorgeous and worth the hard work you put into hiking..