|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 1:15 PM|
Horseshoe Bend | Mountain Matron
Horseshoe Bend is a radical 270° curve carved by the Colorado River 1,000ft below the walls of Glen Canyon. The iconic, scenic, and boisterous views of Horseshoe Bend are a must-see if visiting the area. The parking it free, no permit required, and no reservations need to be made. Simply stop as you’re passing by.
The blue-green water beneath the red-orange rim of the canyon mystify the mind, simultaneously stimulating your vision, leaving you speechless. Millions of visitors every year marvel in the iconic view of Horseshoe Bend, 4,000 ft. above sea level. Looking over the edge it's hard to immediately imagine this isn't the greatest thing to do in Coconino County. Standing center of the Grand Circle, in Navajo Nation, near the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. -- your extraordinary adventures of the southwest are endless.
The hike was short for most, 1.5-2 miles round trip. The trail is soft sand and has a short but steep hill you’ll need to climb. You will see many in unorthodox hiking-shoes, and no real preparation, don’t let that be you. We suggest you bring decent footwear and 1 liter of water per person, at the very least. We watched all ages and fitness levels find their way to the canyons’ bend.
[ a photo from our parking spot as we left]
Horseshoe Bend, is just south of Page, Arizona, on U.S. Route 89 with vivid landscape of the Navajo Nation as you drive in either direction. Entering from the south you find the Horseshoe Bend Overlook Sign just before entering Page, and turn left to enter the parking lot. Visiting from the north, you follow US-89 south from Glen Canyon Dam for 5.3 miles, you will see the Horseshoe Bend Overlook Sign and turn right to enter the parking lot. The parking lot 40 minutes before sunset was quite busy, but manageable.
[ the invasive gap of Horseshoe Bend as you approach the overlook at sunset]
Things You Need To Know
- No Shade
- Uneven Terrain
- Sand Trail
- Short & Steel Hill
- No Fee or Permit Required
- Restrooms Located in Parking Lot
- Open Year Around
- Bring Water
We suggest you take an hour or more to visit the Horseshoe Bend overlook. Most stay for less than 30 minutes and you're likely to get that great viewing spot with a little patience. You can find a ton of information about times to photograph the bend and get the perfect photo, but we would enjoy this view any time of day. Take caution when you approach the edge, it's a scary 1,000ft. drop, and there will be no railing for your error in judgement or collapse of the foundation.
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*The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in the United States, many would agree the landscape is the most picturesque as well. When you’re a visitor to any tribal nation it’s important you be mindful of their culture, tradition, people and land. Traveling on the Navajo Nation you must remember that you are on a self-governing nation, and just as you would overseas, obey all tribal laws and regulations.
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