Horseshoe Bend

You may have seen pictures of Horseshoe Bend outside of Page, Arizona. It is a beautiful landmark (shaped like a horseshoe) on the Colorado River, and has become quite popular on social media. It is 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. In fact, on your way to Horseshoe Bend, you can stop and walk along the dam area and enjoy some cool views.

From Kanab, drive east on Highway 89 towards Page, AZ. From Page, continue south on Hwy 89 to between mileposts 544 and 545. The city of Page just completed a parking area, which you will be able to see from Hwy 89. There is a fee to park and access the trailhead, which begins just off of the parking area. The hike itself is well-maintained but sandy, so wear appropriate shoes. In addition to the view of the river itself, stop and enjoy the different rock formations.

Since 2018, the area has become a popular tourist destination, so be prepared to hike with some moderate crowds. There is also no shade along the hike, so bring lots of water and sunscreen. The hike has some elevation gain, but it is still a family-friendly hike.

The overlook is a cliff 1,000 feet above the Colorado River. Millions of years ago, a shift in tectonic plates pushed land in Utah and Arizona upward, causing a meander in the river. Over time, rock and stone was eroded by the river, forming the cliff we see today. Don’t forget your camera as you’ll want to take pictures of this breathtaking view from every angle.

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