One of the American Southwest’s “small wonders”, Horseshoe Bend is located in near the sleepy town of Page, Arizona, United States. You must have seen a lot of pictures of Horseshoe Bend on social media sites due to its horseshoe-shaped 270-degree curved view of the Colorado River.
The most stunning images might seem pale in comparison to actually standing on the edge of the canyon and looking at the river. The river flows from the right side of your view, completely around the bend, and exits to the left. Go early in the morning to watch as the sunrise over the orange rocks (Navajo Sandstone) while illuminating them with majestic sandstone colours.
Not many know that the Grand Canyon is surrounded by many small canyons and Horseshoe Bend is often expected to be in the Grand Canyon. However, Horseshoe Bend is technically located in Glen Canyon which is about an hour north from the Grand Canyon. Now visitors are adding it to their Grand Canyon experience… it makes one feel like they are “IN” the Grand Canyon…
How to Reach the Horseshoe Bend?
The Horseshoe bend is accessible through 3/4 mile hike just outside of Page, Arizona. Overlooking the Colorado River, this beauty offers majestic views that can be captured from different angles. We’d recommend going early with your camera and tripod to avoid the influx of tourists. While Navajo sandstone, unlike its name, is extremely safe to walk on, the danger lies where the exposed rocks lay on the tops and sides, so signs warn visitors to be careful on the ledges of the canyon.
Please be watchful while you are taking pictures near the edge or if you have children with you on this trip as there are no railings for safety. Since the overlook is almost 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop from the edge. So, it’s better to be cautious, yeah?
New Changes and Rules for Visiting
Recently, there have been few changes to handle the traffic due to its skyrocketing popularity—all thanks to INSTAGRAM. As Bend attracts crowds to the single parking lot that serves the single trail to see it, the park service is now going to start charging an entry fee. As reported by USA Today, Visitors will now pay $10 per vehicle to park in the newly expanded lot and Motorcyclists will pay $5.
Buses will be charged between $35 to $140 (based on the number of passengers). The report noted that although Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, National Park Service passes will not be accepted. Also, parking will only be allowed in the lot and not on the street. If there are no spots available, visitors will be asked to return later.
Go ahead and plan your trip to Page, Arizona to visit this natural wonder and do let us know how was your experience in the comments below!