Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend
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This horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River is just a short hike from the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park. The overlook point, which can be accessed via the town of Page, is particularly popular during sunset when the landscape is at its most vibrant, and the iconic turquoise bend glows against the orange cliffs. Although the desert hike is relatively easy, you won’t encounter much shade, so be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. To maximize your time here, join a tour that includes other picturesque sights like Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon. – Tripadvisor
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  • Lee H
    Williamsburg, Kentucky60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convenient stop off 89 in Page, AZ! Awesome! You must see it!
    My husband and I hiked to the Horseshoe Bend overlook. It was a moderate hike down to the overlook and back to the parking lot. They had benches along the path that are covered so you can rest in the shade if needed. The gentleman at the parking gate was so pleasant! I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and kind demeanor. The view of Horsebend was beautiful! Definitely a “must visit”!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Lynette K
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view
    There's a $10 per vehicle entrance fee. They have a walking path to the overlook with 3 covered resting stations. It's about a half mile walk each way and more uphill coming back. Take water and a hat. The view is gorgeous but hard to get the whole thing in.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • jhvcpa
    Knoxville, Tennessee56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convenient stop for a cool natural beauty.
    Its a bit expensive to get in and a good walk down to the edge. The picture shown is from a drone and I believe enhanced. The real view is not so stunning. It is interesting and worth a visit but misleading. We hiked up to some of the higher points to get a better view and to get away from the crowd.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2023
  • bigredtraveler
    Bowling Green, Kentucky49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in Page
    Great experience at sunset. It was crowded, but it's a large area so there were plenty of places for everyone to spread out and get a good view. I'd recommend some bug spray and comfortable walking shoes as it's a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the overlook.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Demon Mike
    Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horseshoe Bend
    Do bot bother to take a tour to Horseshoe Bend if you have your own car. Just drive there and pay the City's $10.00 parking fee. There is a short walk from the carpark to the lookout. The view is fantastic. Take photos. Do not miss this if you are in Page
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • farmpony84
    Fredericksburg, Virginia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horseshoe Bend Trail Ride - perfect experience
    We took the 2 hour horseshoe Bend trail ride. It was a walk trail on well kept horses with a terrific guide. He gave us a small history lesson and shared some of his culture with us. We had the best view of the Bend. On the ride we saw several lizards and hawks. I think this was my favorite part of the trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We were not sure whether to undertake this but decided for $10 it was worth a look. Approx an easy 20 minute hike from car park to a location that is quite breathtaking. Also feels precarious watching where some people stood at the edge. Quite a fabulous overlook though, well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • A K L
    Nottingham, United Kingdom317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view
    We were staying in Page and took a short drive out to visit this outlook. The cost of entry was $10. Take your own water as none is available on site. It is an easy 15 minute walk down to the viewpoint with a couple of shelters for shade on the way. Well worth it got the stunning view. Be sure to squeeze this short trip in to your schedule.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend a stop. Worth it!
    We went late afternoon. I think morning sun is the best for photos of the canyon. It costs ten dollars to park in the lot. Walk about a half mile or so to the viewing area. The path is wide and sandy, and relatively flat. It can get busy, but the viewing area is quite large allowing you to take the photos you want.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • aliaud2016
    Phoenix, Arizona6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Include this in your plans while in Page, AZ
    This is worth the walk. Absolutely stunning view. The trail is groomed and easy to navigate if you have some hiking skills. There is a fee to get in - per car. This is a short distance from the site of the antelope canyon tours and is worth your effort and time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
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Mildred B
Long Beach, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
At Horseshoe Bend, I stood in awe as the Colorado River curved around towering cliffs. Despite the crowd, the sight was unforgettable—a raw connection to nature's beauty.
Written 18 May 2024
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Horseshoe Bend was on both my girlfriend's an my own Bucket Lists. We are both avid photographers, so this was one of the big stops on our Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/Zion trip.

As has been mentioned, there is a $10 parking fee to get in, which is a bargain. There are "fancy" pit toilets up by the parking area. You then walk out the the Bend overlook. It is the desert all the way out, so bring water for sure. They have installed shade areas with seating every so often, which will be nice in the summer. Once you are there, you sort of jockey for a good spot to get some pictures. Even on a weekday in March, it was very busy. There is an area with a railing and then a whole area past that that you can walk/climb on for different aspects. Be careful. It was not as if you are on the edge of a cliff, but I'm sure some people think they can go right up to it and get that crazy Instagram photo and there is nothing stopping them from falling off a cliff in the process.

I suggest you bring at least a 16mm wide angle lens or wider with you if you are bringing a camera. 16mm may be pushing it if you want the whole bend in the photo. My Samsung S22 Ultra's wide angle was perfect for it.

Also, the walk there and back is a little strenuous as it is not flat, so take your time if it is very hot out. I'm sure people overdo it there.
Written 9 May 2024
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Seabrookgal
Beverly, NJ487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Horseshoe Bend is an amazing site in Glen Canyon Recreational Area. We were told that it used to be much more difficult to access with unpaved paths. But today, there is a paved path with several places to sit down along the way. Going to the bend, it's mostly downhill and maybe 1/2 mile? Getting back to the parking area is mostly uphill and more difficult. There is no place to get a drink along the way, so make sure to bring water and wear a hat.

Horseshoe Bend is a sandstone escarpment carved by the Colorado River. The red stone is stunning and it's hard to get a bad photo here. There is a $10 charge to park in the lot. Although we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Horseshoe Bend, we were more than a little unnerved by how many people climb on the rocks, outside the fenced area. Many do so for pictures and/or selfies and we heard that each year, a few tourists end up losing their lives by falling into the canyon. You can apparently get great sunset photos here, although we went in the late afternoon. The park closes at dusk.
Written 7 May 2024
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Claudia P
Corbett46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved it so much. Went around 1 pm and had amazing views with good lighting for photos. The trail is easy, well-paved with 2 shaded areas. I use a cane and had no trouble. Take water!
Written 5 May 2024
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Kiki
Minneapolis, MN82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
OPEN HOURS: sunrise to sunset.

NO DRONE ZONE

FOOD/DRINKS: None available. (Fast food options close by.)
Free water stations: NO

RESTROOMS: YES
Restrooms easy to find: Yes, back left of parking lot. 8 individual handicap stalls, no sink.

PARKING COST: $5 for motorcycle; $10 car, $35 commercial size bus/van.
PARKING: Yes, plenty of spots.

WORTH IT: YES!

LENGTH OF TIME spent here: 1 hour or less.

Perfect time of day to go: Anytime! Preferably morning- not so hot hiking.

For Kids/Couples: Anyone!

TRAIL/WALKING/STAIRS: No stairs! Trail is gravel. Jogger stroller accessible. Wheelchair would have a hard time through gravel. 15 min walk down to viewpoint and 15 min walk back to parking lot. Trail starts close to where you paid to get in; off to right of parking lot. Gradual descend down to lookout. NO SHADE/trees on trail. NO bathrooms on trail or by lookout.
BENCHES to sit on: There are 2 wind shields on trail that people sat on that provide little shade if the sun is in the right spot. Not really a bench.

Need to bring water: YES!
Sunscreen: YES & hat! Does get windy! Hold on to hat!
Special shoes/clothes: wear tennis shoes!

Bag/purse restrictions/security/lockers: NO LOCKERS!
Written 4 May 2024
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ipikman1
Metairie, LA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
a great view! free rein to walk around as long as you want. long walk from parking lot. rolling 1/4- 1/2 mile trek on gravel path.
Written 29 April 2024
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smylie73
Brisbane, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went just before sunset but lighting would be much better early morning.
Crowds were insane!
A breathtaking view of the Colorado River, definitely recommend
Written 25 April 2024
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IrishChief
Monmouth County, NJ392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It’s obviously a one of a kind thing to see. The walk can be hot, so be prepared with water and sunscreen if you need it. There is a charge to park.
Written 20 April 2024
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Mimimama08
L'Orignal, Canada42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A short walk to the viewpoint rewards you with an impressive view of Horseshoe Bend. Even though it wasn’t the height of the tourist season, you need to navigate and wait your turn for photo opportunities.
Written 17 April 2024
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Jessica H
Petaluma, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We drove out here after our tour at Antelope Canyon. It was $10 to park and an easy walk less than a mile to see the river bend. I recommend going to see it.
Written 12 April 2024
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