A Visit to Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon

I love the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most awe inspiring places in the world to me.

One of the easiest viewpoints for the Colorado River is the little known Horseshoe Bend.

Horseshoe Bend Arizona - Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Bend is located 4-5 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam. It is the first turnoff as you head south of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 towards Flagstaff and Phoenix.

The Colorado River makes a dramatic 270 degree turn which leads to amazing views 1,000 feet above the canyon floor.

You can literally walk right up to the end of the canyon.

Horseshoe Bend Arizona - Grand Canyon

This site has exploded in popularity. As a result the Grand Canyon National Park has expanded the parking lot and done work on the trail. Don’t park on the highway, the expanded parking lot has plenty of room.

The trail is an easy 1.5 mile round trip hike. It took us 10-15 minutes of walking to reach the Horseshoe Bend view point. Most of it is in sand, which isn’t fun, but overall the hike is very easy.

There are no services, so I highly recommend taking your own water. The temperatures were in the high 90’s when we went and it was hot.

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I’m a bit over confident in my approach shoes (hiking shoes with rock climbing rubber – they rock!), so I tend to get right up next to the edges. I don’t recommend following my example.

Next time you are in the Lake Powel area, I highly recommend the short detour to Horseshoe bend. It took us less then 45 minutes and most of that was because I got a bit carried away with pictures.

Additional information can be located here:

National Park Service – Horseshoe Bend

Google Map of the area

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona - Grand CanyonThis post may also be found at Camping.education my site dedicated to the great outdoors.


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