Horseshoe Bend – Arizona

By | 17 March, 2015

Horseshoe Bend – Arizona

Horseshoe Bend Az is one of the most iconic images of the southwest. Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. Visiting Horseshoe Bend is FREE.

Horseshoe Bend Arizona

Horseshoe Bend Arizona

Visiting Horseshoe Bend AZ

IHorseshoe-Bend_MG_3868If you are visiting or passing Lake Powell in Northern Arizona its a “must see”, definitely add to your tick list. It’s a 3/4 mile walk up a gentle incline along a dusty path from the parking area.Horseshoe-Bend_IMG_3870

Although this amazing site involves a bit of walking, it can be done by nearly anyone.

 Viewing and Photographing Horseshoe Bend

The Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above. The overlook is 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!

Here’s some great photos of my good friend Jeff (brave or mad) capturing this amazing place.

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Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona

Where is Horseshoe Bend AZ

Located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.

It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park.

Our Visit to Horseshoe Bend AZ

Horseshoe-Bend_IMG_3884My Wife (Debs) and I visited during our honeymoon tour of the Southwest on the 9th day of our adventure, 29th October 2010. The previous day was spent in the amazing Monument Valley and we were on our way to Lake Powell. Horseshoe-Bend_IMG_3874Debs had seen the famous photograph of Horseshoe Bend previously and wanted to experience it for real. Wow what a fantastic experience at Horseshoe Bend.