The Horseshoe bend is located on highway 89. It is around 5 miles away from the page, Arizona. It is a highly recommended tourist attraction in Arizona. You will see many backpackers and photographers trying to take their best shot of Horseshoe bend. The Page town is known for Horseshoe bend and antelope canyons. It will better to plan grand canyon and page trip together as the Page is around 110 miles from Grand Canyon national Park. You can check detailed post for Grand canyon Explore the beauty of Grand Canyon in Winter. The name has given due to the shape carved by the Colorado river. From the pictures, you will come to know why I have named “Horseshoe Bend the miraculous curve in the Colorado River”.
Tips to explore Horseshoe bend
- Sunrise and sunset are the best time to do photography at Horseshoe bend.
- Take plenty of water, as there is no facility on the trail
- Wear sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to stay safe in summer.
- At the different time of day, you will see different colors on Horseshoe bend.
- Avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day.
- There are no guard rails at the viewpoint, so don’t get on the edge.
- Watch your footing as the area is a bit rocky.
Horseshoe Bend the miraculous curve
We planned our itinerary such a way that we decided to stay overnight in Page and start our next day early morning to hike at Horseshoe bend. So we left the hotel at 830 in the morning. From page its hardly 5 miles, so not that much drive.
There is plenty of parking available in Horseshoe Bend parking area, but it gets full very easily. Although hiking is only 1.5 miles round trip but the path is sloppy. Hence you climb for a short distance then again downward slope. So it will take anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour depends on your capacity.
As I mentioned earlier there is no facility on the trail, Keep water and snacks with you. It will be great if you can spare 2-3 hours for this spot. Don’t just view from one spot. Better to walk around and enjoy the view from different angles. In summers you will see this place crowded with travelers and photographers.