If you’re in search of an incredible natural vista, then Horseshoe Bend is definitely worth a visit. The name was inspired by its unusual shape, a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located four miles southwest of Page, AZ, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Glen Canyon Dam and the popular Lake Powell, the best view is from the steep cliff above Horseshoe Bend.
Horseshoe Bend’s rock walls have a variety of minerals, including hematite, platinum, and garnet. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is 3,200 feet above sea level, which gives this scenic view a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop.
Horseshoe Bend is also just a ¾ mile hike from US Route 89. The trail is steep in some areas, and has some areas of deep sand, so be prepared for a challenge despite the short distance. Bring along your camera – you’ll want to capture this view for posterity.
Horseshoe Bend is near Page, Arizona, where you’ll find plenty of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts, making your visit comfortable and relaxing.
From Utah/Page: Travel south on route 89A. Turn left (east) on route 98/89T and parking is on the left in .5 mile.
From Grand Canyon/Flagstaff/Phoenix: Traveling north on route 89A, proceed with caution past the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. In 1.5 miles, turn right (east) on route 98/89T, and parking is on the left in .5 mile.
From Antelope Canyon/Kayenta: Travel west on route 98/89T past Coppermine Road. Parking will be on the right in .8 mile.
Visitors to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook are required to pay the following entrance fees:
Passenger vehicles (car, truck, SUV, RV, motorhome): $10
Commercial vans with a passenger capacity of 14 or less: $35*
Mid-sized commercial and tour buses with a passenger capacity of 15-35: $70*
Full-size buses with a passenger capacity of 35 or more: $140*
*commercial and touring vehicle fees are determined by vehicle size, not the number of passengers it is carrying.