Hike to Horseshoe Bend
Arizona › Horseshoe Bend Trailhead
Added by Tiffany Nguyen
Plenty of parking, the sheer size of the bend allows for plenty of roomDuration: 1 hour
Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona is classic bucket list material and for good reason. Even if they don’t know what it’s called or where it is, everyone has seen this famous spot somewhere. Rest assured; pictures cannot convey the massive scale of this place. From your vantage point 1,000 feet above the Colorado River, the deep blue of the water starkly contrasts with the carved sandstone walls making for a stunning scene that you’ll never forget. The view will never look the same during your visits; the color of the walls and water change colors depending on what time of day you're there.
Getting here is simple; it’s right off Highway 89 and is hard to miss. The large lot means you never have to compete with the crowds for parking. The temperature varies greatly depending on the time of year and it can be quite windy on the edge of the cliff, so come prepared and be careful. The weather can change very quickly so be sure to check the weather report before venturing out. A wide angle lens or fish eye lens is definitely necessary if you want to capture the entire bend in your shots. Explore above the rim to get the best unobstructed view. There can be a lot of tourists here, but it’s so big that it will never feel crowded.
- Camera with wide angle lens
- Comfortable shoes
- Warm clothes depending on the weather
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Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon- the perfect combo pack.
I've wandered out to Horseshoe Bend twice and both time loved it. Although there are crowds of people, you can escape them by wandering to the right or left once you arrive at the bend. Also, I suggest going when the sun is high in the sky, or you'll be photographing mostly dark shadows in the bend. If there are clouds in the sky that will make for an epic sunset, then go at sunset.
Top Bucket list Item
Finally got to see the number one thing on my bucket list! This has been number one since I saw a picture of it when I was in Cub Scouts! It did not disappoint! No wonder there were hundreds of people there on a Wednesday afternoon.
Awesome to see, but very crowded.
This is a great stop to take if you are in Page. It is a very short hike from the parking spot to the overlook. You will experience a large crowd while you are there, but it is definitely worth the stop.
Worth the stop
Every bit as beautiful as the photos—but the photos don't show the crowd. Unreal amount of people at the parking lot and the cliff at sunset in September. Hundreds. Tripods, selfie sticks, buses. I recommend carefully climbing down the cliffside a bit onto a lower ledge so you can get the view along with a bit of solitude, if you're able.
Do it at least once
Seeing photos of this iconic location everywhere, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. However, this place is way more grand than any photo can express. I was astounded at how many people were at this location, yet it gave an interesting perspective and sense of scale.
I've always wanted to go here and when I got there I was speechless, it is so much better in person than in a photo. It is just so beautiful and although there was a lot of people it didn't feel crowded and I got some awesome shots with my fish eye lens. Overall a wonderful experience.
Photographers: Sadly, very overshot.
I got here in hopes of photographing this place and coming out with a portfolio piece. I researched this place too much and just couldn't find creativity here, its been very overshot. Get Creative, go at night and shoot the Milky Way or something! I went at sunset...
This short hike is a must if you're in the Page area. It's easy, beautiful, and best of all -- free! Mid day does bring in tour buses but there are plenty of rocks and ledges and if you're creative, you can hop on one of the and get a great "solo" shot.
Horseshoe Bend is typically a biannual stop for me. It's easy to get to, it's free, and it gives you the sense of feeling small. Sunsets at this place are damn near perfect. If you go in the fall, winter, or early spring bring a jacket. The wind can make the cold feel like it's cutting straight through your bones.
This is a fantastic view, and totally worth the detour you might have to make to see it. If it's particularly crowded when you go, try going more over to the right, there will be less people and less rocks below you to block the view of the water.
Pack it out.
This spot is every bit as beautiful as everyone says it is...unfortunately, I found it to be littered with hundreds of empty water bottles and other trash. If you can, bring an empty trash bag so you can pack some of it out...at the very least, pack out what you pack in. Also, there's no bathroom at the trailhead, so plan ahead. If you're a photographer, you'll regret not bringing a lens wider than 24mm.
Add this to your bucketlist!
This place is so easy to get to, and the place is huge! I love how the water is so blue, and the canyon is orange. Such a perfect contrast! And it's a great place to view the sunset too, because it sets directly in front of you.
Bucket List for any photographer!
This is one of the most amazing places I've had the privilege to photograph. Make sure to bring a wide angle lens for this vast landscape to capture it all! Also a sunset here is breathtaking and guarantees to give that "wow factor" to your audience you share your photos with!
A Southwest USA Icon
Horseshoe Bend is an unforgettable place. If you find yourself in the area, don't miss it! I made the mistake of going to Antelope Canyon (in the same town of Page) and didn't even know Horseshoe Bend existed at the time. I went back, and it was well worth it. It's pretty incredible to realize that there's a 1,000 foot drop beneath you down to the winding Colorado River below. For even more interesting vantage points, continue past the popular viewing area to the right to get a view of the true height of the cliffs with tiny people for comparison. NOTE: this is not a 1.5 mile hike like the post says. It's more like a 1/4 mile round trip from the parking lot. Much shorter.
This really is an amazing experience. Take the whole family. Be careful around the cliff edge. It's sandstone and you never know when the cliff might give or break. There has been accidents and deaths in the past. Still a great and short hike for amazing view of the canyon and area. Highly recommend it!
Makes you realize how much beauty there is around you.
One word, breathtaking. There's ample parking and the hike is straightforward. Bring a good amount of water! And if you're just using your phone to take photos, try to get a hold of the selfie-stick. As much as I hate that thing (when used in crowded public spaces) it will really help you get some great angles. Be careful around the edges cause there are some loose rocks and also gaps you can slip in to. This is only minutes away from the Antelope Canyon so you'll be able to visit both these locations the same day.
went here this weekend and it was definitely worth the short walk! we went in the middle of the day (which was still extremely beautiful) but heard from many people that sunset and sunrise are the best times to go view the bend
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