Hike to Horseshoe Bend



1.5 miles

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Added by Tiffany Nguyen

Plenty of parking, the sheer size of the bend allows for plenty of room. Duration: 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.

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Beautiful view

The view of the lake is really nice. The area is actually really big. There is so much to see here and the short hike makes it very easily accessible.

Beautiful Viewpoint

The hike to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is easy and family friendly. The view of the river below is beautiful. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a stop

about 1 year ago


Pull up to the parking lot and there is a short hike to the edge of the cliff where Horseshoe Bend is. Be careful, there are steep drop offs.


Just like the description and so many of the reviews before me, this place is incredible! Vast, breathtaking, vibrant, and awe-inspiring are some descriptors of this beauty! Easy to get to, free parking, and the ability to just roam around! Keep on eye on your kids. Don't be dumb with selfies and cliffs.

Bucket List Location

Horseshoe Bend is a classic bucket list location in the west. The depth of the canyon is breathtaking. It's hard to capture the grand scale of everything in photos, but seeing it in person and watching a tiny boat cruise down the Colorado River really put it into perspective! The hike to reach the bend is short and well maintained and its popularity due to social media obviously means there will be crowds. But the canyon rim is really wide so there is plenty of room to find solitude.


about 1 year ago

Americana at its best

Likely the most famous view in the west. Can be very crowded. If in the area it’s a must do. Short but semi challenging hike for some.

Beautiful, but overcrowded

Horseshoe Bend was the perfect place to get out of our vehicle, stretch our legs and go for a short hike. Beware, the trail is well-marked, but sandy and insanely overcrowded. This trail might be difficult for those with physical limitations and is around 1.5 miles round trip. That being said, the view is absolutely stunning and there is plenty of space to venture off trail and take photos of landscapes. The cost is 5 dollars per person and the parking lot is currently being renovated, so there is a shuttle that drops/picks you up from the trail head. I do not recommend you go out of your way for this, but it is a fun stop if you are passing through.

Amazing views! Sandy terrain

Stunning views! The hike on loose sand sounded a bit intimidating, but wasn’t too difficult at all. Loved it!


I'd seen thousands of pictures of Horseshoe Bend, but when I actually got there it was breathtaking. Pictures cannot do it justice.

Not for Everyone

Personally not worth the crazy crowds, unless perhaps winter is a different story, for a view that has been a bit over exposed. But to each their own.

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This is a high impact area.

We've identified this location as one that is highly affected by tourism. Consider visiting in off hours, or spreading the love and finding an equally impressive spot nearby.

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