Horseshoe Bend

Williams, Arizona

based on 44 reviews



1.52 miles

Elevation Gain

157 ft

Route Type



Added by Tiffany Nguyen

Horseshoe Bend is a classic destination located near Page, Arizona. There is plenty of parking, the sheer size of the bend allows for plenty of room.

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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Horseshoe Bend Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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