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

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.

If you haven't done this, do this before you die, it's unbelievable.

This bend in the Colorado River is simply Iconic. I plan to head back this year and do a float trip around the bend. Meanwhile, anyone else looking for some inspiration look no further!



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.

A must must see!! It is barely a hike at all. Very easy to get to buy the views are incredible. You can easily sit and hangout there all day. Very spectacular to see! I enjoyed this more than the Grand Canyon.

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