• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.9 Miles

Easy Parking
Groups
Scenic

This is an amazing viewpoint less than 1/4 mile from the Horseshoe Bend overlook. It offers unique photo opportunities, a great sunset view, and no crowds.

Horseshoe Bend is an iconic viewpoint, and a must-see for photographers. Check out Tiffany Nguyen's post, Hike to Horseshoe Bend, for more details on that part of the adventure.

Because of its popularity and easy access, the Horseshoe Bend viewpoint is thoroughly photographed and can be very crowded. If you're looking for unique shots of the canyon and want to get away from the tourists there are plenty of opportunities just off the beaten path. This particular location is a ton of fun.

The sheer cliffs frame the Colorado River 1,000 feet below, and in the springtime the sun will set between them. This makes for epic reflection photos and glowing light on the sides of the river. The cliffs are easily accessible on either side which opens up a ton of creative opportunities. If you get a chance to spend the night here keep an eye out the Milky Way.

To get there, take the trail from the parking lot to the Horseshoe Bend overlook. From there you will follow the canyon rim south for about 1/4 mile to the destination; you can't miss it. The crack is very wide and extends back a couple hundred feet where it meets a fence.

Important Note: The fence leading up to the crack suggests that the south side may be private property. You can walk around the fence and there aren't any No Trespassing signs, but you should treat the area with respect so it stays that way. Leave No Trace ethics are hugely important at places like this so they stay accessible.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide lens
  • Water
  • Snacks
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This is such a popularly photographed place that we were excited to find a unique perspective! Super cool.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Horseshoe bend is breath taking, as are the thousands of photos of it. It's hard to find a unique angle on this spectacular location but the crack is just that. Easy to find and all the tourists are out of ear shot. Definitely worth the short walk over!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I don't think you can set up your tent and camp right over the overlook!!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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