Horseshoe Bend

Visiting Horseshoe Bend: 7 Things You Need To Know

Haven’t been to Horseshoe Bend yet? Located approximately 140 miles from both the South Rim and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, this stunning bend in the Colorado River should be on your bucket list when visiting the Grand Canyon.

Visiting Horseshoe Bend: Things You Need To Know

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1. What’s so special about Horseshoe Bend?

It was formed over time by water erosion. The cliff walls are made of Navajo Sandstone, during the long process of erosion the sandstone acted as a natural barrier forcing the water to make the sharp bend that can be seen today.

With a drop that is close to 1000 ft, the blue-green colour of the Colorado river is breathtaking, which flows from the bottom of the Glen Canyon Dam.

2. How do I get there?

Horseshoe Bend is located close to the town of Page:

From Page, take the Route 89 towards South, follow the signs that say “Horseshoe Bend Overlook”, where you will find the car park.

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3. How much will it cost?

There is no admission fee. Parking at Horseshoe Bend is $10. FYI, you may have to wait to get a spot if you visit during high season! High season is generally from March – September.

4. How long will it take?

From the site parking lot, you will walk 10-15 minutes along a dirt path.

If you want to explore the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend the combined trip takes about two and a half hours.

5. When is the best time to go?

The ‘off-season’ is between October until February, although don’t expect the place to yourself, regardless of the season, it’s always very busy during sunset. If you don’t mind bigger crowds, later in the afternoon or at sunset is the perfect time to see Horseshoe Bend at its full glory.

Horseshoe Bend

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6. Where will I get the best photos?

The dirt road trail does not offer many photo ops, however, the view from Horseshoe bend offers plenty. Many keen photographers bring tripods to get the perfect shot. However, if you’re just visiting with your phone, no need to worry: use panoramic mode and you’ll able to capture the entirety of the bend.

7. Any insider tips?

  1. Take water and suncream as it gets hot
  2. Wear good shoes as the path can be loose
  3. Use a wide-angle lens if you want to get a shot of the entire bend
  4. It can get pretty windy so bring your sunglasses to avoid sand in your eyes

Horseshoe Bend

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Siobhan McKenny