Horseshoe Bend is one of the most iconic places in the United States. Almost everybody is able to recognize this area just from the looks alone. I mean, what other place looks exactly like a horseshoe?
Located in Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend makes for a perfect stop over whenever you are going on a road trip in the west. Plus it is situated right next to Antelope Canyon which means you can visit both of these amazing land marks in the same day. And not too far from this place is the Grand Canyon if you are wanting to visit that too.
Horseshoe Bend in my opinion is one of the most fascinating places to visit if you ever get a chance to do so. It is the place where you can see the mighty Colorado River make a U-Turn shape and makes for some amazing picturesque views. Pictures really doesn’t do this place justice as it is a place where you really have to see it in person to see just how beautiful this place really is.
So if you are interested in visiting Horseshoe Bend and want to know some more information about it, you are in luck.
In this post we’ll be detailing all the information you need to know about this place as well as things that can make your experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
So lets get started!
- Some Interesting Facts About Horseshoe Bend
- How To Get To Horseshoe Bend
- Things To Do Here Or Around Horseshoe Bend
- Best Time To Visit Horseshoe Bend
- Where To Stay Near Horseshoe Bend
Some Interesting Facts About Horseshoe Bend
- Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.
- Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles southwest of Page.
- The overlook of the Horseshoe Bend is about 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is about 3,200 feet above sea level, which makes it a 1,000-foot drop.
- The rock walls along Horseshoe Bend contain a variety of different minerals. Some of which includes hematite, platinum and garnet.
How To Get To Horseshoe Bend
Traveling From Page, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend is located near Page, Arizona.
To reach Horseshoe Bend, you’ll want to take Route 89 going South from Page.
You’ll only need to drive about 5 to 6 miles down the road and you’ll see a sign that says “Horseshoe Bend Overlook“. This is the area where you will be able to park your car to visit Horseshoe Bend.
Do know that it does cost a few bucks to be able to park there. The price should still be $10 dollars at the time of this writing.
Traveling From The Grand Canyon
To get to Horseshoe Bend from the Grand Canyon, it will take you about 2 hours or less as you will be driving for about 120 miles give or take depending on which route you take.
From the Grand Canyon, you’ll be taking highway 64 till you reach highway 89, then you’ll drive North until you reach the destination.
Traveling From Las Vegas
Even though Vegas might have plenty of things for you to see and do, sometimes you just want to travel outside the city to view some nature.
Traveling from Vegas to Horseshoe Bend is one of the most popular things many people tend to do. Plus, Vegas even offers all kinds of day trip tours to visit Horseshoe Bend at a reasonable price.
The distance from Horseshoe Bend to Las Vegas is about 280 miles so it’ll take you about 4 to 5 hours to drive there. Which means you’ll probably want to wake up super early to start your drive as well as leave early before you drive back.
How To Get To Horseshoe Bend From The Parking Lot?
From the parking lot, you’ll have to do a bit of walking to reach the spot.
You will have to walk along a path that is about 3/4 mile long that should take about 15 to 20 minutes. I highly recommend bringing some water bottles with you when you come here because it can get very hot and dry during the walk there and there are no vendors there who sell drinks.
Things To Do Here Or Around Horseshoe Bend
At first glance, one might think that all there is to do at Horseshoe Bend is to just view the Horseshoe from high above.
And that is basically it.
However unbeknownst to many people is that there are actually plenty of other things for you to see and do around here.
For instance, some of the things you can do include:
A fun thing you might not know you could do is to go rafting here.
And although there is only one company that provides this service (Wilderness River Adventures), it is an experience that is totally worth it.
The tour takes about half a day which starts off at Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry passing through petroglyph beach, Vermillion Cliffs, and the famous Horseshoe Bend.
This is something your entire family will fall in love with.
Now if you don’t want to go rafting with a company and want to do things yourself, then you’ll be happy to know that there are quite a few companies that rent out kayaks for you to ride in.
It is a fun thing to do where you can do it at your own leisurely pace.
Once company that does the kayak renting service is (Kayak The Colorado).
Take A Helicopter Ride Over Horseshoe Bend And Lake Powell
If you want an experience like no other, then riding a helicopter over these areas is something you can do.
It is a bit expensive but something that is totally worth it as you get a birds eye view of the surrounding area.
One company that does the tour is with Papillon which does a tour that lasts about 30 to 40 minutes. You’ll be able to fly high in the air and see both Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend.
Visiting Antelope Canyon
Obviously since you are here, you should definitely go visit Antelope Canyon as well since it is only 15 minutes away.
It is an amazing trip that lets you see all kinds of beautiful formations and colorful rocks all around you.
Do know that for Antelope Canyon, you will have to book in advance as you aren’t allowed to go visit this area by yourself. You have to be guided in by the Navajo People.
Best Time To Visit Horseshoe Bend
Obviously if you want to come visit Horseshoe Bend, you’ll want to come when the weather is at its best to take some amazing pictures.
If you come during dawn, you can enjoy beautiful rays of lights on the reddish orange stones of the Horseshoe Bend. Plus it isn’t crowded during this time, so you’ll be able to take as many pictures as you want.
If you come during sunset, you’ll be able to get the most sunning lights you’ll ever see. The sun will slowly fade behind the Horseshoe Bend leaving a trail of beautiful sun rays lingering around that will make the picture so much more amazing.
But to be honest, no matter what time of day you come, you will always be able to get some terrific pictures here at this area.
The only factor you need to be concerned about is the heat.
Try to avoid coming here during the Summer time as it can get insanely hot and dry which will make your experience really un-enjoyable.
Also if you find yourself coming here during the afternoon when the sun is at its peak, try to wear a hat if you can and bring some water. This will make things much better for you.
Where To Stay Near Horseshoe Bend
Finding a place to stay here is a pretty simple thing to do.
Because Horseshoe Bend is located only about 10 to 15 minutes away from Page, you will most likely be making Page your area of where you’re going to be staying.
Here in Page, there are lots of cheap and affordable hotels for you to book.
Just do a quick Google Search and you’ll be able to find all sorts of places.
If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend you to come visit the Horseshoe Bend.
It is a fascinating place in which everybody will love once they get a chance to see it.
Hopefully this post was able to show you all the things you can do at the Horseshoe Bend as well as some other information to help you make your trip more enjoyable.
Also, if you are going to be visiting Arizona, you might be interested in some of my other Arizona posts. You can check them out here.