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Horseshoe Bend

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Horseshoe Bend is a dramatic curve in the Colorado River in Page, Arizona, just a few miles across from the Utah border, southeast of Kanab. It is popular with photographers and sightseers alike with its impressive landscape and easy access.

It is very close to Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon Area. This picture of Lake Powell is taken at Wahweap Bay.

Here is an overhead map that shows the curvy nature of the river and the lake. The dotted line going through Wahweap Bay is the state line.

At Horseshoe Bend there is a nice parking lot with restrooms and a wide path with a few little shaded benches. Otherwise there is no shade, but it’s short. We were there in the spring when the weather was more moderate. The sun was just setting and the scattered clouds were beautiful over the desert landscape.

There canyon walls are 1,000 feet above the water so it’s an amazing view!

There is a tall fence to keep visitors safe across the main section, but you could wander farther around the canyon where there isn’t a fence, so hold on to little ones.

Since the sun was setting Liesel did some poses on a rock (25 feet from the edge).

Stats: Distance – 1.2 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 20-40 minutes
Elevation gain – 380 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – trail of sand and rocks
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year-round
Permits needed – $10/vehicle
Pets allowed – Yes


Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch, Belly of the Dragon, and the Kanab Sand Caves are all just over an hour away.

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