Download Horseshoe Bend Hiking Guide
Horseshoe Bend is one of
our guests favorite hikes, this is a side trip that doesn't cost
anything but a little effort while you're at Lake Powell in Northern
Horseshoe Bend is located
about four miles south of Page, Arizona on Hwy 89, one should
look out for a small brown signboard that reads
Bend Overlook". It's easy to miss this signboard, so
one has to closely look out for it. If you are heading south
from Page, there is a signboard on the right side of Hwy 89 and new
turn lane that marks your exit. Make a turn westwards at the
signboard, and in less than a quarter of a mile the road should end
at a small dirt parking lot. Because this location is unknown to
most tourists to the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, the parking lot
usually has plenty of empty spots. From the parking lot, the
overlook is 3/4 of a mile away.
There is a well marked trail that leads to the overlook. However,
the trail consists mostly of loose desert sand and it can be a very
strenous hike. So carry lots of water or other fluids.
As you walk down the trail,
loose desert sand gives way to sandstone rocks that date back to the
early Jurassic period. Over millions of years, wind and water have
eroded these rocks to create absolutely weird, but awe inspiring
shapes and patterns.
Upon reaching the overlook,
one is awed by the magnificence of the landscape that cannot be
expressed in words or through a photograph. The overlook is at the
top of a steep orange colored cliff several hundreds of feet high.
Down below, an emerald green Colorado river makes a horse-shoe
shaped bend before rushing towards the Grand Canyon.