Williams, Arizona

Hike to Horseshoe Bend

1.5 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tiffany Nguyen

Plenty of parking, the sheer size of the bend allows for plenty of room. Duration: 1 hour.

Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona is classic bucket list material and for good reason. Even if they don’t know what it’s called or where it is, everyone has seen this famous spot somewhere. Rest assured; pictures cannot convey the massive scale of this place. From your vantage point 1,000 feet above the Colorado River, the deep blue of the water starkly contrasts with the carved sandstone walls making for a stunning scene that you’ll never forget. The view will never look the same during your visits; the color of the walls and water change colors depending on what time of day you're there.

Getting here is simple; it’s right off Highway 89 and is hard to miss. The large lot means you never have to compete with the crowds for parking. The temperature varies greatly depending on the time of year and it can be quite windy on the edge of the cliff, so come prepared and be careful. The weather can change very quickly so be sure to check the weather report before venturing out. A wide angle lens or fish eye lens is definitely necessary if you want to capture the entire bend in your shots. Explore above the rim to get the best unobstructed view. There can be a lot of tourists here, but it’s so big that it will never feel crowded.

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Indescribable View

This is an easy spot to get to, just a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot. The pictures you see don't justify how great the view is.

Aaron D.

about 4 years ago

Makes you realize how much beauty there is around you.

One word, breathtaking. There's ample parking and the hike is straightforward. Bring a good amount of water! And if you're just using your phone to take photos, try to get a hold of the selfie-stick. As much as I hate that thing (when used in crowded public spaces) it will really help you get some great angles. Be careful around the edges cause there are some loose rocks and also gaps you can slip in to. This is only minutes away from the Antelope Canyon so you'll be able to visit both these locations the same day.

went here this weekend and it was definitely worth the short walk! we went in the middle of the day (which was still extremely beautiful) but heard from many people that sunset and sunrise are the best times to go view the bend

This is a high impact area.

We've identified this location as one that is highly affected by tourism. Consider visiting in off hours, or spreading the love and finding an equally impressive spot nearby.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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