Hike to Horseshoe Bend



1.5 miles

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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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about 4 years ago

Do it at least once

Seeing photos of this iconic location everywhere, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. However, this place is way more grand than any photo can express. I was astounded at how many people were at this location, yet it gave an interesting perspective and sense of scale.


I've always wanted to go here and when I got there I was speechless, it is so much better in person than in a photo. It is just so beautiful and although there was a lot of people it didn't feel crowded and I got some awesome shots with my fish eye lens. Overall a wonderful experience.


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over 4 years ago

Photographers: Sadly, very overshot.

I got here in hopes of photographing this place and coming out with a portfolio piece. I researched this place too much and just couldn't find creativity here, its been very overshot. Get Creative, go at night and shoot the Milky Way or something! I went at sunset...

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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.

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