Horseshoe Bend has become an iconic image of America’s Southwest beauty. This horseshoe-shaped bend and has been on my bucket list for a while now and it did not disappoint. Due to its slightly remote location, it can be difficult to get to, however, that’s the fun part! Road trip anyone? Horseshoe Bend is located in Page, Arizona, close to another must-see natural attraction, Antelope Canyon. Both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon have received a lot of publicity lately and are popular spots for photographers and adventurers alike. If you make it to Page, Arizona, I would highly recommend also visiting Antelope Canyon.
How to Get to Horseshoe Bend Bend
Where to Stay in Page, Arizona
Don’t be fooled by the vast nothingness as you make your way towards Page, Arizona. Within the town itself there are multiple hotels and campgrounds to accommodate travelers. The Summer months are much busier, so if traveling during that time I would recommend booking your accommodation in advance online.
Hiking Horseshoe Bend
Navigating to the Horseshoe Bend parking lot is extremely easy via Google Maps. From the parking lot, the hike to the Horseshoe Bend lookout is an easy ¾-mile hike. There is a slight hill to climb, however I would recommend this to all ages and fitness levels. Just be sure to go at your own pace.
The pathway is quite sandy, and there is no shading to protect you from the sun. Because of this I would recommend sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and bringing along some water. This may seem extreme for such a short hike, however depending on what time of year you visit, the summer months can peak at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s always good to be prepared.
Once you arrive at the bend enjoy those gorgeous views! Just be careful because there are no railings or fenced off areas for your protection. Even though this is a popular spot, it is still very steep and dangerous.
Best Time to Photograph
I highly recommend coming at either sunrise or sunset if wanting good photographs of Horseshoe Bend. If attempting to take photos during the day, the sun is harsher and the color of the rock tends to be washed out.
Many prefer sunrise because of how crowded Horseshoe Bend can be at sunset. I can attest to this! I came at sunset and there were so many other tourists, I found it overcrowded and difficult to get a good shot.
It’s also good to know that the sun sets behind the bend where the lookout is. Some have said this makes it difficult because the sun is in your eyes, however I didn’t find it to be a problem.
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