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Horseshoe Bend is a part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It is a horseshoe shaped bend in the Colorado River flowing through the Glen Canyon. It can be viewed from an overlook just south of Page on Highway 89 between mileposts 544 & 545. Look for the signs pointing to the right to turn off to the lot.
Due to the increasing popularity of the overlook, the NPS began construction on improvements at the site in 2018 including a safety railing at the rim, shade areas and benches. They revamped the trail to one that is more in keeping with preserving the environment. When we visited, people were wandering all over the terrain, trampling the fragile vegetation.
There were also no railings which was pretty terrifying. But I was able to sit/lay at the edge and get some unobstructed shots. I’m sure these shots will still be possible with a few adjustments from behind the railing. And now, maybe fewer people will take the risk of climbing below the rim since a slip or crumbling rock would mean certain death.
The path from the parking lot was a sandy uphill trudge in the blazing desert sun. We didn’t bring enough water…we underestimated the climb because it was only half a mile. When we got to the rim, my daughter had to sit in the shade of a big boulder because she was so affected.
Location: Page, AZ
Designation: National Recreation Area
Date designated/established: October 27, 1972
Date of my visit: August 17, 2014
20 thoughts on “Horseshoe Bend: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area”
That looks stunning.
We visited Horeshoe Bend in July. Pictures to come soon.
Such a wonderful place to visit!
Quite fabulous. Great images.
Thanks so much!
Your photo is wonderful! I’ve been there, of course, living in the “neighborhood.” But I did not capture such stunning colors. I fear this is one of those places that gets popularized to the point of serious damage. I’m a bit sorry to hear they are putting in railings.
I’ve seen photos of this place and even though I’ve traveled around there, haven’t checked it out yet. I need to do that. Your photos are wonderful. It looks like a stunning area. I lived and taught on the Navajo Reservation and there are so many beautiful areas all over it.
Thanks! It’s a beautiful area!
Such an amazing place – beautiful pics!
Gorgeous views. An amazing place to see in person no doubt.
Thanks! It was!
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