After a quick three quarters of a mile hike, we reached the rim. For the longest time all you see is flat red rock and then, boom — you hit the rim and that postcard bend is cracked wide open right in front of your eyes. This is Horseshoe Bend...
We had seen brochure pictures of Lake Powell like this, but to see it in person was a feast for the eyes...
Horseshoe Bend is located just a few miles from the Page, Lake Powell area. Horseshoe Bend is one of the most popular roadside attractions in the state of Arizona. Calling Horseshoe Bend a “roadside attraction” may not be completely accurate as it does require a hike to see this iconic southwestern sight, but it is located right off of scenic Highway 89.
There is large parking lot with public restrooms available. Once you park your car you can start the small hike to the plateau. As you continue toward the overlook, there is an awning area to sit and rest while getting some shade before heading down a slight decline for the other half of the hike.
It’s not really a difficult hike, but more of a hilly walk, which is 1.5 miles round trip. Last time I was there, my daughter wore a long dress so I could take her Senior pictures, so truly it’s not that difficult of a walk. During the cooler months of the year the walk is fairly leisurely, however in the summer with sun blazing, the trek can feel much longer, especially toward the car after leaving the cliffs of Horseshoe Bend.
Horseshoe Bend Information:
The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level.
Open 24 hours a day.
Best times to visit Horseshoe Bend is mid-morning, say 9-10am depending on the time of year. Sunset is also a great time to visit.
Try and avoid visiting during the middle of the day as you will run into large groups of people.
There is no permit or entrance fee. Free to visit!!!!!
The water flowing around Horseshoe Bend is the Colorado River, which is dammed up by Glen Canyon Dam that holds back the water to form Lake Powell.
It is incredibly beautiful. Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made lake in America.
Things To Do At Lake Powell:
Where To Stay At Lake Powell Arizona Side:
There are many lodging and accommodation choices. Choose spacious resorts, stay overnight in a stationary or moving houseboat, camp at full service campgrounds or stay at a hotel or motel in Page.