A very scenic place just a few miles from Page Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River, known locally as "King Bend". It is about 4 miles southwest of Page and about 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam. It is about a 3/4 mile hike from the parking area just off of US Route 89. The first part of the hike is pretty steep in loose sand. Walking uphill in sand is not fun or as one lady said when we were on the trail, "walking on the sand is not all its cracked up to be is it?". Here is the picture of the steep hill looking back to the parking lot.
Once you top the hill here is your first view of Horseshoe Bend.
The next part of the trail is also sandy and rocky, Jo had to stop a couple of times to get sand out of her shoes, and its length is about 5x the first climb but thankfully not as steep. Horseshoe Bend is viewed from the steep cliff above. According to Google terrain maps, the overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level making it a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop.
Here are some photos of Horseshoe Bend:
If you are ever in the area this is one beautiful place to see!
Till next time,
Bob and Jo