At Horseshoe Bend, the mighty Colorado River displays its vibrant blues and greens as it circles around the stunning red rock of Northern Arizona! Take a short and sandy trail to the overlook, one of the most phenomenal river views anywhere in the country.
After seeing all of the amazing pictures of this place, I desperately wanted to experience it for myself. When I first gazed down at the water below, I gasped! The beauty of the river is astonishing.
What You Need to Know
The trail to Horseshoe Bend was recently rebuilt, and fees are now required to hike along this extremely popular trail. The entrance fee for cars is currently $10 and national park passes are not accepted.
The trail to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is 1.2 miles roundtrip. I would rate this trail as easy because of the short distance and minimal elevation gain. Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail, but not recommended because of the heat of the sand.
This trailhead doesn’t have any drinking water, so come prepared with everything that you need for a hike in the desert heat.
Check out the City of Page website for more information.
From the parking area, you are greeted by a wide and well-traveled trail through the sand.
You’ll see hikers of all ages and abilities along the trail — with a surprising range of footwear choices as well. I still recommend preparing yourself with water and proper gear as you would on any hike. The sun and heat can be especially unforgiving in this part of the country.
The newly renovated trail is now wheelchair accessible! Because of this, there is very little elevation gain as you make your way to the overlook.
New shade structures have been placed along the trail as well.
After a short walk along this well-graded path, you’ll reach the overlook. The viewing platform and guard rails are newly installed for your safety.
There are still plenty of areas to view Horseshoe Bend along the cliffs without the guard rails, but you should do so at your own risk. The sandstone cliffs can be fragile and unstable.
The moment when you finally peer over the edge of the Horseshoe Bend Overlook will absolutely take your breath away! This is mostly because of the beauty and grandeur of the winding Colorado River, but also because there is nothing but a thousand-foot drop between you and the water below.
Have a fabulous time soaking in this stunning view. Happy trails!
Horseshoe Bend is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, just south of Page, Arizona. From the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, drive approximately 5 miles south along US-89. You will see a sign for the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Follow the sign and turn right into the parking area.
If you are approaching Page from the south along US-89 North, look for the turnoff for Horseshoe Bend a few miles before reaching town. The sign is small and the left-hand turn sneaks up on you if you are not paying close attention.