Overview: Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Weekend Trips 

 

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Horseshoe Bend has become a well-known iconic photo venue for visitors going to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell/Glen Canyon areas in Arizona. 

The overview at Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona sits 4,200 feet above sea level. FYI: take extreme caution when at the overlook, as there is no current railing in the main area and it's about a 1,000 foot drop to the Colorado River below. Don't go out like that people. Stay away from the ledges! (Yes, I am sitting pretty close to the edge in the picture above, but there is about 3 feet of space in front of me, so it wasn't as unsafe as it seems. In fact, Jennifer was yelling at me to get closer for a better picture! I was like, naw.) 

See More: Improvements on Rim Railing at Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Visitors can reach the overlook via a hiking trail, which is about 1.5 miles round trip, off of US Route 89, and is considered more of a beginner hike in terms of duration. However, the elevation and climate are more intermediate, as you're in a desert-environment with sand and wind, and very little shade. (Pro tip: bring sunblock!)

The bend is part of a meander of the Colorado River, which runs through the Grand Canyon. This scenic vista is quite a ways from both the North and South Rim, but only 5 miles away from the beginning of the Canyon, which makes it an easy destination to swing-by on the way in or out. 

It's truly a spectacle that can't be missed on a day or weekend trip to the Glen Canyon area! 

Make it a day trip and knock out these 3 activities on your way to or from Horseshoe Bend: 

1. Antelope Canyon Tours 

2. Lake Powell/Glen Canyon

3. Glen Canyon Dam Overlook