Horsehoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

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Destination: Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Length of Stay: 1 Night (July 2017)

Lodging: Airbnb ($35/night)

Entrance Fee:  Free!

Horseshoe Bend is known for being the sharpest bend in the Colorado River at 270°. This unique part of the Colorado was actually on the way during our drive from Bryce & Zion National Parks to Arches National Park. The GPS took us right through Page, AZ (which was actually our second time going there). Our first time was during a two road trip across the U.S. in 2017 where we plowed through the country from Baltimore, MD to San Diego, CA and back all in 15 days. Though Page, AZ was on our way to Monument Valley, we decided not to visit Horseshoe Bend again because we had already been and were trying to make it to Moab to find a site at a first come first served campground.

Nonetheless, we would still recommend stopping for the short hike out to Horseshoe Bend if you have the time. If you end up spending the night (like we did in 2017), you can even check it out during the day and at dusk to see how much the colors differ. When we were pulling into Page, AZ we stopped at Horseshoe Bend before checking into our Airbnb. Then in the morning we decided to make it back to see what it was like in the day light, turns out there was quite a difference. After the sun sets, the river and rocks have a prominent purple tint. During the day the oranges and yellows are much more vibrant, definitely worth hiking the trail twice since it's only a 1.3 mile out-and-back trail.

Dusk to Day Difference

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If you're headed to Horseshoe Bend and want to get that perfect shot, be well aware there are hoards of people that want to do the exact same thing. Look at one of the pictures below to see just how many people are hiking out at the same time. Like AllTrails says, this is a heavily trafficked trail.

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Destination: Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Length of Stay: 1 Night (July 2017)

Lodging: Airbnb ($35/night)

Entrance Fee:  Free!

Horseshoe Bend is known for being the sharpest bend in the Colorado River at 270°. This unique part of the Colorado was actually on the way during our drive from Bryce & Zion National Parks to Arches National Park. The GPS took us right through Page, AZ (which was actually our second time going there). Our first time was during a two road trip across the U.S. in 2017 where we plowed through the country from Baltimore, MD to San Diego, CA and back all in 15 days. Though Page, AZ was on our way to Monument Valley, we decided not to visit Horseshoe Bend again because we had already been and were trying to make it to Moab to find a site at a first come first served campground.

Nonetheless, we would still recommend stopping for the short hike out to Horseshoe Bend if you have the time. If you end up spending the night (like we did in 2017), you can even check it out during the day and at dusk to see how much the colors differ. When we were pulling into Page, AZ we stopped at Horseshoe Bend before checking into our Airbnb. Then in the morning we decided to make it back to see what it was like in the day light, turns out there was quite a difference. After the sun sets, the river and rocks have a prominent purple tint. During the day the oranges and yellows are much more vibrant, definitely worth hiking the trail twice since it's only a 1.3 mile out-and-back trail.

Dusk to Day Difference

G0195772-2 - 720 4x5__2
G0275802 - 720 4x5__2

If you're headed to Horseshoe Bend and want to get that perfect shot, be well aware there are hoards of people that want to do the exact same thing. Look at one of the pictures below to see just how many people are hiking out at the same time. Like AllTrails says, this is a heavily trafficked trail.

IMG_8912-2 - 720 4x5
G0285806 - 720 4x5
IMG_8948 - 720 4x5__2
IMG_8946-2 - 720 4x5
IMG_8941-2 - 720 4x5__2
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