Horseshoe Bend is just one of those places you need to go eventually. I went on my first road trip through the southwest and only realized recently that I never actually wrote anything about it, like, at all. So, I went back through my pictures and decided to write about it now! Better late than never, right?
This is a pretty easy hike and it’s right on the side of the road with no entrance fee. If you have a spare hour, you should definitely stop here. There’s a pretty good chance, even if you don’t know it, that it’s on your bucket list. I’m sure everyone has seen a picture of this at some time or another. Like I said, it’s somewhere everyone needs to go eventually.
From the parking lot, the trailhead is super easy to spot. It’s the wide open sandy area that everyone else is heading down. There is a gradual incline in the beginning, but it starts to flatten out after that. There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the hike itself. Like I said, it’s super easy and can probably pretty easily be done in flip flops since it’s mostly sand. Like always, I would stick with my trusty Chacos.
While this hike is very easily accessible, it’s not the safest. There are no guard rails at the edge overlooking the canyon, it’s just a straight shot down. You can easily sit and stand on the very edge, but be extra cautious. You have no idea how thick the sandstone under you is and it could easily break off. That’s how the only recorded death there in 20 years happened in July 2010.
You can bring kids (obviously) and pets, but if you do, keep an eye on your kids so they don’t wander too close to the edge. Keep your pets on a leash, too, to make sure they are safe. At least I would. Even with kids and pets, I would still definitely recommend this hike if you’re in Page. It really is a must-do road trip hike.
Tips for hiking to Horseshoe Bend:
- Definitely bring water, especially if you’re here during the summer. It might not be a super long walk, but it is in direct sun and super hot.
- The parking area is about five miles south of Page, Arizona on highway 89. The parking area is marked and near highway marker 545.
- The walk is about 2.5 miles round trip and can be done in an hour, with time to take plenty of pictures, too.
- There are no railings on the edge and it’s at least a 1,000-foot drop, so be careful on the edge. You can take pictures sitting on the edge, like I did, just be careful.
- It can be pretty busy here, but it’s still worth going to see.
- There is no entrance fee. The trail is just on the side of the road.
- The Glen Canyon Dam is nearby and worth a stop to look at if you’re passing by. If you’re staying longer, you can take a boat tour down at the bottom of Horseshoe Bend to see the dam, too.
- It’s about seven miles from Horseshoe Bend to Antelope Canyon.
Have you been to Horseshoe Bend? What did you think of it? What was your favorite thing to do in Page?