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Hiking to Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Hiking the horseshoe bend was amazing to see!

The Horseshoe Bend, located only 6.4km from Page and 8km from Lake Powell, can be easily reached with a car on your US travels through Arizona. The beautiful curve of the Colorado River can be seen after you hike from the carpark through the recycled sand, which is protecting the Navajo Sandstone. You will see the incredible Horseshoe Bend from above. At the top of this hike, you are basically standing in the crossroads of Page, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs. By car is the best option to travel here, but there has been an increase in tours too.

We first visited Horseshoe Bend in the late afternoon when we were travelling the Scenic State Route 89A from Cedar City to Page. Pulling into the dusty carpark that was full of tourists and workmen just finishing their day. It’s a 25 minute walk (which is only 2.4km roundtrip) so we didn’t think of bringing water, which we regretted and definitely recommended. You have to make the steep climb followed by a steep decent to enjoy the fascinating view of the colorado river down below.

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Hiking to Horseshoe Bend - togetherintransit.nlFrom photos online you expect it to be so peaceful to view, but the coaches in the car park already gave us a warning that this was very touristic. At the bottom of the steep decent people crowded around each other to get the perfect shot of the bend, but we instantly took a walk west to get away from other tourists to really take it all in.

Hiking to Horseshoe Bend - togetherintransit.nlSince it was still a few hours from sunset, we headed back to the car to go check into our motel and grab something to eat for dinner. We took our time and visited a pizzeria restaurant called the Canyon King, which at first we had doubts and there was a bit of a wait but the food was delicious.

Heading back to the Horseshoe Bend by 18:35pm we were more prepared with some warmer clothes, our camera with tripod, hiking shoes (not necessary but more comfy than our sneakers!) and water.

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Hiking to Horseshoe Bend - togetherintransit.nlSunset was just as busy as during the late afternoon, but at least no coach parties full of tourists. For sunset there were only couples and friends enjoying each other’s company and a wedding couple for those sunset wedding photos. We climbed up onto some of the higher rock to the east this time and relaxed after our long day with the view. As a British-expat-turning-Dutchie I found this setting was very ‘gezellig‘ together!

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There is construction currently in place to improve the car park, toilets and create an overlook with safety railings, so we are happy to have already visited before it becomes a possible paying touristic location. It would be a real shame but we realise this is becoming a very busy touristic location. P.s spot all the tourists in the photo above!

In the future (few million years) it’s possible that the river will erode through the narrow neck of rock, creating a natural bridge and abandoning the circular channel around the rock. But for now its still a beautiful curve of the Colorado River!

Tips:

  • Take water with you
  • Sensible walking shoes
  • Warm clothing for sunset
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Respect others visiting (take your time / no pushing)
  • Be careful not to fall

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Have you visited the Horseshoe Bend before? We’d love to hear your stories!

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Shibu S.
    3rd March 2018 at 8:14 am

    Never heard about the horseshoe bend but gosh it looks breathtaking! I also love to explore the less touristy places before they actually become the target spots of tourists around the world!!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 8:41 am

      Yeah that will always be a problem to explore before it’s too touristic. But we loved hiking there still 🙂

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    Anisa
    3rd March 2018 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful pictures! I have been wanting to go to Horseshoe Bend for awhile. One of these years I will do a roadtrip there and also visit the Utah National Parks. Pinning this for future reference.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 9:07 am

      Totally worth it! We combined it on our US road trip too with a trip to Zion. Wish we had more time there though!

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    Sarah
    3rd March 2018 at 9:29 am

    I remember visiting this well. It was so gorgeous but I was afraid my husband was going to fall off the whole time. Haha

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 9:53 am

      Haha I had similar thoughts!!

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    Chantell Collins
    3rd March 2018 at 9:34 am

    I have a confession – I wanted to visit Horseshoe Bend but got it confused and thought it was in Big Bend National Pak in Texas ha ha. Oh well, next time!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 9:54 am

      Haha yes there’s always a next time! 😀

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    Rosie Kerrigan
    3rd March 2018 at 9:58 am

    OMG this is absolutely fantastic!! <3 You won't believe it, but we have something almost similar in Bulgaria haha, here, take a look: https://otbivki.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/rodopi3.jpg

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 10:03 am

      Wow those tree colours <3 I'll had to add this to my map for when I visit Bulgaria again!!

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        Rosie Kerrigan
        3rd March 2018 at 10:04 am

        Aww you’ve been to Bulgaria already?? Darn, I’m Bulgarian and haven’t really written anything on it yet :)) Give me a shout if you do decide to visit again!

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          Zoe | Together In Transit
          3rd March 2018 at 1:05 pm

          Cool will do! I was there a looooong time ago with parents for a family holiday. So no blogpost about it 😉

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    Lisa - The Wandering Lensl
    3rd March 2018 at 10:20 am

    This is amazing, I’m hoping to visit in May/June and can’t wait to see Horseshoe Bend!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Highly recommended! 🙂

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    Sapna
    3rd March 2018 at 10:29 am

    Pictures are beautiful. A perfect place to spend a day.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you. It sure was a great place to take some time to enjoy and relax!

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    Molly Sears-Piccavey
    3rd March 2018 at 11:00 am

    I went to Horseshoe Bend by car, we were on an Epic 7 state road trip
    This was actually one of the best locations of the entire trip. We arrived just as the sun was setting…

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 1:06 pm

      How awesome! We are so glad we had fitted it in our road trip, definitely one of the top 5 things we loved!!

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    Cultural Wednesday
    3rd March 2018 at 11:16 am

    Smart move to come back after the crowds had gone #blogpostsaturday

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 1:07 pm

      It was most definitely more enjoyable with the sunset. More peaceful to sit and just enjoy the nature!

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        Cultural Wednesday
        3rd March 2018 at 1:17 pm

        We once saw moonrise over Yosemite in an after hours hike

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          Zoe | Together In Transit
          5th March 2018 at 10:01 am

          Oh wow that must of been pretty!

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    myfabfiftieslife
    3rd March 2018 at 11:51 am

    Oh I really want to go here! I love Arizona. Great post.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      3rd March 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for commenting!

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    JC
    3rd March 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Would love to get out more to the national parks – but the flights are always crazy. I’ll have to start saving up!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 10:02 am

      Flights in US or from EU? It sure was a little costly from EU when we visited in September. Totally worth it once you have saved up though!!

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        JC
        7th March 2018 at 5:20 pm

        We paid $325 rt from New York, in the states so was definitely not too bad. We caught em on sale, as they’re usually around 550.

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          Zoe | Together In Transit
          7th March 2018 at 5:33 pm

          Definitely sounds like a great offer! I’ll have to keep my eyes pealed for some cheap deals.

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    heleneinbetween
    3rd March 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I just adore horseshoe bend! Such a great guide!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for commenting Helene! 🙂

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    Amy Morgan
    3rd March 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I realise this is a sappy comment but my word does this world have some pretty places to visit!

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:59 am

      So amazing right?! We were so amazed to take it all in there. Our roadtrip in the US surprised us so much with the wonders we had explored!

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    My Ticklefeet
    3rd March 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Yes, beautiful photos. I remember being stunned by it when we visited. It is also so much bigger than in photos too. You summed up the hike bang on 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 Yes our photos really do no justice to showing how big it is!

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    Whole Widen World (@wholewidenworld)
    3rd March 2018 at 3:44 pm

    This looks fantastic (and hot)! I definitely want to try this place out when we do the second half of our southwestern road trip. Great post!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:58 am

      Highly recommended to stop here 🙂 Our photos do no justice to how big it really is!

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    nickymacke
    3rd March 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I’d love to visit, your photos are just stunning. I really have to find time to do this road trip soon!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thanks for commenting Nicky! Highly recommended 🙂

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    Christie Sultemeier
    3rd March 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Your “take your time/no pushing” tip made me laugh. Do people really not?! That would be so bad! This looks beautiful – I’m going to pin it for when I make it there!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:56 am

      Well, we did see a few people who were rather impatient to wait and take photos at the middle area of the Horseshoe Bend. Thats why we also walked around to the right and left for photos instead 😉

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    Camera & a Canvas
    3rd March 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I wanted to see this spot on our trip to the Grand Canyon but we decided to travel out towards Monument Valley instead of up to Page, so I missed it…hopefully next time! Thanks for the good guide on how to get there and all, will come in handy when I do go again! 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for commenting! Oh yes we had to actually skip Monumnet Valley due to our time schedule on the road trip. A little gutted but theres always a next time like you say 🙂

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    Katherine
    3rd March 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Horseshoe Bend has been at the very top of my bucket list for at least a year now and I just can’t seem to find the time to get there. Your pics are awesome, and I’m pinning this for when I finally book that trip!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:53 am

      Thanks for commenting Katherine! I have the exact same with places closer to my home town that I still haven’t visited after a year. Time to make time haha 🙂

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    Louise
    3rd March 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Oh this is on our bucketlist for sure! Pinning this for when we finally get there 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for commenting Louise! Highly recommend a trip here 🙂

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    Gibbers
    3rd March 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Never heard of the Horseshoe Bend before but it looks incredible. I love the outdoors and hiking when I’m travelling – and you get some incredible views!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:52 am

      It sure was incredible! Our photo’s don’t do any justice to how big the Horseshoe Bend is. Highly recommended 🙂

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    GallopAroundTheGlobe (@KiaraGallop)
    3rd March 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Although America has never been high up on my hit list, this is one place I would like to go! I love hiking, dramatic landscapes and cool rock formations 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for commenting! I know your feeling, America wasn’t too high on my list a few years ago.. But my love of road trips pushed us there to explore somewhere where we couldn’t use euros!! We totally loved it and would definitely go back to new places.

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    josypheen
    3rd March 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Urgh. I’ve done that before. This it is only a short walk, so leave my bag/water behind, and then reeeally regretted it. Hopefully I’ve learnt my lesson now, so if I do this walk, I’ll bring liquids!!

    I LOVE your photos, especially in the middle of the day where the rocks almost match your hair. 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      5th March 2018 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Josy! Someone said the same thing about my hair colour and rocks when we were there! 🙂

      These days I always have a reusable bottle of water in my bag whereever I go!

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