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To Explore: Horseshoe Bend


Just outside of Page, Arizona lies one of the most photographed places along the Colorado River. The iconic image can be seen on postcards, brochures, posters, wallpapers, calendars and on social media. Photographers and tourists all over the world flock to see and capture this unique formation that Mother Nature has created. What is this distinctive place you ask? Two words: Horseshoe Bend.

Over thousands of years, the Colorado River has carved and meandered through these massive red rocks creating today’s horseshoe-shaped bend in the canyon (hence the given name). Jennifer and I visited Horseshoe Bend late last month and witnessed the beauty of it. We came around sunrise and saw the colors of the rocks and river change as the sun rose from the horizon. Not a bad place to see first thing in the morning. As anywhere in the world, places are even more beautiful when seen with your very own naked eyes than through any camera or pictures. Trust me, Horseshoe Bend did not disappoint.

A person sitting at Horseshoe Bend.

Tips to Keep In Mind:

  • Horseshoe Bend is best seen during sunrise and sunset.
  • From the parking lot, it is only a short 10 to 15 minute walk to the destination.
  • A wide-angle lens will help capture the whole view.
  • Leave no trace. Don’t carve anything on the rocks. Take out your trash. Let’s keep this place as pristine and natural as possible!
  • Feel free to climb on the rocks and sit on the ledges, but be careful to not fall! This place is not supervised.
  • Just 10 minutes away (driving),  Antelope Canyon is another hotspot for photographers and tourists alike. The scenery is unreal.
Jennifer standing at Horseshoe Bend.

Have you visited Horseshoe Bend? Share your experience in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts!


*Due to overcrowding and increased damages to this pristine area, changes has been made to Horseshoe Bend since we visited. Read more about it here.

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