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walking
23 hours ago

Small walk to sign off bucket list. Looks like ants walking up and down. Horrible parking, chaos.

backpacking
1 day ago

We parked at the Big Dominguez campground, and hiked the 15 miles down to Bridgeport over 3 days. We had our kids, ages 8 and 12 with us. It's a really easy hike, impossible to get lost. The only trick is finding water up toward the top - the creek is in a deep canyon. We ended up scrambling down the cliffs to fill our water. The kids loved playing in the water toward the bottom, though. Definitely a family friendly hike.

hiking
1 day ago

I'm a pretty avid hiker, and this trail still kicks my butt, every time. That first section is pretty brutal. Definitely not a climb for someone who is afraid of heights (I totally am.) The meadow above the first climb is a nice surprise. After that, there's some scrambling and a sketchy spot across the coal seam that washes out some years. The views over the desert from the top are otherworldly.

We did this hike with Ranger Vicky (she is really brilliant) and the hike was amazing.

walking
2 days ago

This is a fairly easy walk down to the bend. The view is awesome. You can walk right up to the edge and look down. Make sure you keep an eye on those little ones. Its a bit scary because there is nothing holding you back. Worth the hike. Bring water with you.

hiking
3 days ago

Start early!! We started the trail at about 930 but it was already super hot. Other than that it was a beautiful trail, lots of little places for shade and lots of cute little lizards.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice way to see some of CNM's formations up close. Some shade along the trail but not a ton, so lots of water and starting early are musts in August. Unfortunately, not much wildlife our morning. We started at the upper trailhead and went to Independence Monument (~3.5 miles) before turning around and heading back. Note that this trail is ~12 miles round-trip (upper to lower trailhead or vice versa, then back) and not 6.8 or 10.9 as listed here.

A really great view not that long or hard of a walk. But be prepared to get sand in your boots. Also parking is limited and there’s a lot of tourists. If you need to go to the bathroom do it before you start the trail.

Poor parking, heavily trafficked. beautiful view at the half way decent.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a walk in loose dirt up a medium grade slope, and down the other side toward the canyon. And, this is a tourist stop for busloads of people who don't know hiking etiquette. That being said, its free and fabulous. It's a must-see for any nature lover, hiker, photographer, etc.
Try to avoid this during peak seasons or on weekends, to ensure the trail isn't over-populated AND that you can find parking.
Like everyone else says in these reviews, the view is incredible. It doesn't matter how many times you've been, it's always lovely to see. I typically stop here for a breath of fresh air on my way to Zion from Phoenix.
Quick, short hike with an iconic view. ...and perfect desktop wallpaper picture opportunity.

This was the most trafficked trail I’ve ever hiked and I hiked it on a Wednesday morning. It’s a huge tourist attraction. But the hike to Horseshoe Bend was very short and the view was incredible. Despite the crowds it was definitely worth going. I would recommend!

Short walk for amazing views! The hike back to the parking lot is pretty steep. Make sure you get there early to beat the crowds.

walking
13 days ago

Easy walk down, slightly harder up. We went at 2pm and there is, like others have noted zero protection from the sun.

Just got done hiking the full loop at 2pm. This was such a beautiful hike! We came prepared with 2L + of water and snap towels to keep us cool and snacks. Even though it was in the middle of the day, we were prepared and we loved it!

The trail was marked with Cairns and very easy to follow.

Short distance walk but with an amazing view! It gets crowded and very hot in summer time so hydrate!

did the entire loop and the overlooks and it was 6 miles. except for the over looks I saw 2 other people, this was a very isolated hike. the beauty was stunning! so worth it if you are on fence. took 3 hours, bring a gallon of water, not much shade but there is more on the west rim side. I saw 2 very large black ear jack rabbits close by on the west side. they did run away but I was able to watch them for 200 ft, beautiful!

Great views and a fun hike, but I did this hike in the heat of the day. Faced with the same situation again I would do a short hike near the visitors center and another one at the main overlook. You wouldn’t be sacrificing any views and it would be worth it to avoid the heat.

28 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the valley. I quit often see the big horn sheep in this valley. It always takes a lot longer to do this hike when I stop and watch the sheep.

The colors of the river and rock are absolutely amazing and so worth the short hike over! Absolutely stunning

walking
1 month ago

I’d give the views of the place a 10/10 if I could. But the fact that there are SO many people that you can’t really enjoy it killed the buzz. On top of the fact that it is a long drive from SOAZ or Central AZ.

Very cool

Try and get there as early as possible because the parking lot at this place is absolutely insane! It is way too over crowded and people don’t pay attention to where they’re going. The view is absolutely amazing and it’s a must see but I’m only giving it 4 stars because of how crazy the parking situation is.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, crowded and need to wear good shoes. Sand covered rock makes for an easy slip. Saw a couple people go down. Was very windy and got sand in my eye on a couple occasions. Was there early evening, maybe its better at sunset but was not impressed.

Easy hike with beautiful views, have been hiking this trail for over 12 years, it never gets old. Try hiking it at sunrise, sunset and even at night with a full moon shining as your only light, you won't regret it. I've done this trail well over 200 times as I live a fairly close, that being said if you hike this in the summer you better get there no later than 6am or you will be roasting in the heat on the way back down, happy hiking !

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great little trail right at the entrance of the park. It’s very easy to find and follow and offers great views along the way. There is very little coverage from the sun as it used to act as a model t road, so be sure to have sun protection and water.

Beautiful view! Worth driving around for 15 minutes looking for a parking spot (around sunset). It can get a bit windy, so you might want to bring something to cover up. Make sure you bring water and be prepared for crowds.

Beautiful overlook. Very busy

Loved this hike short but always wanted to see it

What a view! We went on a day that was 105 degrees so it made it a little tougher but still pretty easy trail, worth the time if your around Page AZ

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