Lake Powell and so much more! Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.
This was a short hike with an amazing view. Do not underestimate the hike, there is incline and decline in both directions. Take plenty of water, a cap, and sunscreen. There is a covered rest area at the top of the hill to view horseshoe bend at the halfway mark, but there are no restrooms. It is worth hiking to the edge of the bend. It is crowded at the bend but if you get close to the edge, you can snap a pretty good picture.
We just make it this weekend, it's very beautiful and hard. The trailhead marked here actually is about 1.5-2 miles to the parking lot. And the road from freeway to parking lot is a bit tough, SUV is recommended, although I see several full size cars also make it, I won't try that. There are several good camping sites down in the canyon. We cannot make it to the Colorado river nor Young Canyon, it will take some time to look for the best trail, be prepared for that.
What a bizarre hike. I wouldn't really call it a hike. We found this by accident driving past a parking lot packed with cars and drove in after Antelope Canyon to see what's up. We walked up the first hill, saw a sign that reminded us to bring water and couldn't figure out why until we crested the hill which was a steep incline of deep sand, actually quite exhausting. Over the top you can see the "hike" which is a staircase of pale rock buried in shifting sand stretching half a mile to the cliff face which was utterly breathtaking. The cliff edge is rocky and craggy, easy to stumble and fall and definitely not hard to imagine a tumble into the bend so be very careful because there is no rail!
Bring water. We didn't. We thought the top of the first hill was the lookout point, we wandered off without water and coming back up we definitely felt it. Outstanding photo opportunities. If you have one, bring your drone. We saw a couple of people taking photos from their drone flown cameras that I can only imagine are out of this world.
My brother and I did this hike last July without GPS. Made a 9 mile hike almost 11. Cairns can be hard to spot, use GPS or at minimum have print directions (what we used.) Watch the weather as we got caught in a flash flood. We were standing right below the cathedral when water burst thorough the first hole. It was terrifying but awesome.
This drive is just beautiful!!! Totally worth it. We took a sedan even though it turns into dirt down the way it's still well-maintained... The views are so exciting on every turn. High red rock canyons, river beds, elevation changes, checkered rock.. red sandy bottoms once you get to the fork in the road at the southern tip of Capitol Reef. At that point we took the fork and went north toward Capitol Reef. Such a serene and peaceful drive, hardly any people.