Horseshoe Bend Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Page, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Located in the Paria Canyon- Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Horseshoe Bend is approximately 5 miles south of Carl Hayden Visitor Center on U.S. Hwy 89 just south of highway marker 545, turn at the sign onto the dirt road which ascends the small hill. Park at the base of the hill, it’s a decently sized lot so you will for sure be able to find a parking spot. Make sure to pay $10 parking fee where the attendant is located before heading up towards the overlook! (Note: National Park Annual Passes are not accepted here.) Famous for its beauty, Horseshoe Bend sees hundreds of visitors every day and is an attraction you have to stop by and check out. It is absolutely beautiful no matter what time it is however the most picturesque time would be during sunset. People may disagree, but when I went, the whole horseshoe bend lights up and becomes stunning. While I was there during sunset, I also saw many wedding photos being taken, so if that doesn’t convince you that sunset is the right time to go, I don’t know what would! Make sure to stand on the edge and look down, it’s an experience you just don’t want to miss! Note that horseshoe bend has little to no rails, so take caution with children especially near the cliff sides. You’re also going to be trekking up a lot of sand so make sure to wear closed toe shoes (no hiking shoes required, athletic shoes or sneakers are good enough), it might be practical to wear a hat (because there’s no shade) and a scarf or face mask, especially when it’s windy. (You may get wind slapped by a bunch of sand while you’re heading up the hill. This is caused by mother nature or from the people walking in front of you.) What to Bring/Wear: -Camera (you’re for sure going to want to take pictures) -Closed toe shoes -If it’s windy, it would be smart to bring a face mask (because you will get sand in your face) -Cash (If you park in the parking lot, the fee is $10) -Water (this hike may be “easy and short,” but you’ll be thirsty heading uphill towards the bend)

hiking
2 days ago

Super easy trail. Well maintained. View is amazing!

awesome short trail with awesome view. 10 bucks to get in. make sure to bring water and a hat. there is no shade

Great lookout point, easy hike. $10 admission fee.

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no shade
6 days ago

6 days ago

drove 4 hours special for this beautiful place!!! short and easy and pup safe!!!

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no shade
8 days ago

Great views and not as many people as we were expecting for a weekend midday. It definitely gets hot so bring more water than you think you need. There are a few shelters built along the way for some shade, but they were all really crowded. All in all, it’s a must see in AZ.

hiking
13 days ago

8.4.19- Great, short , walk to Horseshoe Bend. Great views.

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14 days ago

Caught the sunset on HB, beautiful views. Only took a 30 minute round trip there and back.

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14 days ago

Beautiful short hike. Not a lot of shade but there are shade stops.

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14 days ago

Did this yesterday (5/21) so it’s open and it’s so gorgeous! Absolutely breathtaking! I did wear a jacket for the wind.

walking
no shade
16 days ago

Nice short trail with beautiful views! My dogs loved it!! It can be a little scary when taking pictures closer to the edge especially when it gets windy. We were a bit off trail when the wind started blowing and the sand started attacking us and it hurt! Otherwise, it was very beautiful. There was supposed to be a fee of $10, but due to COVID no one was at the entrance and has a sign that says, "No Entrance Fee." I was here 5.19.20.

hiking
17 days ago

Hot but not very crowded. While we had seen pictures, the view still amazed us - a truly spectacular natural feature. An easy hike - we walked it in the evening after hiking 15 miles in the morning.

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21 days ago

Nice flat trail to the overlook. Very easy, except for the direct sun and extreme heat. We went in early May. Overlook is beautiful. Just like all the pictures.

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22 days ago

Easy hike all around! My dog loved it!! We were there 4/24/2020. Great time of day for photos and went back that night to capture the sunset.

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no shade
26 days ago

Easy hike down to the Bend but can be a little challenging on the way up because your climbing up hill. Bring water with you especially in the summer. The view is beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

PROs: Easy hike! Beautiful views! CONs: So crowded but it’s a given with such beautiful scenery.

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1 month ago

Incredible!!! It is crowded so be patient with all the people around. An easy hike even in the snow and definitely worth seeing.

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1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Great area for photos

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

no shade
2 months ago

Amazing view of the Grand Canyon. Make sure to bring water with you and get ready to be surrounded by hundreds of other tourists.

hiking
2 months ago

They constructed a new trail that goes in a different direction than this. Not too long, very pretty. Gorgeous view, just, as would be expected, a lot of people around

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no shade
2 months ago

This is one of a kind view! It’s among those few places that actually look like in the picture!!! You won’t be disappointed! Not really a hike, I would say and that makes it really good for families. The trail is dusty, so please I wouldn’t recommend to bring white running shoes. Its March and 57 degrees feels like 90! I can’t imagine coming here during summer. I also noticed some boats down there in the river and it’s now definitely among the things to do next time!

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no shade
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

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2 months ago

You have to go at least once :) It is so incredibly crowded, and very much a tourist destination, not a hike.

walking
2 months ago

Easy trail with a great view at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Highly trafficked trail so easy to follow. There is little to no shade on the path so dress accordingly and stay hydrated. Once you come to the bend you can tell why it's such a popular view point. It's massive making it one of those places where you really feel how small you are in comparison. Breathe taking. But please be aware of the edges at all times AND the people around you. One false step or slip could end your life.

hiking
2 months ago

You feel very small in this place! Watch out for the crazy gusts of wind!

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