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Horseshoe Bend Trail is a 1.7 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 and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 187 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

NOTE: As of July 2020, the route on this page has been updated to reflect the trail reroute. 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)

Park at the base of the hill. Vehicles are prohibited beyond the end of the parking lot at the base of the hill.

Approximately 5 miles (8 km) 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. Vehicles are prohibited beyond the end of the parking lot at the base of the hill. The Google maps location takes you to a parking lot with a shuttle ($20), the actual parking lot is slightly north of the shuttle lot and only costs $10 to park. It's a nice paved lot with an attendant booth. The $10 is well worth the view. They're still building the wheelchair accessible trail.

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Mason Bryant
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Awesome trail, no shade at all so bring plenty of water. One of the prettiest things I’ve seen in my life.

Sayali V
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HikingNo shade

Visited this almost a year ago in August and it was way too hot outside. But its was worth the efforts for breathtaking views of horseshoe bend. Colorado river looks at its best with switch back.

Chris Rolbiecki
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Hiking

Very short hike but great views. Not many people on the hike 7/13/2020 8:45am 92* $10 fee to get in.

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Victoria Nguyen
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HikingNo shade

Completed April 22, 2019. Super pretty end result as I’m sure everyone and their mothers have seen. Small short hike down to the overlook. Bring proper shoes, the amount of people I saw struggling down the hill because they wanted to look good for their Instagram pictures was hilarious. Also saw a bunch of people so close to the edge for their Instagram photos... I thought they were going to fall off. When I went the parking lot was tiny but I was there at 8am and was able to get parking (although lighting was casting a huge shadow).. They were also expanding it and adding hand rails to the canyon.

Alyssa Marie
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HikingFee

Super easy trail. Would be brutal during the day due to heat. Did this at sunset around 6pm and was perfect. Lots of crowds although plenty of people wearing masks. However - there were also the groups of 10 that span the walkway and make social distancing hard at times. Overall - worth the experience. Pictures don’t do this place justice.

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Sara Gammon
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HikingFeeNo shade
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ReSy !
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky
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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Hiking

Neat to see but a little overrated in my opinion - also didn’t know it cost $10 to get in. Neat little pit stop to stretch the legs on the way to Grand Canyon.

Joshua Baker
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Fee

One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! Marred by the ridiculous parking fee charged by the city of Page, which also resulted in a rerouted trail that seems to take twice as long as before. Two newer shade structures everybody seemed to be using. The view is five stars though. Trail itself is completely uninteresting. You would think if the city is going to make a big deal out of their new parking lot and fee structure that they'd at least put up a few educational or informational signs about how this beautiful site came to be.

Ashley Park
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HikingNo shade

It's a really short trail to the horseshoe bend lookout point. It is downhill on the way there and then uphill on the way back. It does get really hot because the area is completely exposed to sun so water is a must. There were a few shade points along the way for people to stop and catch their breath or cool down if they needed too. The all trails trail takes you past the fenced photo op area further in but in my opinion the view of the bend is better over where the trail takes you than just stopping at the fenced off area. Saw some people crossing into the area closed for revegetation, evidently lots of dogs having to walk the hot path, just be conscientious for nature and animals.

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Matt Marcotte
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HikingNo shade
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Jackie Ricks
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Hiking

Slightly sandy, but paved path. Full sun with two shaded stops along the way. You know that quiet when snow falls? It was like that somehow, even with people milling about. Gorgeous views.

Parker Morgan
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HikingFeeNo shade

Short 25 minute hike to the Bend. There are maybe 3 man-made shade spots along the trail. It is a $10 fee to get to the trailhead. There are also free bathrooms at the parking lot.

Christopher Green
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HikingFeeNo shade

Small Hike about 26 min walk In&Out amazing view. Not alot of people. Dog friendly.

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Janice Bogasky
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HikingGreat!No shade

Lots of parking. Short walk down to Horseshoe Bend. Crowded. Great overlook. Worth the trip. Cool.

Kimberly R
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Beautiful views. Kinda crowded, but still plenty of space to explore. Short hike from the parking lot. Was a great stop on our way home to Utah from visiting Sedona.

Angelique Sierras
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FeeNo shadeRocky

$7 parking fee, it's a short walk there and back in 30mins. the bend is beautiful and rocky if you want to walk around the horseshoe. wear tennis if you wanna walk around. best time to go is early morning. I went around 5am and it was beautiful with the sun rising.

Christopher Sykes
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HikingFee

Spectacular views, but a bit crowded as it's such a short trail. Path is now paved and different/smidge longer than listed here. Clocked it on my Garmin watch at 1mile. Definitely worth checking out a sunset if you are in the area!

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Jason Sofia
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Hiking

Good views, very crowded

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Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

Bendy... for pictures and more fun adventures in the southwest follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen :)

Sydney Paulsen
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Hiking

Easy trail with a truly spectacular view. 2 shade spots along the way & dogs are allowed

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