Horseshoe Bend Trail

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Horseshoe Bend Trail is a 2.4 kilometer 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: 2.4 km Elevation Gain: 74 m 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
3 days ago

Great short hike. Don’t miss it if you get the chance

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Clean bathrooms. Well maintained.

hiking
7 days ago

Very easy walk, lots of people. $10/car to get in. Wish this was a 5 mile hike that was rated as “hard” so there’d be less people.

hiking
9 days ago

2/13/2020 so many people! They rerouted the trail to be more tourism focused, so what you see on all trails is not accurate. Would recommend at mid day (at least in winter) for lighting purposes

hiking
14 days ago

New easy trail

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool, short little hike with some mild vertical. Well worth the time. I wasn't really digging on the $10 fee to spend an hour there but I decided to play tourist and do it. When you get there, the view is fantastic so I'd call it worth it. I took pictures from the edge that had a rail, I also took pictures of the morons standing on the edge of the 1000 foot drop. If you spend 5 minutes here, it's no mystery as to why people keep falling off the Grand Canyon.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Easy trail to get to the Horseshoe Bend vista point. Amazing views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful place to visit. Although it's crowded from all the people wanted to get their photo in front of it, there is a large expanse of cliff to spread out along. The hike isn't difficult to get from the parking lot to the lookout point, it's just a little steep. It's ridiculous that the price for parking is $10 with no reentry, but worth spending the money to see this beautiful sight once in your life. Definitely recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy with a slight inline on the way back up. Horseshoe bend is a wonderful view. Expect crowding as it is a very popular spot.

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1 month ago

The parking lot and fee stations are new since I last visited in 2018. The trail also seems to be a lot more maintained. It’s a super easy hike, with lots of kids and tourists. It’s a great site to see! Morning and summer lights are probably better to light up the canyon and brighten the colors.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy and quick! Beautiful view and lots of viewing spots. $10 for the day - only takes about 30 mins out and back

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1 month ago

Beautiful overlook, but I wouldn’t call this a hike. Commercialized nature. Sandy, but firm ground walkway of about 1.2 miles-round trip. Parking for RVs and buses. You will not have a private viewing. I recommend noon or later for lighting.

hiking
1 month ago

Very commercial and lots of tourists on the path - go early, pretty though! Spent maybe 30 minutes round trip. Cold in early january !

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walkway- sandy and gravel. We went around 730 AM and there were already a good number of people there. Beautiful view. There is a steep hill but it’s an easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

You will turn off the highway in Page AZ to a toll booth and parking lot (no military discount..just fyi). We parked, took a walking trail roughly 1 mile down to the 'bend'. I was unhappy as there were 800-900 people there (not an exaggeration). Tour buses with travelers stop here throughout the day and it has become so popular I was more interested in the people taking pictures for instagram. No problem bringing our dogs, and saw 2 other dogs there on leash (goes without saying I hope that this is not an off-leash situation). Even saw a lady carrying a cat on a leash. People have gotten hurt/killed here in the recent past. Use caution and if you bring kids/dogs/elderly people keep them in your sight at all times.

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2 months ago

ticket:$10 per car.

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2 months ago

Great views - definitely worth getting up to watch the sunrise!

hiking
2 months ago

20 mins. amazing view. 10 bucks

running
2 months ago

great views!

recorded Recording - Nov 30, 12:45 PM

hiking
2 months ago

Great! Just finished Lower Antelope Canyon through Ted's Tours. It was great!

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2 months ago

Not much of a “hike” if at all, but Horseshoe Bend is a sight to see. Sit on the edge and take it in.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

A lot of Sand in the trail, but the view at sunset is amazing. Recommended for a quick stop.

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3 months ago

Short hike, half thru sand $10 to park. View is amazing

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3 months ago

Not really much of a trail. You walk from the parking lot to the viewpoint and walk back. Great sight to see, but too many people and not worth the $10 parking fee.

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