There are a ton of really cool natural wonders here in Arizona: The Grand Canyon, Montezuma Well, The Petrified Forest, The Painted Desert, and so many more. On a chilly winter trip up to Page, we decided to take a quick stop at one place you may have seen in photographs before: Horseshoe Bend.
The Colorado River bends at an intense 270-degree angle through the Navajo Sandstone canyon at Horseshoe Bend. The waters can appear various shades of green and blue and the canyon walls show a beautiful array of layers of rocks that have been carved for over thousands of years.
Many thanks to 2BlueEyes for braving the rocks to snag some of these photos!
Tips for Visiting
- You will park and do a very light hike for about 5-10 minutes, depending on your pace, before you reach the overlook. Dress accordingly!
- Depending on the time of day, this place will be bumping. We went towards sunset and the place was swarming with people trying to get their pictures. Be prepared to share the spot with quite a few other people.
- There are no fences or railings anywhere near the bend. The area is mostly sand and uneven rocks, so watch your footing.
- There are also quite a few flies. If that bothers you, make sure you wear longer sleeves and a hat to keep them at bay.
- Take time to enjoy the view without your phone or camera. Everyone I saw there was so aggressive and into getting their obligatory “fun pics” that I wonder if they got anything out of the trip beyond the picture. Also, be prepared to wait for your perfect photo; patience will be your friend if you’re looking for just the right shot.
Arizona’s natural wonder continues to astound! I’m glad I went but I’m also glad I didn’t spend too much time fighting the crowds to get pictures.