Horseshoe Bend in Pictures: Why You Need to Visit Arizona

Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Possibly Arizona’s easiest “hike,” Horseshoe Bend is popular for good reason. Stretching a mile across, this dome in the middle of the Colorado River is stunning to behold. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot drop. The bend is 270 degrees around.

If you are staying in Page, Arizona, it’s easy to find Horseshoe Bend. Parking and admission are free and you don’t need a guide to access the bend from the top. Roundtrip, the walk from the parking lot to the cliff is 1.5 miles. It will take 45 minutes and you need to be moderately fit because you’ll be trudging through sand for part of it and there is a mild incline. Here’s a map and guide.

Once you get the cliff, keep your wits about you because there are zero guard rails, not even a rope. Visitors often sit on the edge, dangling their feet over, but it’s easy to get vertigo if you’re standing up taking pictures.

Check out my posts about the wild and wonderful White Pocket as well as the rainbow mountains of Arizona! If you’re in Page, Arizona, you’ll also want to visit Antelope Canyon.

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Is Arizona on your bucket list?

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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38 Comments

  1. Jaycie Sullivan
    Jaycie SullivanReply
    October 26, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Your pictures are amazing! Makes me want to pack my bags right now!

  2. Jason Young
    Jason YoungReply
    October 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    That looks incredible. another one for the bucket list

  3. Nina Bashaw Photography
    Nina Bashaw PhotographyReply
    October 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    WOW, these photos are gorgeous! Makes me want to plan a trip and visit AZ!

  4. Sheena Lastoskie
    Sheena LastoskieReply
    October 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    How have I been to Arizona so many times and not visited this place! Now its on my to do list!! thanks for sharing

  5. Amber
    October 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Oh wow, what amazing photos! I’d love to go here.

  6. Julie Maloney
    October 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    That looks beautiful (and I love your hair). I worked for the airlines before I had kids and went nearly everywhere but I never made it there. I hope to one day.

  7. Michelle
    MichelleReply
    October 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I have always wanted to go there. It looks so beautiful. One of these days I will be able to go and see it all. Thanks for giving tips on where to go and what to expect.

    • Global Girl Travels
      November 5, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Grand Canyon seems to be on everyone’s bucket list, but sometimes it gets pushed to last, which was my experience!

  8. Hey Sharonoox
    October 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Amazing shot! I would want to visit someday. This place looks awesome I’ve add this in my bucket list.

  9. crystal
    October 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    These photos are amazing, It definitely makes me want to visit Arizona.

  10. Mai C.
    October 27, 2016 at 5:07 am

    That’s one of the places that I’d love to see personally. I’ve seen so many friends go there and just savor the breathtaking view!

    • Global Girl Travels
      November 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

      I know! I have so much more of the Grand Canyon to explore myself.

  11. Laura Robinson
    Laura RobinsonReply
    October 27, 2016 at 6:24 am

    You sold me at the first pic! What a gorgeous place to visit. I love exploring unique geography around the world.

    • Global Girl Travels
      November 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Thanks, Laura. Also check out my post about White Pocket, AZ if you love weird landscapes.

  12. T-Nicole Johnson
    T-Nicole JohnsonReply
    October 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful pictures. I have to visit this when I visit Arizona.

  13. Chei Pangan
    Chei PanganReply
    October 28, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Great pictures! I have to visit here. 🙂

  14. ohmummymia
    ohmummymiaReply
    October 28, 2016 at 6:12 am

    omg what a beautiful place. such a great pictures

  15. Anna Nuttall
    October 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful photos, I would love to visit one day. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  16. Bismah Abdelgawad
    Bismah AbdelgawadReply
    October 29, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Amazing photos! The surroundings look so beautiful and peaceful. I would love to visit there with my family.

  17. daytodayMOMents
    daytodayMOMentsReply
    October 29, 2016 at 6:17 am

    This is pretty incredible! Love the way you captured it.

  18. Nicole Cochingco Escat
    Nicole Cochingco EscatReply
    October 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

    wooow, i need to go there! 🙂

  19. Marceline Dementori
    Marceline DementoriReply
    November 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    This place is just ah-mazing! I would love to travel here someday and see the fantastic view myself!

  20. Karla Ramos
    Karla RamosReply
    November 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

    What marvelous pictures. It really is a sight to behold, and considering that this is all nature makes once get teary eyed with its beauty.

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