Horseshoe Bend in Pictures: Why You Need to Visit Arizona

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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. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Jaycie Sullivan

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

  • Jason Young

    That looks incredible. another one for the bucket list

  • Nina Bashaw Photography

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

  • Sheena Lastoskie

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

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

  • 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.

  • Michelle

    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.

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • Laura Robinson

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

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

  • T-Nicole Johnson

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

  • Chei Pangan

    Great pictures! I have to visit here. 🙂

  • ohmummymia

    omg what a beautiful place. such a great pictures

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

  • Bismah Abdelgawad

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

  • daytodayMOMents

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

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    wooow, i need to go there! 🙂

  • Marceline Dementori

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

  • Karla Ramos

    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.