On a Sunday morning in April 2018, after staying a night in Page, Arizona and visiting Lower Antelope Canyon on Saturday, we made our way up to check out Horseshoe Bend.
The access for the trail to Horseshoe Bend is located approximately 2.5 miles to the south of the roundabout in Page on U.S. Hwy 89. You will see a sign and a specific turn lane to take a right to the parking lot.
We knew we would need to get an early start as we had read that the parking lot fills up quickly. So, by my definition of an early start, we began our hike at around 9am. Luckily, it was a beautiful day with a high temperature in the low 70 degree (Fahrenheit) range.
It’s a very good thing that it wasn’t any warmer, because it felt HOT!
The sign at the beginning of the trail warns hikers to bring water and to make sure to drink it. Even though I know better, I didn’t listen. Word to the wise future visitor of Horseshoe Bend – take water. If it’s a hot day, which most days in the summer will be, take LOTS OF WATER!
Now, when I say that the hike is uphill both ways, I mean it. It starts out up a fairly steep and sandy hill, where it comes to a summit and leads down the hill toward the edge of the cliff. There is no shade on this 1.3 mile hike, so wear sunscreen and take it easy.
Once we made our way to the end of the hike where we came to the edge of a cliff with many other visitors, we were met with some pretty spectacular scenery.
As you can imagine, if you have a fear of heights, you might not enjoy this view. There are no railings currently (but it does look like they’re in the process of building some), and there is loose rock and sand anywhere you walk. Be very careful when looking over the edge. There are a lot of other people around, so be aware of your surroundings and where others are. I can’t tell you how many times I thought someone was going to go over the cliff… but I’m a bit of a worrier.
Once we had our fill of the view and the crowds, we started our way back up the hill toward the parking lot. Pace yourself for this climb as it’s a steady elevation increase.
By the time we got back to the parking lot, there were hardly any parking spaces left and a few tour buses had arrived. I definitely recommend getting an early start (probably 7:30-8am) in order to avoid the heat of the day and the heavy crowds.
It is a great photo opportunity, so if you’re ever near Page, Arizona, you should take a little time to check out Horseshoe Bend.