Why the Horseshoe Bend is definitely worth a detour

Yes, it’s a monotone view and yes, it looks about the same in every picture, but still, the view on the Horseshoe Bend was one of my favorites of my entire trip.

I can’t quite put a finger on it why it left such a big impression on me, but it’s just such a beautiful place which is definitely worth a little detour.


Right before entering Page, on a exit of the Interstate 89, you’ll find the path that leads to the viewpoint of the Horseshoe Bend. From the parking lot to the viewpoint it’s about a fifteen-minute easy hike through the sand, but it can get very hot there, so be prepared and bring water, sunscreen and a hat.

This view on the Colorado River is one of the most photographed places in the area and it’s easy to see why. It’s pretty damn photogenic. If you want to capture all of it, you’ll need a wide-angle lens, but I’m also pretty happy with my result without a special lens. I just love how all the colors of nature blend together.

Although I must say I had about fifty heart attacks looking at people risking their lives just to get a cool and unique picture there. It was very windy at the cliff overlooking the Horseshoe Bend and there are no railings or anything else protecting you from the 1000 foot (300m) drop. Many tourists were nearly hanging over the cliff to get that one perfect shot and I swear it’s a miracle no one fell down.

But you don’t have to have a near-death experience to just see this wonder of nature. The trick is to go lie flat on your belly and just scoot to the edge of the cliff. This way you can capture most of it without risking your life.

Whether or not you’re looking to get the perfect picture, it’s definitely worth your time to go check it out as it’s really, really beautiful.



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