Horseshoe Bend- a must see!

Horseshoe Bend is awe-inspiring & majestic, you will stand 1,100 feet above the Colorado River, sit on the edge!


Horseshoe Bend by Sunset

Whether this is your first or hundredth visit to this awe-inspiring bend in the Colorado River, you are guaranteed to see something new. The colors of the rocks change throughout the day, the shadows move in and out of the canyons, and as the river flows, it sparkles and shines in different shades of green and blue

Horseshoe Bend is just ten minutes from our house. It’s a fairly easy walk, about 1.5 miles round trip, a hill up from the parking lot, then a slight up hill and then downhill through some soft sand and across uneven rock, I have taken my 90 year old Mum there, but it would be a challenge for someone with a wheelchair or who struggled to walk.  There are no guardrails, keep pets on a leash and kids well supervised.

Horseshoe Bend is one of those wonders that was carved out over millenia by the waters of the Colorado River as it made its way down through Grand Canyon. Summers can be very hot as there is no shade with the exception of a small gazebo structure halfway to the overlook, but no other shade, no other seating, no other bathrooms, no amenities. The hike will start from the parking lot and is extremely easy to follow. The first part of the trail up to the gazebo is all uphill, but it is a gentle climb. As you reach the gazebo, you may choose to take a breather, as there are benches under the gazebo, or you can just continue on, as the rest of the hike is downhill to the overlook.

At this time there is no entry charge and the bathrooms are porta-potties.  Bring water, wear sunscreen & sunglasses & decent shoes for uneven ground (but the red sand can stain so don’t wear something that will be ruined), use a hat if you are sensitive to the sun.

There are some remarkable photos taken at sunset, but depending on the season, you may end up with parts of the canyon in shade at times other than midday.

horseshoe bend from the edge