All you need to visit Horseshoe Bend, in Arizona

Horseshoe Bend Arizona

Horseshoe Bend has become one of the most photographed places in Arizona and it’s also a major social media spot. Why? Because of the intriguing shape of this part of the Colorado River that bent so much it became shaped like a horseshoe. While being here, you’ll be able to walk around and admire the magnificent phenomenon that nature created. If you are planning on visiting Horseshoe Bend, find out here all you need to plan your trip.


Where is Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is located in the city of Page which is in the northern corner of Arizona right on the border with Utah, making it accessible from either the Grand Canyon National Park or one of the National Parks in Utah.



How to get to Horseshoe Bend

To get to Horseshoe Bend you’ll have to drive to the city of Page, in Arizona. If you don’t want to set up a base in Page, you can add it as a stop on a road trip and combine it with other cities in Arizona and Utah. Here are the nearest main points of attraction in order to plan your itinerary:

  • Sedona, AZ to Horseshoe Bend: 160 miles
  • Phoenix, AZ to Horseshoe Bend: 270 miles
  • Grand Canyon National Park to Horseshoe Bend: 220 miles
  • GettiZion National Park to Horseshoe Bend: 120 miles
  • Moab, UT to Horseshoe Bend: 270 miles, if you are visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Horseshoe Bend Hike

Once in the city of Page, you’ll drive to the trailhead parking lot where the hike will start. From the parking lot, you’ll hike 1.5 miles (round trip) over a flat, wide, and accessible paved trail.


At the end of the hike, you’ll find a viewpoint where you can stop and gaze upon Horseshoe Bend, but you can also walk around the surrounding area and explore a bit more to find different angles and views of this remarkable place.

Please note that, although the trail is an easy walk, there’s very little shade on the trail to or at Horseshoe Bend, so be sure to bring water and be careful when out in the middle of the day.



How much is it to visit Horseshoe Bend

There is a fee of US$ 10 for parking.



Where to stay near Horseshoe Bend

The city of Page has many hotels to choose from while visiting Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. Here are some options:

Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell

Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Lake Powell Resort



Places to eat around Horseshoe Bend

When it’s time to eat, head to Big John’s BBQ, Fiesta Mexicana, Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge, or LP Espresso.

If you are on a road trip, Page also has a Walmart and a Safeway grocery store to stock up.


Where to go from Horseshoe Bend

As part of a Southwest road trip, be sure to add one of these places to your itinerary after visiting Horseshoe Bend:

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Coral Pink Sand Dunes and other state parks in Utah

Zion National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Antelope Canyon

Arches National Park 

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Petrified Forest National Park


Want to visit more destinations in the Southwest? Make sure to read:

Monument Valley Travel Guide


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