Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend:

High-aerobatics and dizziness

By Sylvie Berthiaume

Of all the natural sites visited during this trip in Arizona and Utah, we can say that the Horseshoe Bend is the only one where there is a need to have a certain degree of physical endurance just to go see it.

It is first necessary to descend, on approximately 1 km, a very steep hill covered with burning sand: not very difficult. It is on the return, to go back up that the difficulty arises… But the acclamation and the vertigo are really worth the effort.

Emerald and orange

The sandstone cliffs and the meander of the Colorado river, which flows 340 meters further down, create a perfect horseshoe, and cover 20 square kilometers.

But to see it and photograph it entirely, it must either by helicopter or plane, or by lying flat on your stomach at the end of the rocks that overlook it. Absolute caution, especially for children, because there is no guardrail in order to maintain the natural beauty of the site. 

As well, vertigo is assured. Imagine if you remain standing, which is not to be recommended if one wants to avoid losing foot because of the vertigo or if the rock breaks.

Twice rewarding

Horseshoe Bend is located 225 km from the South shore and the North shore of the Grand Canyon, but only 16 km from Antelope Canyon, so you can easily visit the two, without rushing, during the same day.

To stay

If you want to camp or rent a hotel room, unfortunately, there are no facilities on site. You have to stay nearby in the town of Page, or in Flagstaff. 

Horseshoe Bend: A last memorable glance at nature’s beauty, prior to returning in Arizona and Utah on another trip to discover so many more wonders.