How to Visit Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend overlook AZ is located near Page, Arizona, along the Colorado River. It is a breathtaking natural wonder known for its iconic horseshoe-shaped curve carved into the red sandstone cliffs, offering visitors stunning panoramic views of the emerald green river and the surrounding desert landscape.

What you will find in this blog on how to visit Horseshoe Bend

How to get there



what to bring/wear





Colorado river with red cliffs a cloudy blue sky

Getting to Horseshoe Bend Overlook

To reach Horseshoe Bend AZ, a short 10-minute drive south on U.S. Route 89 from Page will lead you to a designated parking lot off the highway. It’s important to note that there is a $10 parking fee charged by the city of Page. Due to its immense popularity, the parking lot tends to fill up quickly, so it’s advisable to plan your visit in advance and arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds. I wrote this guide on how to visit Horseshoe Bend to help you plan your visit. There are pit toilets at the end of the parking lot so be sure to use them if needed before the hike. There are no restroom facilities out at the viewpoint.

The Hike to Horseshoe Bend Overlook

The trail is well-maintained and ADA-compliant. There are slight grade changes on the way out to the viewpoint. I have been there twice, once at mid-morning and once at sunset. Both times I avoided the heat of the day but if it is hot, plan in advance. You will need a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water; be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. Once you leave your car there is no shade aside from a couple of canopies along the hike for relief from the sun. There is no shade at the viewpoint.

Colorado river with red cliffs a cloudy blue sky


At the viewpoint, you’ll find a viewing platform with railings, providing a safe vantage point to take in the awe-inspiring scenery. While it can get crowded at times, some adventurous individuals may venture off the platform to experience the cliff’s edge. However, caution must be exercised as it can be windy up top. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that there are no restroom facilities at the viewpoint, so it’s advisable to use the pit toilets located at the parking lot before embarking on the hike.

people behind a handrail on a platform
Hikers at the rim of the cliff

Photography at Horseshoe Bend Overlook

The mid-morning sunlight illuminates the river below, when the sun is high enough to light up the river below but not yet mid day is a great time for photography. Also, sunset is a very popular time at the overlook. You will find many people there however as soon as the sun sets most people leave right away. If you stay just a little after sunset there are fewer people and you can watch the light change in the canyon. Be sure to bring a wide-angle lens and tripod.

Colorado river with red Cliffs had a cloudy blue sky

Wide angle lens for a cell phone

Parting thoughts

In essence, a visit to Horseshoe Bend overlook offers an unforgettable opportunity to witness the harmonious blend of nature’s artistry and geological wonders. From the panoramic views to the exhilarating hike, it’s an experience that will leave you in awe of the splendor of our natural world. Just remember to plan ahead, come prepared, and take necessary safety precautions to make the most of your visit to this breathtaking destination.

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