We’ve been back from our Spring Break road trip for a couple of weeks now. The road trip was nothing less than amazing. We had the most amazing time and I’m now excited to share with you about our trip. Although Horseshoe Bend wasn’t our first stop, it was one of my most favorite moments, which is why I’m sharing it with you today.
If you haven’t visited Horseshoe Bend, then you’ve probably seen it before plastered all over Instagram and Pinterest. It is picturesque to say the least. If you’re anything like me then the first thing that popped up in your head when you first saw an image of Horseshoe Bend is that you HAVE to go there. Let it be known, you totally need to go.
Visiting Beautiful Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.
Where is Horseshoe Bend Located?
I know that you clearly see in the title that it is located in Page, Arizona. However, it may be likely that you don’t even know where that is. Certainly the most notable place you’ll know in Arizona is Grand Canyon. From Grand Canyon it takes about two hours to drive to Page, Arizona. In our case we drove to Page from Moab, Utah, that drive was about a five-hour drive.
Does it costs to get into Horseshoe Bend?
For us it didn’t cost to get into Horseshoe Bend, however, they are currently renovating the parking area and you’ll have to take a shuttle to get to Horseshoe Bend. The shuttle was $5 per person. I currently have no idea how much it’ll cost to park or even enter the area once the renovation is complete.
You can pay for the shuttle when you arrive or pay online ahead of time. We paid online as we were unsure what to expect and wanted to ensure we were good to go once we arrived. If you want to pay ahead of time you can do so by going to this link HERE. The renovations are expected to be complete at the end of April 2019, so I’ll update once I know more. To get to the area where the shuttle will pick you up is a couple of miles from the entrance of Horseshoe Bend.
Is the hike an easy hike?
The hike to Horseshoe Bend from the entrance is a short hike that’s about 1-mile round trip. The hike itself is an easy hike but does have some hills, is sandy in some places and rocky in areas as well. It is definitely not for someone who is wheelchair bound or who has trouble walking on uneven surfaces. However, it does look as though some of the construction that they’re doing includes a road winding around the parking area to the front of Horseshoe Bend. This could possibly make it easier for visitors with walking issues to view it in the near future.
Is Horseshoe Bend safe?
Horseshoe Bend is safe as long as you’re careful and take precaution. Here are a few tips:
- If there is a rail, stay BEHIND it
- There is a lot of open areas where there are not rails. You can got to the edge but use caution
- Keep kids away from the edge
- It’s a rocky area to walk on, be cautious when walking
- Wear proper shoes. Hiking boots or tennis shoes would be best in my opinion. More so tennis shoes as it isn’t totally necessary to wear boots unless you really want to explore the area
Additional Tips For Horseshoe Bend
As I noted, the actual hike to Horseshoe Bend less than 1-mile round trip. Perhaps you only want to look at it and go. Maybe you want to spend the whole afternoon. Here are some tips that’ll be essential to take with you.
- Although it’s not absolutely necessary to bring water, I’d suggest you do. This is especially true to those visiting in the Summer months or planning on exploring more of the area.
- Whether you’re going for a few minutes or a few hours, bring your phone or camera. You’ll absolutely want to capture these views.
- Bring a picnic. This is such an amazing and peaceful place, it’s perfect to just sit and take in all it’s beauty while you snack.
- Wear proper walking shoes. You’ll be walking up a hill of sand and rocky areas that are unleveled. You’ll want to make sure your feet are protected.
- There are bathrooms in the soon-to-be parking area, but I didn’t see any elsewhere. You may want to go prior to heading on the trail.
All-in-all, I would absolutely recommend a visit to Horseshoe Bend. It was on my Bucketlist for a while and I am glad that I finally checked it off. I would totally go again too, it’s that gorgeous of a view.
If you have any questions about Horseshoe Bend, ask below.
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