I have seen numerous fascinating pictures of the Horseshoe bend in Arizona and have been planning to visit it for a long time. We decided to spend a weekend in Page, Arizona and needless to say, the first thing we did in Page was taking a short hike to see the magnificent naturally formed Horseshoe bend along the Colorado river.
We had an early start to visit the Horseshoe Bend before taking our tour to the Upper Antelope Canyon. It is a good thing we decided to visit the Horseshoe Bend in the morning because it was not crowded and there were just 2 or 3 other cars in the parking lot.
The short sandy trail from the parking lot was tad steep and I thought I was going to see the horseshoe bend once I reach the top. But then realized that there was another stretch of walk on the canyon sands. On the way, we noticed a number of black beetles and later learned from a tour guide that they are often seen when it is sunny.
The trail ended at the canyon edges, from where we saw the famous Horseshoe bend. What a beauty it was! Also extremely nerve-wracking because it is a merciless 1000 feet drop from the canyon cliffs. Being acrophobic made it worse! But it is an experience of a lifetime and I’m glad I mustered all of my courage (I have very little of it), prayed all the Gods in the world (although I believe there is only God) and peeked at the formation of the horseshoe bend among the deep gorges.
To get an elaborate view of the horseshoe bend, I lay down on my stomach and literally crawled on the canyon to reach the edges. The only thing I hoped is, the cliffs were strong enough to hold my weight. And here I was, literally at the edge of a 1000 feet high cliff.
I noticed a couple of camp tents at the bottom of the Horseshoe bend and a few boats nearby. Wow, people were camping there?! Unbelievable!
We got a few nice pictures of the Horseshoe bend. A gentleman nearby offered to take pictures of us. Then we started walking towards the car. The hike to the canyon seemed to be easier than the way back. Not that it is a long hike because it just a quarter mile or so, but walking on the sands was a bit challenging.
- Free parking; plenty of parking spaces available
- There is no shade at all in the trail; ensure you have your caps and ample water
- It is very windy, be prepared