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In pictures: Peering over the edge of Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA

Called a mini Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend in Arizona is a perfect meandering arc of the Colorado River that has cut its way down through the sandstone over million of years. Located not far from the town of Page, a dusty roadside path leads you uphill through the sand and down the other side. The land looks completely flat until you get right into the rim of the canyon, then it suddenly drops down over 1000 feet to the river. There are no guard rails or safety features here, you can get as close to the edge as your head for heights lets you. Sitting on the rim was as close as I was getting, but I did see some precariously perched tripods. You can sometimes see tiny rafts below, and can take a day trip from Page if you want to get a different – and less precarious – perspective on Horseshoe Bend from the water below.

Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA
Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA
Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA
Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA
Horseshoe Bend rock formation in Arizona, USA
Horseshoe Bend is just south of the town of Page in Arizona near Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. Take Highway 89 south from Page to between mileposts 544 and 545. There’s a car park signed off to the right where the walking trail starts, which is about half a mile each way. Entry is free.

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  1. It looks beautiful- I can’t believe I have never been!

    May 27, 2013
    • Anywhere else It’d probably be a big visitor attraction but there are some many stunning landscapes here that it’s just a tiny car park off the side of the road!

      May 27, 2013
  2. Beautiful place!

    May 27, 2013
    • Shows the amazing force of nature that the river has cut its way down so far!

      May 27, 2013
  3. Wow! What a magnificent landscape!

    May 27, 2013
    • So much amazing scenery in the southwest, I’ve still got a few hundred photos to go through!

      May 27, 2013
  4. Amazing shots – what stunning views…

    May 27, 2013
    • The weirdest part was that it was totally in the middle of nowhere and you couldn’t see anything until you got right to the edge.

      May 27, 2013
  5. You are so brave sitting on that rock! As usual, stunning pictures.

    May 27, 2013
    • I did shuffle over to that edge very carefully and kept a very tight hold onto my camera!

      May 27, 2013
  6. Wow! I HAVE to go here the next time I’m in Arizona!

    May 27, 2013
    • I think I first saw a photo of it in a magazine and thought the same, so when I was planning my route we had to stop here!

      May 27, 2013
  7. Fantastic shots, Lucy. What a place! I can see you gripping tight. 🙂

    May 27, 2013
    • Ha ha, yes I definitely have a slightly nervous smile and was glad to get away from the edge again!

      May 27, 2013
  8. Hey Lucy, i love these pictures. How far away is it from Arizona? If we drive..

    May 28, 2013
    • Hi Michelle, it’s just south of the Utah-Arizona border, around 5 miles from Page. So would be about 180 miles from Flagstaff (there’s some road damage to the 89 south of Page a the moment so normally it would be about 30 miles shorter than that).

      May 28, 2013
    • HI Lucy, thank you. We will try to visit it one day. I am linking to your post this week on Friday. Thank you for this. I enjoyed this.

      May 29, 2013
  9. Reblogged this on My Scrapbook Diary and commented:
    One of my favorite travel moments was in 2009 when I was on the road trip in U.S. and I saw Horsesshue Bend. At home, a friend gave me the coordinates for exactly this place, we typed the coordinates into our GPS, but we did not know how it looked. It was just such a beautiful moment when we saw it for the first time.

    May 28, 2013
    • Thanks for reblogging and glad to bring back some good memories!

      May 28, 2013
  10. That’s great. I never heard of it until I read your post. You sure were daring when you posed for that picture.

    May 28, 2013
    • There are so many impressive landscapes in this area I think it gets a bit overlooked. I wasn’t quite as close to the edge as it looks though, but near enough for me!

      May 28, 2013
  11. Super shots. We never made it here – one for the next trip 🙂

    May 30, 2013
    • You can never see it all on one trip – good to have an excuse to go back sometime!

      May 30, 2013
  12. A dream in orange and blue. Amazing how good these two colors go together. This place is actually on my bucket list (the one I keep in my drawer not the one on my blog haha!)

    May 30, 2013
    • Gorgeous colours aren’t they. I’d never heard of it til I started planning this trip but it was one of the highlights.

      May 30, 2013
  13. Do I smell Antelopes coming?
    You captured it much better than I did 2 years ago. We found all the attractions near Page more Jaw dropping than the grand canyon.

    June 1, 2013
    • You would do if it the weather hadn’t turned against us – not long after all these lovely sunny photos there was a huge storm and a flash flood warning so no Antelope Canyon for us, gives me an excuse for a return visit though!

      June 4, 2013
  14. Me has llevado hasta donde jamás imaginé.

    June 1, 2013
  15. WOW! Another one for the ever growing bucket list!
    How do you do these “you might also like” links at the end of the post? I always wanted to do the same, but can’t figure out how.
    Thanks!

    June 10, 2013
    • Thanks. The related links are through Zemanta – its an add on to your internet browser that brings up a window within WordPress and suggests related posts (either generally or you can set it for just your own posts).

      June 10, 2013
    • Thank you so much! I was looking for something like that for a while, but never found one that works with wordpress.

      June 11, 2013
  16. Lucy, lovely shots! I like the contrast of colorful ones and black and white, as they draw the eye to different details. How long did you spend in the American West?

    June 17, 2013
    • Thanks Tricia, I’ve been enjoying experimenting with the black and white shots as a bit of variety. We spend just over two weeks road-tripping around the southwest (through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado) – I took so many photos I’ll be writing about it for months!

      June 18, 2013

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