In pictures: Peering over the edge of Horseshoe Bend
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 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.