Exploring Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
When to Visit Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend Overlook faces due West. Therefore, during the pre-sunrise and post-sunset hours, the view of the Colorado River below does tend to be in shadow. All other times during the day, it’s fully visible.
The dramatic river bend blends in with the terrain as you hike to the edge.
There is no shade on the hike but it’s a quick 1.2 mile out and back trail. Get more hike details at AllTrails.com
There are no guard rails! If you are scared of heights you will be scared to death. When you look down off the edge, you will be looking down 1000 feet to the Colorado River! (I literally crawled to the edge to try to get the full photo of the bend, which is almost impossible without a wide angle lens OR a huge selfie stick with a go pro on the end. (fastened securely so you don’t lose it over the edge) Without those things, it’s impossible to get the full shot. I had to photoshop my 4 images into one full image.
Update: I’ve been back to Horseshoe Bend a second time, and we also went floating in the Colorado River way down below! I learned from the raft guide that strong winds have blown people over the edge of overlook, which terrified me. At the time it had already happened to 4 people that year! So I would highly recommend to not get to close tot he edge especially if it’s a windy day. And to keep this tip in mind anytime you are standing on the edge of an overlook without guardrails. You never know when a strong gust of wind can come through.
What to Bring //
Wide Angle Lens
Extra long Go Pro selfie stick
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