Horseshoe Bend is where the Colorado River makes a giant sweeping horseshoe shaped bend in the canyon. It’s a picturesque perspective and you get a wide panoramic view of it. 

Horseshoe Bend is one of the top places to visit in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page in northeast Arizona, close to the Utah border. The parking lot and trailhead is located off US Highway 89, approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.

Visiting Horseshoe Bend

There isn’t much to do at Horseshoe Canyon itself, except gaze in wonder, although it depends on how many photos you want to take from multiple different angles. 

When is the best time to visit Horseshoe Bend?

Sunrise is one of the best times of day to photograph the bend, as the sun will slowly begin illuminating the canyon walls. Are you prepared to wake up early for it? In my experience, it’s always worth it!

The east side of the Grand Canyon is where the Glen Canyon area merges into it, so the region around here is considered part of Grand Canyon East. Horseshoe is a unique and spectacular perspective of the Grand Canyon!

The Grand Canyon East

You’re in luck. Horseshoe Bend Arizona is surrounded by many cool attractions in the Page and Lake Powell region. 

You can easily combine them into a full-day experience. I actually wouldn’t make the trip to Horseshoe Bend unless you were going to do other things in the Lake Powell/ Page region.