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Horseshoe Bend Hike (Arizona)

  • 1.5 miles - Easy Effort
  • 1 Hour (Total)
  • Can Get Very Busy
  • 130 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 4,330 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

Horseshoe Bend, just 9 miles upstream from the Grand Canyon, has become one of the most iconic spots in the American Southwest. It's a short hike but worth every second. And recent improvements have made Horseshoe Bend accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In this Guide:
  • How to Do the Hike
  • Where to Park
  • Insider Tips

Where is Horseshoe Bend?

Horseshoe Bend Hike Arizona Location
The biggest challenge about the Horseshoe Bend hike is getting there. It's roughly 4.5 miles from Phoenix and Las Vegas and 2.5 hours from the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Horseshoe Bend is located just outside of Page, Arizona. Use this trailhead address:
Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ 86040

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There's a $10 entry fee charged by the city of Page. No federal passes are accepted.
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The parking lot is massive but does get full on weekends and in the summer. The parking lot has toilets but no other facilitates.

Horseshoe Bend is open from sunrise to sunset, with the busiest times being 9:00am to 11:00am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I recommend going early in the morning or at noon when the sun is overhead, making it easy to see into the canyon.

Gear Recommendations

This is a short hike and you can really do this in casual street clothes. The summer can get hot and I recommend bringing at least a small water bottle and sun protection.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2If you are out of cellphone range the Mini 2 will reliably allow you to hit SOS via satellite. You can also send non-emergency texts to just say that you're late, let friends and family follow along, and check the weather. You can see my review here.
Gear Topo Pursuit
Topo Pursuit 2The wide toe box means no blisters, an aggressive tread is great on the trail, it dries very quickly, and it has lots of cushion for long days. It combines everything I love about every other shoe into one.
Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProThese watches are pricey, but I use them 24/7 for sleep tracking, workouts, heart rate, and tracking my hike. It has preloaded hiking maps that help me navigate the trails and is a backup to my smartphone navigation. The Epix Pro has a great battery life, a screen similar to an Apple Watch Ultra, and works in harsh conditions when just using the buttons. See my review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
Osprey Hikelite 26This updated version of the Hikelite 26 offers incredible value for the money. It's got a wide trampoline back, so your back doesn't get sweaty. It's under 2lbs, has deep side pockets, and is a great balance of what you need without what you don't.

Check out the complete list here. ( Updated May 2024)

Horseshoe Bend Trail Maps

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Horseshoe Bend Hike Directions

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The hike starts in the far end of the parking lot, close to the auto entrance.
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The trail is easy to spot. It's important that you stay on the trail and take all your trash out with you.
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The trail winds around from the start.
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And then opens to an expansive view. It's a gradual downhill that you'll have to climb on the way back out.

Along this stretch you'll leave the City of Page and enter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. And to the south of the trail is Navajo Nation.

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There are two shelters where you can take in the views and get a break from the sun.
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At the bottom of the hill, look for the metal fence. This is the viewpoint.
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This is the view from the fence. 1000 feet below is the Colorado River.

Just nine miles downstream from here is the boundary of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Most of the area around the fence is wide open. PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN AND DIED HERE. Think about whether your life is worth a picture next to the edge.
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You can explore the rock formations around the viewpoint. Take care, it's easy to get close to an edge without knowing it.

Need More Info?

  • Have a question about the guide or want to see what other people are saying/asking? View the Youtube comments for this video. Leave a comment and I will do my best to respond.
  • When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.

This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.