Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River near Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near Page, Arizona.  It is located five miles (8.5 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about four miles (six km) southwest of Page.  Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.  The overlook is 4,200 [1,300 m] feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet [980 m] above sea level making it a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop [300 m].  It is a short ¾ of a mile hike from US Route 89.  (Quote: Visit Arizona, [bracketed dimensions] added )

There are hundreds of photos of the Bend - most are taken from the trail overlook near the center of the Bend.  They are all similar other than some are at various times of the day, others and in different seasons.  Many are panoramic views like the banner photo that provide a more-or-less distorted view of the Bend spreading the area around the Colorado and turning the steep cliffs into slopes. 

We have chosen three photos in addition to the banner photo:  two panorama photos taken at different times of the day that yield differing colors, and one that does a better job around the Colorado and with the cliffs.  The first two photos were taken during high sun (2:18 pm) and at sunset (no time from the author).  The map has been cut from NPS' Glen Canyon National Recreation Area map with a lot of interesting stuff on it. 

Significant increases in the number of visitors has caused congestion in the area sometimes causing temporary closing access to the site.  The NPS has also constructed some safety rails along some of the rim.

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