Horseshoe bend is located 5 miles downstream from Glen Canyon Dam Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles southwest of Page. It is the name of a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River near the town of Page, Arizona in the United States.
It is accessible via a 1.1 miles hike from U.S. Route 89, but an access road does reach the geological structure as it is part of a state park. The Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above. According to Google terrain maps, the overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, making it a 1,000 feet drop.
The Horseshoe Bend contains several minerals. Some minerals are hematite, platinum, and garnet. Now the public is adding it to their Grand Canyon experience because they can have their picture taken, and it feels like you “IN” the Grand Canyon, making it feel like you’re in the Grand Canyon near the Colorado River.
Therefore, Horseshoe Bend is one of the tourists’ favorite hikes, this is a side trip that doesn’t cost anything but a slight effort while you’re at Lake Powell in Northern Arizona. To get there, you’ve to slog the better part of a mile across ground that is sometimes inches deep in loose sand. The only plants I saw there of any significance were Canaigre but otherwise, the ground was totally dry.
Originally posted 2017-04-28 12:25:34.