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Can You Drive to Horseshoe Bend?

Last Update on November 03, 2023
by Sunny Samaroo
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Horseshoe Bend, a mesmerizing meander of the Colorado River, is one of the Southwest's most iconic natural wonders, renowned for its horseshoe-shaped curve and stunning vistas. 

Many travelers wonder if they can drive to Horseshoe Bend. In this blog post, we'll lay down the journey to this extraordinary destination and introduce you to our exciting 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour with Horseshoe Bend.

View of Horseshoe Bend
The tranquility of Horseshoe Bend shines through regardless of the weather.

Where Is Horseshoe Bend?

Horseshoe Bend is nestled just a few miles from the town of Page, Arizona. Page offers some of the most breathtaking attractions in the region. In addition to Horseshoe Bend, Page is near Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, and Lake Powell.

Page is a small town, so here's an overview of where Horseshoe Bend is in relation to bigger cities:

  • Distance from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend: 275 miles (4.5 hours)
  • Distance from Phoenix to Horseshoe Bend: 275 miles (4.5 hours)
  • Distance from Flagstaff to Horseshoe Bend: 130 miles (2.5 hours)
  • Distance from St. George to Horseshoe Bend: 157 miles (3 hours)

The Allure of Horseshoe Bend

Carved over millions of years, Horseshoe Bend stands as a testament to the immense power of the Colorado River

The Colorado River winds its way through the striking red sandstone canyons, causing erosion over millions of years and creating features like the iconic horseshoe-shaped curve of Horseshoe Bend.

The panoramic overlook of Horseshoe Bend, perched over 1,000 feet above the river, presents an awe-inspiring view. It's one of the most popular spots in Page and in the whole Southwest region!

Snow at Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend is beautiful any time of year, but it's uniquely gorgeous during winter.

Can You Drive to Horseshoe Bend?

Yes, you can drive to Horseshoe Bend. However, it's not quite as simple as pulling up to the edge and taking in the view. To reach this natural wonder, follow these steps:

  1. Arrival in Page: Plan your trip to Page, Arizona. There's no major airport in Page, but the closest major airport is in Flagstaff, which is approximately a 2.5-hour drive away from Page. If you plan to see other attractions in the Southwest region, another popular choice is to fly to Las Vegas and then drive from there
  2. Drive to Horseshoe Bend Overlook: To get to Horseshoe Bend, drive approximately five miles south from Page on Highway 89. You'll reach the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. There's a parking area, and parking costs $10 per vehicle or $5 per motorcycle. This goes towards maintaining the site, since it sees a lot of visitors.
  3. Hike to the Overlook: Once you've parked your vehicle, it's time to hike to the viewpoint. The trail to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is roughly a 1.5-mile round trip. It's suitable for most fitness levels. As you approach the edge, you'll be greeted with a jaw-dropping view of the Colorado River meandering through the canyon.
  4. Visitor Center: Be sure to visit the Horseshoe Bend Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the geology and history of the area.

Related Reading: How Far Is Horseshoe Bend From Monument Valley?

Woman at Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend drive is absolutely worth it, especially for photos like these!

Our 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour (with Horseshoe Bend)

If you're keen to explore more of the region's natural wonders beyond Horseshoe Bend, our 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour is the perfect choice

This adventure takes you on a journey from Las Vegas to experience both the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, with a visit to Horseshoe Bend along the way.

Day 1: Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon

The tour kicks off in Las Vegas, picking you up right at your hotel. From there, the first stop will be the Hoover Dam, where you'll go on a walking tour across the top of the dam.

Next, you'll drive along Historic Route 66, seeing some of the most iconic spots on the way to Williams, AZ for lunch.

From there, you'll be whisked away to the Grand Canyon National Park at the South Rim. From there, you'll be taken to the best viewpoints on the rim

Day 2: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Day two of the tour brings you to Antelope Canyon, a stunning slot canyon renowned for its photogenic qualities. Here, you'll embark on a guided tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide to explore Lower Antelope Canyon.

After the mesmerizing Antelope Canyon, you'll head to the iconic Horseshoe Bend. Be prepared to take in one of the most captivating views nature has to offer. After you've soaked up the view, it's time to head back to your home base in Las Vegas.

View of Horseshoe Bend
Sunset is one of the busiest times to visit Horseshoe Bend, but it can be worth it.

What to Know Before Visiting Horseshoe Bend

Before you make the trip out to Horseshoe Bend, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Dress appropriately: As mentioned, you can't just drive straight to the viewpoint. Wear shoes that are comfortable enough for a mile or two of walking. Also, dress for the season. The Southwest can get unexpectedly cold in the winter! Your best bet is always to wear layers.
  • Expect crowds: Horseshoe Bend isn't a hidden gem. It's busy pretty much all year round but especially during the summer and on holidays. The busiest time of day is sunset, as well as from about 9 am to midday. If you want to avoid the crowds as best as possible, try visiting early in the morning.
  • It's not part of the Grand Canyon: It's not part of Antelope Canyon, either! All three are relatively close to each other, but they're not part of the same attraction. Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
  • There's more than one way to see it: Though driving there and then hiking to the lookout point is the most popular way to view Horseshoe Bend, you can also go on a boat tour or a helicopter tour.
Boats at Horseshoe Bend
There are many ways to experience of Horseshoe Bend — from above and below.

Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

So, can you drive to Horseshoe Bend? Absolutely. With a bit of preparation and a short hike, you can witness the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder.

But why limit yourself to one destination when you can embark on our 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour? 

This adventure not only takes you to Horseshoe Bend but also allows you to explore the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, ensuring an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest. The choice is yours, and the adventure awaits! If you're still on the fence, check out our post on 7 reasons why you need to visit Horseshoe Bend.


Sunny Samaroo

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