Horseshoe Bend Trail

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Located 3.2 miles from Page, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
1,148 Steps 1  (0.5 mi)

One of the most popular places to photograph in the Grand Canyon area, along the Colorado River, and within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, is the Horseshoe Bend. The Horseshoe Bend trailhead is located off highway 89, just 1.5 miles south of the highway 98 junction in Page, Arizona. The parking lot is difficult to miss; there are often several large tourist buses parked at the trailhead. The trail begins with a short, uphill hike, and then gradually descends to the edge of the canyon where the Horseshoe Bend is visible. Be careful, there are no guard rails at the viewpoint. On sunny days, as the river flows, the water sparkles and shines in varying shades of blue and green. Visit Horshoe Bend early in the morning and you can beat the heat and the tourists that flock here in the afternoon.

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The Horseshoe Bend Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,366 ft (1,331 m), a minimum elevation of 4,221 ft (1,287 m), and an elevation range of 145 ft (44 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,1480.5 mi4,221 ft4,366 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
14 min4.251 ft138 ft
[ B to A ]
15 min11.5138 ft51 ft

What is the length of the Horseshoe Bend Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) or 1,148 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Horseshoe Bend Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 15 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Horseshoe Bend Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Glen Canyon National Recreation Area topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Big Water, UT
  2. North Topo Map: Lone Rock, NV
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Warm Creek Bay, UT
  4. West Topo Map: Water Pockets, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Ferry Swale, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Page, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Navajo Bridge, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Lees Ferry, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: White Dome, AZ

Is there a Horseshoe Bend trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Horseshoe Bend Trail is located on the Ferry Swale topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.