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.
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 gain of 1,037 ft (316 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Horseshoe Bend 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.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|1,148||0.5 mi||4,221 ft||4,366 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|14 min||0.0||1,037 ft||1,664 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|15 min||0.0||1,664 ft||1,037 ft|
The length of the Horseshoe Bend Trail is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) or 1,148 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Horseshoe Bend Trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 15 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Horseshoe Bend Trail topo maps 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?
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.
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