Whether you’ve been there or not, you’ve likely seen a photo or video of this famous landmark. Horseshoe Bend is truly incredible to look at, and while you’re there you should likely plan on visiting some other landmarks in this beautiful section of the United States.
This section of Utah and Arizona is home to some of the most beautiful scenery that I have yet to see. This is what keeps me coming back time after time.
After my recent visit to Horseshoe Bend for the first time, I would like to share with you some tips on visiting yourself (especially if you are going during a hot time of the year!)
Go Early (Earlier Than You Think)
When I visited Horseshoe Bend, I was staying in Page, Utah. It is probably only a 15 minute drive from the area. Due to the timezone differences, this caused it to be an hour difference between the two areas. We left Page at 8am, assuming that 7am would be early enough to beat the heat at the canyon. It got really hot, really quick. That desert sun is no joke. So if you are not a fan of the heat, really consider what time you’d like to go!
There is Zero Shade
Be advised that there is no shade at all between the parking lot and the actual overlook. This is especially important for those who may be extra sensitive to the sun or those who overheat easily!
The Walk May Take Longer Than You Think
The walk from the parking lot to the canyon is around .6 miles each way. While this may not sound like a long distance, the beginning of the walk is up a rather steep incline. This section of the path consists of soft sand, which will make it a little more difficult to walk up. After you reach the top, you will then walk downhill to the overlook. While I saw one guy actually jogging up the hill, most people that I saw were struggling a bit.
Read the Sign, and Take Water
You’ll see a sign at the beginning of the trail; read it! I, stupidly, read the sign but didn’t think it would affect me. It advises you on how much water to bring (again, dessert sun = no joke.) Seeing as the sun is brutal, the fact that the hike will likely take longer than you think, and the fact that you’ll probably want to stay a while, do yourself a favor and take an appropriate amount of water with you!
Don’t Forget Your Camera
This is a truly beautiful and unique area! While you will want to enjoy the scenery, you will likely want a few photos for your memories!