Located just outside Page, this horseshoe shaped bend in the Colorado River is a dazzling sight that comes with some dizzying heights. It is one of the most beautiful and nerve wracking places I have visited with my kids! No safety railings, a 1000 foot drop and all sorts of distracting jaw dropping scenery!
The trail to it is an easy walk from the parking lot, a trudge through sand dunes, sandstone and minerals. I suggest that you take the time on this walk to have a safety talk. As I mentioned previously, there are no safety railings around the edge of Horseshoe Bend and there is one heck of a drop. Looking down into the canyon can mess with your equilibrium as well. My kids did great not just with the hike but with the safety piece of this as well and I'm confident that yours will too!
By the way, this thrill comes a the best price --- it's free!
What a view you have once you have walked from the parking lot to horseshoe bend. The walk is not long but it is sandy at times so it is a little bit more tiring that you would have thought at first. It is very feasible but I can understand the review from the traveler who was alone with two small children and a dog. You are rewarded with a view that is breath taking. Be careful not to go too close to the edge as accidents happen and there is no surviving the fall. Actually a couple of days after we visited, somebody fell to his death. So be careful. You will still have a wonderful view without getting too close so it is really worth walking there.
On paper this seemed like an easy enough hike to do, however due to our circumstances, it took us about 1.5 hours to make the 1.5 mile round trip! To me the hike was not ‘fairly flat’, but I also had a small stubborn toddler & a tired preschooler with me, who both needed carrying at one point. The view was SPECTACULAR, but I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t paranoid that one of the kids (or the dog) was going to get precarious close to the edge...I still get nervous thinking about it. It would be nice if there was an area with railing for small kids- obviously a rail would take away from the ‘natural-ness’, so I understand why there isn’t one. Still got some amazing pictures at the site, and met some nice people who helped me get the kids back to the car. I would definitely go back when (a) the kids are a bit older (b) I’m not wearing flip flops (c) I don’t have to also walk a dog (d) there is another adult to help watch said kids, and (e) it wasn’t nap time for a certain 19-month-old. *Note re: 1/24/10 review: the turnout is actually 4 miles south of Page, not north.
Horseshoe bend is accessible from US route 89 just 4 miles north of Page Arizona. It is approximately a 3/4 mile hike in one way from the parking area to an amazing view of this natural wonder. It is an easy and fairly flat hike that almost anyone who can walk a mile and a half could do. It is an awesome site of the Colorado river that forms a horshoe. It is a site you won't find anywhere else!