I think if you're reading reviews on TA about this place, you must have seen the pictures. It's a grand, unobstructed viewpoint of the colorado river around a u-bend. The pictures speak for themselves.
I've been to this place several times and it's one of my favorite in the area. So it's a bit sad for me to have to inform you about the road closure that will impact the area for some time (actual review of the locale is at the bottom)
Route 89 is the road that horseshoe bend is on (linking flagstaff to page). Route 89 as it travels up the mesa has been completely cut-off for all non-emergency vehicles due to a recent land-slide in the area. Please take note of this. ADOT does not expect 89 to be fixed for up to 2 years because the road basically winds up a steep incline up the mountain. Fixing it will require quite a bit of time and engineering.
Route 89 is closed south of the 89/98 junction, which means Horseshoe bend is technically out of reach. It is unknown if the road closure will be moved further south to allow access to horseshoe bend, so please do research before you come up here.
To visit page, as alternates, visitors have 2 options: On 89 from south to north, take the turn towards Tuba City (going east) getting to 98 and driving north to page. This is a 49 mile detour.
A second alternative: ADOT/NDOT is proposing paving a stretch of Navajo Route 20 / a.k.a. Coppermine road which runs almost parallel to 89 to get to Page. However, it is not clear how long that will take. Coppermine road is an unpaved road with steep grades and can get very muddy in the wet season.
-----actual review (it's a beautiful place and i encourage you to stop by once the road is fixed ----------
The trail is really really easy from the parking spot, though it's not always clearly marked - walk west until you see the bend, and try not to fall off the cliff. However, be on the look-out for the sign as it's relatively small and easy to miss from 89.
When you're here, be warned that sometimes there are STRONG winds in the area, and when the wind kicks up, the sand and small rocks are often whipped up, and I've personally been here where it felt like the wind was sand-blasting my face. Be careful with camera equipment such as DSLR's if you're here as coatings scratch, sand gets in between the seals, etc.
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