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“Important Travel Notice due to road closure”
Review of Horseshoe Bend

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Owner description: Horseshoe Bend is the intimate Grand Canyon experience (although technically located in Glen Canyon.) The trailhead to this 3/4 mile hike is located just outside of Page, Arizona. It overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, and 7 miles north of mile zero of the Grand Canyon.
Reviewed April 1, 2013

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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Vin P, Public Relations Manager at Horseshoe Bend, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

The Horseshoe Bend parking lot is open to visitation. If you are traveling from the north there is no effect, as the road closure is roughly 20 miles south of the Horseshoe Bend area.
Visitors from the south will have up to a 1 hour delay to avoid the closure, however, once they are in Page they can go back down US89 to Horseshoe Bend (2 miles from town.)

The detour itself is incredibly scenic and well worth the drive. I recommend going to the AZ Department of Transportation webiste http://azdot.gov/us89/ to get the most recent information on suggested routes.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a MUST see at Page. Easy trek to the edge with rewarding amazing views! And it is FREE! Do walk around the edge to view the different angles. I went there twice for 2 sunsets and the views were amazing!

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

There's a bit of a hike to the bend from the parking lot but it is definitely worth it. There are no guard rails so it's imperative to keep young children close. The bend is beautiful and a magnificent sight!

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Short hike for an great photo opportunity, perfect weather, nice place for a sunset When it is hot makes you want to go to the river. Hwy 89 was closed so we had to go around. Well worth the extra travel time

1  Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place is pure magic! It's a bit of a walk from the road, but for us, this was a good thing. The walk is amazing. The sky is limitless and so is the landscape. Endless desert, red soft sand and amazing rock formations. Wow! I so need to come back one day.

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