Earlier this summer my family and I took a road trip from Colorado to Arizona. When we originally planned our trip one of the top places we wanted to visit was Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. For as many times as I visit Arizona each year, that has been one of the main spots on my bucket list along with the Grand Canyon, yet it kept escaping me. When our road trip got rerouted and I missed seeing Horseshoe Bend, again, I was so disappointed.
You can imagine my excitement when I received a unique sponsored trip invite from Aramark. The invite was to be a part of the Lake Powell Influencer event. We would be staying at the Lake Powell Resort (which you can take a room tour thanks to the below video), and guess what was on the itinerary? The chance to experience Horseshoe Bend in not one, but two different ways.
Have you ever visited Horseshoe Bend? Did you know you could experience this popular, natural attraction in more than one way?
Horseshoe Bend Arizona and How To Experience It In Two Ways for the ultimate experience:
1. Glen Canyon Float Trip
When I think of or see pictures of Horseshoe Bend, they are mostly always from the top, the lookout area. I didn’t even realize you could actually float around in the horseshoe shaped body of water below.
Our group took a half day Glenn Canyon Float Trip with Wilderness River Adventures that was not only exciting, but unique. These float trips are family friendly and available for ages 4 and up. We had a tour guide named Mick who was absolutely unforgettable and if you ever visit here you must request him.
This float trip will allow you to experience the calm, beautiful and inspiring Colorado River for hours while taking in some incredible sights.
After floating for a bit in the raft you will stop at Petroglyph Beach. Here you can stop and use the restrooms, cool off in the river if you would like (it was too chilly for that when we visited in October). I was amazed (and I think you would be too) by the hand-carved images that have been perfectly preserved for over 5,000 years.
Horseshoe Bend (from below)
Not long after you get back onto the raft will you get to experience Horseshoe Bend Arizona in a unique way. It’s truly incredible to actually float through the clear waters of the iconic Horseshoe Bend. Look up and see people standing way up above along the lookout area while you watch for hawks, coyotes, blue herons and more.
While rafting past Hislop Cave, your tour guide will share the history of the region, the mining culture, and John Doyle Lee with you.
This was the part where our wonderful tour guide Mick surprised our group. He pulled out his guitar and harmonica, then serenaded us while surrounded by soaring sandstone cliffs.
Once your raft trip ends at Lees Ferry, you will board a bus back to River Headquarters. Make sure to pay attention during the ride so you don’t miss the impressive Vermillion Cliffs.
2. Horseshoe Bend Arizona Overlook
Over the past few years Horseshoe Bend has become one of the most photographed natural wonders in the Southwest. Located only about 5 miles from Page, Arizona and the Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, this impressive horseshoe shaped part of the Colorado River is a must see landmark.
Once you park, the hike to the overlook is 1.5 miles roundtrip.
We went to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook right before sunset and it was one of the most serene experiences I have ever had while traveling.
The view from the overlook is stunning and I will admit a bit scary at the same time. There are dunes, cliff areas and more from which you can stand on, just please be careful.
Even the 1,000 foot drop didn’t stop our group from trying our favorite yoga poses up on top of a cliff, which made for some incredible photographs.
- Make sure to bring water with you (this collapsible bottle makes it so easy to stay hydrated on the go). Although it isn’t a long hike, the heat and the altitude can get to you, even if its chilly.
- Bring a wide-angle lens if you really want to capture a picture of all of Horseshoe Bend.
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We also explored Antelope Canyon during this trip and I have information here on what you NEED to know.
Did you know that there was so much to do and see in Page, Arizona.