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Horseshoe Bend Arizona and How To Really Experience It

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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?

Have you ever visited Horseshoe Bend? 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. Did you know you could experience this popular, natural attraction in more than one way? #traveltips #travel #adventure #travelphotography

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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.

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  • Petroglyph Beach

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.

  • Hislop Cave

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.

  • Lees Ferry

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.

Glen Canyon Float Trip

Mick was the absolute best tour guide ever!

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Petroglyphs that have been perfectly preserved for more than 5,000 years.

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My friend Cristen & I in our matching Senita Athletics activewear they gifted us with. 

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I was able to do a lot of reflecting during our float trip.

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Our incredible Lake Powell FitFluencer group!

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.

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Taking it in. 

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Dancer’s pose has always been one of my favorite yoga poses.

Tips:

Have you ever gone on a slot canyon tour?

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.

Click here to check out some of my other Arizona related travel posts.


 

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Sunday 18th of November 2018

I loved following you along on this trip! Such a beautiful place - can't wait to add this to my bucket list!

Clarissa

Monday 19th of November 2018

Thank you for following along, I really appreciate it. It truly is such a serene and beautiful place.