Horseshoe Bend – Page, Arizona

What a fun and unexpected side trip!  We were on our way to the Grand Canyon for my birthday Rim to Rim hike, when Eric mentioned we were close to Page, Arizona, and Horseshoe Bend.  To be honest, visiting Horseshoe Bend has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn’t quite sure where it was.  I had no problem taking a mini side-trip to see it. 

They’ve done some improvements in the past two years to the place.  Now you need to pay to get in ($10) and park in a large lot.  Then there’s a three-quarter-mile walk on a nice path to get to the overlook.

It was a nice day, no more than 80 degrees outside, so the walk was an easy one.  You kind of come right up onto the bend without noticing in, and then, wham, several hundred feet drop into the river

Wow!  This was so cool!  I took some video of Eric, he did his adventure speaker thing, and he took some pictures of me.

Of course I did the shadowselfie and selfie thing

And Eric and I got a selfie together

Here’s the jump I took videos/pictures of Eric jumping across. Even though the rock was grippy, I felt my legs were too short for the attempt.  Sorry, no pictures of the jumsp (they’re on his camera).

There were actually quite a few people there for a Friday September day (September 11) but it wasn’t difficult to get in a good picture, making it look like you were the only one there.

Ok, now we’re off to the North Rim to prepare for tomorrow morning’s hike!

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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