Horseshoe Bend is a unique piece of land that has been created by the Colorado River. It will take your breath away. As part of our road trip through Arizona and Nevada we made many stops, and thankfully, Horseshoe Bend was one of them.
We pulled off the side of Hwy 89A after seeing about 20 cars parked in the middle of the desert at the bottom of a slight hill. We parked our car and grabbed our camera gear and water (don’t forget your water, you will need it), and began hiking up the hill.
As I reached the top, I thought, that wasn’t so bad, but then I noticed I still had about 3/4 of a mile to go. Luckily it was a slowly descending trailing. Along the way there are many nice views, interesting rock formations, and plants/flowers to see, so the walk is quite nice.
Once you reach the end of the trail your hike is rewarded with a spectacular view. You walk up to the edge of the cliff and can look down a 1000 foot drop to the bottom of the canyon. The beautiful blue/green waters of the Colorado River looked so inviting on this hot day. After taking a few moments to digest the view in front of me I began snapping photos like a mad man. I did not want to waste any time. But after I had made it through by 5 rolls I realized how calm it was around me, so I decided to just sit on the rocks and just relax for a bit and enjoy the views.
After about an hour we decided to head back and this is where the hard work began. The slow walk that brought us down to the beautiful bend was now an uphill hike. But really it wasn’t too bad, there were people of all ages and abilities making their way up the hill at their own pace. Overall this was one of my favorite stops on our road trip and as your can see from the photos it is a beautiful piece of land that is not to be missed.
A few tips:
I would recommend wearing some sort of hiking shoes, I found that they came in very handy along the way. Also bring water and maybe some food for when you return to your car after the walk. And don’t forget to bring lots of cameras and film. Parking is free and there is no fee to walk the trail. There are also more photos of Horseshoe Bend and our road trip on my page at http://www.lomography.com/homes/jblaze823