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Horseshoe Bend, AZ | The Mother of Highway Overlooks

Horseshoe Bend, AZ | The Mother of Highway Overlooks

August 2, 2014 // In Arizona

Horseshoe Bend is that amazing photo of the Colorado River you’ve seen in several magazines and calendars. Near Page, AZ, it’s where the river makes a U-turn as it meanders toward The Grand Canyon. This mega vista is completely free, and marked only by a small brown “overlook” sign on the side of the highway.

How to get to Horsehoe Bend: It is located 4 miles south of Page, Arizona on Highway 89. Between mileposts 544 & 545, take “the exit lane to nowhere” and you’ll find yourself on a dirt road to a parking lot. From there, walk the lone pathway for .75 miles into the desert. Aim for the colossal crevasse in the ground. You can’t miss it!

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It’s like The Grand Canyon sans Safety Awareness. No guard rails, no fees, no park rangers – just you, a cliff, and a 1,000 foot drop. How badly do you want that photo? I had a fixin’ pretty fierce:

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BAM. Yes, of course I slung myself over the edge of a cliff for the sake of photography. Several other brave wanderers had the same idea, all vying for their own National Geographic worthy shot. The crowd’s preferred stance seemed to be the “Belly Up”… army crawl to the edge, then awkwardly inch forward on your stomach until your camera was screaming for its life in the updrafts of canyon wind. Click! That’s when you got vertigo-inducing shots like this:

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Look at these people! I love it! It seemed everyone eventually transformed into their own death-defying superhero. “No son, you stay where it’s safe. Daddy’s going to live on the edge, because REAL MEN WEAR PINK:

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The rest of the plateau makes for some fun exploration – the 200 million year old geology lesson at your feet is quite photogenic. I couldn’t get enough of these “fossilized” sand dunes.

When your inner Evel Knievel has had his fill, I suggest grabbing a meal on Lake Powell at the floating sandstone restaurant, Ja’di’ Tooh. It’s part of the Navajo owned & operated Antelope Point Marina, where colorful cocktails and sunsets await!

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On a road trip? Other nearby adventures include:

Antelope Canyon . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 mins (6.5 miles)
Lake Powell Boating Rentals . . . 15 mins (11.5 miles)
Rainbow Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . Day Trip Only by Boat
Zion National Park . . . . . . . . . .  2 hrs (107 miles)
Bryce Canyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.75 hrs (153 miles)
The Grand Canyon . . . . . . . . . . 2.75 hrs (139 miles)
Flagstaff, AZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2.25 hrs (131 miles)
Sedona, AZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hrs (160 miles)
Monument Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hrs (149 miles)

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