Exploring the Horseshoe Bend Hike in Glen Canyon at sunset

One of the most spectacular destinations in our epic road trip, the Horseshoe Bend hike is only 15 min drive from Page, AZ and is a 1-mile hike to this amazing view. The horseshoe bend is facing west, which makes it a perfect spot to view sunsets, and they are spectacular! (Although you would be shooting directly into the sun at this time). The added bonus is that unlike at sunrise, the sun does not cast a shadow over the Colorado river at sunset. Get an ultra wide angle lens so you can capture the entire bend in one shot. If you’re a landscape photographer, a tripod and an ND filter will come in handy to wipe out the ripples in the water.

Expect a lot of crowds at the horseshoe bend hike no matter which time of day you go. This is one of the most visited spots in the area! And because it is so close to town, and so easily accessible, people come here in bus loads (literally!). Despite the crowds, and the scramble to get that perfect selfie shot without venturing too close to the edge, it is a must visit iconic destination in the Glen Canyon area.

Horseshoe Bend Hike in Pictures

Horseshoe Bend Hike, Glen Canyon
Enjoying a spectacular sunset at Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon Recreational Area. Its possible to get quite close to the edge here without risking yourself. You have to be very careful though, no doubt.
Horseshoe Bend Hike, Glen Canyon
This view is only possible to capture with an ultra wide angle lens. This photo was taken at around sunset 6.45pm with a Sony a7iii, ISO 125, f/10, 5s.

Have already done the Horseshoe Bend hike? What was your experience like? We would love to hear from you! If you’re planning a trip soon, check out more posts from our visit to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon area.

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Shirish & Olya

Originally from different parts of the world, Shirish & Olya are a married couple based in San Francisco who share a passion for travel, outdoors and landscape photography. In summer of 2019, they hit the road in an RV visiting 19 national parks in US and Canada covering over 10K miles. This trip inspired them to create Outdoorsome, that they built on the road, as a way to help others discover new places around the world.

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