Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

Arizona 86040

The Basics

More than one million visitors annually flock to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to check out Horseshoe Bend’s sweeping views of the Colorado River and surrounding canyon. Day trips depart from Las Vegas and a number of cities in Arizona, often including a visit to Antelope Canyon, one of the most famous slot canyons in the US. For even more spectacular views of Horseshoe Bend, try a helicopter ride over the canyon.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Horseshoe Bend is a social media sensation—bring a camera to capture the beloved view for yourself.

  • You can only reach the scenic overlook on foot and the trail is about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) roundtrip, with two shade structures along the route. Sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen are recommended.

  • Stay clear of the edge of the clifftop at all times. There are no guardrails along the trail and the sandstone rim of the canyon is dangerous.

  • The trail to the scenic overlook crosses over hardened sandstone and is accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Horseshoe Bend is located within the confines of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area just north of the Grand Canyon National Park and about 275 miles (440 km) northwest of Las Vegas along US Highway 89. Most visitors arrive by car (there is paid parking near the trailhead) or join a bus tour from Las Vegas or Arizona.

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When to Get There

Although throngs of visitors crowd the trail and overlook during peak midday hours, Horseshoe Bend is magical during dawn and dusk. On holidays and peak weekends, the parking lot is often full, forcing visitors to take shuttle buses from parking areas farther away.

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Antelope Canyon

Many Horseshoe Bend tours also stop at Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land nearby. Officially known as Navajo Upper Antelope Canyon, it’s a grouping of five separate canyon sections (Upper Antelope Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Owl Canyon, Mountain Sheep Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon) with sheer sandstone walls that glow with shafts of light filtering in from above. The Upper Antelope Canyon can only be seen on official guided tours.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Horseshoe Bend?
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