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Horseshoe Bend Overlook Trail - 38 members in 119 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 14 2021
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Spencer - Horseshoe Bend, AZ 
Spencer - Horseshoe Bend, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2021
joebartels
Hiking5.81 Miles 1,834 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.53 mph
1,834 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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JuanJaimeiii
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Hiked up Spencer with JJ. Good 5G at the top from Page even on my cheapie prepaid Verizon, which is signal throttled vs standard plans.

Parted ways with JJ and hiked down to the trailhead. I jumped in the jjiii rocket and respectively weaved through the hogans up to Horseshoe Bend. Driving around in dad's 911 was a riot as a kid but the jjiii has exceptional acceleration vs that 80s toy.

As JJ described, entering Horseshoe Bend is like waiting in one of the three lines at emissions. I don't follow 9aLtrails so I had no clue that 4,000 people visit here on average daily.

Piestewa was the busiest inner-city trail a decade ago but that's half the "explorers" vs the now mighty Horseshoe Bend. The Conga line here is slower, it's a paved walk and not one hello Joe.

JJ's plan was to hike to the flip side peninsula so I could get a photo of him ~0.6 mi across. Echos carried across better than I would have expected but boy howdy was he tiny.

The AEG on Horseshoe is pathetic but cool to experience once.
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Echo Peak
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Sep 06 2021
KingLeonidas
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 Guides 14
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 Photos 208
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32 male
 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2021
KingLeonidas
Hiking1.29 Miles 356 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      38 Mns   2.67 mph
356 ft AEG      9 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Horseshoe Bend Overlook with Victoria and YSP as part of our Glen Canyon trip.

On the way back from Glen Canyon we stopped at Horseshoe bend for pictures. It looks like they have finally finished the trailhead renovations and are now charging $10 per vehicle to park (which is a pretty steep price given how short the hike is). On the plus side, it does seem to have reduced the crowds somewhat compared to the last time I was here (although covid could be contributing to that as well).

We got lots of pictures and enjoyed the view for a while. We did not stay long as it was pretty hot and most people were tired from the trip.

Given the new steep price, I probably wouldn't go back unless I was bringing someone new who had never been there before (which was also the case with most of the YSP people on the trip this time)
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May 18 2021
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 571
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2021
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking1.25 Miles 202 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles      30 Mns   2.50 mph
202 ft AEG
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Second hike of the day. When in Rome.... Actually I was checking some things out for a potential future hike. I would like to hike up the Spencer Trail and then out to the center of Horseshoe Bend.
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Apr 25 2021
jillyonanadventure
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 Routes 9
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40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking1.33 Miles 141 AEG
Hiking1.33 Miles      34 Mns   2.85 mph
141 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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jharvey33
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I’ve never been and wanted to see it for sunset, so we made a pit stop on our way home from Utah. I’m glad I got to see it, but would never return. I honestly think the overlook of Goosenecks is way prettier 🤷‍♀️ Clean bathrooms before a long drive home were a bonus!
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Horseshoe Bend - Glen Canyon NRA
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Oct 12 2020
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
chumley
Hiking1.27 Miles 118 AEG
Hiking1.27 Miles      29 Mns   2.63 mph
118 ft AEG
 
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Another bucket list lifetime highlight. Next I plan to do a R2R so I can continue my attempt to be like other people! :sweat:

Posted a new GPS track aligned to the rebuilt trail. All the old routes posted here cut through an area now closed to hiking. Speaking of which, the new development makes the hike description in need of significant revision. GCRA/NPS/ATB entrance fees are not valid here. Call it the City of Page Sheep Tax. But at least I'm cool now.
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Horseshoe Bend - Glen Canyon NRA
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Feb 15 2020
OdinWiski
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49 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Page and Zion Road Trip, AZ 
Page and Zion Road Trip, AZ
 
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OdinWiski
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Took the in-laws on a little 2-day road trip to Page and Zion. 77-year old grandpa made it up to the Canyon Overlook in Zion just fine. The Park was really crowded though, being the Presidents Day weekend.
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Horseshoe Bend - Glen Canyon NRA
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Feb 13 2020
Stoic
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 Routes 287
 Photos 6,404
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2020
Stoic
Hiking1.54 Miles 141 AEG
Hiking1.54 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.43 mph
141 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Rayna Puppy's birthday weekend(12th) .

Stop 1. Historic Railroad Trail, NV.
Stop 2 & 3. Lava Butte 4x4 Trail and Nellis Sand Dunes.
Stop 4 & 5. Little Finland and Hafen Lane Park..
Stop 6. Toquerville Falls.
Stop 7. Alstrom Point.
Stop 8. Horseshoe Bend. This was a great spot to meet up with some friends. Weather was great for the short hike. We spent about 90 minutes here.
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Dec 23 2019
ehuffstetler
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 Photos 35
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35 female
 Joined May 11 2019
 Claypool
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
ehuffstetler
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.00 mph
100 ft AEG
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A huge tourist attraction with breaktaking views!
Jul 03 2019
sleepybear929
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38 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2019
sleepybear929
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Overrun with tourists!!! Was not fun because of all the people walking around. I won't be doing this again if I don't have too.
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Apr 18 2019
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2019
mt98dew
Hiking1.25 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles   1 Hour      1.25 mph
100 ft AEG
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Construction is ongoing. Though part of the parking lot and the pay station is operational. ($10 entrance fee). Wife and I estimated that on this day alone, they were going get close to 1000 cars. Do the math! :o This is one of those hikes, where it is not about the hike but about the destination. Followed the masses up and over the hill and down to the viewing platform. The path was easy to follow and very wide to accommodate the herd. Looks like they might be adding on to the "trails" as I could see structures just to the east. Views were nice. Could see boaters and campers at the bottom. Temps were awesome. Upper 70's with clear blue skies. No wildlife, except for some lizards which captured the attention of some tourist cameras. Incredible array of cultures! Noticed the entire weekend in Page that there were as many foreign visitors as American visitors. I would not have thought of Page as being an international destination, but apparently it is :)
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Jun 04 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      50 Mns   1.80 mph
100 ft AEG
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I thought about doing Spencer trail but was afraid of the heat and going solo. I figured this was the next best thing with that kind of view and I was in the area. Wow this place is busy with a Smorgasbord of people. They are working on some of the trail and view spots. It is an awesome sight. Some of the trail is sandy so maybe not open toes. Short trail but it's hot. Some people seemed a little heated and some carried no water. :scared:
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Horseshoe Bend - Glen Canyon NRA
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Apr 11 2018
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Took on the tourist trail and survived!
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Oct 03 2017
rcorfman
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61 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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rcorfman
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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After signing up for an Upper Antelope Canyon tour, we headed over here to kill some time until our tour started. I've been here before, but my wife never has. What a zoo, there were tons of people! I think there was a selfie stick convention going on. Ha. The view was as good as ever though we stayed away from the main vantage point as there was just too many people around (though compared to Antelope Canyon, it wasn't bad). It looks like the renovations have begun as there was heavy equipment at the parking lot.
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Sep 14 2017
VolcanoCLMBR
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42 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
100 ft AEG
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Aug 29 2017
azdesertfather
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Jun 26 2017
friendofThundergod
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39 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
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I made this obligatory stop to stretch my legs on the way to Montana.
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Mar 16 2017
MikeS
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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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MikeS
Hiking1.50 Miles 275 AEG
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275 ft AEG
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Spring break adventure with the kids. We hit Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion NP, and Bryce Canyon. 4 minute video in link below. Enjoy.

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Feb 19 2017
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32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Dec 18 2016
Thoreau
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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Thoreau
Hiking3.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Twice
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AZLumberjack
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 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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AZLumberjack
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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As a secondary part of my trip to Page, AZ and my tour of Antelope Canyon, I had some time to kill so I visited the Horseshoe Bend. Nice little trail up to the top of a sand dune and then down to the abrupt thousand foot vertical cliffs forming the bend along the Colorado River. It was quite crowded with all kinds of people scurrying around and very few of them spoke the English tongue. Camera's, cell phones and selfi sticks were the popular item to have on hand.

It's a beautiful sight to behold but a quick tip to myself includes to wait until later in the day when the sun isn't from behind creating those nasty dark shadows. I had planned on returning after touring Lower Antelope Canyon to catch a sunset but I had been going continuously since 0230 this morning and I kinda passed out at the campsite and missed the sunset hours :o If I have a chance to return, I'll keep this in mind... ](*,)
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