With bated breath, the waiting was over, and we’d finally experienced what everyone was talking about. To me, it felt a lil’ like opening your birthday present or Christmas present. I love to discover the surprises and to experience the reward of my patience, do you?
What’s the fuss about the famous Horseshoe Bend? This bend in the Colorado River is part of the Grand Circle, and from here you can get up close and personal with the Grand Canyon. Do you know that the Horseshoe Bend is approximately 140 miles from both the South Rim and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon but only 5 miles from the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park?
By now, you must have already experienced its resplendent beauty, especially if it’s contantly featured all over the Arizona tourism brochures and on the social media (my Instagram gallery included)? Don’t like to follow the school of fish? This one is a must see!! My second fav Arizona tourist attraction, the first prize goes to The Grand Canyon for sure?!
I’ll recommend you to spend at least two days in the desert town of Page (Arizona) and start discovering the Wahweap Overlook scenic point, the Horseshoe Bend, the Lake Powell and the Antelope Canyon for yourselves. Arizona is too beautiful for words or photos. Craft your own special Arizona moments and make them your moments to remember.
As we stepped out of the car at the dusty gravel parking lots, it was certainly heaving with activities! We’d previously visited the Wahweap Overlook. Are you ready to chase sunsets? From the parking lot, you can’t really see the Horseshoe Bend yet. Carry some water with you and apply protective sunscreen in this exposed desert environment. Aim to spend at least 2 hours at the Horseshoe Bend. Do wear sensible shoes as the grounds can be challenging at times. Were we in the right place? It’s certainly heaving with activities, let’s go and check it out! Don’t wanna miss out, haha… 😉
Walk 0.6 miles to the overlook. Thankfully there are strategically placed benches at hand to catch one’s breath. Some of the uphill climbers had a rather sombre mood, concentrating on conserving energy perhaps? A few chirpy ones will say hello, whilst rhythmically huffing and puffing at the same time. Enjoy the beautiful walk downhill, stopping occasionally to admire the desert plants and the red rocks and sands.
The overlook, the accessible cliff above the bend, is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level. The drop to the Colorado river is 1,000-foot (300 m) and there is no guard rails! The braver ones were spotted having a picnic or taking selfies at the edge of the Horseshoe Bend. Totally immerse yourself in the majestic splendour. Loss for words moments are 100% guaranteed. There’s certainly lots of photo opportunities and hopefully you will enjoy some of my efforts. Thanks to the professional photographer who had strategically placed some stones, I caught a perfect sunset capture.
Most enjoyable and romantic iconic moments to wrap up our first day in Arizona. Did we enjoy the present, yes we most definitely did 🙂 Now, since it’s nearly impossible to wipe the smile off our faces, we’d better check in at the Hampton Inn and Suites Page – Lake Powell and then off to dinner we go. Feeling fairly famished…It’s no better time than burger time! After all those uphill climb, we’d definitely earned our juicy burger, don’t you think so? 😉 Did I tell you that the Arizona sunsets are awesome? Are the sunsets always better when you are on vacation?
Till we meet again, happy wanderlusting. What’s your next travel destination? Do share your fav moments and especially your local secrets. Where did we go next? Stay tuned for more from beautiful Arizona.