Friday, November 08, 2013
Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona
We probably have to go back to this place again for better pictures, since when we went here last spring, it was just not the right time to take pictures. Frankly, I failed to do enough research about Horseshoe Bend since my research on Page was more focused on Antelope Canyon. You can find my post about Antelope Canyon here.
After having a grand time at Antelope Canyon, we still had enough time to explore the other interesting places at Page. From Antelope Canyon, we went to Glen Canyon Dam, and made a choice where to spend the sunset, either at Lake Powell or at Horseshoe Bend. Both places are magnificent, and we decided to stay closer to our hotel, so, we went to Horseshoe Bend. There will be other times anyway as we know we would still go back to this part of Arizona and Utah, which is called the Grand Circle. You can find my Grand Circle itinerary post at my group's blog, The Salitype Society. Those who plan to have a more orderly trip in the Grand Circle, you can check the itinerary and places to see in my Grand Circle Itinerary post.
We made our mistake going to Horseshoe Bend close to sunset. Little did we know that Horseshoe Bend at late afternoon is directly facing the sun, thus it was so hard to take pictures with the glare of the sun facing us. Plus, there were a lot of flying insects that would block our camera's viewfinder that taking picture was really a challenge. Thus, we just enjoyed the scenery and imagined there were no flying insects at all. I could imagine however how it would be perfect to take sunrise pictures here!
Horseshoe Bend is really a wonderful place, and so close to Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. Most of the people visiting the Grand Canyon are not so familiar with the amazing landscape in the surrounding area. I really suggest to those who plan to visit the Grand Canyon to make it a week or more of Grand Circle tour instead.
Going to Horseshoe Bend takes a brief uphill hike in loose sand, then, a downhill hike through rocks and sand. Once you get to the edge of the cliff, you will witness how the Colorado River makes an amazing horseshoe shaped bend before it rushes towards the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.