Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

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Horseshoe Bend seen from the lookout area (2016)
Horseshoe Bend seen from the lookout area (2015)

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.[1]

Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.[1][2]

It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89.[1] Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.[3]

The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.[3]

The rock walls of Horseshoe Bend contain hematite, platinum, garnet, and other minerals.[3]

By 2018 references to the location on social media had caused the number of visitors to increase significantly.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Horseshoe Bend Hiking Guide" (PDF). National Park Service. October 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 9, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Horseshoe Band". yourhikeguide.com. June 11, 2015. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Horseshoe Bend". visitarizona.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Craven, Scott (August 9, 2018). "How Horseshoe Bend Went Viral and What's Being Done to Manage the Crowds". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 16, 2018.

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Coordinates: 36°52′46″N 111°30′50″W / 36.87944°N 111.51389°W / 36.87944; -111.51389