28 Things to Know About Visiting Horseshoe Bend

Where is Horseshoe Bend?

Horseshoe Bend is located in Northern Arizona, near the city of Page. 

How do I get to Horseshoe Bend?

Horseshoe Bend Day Tours from Las Vegas are available as well as shuttles from Las Vegas to Page, as well as St. George, Kanab, and Grand Canyon. Visitors can also drive themselves from Las Vegas, Phoenix or Salt Lake City. 

How far is it from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend?

It is about a 4.5-hour drive from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend.

When is Horseshoe Bend Open?

Horseshoe Bend hours are daily from Sunrise to Sunset.  

Horseshoe Bend vs. the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is massive, expansive and virtually unending area with many view-points.  Horseshoe Bend is a dramatic bend in the river, with steep canyon walls on both sides.  Few areas of the Grand Canyon offer views of the Colorado River, and this particular view is unique and worth a visit. 

How was Horseshoe Bend was formed?

Horseshoe Bend is a natural turn in the Colorado River, that created a dramatic cut through the rock canyon walls.    

Is Horseshoe Bend a National Park?

Horseshoe Bend is not part of the United States National Park System. Half of the U-shaped bend is owned by the city of Page, Arizona, which operates the portion that most visitors experience.  The other half is own by the family that owns Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours.  This company offers tours to Secret Antelope Canyon and the private side of Horseshoe Bend.  

Is Horseshoe Bend worth it?

This is a dramatic view, from high up on the cliffs, and is a sight that visitors will always remember.  It is worth it.  It is one of the incredible highlights of the Southwest area. 

Is Horseshoe Bend free?

Horseshoe Bend is run by the city of Page.  The Entrance fee is $10 per car. 

Can I visit Horseshoe Bend on my own?

Yes, visitors can drive themselves into the Horseshoe Bend parking lot and walk to the overview point.  

Can I go to Horseshoe Bend without a tour?

Yes, if you are in the Page area, you can visit Horseshoe Bend on your own.  Or it is included in a day tour from Las Vegas, that also includes Antelope Canyon. 

Can you drive to Horseshoe Bend?

Yes, you can drive your own car, or a rental car to Horseshoe Bend. 

Are Horseshoe Bend tours open?

Horseshoe Bend tours are open now.    

Who owns Horseshoe Bend?

Half of the U-Shape Bend is owned by the City of Page, Arizona, and the other half is privately owned, but the same family that operates Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, which offers tours to the private half as well as Secret Antelope Canyon.  

Why is Horseshoe Bend called that?

The U-shaped turn in the Colorado River is natural and forms a horseshoe shaped canyon in the red rocks.  Some people that have seen photos of the area thought that the photos were modified to show the Grand Canyon with a fisheye lens, but the incredible photos are real.  

Tell me why Horseshoe Bend is so popular

Horseshoe Bend has gained in popularity over the recent years. Social Media helped to share awareness of Horseshoe Bend.  

How far is it from Horseshoe Bend to Antelope Canyon?

It is about a 15-minute drive from Horseshoe Bend to Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon.  Day Tours from Las Vegas include both locations.  

Can I visit Horseshoe Bend without a guide?

Yes.  Visitors walk along the 20-30 min path to arrive at the overlook. 

Horseshoe Bend is near what city?

Horseshoe Bend is near Page, Arizona, in Northern Arizona. 

Is Horseshoe Bend near Sedona?

It is about a 3-hour drive from Sedona to Horseshoe Bend.

Horseshoe Bend is in what state?

Horseshoe Bend is in Northern Arizona, near the state border with Utah. 

How far is it from Horseshoe Bend to Grand Canyon?

It is about a 2.5-hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to Horseshoe Bend. 

Is Horseshoe Bend part of the Grand Canyon?

Although not part of the National Park, Horseshoe Bend is part of the same natural canyon system that the Colorado River created.  The area is upriver from Grand Canyon National Park.

Horseshoe Bend vs. Zion National Park

Horseshoe Bend is a narrow, U-shaped canyon.  Zion National Park is a large, wide valley with steep canyon walls on both sides. They are vastly different, and should both be visited.  

Horseshoe Bend vs. Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is actually not a canyon, but a natural amphitheater with wonderful shapes called hoodoos.  Horseshoe Bend is an amazing overlook from high above the Colorado River, displaying steep and beautiful canyon walls.   

Can I visit both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon?

Yes, both destinations are combined in Day Tours from Las Vegas.  If you are driving yourself, you can also visit both in the same day.  

Is there a Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon tour?

Yes! Our Tours from Las Vegas to Page area, include both, with admission included to both destinations.   

What is the difference between Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon?

Horseshoe Bend is a smaller section of the natural Grand Canyon area, created by the Colorado River. While not part of the National Park, Horseshoe Bend is part of the natural river and canyon area, created by a variety of natural forces.  The Grand Canyon a large section of the Colorado Plateau.

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