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Horseshoe Bend, a unique view of the Colorado River

Arizona's arid lands are home to a geologic masterpiece sculpted by the Colorado River. Welcome to Horseshoe Bend.

This is one of the most iconic views in the United States

It has been sculpted over the centuries by the Colorado River. Before winding through the Grand Canyon, its waters weave their way across the arid lands north of Arizona. The view it offers here has become hugely popular these last few years, especially on Instagram. In 2017, this site attracted between 1.4 and 1.5 million visitors.

To discover this landscape, you must walk just over 1 km across an arid plateau. Then the cliffs of Glen Canyon appear and this famous viewpoint. The river forms a tight loop around a block of red-toned rock. Its origins date back to 5 million years ago: when the Colorado Plateau rose up, trapping the rivers that ran across it. Over time, these ones managed to make their way to the Pacific, by burrowing through the softest layers of sandstone. The result: this iconic bend, a 305-meter cliff and a huge variety of colors.

In 2018, barriers were erected at the main lookout point after several fatal falls. It is still possible to walk freely along the edges of the canyon, but the National Park Service advises being careful and keeping an eye on children. There are also boat tours to observe the landscape from the river. The site draws its name from its shape: Horseshoe Bend.

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02/25/2020 7:59 AM

114 comments

  • Mary A.
    07/13/2021 02:06

    Beautiful

  • Sagar M.
    06/04/2021 14:32

    Super area

  • Anke U.
    06/01/2021 01:30

    Beautiful ... Still hopeful to see myself !!!

  • BENARD L.
    05/29/2021 11:16

    FB LOVER❤🔥

  • Vu T.
    05/25/2021 12:43

    Horseshoe Bend is absolutely stunning 😍. We visited this beautiful place in 2015..It's really impressive.

  • Ameen K.
    05/24/2021 19:24

    Just amazing

  • Aleksandar J.
    05/24/2021 09:42

    https://youtu.be/g9LN6iLP-K4

  • Aradya G.
    05/21/2021 11:50

    Wow

  • Trudy S.
    05/17/2021 20:23

    Beautiful!! Have been to the canyon several times and always find it breathtaking. 🏜

  • Rk R.
    05/14/2021 10:35

    Beautiful nature🌿🍃

  • Mas B.
    05/13/2021 12:00

    Wow wow so wonderful

  • Lynn B.
    05/11/2021 07:30

    Beautiful took some amazing pics here

  • Jolanta S.
    05/11/2021 06:44

    🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • Jolanta S.
    05/11/2021 06:43

    The captivating beauty of nature. Such views bring out good in us. Because if nature can give beauty, then man will learn it too .....

  • Julienne M.
    05/10/2021 17:25

    Wouahou

  • Zofia J.
    05/10/2021 16:37

    Byłam i podziwiałam. Niesamowite miejsce🇵🇱👏😳

  • Miriam S.
    05/09/2021 11:45

    imorru

  • Juan M.
    05/08/2021 07:06

    I have been. Wow not far from page.

  • Hem H.
    05/07/2021 12:57

    Beautiful

  • Vijay D.
    05/07/2021 06:50

    Amazing

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