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.


02/25/2020 7:59 AM


  • Paul M.
    06/13/2020 11:06

    any covid there ? Covidiots. Not on mu fuckit list

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  • Tariq B.
    06/11/2020 10:18

    i admit that true lovely this view

  • Surinder K.
    06/11/2020 00:25

    Yes it’s beautiful 😍. I visited this site along with Sedona. No words. Breath taking beauty.

  • Natalie R.
    06/07/2020 22:36

    Monique St Clair feels like yesterday we were getting our photo taken at the top 👌🏽😍

  • Pete S.
    06/05/2020 14:24

    Looking down on 9 mile campground ,,,No Peeps,The Best !!!

  • Julia B.
    06/03/2020 16:12


  • Mabel R.
    06/02/2020 22:01

    Aqui llévame

  • Hemant P.
    06/02/2020 02:26

    Justice for that black guy :D

  • Abd B.
    06/02/2020 01:31

    Bra ava je Dore

  • Mary T.
    06/01/2020 23:49

    Fight to keep out the mi ers and developers. The grand Canyon is a sacred pla e.

  • JIll C.
    06/01/2020 22:42

    A beautiful memory from my childhood travels!

  • Carol H.
    06/01/2020 21:50

    The best thing about these pics is there’s no people in them !

  • Lori M.
    06/01/2020 21:32

    I like the views from above best.

  • Sara A.
    06/01/2020 20:48

    we need to go!

  • Arentina E.
    06/01/2020 19:01

    kijk hoe vet.

  • Grant W.
    03/13/2020 22:01

    Ah the Colorado river

  • Clinton J.
    02/29/2020 19:33

    There is nowhere else to go. Just here. Let us put our feelings aside and take care of our Earth. It will not even happen. Good luck fellow men the tides of change are upon us.

  • Mohammed H.
    02/29/2020 12:56


  • John L.
    02/29/2020 10:00

    to much water taken out of the river, the once thriving isthmus is sadly depleted.