We share what to know before visiting iconic Horseshoe Bend, a scenic steep cliff overlook near the town of Page, Arizona. Also referred to as the east rim of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend gets its name from the horseshoe-shaped portion of the canyon where the Colorado River eroded high desert terrain over billions of years. It’s located 5 miles (8 km) downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, nearby the popular attraction Antelope Canyon. Access it via a 1.5-mile roundtrip hike from a parking area ($10 fee per vehicle) just off U.S. Route 89 to a 4,200 feet (1,300 m) elevation overlook on Navajo Nation territory. Once popular with mainly locals, it’s now a major tourist destination, especially just before sunset, with over 2 million visitors a year, sharply increasing from social media.

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