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Top Traveled Destination Highlight: Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near Page, Arizona. The bend is located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which was established in 1972 to preserve the area's unique geology, history, and cultural resources.

The area around Horseshoe Bend has been inhabited for thousands of years. The first known residents were the Native American tribes who lived in the area, including the Navajo, Hopi, and Paiute. The region was later explored by Spanish missionaries and settlers, and in the 19th century, it became a popular spot for pioneers traveling west.

The name "Horseshoe Bend" comes from the shape of the bend in the Colorado River, which resembles a horseshoe. The bend is located on a stretch of the river known as "Marble Canyon," and is known for its beautiful red rock cliffs and clear blue waters.

Today, Horseshoe Bend is a popular tourist destination, and is visited by thousands of people each year. It is known for its stunning views and is a popular spot for photography and outdoor recreation.

What is there to do?

Horseshoe Bend is a popular tourist destination located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near Page, Arizona. Some of the best things to do at Horseshoe Bend include:

1.      Take a hike to the bend: The hike to Horseshoe Bend is relatively short and easy, and offers stunning views of the bend and the Colorado River below.

2.      Take photos: Horseshoe Bend is a popular spot for photographers, and is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

3.      Go rafting or kayaking on the Colorado River: The Colorado River is a popular spot for rafting and kayaking, and there are several companies in the area that offer guided tours.

4.      Visit nearby attractions: Horseshoe Bend is located near several other popular attractions, including Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon.

5.      Enjoy the outdoors: Horseshoe Bend is located in a beautiful, remote area, and there are many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, including hiking, biking, and bird-watching.

Best Places to Eat Nearby

We know that many may opt for the rugged bring your own supplies and cook option, but for those that want to sample some of the tasty local cuisine nearby, we have a list of the top places you have to try.

1.      Big John's Texas BBQ: This popular BBQ joint is located in Page, Arizona and is known for its delicious smoked meats and homemade sides.

2.      Dam Bar and Grill: This restaurant, located in Page, offers a wide variety of dishes, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads. It also has a full bar and a great selection of beers on tap.

3.      El Tapatio: This Mexican restaurant serves delicious authentic Mexican food, including tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

4.      State 48 Tavern: This casual tavern, located in Page, offers a variety of American pub food, including wings, burgers, and sandwiches.

5.      Bonkers Restaurant: As the name suggests, you’ll go bonkers thinking how good the food is. This local favorite serves Italian/American Cuisine.

 

Lodging/Campgrounds

Here are some of the options you have when considering sleeping arrangements for your visit to Horseshoe Bend.

1.      Hotels in Page, Arizona: Page is a small town located near Horseshoe Bend, and there are several hotels to choose from, including the Lake Powell Resort and the Best Western Plus at Lake Powell.

2.      Campgrounds: There are several campgrounds in the area, including the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Campground, the Lone Rock Beach Campground, and the Wahweap Campground.

3.      Vacation rentals: There are several vacation rentals available near Horseshoe Bend, including houses, apartments, and cabins. These rentals can be a great option for larger groups or families.

4.      RV parks: There are several RV parks in the area, including the Lake Powell RV Village and the Page-Lake Powell Campground and RV Park.

5.      Back-country camping: If you are looking for a more rustic camping experience, there are several back-country campsites in the area that can be accessed by foot or by boat. Please note that a permit is required for back-country camping in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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