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Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.

Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.

The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.

Horseshoe Bend Information

Camping near Horseshoe Bend: The National Park Service operates three campgrounds in this area

Lodging near Horseshoe Bend

Google Map of Horseshoe Bend Location

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”; and “Lower Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew”.

To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon.

Book a tour of Antelope Canyon

Upper is an easy, flat 100-yard walk following a 2-mile ride from the Navajo Tribal Park Gate on US98 to the canyon’s entrance. Lower is longer (600 yards), requires some stair climbing and stepping over a few boulders, access to the canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on US98.

Google Map of Antelope Canyon Location

The Wave Rock Formation, AZ

The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in Arizona, near its northern border with Utah. The formation is on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau. The area is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument visitor center in Kanab, Utah.

The Wave is considered ecologically sensitive and vulnerable to irreparable damage if access is not strictly controlled. Because of this, only 20 people per day are allowed to visit Coyote Buttes North and The Wave in Arizona. In order to be included on that list, you must obtain a permit. This can be done one of two ways:

Permit to hike the Wave

BLM Kanab Visitor Center
745 East, US-89, Kanab, UT 84741
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Scenic Highway 12 Utah

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 begins in Panguitch in the west and ends in Torrey to the northeast. It can be enjoyed by driving either east or west — or both, multiple times. The road is open year-round, but after major winter storms, sections might be impassible until plowed, and ice can make some sections white-knucklers especially on the Boulder Mountain stretch during the winter. There are no fees to drive on Highway 12, although some destinations and attractions along the way — off of the highway — have an entrance fee. Feel free to bring a dog, but most areas and trails along the highway require the pup to be on leash. Don’t make the mistake I did once – I drove this stretch at night with a friend. We knew it had to be amazing, but had no idea what we were not seeing. Now that I have seen how spectacular this drive is, I really owe that person a drive. I would be happy to make this trip a hundred times.
Description from visitutah.com: “you’ll enjoy driving through the two red arches in Red Canyon. Then, you’ll be in awe as you lay witness to the actual “stairs” in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument just past Henrieville — a different color of sandstone to the north and to the south. Along the “Hogsback” between Escalante and Boulder, hairpin turns dare you on a road that drops off drastically from the shoulders down into deep canyons below. You’ll yet again change geography as you traverse through the aspen and pine groves, and meadowlands of Boulder Mountain before finally heading back to the desert near Capitol Reef. Don’t worry, there are plenty of pull-offs and scenic overlooks so you don’t have to take pictures while driving (not recommended). In short, fans of scenic driving, motorcycle touring, epic bike rides and people with eyes with love this journey. It’s even better if loved ones don’t mind you saying “wow” a thousand times over the course of the 122-mile drive.”