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Heart of Arizona - Part I Horseshoe Bend | Insights of My Solo Road Trip

Visiting Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Since I saw the amazing photos from a photographer friend's cross-country road trip, The Great American Road Trip, I have added a few other attractions to my list. Heart of Arizona is dedicated to my road trip around the state Arizona, where I believe to breed the most breathtaking sceneries in the US.

I was able to catch the sunset at Horseshoe Bend, which is one of the best moments for photoshoots. If the sun is up then the shadows will be too deep in the photo, losing the precious colors of the water and plants. Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. It has the name because the river winds through Glen Canyon and carves out the shape.

The classic blue water of the Colorado River. Canon 5d Mark II, 16mm, ISO 250, f/4.0, 1/100 sec
The classic blue water of the Colorado River. Canon 5d Mark II, 16mm, ISO 250, f/4.0, 1/100 sec

Visitor's Guide

  • Horseshoe Bend is only 10 minutes drive from Page, Arizona. It's a small city with an airport and plenty choices of hotels for tourists who are visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

  • If you are visiting during the season Fall to Spring, it will be freezing cold before and after sunset.

  • FREE parking and entry.

  • 10-15 minutes hike from the parking lot, make sure you bring water.

  • If you plan to take photos of the full view, you need a wide angle lens at least 24mm.

  • Wear sunscreen, even in winter. There's no shade during the walk or at the view-point.

Best Time to Visit

The best time of the day to visit Horseshoe Bend is midday or late afternoon, when the colors are insane and the entire bend is lit up.With sunrise the sun will be casting huge shadows on the river. If you are looking for a golden hour shot, sunset is better than sunrise. But if you just want a selfie, you will be shadowed and the background will be overexposed. Pick different time of a day to visit for your purpose.

Visiting Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
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