There is an iconic photo that all seem to take of Horseshoe Bend at Glen Canyon. My husband opted for something a little bit different. The picture above is of the Bend, but looking down the Colorado River with others seen in the distance on the left to give the canyon perspective. This was at sunset on the evening we arrived in Glen Canyon during our November 2016 trip to Utah and Arizona.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area include not only the “Bend”, but Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam – along with numerous other amazing wonders. Page, Arizona which is located right at the Southern end of Lake Powell by the dam, is where we stayed for exploring not only Glen Canyon, but also to visit Monument Valley (more to come later).
From the trailhead, it is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike to Horseshoe Bend and well worth the visit. If you are afraid of heights, getting right up to the edge might be a bit scary – it was for me. Dave had is tripod and camera perched right on the edge – he claims he was 1/2 foot away from the edge, I don’t think so. To be honest I had a little bit of a panic attack just watching him.
Exploring the area includes a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam. Built in the 1950’s (well after Hoover Dam) and created not only Lake Powell, but Page, AZ as well. There is still controversy over the dam as it altered the natural flow of the Colorado, but it still is a beautiful area to visit. At the visitor’s center they offer a nice tour of the dam itself which Dave went on while we visited.
Being there in November is not the time to grab an iconic houseboat and spend time on the lake itself. Instead we spent our time marveling at the Canyon itself.