Page, Arizona. A small town 4 hours North of Phoenix and is a city in Coconino County. Its a small town, with an estimated population of about 7,500 people. It’s hot and dry, but don’t let that deter from visiting. Page, Arizona has so much to offer when it comes to tourism. Our reason for visiting was to photograph Antelope Upper and Lower canyon. It was an excursion we planned well in advanced.
While photographing the canyon was amazing, it certainly was not a free attraction, and reservation are highly recommended. But there are many attraction in Page, Arizona that do not cost anything, do not require reservations and are equally as spectacular.
Horseshoe Bend is one of those attractions. Our drive to this site was about 30 minutes. A pleasant drive as there was not much traffic. Upon arrival to the site, we notice quite a few vehicles. Parking is abundant and I would guess there were about 80 vehicles ranging from small cars, to school buses. There were also many people walking to and from the actual site. There is a bit of a trek, and most is uphill. Be sure to be wearing comfortable shoes, and have plenty of water on hand. As I said, it gets pretty hot in the open desert. There is a rest stop halfway for those that need to take a break. Also at this point, the incline becomes a decline. All together, the walk lasts about 25-30 minutes.
If you don’t have a wide angle lens, a good idea is to take several shots, each moving around the site. I took a total of 8 shots, with the intention of stitching in Photoshop when I got back to the hotel. The photo featured in this post is the result. Not bad I think.
To the left of the actual bend, you can climb a large rock formation, and maybe get a better view, but this as well, takes you closer to the edge. My travel companion and I were quite accepting of missing this part of the attraction.
It was time to head back to the car. We spent a good hour taking it all in. My suggestion, once you’ve taken the photos, put the camera away, find a comfortable spot and appreciate it’s natural beauty. It’s landscapes like this one, that make you realize how beautiful this country is and how unassuming this town is. Page, Arizona is beautiful with so much to see. For us, it was tome to move on to the next attraction.