Horseshoe Bend from Behind the Lens

Photographers at Sunrise, Red Rocks, Cliff

The iconic turn of the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend is easy enough to get to. From Page, AZ, it’s a short five mile drive from town followed by a half mile hike over a small sand dune. Actually seeing Horseshoe Bend is another matter.

If you’re used to viewing natural wonders from a “safe distance,” Horseshoe Bend isn’t for you. There isn’t a safe distance from which it is viewable. To see the river and the full majesty of the bend, you have to sidle right up to the edge of a roughly 1,000 foot cliff and look down.

Horseshoe Bend Cliff, River, Standing on a cliff

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24 Comments on “Horseshoe Bend from Behind the Lens”

  1. Luddy's Lens January 18, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    It would be worth it, to get images like this!


  2. Animalcouriers January 18, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    For those of us without a great head for heights, it’s a jolly good thing we have you!


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  4. sued51 January 18, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    OMG that first photo is GORGEOUS!


  5. Pat January 18, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I noticed my height anxiety kick in a little when going up a parking garage the other night; thanks for doing this for me. As always beautiful shots, Brian.


  6. karinschiller January 18, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Again impressing and wonderful pictures. I really envy you for your experiences 🙂


  7. Betty Londergan January 18, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Ye gads!! That makes me think of an overlook of the coastline of Kauai — it was terrifying but spectacular! THANKS for sharing!!!


  8. 7feetnorth January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Beautiful! Definitely worth the risk! Thanks for sharing.


  9. earthriderjudyberman January 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Incredible photo and view. I have been to the edge of the Grand Canyon, but their was a protective barrier as I recall. Not as photogenic, but I felt much more secure. Thanks for sharing.


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  11. Debra Kolkka January 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    What a stunning place…excellent photos.


  12. K. Bailey Fucanan January 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Wow! The photos are amazing and so tempt me to want to do it, although I would so need to face my fear first.


  13. The Earth Beneath My Feet January 21, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Breathtaking – the view and the photos 🙂


  14. msdulce January 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Ooh! This made my hands sweat! Gorgeous.


  15. Sullivan J Photography January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    This is one of my bucket list areas to shoot 🙂 Enjoyed this post…thanks for sharing.


  16. Arizona girl January 24, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    This place never ceases to awe and inspire me!!


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  18. backthewaywecame April 10, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    I don’t think I would be able to stand so close to the edge. But a belly crawl would be worth the view.


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