Talk about an amazing and unforgettable view! Horseshoe bend was a highly anticipated item on my travel bucket list. This grand overlook was my very first stop on my cross country road trip. I actually drove right by the Grand Canyon to make it in plenty of time to watch the setting sun from the overlook.
Who willing drives by the Grand Canyon, without stopping?! ME :)
And let me tell you, I made the right decision. You see, I have been to the Grand Canyon three times, each a unique and amazing experience. That said, I knew a fourth visit to the Grand Canyon, to pop in and out, was not worth missing a stormy sunset view of Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.
The Grand Canyon will surely be there, waiting in its stunning glory, the next time I drive through the area.
Hiking to Horseshoe Bend is quick and easy. The deep sand is a little tiring on the way back, but well worth the extra effort.
There was a storm rolling in my entire hike out to the overlook. Only a handful of folks, including myself, decided to make the trip to the edge, chancing getting caught in some rain.
The impending storm added drama to the sky with swift moving clouds, bright colors and a little extra darkness once the sun dipped below the horizon. And, as luck would have it, the first large raindrops waited until I was back in my car before racing down to the ground :)
I plan to go back to Horseshoe Bend for sunrise and maybe another sunset or two in the future. If I need to drive by the Grand Canyon to squeeze in the visit, I trust I will make the same decision again :)