Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles south of Page, Arizona. It is an incredible natural vista definitely worth a visit. The name was inspired by its unusual shape, a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Just a few miles from Glen Canyon Dam and the popular Lake Powell, the best view is from the steep cliff above Horseshoe Bend.
Horseshoe Bend’s overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is 3,200 feet above sea level, which gives this scenic view a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop.
We will hike ¾ mile from US Route 89 to view Horseshoe Bend from the cliff overlook. The trail is steep in some areas, and has some areas of deep sand, so be prepared for a little bit of a challenge despite the short distance. Once we are at the overlook we will have plenty of time to enjoy the view and take pictures. We will also enjoy a crystal singing sound meditation to prepare of for the boat tour adventure along at the bottom of the canyon around Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River the following morning.
Our 30 mile boat tour on the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam and back will be epic and possibly the best part of the retreat. We will travel 15 miles on the Colorado River around Horseshoe Bend to Glen Canyon Dam to see and learn about the Dam from below. We will then travel back towards Horseshoe Bend get off the boat at to take a small hike to explore Petroglyphs and the then paddle board or kayak around Horseshoe Bend. We will have a picnic lunch and meditation on the canyon beach of Horseshoe Bend and then get back on the boats for a ride back to Lee’s Ferry. retreat experience includes Paddle Boarding on the Colorado River around Horseshoe Bend. As part of a 30 mile round trip Boat Tour from Lees Ferry and Glen Canyon Dam and back we will stop just North of Horseshoe Bend. We will paddle board downstream (3/4 mile) around the most beautiful part of the canyon to enjoy seeing and experiencing Horseshoe Bend from it’s base. Kayaking is also available instead of paddle boarding or you can stay on the boat.
Page, Arizona overlooks famed Glen Canyon Dam and scenic Lake Powell, which sits astride the Arizona/Utah border. We will visit the dam from the top at the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center and will also visit the bottom of the dam on a 30 mile boat tour on the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam and back.
We will stop at Boater’s Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand found downstream on the Colorado River from the Glen Canyon Dam to hike an approximately 0.25-mile round trip trail to see ancient Petroglyphs.
Desert bighorn sheep, geometric shapes, and hunting scenes are all depicted on the impressive petroglyph panel located deep within the walls of Glen Canyon. The panel is yours to explore in an intimate setting.
Guided Tour to Upper Antelope Canyon – Chief Tsosie’s guides with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours know all the hot spots and they will guide you through an amazing natural wonder of Antelope Canyon. They will provide you with the secret knowledge of photographing the beams and dance with the sand. We will have little chance to be alone in the canyon on this tour, nor will we be able to hear the quiet that some of the other tour-times provide, but this tour is a photographic extravaganza. This tour is lead with precision and experience.
1:00pm (peak hour)- The colors are fairly uniform throughout the canyon and visibility is good. The north end is slowly becoming the brightest, most colorful end. Some of the people are beginning to thin out, which allows you a more personal experience. A marvelous blend of color, shape and majesty will strike you on this tour!
Enjoy downtime at the beach and in the beautiful water at Lake Powell. Lone Rock Beach (part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) is just across the border from Arizona in Utah and only a 5 minute drive from the retreat home.