Horseshoe Bend, AZ, USA.
May 13, 2005 * Taken by Joe
Explored! Highest position: #34 on Saturday, April 5, 2008
The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is located just a few miles south of Page, Arizona, very close to the border with Utah. It's a spectacular place, which can be reached after a short hike of 3/4 of a mile from US 89 to the rim of the bend. The wide, easy-to-follow trail leads up a low, sandy hill. It's not a long hike, but walking up loose sand can be very tiresome, and if it's a warm day (which it was in our case), one should carry enough water.
As soon as we got to the overlook... we were greeted with colors: emerald-green river, orange cliffs and blue sky, not to mention the gorgeous colors of wildflowers along the trail. While peeking over the edge of the cliff, we saw the Colorado itself 1,100 feet down below, shimmering in the sunlight with its wonderful emerald-green color. The River makes a gigantic bend below the overlook, going first to the east, then back to the west, thus the name Horseshoe Bend.
For Moshe and myself, it wasn't easy to peek over the edge. Both of us suffer from fear of heights, and get shaky knees while standing up looking to the abyss below. Joe had the time of his life taking photos, while I was imploring him to walk few steps back. At one point Moshe was willing to get close to the edge, only if Joe holds him from the back, and that's how he took photos of the river below.