Viewing Platform at Horseshoe Bend
Sunset at Horseshoe Bend
Last year the National Park Service started building a viewing platform and installing safety rails at famous Horseshoe Bend, a 270-degree turn of the Colorado River located within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area south of Lake Powell. They did a good job, providing additional safety for all people afraid of heights and still allowing others to get close to the edge to the left and right of the platform. The new measurements do not block the view and most of the rim remains unfenced. A great relief for all photographers out there - images like the one shown here are still possible at Horseshoe Bend!
Hiking on the new trail (probably finished in summer) will take slightly longer, but it will be an almost even walk (also suitable for wheelchairs) bypassing the small hill between the parking lot and the viewpoint. Its distance adds up to 0,75 mi/1,2 km (instead of 0,5 mi/0,8 km). Besides that, the City of Page is about to open their brandnew parking lot near mile marker 545 of Hwy 89, about 3 mi south of town. It will be able to accommodate way over 100 passenger cars and dozens of larger vehicles (RVs, busses, etc.). They will be charging $10 parking fee per vehicle soon (probably by mid April).