After living in Arizona over 44 years we finally made it to Horseshoe Bend, that huge curve in the Colorado River. For years we had seen seen only photographs. We decided to make a side trip before we headed to Monument Valley. The temps that day were near 100. Us desert rats were not going to let that little bit of inconvenience deter us.
It’s about a 1.5 mile round trip hike to the overlook. See all that sand? About 200 million years ago it was part of the largest system of sand dunes the North American continent had ever seen. Who knew we were walking in geological history.
We were finally able to see it with our own eyes and take a few pictures. The Colorado (red) had turned into the Verde (green). It’s about a 1000 feet down to the river. Nature is extremely patient. She spent a couple million years to create this bend and the magnificent Grand Canyon further downstream. Now that is what we call long range planning.
This was just our first glimpse of the beautiful sandstone formations we would be seeing over the next two weeks.
There’s so much beauty in the West. The look changes with the time of day and the seasons.
If you are anywhere near Page Arizona, take the time to hike the short trail to enjoy Horseshoe Bend. Create your own photographs and memories, we did.