Horseshoe Bend has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It looks like two pieces of a giant picture puzzle, and you know you’ve found the correct matching pieces. The scenery, from a broader view, is a rather flat desert earth with giant cracks. Amongst them, this river, that takes a complete U-turn as if it realized, oops, wrong direction! Surrounding it are high cliffs with sharp drops. You can get as close to the edge as you want. There is no fence. Nothing artificial.
Finding the Horseshoe Bend wasn’t apparently evident. Driving on Hwy 89 that was mostly car free, then suddenly we saw a bunch of cars on the side of the highway. That’s where we’d park. Following a 20min hike in the desert terrain without showing any indication of the bend. Then all of a sudden, we arrived at the edge, seeing the full shape. The earth did a very good job hiding this beauty that it should create “Where’s Waldo?”. Rather, “Where’s Horseshoe Bend?
There isn’t much to do at the Bend, but during sunset, it can easily grab you for hours. And that’s what we did.
There are few places on earth that can hold me still like Horseshoe Bend did. We sat there enjoying the sunset without feeling bored. Of course there were times when we took selfies (that’s what Asians do).
Getting to this hidden beauty wasn’t all that easy. We drove through desert with mild sand storm in the horizon,
plains with cracks on the ground,
and through some of these cracks…
Horseshoe Bend is one of my favorites. It’s one of those places that given the opportunity, I’d like to visit again and again. I don’t think I would ever get sick of the sunset there.