The drive from Monument Valley to Page, Arizona took about 3 hours. Our original plan was to see Horseshoe Bend during sunset. But it was already dark when we arrived in Page so we just decided to wake up early the next day and shoot it during sunrise instead.
The next morning, it was still dark when we left the hotel. There were only 2 cars parked when we arrived in the area. The trek up the sandy hills to the bend took around 10 to 15 minutes. After that, we were already standing atop a giant cliff surrounding a horseshoe-shaped turn of the Colorado River far below it. I reckon that’s how it got its name. I totally enjoyed the scenic view but the cold morning weather was killing me.
Taking photos of the landscape was a big challenge since the bend is about 1,000 feet above the water and there are no guard rails to protect you. Anyway, I did manage to creep up to the edge of the cliffs and take some good shots.