Arizona: Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Horseshoe Bend Photography Viewpoint (click to enlarge)

Prickly Pear Cactus with Flower Buds

Hedgehog Cactus Flowers

Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center

Glen Canyon Dam Overlook

Glen Canyon Bridge (at completion in 1959 it was highest arch bridge in world)

Squares are Support Rod Tips Piled Deep into Sandstone Canyon Walls

Dilophosaurus Dinosaur Tracks Found Nearby


Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona, are spectacular sights!  Both are located just past the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park.  Horseshoe Bend was formed by erosion from the Colorado River over millions of years.  The meander formed when water flowed around harder stone.  Since water flows fastest on the outside of a curve, the meander gets more pronounced over time.

Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1964 and provides daily hydroelectric power to 5 million customers over 7 Western states.  After the dam was built, the newly backed up water of the Colorado River formed popular Lake Powell.  This desert landscape is beautiful!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

7 Responses to Arizona: Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam

  1. Ingrid says:

    I’m smiling just thinking about the month we spent there. Amazing landscape!

  2. SoyBend says:

    It looks beautiful! Thanks for the great pictures of your trip. 😁

  3. Awesome captures, Pam! Our visit to both of these were amazing as well. (Although I did hate the walk back up from Horseshoe Bend because it was so hot!) We took a boat tour that included a ride up to the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell side. That felt crazy, knowing there was no water on the other side of the dam. 🙂

    • Pam says:

      That sounds wonderful! I wish we had budgeted another day in Page – there is plenty to do. I think we’ll visit again when we plan a Utah trip. We got lucky with weather – it was perfect and we did Horseshoe Bend in the early morning before it got hot and lots of people came. So gorgeous!

  4. Gorgeous I have never been there! Some day!

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