Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 10, 2012

Horseshoe Bend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:19 am
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South of the Glen Canyon Dam a few miles, this meander in the Colorado River bends back on itself in a dramatic display of erosion's effects.

The canaigre is blooming!
(Other names for it: dock, wild rhubarb)

Near Page, Arizona, the Colorado River makes a huge bowknot bend. From an overlook on the mesa top, one can appreciate the force of moving water over eons of time, scouring the canyon walls. Some day it will cut through that peninsula of rock.

I had no wide-angle lens, sadly, but I think you get the gist of this view. River: 3200 feet. Overlook: 4200 feet. Easy half-mile trail from parking area.


  1. Arkansas delta land is fun to fly over. The Mississippi has many similar meanders but on the flat topography, the cut-throughs are easier so there are a host of horseshoe lakes. Very picturesque from the air.

    Comment by leroque — April 10, 2012 @ 11:20 am | Reply

    • It is quite interesting to see what different substrates will do in the face of similar erosive forces. Arkansas has always felt “soft” to me. I could be wrong.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 10, 2012 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  2. Coooooooool. THe goosenecks maybe looks more dramatic but this one has a lot of green at the bottom, really makes it look inviting.

    Comment by superdave0002 — April 10, 2012 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • I could see trails from above, leading from water’s edge to the base of the rock. One boat was anchored for lunch on a sand bar. One motorized craft and two rafts went by during my short stay, so it must be a rather heavily-used stretch of river.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 10, 2012 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  3. A classic location that I hope to get to someday.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister — April 10, 2012 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

    • I suspect it will be here for you, even if it takes you a few eons, Andrew…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 10, 2012 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you again for your journal and photos. They always make me smile and reflect on your message.

    Comment by Deb — April 10, 2012 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

    • I am so happy to have readers like you whose interest in, and love for, this area compels them to explore, explore, explore!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 10, 2012 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  5. Wow what a beautiful picture…you have out done yourself Ranger Kathryn!!!

    Comment by The Moabhiker — April 10, 2012 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

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