Horseshoe Bend Parking Lot Reopens, Entrance Fees Implemented

Effective Saturday, April 13th, the newly expanded visitor parking area at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook South of Page, AZ, will be open to the public. The parking lot had been closed during the daytime hours since January 30th to facilitate completion of the project before peak tourist season in Northern Arizona. 

Visitors to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook will also be required to pay entrance fees determined by City of Page Resolution #1224-19, effective immediately, as follows:

  • Motorcycle: $5
  • Passenger vehicles (car, truck, SUV, RV, motorhome): $10
  • Commercial vans with passenger capacity of 14 or less: $35*
  • Mid-sized commercial and tour buses with passenger capacity of 15-35: $70*
  • Full-size buses with passenger capacity of 35 or more: $140*

*commercial and touring vehicle fees are determined by vehicle size, not number of passengers it is carrying

The above fees may be subject to change without notice.

“Those planning trips to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend are reminded that if they find all official parking areas to be full at the time of their visit, they will be required to return at another time when they can find available space. Parking on the side of US89 is strictly prohibited.

Those planning trips to Page, AZ, and Horseshoe Bend are reminded that if they find all official parking areas to be full at the time of their visit, they will be required to return at another time when they can find available space. Parking on the side of US89 is strictly prohibited. Those who do so risk having their vehicle towed and incurring fines. The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is busiest between the hours of 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM when day visitors from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and other gateway communities are arriving and departing.

Should you prefer not to deal with the potential inconvenience and expense of the new arrangements at Horseshoe Bend, other means of seeing this unique curve of the Colorado River include:

Advance reservations are strongly recommended for all guided tours to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell.

104 Responses

  1. Hi,
    we are coming in early April. what’s the time for sunset and sunrise? if you can choose one, would you do sunset or sunrise? 🙂 Coming with 2 kids (9 and 11). Thank you!!

    1. Hi Sylvia,
      This is a very good question! April falls within peak tourist season in Page, AZ, including Horseshoe Bend. Sunset is a very popular time to be at the overlook, and we’ve seen the crowds to prove it. As a result, you may have trouble finding parking, which would make for a disappointing end to one’s day.
      A better plan, if you can get the kids up for it, is to hit Horseshoe Bend Overlook just after sunrise, which takes place just before 6:00 AM in April (sunset occurs at around 7:00 PM). A sunrise visit to Horseshoe Bend will make for an easier time finding parking, cooler temperatures, and fewer people to contend with. Plus that will leave you with plenty of time in the day for more activities, such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip, Antelope Canyon tours, visiting the Glen Canyon Dam, and much more!
      Hope that helps – good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. Hello. I am driving a 4 runner with a trailer attached. I am not that skilled of a driver and can not back up. Is there parking available that is pull through?

    1. Hi Bea,
      I’ll put it this way: to enjoy the best chance of getting a pull-through site, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, you should plan on arriving at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook first thing in the morning. The parking lot opens at dawn. Between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, the parking lot is extremely busy, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have problems finding a pull-through spot.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Are you open during the winter? We’re planning on making a stop Monday 12/23 in the morning and wondered if you were still open to the public?

    1. Hi Alex,
      Yes, Horseshoe Bend will be open, as it is 365 days a year, barring extreme weather events.
      The entrance gate staff are on-site between sunrise and sunset.
      Have a wonderful time, good luck, safe travels and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hello Severine,
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook parking lot is open 365 days a year, weather permitting, between sunrise and sunset!
      Good luck, safe travels, and Merry Christmas to you, too,
      Alley 🙂

  4. I will be coming the Middle of May from Illinois. I am planning on spending a full day doing the Antelope Canyon Tours and the next day I am wanting to spend visiting Horseshoe bend and the Vermilion Cliffs. I’m not wanting to do any tours this day, I am wanting to just go by myself and sightsee. Is this possible with parking and walking to where I need to go? It will be my first time in Arizona.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Shea,
      Yes, it is possible to visit Horseshoe Bend and the Vermillion Cliffs area without going on a guided tour.
      For Horseshoe Bend, you simply drive to the parking area (which you can’t miss) about 5 miles South of town, pay the one-time $10/vehicle parking fee, and walk to the overlook. Give this ~60-90 minutes to walk out, take pictures, and walk back.
      To get to the Vermillion Cliffs area from there, continue driving South on US89, then when you arrive at Bitter Springs, AZ, turn right onto US89A. This road will take you to the Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry/Cliff Dwellers area, which sit on the border of the Vermillion Cliffs. If possible, take time to walk around the Lonely Dell Ranch Historic Site near Lees Ferry, and save your appetite so you can enjoy lunc at the Cliff Dweller’s Lodge Restaurant! Time/inclination permitting, you might even swing all the way out to the Jacob Lake Inn to get some of their delicious home-made cookies for dessert!

      Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to do any and all driving during daylight hours. Nighttime driving is strongly discouraged in this part of the U.S. due to the fact that roads are very dimly lit (a deliberate move to preserve the natural darkness of the night sky), and deer, elk, and other wildlife tend to move about after sunset. You don’t want to risk a collision with a large animal in an unfamiliar area that is pitch black, where cell phone service is spotty to nonexistent, and help will be a long time coming, not to mention very expensive. In mid-May, sunrise occurs at about 5:30 AM, sunset takes place at around 7:20 PM.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  5. Hi,
    is the 10$ parking fee valid for one day?
    Let’s say I come for sunrise and pay 10$, leave and come back for sunset. Will I have to pay 10$ again?
    Thanks for any info,
    Sandra

    1. Hi Sandra,
      The Horseshoe Bend parking fee is a one-time fee, so if you were to visit at sunrise, then return to photograph sunset, you would unfortunately have to pay another $10 to park.
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on that front.
      Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
      Alley 🙂

  6. Hi. Can i purchase a parking ticket ahead of time, online? Im planning to visist horseshoe bend this Saturday November 9th.

    1. Hi Edna,
      This is a really good question that unfortunately does not have so good an answer: no. Parkig permits must be purchased on-site at Horseshoe Bend. The parking lot is open between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
      Take care, safe travels, and Happy Holidays,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Is there any update on the completion of the ADA trail? Planning to be there mid-December with someone with mobility challenges.

        1. Hi Chris,
          Unfortunately, the project has fallen a bit behind schedule and they are still working on it! If your party member is unable to make the walk, consider going to the overlook with Horseshoe Bend Tours. They offer a shuttle to Horseshoe Bend via a private alternate entrance on Native American land where the walk to the rim is only 200 yards.
          Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
          Alley 🙂

    1. Leo,
      If you are referring to rafting, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing) on the Colorado River through Horseshoe Bend, there are several ways to go about this. If you have your own kayak, you can engage a backhaul service to take your watercraft to the base of Glen Canyon Dam, where you can then paddle the 15-mile stretch of the river to Lees Ferry. Companies that offer this service are Wilderness River Adventures out of Page, AZ, and Kayak Horseshoe Bend out of Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry, AZ. Kayak Horseshoe Bend also rents both inflatable and hardbody kayaks for those who need them. These companies should provide maps if/when you engage their services.
      Should you prefer a guided tour, the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip out of Page, AZ, travels from the base of Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry from Page, AZ. This tour is also offered by Wilderness River Adventures.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Krishna!
      The Horseshoe Bend Overlook is open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. Around the Christmas holiday, sunrise occurs at approximately 7:30 AM and sunset takes place just before 5:30 PM.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  7. We will be in Page Az. on Ot. 2 &3 and was wondering if you know if they are working on the accessible walkway for Horseshoe Bend.

    1. Hi Gene,
      The ADA accessible trail is being worked on as we speak and is slated for completion in October. However, the exact date the trail will be available to use is unknown. We recommend monitoring local websites such as the Lake Powell Chronicle or Lake Powell Life.
      Sorry we couldn’t be any clearer than that,
      Alley

  8. Hello Alley, we are planning on visiting Horsehoe Bend on sept 12th. Can tickets be purchased in advance or only onsite on the day? Many thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Nacira,
      Horseshoe Bend Overlook parking fees are paid on-site at the time you visit. If you prefer to take a shuttle to Horseshoe Bend from Page, AZ, you can reserve a seat in advance through Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours.
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  9. Hi Alley,

    I’m visiting Horseshoe in October 24th. On that date, the sunrise is about 6:56am – Is the place always open? Or what time does it open in October?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Raquel!
      The Horseshoe Bend parking lot is not open 24/7, but is open between sunrise and sunset. The staff modifies their schedule according to sunrise and sunset times for visitor convenience.
      Hope that helps – good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  10. I would like to know if the Horshoe Bend requieres CUA permit. If it so, can send me information related to the CUA Requirements and Fees for Road-based Commercial Tour Operators. How we can apply? How much does it cost? The prices per person? The rules and prices for buses? etc.

    1. Hi Lizbeth,
      To our knowledge, a CUA permit is not required to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. You simply pay a one-time fee based on the capacity of the vehicle you are driving. These were outlined in the article you commented on, but they are as follows:
      Motorcycle: $5
      Passenger vehicles (car, truck, SUV, RV, motorhome): $10
      Commercial vans with passenger capacity of 14 or less: $35*
      Mid-sized commercial and tour buses with passenger capacity of 15-35: $70*
      Full-size buses with passenger capacity of 35 or more: $140*
      For more information about the guidelines for visiting Horseshoe Bend in commercial vehicles, we recommend contacting the Page, AZ, Police Department. For the time being, they have assumed all responsibility for fee collection and parking enforcement. Their phone # is 928-645-2463.
      Hope that helps,
      Alley 🙂

  11. Hi Alley, I’m visiting horseshoe in August. As I have been reading, work roads are over, aren’t they? I mean that we won’t need to take any bus to get there and we’ll be able to park our car without any problem. Am I right? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Cristina,
      You are correct in that the construction on the parking lot is complete. However, that hasn’t done much to reduce the crowds that can and do overwhelm Horseshoe Bend. If traffic levels necessitate it, the bus system that was used during the construction phase is standing by, ready to be brought back online to alleviate the congestion. If you’d prefer not to deal with this (which we don’t blame you for!), a few options are:
      1. Visiting Horseshoe Bend just after sunrise (between 5:30 AM – 5:45 AM) to take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people.
      2. Flying over it in an airplane or helicopter.
      3. Taking a horseback ride.
      4. Taking a shuttle to a private area of the overlook on Navajo Indian Land.
      For further details on these alternate methods for visiting Horseshoe Bend, check out “Help — There’s No Place To Park At Horseshoe Bend!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Jim,
      At the present time, the hike from the main parking lot to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook is .6 miles one way. The paved walkway is still under construction and is slated for completion in October-November of this year.
      If you feel you might have difficulty making the walk, read the tips in this article for alternate ways to get to Horseshoe Bend that involve less exertion: “Help! I Can’t Make The Hike To Horseshoe Bend
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  12. Today we visited Horseshoebend. We travelled a lot in whole of the USA with our 12-passenger bus with our family and we’ve never been so dissapointed about the price of parking. 35$ for 1 or 2 hours.

    1. Dear Renate,
      For one, I am sorry for the delay in response to your comment, but mostly, I’m sorry that you were unpleasantly surprised by the parking fees at Horseshoe Bend. According to the posted guidelines, a commercial van is described as any vehicle having 7-14 seats. The vehicle you’re driving sounds like something akin to a Class B motorhome, and should be categorized as such when you visit Horseshoe Bend.
      Not trying to “pass the buck” here, but this site is privately owned and not affiliated with the National Park Service, the City of Page, or any entities or agencies charged with fee collection at Horseshoe Bend. If you have/had any problems with the on-site staff or believe they are being inconsistent with the enforcement of entrance fees, we encourage you to contact the Page Police Department at 928-645-2463. You might also relay any problems to the City of Page Economic Development/Tourism Board at (928) 645-4310.
      We hope this experience didn’t sour you on the area completely and that you get a chance to return.
      Best regards,
      Alley

  13. Hi Alley,

    We will be making our first trip to Page and Horseshoe Bend. Three of us traveling in one car, spending two nights in Page. Only two in our party want to do the Horseshoe Bend Overlook hike. My Question: If I were to drop the hikers off for a sunrise hike, and go do something else with my morning, would I be able to pick them up after a couple of hours? I see that I am not allowed to park along 89. What about stopping along 89 long enough to pick my family up after the hike? Is this illegal or too dangerous? I am guessing the parking lot would be full by 10 AM and the attendant would not allow me to enter, even if I were to pay the $10 just to pick them up?

    1. Dear Vero,
      You are correct in that dropping passengers off to hike to Horseshoe Bend, then coming back later to pick them up, can be dicey at best, dangerous at worst. During peak travel season, the parking lot typically fills by 10:00 AM. My suggestion would be for your party to drop you off in downtown Page, AZ, which is small enough to be walkable, then they could drive the vehicle to Horseshoe Bend and return to town upon completing the walk.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Hi Alley,

    Just wanted to let you know that we visited Horseshoe Bend today (Saturday June 22nd) and we had no issue finding parking. We arrived at 10 am and there must have been at least a couple dozen spaces for cars and plenty as well for RVs and tour buses. When we left around 11:30 am there were probably just as many open spots if not more. We really lucked out with the weather this weekend too, the high was only about 81 F. Thanks for all of the info – you’re providing a wonderful service!

    1. Hi again, Marc,
      Wow, thank you for taking the time to provide us with a “boots on the ground” update! I’m happy to hear that you didn’t have trouble finding parking, believe me, you were very fortunate in that regard, as well as encountering relatively mild weather for the time of year you’re visiting.
      Hope you get a chance to come back again, and if/when you do, feel free to hit us up for further guidance!
      Have a wonderful summer,
      Alley 🙂

  15. Hi Alley, I’m a Wall Street Journal reporter in Page writing a story about Horseshoe Bend. Could I call you to ask a few questions? My story is on the impact of social media in attracting biug crowds to previously little known destinations like this. Thx, Jim

    If anyone else has an issue with the new parking situation feel free to email me at [email protected]

    1. Hi Jim,
      Thanks for thinking of us. We prefer to keep communications online, but feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] If for some reason I cannot (or should not) answer your question, I will happily refer you to the appropriate authority.
      Good luck with your article,
      Alley 🙂

  16. Alley, Have they completed the wheelchair accessible trail? I am coming to Arizona with my grandson in July and he is wheelchair bound. I would love to take him to Horseshoe Bend if it is an option.

    1. Hi Debra,
      The ADA-compliant trail is not quite complete as of right now. If it is still not accessible at the time of your visit, I’d recommend going to Horseshoe Bend with Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours. They access the overlook via private property on the Navajo Reservation, and the walk to the overlook from there is just 200 yards.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon tours advised me, as of this date, they do not and cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Their transport is an open air truck with 4 across bench seating and handrails. Appears there is no way for them to transport even a folding wheelchair. The other problem is the trail and Slot canyon itself is sandy so they do not recommend thin wheeled/tired wheelchairs as they bog down in sandy terrain. The private road/trail they use from highway to their private Horseshoe Bend overlook area is also naturally sandy.

  17. Hi Alley!
    My wife passed away about 18 months ago, and she always said that she wanted her ashes to be scattered somewhere along Lake Powell, as we often vacationed there years ago. Although we never visited Horseshoe Bend, I think it may be perfect as her “final resting place” Is the scattering of cremated ashes allowed there, and what would you suggest?

    1. Dear Tom,
      I am so sorry about the loss of your wife. The Lake Powell area does indeed sound like a fitting place for her ashes to be scattered. To my knowledge, it is allowed in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (which encompasses Horseshoe Bend), but I’d recommend getting clearance from the National Park Service before proceeding. They can be contacted at (928) 608-6200.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

  18. Welcome to Page…unless you’re a disabled veteran. No military discount? No Disabled Veterans National Park Pass? Not even a “thanks for your service” while paying the fee. Unwelcome. Page needs to take a page from the rest of America and treat disabled veterans with honor. I’m certain the BLM didn’t intend for Page to charge disabled vets for access to national park lands.

    1. Dear George,
      We are sorry to hear that you had less than a warm greeting upon your arrival at Horseshoe Bend. Just to clarify, Horseshoe Bend is not a BLM managed site. It is technically within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but collection of the parking fees is managed by the City Of Page. We would encourage you to relay what took place to the Economic Development/Tourism Board. They can be contacted at (928) 645-4310. The Page Police Department may also be worthwhile to talk to as the staff at the entrance gates fall under their oversight. Their phone number is 928-645-2463.
      Thank you for your service and God bless,
      Alley

  19. Hi Alley!

    We’re going to visiting on Saturday the 22nd of June. Have the parking lots been filling up on Saturdays and if so, what do estimate the average wait time to be for a spot to open up?

    1. Hi Marc,
      Yes, the parking lot has been filling up, 7 days a week, typically between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. As for how long it takes for a spot to open up, that’s anybody’s guess! In late June, it will also be very hot, so if you can, plan your visit for just after sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  20. Hello Alley,
    I have visited Horseshoe Bend in the past and loved it so much. I have a dog now and would love to bring to dog with me for another visit. Is pet allowed to be on the trail to the bend? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jingwen,
      Dogs are welcome at Horseshoe Bend as long as they are leashed. In the summer months, however, you might want to bring some sort of protective covering for your dog’s feet as the sand in that area can get very hot. Also, be sure to bring enough water for yourself and your dog.
      Good luck and safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Doug,
      The entrance fee depends on your vehicle’s passenger capacity. Vehicles with a capacity of 6 or less are charged $10 to park at Horseshoe Bend, those with capacity of 6-14 fall into the $35 range. The capacity of Ford Transits and similar vans often fall in the middle, causing staff at the entrance fee booth thinking they’re commercial vehicles and/or mini-buses and wanting to charge $35. Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news.
      Alley

  21. We stopped by today to try to see Horseshoe Bend at the new accommodations and because we have a Chevrolet Express van she wanted to charge us $35 for the commercial van price. We have six passengers in our car, 4 adults and 2 babies under the age of 2. This is a private vehicle not a commercial vehicle and she would not budge on the price so we left without seeing it!!! This is the biggest rip off ever when motorhomes and RVs are $10 but my van is $35!! You need to train your employees better to distinguish between a commercial van and a private van !!!

    1. Hi, Karen.
      I’m sorry you had to skip Horseshoe Bend due to a misunderstanding about the entrance fees.
      I hate to sound as though I’m passing the buck, but our site is privately owned and not affiliated with the entities responsible for fee collection at Horseshoe Bend. The Page, AZ, Police Department is overseeing that task, therefore I would recommend contacting them to relay what took place yesterday. Their phone # is 928-645-2463. You might also contact the local Office of Economic Development Tourism liaison at 928-645-4310.
      Sorry again and hope you get a chance to come back to the area.
      Alley

    2. Ms. Hunt,
      According to the Chevrolet Express website: https://www.chevrolet.com/commercial/express-passenger-van , your Chevrolet Express van IS designed as and sold as a COMMERCIAL vehicle as prominently posted on its webpage. The standard configuration of the passenger van is seating for 12 and optional for 15. It is marketed to businesses as a commercial passenger van, and the vehicle platform is the basis for a similar business cargo van. If a business purchases a vehicle like this (with specific weight thresholds), the purchase price may be 100% deductible if used for business use. This has fueled sales of this and some large SUV/trucks by business owners (and their families) to take advantage of the tax writeoff.

      As I read the above article by Alley, and the regulations in place by the Page government resolution, the vehicles are classified by the KIND of vehicle they are, and yours IS a commercial vehicle. Whether its USE is private or commercial does not matter, and the number of passengers its carrying at the time does not matter.

      In California where I live, the California DMV lists for commercial drivers licenses:
      “Who Needs a CDL
      You Must Have a CDL to Operate:
      Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
      Any single vehicle with a GVWR less than 26,000 pounds which is designed, used, or maintained to transport more than 10 passengers including the driver. ” Chevrolet Express fits in this category.

      Also on the page: “A 15-passenger van is a van manufactured to accommodate 15 passengers, including the driver, or a van “designed” to carry 15 passengers, including the driver, even if seats have been removed to accommodate fewer than 15 passengers (California Vehicle Code (CVC) §§233 and 15278).” The Chevrolet Express IS designed to carry 15 passengers in total.

      Your specific state of residence may have different specifications and requirements for commercial vehicles and/or commercial drivers licenses. However, Chevrolet themselves classify the Express Van as a commercial vehicle.

      IMO, the parking attendant classified your vehicle correctly and offered to charge you the correct $35 commercial rate. That you would not pay the $35 (less than $9 per adult passenger at the time) was on you. BTW, RV’s and motorhomes may, depending on state, length, and weight, require special licensing, including commercial, to operate. https://www.campanda.com/magazine/rv-special-drivers-license-requirements/ However, in general, most RV’s are not operated with or transporting more than 10 passengers at a time as they don’t have specific seating (with seat belts) for that.

      1. Dear Bart,
        Thank you for your detailed and respectful response to this person’s inquiry. As we get used to the “new normal” at Horseshoe Bend, we are finding that vehicles such as Chevy Express and Ford Transit vans are falling into a “gray area” between commercial and private use, which is negatively impacting some visitors’ experiences. We are hoping that the City of Page will be responsive and proactive in regard to these situations in the future.
        Best regards to you,
        Alley

  22. Perhaps someone really needs to properly define vehicles subject to parking fees. For instance, I am part of a group of 6 visitors who have rented a 15 seat van for 3 weeks touring and golfing in this lovely part of the world. I was charged $35 for entry yesterday despite the fact that the vehicle is not a commercial vehicle. Yes it has 15 seats but I’m not sure it would fit into a commercial vehicle category. It’s usage was not used for hire or reward. It is perhaps seating capacity & usage in combination that ought to be the defined elements.. Not overly concerned about the matter($35 to ultimately view such breathtaking scenery is well worth it) but clarity and transparency are invaluable in maximising customer experience. Did not really appreciate being shouted at by one of your servers either and calm rational explanation would have sufficed.

    1. Hi Colin,
      I am so sorry that you were on the receiving end of not only a pricing policy inconsistency, but rude behavior on the part of an entrance station attendant at Horseshoe Bend. Suffice it to say, there are still some kinks that are being worked out among the City of Page, AZ, local law enforcement, and the traveling public.
      I would strongly recommend relaying what took place during your visit to the agencies in charge of, and benefiting from, the collection of entrance fees, which is primarily the City of Page. The contact number for the Department of Economic Development/Tourism is 928-645-4310.
      Sorry again, and I hope this incident didn’t leave you with a negative impression of our town.
      Best regards,
      Alley

      1. Hi Alley, so what size is considered a commercial van? Is it the seats? I have a windowless GMC Savana which is not registered as commercial, nor does it have ANY seats besides driver. It has a bed in the back and I live inside it– would it be classified as an RV? Just want to know what would cost before I go. Thank you!

        1. Hey Joel,
          Thanks for this excellent question. A commercial van is described as any vehicle having 7-14 seats. The vehicle you’re driving sounds like something akin to a Class B motorhome, and should be categorized as such when you visit Horseshoe Bend. Disclaimer time: this site is privately owned and not affiliated with the National Park Service, the City of Page, or any entities or agencies charged with fee collection at Horseshoe Bend. If you have any problems with the on-site staff or believe they are being inconsistent with the enforcement of entrance fees, we encourage you to contact the Page Police Department at 928-645-2463. You might also relay any problems to the City of Page Economic Development/Tourism Board at (928) 645-4310.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  23. Alley, if the parking lot is only open from sunrise to sunset, what do the folks do who want to take photos of the sunset and golden/blue hour and possible some stars prior to leaving? Will their cars be locked in the parking lot or worse yet, ticketed or towed? Do they force everyone to leave prior to sunset so they can close the parking lot?

    1. Hey Mike,
      Great question, and let me preface my answer by saying the situation at Horseshoe Bend is very much a work in progress, and is somewhat “fluid.”
      As of right now, visitors are being allowed to park in the parking lot and remain after sunset without being ticketed or towed. Ditto for sunrise (people getting in before the entrance gate is staffed). I hope that will be the case when you visit, but won’t make you a promise I can’t keep in that regard.
      Please let us know how you get on.
      Alley 🙂

  24. We went there March 2018 (when it was still free) and there is nothing within comfortable walking distance to park at and walk to. I recall Lower Antelope Canyon being the nearest thing to it, with free parking, but that was a good 5+ miles away. I’d rather pay $10/car than to walk 5+ miles to get there.

    1. Nancy,
      The new parking lot has both solved some problems, and given rise to others. It’s only been 2 weeks that it’s been open, so some kinks are still getting worked out. Right now, on-site officials are finding that between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, they’re still having to revert back to using the alternate lot and shuttle system to get people to the overlook. If that arrangement doesn’t appeal, there are other ways of seeing Horseshoe Bend that don’t involve the hassle of finding parking, but might come with more of a “sticker shock.”
      Alley 🙂

  25. Is the parking fee mandatory? We got the national park pass already, do we still need to pay? How I can skip the fee? (i.e. walking from other free parking lot)

    1. Hi Kelly,
      The Horseshoe Bend parking lot fee is mandatory. Unfortunately, the National Park Pass does not exempt you from having to pay it.
      There are ways to get around the hassle of finding a parking space and the crowds on the ground at Horseshoe Bend, including, but not limited to, flying over it in a fixed wing airplane or helicopter, taking a horseback ride, or taking a shuttle from Page, AZ, that goes to the overlook via a private access road on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands. Naturally, as guided tours, none of those options are free.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  26. To be clear, the fees are collected by the City of Page and 100% of the fees belong to the City. The National Park Service and Glen Canyon NRA gets 0% of the fees despite most of the trail, the viewpoint and the formation itself is on Glen Canyon land. So none of the new fees will go to funding the new ADA trail. This is essentially a city of Page park.

    1. Hi Pablo,
      You are right on all counts, but the ADA trail is still on the table to our knowledge.
      Alley 🙂

      1. I am in the area and thinking of visiting. So even though Horseshoe bend is on national park land and I have a national park year pass there is no way to park to get in without paying again or going on a tour I’m not interested in? I have never heard of such a popular national park site having no parking owned by the national parks. Is there plans for the national parks to make their own lot elsewhere someday?

        1. Hey Andy,
          Visitation to Horseshoe Bend got overwhelming rather quickly, thanks to Instagram, and the City of Page was able to step up to the plate to help get the situation somewhat under control. Yes, it is an unusual solution, and less than ideal in some respects, but leaving things as they were simply wasn’t an option. As for whether NPS will take over administration of the parking in the future, that remains to be seen.
          As for a parking area located “elsewhere,” the Southern flank of the overlook is actually on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, and a local company called Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours operates an exclusive shuttle service to that area, but it is significantly more expensive than the $10/vehicle parking fee.
          Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Leticia,
          Unfortunately, you are correct. That situation could change in the foreseeable future, since the area technically falls within Federal Land boundaries, but for now, the City of Page had the resources and the personnel to manage the ever-increasing traffic in the area best.
          Fortunately, you can use your annual National Park pass in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which encompasses Lake Powell Resort and Antelope Point Marina!
          Good luck, safe travels, and Happy Holidays!
          Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Ascen,
      As of right now, the parking lot is open, meaning fee collectors are on-site, from sunrise to sunset. If you visit after sunset, you may not have to pay an entrance fee, but more crucially, you might find the parking lot gated and locked. I would recommend contacting the City of Page to run your ideas by them, as they are charged with staffing the fee station for now. The main number for them is (928) 645-8861.
      Sorry to not have clearer information, the inevitable start-up “kinks” are still being worked out!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. I remember reading that part of the improvement plan was to make a hard path with less elevation from the parking lot to the bend, making the trek easier than walking on the soft, deep, steep sand that some people had difficultly with. Has this been completed?

        1. Hi Jerry,
          Unfortunately, the paved trail has yet to be completed. If you think you would have trouble with the 1.2 mile round trip walk, you might consider taking a shuttle with Horseshoe Bend Tours. They go to the overlook via private land holdings on the Navajo Reservation where the walk is only 200 yards and the view is just as good.
          Check them out at http://www.HorseshoeBendTours.com
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

      2. Hi Alley,

        I’m thinking to visit horseshoe bend on october. Can you tell me what is the distance between the parking and the horseshoe. Is it possible to go by foot? Or it’s better to take a shuttle?

        1. Hi Nueza,
          The distance from the parking lot to Horseshoe Bend overlook is ~.7 miles one way. Yes, it is possible, in fact, mandatory to go by foot. The paved ADA-compliant trail is expected to be completed by then, but the project has already been delayed several times, so can’t guarantee whether that will be the case.
          If you or anyone in your party have doubts about your ability to make the walk to Horseshoe Bend from the main parking area, taking the shuttle offered by Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours may indeed be the better way to go. They access the overlook via Navajo Indian Tribal lands that flank it to the South, and the walk to the viewing area is only ~200 yards.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Marissa,
        There is no mailing address, per se, but the physical address is mile marker 545, US highway 89, just South of Page, AZ. The parking area is quite large and very well-marked. You literally can’t miss it!
        Alley 🙂

      2. Hi Alley,

        I read on other site, that the distance between parking lot and horseshoe bend is 10 min walking, around 0,6 mile. So now, i’ve some doubts. How far is, exactly, the distance between parking lot and horseshoe bend?

        King regards,

        Neuza Sá

        1. Hi Nueza,
          The distance from the parking lot to the overlook is .6 miles via the “social” trail that was established informally before the construction of the paved trail, which is expected to be completed by October. The paved trail will be more gradual and slightly longer, maybe another 1/10th of a mile, if that. As for how long it takes to walk out to the overlook, that depends entirely on the individual. 10 minutes is a fairly accurate estimate, taking the trail at a moderate pace, however, there’s no law stating that you have to take it at anyone’s pace but your own. Indeed, taking the time to look around you will give you a better appreciation of the geology of the area, and not leave you out of breath — well, the view at the end of the trail might take your breath away! Horseshoe Bend: The Intimate Grand Canyon Experience
          Now if you were to visit Horseshoe Bend on the shuttle with Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon tours, they access the overlook via private property on the Navajo Reservation (they’re Navajo owned), where the path to the overlook is only 200 yards.
          Hope that helps,
          Alley 🙂

    2. Hello,

      Are there restrooms at Horseshoe bend? How many hours should I plan to be here?
      we will be visiting in September after Labor Day
      Is it possible to get parking at 10am-11am?

      1. Hi Nicole!
        Yes, there are restrooms at Horseshoe Bend (yay!). Most visitors spend on average 60-90 minutes, but you are welcome to linger as long as you wish. As for the parking situation between 10:00 – 11:00 AM, that’s when it’s busiest, so can’t vouch for what you’ll find. Let’s just say if you can find a way to get there earlier — as in just after sunrise — you’ll enjoy cooler temperatures and thinner crowds.
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

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