Many travelers with pre-existing plans to visit Northern Arizona are rightfully concerned about whether their desired attractions will be open during the government shutdown. In the case of Horseshoe Bend, we are happy to report that the answer is “yes.”
The State of Arizona has allocated emergency funds to keep several National Parks open during the government shutdown, including the Grand Canyon, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the latter of which encompasses the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Additionally, some Navajo Nation residents are helping to accommodate visitor and/or parking overload by allowing access to Tribal lands which flank Horseshoe Bend to the South.
Even though the overlook itself remains accessible, some facilities and services will not be available. Visitors are asked to do their part to ensure that “closure under duress” isn’t necessitated, as it was recently at California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Use restroom facilities at your hotel or elsewhere as the toilets at Horseshoe Bend, which are under National Park Service management, may be closed. Please pack out all trash, and do not vandalize, remove, or disturb any rock formations, structures, or plants.
The parking lot at Horseshoe Bend is patrolled by officers from the Page Police Department, and parking regulations are strictly enforced. If the “official” Horseshoe Bend parking lot is full, you will be asked to return to the overlook at a later time, or utilize alternate means of getting to the overlook, such as shuttles from the town of Page, AZ, or from alternate but sanctioned parking areas nearby. Parking on the side of US89 is not only unsafe, it is illegal, and punishable by fines upwards of $300.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended for all of the above activities.