Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session

Celebrating an engagement by Exploring Page, Arizona’s most beautiful landmarks

Horseshoe Bend is truly one of the most beautiful locations photography has taken me for an engagement session. Horseshoe Bend has the unique ability to make you feel as if you’re both inside of the Grand Canyon and on top of the world at the same time. Standing at the edge of the cliffs and looking down into the bend, you can feel the grandeur, but the crystal clear view of the Colorado River also makes you feel as if you really are standing right next to it. It’s a special kind of magic.

Couple overlooks the grand Horseshoe Bend during their engagement photo session in Page, Arizona with elopement photographer Wind and Sky Photography.

Though it’s located right on the state line dividing Utah and Arizona, the small city of Page, Arizona actually has claim to Horseshoe Bend. It’s not technically part of the Grand Canyon, and though it is only about 5 miles from the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, it will take about 2 hours to get to either the North or South Rim. You can easily see both Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon within a day, but Page offers enough breathtaking landscapes to fill up at least a day on its own. In addition to Horseshoe Bend, you’ll find more amazing pieces of nature to explore like Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Horseshoe Bend Engagement Photos

Tracey and Anthony contacted me and told me they were traveling through Page for a wedding in Arizona. They weren’t exactly sure where they wanted to have their engagement session, they just wanted the epic backdrops of Northern AZ. I’d never been to Horseshoe Bend or the surrounding area either, so I started researching. I found out quickly that due to a mass increase of tourism, many areas are now completely inaccessible or only accessible with a Native tour guide. (Read about how to elope in these places here!) After researching a few location options and the proper permits for them, I made a plan, then got to Page a few hours early to scout in person.

The first stop was to an overlook of Lake Powell. Lake Powell gets even more beautiful at locations only accessible by boat, but this sweeping view of the Lake isn’t a bad alternative. The red rock against the clear blue waters make for a perfect contrast of colors on the horizon.

Next we ventured into Glen Canyon, which also has an amazing view of the Colorado River. This location also had the coolest formations of deep red rock!

Couple explores red rock formations during their Horseshoe Bend engagement photo session.

We pulled into the Horseshoe Bend parking lot about a half hour before sunset. Even though it was a Wednesday evening in off-season, we still didn’t find a parking space and make the hike down to the overlook until the sun was starting to dip behind the cliffs. We had to walk about an extra quarter mile away from the viewpoint to get away from the crowds at the center lookout.

Couple enjoys an Arizona sunset over Horseshoe Bend during their hiking adventure engagement session.
Couple smiles for a photo in front of Horseshoe Bend during their engagement session.
Engaged couple stand above Horseshoe Bend during their engagement photo session.

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