There are several theories as to why the horseshoe is considered a symbol of good luck. Many believe that it is the iron the horseshoe was originally made from, as iron is a strong metal which withheld fire therefore, this gave a strong resemblance of strength and power. Others claim it resembles the crescent moon and the magical powers go as far back as Ancient Egypt. Regardless of theory, this symbol has withstood the test of time and is still considered to be a sign of good luck. Now imagine looking 1,000 feet straight down at a 270-degree bend in the Colorado River in the shape of one of this iconic good luck symbol and try not to feel overwhelmed with good fortune that you are witnessing this natural spectacular. Located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend. This majestic sight is quickly becoming known as one of the Southwest’s “small wonders” near the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park. The name was inspired by its unusual shape, a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado river and is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Glen Canyon Dam and the popular Lake Powell.
Horseshoe Bend’s rock walls have a variety of minerals, including hematite, platinum, and garnet. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is 3,200 feet above sea level, which gives this scenic view a breathtaking 1,000-foot drop.
After a 0.75-mile hike, visitors can reach the rim of Horseshoe Bend, and from there stand in awe of the different layers of stone that have taken millions of years to form and accumulate atop one another.
Another unique feature in the area is the petroglyphs which were left by the native Anasazi and Ancestral Puebloans, which can be found by the river in Glen Canyon. In addition to the incredible geological layers of Horseshoe Bend, the sheer visual presence of this horseshoe shaped meander is breathtaking and will allow you to connect with nature and the southwest on an almost spiritual level. Make sure you plan a visit to this historic site with your friends and family during your next visit to the Southwest – and make sure you have plenty of room for photos on your camera or smartphone!