If you have been following my blog or facebook posts, then you know that I have just come home from an incredible trip to the Arizona Southwest. After my family and I spent 3 amazing days in Sedona, we packed up the SUV and headed for a day of adventure in Page, Arizona.
Page, Arizona is on the border of Utah and is the home to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Slots Canyon and the Colorado River Rafting Discovery tour. Our first stop of the day was a fantastic, slow river raft tour down the Colorado River. This four hour tour started at the Glen Canyon Damn, looping around Horseshoe Bend and then back up to our starting point.
After we finished rafting, we embarked on what I think might have been the highlight of my entire trip, hiking up to Horseshoe Bend overlook!
Taking a photograph of Horseshoe Bend has been on my photographic bucket list for sometime. I have seen the iconic photo, researched it online and decided that although there are a million shots out there by every photographer under the sun, I still wanted to take it myself and place it into my own photo gallery. Not only is it a beautiful photo location, but it also requires you to sit very, very (and I mean very!) close to the edge. There are no guard rails on this cliff, so if you are not careful you could fall off very easily.
etyThe trail to Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles outside of Page and is highly visited by tourists. Before this trip, I did my homework, researching the best routes and sights that I wanted to see. But what surprised me during this hike was the the wide and expansive trail of first sand and then rock layers. It was like nowhere I had ever been, and afterwards I kept saying that I felt like I was walking on a moon crater. The pictures above show you the sandy trail and in the distance you can see the rocky, crater like ground.
Once I was standing on the abyss, I was awestruck by the intense beauty all around me and yet completely petrified by the height. I planted myself near the edge of the cliff, perched my tripod in front of me, tilted my camera downward and took a bunch of shots. In order to capture the full magnitude of the entire river bend you must use a super wide angle lens. I used a Tamron 15-30 mm lens on my Nikon d750 camera at 15mm.
Photo Credit: Alissa Rosenberg/Alissa Beth Photography
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