After our Antelope Canyon tour we drove over to the trailhead to Horseshoe Bend. We had seen pictures of this beautiful place and it was another place high on our list to visit. Though not a long hike, this wasn’t an easy hike since it was a hot day and involved a steep climb up, then down a sandy hill and a steep climb up the hill back to the car. Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe shaped turn of the Colorado River. Once you reach the end of the trail you are standing on a rocky overlook 4,200 feet above sea level. The Colorado River is 3,200 feet above sea level so there was a dizzying 1,000 foot drop from the viewpoint to the water below. With the rocky ledges and no handrails or fencing, it made me more than a little nervous. I was definitely out of my comfort zone and Bill had to encourage me to smile for this picture. Do you see the fear on my face? Bill wasn’t fazed by the height or the drop. Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful place but I was glad to get back to the car.
A video for you: https://youtu.be/fyWAPgM_9nM
We also visited the Glen Canyon Dam, which was started in 1957 and didn’t reach full capacity until 1980. Lake Powell reaches a depth of over 500 feet and is capable of producing 1,320,000 kilowatts of electricity. The Dam serves as a major water source for a number of states.
Lake Powell is 186 miles long with over 2,000 miles of shoreline, more than the west coast of the United States. It has over 90 canyons with five rivers feeding into Lake Powell. Major John Wesley Powell led an expedition into the area in the summer of 1869, exploring the area now known as Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on his way to exploring the Grand Canyon.
We are also including pictures of the Navajo Bridge, a lovely bridge we crossed on our way to Page from Jacob Lake several days ago.
There are not adjectives to describe how beautiful these last couple blog posts have been. We are definitely using your posts as our itinerary through lower Utah and upper AZ. Right niw wr are in Dodge City, KS. Not much happens here except Memorial thru Labor Days so we are disappointed. But we did see part of th Santa Fe Trial. Onto OK City tomorrow until Sunday. Life is good….God is good!