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A short drive south of Page, Arizona, the nearest town, one can visit Horsehoe Bend, a feature of the Colorado river canyon downstream of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. A small road sign is visible on the right when coming from Page on Rte 89. Dirt roadside parking accomodates fewer than a dozen visitors.
The hike is extremely short from the road, only half a mile (1 km). It is not marked, but there is little need for trail markers. The landscape is largely flat, and if one walks straight ahead, perpendicular from the road, one is bound to see the ground open up to the sight of Horseshoe Bend.
When I say the land is flat, it is by no means uninteresting. The surface of the ground is tortured and twisted by rust-colored petrified sand dunes, the odd promontary, and sand. I visited in the spring, on a cold, rainy day. Wild flowers were sparse, but in bloom. A wild boar had left his imprints on the patches of sand recently, but was nowhere to be seen.