Horseshoe Bend
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Stop 24 Horseshoe Bend
Location: About 6 km. southwest of Page, AZ
Date: March 11, 2007

Horseshoe Bend is a world famous entrenched meander that has been cut out by the Colorado River. When we left the parking lot to the trail it was around 12:00pm and the temperature was in the mid 70’s. From the parking lot we hiked roughly 1.2km to get to the edge of the entrenchment.



As we looked down onto the chasm many geomorphic features were apparent. As with all meandering rivers there was a cut bank and point bar. The cut bank follows the outside curve of the canyon while the point bar follows the inside. We were also able to distinguish several terraces along the stream bank of the point bar. Terraces indicate periods of time when the river flowed at a higher elevation before it incised further into its channel.


Group looking into the meander


A picture of Horseshoe Bend


The Canyon walls are made up of Navajo Sandstone and are discolored by desert varnish. Desert varnish is created by the oxidation of iron and manganese. 



By David Speer