Hundreds of thousands of visitors annually view and photograph Horseshoe Bend while looking down on the Colorado River from the cliffs high above. But relatively few have ever seen it from the Colorado River.

Backhaul and Kayak Rental Fees

$75 per person for backhaul service including up to 100 pounds of watercraft, luggage and gear. There is a two person minimum ($150) for the backhaul boat.

$50 surcharge per person for watercraft, luggage and gear exceeding 100 pounds.

Kayak Rentals

Single Inflatable $25

Single Inflatable XL Kayak $35

Tandem Inflatable $45

(includes paddles & PFDs)

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We make it easy!

You will finish your trip at the Lees Ferry boat launch and ramp. Simply carry your Kayak a short distance to a spot that your captain will point out to you and leave the Kayak, paddle and PFD there to be picked up by our staff.

Before or After Your Trip

Either before or following your Kayak Horseshoe Bend adventure, you will get a better perspective of where you are going – or where you’ve been – by viewing it from Page, Arizona.

How to get to Horseshoe Bend:

The overhead view of Horseshoe Bend is best seen from Mile Marker 545, Highway 89.

Things to Know:

  • The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level.
  • Wear good tennis shoes or hiking boots.  No flip-flops or open-toe shoes!
  • It is a 3/4-mile walk from the Horseshoe Bend overlook parking area to the viewing site.
  • There are no guard rails, so use obvious caution.  
  • Bring water.

There can be wind, so during cooler days consider bringing a sweater or jacket.

Support Boat Rental

If you are kayaking in a group – or plan on overnight camping – rent one of our 18-foot custom river boats as a baggage, gear or trip Support Boat.

These boats were designed specifically for the Colorado River and are fitted with a 40-hp, 4-stroke Mercury Marine engine with Jet Drive for shallow water operation … no worries about prop damage or loss.

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Glen Canyon Float Trip

The Colorado River exits Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam and flows 16 miles through Glen Canyon. This is the last remnant of Glen Canyon. The remainder was flooded and covered by Lake Powell when the gates to Glen Canyon Dam were closed in 1963.

The rock formation that towers up to 1,500 feet above the river dates to an ancient desert 160,000,000 years old.. What you see today in the Navajo Sandstone are fossilized sand dunes that once swept across this vast landscape.

Today, each twist and turn of the river exposes a visual extravaganza unlike any other landscape on Earth.

Your trip will begin at historic Lees Ferry where you and your equipment will be loaded onto our specially modified shuttle boat for the trip upriver. Your pilot is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain who has extensive experience on this stretch of river.

Lees Ferry Anglers, the parent company of Lees Ferry Shuttle-Kayak Horseshoe Bend, has been in operation on this stretch of river since 1983 and has more than 40,000 days of guiding and operating boats in Glen Canyon.

We are permitted by the National Park Service and licensed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Your safety and comfort are our primary concern.

First, you will need a boat that is suitable for this stretch of river or you can rent one from us. Any watercraft rated for a slow-moving river and rated to carry passengers on moving water will work. Please note that not all boats are rated for moving water and we will not launch any boats that are not safe or suitable for this stretch of river.


Geology of Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is a dramatic example of a geological combination of a canyon and a river bend.

First, a traditional meander was formed as faster moving water eroded the wider or outer part of the river and then deposited the silt on the inside of the river. Over time, this gradual cycle of erosion and deposition bent the river’s path to form a meander.

It is, in essence, a perfect example of what happens when water takes the path of least resistance.

Numerous theories for the presence of “meanders” include random obstacles altering the path of the river.

And the idea that the meander “equilibrates” the river to prevent too much sediment build-up in one place.

After the horseshoe formed, the shifting of tectonic plates under the earth’s crust some 75,000,000 years ago caused an uplifting of the Colorado River thousands of feet above sea level.

Since gravity forces water to take the steepest path downward, the river’s momentum quickly and forcefully carved a path through the rock. The result is remarkable exposed layers of rock and the steep cliff faces plunging 1,000 feet to the river bed.