When vacationing in Utah and Arizona, every day is an adventure. You hike and explore national parks from morning til night, drive several hours to the next location and start over. Every day is memorable and exhilarating, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit back and relax (after all, you are on vacation!). Horseshoe Bend is a great destination for a more laid back adventure, and can provide the perfect setting to make some lasting memories.
Preparing for your trip:
- Horseshoe is an easy and accessible hike, but it is still best to bring close toed shoes for the sandy trail
- Bring at least 1 liter of water or more depending on how long you plan on staying
- Bring salty snacks in case you get hungry!
- There are no restrooms along the trail, so make sure you go beforehand
Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful slice of the Colorado River by the small town of Page, Arizona. The hike itself is very easy and takes less than half an hour. If you happen to be passing by or are visiting the nearby Antelope Canyons, it is well worth a visit to see this majestic view!
What a great place to sit and appreciate this beautiful landscape.
While I was eager to see Horseshoe Bend for the majestic view and the amazing pictures, I did have an ulterior motive planned as part of this trip.
The motive in question? This beautiful lady down below. She had been my girlfriend for one year at this time and I was ready to ask her to be my wife. I thought Horseshoe Bend would be the perfect location for a memorable engagement along with breathtaking pictures to capture the event (which she not so subtly hinted that she wanted)!
When we got to Page, Arizona, we decided to take a sunset hike to Horseshoe. I thought that this would be the perfect setting to propose. It would be romantic and we could get some great pictures to capture the moment!
What I didn’t anticipate was that I would be a big bundle of nerves the entire hike. From the moment we left the hotel, to when we were hiking to Horseshoe, and even when we were sitting on the rim of the canyon taking in the view, I couldn’t think of anything beside my sweaty hands, pounding heart, and the fact that I was being weird and quiet, and that my girlfriend would know that something was up!
When we got there, the first order of business was to scout out a location where I could propose without there being too many people around. I wanted something a little more intimate and without too many people in our proposal picture. Luckily we snagged a pretty good spot to take pictures and stayed there to watch the sunset.
Next I needed to find someone who would be willing to take our picture. For those of you planning on proposing in one of these type of locations, this might be harder than you assume since they are very popular with international tourists as well as Americans. After scanning the crowds and trying to eavesdrop on people’s conversations, I finally managed to spot a guy with a New England Patriots hat who was willing to capture the moment.
After everything was finally in place, I looked my girlfriend in the eye and told her I loved her, got down on one knee, and asked her to be my wife!
I guess I didn’t need to be so nervous after all 🙂
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