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For the primary time in its comparatively brief historical past as a tourist destination, Horseshoe Bend now has an entry fee.

Guests should pay $10 per automobile to park within the newly improved and expanded lot. Motorcyclists can pay $5, and charges for buses vary from $35-$140, primarily based on the variety of passengers. Although Horseshoe Bend is a part of the Glen Canyon Nationwide Recreation Space, Nationwide Park Service passes won’t be accepted.

The charges are a part of a long-range enchancment plan applied by officers from Web page (accountable for the parking zone) and the Nationwide Park Service (which oversees Horseshoe Bend). Cash raised will fund future enhancements.

No parking spots? Come again later

Charges will probably be collected on the newly constructed entrance station, and parking won’t be allowed on Freeway 89, which fronts Horseshoe Bend. If there are not any spots out there — which can happen through the busy summer season journey season — guests will probably be requested to return later.

Along with the expanded parking zone, work not too long ago was accomplished on an ADA-compatible path main from the rim to a viewing platform. Progress on extending the trail to the parking zone continues, although NPS officers aren’t positive when it’d open to the general public.

For years, Horseshoe Bend was common solely with close by residents who would make the brief drive from Web page and have a picnic alongside the rim. Under, the Colorado River makes a pointy flip, nearly bending in on itself, making for an uncommon and beautiful view.

The Instagram impact

Social media performed a outstanding position in its ascent to tourism fame. Horseshoe Bend grew to become one among the nation’s most Instagrammed locations. Greater than 1.5 million vacationers visited in 2017, approaching 2 million final 12 months.

With services woefully insufficient to assist these numbers, officers from Web page and the Nationwide Park Service devised a plan to deal with the tourism crush, which included a price schedule.

Work on the parking-lot enlargement continues and is anticipated to be accomplished by Could. 

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