Construction for new rim safety rails and a new trail begins at Horseshoe Bend

- Horseshoe Bend is a widely popular tourist destination in Page, Ariz. Its vast views in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area attracts millions of visitors each year.

Because of this, construction for new railings, parking lots and a new pathway to the overlook has started.

The city of Page suggested the idea six years ago, but their plan had finally reached fruition. In March, the city of Page and the National Park Service agreed to look into upgrades for Horseshoe Bend such as safety measures and overall improvements with parking and trails.

Improvements to the overlook started on November 6, according to Lake Powell Life, and construction will last about 90 days.

Right now, visitors must hike over a hill to reach Horseshoe Bend. The new project changes this and instead replaces the current trail with a new one that curves around the hill. This trail will also allow people with disabilities to access the viewpoint because it will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

There will also be more shaded areas.

The rim safety railing construction does shut down half of the rim to visitors, but tourists can still access the overlook in different viewing spots.

This is just phase one of the project, and phase two will feature expansions to the parking lot.

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