Arriving at Horseshoe Bend before sunset puts the sun directly behind the view, so bright youâ€™re compelled to look away. But you probably donâ€™t want to look down for too long. Crawling to the edge of the cliff gets you a breathtaking view of the 1,000 foot drop to the Colorado River. It makes your heart pound, your knees go weak and you donâ€™t want to move. But thatâ€™s a good thing. For just as the sun starts to hit the horizon, its glare turns everything to gold and your heart then pounds with exhilaration.