Charges were introduced in the highly Instagrammable canyon in the National Recreation Area of Glen Canyon, after increasing numbers of visitors dictated a long-range improvement plan to be funded.
Citing Lonely Planet reports, visitors will from now on pay $ 10 (RM41.36) per vehicle to park in the newly expanded car park which can accommodate 300 vehicles, while motorcyclists will pay $ 5 (RM20.68). Coaches will also be charged. Parking on Highway 89, which faces Horseshoe Bend, will be banned.
Work has also been completed on an ADA-compatible path (Americans with Disabilities Act) that leads from the rim to a viewing platform. The views at Horseshoe Bend are dramatic, as the view sits on pure cliffs falling 1000 ft down the river as it carves a perfect horseshoe through the sandstone of the Navajo.
Previously, Horseshoe Bend was only popular with locals, but it became one of the most Instagrammed locations in the US as a word about its spread of beauty.
In addition, in 2018, with over four million visitors, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area took fourth place among the top ten national parks for annual visitation numbers.
As the word spread about Horseshoe Bend and its appeal to Instagram helped it grow in popularity, it fell to Page and National Park Service officials to come up with a long-term plan to cope with the increasing number of visitors.