The Navajo name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or "spiral rock arches."
The breathtaking colors and natural waves in the rock were created by the erosion of Navajo sandstone, mainly due to flash floods that still occur here. Over time, the passageways have eroded away, making the corridors deeper and the edges smoother to help form characteristic "flowing" shapes in the rock.
Mysteries of Sonoran Desert life are slowly revealed and abundantly displayed at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. This International Biosphere Reserve is an eco-rich collection of plants and animals set in a surprisingly diverse landscape. Scenic drives, wilderness hikes and camping all await your discovery.
The only place in America where you'll find Organ Pipe Cactus, along with its taller cousin, the Saguaro.
The sun begins to set inside Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I took this shot along the park's 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive.
Petrified Forest National Park protects one of the largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood anywhere in the world. Also included in the park's 93,533 acres are the multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils.
The Painted Desert inside Petrified Forest National Park.
The Devil’s Playground is a strangely beautiful, highly eroded section within Petrified Forest National Park. Only 4 visitor permits are issued a month and I'm thankful I snagged the last pass during my visit.
It takes quite a bit of perseverance to tread through the 2+ miles of mud and riverbeds to reach your final destination. But the journey is part of the adventure and something I'm so glad I could explore on my own.
Devil's Playground - Petrified Forest National Park
Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.
In 2013, The Huffington Post named Canyon de Chelly National Monument one of the 19 Most Beautiful Places in America.
Spider Rock stands with awesome dignity and beauty over 800 feet high in Arizona's colourful Canyon de Chelly National Park.
According to Navajo tradition, Spider Rock's second spire is home to Spider Woman, the creator of the free world.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves. What’s more, all guests are invited to play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery. They can also see instruments from music icons such as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, and many more in the Artist Gallery.
The jaguar is the third largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas.
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. The sign was designed by Betty Willis at the request of Ted Rogich, a local salesman, who sold it to Clark County, Nevada.
The sign is located in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, north of the historic stone pillars of the old McCarran Airport on the east side, and across from the Bali Hai Golf Club and the (closed) Klondike Hotel & Casino on the west side. Some consider the sign to be the official southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The sign, like most of the Strip, sits in Paradise and is located roughly 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the actual city limits of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada that is known for its concentration of resort hotels and casinos. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length.
It looks like a souvenir pop-up postcard. For those too busy or lazy to visit the real thing, Vegas provides a selection of squeezed-together skyscrapers outside of the New York New York Hotel-Casino - including the Empire State and Chrysler buildings -- one-third the size of those in Manhattan. The disguised towers are jam packed with hotel rooms.
Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The theme is the city of Paris, France; it includes a half scale, 540-foot (164.6 m) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. The front of the hotel suggests the Paris Opera House and the Louvre.
The Stratosphere hotel and casino offers premier rooms and entertainment.
Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies, adverts and holiday brochures. Because of this, the area may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit, but it is soon evident that the natural colors really are as bright and deep as those in all the pictures. The valley is not a valley in the conventional sense, but rather a wide flat, sometimes desolate landscape, interrupted by the crumbling formations rising hundreds of feet into the air, the last remnants of the sandstone layers that once covered the entire region.
Welcome to the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park. You are experiencing one of the most majestic – and most photographed – points on earth!
The park, frequently a filming location for Western movies, is accessed by the looping, 17-mile Valley Drive. The famous, steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point.
Monument Valley is a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border. It is known for the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
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Monument Valley Safari is Monument Valley’s premier off-road adventure company. Navajo owned, our experienced guides will show you the best features of Monument Valley throughout the year. We offer custom photographic tours, family-friendly sightseeing tours, private tours, arrange unique cultural experiences for our customers and much more. Every year our team has the opportunity to show thousands of visitors the true beauty of Monument Valley and the Navajo culture. Start planning your trip today!
Enjoy a rewarding tour of the beautiful, untouched desert landscapes of Lower Monument Valley. Gorgeous arches and spires accompanied with breathtaking colors and sights, avid hikers and tourists will appreciate the wonderful experiences this tour has to offer.
Get up close to ancient ruins and the most iconic monoliths. Learn about the history and culture of the valley. Relax while your guide plays the Native American flute or sings a ceremonial song.
The Monument Valley Trading Post is unlike any other you have visited. It offers a wide selection of contemporary and traditional American Indian Art, memorabilia of Monument Valley, and souvenirs of Hollywood movies shot on location within view of your guestroom.
As handcrafted art, each piece is unique. Pick from our wide array of traditional Navajo Jewlery that includes squash blossom necklaces, antique coin necklaces, concho belts, earthen pottery fired traditional fire pits, woven baskets, Navajo rugs, alabaster sculptures and much more.
From the prominence of Dead Horse Point, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever-changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Stories of ancient hunters, resting along the cliff tops while knapping chert in preparation for the next hunt, and cowboys of the late 1800’s, chasing wild mustangs onto Dead Horse Point, using the narrow neck to block off the natural corral. What story will you discover on your visit to Dead Horse Point State Park?
A hiking trail inside Canyonlands National Park.
False Kiva has been on my wish list for many, many months. And today, I finally enjoyed this hidden gem inside Canyonlands National Park.
It's an unmarked and unpublished trail, but for those willing to put in the effort, it offers breathtaking views and incredible serenity. I had this place to myself for about 30 minutes before another photographer joined me. It was awesome.
A historic cowboy camp and prehistoric petroglyphs reside within the Cave Springs trail at Canyolands National Park.
Enjoying the views from Mesa Arch, inside Canyonlands National Park.
View of Canyonlands National Park from Mesa Arch.
Utah's most famous arch - Delicate Arch - resides inside Arches National Park. It's a 3-mile roundtrip hike that will take 2-3 hours.
Balanced Rock is one of the most popular features of Arches National Park. The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet, with the balancing rock rising 55 feet above the base.
Welcome to the fastest place on Earth!
Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats is literally a real life Fast & Furious and annually holds a World of Speed event. These salt flats have witnessed several land speed records over the years, most notably by the "Blue Flame." This rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle reached a top speed of 631.4 miles per hour in 1970, a record that stood for more than a decade, and the last of the major high speed records set at Bonneville.
The next World of Speed event will take place September 12-15, 2015.
Sunset at the Bonneville Salt Flats.