The amazing landscapes and natural wonders of the Southwest will stay with you forever. From vast expanses of cactus-studded desert and snowcapped mountain peaks to jaw-dropping canyons and stunning natural stone arches, the Southwest has an abundance of photogenic panoramas.
t Horseshoe Bend, carved out by the winding Green River
The Grand Canyon may be the best known, but there are many other breathtaking ravines in the region. The Horseshoe Canyon’s Green River creates its awesome curved gorge, while the walls of Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly shelter centuries of Native American heritage.
Each desert in the Southwest has its own distinctive features. The Sonoran Desert is home to the multi-armed saguaro cactus; the Mojave to unique Joshua Trees. In the Chihuahuan Desert you’ll find the dunes of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest gypsum dune field.
The Southwest is home to some of the most incredible natural arches in the world, Red-tinged Utah is particularly photogenic. There are more than 2,000 of them in Arches National Park alone, while Bryce Canyon holds an army of fascinating formations called hoodoos.
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and northern New Mexico make a breathtaking backdrop for scenic road trips. Drive the San Juan Skyway for some spectacular panoramas, or chug through the mountains on the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to take in fabulous views from the gondola cars.
The saguaro cactus can take 10 years to grow an inch (2.5 cm) in height.