The American southwest contains vast amounts of territory – it also contains some of the most photogenic and beautiful vistas in the USA. ¬†From amazing canyon views to the dramatic rock formations rising off the desert floor in Monument Valley, there is a beauty here that isn’t seen anywhere else in the world.

Here’s a sampling of this intriguing area as seen through my lens – all the while fully expecting John Wayne to come riding by…

Sunrise Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

Sunrise over Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Mittens Merrick Butte sunset Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

The Mittens and Merrick Butte at sunset, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Dead Horse Point State Park Canyonlands National Park Utah

Sunrise over the Colorado River below Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab Utah

Balanced Rock Arches National Park Utah

View over Balanced rock and Arches National Park with the LaSalle Mountains beyond, Utah

Delicate Arch at sunset Arches National Park

Delicate Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah

Sunrise Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Sunrise over Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

West Mitten Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

West Mitten, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Bryce Canyon National park Utah Rock formations Hoodoos

Rock formations - Hoodoos, at Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Twilight West Mitten Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

Twilight over the West Mitten in Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Mittens Monument Valley Navajo Triibal Park Arizona

Setting sunlight over the Mittens in Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Salt Polygons Badwater Basin Death Valley California

Salt Polygons near Badwater Basin, Death Valley, California

John Ford Point Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

View from John Ford Point, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Sunrise Sentinel Mesa Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

First light over Sentinel Mesa, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Old weathered tree Canyonlands National Park sunset Utah

Old weathered tree overlooking Canyonlands National Park at sunset, Utah

Sunrise Three Sisters Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

Sunrise over the Three Sisters, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Mesa Arch dawn sunrise Canyonlands National Park Moab Utah

Mesa Arch at dawn, Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah

Sunset Mittens Merrick Butte Monument Valley Arizona

Last glow of sunset on the Mittens and Merrick Butte, Monument Valley Arizona

Sunrise Sunset Point Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Sunrise over Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah USA

Double Arch Arches National Park Utah

Double Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch Arches National Park Utah

Delicate Arch with the LaSalle Mountains beyond, Arches National Park Utah

Sentinel Mesa Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Arizona Sunrise

First light over Sentinel Mesa, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park Arizona

Salt Polygons Badwater Basin Death Valley California

Salt Polygons near Badwater Basin, Death Valley, California

Natural Bridge Arch Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Natural Bridge rock formation, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 Manly Beacon Zabriski Point Death Valley California Sunrise

Sunrise over Manly Beacon - Death Valley at Zabriski Point, California

Delicate Arch Arches National Park Utah Sunset

Delicate Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah USA

Hot Air Balloons Monument Valley Arizona

Hot air balloons drift past the Three Sisters and the Thumb rock, Monument Valley Arizona

Bryce Canyon National Park Inspiration Point Utah

Sunrise over Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

North Window Monument Valley Arizona Navajo Tribal Park

View through the North Window, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Sentinel Mesa Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park Arizona

First light over Sentinel Mesa, Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

 

 

 

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