Lake Powell • Grand Canyon National Park • Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park

This portion of the Epic American West Tour is dominated by geologic wonders and extraordinary natural beauty.

Lake Powell

Even without the attraction of Rainbow Bridge, time on the water is well rewarded on Lake Powell.

Lake Powell

You may only see the view from the water on Lake Powell if you choose to go to Rainbow Bridge, and there is more information on our "Southern Segment" pages found under the Options tab above. Although most of the lake is in Utah, we will access it from Page AZ, and this is a typical scene.

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Sunset isn't always about bright colors. Deep shadows give a sense of great depth along the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is five miles wide, and although there is no air pollution in this remote area, the canyon typically appears somewhat hazy just due to the distances being viewed. This does not detract from the beauty, and in fact may add to the sense of mystery.

South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

An average day along the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

The hardest part of photographing the Grand Canyon is knowing when to stop. So here are a few more shots from earlier in the day.

Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

Left • An amazing desert landscape under threatening skies
Right • Giant trees once thrived at the equator. During their slow drift north, all of the molecules of wood were replaced by minerals, and nothing remains of the tree itself.

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park

Whether continuing north or south, the theme doesn't change - it is still about great natural beauty, with an added emphasis on the culture of the original inhabitants of the land.

 

Destinations by Area

Northern Segment

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Aspen Area

Southern Segment

Utah Parks

Arizona & Utah - You are here

Santa Fe Area

Carlsbad Cavern National Park