My Wanderlust for America’s Famed Southwest on a Roadtrip

Wilson Arch, Utah

Few years back, when i started reading and watching about the national parks of USA, i was awestruck by the beauty of the arid, hot and desolate landscape of Southwest region of USA. Despite being a desert where vegetation is so limited and population sparse, America’s Southwest is one of the geographically most diverse and dramatic places in USA, and probably on earth. Miles of nothingness except the red rocks or canyons or elevation (mesas and buttes, too) make this region very beautiful for travelers and photographers alike. Not to forget conditions can get hostile within hours here, if proper care is not taken.

In April of this year, we went on a over week-long road-trip to America’s Southwest covering national parks in the states of Nevada & California, Arizona and Utah. Our itinerary included Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park – South Rim, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. If you see our trip map below, you will find that these places can be explored as part of a complete loop with around 2000 miles of driving and with Las Vegas as the airport for flying in and out. Though we spent some quality time in these parks, i have a wanderlust to come to these parks again next year or later this year, because these parks are so inspiring, adventurous and lot fun to photograph. In my future posts, i will share details of how i planned for this trip (with our 20-months old daughter), about our experiences and more photographs from our road-trip and parks.

Southwest Trip Map

Shot at the top of this post is of Wilson Arch located 25 miles south of Moab in Utah. We were travelling on highway US 191 North from Monument Valley in Arizona to Arches National Park in Utah. Before entering Moab, which is like the base for visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, you will find this arch on your right hand side. We made a brief stopover at this huge formation, formed by the erosive forces of nature, before visiting the famed arches of Arches National Park. It is worth mentioning here that around 2000 known arches, both small and large, exist in the park.

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26 Responses to My Wanderlust for America’s Famed Southwest on a Roadtrip

  1. I’ve grown to love the desert southwest. Great photo!

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  2. NJ says:

    Sounds amazingly fun 🙂 Your photo is a preview to all the future posts 😉 Looking forward to them.

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  3. I made a smaller round 2 years ago: LV – Zion – Bryce – Horseshoe – Grand – Hoover – LV. A lot of beautiful memories! 🙂

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  4. Amy says:

    What a remarkable trip! A great image of this magnificent scene!!

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  5. arv! says:

    There’s no doubt that national parks in USA are one of its kind. Full of natural beauty. I saw a documentary in one of the special screening on these national parks. It was an initiative of Visit USA along with Subaru. I was spellbound by the beauty of all these national parks. You’re lucky to be able to visit and explore them. Great Cover picture Suyash

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  6. smilecalm says:

    nice SW expression!
    i like arches 🙂

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    • Thanks so much. Arches are fascinating formations, and especially coz they had been under the grind since millions of years.

      Glad you enjoyed my shot from Southwest. Will post from shots and write-ups from my trip and experiences. Check out my shot of Antelope Canyon which I posted a couple of days back.


  7. dunelight says:

    Just looking at the map; what a great trip! I love shooting photos of the West.

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    • Southwest part of USA is simply amazing. So much to see n click. I am glad we went on this trip, so that I can share these photos with you all. Thanks for checking it out. Do check my shot of Antelope Canyon which I posted a couple of days ago.

      Thanks once again and have a wonderful week.


  8. Awesome capture, like always! You know what’s the common thread in most of your travel posts? It’s when you say “you would come back again”… which is such an amazing way to say Bye to a place that captivates your heart 🙂

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    • Thank you so much dear for your appreciation and for carefully reading between the lines. These are so beautiful and big places that one visit is simply insufficient, and especially from photography perspective. Forces of nature are so powerful that they have given rise to these wonderful geological formations, and I am awestruck seeing them 🙂


  9. jmacindoe says:

    What an incredible trip! Would love to see more photos!

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    • Absolutely. I would love to share my pics with you and everyone on my site. So far, I have not even seen all the pics I took during the trip. It will take some time but surely I will write more details about my trip along with beautiful shots. Thanks for visiting my site 🙂

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  11. sotzlajanger says:

    After long time you are back with such incredible experience. Such a gorgeous pictures you take! Looking forward for more photos and all the pleasures of your adventure.

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    • You are correct. I had been busy posting just pictures on my post coz I had not been travelling a lot except local trips. This was one of the trips I had been planning since long, and finally it happened. Now I am working on the shots n write-up for the blog where I can share my experiences. It will not be just one post or write-up but a series of, so that they help everyone who is planning a trip to these locations. I have drafted till day 5 and I am yet to draft for remaining five days. So this is work in progress and I hope to post it by end of this month (time is a scarcity sometimes). BTW, this week I posted a shot from Antelope Canyon. Do check out.

      Thanks for your encouraging words and your visit to my post. Appreciate it really.

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