Travel World's Most Spectacular Canyons in Utah-Arizona
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Valley of the Gods, Utah
Monument Valley – Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley.
Goosenecks State Park, Utah - Overlooking of the San Juan River
Antelope Canyon – Navajo Parks & Recreation, Arizona
Lake Powell, Utah
Horseshoe Bend Overlook, Arizona
The extraordinary view of Horseshoe Bend from the rim of the canyon. Below you, the Colorado River makes a wide sweep around a sandstone escarpment. Long ago, as the river meandered southward toward the sea, it always chose the steepest downward slope. The Colorado Plateau uplifted about 5 million years ago, the rivers that meandered across the ancient landscape were trapped in their beds. The rivers cut through the rock, deep and fast, seeking a new natural level. Here at Horseshoe Bend, the Colorado River did just that, and as the river cut down through the layers of sandstone, it created a 270° horseshoe-shaped bend in the canyon.
Paria Canyon – Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Buckskin Gulch, Arizona
Buckskin Gulch is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest, and although one of the prettiest, it is exceptional in regards to its variety of terrain. With the narrows extending nearly 15 miles, some sections are less than 10 feet from side to side. At the confluence of Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, the narrow canyon has grown to a height of 500 feet, while growing steadily narrower as it travels downstream. Because of the depth of the canyon walls, the sun is rarely able to reach the bottom resulting in dark marked canyon walls, as well as swirls and curves worn by floods. All year long, backpackers will come upon residual pools of water and mud.