Incredible Beauty: The Grand Circle
The Circle is generally understood to include the 5 National Parks of Southern Utah and the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. But there is so much phenomenally beautiful country nearby that I am going to expand it just a bit to include parts of Colorado and more of Northern Arizona. I am also going to include more lessor known places that are every bit as beautiful. Here are the places I am including:
- Flagstaff, AZ
- Grand Canyon, NP, AZ
- Antelope Canyon, (Navajo Nation) AZ
- The Wave, AZ
- Zion, NP, UT
- Bryce Canyon NP, UT
- Capital Reef, NP, UT
- Arches, NP, UT
- Canyonland, NP, UT
- Ouray and Siverton, CO
- Mesa Verde NP, CO
- Monument Valley National Monument, (Navajo Nation), AZ
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument, (Navajo Nation) AZ
- Petrified NP, AZ
- Flagstaff, AZ
I am not going to cover any of it in detail here, I’m just including a few photos to wet your appetite. In future posts will will look at the areas in more detail. Here is a map outlining the Grand Circle.
I am beginning and ending my circle in Flagstaff, AZ because it is on Interstate 40 and is an easy drive from both Phoenix, AZ or Las Vegas, NV in case you need to fly in and rent a car. But you can jump into the Circle from anywhere. Two other very good choices if you are flying in are either Salt Lake City, UT or Denver, CO. I hope you enjoy these few photos and are inspired to get out and see more of the spectacularly beautiful parts of this country.
When you go there are some books I highly recommend to you and they are “The Photographers Guide to the Southwest”. By Laurent Martres. They are a three volume set and I wouldn’t even think about taking a trip to the Southwest without them, they are totally invaluable. I also recommend you buy a Benchmark Atlas to each state you are going to be traveling in extensively. I wouldn’t be without one.