I have made several trips over the years to the Southwest. I have to say it’s my overall favorite place anywhere I have visited so far. I find something about the vastness largely devoid of man’s footprint compelling.
I took a road trip to the Grand Canyon’s south rim while living in Colorado in the 1990s. More recently, we visited the North Rim on Excellent Adventure 2021.
North Rim Grand Canyon
Late Spring 2021 on Excellent Adventure 2021.
Summer 2023 taken during Excellent Adventure 2023.
Valley of the Gods and Moki Dugway
Nearby to Monument Valley in Utah to the east. We drove down the Moki Dugway on our way here. Valley of the Gods is southeast of it.
The first time I drove into Utah at Moab, I was stunned at how far you could see. The rock formations are indescribable. Raw nature on display. Indeed, there is nowhere else like it.
Overlanding Las Vegas with Dan Matheson during 2023 Excellent Adventure. Includes Spring Mountain, Valley of Fire, and Rainbow Gardens.
The Spring Mountain area is west of Las Vegas at the south end of the Red Rock Canyon area. I visited during Excellent Adventure 2023 in late Spring time frame.
Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire is northeast of Las Vegas. I visited during Excellent Adventure 2021 in the late Spring time frame.
Images captured during 2023 Excellent Adventure.
I most recently toured the caverns in the summer of 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023—a truly unique experience.