The best places for photography in the American Southwest

Some of the best places in the world for photography can be found in the American Southwest.

The Southwest is one of my absolute favorite regions to visit in North America, particularly because of all the incredible parks, national monuments, and everything in between. While I love the greenery and mountains where I live in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest calls to me. Perhaps because it offers the opposite – red rocks, canyons, and wide open vistas.

Whatever the reason, it’s a place that I’ve returned to again and again to photograph. I’ve managed to curate quite a collection of photos over the years, so here you will find the best places in the Southwest that I have photographed. They may not all be the best photos (some are quite old) and I may not represent every single beautiful place to photograph in the Southwest, but I do promise to update this collection every time I go back.  New places and better photos!

I hope that my past and future explorations inspire you to discover the best places in the Southwest. Even if you are not a photographer, I know you will appreciate all the beauty to be found in the Southwest!

PS: I have A LOT from certain places. It was hard to narrow down, what can I say?


Arches National Park, Utah

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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 Best places for photography in the Southwest - Canyonlands National ParkCanyonlands Druid Arch hike


Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend photo Southwest


Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Dead Horse Point State Park sunset

Dead Horse State Park sunsetDead Horse Point State Park at dusk


Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park waterfall


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park with snow


Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Death Valley dunes at sunset


Joshua Tree National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park sunriseGrand Canyon National Park sunrise


Zion National Park, Utah

 Best places for photography in the Southwest - Zion National Park


Sedona, Arizona

 Best places for photography in the Southwest - Sedona Arizona


Mexican Hat, UtahMexican Hat


Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona Best places for photography in the Southwest - Upper Antelope Canyon


Antelope Canyon X, Arizona

Antelope Canyon X tours


Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah

monument valley navajo tribal park


Highway 279, UtahRiver along Hwy 279 Utah


Fisher Towers, Utah

Fisher Towers photo in Utah

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Like I said, I know I’ve left out a ton. What would you like to see next? Are there some beautiful places in the Southwest that I just must photograph on my next visit? Let me know in the comments!

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