“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.” – Native American Proverb
Arizona is well-known as one of the youngest of the American states and one of the oldest lands of the American continent.
Called the Land of the Rising Sun, Arizona is a mystical and peaceful land of desserts, cacti, canyons, rivers, lakes, mountains….
I believe, next five photos will put Arizona on your bucket list!
1. Horseshoe Bend
Magnificent vista of the Colorado river meander at Horseshoe Bend. The scenic overlook of mighty emerald green Colorado bending in the horseshoe shape from the top of the steep orange cliff has been created by water and wind erosion of the rocks over millions of years. Located 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of town of Page in Arizona, it’s a 3/4 mile hike from the parking area, off the Highway 89. Words and photos don’t do justice to this miracle of Mother Nature.
2. Glen Canyon Dam
Impressive Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado river is surrounded with colorful and sublime desert scenery. The dam is near the Town of Page in Arizona, near the Utah border. It is called “The White House“, since President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed a button from the White House in 1956 to officially start the construction of the dam for providing water supply and power for several states. The great panoramic view is easily reachable by 10 min down-and-back walk in well marked trail.
3. Lake Powel
This second largest man made lake in USA (after Lake Mead) is located on the border between Arizona and Utah and is perfectly nestled among the surreal Mars like formations. Filled from the Colorado river by the Glen Canyon Dam, the lake is landscape photographers’ and vacation paradise. It is a place with calming and grounding energy where you can swim, fish, water-ski, camp, SUP, kayak, boat, rent a house boat, or take a lake cruise. The 2.000 mile lake shoreline is almost the same length as the total coast of the Pacific coast states.
4. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a canyon of amazing shapes and colors near town of Page in Arizona. Formed by sand erosion caused primary by flooding, the canyon consists of two sections: The Upper Antelope Canyon (called “The Place Where Water Runs Through” by Navajo Indians) and The Lower Antelope Canyon (called “Spiral Rock Arches” by Navajo Indians). The canyon is located on the Navajo land and the both sections can be visited exclusively by guided Navajo tours. Navajo Indians are the largest United States Native American tribe. With light changing from minute to minute, rocks get the whole palette of yellow, orange and red shades making the atmosphere of natural light show.
Sedona is a magical town at the lower end of the Oak’s Creek Canyon in the middle of the Arizona desert, in so-called “The Red Rock’s Country”. Sedona is a famous American art, spiritual and vacation destination. In 1950s, surrealist painter Max Ernest moved to Sedona, followed by many artists who over the years created an artists’ colony. Sedona is a spiritual mecca with four main Vortexes (places releasing psychic energy and power of the Earth): Bell Rock, Table Top Mountain Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon. If you want to commune with nature of the Red Mountains Wonderland in magical pinion, cypress and jumpier forests, you should visit Sedona. Sedona is an hour drive from the Grand Canyon or drive along historic Route 66. For more information on Sedona I recommend to check out JenThereDoneThat’s post “Sedona Arizona Travel Guide – reviews and recommendations” by my dear, Arizona born, fellow traveler Jen. + one more extra
5+. Saguaro cacti
The Saguaro cactus is the symbol of the American West. The bloom of Saguaro is Arizona’s state flower. The Saguaros cactus grows only in the Sonoran desert and it takes 35 years to grow its first flowers and 50-70 years to grow its first branches. An adult Saguaro weights several tons and lives 150-175 years on average.
“Advice from a Saguaro:
- Stand tall
- Reach for the sky
- Be patient through the dry spells
- Conserve your resources
- Think long-term
- Wait for your time to bloom
- Stay sharp”