Arizona – Best photography hot spots/locations in the USA.
We have listed just a few areas. Sedona, Arizona and Oak Creek Canyon are just some of our favorite places to explore and do photography. These Arizona photography locations listed on our page are ideal for milky way photography and daytime photography. Arizona has some of the darkest skies in the USA. It is not very hard to find areas away from the cities to do milky way photography. We could even do milky way photography in the center of town in Sedona, Arizona. The skies are darker than dark here.
One of our favorite places is Lee’s Ferry, Arizona. (seen in the main image on the top of the page.) The magnificent view will blow your mind. Lee’s Ferry is a very remote location, and you won’t find too many humans there. You will find photography opportunities of a lifetime. The Navajo Bridge is a focal point when entering Lee’s Ferry. It’s like going into another world. You can go here and leave the thoughts of a hectic life behind and enter into it’s almost like entering another dimension.
Arizona – Best photography hot spots
Monument Valley is one of the highlights of Arizona, a must-visit destination if you are interested in the culture and landscape of the Navajo Nation. Just four miles outside Page, AZ, you will find this epic photo spot is worth visiting during sunsets and sunrises…and in the daylight, too. From the famous photographer’s location in Page, Arizona, you can capture some great photos of the Colorado River in a dramatic view. The Sonoran Desert National Monument is another good spot for photos of the cactus and mountain scenery.
Located in northeastern Arizona, inside the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, is the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Petrified Forest National Park is located in eastern Arizona; less than two hours drive south of Canyon de Chelly is Petrified Forest National Park. Photographers traveling here will not lack epic landscape photography opportunities, and I believe Petrified Forest is one of the most underrated locations in Arizona. The Grand Canyon National Park is easily one of the most prominent landscape locations in the state and the country.
No road trip in Arizona is complete without visiting the world-renowned Grand Canyon National Park. Outdoor photographers and landscape photographers visiting Arizona may be able to catch some of the largest cactuses in the nation, golden sunsets over red rock formations, and stunningly aqua-blue waterfalls, plus ponderosa pines and golden aspens in fall. Most people assume that the only things to see at the Grand Canyon are the dirt and the cactus. Still, the truth is that Arizona offers unparalleled opportunities for photographers looking to capture the ultimate landscape images.
For the full rundown of the best places to shoot in Arizona, check out our list below. Here, you will find a selection of Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Prints for sale in Arizona. Here you can browse and buy pictures from Arizona, a gallery of Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photography prints from Jess Lee, featuring amazing photographs of deserts & mountains in Arizona, from Jess Lee. This gallery of Arizona landscapes includes beautiful Fine Art prints of The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona, Canyon De Cleyre, Vermilion Cliffs, Organ Pipe, Superstition Mountains, Saguaro, and The Sky Islands, and many more National Parks, National Monuments, and National Forests.
Southeast Arizona offers a few unique landscapes to photographers, including hoodoos and balanced rocks at Chiricahua National Monument. Vast, inspiring, and naturally beautiful, Arizona has me on an A. Photography locations in Arizona encompass desert landscapes, meeting canyons, mountains, and even lakes, forming one of the most photogenic regions I have visited. This guide will share some highlights. These prints feature some of the most picturesque locations throughout Arizona and the Southwest.
Located just outside the Utah border, far north in Arizona, Antelope Canyon is generally a popular destination for photo tours. Located just south of Flagstaff in central Arizona, Sedona is just about two hours drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, so many photographers combine these two locations on a single trip.
Arizona is one of the Four Corners states in the Southwestern United States. Arizona is the sixth largest state by area, after New Mexico and before Nevada. Of the state’s 113,998 square miles (295,000 km2), approximately 15% is privately owned. The remaining area is public forest and parkland, state trust land, and Native American reservations.
Arizona is well known for its desert Basin and Range region in the state’s southern portions, which is rich in a landscape of xerophyte plants such as the cactus and its climate with exceptionally hot summers and mild winters. The state is less well known for its pine-covered north-central portion of the state’s high country of the Colorado Plateau (see Arizona Mountains forests).
Like other states of the Southwest United States, Arizona has an abundance of mountains and plateaus in addition to its desert climate. Despite the state’s aridity, 27% of Arizona is a forest, a percentage comparable to modern-day France or Germany. The largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees in the world is contained in Arizona.
The Mogollon Rim, a 1,998-foot (609 m) escarpment, cuts across the central section of the state and marks the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, where the state experienced its second worst forest fire ever in 2002.
Arizona belongs firmly within the Basin and Range region of North America. The region was shaped by prehistoric volcanism, followed by the cooling-off and related subsidence.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. The canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is largely contained in the Grand Canyon National Park—one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of designating the Grand Canyon area as a National Park, visiting on numerous occasions to hunt mountain lion and enjoy the scenery. The canyon was created by the Colorado River cutting a channel over millions of years and is about 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6 to 29 km) and attains a depth of more than 1 mile (1.6 km). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer after layer of sediment as the Colorado Plateau uplifted.
Lee’s Ferry Arizona a Top Photography Location
Lees Ferry Recreation Area is the official start of the Grand Canyon National Park at the Colorado River and is used as a fishing spot and raft launch. Lying in a broad valley just downstream from Glen Canyon and just above Marble Canyon (the highest part of Grand Canyon), it is the only location for over 260 miles (420 km) where steep canyon walls do not cut off the Colorado River. Lees Ferry is the only location inside Glen Canyon where visitors can access the Colorado River through the 700+ miles of canyon country. Lees Ferry Rest Area is a significant departure point for whitewater rafting trips in the Grand Canyon, said to provide a journey backward through time, with the Colorado cutting across gradually older layers.
From 1872 through 1920, countless gold prospectors, Navajos, and pioneers paddled across the river at this spot, and still today, from Lees Ferry’s tiny dock at the edge of the river–which gives the area its name–tourists and fishermen launch boats, keen to explore the tight marble canyon. At that time, their Native American guides told them about the region’s two Colorado River fords: one in Lees Ferry and another in Glen Canyon. Although no approaches roads had been built to either side of the Colorado, wagon trains began arriving in large numbers, being carried across the Colorado River and starting a new life in the Mormon settlements in Arizona.
Raft trips up the Grand Canyon also began here, and a seemingly endless array of hiking trails, canyons, and desert ridges are nearby. Along the Lise River Road, past the campgrounds and docks, as you are driving, you will begin to see some weird rock formations (including a famously balanced cliff), and, in about 1.3 miles, you will find the start of a trail leading into Cathedral Wash. This little slot canyon branches out of the Colorado River. At Lees Ferry, you can embark on one of the ultimate West adventures, a professionally guided whitewater rafting tour of the Colorado River, passing by the Grand Canyon.
Rainbow trout, a species introduced to the Colorado River, thrives in the calm, clear waters beneath the Glen Canyon Dam, making the Leeas Ferry section one of the best places to catch sports fish anywhere in the entire West. Lees Ferry, located on the Colorado River near the confluence with the Paria River, speaks to the Grand Canyons’ cultural impact and significance as a place heavily entrenched in Mormon culture and the region’s tourist routes. State historian Marshall Trimble says that John Doyle Lee started the ferry after being gifted the boat by John Wesley Powell, the one-armed Civil War veteran turned geologist conducting a major survey of the Grand Canyon.
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