Photo Locations

Everyone knows about the National Parks in the American Southwest, but there are many lesser known, spectacular photo sites as well. Submit your favorite photo spots, along with one or two photos of the place, and if available, a website link with information, to digsinfo@digsouth.org.

GENERAL

http://www.americansouthwest.net/ (An extensive guide to Southwestern and Western US scenic areas; includes links to state parks in the region, many of which are spectacular in their own right.)

ARIZONA

Arizona Scenic Drives (An extensive list of scenic drives in Arizona with many photo opportunities)
https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic_drives

Good Locations Near Tucson for Photography
Photo Locations Near Tucson

Wildflower Status around Tucson (generally late February through April)
http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/tucson.html

Apache Trail (Very scenic drive through the Superstition Mountains.  Partly unpaved road, but well maintained)
http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/apache_trail/

Scenic Locations along US 89 by James Cowlin
https://usroute89.com/

Phoenix Botanical Gardens
http://www.dbg.org/

Sandhill Cranes – Whitewater Draw, AZ
https://www.azgfd.com/wildlife/viewing/wheretogo/whitewater/

Tucson Rodeo (mid February each year; some great opportunities for action photos)
http://www.tucsonrodeo.com/scheduledirections.html

Sonoran Desert Museum (Tucson area; many photo opps, including raptors in flight)
https://www.desertmuseum.org/

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Scenic Drives
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Mexico_Scenic_and_Historic_Byways

Bisti Wilderness (Exotic and colorful rock formations)
http://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/bisti_badlands/

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (Thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks mid November through early February. Some bald eagles.)
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bosque_del_Apache/seasons/index.html

White Sands National Monument (Extensive white sand dunes)
https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

NEVADA

Nevada Scenic Drives
https://scenicbyways.info/state/NV.html and
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nevada_Scenic_Byway

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (Highly colored rock formations)
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire

UTAH

Utah Scenic Drives
https://www.visitutah.com/plan-your-trip/getting-around-utah/scenic-byways/
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Utah_Scenic_Byways

Fantasy Canyon (Exotic rock formations outside Vernal, Utah.  Unpaved roads)
https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/survey-notes/geosights/fantasy-canyon/