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

GENERAL (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 Scenic Drives (An extensive list of scenic drives in Arizona with many photo opportunities)

Good Locations Near Tucson for Photography
Photo Locations Near Tucson

Wildflower Status around Tucson (generally late February through April)

Apache Trail (Very scenic drive through the Superstition Mountains.  Partly unpaved road, but well maintained)

Scenic Locations along US 89 by James Cowlin

Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Sandhill Cranes – Whitewater Draw, AZ

Tucson Rodeo (mid February each year; some great opportunities for action photos)

Wild horse photography locations on the Salt River

Sonoran Desert Museum (Tucson area; many photo opps, including raptors in flight)


New Mexico Scenic Drives

Bisti Wilderness (Exotic and colorful rock formations)

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (Thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks mid November through early February. Some bald eagles.)

White Sands National Monument (Extensive white sand dunes)


Nevada Scenic Drives and

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (Highly colored rock formations)


Utah Scenic Drives

Fantasy Canyon (Exotic rock formations outside Vernal, Utah.  Unpaved roads)