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Utah, USA
View of Canyonlands from Mesa Arch. I placed the polarizing lens from my sunglasses over my camera to capture the details of the landscape and sky.
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Utah, USA
This national park is centered along the spine plateau above Bryce Canyon, which drops to the east from the main park road. Along the road are numerous pull-offs for enjoying views down into the canyon, with its miles and miles of awe-inspiring...
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Arizona, USA
The primordial past comes to life at Petrified Forest National Park, in remote northern Arizona. Created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, this park preserves the Chinle escarpment, a globally significant fossil repository stretching for 22...
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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Color, shape, and naked geology: Northern Arizona appeals to the senses in the most elemental ways. Agnostic hikers, secular scientists, souls searching for spiritual energy — all end up in Sedona, seeking and finding. Mid-week in this red-rock...
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55 S Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040, USA
At Antelope Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona, a Navajo-led guided tour will let you explore the narrow passages and see the mesmerizing play of shadow and light on the rippled sandstone walls carved by water and time. The mysterious and haunting...
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1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, USA
Set within a postcard-perfect corner of southern Utah and surrounded by national parks, the 600-acre Amangiri is tucked away in a protected valley among the canyons, flat-topped mesas, and desert landscapes of the Grand Circle. The resort’s...
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Arizona, USA
The reservation of the Hualapai, or “People of the Tall Pines,” includes nearly a million acres of land along the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Visitors can now take in the grandeur of Arizona’s most famous landmark, the Grand Canyon, at the...
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710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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Spend some time on Museum Hill visiting the Museum of International Folk Art with its awesome Alexander Girard collection, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and its stocked basement trading post of Native American wares, and the Museum...
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Madrid, NM 87010, USA
To get from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, don't take I-25 North--it's busy and sterile. Drive east on I-40 to the backside of the Sandía Mountains, get off on exit 175, and head north on Highway 14, also known as "The Turquoise Trail." You'll wind...
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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Located in downtown Santa Fe, this perfectly sized museum is dedicated to the artistic life of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and houses the single largest collection of the artist's work in the world. Rotating exhibits...
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56-58 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Since this description was written, the store has changed ownership.

The family-owned Dressman's Gifts (since 1952) is a little gem in a sea of souvenir shops. Find a lovely selection of New Mexican folk art, Southwest gifts, authentic jewelry,...
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53 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Located on the historic Plaza, this venerable well-curated mainstay gallery-shop (est. 1984) run by Navajo trader Jed Foutz showcases historic and contemporary Native American wares, including an impressive selection of colorful,...
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Bear Canyon, Albuquerque, NM, USA
The City of Albuquerque preserves more than 28,000 acres as open space, including the lands that encompass Bear Canyon. Set in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains (which earn their name from the Spanish word for "watermelon," which describes the...
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1124 Major Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA
Nestled in the North Valley neighborhood, 2.5 miles from Old Town and Downtown Albuquerque, hides a friendly place to start and end your day. Adobe Nido's two owners are exactly the epitome of the friendly locals you'll meet in town. Provided are...
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Albuquerque, NM, NM, USA
Partially shaded trail heading to Placitas. Give it a shot!
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Plaza Vieja, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
my friend and I were walking around the Plaza in Old Town early one morning when a red pick-up truck pulled up beside us. In the back were several dozen skulls. We got into conversation with the driver who told us he went into Mexico to the...
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1828 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
I love ordering fancy salads at restaurants, primarily because they're way more interesting than what I make at home, and Vinaigrette does not disappoint. The menu offers a broad range of signature and seasonal salads made with fresh,...
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30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, USA
The Sandía Mountains rise to over 10,000 feet behind Albuquerque. From the top, the view over New Mexico is unparalleled: on a clear day, your eyes can take in eleven thousand square miles--almost one-tenth of the state! The quickest way up is the...
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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA
Every year in October, Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts the biggest hot air balloon race and fiesta. It is a must see for travellers and photography buffs alike. Every day for a week, hundreds of hot air balloonists fly in the Balloon Fiesta Park. In...
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Utah, USA
Utah's famous license plate landmark, Delicate Arch, sits on the edge of a spiral rock wishing well, a massive replica of those that you throw a coin into at the mall. Hike the 1.5 miles to the rim just before sunset to watch the orange sandstone...
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Utah, USA
Who thought geological formations could be so cool?! Besides geologists, you will too when you visit the Arches National Park. This is one of many beautiful photos that I captured while hiking through this dry, dry desert land. The heat was so...
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UT-313, Moab, UT 84532, USA
Another good spot to take in big, broad vistas near Moab, Utah.
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Supai, AZ 86435, USA
There’s a reason this is one of the most iconic spots along the Grand Canyon. Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and hidden deep within a 20-mile round-trip hike, Havasu Falls’ sparkling turquoise waters are a popular...
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA
The sweeping view in Utah's Dead Horse State Park was made famous by the final scene in Thelma and Louise. The park is mostly comprised of a small overlook area, but the grand scenery of the valley below is breathtaking. It is a quick and worthy...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
I saw this place in so many photos before but when I got there and saw it in person it was such an overwhelming experience. Getting there is easy. You take the Interstate 89 South from Page and after 7 minutes you get to the parking lot. The road...
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121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The Chez Panisse of Santa Fe has been helmed by the same Berkeley-bred chef-owner since the 1970s. While the restaurant isn’t for New Mexican food purists, the local dishes are solid and range from classic renditions to enchiladas gussied up with...