• Gabriella Viola

10 Epic Photo Locations in the Southwest

Updated: Jul 10

Sunset at Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah

If you love the outdoors and capturing its beauty, then a road trip through the American Southwest is something you’ll want to experience at least once in your life. Between the dramatic vistas, vibrant red landscape, and otherworldly rock formations; there's no shortage of adventure and epic photo opportunities. It also happens to be home to some of the country's most beautiful national and state parks.

Listed below are 10 epic photo locations in the American Southwest. Technically the Southwest Region is made up of 8 states in the U.S. This article will cover locations in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

I should mention that getting to some of these locations might be a bit of a challenge if you don’t like hiking or you're not comfortable with heights. Challenging or not, reaching these destinations will definitely be a rewarding experience and an adventure you won't forget.

1. Mouse's Tank Road, Valley of Fire State Park Nevada

Mouse's Tank Road in Valley of Fire State Park in the American Southwest

best things to do in valley of fire state park
Skateboarder on Mouse Tank Road

Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour drive from Downtown Las Vegas. It's located in the Mojave Desert and features bright red sandstone formations and unique geological features that date back millions of years.

The park as a whole is pretty much one photo opportunity after another. However, the top of Mouse’s Tank Road in Valley of Fire is one of the most scenic viewpoints in the Southwest.

Mouse's Tank Road isn’t marked as an attraction on the map; it's a scenic road leading to the main attractions in the park. To reach the viewpoint pull over at Rainbow Vista and face towards the Visitors Center. For an even better view of Mouse's Tank, you can easily climb up the rocks along the road.

Read more about things to do in Valley of Fire State Park here.

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2. Angels Landing, Zion National Park Utah

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
The top of Angels Landing hike