Encompassing colossal slot canyons and cacti-studded desert, towering red buttes and snow-dusted mountains, the rugged landscapes of America’s Southwest form the ultimate adventure playground.
In a region of unparalleled natural beauty, Arizona’s Grand Canyon remains the headlining attraction. A mile-deep chasm carved into the plateau over some two billion years by the Colorado River, the sheer scale of this world wonder is unimaginable. But make time, too, for the ‘Wild West’ of Monument Valley - the ancestral home of the Navajo whose soaring sandstone buttes have provided the backdrop to many a classic Western.
More natural splendours await you further north in Utah, from the emerald pools of Zion to the natural amphitheatres and distinctive ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon. Not forgetting the ancient petroglyphs of Canyonlands and the 2,000 sandstone arches of the aptly named Arches National Park.
Over in New Mexico, a state steeped in Native American history, you’ll uncover stark white sand dunes and the traditional adobe architecture of Sante Fe – the second oldest city in the USA. Colorado offers you the Southern Rocky Mountains and the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, whilst the brightly-lit oasis of Las Vegas dazzles amidst the rugged, sagebrush-strewn desert of Nevada.
However you choose to approach the Southwest, be it behind the wheel, on foot, horseback, bike or boat, you can be sure of an unforgettable tailor-made adventure.