For me, the desert was one of those rare places that literally stops you in your step and makes you realise just how small you are and just how big and wondrous the world is. It’s one of those places that helps put everything into perspective. Once you see my photos, you’ll know what I mean.
Matt and I had the fortune of seeing the earth as neither of us had ever really seen it. Our desert episode included:
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Monument Valley
- Horseshoe Bend
- Bryce Canyon
- Zion National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Valley of Fire
I would go back to any of these in a heartbeat. Whether it be standing underneath a magnificent, yet delicate, arch or hiking through water (sometimes chest deep) inbetween the towering Narrows, or walking through the incredible Amphitheatre of Bryce or driving through Monument Valley at sunrise along the dead silent roads with only the mountainous sandstone bullets to keep you company, or standing on the edge of the Island in the Sky and feeling like you’re actually at the end of the earth.
A few tips I have for anyone venturing down this way (in summer):
- Keep more water on you than you think you need.
- Keep hiking for sunrise or sunset (avoid midday hiking. Believe me, I know from experience).
- Keep some salty snacks with you which will prevent dehydration. Our go-to was S&V Pringles.
- If in Arches, hike out to Delicate Arch. We did this at the end of the day. It was tough but 100% worth it.
- If in Canyonlands, go to Island in the Sky. It is incredible. Also, hike to Mesa Arch for sunrise.
- If in Zion, go hire water boots and a walking stick and do The Narrows. It was one of my favourite hikes, ever.
- If driving through Monument Valley, do it for sunrise.
We have so many photos, too many in fact to fit into one post and so I’ll be uploading photo diaries for each place over the next few weeks to show you what we got up to in the desert. Watch this space!
Do you have any desert tips? Share below! ♡