5 Beautiful Southwest States

Martina Rosado
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Arizona

Arizona is a state located in the southwestern United States. It shares a border with the Mexican state of Sonora to the northwest, the Mexican State of Baja California to the southwest, and the U.S. states of California, Nevada and Utah to the southeast. Arizona covers 603,992 square miles (1,580,193 km2) and has 67 named mountain ranges.

Flagstaff, AZ: The city of Flagstaff is located north of Grand Canyon National Park, and is named for the flagpole that flies the American flag in front of city hall. It is also the first city in the United States to begin using LED street lights.

Grand Canyon, AZ: The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, in the United States, and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (3,300 m).

Bisbee, AZ: Located in southeastern Arizona, Bisbee was home to the famous Copper Queen Mine which operated from 1885 to 1965. The Mining Era Museum in the town displays mining equipment and other historical artifacts. Bisbee is the largest producer of copper ore in the world.

Colorado

The land and seasons of Colorado are as beautiful as the locals. Here are some of our favorite places in this beautiful state.

Eldora Ski Resort

Eldora Ski Resort is located 35 minutes west of Colorado Springs and offers a variety of terrain and trails. Make sure to visit the Thunderhead Quad to take in the panoramic views of the plateau.

Breckenridge and Breckenridge Ski Area

Breckenridge is a small town located on the western slope of Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. It’s known for great skiing and the longest continuous ski season in the United States.

Breckenridge Ski Area is the oldest ski area in Colorado and features five lifts, beginner terrain, and a mid-level cruising trail. Breckenridge also offers a wide variety of off-slope activities for the whole family.

Cripple Creek & Victor Harrison Hotel

The Victor Harrison Hotel, located in Cripple Creek, is a beautiful restored mining town. The hotel opened in 1890 as the St. Louis Hotel. Some of the most famous guests that stayed here were P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle and Billy Sunday.

A group of wealthy men bought the building in 1934 and turned it into the Victor Hotel. In the 1950s, the name was changed to Victor Harrison Hotel.

Nevada

California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Landed at McCarren Airport in Las Vegas with a pizza and BA from the plane, we finally arrived at our hotel. A quick change of clothes and we were ready to hit the road.

We headed north from the strip, stopping in Henderson for some ice cream.

Then headed to the Hoover Dam and took the free tour. From the dam, we drove to Lake Mead where we spent a day. The drive was amazing from the dam all the way to the Hoover Dam due to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

We stopped at the top of a mountain to watch the sunset over the canyon and were greeted by a group of wild burros. We took some photos and then hopped in our van and figured we would find a hotel to call it a night. What hotel? Well, just like in Vegas, you never know what you might end up staying in. It’s definitely a good thing there are cowboy hats for sale everywhere. Next thing we knew we were in Elko, Nevada.

The next morning, we finished up and were headed to Bend, Oregon to visit some friends and go helicopter riding. More on Bend in a couple of days!

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New Mexico

If you’re looking for a unique travel experience you need to travel to New Mexico. The state is full of a variety of mines, ski areas, and attractions as well as wild beaches and deserts. There are many communities in New Mexico that you can get to, including Taos, Santa Fe, and Roswell, that allow you to experience the history of the area as well.

Utah

Utah is a land of deep lakes, giant mountains, and rocky canyons. It’s easy to see why there are six national parks within its borders.

Arches National Park

The sandstone formations that make up The Arches are hard enough to be shaped by wind and water over the span of millions of years. Such striking rock formations are called “faults” and are the result of tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust creating pressure on each other.

If you visit Arches, be sure to carve a new route and check out the rest of the sky in the night, as well as in daytime, to see the park’s pinnacles.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Stretching across large swaths of land, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSE) is definitely a true outdoorsman’s paradise.

Its vast terrain is a treasure trove of geological wonders, and this includes the Capitol Reef plateau. Although the area’s towering canyons have been a popular tourist destination for many decades, the vast space is still very sparsely populated, making for big, remote hiking opportunities.