Valley of the Gods: My New Find in Southern Utah

I’m home! What a memorable road trip. The first half I was by myself exploring and photographing my way towards Denver to pick up Mai. We love our road trips so much that I just created one when she flew off to an event in Boulder, CO. Meeting her there seemed like a great reason to have a half ‘n half trip. Half the time without her and the other half, together.

Not a surprise that I work with a high degree of intention when I’m alone and away from home. All I want to do is photograph. So I do. However, Mai is so much fun to be with that I do turn down my intense photographic vibration in those times, allowing more joy and surprises in. The half ‘n half system works for me!

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Valley of the Gods Awakening

Sandstone Arches to Bristlecone Pines

I’m working on processing the road trip photos from places like Arches NP & the Moab area in southern Utah, the Colorado Rockies, Monument Valley in Arizona, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California, and this incredible new place I found, quite accidentally, Valley of the Gods.

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It’s Better than the National Parks and There’s Nobody Here

This place isn’t on many people’s radar, at least it wasn’t on mine until about 30 minutes before arriving here late in the evening. I saw it mentioned on YELP so we pulled in, parked the Jeep and slept until blue hour in the morning.  When my iPhone woke me,  I was already on location and got this shot. Think of Valley of the Gods as a bonus attraction when you’re touring through southern Utah because it’s totally free on BLM land. It’s right on the way if you’re going to Monument Valley.  There’s no ranger station, restrooms, or visitor center. Maybe people are afraid of this place because of those reasons, but that’s what attracts me here even stronger. There are very few people here. Primitive camping is available or simply sleep in your car. I like doing that so I don’t have to drive to a photo location early in the morning. There’s a 17 mile long dirt road meandering all through these sandstone spires & monoliths and 4-wheel drive isn’t needed. We drove the whole road and saw only one other car. We think it’s a terrific! place!

The American Southwest Road Trip Photo Gallery

Moab, Utah was just my first stop. There was so much fabulous photography on this trip and as I finish processing photos, they’re added to an online gallery. There are already some great shots from the places I visited: Arches NP, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Aspen, CO, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. So, if you’d like to look at some other memorable HDR photos of these places, they’re all in the Southwest Road Trip gallery on SmugMug. Enjoy!

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