Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Like a classic movie star, Monument Valley has a face known around the world. Her fiery red spindles, sheer-walled mesas and grand buttes have starred in films and commercials, and have been featured in magazine ads. Monument Valley's epic beauty is heightened by the drab landscape surrounding it.
Lake Mead & Hoover Dam
Even those who challenge, or at least question, the USA's commitment to damming the US West have to marvel at the engineering and architecture of the Hoover Dam. Set amid the almost unbearably dry Mohave Desert, the dam towers over Black Canyon and provides electricity for the entire region.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Beautiful and noticeably quiet, the remote and multipronged Canyon de Chelly (pronounced d-shay) feels far removed from time and space. Inhabited for 5000 years, it shelters prehistoric rock art and 1000-year-old Ancestral Puebloan dwellings built into alcoves. Today, Canyon de Chelly is private Navajo land administered by the NPS.