Put these seven must-see natural wonders in Northern Arizona on your bucket list

In September 2019, just one day after my 20-year stint with the same employer came to an end, I loaded my SUV with everything I needed for a long camping trip.

My original plan was to roam the entire state of Arizona for eight days and nights, sleeping in my tent and preparing meals in the open air. What actually happened was I spent the extended week northern section of Arizona – often referred to as Navajo Nation.

Want to embark on an exhilarating journey through the magnificent landscape of Northern Arizona?

It’s a place where Mother Nature’s breathtaking creations will ignite your soul with sheer wonder and awe. Immerse yourself in the boundless beauty of this extraordinary region, and prepare to be swept away by its astonishing natural wonders.

color shaded map of Arizona with five regions

In this post, I’ll spotlight the top 7 natural wonders to discover in Northern Arizona

When I first explored northern Arizona in depth, I was putting the finishing touches on my bestselling Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal. (Get it on Amazon.) The book features 50 must-see natural wonders in the Grand Canyon State. Get this: 22 of those 50 places can be found in northern Arizona.

People gathered to look at Grand Canyon from viewpoint

1. Grand Canyon

This iconic geological marvel is a must-see. Carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, Grand Canyon showcases magnificent layered cliffs and breathtaking panoramic views.

Visit the official Grand Canyon National Park website

Get tips to plan your epic Grand Canyon experience:

2. Antelope Canyon

Known for its ethereal beauty, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon characterized by its unique and intricate rock formations. The light filtering through the narrow cracks creates a mesmerizing play of colors.

Know before you go:

Image of large cylindrical rock feature in center with water wrapping around it

3. Horseshoe Bend

Located near Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is a dramatic curve in the Colorado River. Standing on the edge of the cliff, you’ll be treated to a jaw-dropping vista of the horseshoe-shaped bend below.

Read this before you go see Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ

Bonus material: 3 reasons to put Hanging Garden Trail near Page on your Arizona bucket list

Mittens rock formations at Monument Valley in Arizona

4. Monument Valley

Famously featured in countless Western movies, Monument Valley is a stunning landscape of towering sandstone formations. The towering mesas and buttes are a testament to the power of erosion over millions of years.

Get Monument Valley visitor info

Point of view:

A visit to Monument Valley is like walking through a Western movie set

Cliff dwelling alcove at Walnut Canyon National Monument

5. Walnut Canyon National Monument

This gem offers a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Sinagua people. Take a hike along the trails that wind through the canyon and explore the well-preserved cliff dwellings and breathtaking scenery.

Get details on the official Walnut Canyon website

See what you can expect in my trip report:

Explore ancient cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument

6. Sedona Red Rocks

Known for its vibrant red rock formations, the town of Sedona is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and spiritual seekers alike. Hike the mesmerizing trails, indulge in breathtaking views, and soak up the mystical energy.

Explore Sedona’s Secret 7 experiences

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7. Meteor Crater

Approximately 50,000 years ago, a massive meteorite crashed into the Earth, leaving behind a striking impact crater. The Meteor Crater, located near Winslow, is nearly a mile in diameter and over 550 feet deep.

Get directions and admission info

Northern Arizona is a treasure trove of natural wonders

Exploring these sites will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of our planet.

Here, in this awe-inspiring corner of the world, a mesmerizing tapestry of sights awaits, ready to captivate your heart and leave an indelible mark upon your soul. Embark on a grand adventure, uncovering the seven most remarkable marvels that grace this land. Brace yourself, for the splendor that lies ahead and will surely take your breath away.

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