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.
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.
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.
Get tips to plan your epic Grand Canyon experience:
- One-day itinerary to get the most out of your Grand Canyon experience on a budget
- Biking Grand Canyon South Rim via Hermit Road (with video)
- This challenging Grand Canyon hike offers an unforgettable experience with no permit required
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:
- To see the wonders of Lower Antelope Canyon you have to go below the surface
- How to plan an epic self-guided tour of Antelope Canyon
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.
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.
Point of view:
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.
See what you can expect in my trip report:
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.
Check out my top tips for experiencing the best of Sedona:
- Hike Airport Mesa Loop for 360-degree views of Sedona’s spectacular red rock formations
- Best place to photograph Sedona’s Cathedral Rock formation: Crescent Moon Picnic Site
- Introduction to the vortexes of Sedona and where to find them
- Devils Bridge a popular Sedona destination for hikers seeking memorable thrills and spectacular views
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.
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.
Want the inside scoop on more amazing places like this? Grab a copy of Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide.
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