Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona, United States. Most of Lake Powell, along with Rainbow Bridge National Monument, is located in Utah. This was an unusual attraction because of the bridge and dam.
For those who want to drive their cars, Lake Powell offers excellent opportunities for boat camping and some limited opportunities. See the Driving the Lake page for "car camping" options. There are many choices for boat campers. Finding a nice, isolated stretch of beach and setting up a camp on the shore is the most popular choice. The campers are going to "live" on the shore many times and sleep on the boat. You should have a lot of options depending on your boat and the number in your group. There are many "rocky" sites that you could set up a camp, but if you plan to sleep on the shore, this could make it hard to sleep.
Check out the visitor center for information and great views of the dam. The water was beautiful, and the vastness of the lake is mind-blowing.
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This is NOT a part of Grand Canyon National Park. This is the west side of the actual canyon, but not part of the actual park. It is a private attraction owed by the Indian reservation that is located there.
You can get tickets on grandcanyonwest.com. I did the Gold Legacy package, which as far as I could see was the cheapest way to go on the Skywalk. It's $75 per person, but they throw in all these other things besides just the Skywalk. You park in their parking lot, and then you get to ride a bus shuttle to the 3 different locations included in your package. One is a fake cowboy sort of town, where you can learn how to lasso, ride in a horse-pulled wagon, you can pay to ride a mechnical bull (one of the few things you have to pay extra for), you can try panning for gold, etc. Kind of a cute place to spend a good half hour or so.
The second location is a scenic look-out point. You can even hike up to a high point with a great view of the canyon.
The third stop is the SkyWalk. Also at that stop there's also display of different styles of Native American homes.
The package also includes a meal, and you have the option of using that ticket at any of the 3 locations. I went to the one at the cowboy town, and it was a delicious and filling southern/westen BBQ meal.
As for the Skywalk itself - it really is more money than it should be, but if there's no other way to get there, then what else can you do? I mean, if you want to go on the Skywalk, then just suck it up and pay that $75. There's no point in grumbling about it. And hey, if you end up not caring for the Skywalk, then at least you got a meal and all those other things included!
The Skywalk didn't go as far out into the canyon as I had thought. So really, you're not above the highest part of the canyon...but you still get the idea. When you get onto the Skywalk, you get in line and have a photographer take your photos, telling you what kind of poses to make. After that, you can hang out on the walk for as long as you want. Of course, they charge extra for the photos. I don't remember how much it was, but too much for me to buy it. Maybe $20? or less, I really can't remember.
The only part that really bothered me is that you can't take your camera or phone or anything out onto the Skywalk - you have to lock it up in a locker before you go out. So they are definitely stingy in that way, that they want you to buy their photos. But again, no point in arguing with it. That's just the way it's gotta be.
In the end, I paid the $75 because I wanted to go on the Skywalk itself, but what is most memorable is everything besides the Skywalk - the cowboy town, the hike, etc.
Yes, it is a lot of money, but it's one of those things you only do once. Once you've done it, you've done it. I'm glad I did. :)
In hunt for the best landscape shots of state of Arizona we came across of a very tanelnted photographer named Bryan Maltais- an Award winning Colorado landscape and wildlife photographer based in Fort Collins. We had a chance to catch up with Brayn to talk photography!
What first drew you to photography ? Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?
Some field biology courses that I took at the beginning of college rekindled my interest of going into nature to find interesting creatures. I encountered a lot, but needed a way to document it. Photography was the obvious way to do that. My dad gave me his old Canon F1 from the 70’s and it was a great way to learn manual settings. When I moved out west I began backpacking, and my photography transitioned to more landscapes. After a while I had enough portfolio shots that I decided to build a website where I could sell my work. I've always had an inborn compulsion to document everything that I see in nature, and I think I would’ve inevitably been drawn to the camera regardless of my path.
All your photography works are absolutely beautiful and of course our favorites are the arizona ones. As a professional photographer what did you find so unique about Arizona?
Thank you. Arizona is my muse because its landscapes and wildlife are so different and bizarre compared to any other place on Earth. The Saguaro Cactus is a 70 ft tall plastic tree, there are more rattlesnake species than any other place, and the Sky Islands have diametrically different habitats from the hot desert below. Once you leave Arizona’s cities, you’re suddenly in the wilderness with black night skies where you can see the Milky Way. Arizona’s summer monsoons hit with vengeance and create brilliant clouds to photograph. I hope I can even scratch the surface of everything there is to photograph in Arizona in my lifetime.
Did you get to photograph any hidden places in Arizona?
I shoot landscapes when I come to Arizona, but another goal is herping, which is photographing reptiles and amphibians. I have a list of species that I try to find, which takes me to some remote regions of the Sonora Desert, and the Huachuca, Santa Rita and Superstition Mountains. Because I’m exploring as I go, they’re all hidden places to me.
What equipments do you use to captures your footage? And why? What are some of the challenges of using them?
I currently use two systems; the Nikon D810, and the Olympus E-M5 II micro four thirds camera. I find that modern cameras are actually the opposite of challenging because they enable maximum creativity through their impressive technology. For example, the Olympus is a tiny Micro Four Thirds camera with only a 16mp sensor, but outputs giant 40 megapixel pictures by making composite images with its floating sensor. It also does in-camera focus stacking for macro photography, and takes in-camera star trail composites.
What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?
Two if I may. In late 2016 I spent 3 months in New Zealand specifically for landscape photography traveling around by campervan, and backcountry treks. Everywhere I went I met friendly Kiwis who invited me home and gave me a place to stay. I also visited Phoenix this past spring to shoot the Carrot Tailed Chuckwallas. They’re large lizards that live throughout the Southwest, but only the population at South Mountain Park has a bizarre orange tail. The best part was watching joggers freak out when they saw them, thinking they were poisonous Gila Monsters (which are also harmless unless grabbed).
What other projects are you currently working on?
Besides my main website www.WildernessShots.com for landscape photography, I recently launched www.MacroPhotoBug.com about super macro photography of insects and reptiles. “Super” macro photography means very high magnifications beyond what a normal macro lens can produce. It’s got a lot of blog articles about creatures that I photographed in Arizona.
Closing Thoughts … How do you think photography and traveling has changed your view of the world?
In 2 ways. I think that being in cities and around buildings makes humans unhappy, and we need heavy doses of nature to stay balanced. The desire to capture new shots is my impetus for travelling and getting into nature. Without photography I wouldn’t leave home as much.
I’m also obsessed with figuring out how the things I photograph work, and try to research a bit about every mountain, plant and animal that I photograph. That’s given me an understanding of many of the Earth’s natural phenomena that would otherwise be puzzling to me.
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Michael Neal Mogollon Rim
Do you choose to see some of the most some distance attaining scenery in Arizona? Stand atop a 2000 foot drop of the Magollon Rim and get prepared to take in some simply excellent views spanning from pines to desert.
History & Nature
Stretching 200 miles from Yavapai Country to New Mexico, the Mogollon Rim offers breathtaking view overlooking an expansive woodland of pine trees. The Rim is a authentic geological marvel web hosting sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rock relationship again to the Precambrian era.
Things to Do
Enjoy a leisurely picnic or trek alongside the ancient hiking and horseback using – however there is extra to see. Choose between biking, horseback riding, rock-climbing, hunting, fishing, boating, bird-watching, and stargazing.
Hotels, Lodges & Camping
With extra than 10 lakes brimming with trout, cast a line from any financial institution and pull in a stunning fish to experience over a campfire. The Mogollon Rim affords camping and cabin choices surrounding the a number lakes and nestled inside the pines.
This is one of those places where you try to find out as much as possible before you go. However, information seems hard to come by. START EARLY!! we started at 4am the hike down wasnt to bad. It took us about 4 hours when we finally hit the village,checked in, got in for free btw because im a tribal member. so if youre native american and have a tribal ID bring your card.. made our way down to the campsite. walking down the cliff made stairs we look to our right and see the best waterfall ever seen. found a nice campsite set up camp. went swimming at havasu falls the first day. the next day we hiked down mooney falls and to beaver falls and swam at navajo falls.. the trip was well worth it and the hike is deff worth it .. the hike back out, whoooole different story, we ran out of water half way through lol almost died on the way out. the last mile is straight up all switchbacks.. i wouldnt recommend riding the horses because theyre abused so if u cant hike out take the helicopter out which is like 88 bucks. ill do that next time. the hike in is fine