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Needed some suggestions on a 7 day “Photography” road trip from Vegas to Denver during the Christmas/New Year week. 2 of us will be reaching Las Vegas on Sat evening (24th)around 7 PM and have a return flight from Denver on Sun morning (1st) 1 AM.
Keeping in mind that it will be winter time, I have listed down some key places which I would like to visit, all open to change though (in the order from Vegas to Denver). My primary interest is Photography (Nature, Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunsets, Star trails, Milky Way etc). Please let me know the most scenic and feasible routes to cover during my trip and which are the must have places that I should visit.
· Mojave National Preserve
· Joshua Tree NP
· Red Rock, AZ
· Saguaro NP
· Tucson, AZ
· Tombstone, AZ
· VLA, NM
· Petrified Forest, AZ
· Canyon De Chelly, AZ
· Tent Rocks, NM
· Santa Fe, NM
· Taos, NM
· Colorado Springs
You're trying to cover vast distances in just one week, and in the case of Sequoia, Joshua Tree and the Mojave you'll be going in the wrong direction altogether. In order to enjoy this trip, and have time to do photography, you need to get out a map and plot a course that will have you driving no more than a few hours a day. Frankly, I would scrap most of these destinations, just for practicalities sake and concentrate on those that are actually along the way in Utah and Northern (not Southern) Arizona. GREAT nature sites in those areas, though its hard for me to make recommendations as I don't know what you have and haven't already seen in those states.
Thanks for your quick reply...I actually recently completed a whirlwind trip thru Death Valley, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and MV, so don't want to try that. GC i am planning to save for the Summers...so I wanted to take a southern route via Arizona...
... As for the distances, I already did my homework and understand the distances, just want to get a better idea of the best places so that I cover those, mainly for Photography, with a preference for dark skies....
...Also I plan to travel 5-6 hrs everyday to cover the key places, so want to know which are the BEST places in a southern area. I do not plan to cover ALL the places that I mentioned
Thanks all for your inputs. I removed Sequoia and will be going south from Vegas towards Joshua and then westwards towards White Sands, up towards Petrified, canyon de chelly etc etc till Taos and finally Denver....Any last minute suggestions ?
are all awesome photo locations
Access may depend on weather - there has been snow and there may be more coming so check the websites and call ahead