Ideas for Summer Vacations in the Southwest

The American Southwest is a spectacular region full of incredible natural sights.  From the towering sandstone cliffs of Monument Valley to the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon, the region offers many photogenic locations.

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 You’ll see amazing landscapes and history with these US Southwest vacation ideas! Summer isn’t the most ideal time of year for outdoor activities in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Utah and Southern Colorado due to the heat.

Here are a list of places to visit and things to do in the summer in Arizona.

Arizona Summer Vacation Ideas

- Antelope Canyon - Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Bend - Monument Valley - Sedona

 The Southern Utah landscape is full of arches, hoodoos, balanced rocks, and red rock canyons!

Utah Summer Vacation Ideas

- Arches National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Capitol Reef National Park - Zion National Park

Nevada Summer Vacation Ideas

- Grand Canyon West Rim - Valley of Fire State Park - Hoover Dam - Red Rock Canyon - Las Vegas

There are plenty of things to do in Nevada in the summer if you plan them during the cooler morning and evenings:

Colorado Summer Vacation Ideas

- Mesa Verde - Great Sand Dune National Park - Black Canyon of the Gunnison - Garden of the Gods

You’ll enjoy learning about the native history of this region in the southern part of Colorado. 

New Mexico Summer Vacation Ideas

- White Sands National Park - Carlsbad Caverns National   Park - Chaco Culture Historical Park - Bandelier National Monument - Petroglyph National Monument

Summer time in New Mexico is hot, but there are plenty of things to do during the cooler times of day.

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