Hi, I'd like to go take a short trip to photograph Southwest Landscapes and was hoping to get some comments that would help me decide where to go. Almost on a whim, I was thinking of going to Monument Valley in Utah after helping my daughter on a research project and stumbling on some pictures of the place. But then I decided maybe I should give this a little more thought as it is not often I'll be able take such a trip. Since I am not really familiar with the Southwest, I am not sure how to go about coming up with possible destinations. (Googling around only took me so far). I figured maybe a decision here would help and hopefully the thread might become be useful for future travelers too. Here's some of my criteria: Basically, I think my criteria for what I am looking for is fairly flexible. Maybe Southwest natural wonders sums it up. I want to photograph (and just see) some spectacular bits of nature. I am not limiting myself to rock formations, but I think that's a large draw. Interesting flora and fauna are always interesting. I am thinking of smaller scale things rather than huge ones. The more mundane criteria for the trip: time and budget are better defined. I am only planning 3 or 4 days for the trip and keeping the costs down are important. More concretely, I think could visit Monument Valley (including airfare) for less than $1500. So, that's my working budget for this excursion. So if you don't mind suggesting others places I should consider (and perhaps some specific tips that would make the trip more successful), I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.