The world has many natural wonders, Still, how many of them make it to most peoples’ bucket lists? Which of them should you add to your bucket list? We thought we’d make it easy and not only start with one country but one portion of one country. Thus, without further ado, here are the top 15 natural wonders of the western USA:
15 The Queen’s Garden, Bryce Canyon National Park
Our list opens on a location in southwestern Utah. You will find a lot of Bryce Canyon’s National Park’s highest hoodoos in the Queen’s Garden. Take the hiking trail that status at Sunrise Point and goes down past the spires and into the canyon. Tae the hike at sunrise to avoid the crowds.
14. 14 Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
Utah’s Delicate Arch in Arches National Park is truly iconic. Visitors often say it is taller than they expected it to be. Seeing it in person will take your breath away too. Even though it requires a somewhat challenging trail to reach the arch, it is an enjoyable hike and it can get crowded depending on when you go.
13 Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park
Magnificent Monument Valley is nestled within the Navajo Nation on the border of Arizona and Utah. Here in this tranquil landscape, the striking formations in Monument Valley span an area of many square miles. Some travel writers favor a place close to the Mitten Buttes. Take an official Navajo guided tour and you’ll get to see several more noteworthy spots in Monument Valley.
12. Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
Glacier Point is located in Yosemite National Park in California. It offers travelers simultaneous views of Half Dome, Nevada Fals, Yosemite Falls, and Vernal Falls. As previously reported, the specific view on popular Hal Dome across the stunning valley is said to be “one of the best.”
11.The Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
You will find stunning Hidden Lake in Montana’s Glacier National Park. The lake is ensconced amidst pyramid peaks and when viewed from on high makes the scenic view all the more beautiful. The hike to reach its shores is worth the effort. It is also not uncommon to spot mountain goats here.
10. Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Popular Horseshoe Bend is located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the states of Arizona and Utah. Its popularity has led to an increase in tourist interest and it can get crowded. It’s still worth seeing though and experts say you can still find some quiet spots if you look. Photographers are also encouraged to “bring a wide-angle lens” in order to make the most of the visit.
9 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
Those in the know say that Yellowstone National Park which spans the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Specifically, it is the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This canyon is 20 miles in length, up to 4,000 feet in width, and 1,200-feet deep It features numerous waterfalls too. The largest one is Yellowstone Falls. The viewpoint at Lower Yellowstone Falls is reportedly the true “highlight” of the entire park.
8. The Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park
The Giant Forest in the aptly named Sequoia National Park in California is full of ancient Sequoia trees that many consider to be a natural national treasure. There are thousands of them here including some of the world’s largest. Beware though that bears roam this place at both dawn and dusk.
7. Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the states of Arizona and Utah make the list again. This time for being the home of Coyote Gulch. Coyote Gulch is a rather remote canyon that has gained popularity recently. It is perhaps most known for the massive Jacob Hamblin Arch. Veteran visitors suggest spending at least one-night camping here. So get your permit and remember that this is a protected area so all your trash and even “human waste must be packed out” when you leave.
6. The Wave, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
The Wave, located at Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is another big attraction. Indeed, The Wave is so popular that permits are not reportedly quite difficult to get. Travel writers often do not even suggest attempting to get day-of permits. Instead, they recommend trying your luck with the online lottery.
5. Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park
Some travelers call Crater Lake in Crater Lake National, Park in Oregon to be arguably one of the planet’s prettiest lakes. This beautiful blue lake was actually created 7,000 years ago when an active volcano erupted and then apparently collapsed upon itself leaving what resembles a giant punchbowl.
4. Chesler Park and the Joint Trail, Canyonlands National Park
Chesler Park Park and the Joint Trail in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park are comparatively “off the beaten path” and yet the hiking here is perhaps some o the very best in the nation. The trail that crosses Chesler Park Park merges into the noteworthy Joint Trail, an exceptional network of multiple slot canyons that are truly unique.
3. The Narrows, Zion National Park
Some visitors say The Narrows in Utah’s Zion National Park can’t be beaten. Hikers simply must complete the popular hike up the rushing Virgin River and check out the Narrows. Waterproof gear is recommended, Do the hike in the fall or winter to beat the crowds.
2. Mooney Falls, Supai
Supai’s Mooney Falls in Arizona is the highest of all Supai’s waterfalls. Hikers must descend an almost intimidating path to reach Mooney’s base. Get your permit in advance as Supai is tribal land.
1 Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument makes the list again and tops it! Here you will discover some o the planet’s longest and deepest slot canyons. The confluence of Buckskin and Paria as well as the surrounding canyon area are surprisingly impressive. The hikes to see them are challenging but those who’ve done it confirm it’s worth the effort.