Canyon de Chelly: White House Ruins

Canyon de Chelly was home to generations of cliff dwellers, Hopi and Navajo, have lived along the
sandy bottoms of three great gorges that have sliced through the plateau under the Chuska Mountains.

Monument Valley

The product of millions of years of weather cutting through soft sandstone and shale,
leaving wind-sculpted spires and monoliths where harder stone endured.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon -- it's big!


Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright literally created Taliesin West "out of the desert." Wright was drawn to Arizona as early as 1927
when he was asked to collaborate on designs for the Arizona Biltmore. In 1937, two years after designing
Fallingwater, Wright purchased several hundred acres of desert, and he and his apprentices gathered rocks
from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build what would serve as his winter home until his death in 1959.

The Garden Room was designed, built, remodeled continually by the architect, it evolved into a spacious,
well-lit room from a long, narrow development of the principal structural theme of sloping stone
and concrete walls topped with a translucent roof supported by deep, exposed beams of wood and steel.

An alcove off of the Garden Room. Frank Lloyd Wright was an Asian art connoisseur; he began collecting oriental
art before the turn of the century. After his first trip to Japan in 1905, he established himself as an authority.

Arizona Biltmore

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Arizona Biltmore in 1927 in collaboration with former student Albert Chase McArthur.
The primary component of the structure is the "Biltmore Block." The pre-cast concrete blocks were molded on-site
and used in the total construction of the resort. Designed by Emry Kopta, a prominent southwestern
sculptor, the "Biltmore Block" features a geometric pattern inspired by a palm tree.

This back-lit geometric stained glass mural by Frank Lloyd Wright is in the foyer of the Arizona Biltmore. It was originally
designed in 1930 for the cover of an anthology of lectures Wright gave at Princeton entitled Modern Architecture.

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain (1,500 feet) is a popular hiking spot.

Many cacti grace the mountain.


Arches National Park: "Delicate Arch"

Arches National Park contains more than one hundred arches, carved by wind and water
in a 300-foot layer of red sandstone deposited 150 million years ago.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is named after a Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce.  The Paiute Indians called
it the place where "red rocks stand like men in a bowl-shaped canyon."


Death Valley

Badwater in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level is the lowest spot on earth.  In summer, the average daily high
in July for the past half-century has been 116F (47C), and once hit a national high of 134F (57C).

Devil's Golf Course

Par infinity!

Zabriskie Point

Michelangelo Antonioni made a film, Zabriskie Point in 1970, an epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the
portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the
Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the authorities for allegedly killing a policeman during a student riot).

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