The Arizona deserts. To many, they seem like dead land where nothing is really growing besides a few dry cacti and bushes. They associate them with unbearable temperatures and vast, mostly uninhabited land. While the latter might be true, deserts are magical places. It is a dramatically different environment that you need to give a second chance – or rather second look – if you have not grasped its utter beauty the first time around. Because, low and behold, Arizona’s deserts are home to natural art formations that can transport you into different worlds. You are invited to see for yourself.

The Road to Antelope Canyon

The sun is high; the sky is clear blue. The sun’s rays in combination with the hot temperatures are forming dancing, shimmery illusions on the concrete road. Another day in the desert. There is something about this place that is so enchanting. It is sometimes difficult to put what one is feeling into words; it is a phenomenon you must experience for yourself. The Arizona desert, so diverse, has great impact on most visitors.

Arizona Rocks

Impressive rock formations and endless roads, a signature of Arizona, USA

As you drive down the long roads and gaze out of the window, you see that the desert is anything but flat. Towering red rock formations are graced by small green bushes, amazing survivors in this terrain. In this extreme weather, they actually thrive on the dry red rock, a stunning contrast of colors and textures. And that’s where Arizona’s natural beauty lies: within these rocks.

Occasionally, a vehicle passes by. Other than that, you might as well have this mystical place to yourself. You drive. Time becomes irrelevant on these seemingly never-ending desert roads. You feel small in a somewhat appreciative way.

Arizona – I’ve only spent a few days here, but it’s inspired me […]. It’s so peaceful. – James Turrell

Wait until you arrive at breathtaking Antelope Canyon, one of many  incredibly impressive desert formations. Arizona is justly famous for. Just let your thoughts wander and think about how many centuries these landscapes have survived, during which they have been formed and re-formed – through the power of nature and natural processes. Believe it when you reach Antelope Canyon, where the world is truly showing off its creational powers and sense of natural art.

Nature’s Incredible Shapes and Forms

You have arrived at your destination. Close to Lake Powell and on Navajo Nation Reservation, the Antelope Canyon is unfolding before you. Within seconds, you will realize why this is the most popular aptly named  Slot Canyons in the southwestern U.S. Consisting of the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, you can spend hours marvelling at this place.

Rock Waves

Almost a magical rock formation created by Mother Nature within the Antelope Canyon – Arizona, USA

Park your car and go on your own excursion. Walk through the many rock formations that are an incredibly unique creation of nature , boasting an array of naturally warm colors, forms, shapes, and lines. It is almost mind-boggling to think all this has formed through centuries, without any human impact. So effortless it seems. It is not just a photographer’s paradise, but a magical and inspiring place for each and every one of us who yearns to be touched by nature’s sometimes hidden beauty. As the light shines through the rock caves, it creates images that resemble abstract art.

In fact, these rock formations with their illusionary lines and shapes are works of art. They inspire. Touch us. Rejuvenate in a way. Yet, they flow and are soothing to the beholder. It’s as if you find yourself in a different sphere, perhaps somewhere between heaven and earth, so untouched and beautiful. Time and space collide. You have entered a different world in which the light caressing the rocks is creating seemingly different dimensions. Depth.

They are not just rocks. These creations live. They are part of the canyon’s heart and soul and hence, its cherished treasure. As the most natural – and probably most beautiful – form of abstract art, they magically draw us in. Just let it be.

Yes, it is right here, in the desert. And it is indeed alive.