Sunsets In The Desert

June 2022  |  Arizona, New Mexico, California

I was looking forward to our yearly road trip out west. We started out in New Mexico visiting the Bisti Badlands, White Pocket, Grand Canyon and made it to Death Valley before heading back east.

Bisti Badlands

We arrived at the Bisti Badlands for a sunset shot. We decided on exploring the famous Cracked Eggs in the park, which was a bit of a hike. It was a super windy day; the sand was blowing all around us and I was wondering if I would be able to get any shots at all. The sunset wasn't spectacular, clear blue skys. It was still worth getting out there. We headed back to the car about 10 minutes after the sun set since were a little worried about finding our way back to the car. The nights out west are pitch dark and even with our head lights it, everything kind of looks the same out there.

Sunset at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico.

The Cracked Eggs

The sun set over the famous Cracked Eggs in the Bisti Badlands.

White Pocket

We have been here already a couple of times and usually spend the night in the car. But this time we felt comfortable enough to drive out after sunset and decided to spend two nights at Lee's Ferry. On our first night we headed out to White Pocket; the sunset was stunning this time. Even though we have been there a number of times now, it is still hard to find a composition and predict whether the sky will light up.

View of rock formations in White Pocket in Arizona at sunset.

Red Swirls

The last sunset light illuminates the rock formations with pink and purple tones.

Grand Canyon - North Rim

Since we were not too far away from the Grand Canyon's North Rim, we decided on heading out there for a sunset. The North Rim is beautiful with lots of spectacular views. Some of the trails are super scary, though. I believe we were on the Bride Angel Point Trail that is made out of a paved narrow trail with no guardrails on both sides on parts of the trail. The views are amazing but at the same time intimidating, considering the steep drops on each side of the trail.

View of Grand Canyon's North Rim at sunset.

North Rim Sunset

Sunset at Grand Canyon's North Rim in Arizona.

Death Valley

I had been looking forward to visiting this location for a couple of years now and we finally made it here. The landscape is stunning; you feel like on a different planet. Beautiful colorful rock formations and I loved the Mesquite Dunes. We didn't choose the perfect time though, it was May and very hot with over 100 F on our last two days. I would like to return here earlier next year when the temperatures are lower.

View of Mesquite Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park.

Light Play

Gorgeous morning at the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park in California. The sun was just rising and creating a beautiful light play on the sand dunes.

New Mexico

On our way back east we decided on stopping again at White Sands. We stopped here last year, but I didn't get anything good last year. It pays out to visit locations several times; this time we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset. The park is amazing. The dunes are not as high as the Mesquite Dunes, which makes it more difficult to find a good composition; but the white sand dunes are amazing.

Sunset at White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

Shapes Of Blue

The sun set and illuminated the sand dunes with magical blue and purple tones.

Sunset at White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

Magical Sand Dunes

A magical sunset at White Sands National Park.

Sunset at White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

Blue Satin

Gorgeous sunset light illuminates the white sand dunes.