Life just keeps rolling and some things take a backseat! With that being said, these images from our 2015 big a$$ road trip have been sitting in the backseat, or on my desktop, since September of 2015. The pace of life is a bit slower in February so now seemed like the perfect time to dig into these images and relive one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever been on. It was my very first trip out west to this part of our country but I can promise you that it will not be my last! It was spectacular!!! Our first official stop was the Badlands in South Dakota and from there we headed Northwest through Wyoming & Montana and then started making our way back down through Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Did I already mention that it was spectacular?! I have never seen some much wide open space in my life……and beauty at every turn!
I wanted to share the highlights of the trip with you so I have included some of my favorite images here. So, grab another cup of coffee and feast your eyes of some of the incredible beauty America has to offer! And if you love any of the shots you see here and want to hang them on your walls, most of these are available in my Etsy shop!!!
Here we go……….
The Badlands – South Dakota
We arrived at the Grand Tetons National Park around sunset on August 18th, which was my 45th birthday. We spent the night in Jackson Hole before heading into the park.
After we left the gorgeous Tetons, we headed to Yellowstone National Park where we camped for 3 nights. Yellowstone has to be one of the most beautiful and unique places I have ever seen! There are buffalo, elk, mule deer, and tons of other wildlife roaming freely in the park. For my photographer friends, the shot right below of the two buffalo was taken with my 50mm so you have a good idea of how close they were! Crazy!!! There are geysers, mud pots, lakes, streams, waterfalls, forests, rolling hills & valleys. In short, Yellowstone is a very special place and if you’ve never been, get there sooner than later.
Old Faithful blowing off some steam
The Grand Prismatic Geyser
From Yellowstone we started making our way through the gorgeous state of Montana headed towards Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park is absolutely stunning! Although I should mention that there was a huge forest fire brewing while we were there so some of the roads in the park were blocked off and there was lots and lots of smoke which is why all the photos I took have a hazy look. I’m excited to visit Glacier again this year on our way to Canada:)
Here’s a glimpse of part of that fire I mentioned.
From Glacier we headed to Utah and, well, let’s just say that Utah should be called the “show OFF” state. It’s like a proud peacock strutting around with all it’s gorgeous desert and canyons!
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A storm brewing somewhere in Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
A few scenes behind a gas station near the border of Utah right before we crossed over into Colorado. (I think those are wild turkeys:)
And this is how Colorado welcomed us! We had literally been in the state of Colorado for about 30 minutes when we came across this rainbow and we both decided it was a good time to stop driving so we checked into a motel, found a local brewery and grabbed a beer and some food, and called it a night.
Mesa Verde, Colorado
Somewhere between Durango and Silverton, CO
Camping in Colorado
We rented a jeep for a couple of days while we were in Colorado and did lots of exploring:)
After we left Colorado, we started making our way back to Memphis. Lucky for us that part of the journey back home took us through New Mexico, the land of enchantment. We were in a bit of a hurry to get back at this point so we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her on this trip but we did get to take in lots of her eye candy though. Here is just one of the many views we saw along the way.
And now it’s time to start planning your next adventure! The road is calling so get out there!!!
Kim Miller, owner of Ramblin’ Rose Photography, is a travel photographer specializing in travel photography, Memphis boudoir photography and Memphis newborn & family photography. Simply put, she loves photographing people & places.