Friday, May 16, 2014

The Grand Circle

The Grand Circle is a beautiful, vast region located in the Southwestern United States. Many of the areas we are exploring now and have explored previously are part of the Grand Circle. It is one of our favorite areas in the United States.

The Grand Circle encompasses portions of five states – Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. It contains America's largest concentration of national parks and monuments, many of which are connected by spectacular designated Scenic Byways. Some of America’s most diverse scenery can be found within the Grand Circle.

The following map shows the general area of the Grand Circle. Clicking on it will zoom it in a bit - the first link in the list below has a larger version of the map.

The national parks in the Grand Circle include Arches National Park (UT), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (CO), Bryce Canyon (UT), Canyonlands (UT), Capitol Reef (UT), Chaco Culture Center (NM), Grand Canyon (AZ), Great Basin (NV), Mesa Verde (CO), Pecos Nat'l Historical Park (NM), Petrified Forest (AZ), and Zion (UT).

There are also national monuments, 29 Scenic Byways and a number of state parks. For more information and maps, click on the following links

Also in the Grand Circle are a few more of our favorite places that are located on the Navajo Reservation. These include Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. The following link has a map of these places and has further information.


  1. Hey, I had a great time reading your website. Do you have an email address that I can contact you on? Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.



  2. It's nice to hear that you're on the road again. You visit so many great places and Sue does a most excellent job of blogging. Our problem is that we have seriously enjoyed almost everyplace we've been, and want to return to most of them, Alaska, Newfoundland, U.S. National Parks, and of course Mexico. Gottta make some tough choices as our traveling years are getting shorter. Travel as much as you can as long as you can.

    Paul and Helen

  3. The Grand Circle...spent most of my life in this circle!