If the allure of the desert is calling you for a scenic adventure, consider an earthy bae-cation/mini honeymoon or even bachelorette trip. Luckily some of the most beautiful landscapes and wonders of nature are right out west. For many, it all started with Solange’s New Year's glamping extravaganza, or perhaps it's the idea of a meditative engagement with nature that has piqued your interest in a desert honeymoon. You don’t have to spend all summer on a beach (although that doesn't sound too bad either). Here are seven gorgeous desert locales for a totally insta-worthy honeymoon!
1. Havasu Falls (Supai, AZ)
A waterfall on Havasu Creek with a gorgeous main chute and a series of bright turquoise plunge pools, Havasu Falls is located in the Grand Canyon, just a short drive from Las Vegas.
Where to Stay: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
2. Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Joshua Tree is known for its distinct rock formations, such as the Giant Marbles, its namesake Joshua trees, and its cactus-dotted grounds, which straddle the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. The highest peaks in the park provide panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. Be sure to check out the natural pool at Garth's Boulder Gardens.
Where to Stay: Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs
3. Hamilton Pool Preserve (Austin, TX)
Hamilton Pool is a natural jade green pool and waterfall surrounded by a collapsed grotto, created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. This will be a summer swim you won’t forget!
Where to Stay: Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin
4. Marfa, TX
Marfa is a west Texas arts hub with very chic camping grounds; you may recognize it by the Prada Marfa pop art exhibit (which is Beyoncé-approved Instagram-worthy). Be sure to check out the Chinati Foundation, the Judd Foundation, and of course, Prada Marfa.
Where to Stay: El Cosmico, Marfa
5. The Narrows at Zion National Park, UT
The Narrows is a gorge of the Zion Canyon known for it’s distinct cream, pink, and red sandstone walls that stand a thousand feet tall. A stream of the Virgin River (about twenty to thirty feet wide) runs at the base, and the guide-led hike in the river is an incredible experience.
Where to Stay: Amangiri, Canyon Point
6. Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)
Camelback is a totally hike-able mountain overlooking Phoenix. Named for its shape, resembling the hump and head of a kneeling camel, many choose to hike and rock climb to the top to get that overlook shot.
Where to Stay: Omni Resort at Montelucia, Scottsdale
7. White Sands National Monument, NM
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is a picturesque expanse of stark white sands against the bright blue sky. The most beautiful sight may be these sands against the setting sun, which often leaves behind a lavender or pink hue, and makes for a mystical experience.
Where to Stay: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Bernalillo