DVA Winner from the American Southwest
Award winning contributor and drone pilot hails from Phoenix, Arizona in the Southwestern USA. This epic aerial film showcases the beauty of the western United States, seen from the perspective of a drone. "Perspective" was a winner at the 2017 AirVuz Drone Video Awards, taking the honor in the Landscapes category. Prepare to be mesmerized by his "Perspective" of the great American West, one of the most popular videos ever uploaded to AirVuz.
Moab, Utah by Autel EVO
Moab Canyon is actually a series of canyons and related geological marvels created by the Colorado River in southern Utah. Named after the biblical area of Moab in Jordan, the area around Moab Canyon has become a huge magnet for outdoors-seekers of many stripes, ranging from rock climbers to Jeep drivers, as well as for big-budget movie makers. In this video, you'll get an aerial look at marvelous Moab shot on an EVO drone, produced by its maker Autel Robotics.
Burning Man Concert in Nevada
Burning Man is an annual multiday concert and personal discovery event held in the desert of Nevada in the western USA. It began in the mid-1980's in San Francisco, switching to a desert location the next decade. The modern era Burning Man see tens of thousands of attendees, many of whom camp in the desert during the run of the event. Contributor Memmi used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to fly over the Burning Man grounds, treating us to this amazing aerial video.
Other-Worldly Southern Utah
What would it look like to land on Mars? This Drone Video of the Week Nominee and Drone Video of the Month Staff Pick by petemaj23 shows us what he imagines a lone astronaut would see and feel. The deserts of southern Utah are the perfect backdrop for his short, experimental narrative, shot with a DJI Mavic Air, about what life would look like on another planet. This video was picked as a Finalist in the Originality category for the second annual Drone Video Awards.
DVOW Nominee Video of Moab, Utah
Contributor Hayden Kast explores the legendary Moab area of Utah in this video, which was nominated for the Drone Video of the Week in March, 2019. Moab is located in the southeastern part of Utah. It's a series of canyons laid out across an iconic-looking desert landscape and interspersed with spectacular rock formations, often drawing comparisons to the Grand Canyon to its southwest. This video was shot outside of the the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, which are off-limits to drones.
Monument Valley, Arizona
Monument Valley, which spans the Utah-Arizona border in the Southwestern USA, has some of the most spectacular rock formations in the world. In this 18 second drone video, you will forget all abouth them. Watch as contributor Rick Ray Films captures a "cowboy" sitting on his horse overlooking this spectacular expanse of desert in the heart of the great American West. In just over a quarter of a minute, you will experience the feelings which drew a mighty nation westward.
Around Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the world's most improbable cities. Nothing in the physical environment of southern Nevada would suggest that a city of 2 million would rise there some day. In this video, top contributor AttilioRuffoPhotography took the opportunity to show this surrounding area. He gives us some epic aerial footage of nearby Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire, and Hoover Dam, whose construction during the Depression years was the spark that lit what became modern Las Vegas.
Sedona: Midway to the Grand Canyon
Getting to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix, Arizona by car is a long haul - almost 375 km (about 220 mi). For those seeking spectacular rock formations on a day trip from Phoenix, Sedona is a good alternative - it's about half the distance, easily achievable without an overnight stay. As you'll see from this awesome drone video by Keith Thompson, the famous Red Rocks of Sedona are amazing sights, comparable in their own way to the Grand Canyon further north.
The Rocks of Moab, Utah
In this video, PK Productions flies his DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone over Moab Canyon in southern Utah, a state i the Southwestern USA. The canyon is known for its gigantic rock formations. The other-worldly look of the canyon, and its resemblance in places to the Grand Canyon, have made it one of the go-to spots for movie shooting locations. Among the well known movies which had scenes shot in Moab Canyon are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Thelma & Louise (1991).
Abandoned Cars in the Nevada Desert
The strangest sight in the great western USA state of Nevada isn't actually in Las Vegas, as you might expect. Rather it's a spot in the desert called International Car Forest of the Last Church, where abandoned cars have been "planted" into the ground in various orientations and covered in graffiti. Located in Goldfield, NV these "sculptures" are the work of some very creative modern artists. Contributor 60 Seconds filmed the ICF with a drone to prove that this actually exists!
Driving around Southern Utah
The western USA state of Utah is one of the most varied in terms of landscape. The northeast corner of the state is in the heart of the Rocky Mountain system - it looks like Colorado. The southern part of the state couldn't look more different. Contributor John Stinnett spent a day driving around southern Utah with a DJI Mavic Pro drone, giving us some epic bird's eye views of this very arid and mysterious looking land in the heart of the mythical American West.
Aerial Views of America's Southwest
Inspired by a book he read about the colonization of Mars, Peter Franc shot this Drone Video of the Week finalist in the Southwestern USA. The video was compiled from footage assembled from three states - Arizona, New Mexico, and the southwestern portion of Utah. Here are found the USA's deepest canyons and gorges, as well as some of its most unusual rock formations. All are on vivid display in this remarkable drone video, which was shot across several hundred miles/km of the great Southwest.
Tucson's Mt. Lemmon
Check out this DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone video of Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona, compliments of contributor azgeek. It's the highest peak in the Santa Catalina range which runs through the northern part of Arizona's second largest city. The mountain has a peak elevation of almost 2.8k meters (about 9.2k ft.) above sea level, making it one of the highest in the entire Southwestern USA. The mountain hosts a ski resort which reportedly averages about 500 centimeters (200 inches) of snow per year.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The almost 2,000 miles of red rock canyons that surround the Colorado River are one of the most heavily toured parks in the county. See its magnitude and beauty in this drone video by emanuele. *Flying in the Grand Canyon or any other National Park in the United States is illegal. If you or your company would like to fly in these areas, you must contact the proper authorities.*
Aerial Views of the Nevada Desert
Set in the heart of the Southwestern USA, Nevada is really two states (three if one includes Reno) - a largely empty desert, and Las Vegas, one of the country's most dynamic cities. In this video, contributor Fujibara uses a drone to show the "two Nevada's" in one video. Starting with aerial shots of the Las Vegas Strip, it transitions to areas just outside the city, showing the stark contrast between these two planets.
Dronie from Dead Horse Point, Utah
Wrenee, aka Queen of the Dronie, took this epic drone selfie shot off of Dead Horse Point, in southern Utah. It's part of the Moab Canyon area in southeastern Utah. This area has been a go-to shooting location for moviemakers for decades, due in part to its similarity to the Grand Canyon. The spot where this video was taken was the filming location for the opening scene of Mission: Impossible 2 (1999) in which Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is seen scaling a giant rock face.
Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake
Check out this remarkable drone video of a famous sculpture built into the shores of the Great Salt Lake, Utah, compliments of contributor Dewey_Drone. The Spiral Jetty was built by an American sculptor named Robert Smithson. completed in 1970, the sculpture spans a lenth of over 450 meters (about 1.5k ft.). Its construction was documented in a film produced by the Smithsonian. It is situated on the shore of the lake, the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere.
New Mexico's Mighty Shiprock Formations
Contributor Azgeek created this epic drone video of Shiprock, one of the world's most recognized rock formations. It's situated in northwestern New Mexico, near the four corners area where the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all come together. The rock is a volcanic plug which rises just under 500 meters (about 1.6k ft.) above the desert floor. Known as the Winged Rock by the local Navajo Native American's, who consider it sacred.
Arizona's Roosevelt Dam
The Theodore Roosevelt Dam is located in Arizona, in the Southwestern USA. The dam, which is primarily for irrigation and flood control, was built in the early 1900's. With a height of over 100 meters (350 ft), the spillway moves up to 4,300 cubic meters of water (150k cu ft) per second. Contributor RusselKriz85 used a drone to create this amazing aerial video of the structure, which is a protected landmark.
The Red Rocks of Sedona
You could argue that there are no colors quite as lovely as the ones that can be seen in the hills surrounding Sedona, Airzona, United States of America. The rich crimson and blood orange of the red-rock buttes and steep canyon walls, blended against the deep plums and cobalt blues of the distant skies are something to behold. Sedona is located about halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. See it for yourself in this gorgeous 4K aerial piece by Dave Yip.
Colorado River: Waterway of the American West
The Colorado River is one of the principal waterways of western North America. It rises in the Rocky Mountains, and runs over 2.3k km to discharge into the Gulf of California in northern Mexico. Its course carved out some of the world's most well known canyons, including the Grand Canyon and the Black Canyon, the site of Hoover Dam. In this video, you'll get a great aerial view of the river flowing through Moab in southern Utah, compliments of PK Productions.
Southern Utah and Colorado
Top contributor Hayden Kast created this stunning drone video showcasing the natural beauty of the Southwestern USA. The video features footage from the area around Zion National Park in southeastern Utah, the Valley of the Gods and Mexican Hat in southeasern Utah, and Durango in southwestern Colorado. Lying to the south and west of the Rocky Mountains, these desert and semi-arid landscapes are home to some of the country's most amazing canyons and rock formations.
The Sonoran Desert
The United States and Mexico share two deserts, both of which are amongst the world's 15 largest: the Chihuan and Sonoran Deserts both straddle the two countries' long border. The Sonoran covers about 300k square km (around 120k square mi.) in the states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico on the USA side and Sonora and Baja California on the Mexico side. In this drone video by AZGeek, you'll get a look at the Sonoran Desert just northwest of Tucson in Arizona.
Arizona's Superstition Mountains
Check out this beautiful drone video of Arizona's Supersition Mountains, compliments of contributor cward360. They are situated just east of Phoenix, and draw heavily from the 3+ million who live in its metropolitan area. The highest mountain in the range is Supersition Mountain, which has a peak elevation of about 1.55k meters (around 5k ft.) above sea level. Most of the mountains are part of the Federally-designated Superstition Wilderness Area.
Reno's Mt. Rose Summit
Mt. Rose Summit is a pass through the Carson Mountains near Reno, Nevada. The Carson's are considered a spur (a type of extension) of of the Sierra Nevada range of eastern California and western Nevada. With an altitude of about 2.7k meters (about 8.9k ft.), it's the highest pass through the Sierra's which is open year round. You can see this beautiful spot in the winter in this stunning drone video of the pass by contributor pnoymavic30.
New Mexico's Scenic Railroad
Katie.j11 created this awesome bird's eye look at the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway in New Mexico. The narrow-gauge historic railroad runs just over 100 km (around 60 mi.) between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico in the Southwestern USA. Famously, the railroad was the filming location for a chase scene in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the third installment of the Indiana Jones series which was a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Arizona's Coal Mine Canyon
Located only 70 miles from the most well-known canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon, Coal Mine Canyon is a remote gem in southwestern U.S.A. Bordering the Hopi and Navajo Indian Reservation, you can see in this drone video why this Arizona canyon is nearly just as worthy of recognition as the epic Grand Canyon. From the gorgeous sunrises to the vibrant red sunsets, tglass0000 does a marvelous job capturing the natural beauty of the landscape.
Snow Canyon, Utah
Check out this stunning drone video of a canyon in the Southwestern USA welcomes the Spring. Snow Canyon is located in Washington County the southwesternmost county of Utah. Snow Canyon and its "sister" canyon West Canyon sit in the Snow Canyon State Park. The video was created by contributor Allan Crawford. The canyon is notable in part for its fabulously colored rocks, which are part of the Navajo Sandstone formation that covers huge tracts across the region.
Boat Chase on Lake Powell
While the southwestern USA isn't typically associated with aquatic recreation, it does have a number of great boating lakes. One of these is Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River which straddles the states of Arizona and Utah. While Powell was created for flood control and hydroelectricity, it also makes for some epic boating. Witness this spectacular drone video by contributor pk productions chasing a "Supersports" boat across this aquatic paradise.
Phoenix and Scottsdale Drone Reel
Check out this amazing drone reel of the Phoenix, Arizona area, compliments of contributor Axlfro. This desert city has been one of the fastest growing urban areas in the USA for decades. With only about 65,000 residents on the eve of World War II, the Phoenix metropolitan area is now home to over 4 million and is the principal city of the Southwestern USA. The video features aerial footage of work done around the Phoenix area, including Camelback Mountain and nearby Scottsdale.
St. George, Utah
Utah has some of the most diverse set of landscapes of any USA state. While the northeastern part of the state is covered by the Rocky Mountains, its southern and southwestern parts are lands of spectacular deserts, canyons, and other-worldly rock formations. In this drone video by contributor robinsaville, you'll get a bird's eye view of the area around St. George, in the southwestern corner of the state. Situated near the borders with Arizona and Nevada, St. George sits at the northern end of the great Mojave Desert.
Flagstaff's Chocolate Waterfalls
Most people don't associate Arizona with waterfalls; this may be the reason why a waterfall system near Flagstaff may be the state's best-kept secret. The Grand Falls is located about a half hour drive from Flagstaff in the Painted Desert. The falls sports a total height of 56 meters (around 185 ft.). The mud content in the water yields a dark brown water, earning the falls the nickname Chocolate Falls. You can see this natural treasure from above in this drone video by contributor Nteschler.
Droning America: Phoenix
In this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz heads to sunny Phoenix, Arizona. She meets up there with award-winning drone pilot Jay Worsley, who hails from the great city in the American Southwest. Together they explore the greater Phoenix area and the surrounding desert, capturing the highlights with Jay's DJI Phantom 4 drone. Highlights include shots of Camelback Mountain, some of the area's famous golf courses, and some great shots of downtown Phoenix.
Droning America: Las Vegas
Las Vegas, located in the desert of Nevada in the Southwestern US, is a most improbable city. What has sustained the city almost since its beginnings has been legalized gambling, mostly in the form of huge casinos which line the Strip south of downtown. In this episode of Droning America, hostess Angie Avestruz gives us a bird's eye view of Vegas and the surrounding desert.
Profile of Jay Worsley
In this episode of Drone Dish, host Tyler Mason caught up with the award-winning drone pilot Jay Worsley, who traveled from his home in Phoenix to the New York City Drone Film Festival, where one of his entries was a finalist. Jay's videos of the Southwestern USA's spectacular landscapes are some of the most popular videos on AirVuz; his classic "Perspective" won the "Landscapes" category in the first annual Drone Video Awards, and "Ethos" was selected as a Finalist for the second.
Profile of Fujibara Films
After using GoPros to capture video for years, Dominick Anskis, of Fujiabra Films, started flying drone around 2 years ago. He says he was inspired to do so on a trip to Las Vegas because he was tired of his work not having any type of depth perception. Now, he's been around the world - from Utah to Japan, Canada to Iceland and more - with his drone! Check out this episode of The Drone Dish to hear more from Dominick and why he loves to fly.