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Today I want to inspire you to get out and photograph hidden secrets of the desert. You can usually find mining towns, oases and Native American ruins in the Southwest. Arizona has many Native American ruins that are hidden or that blend in with the environment, and when you find one…it is really a “wow” moment.

Here are a couple of places to start off. Check out Montezuma’a Castle. You cannot enter the ruin, but there is an amazing visiting area so you can learn about the exhibit.

Montezuma’a Castle

Next to the castle, is the Montezuma’s well.  Do not just stay at the top to observe, walk down the stairs and you will see hidden ruins to the right, which are amazing. You can see how they built their homes inside a small cave.

If you have time, check out Tuzigoot National Monument it’s next to Jerome.  I wrote a brief posts with images about Jerome. Check that out here.

Now if you really want to see some hidden secrets, do some hiking and talk to locals in the area. The first time my husband and I visited Sedona, Arizona a local told us of an old Native American ruin on the side of a large hill. We hiked up the hill and was a tad harry at times, but it was so worth it. The second time we visited Sedona, we were prepared for the hike with food and equipment. It was such an amazing experience that I had to share it with you.

Here is a fun pano stitch. I have not processed this photo, but for me it is still a fun shot.

Unprocessed pano of our favorite Indian Ruin.

This is the one I will print for me and Kevin. This is a special find and I am happy to share it with you.

Indian Ruin Pano Fun

Our special place.

One more thing…pay attention to the rock art. There are tons of petroglyphs hidden everywhere!


I alway like to hear from you, so if you have any fun hidden secret photography locations to share with us, please feel free to add them to the comment section.


Janice Sullivan
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Just a quick shout out! I use a lot of A.D. Wheeler’s tools and figured I’d share his link with you to help bring out your creative spin to your images. 🙂

A.D. Wheeler’s Cool Stuff



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