Here are the five winning shots from Via's Adventure Photo Contest. Each reader receives a $500 AAA Travel gift certificate.
1. Havasu Falls
"After backpacking along a switchback trail and miles of canyon floor, I heard the thundering crash of water— and was rewarded with a breathtaking view of Havasu Falls. The bluegreen water in the middle of the hot Arizona desert is a magical oasis." —Nick Hatamiya, Live Oak, Calif.
2. Spring Mountains
"At Cold Creek in the Spring Mountains, I was lucky enough to capture these two majestic mustangs doing battle for dominance. Nevada has the largest population of wild horses in the United States, and there is a herd right outside Las Vegas." —Ken Trimble, Henderson, Nev.
3. Lake Tahoe
"I took my dogs Trevor and Katie on a full-day, eight-mile hike up to a granite outcropping overlooking Fallen Leaf Lake. That's Lake Tahoe off in the background." —Thomas Leung, Concord, Calif.
4. Zion NAtional Park
"We recently took a family road trip to southern Utah. This shot is from the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. The 1,488-foot rock formation provides a spectacular view, but it is not for the faint of heart: Only a chain guides you on the narrow path with sheer drop-offs." —Candace Kato, Vacaville, Calif.
5. Big Sur
"We went to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., in May, when the late spring heat mixes perfectly with ocean breeze. On a day trip to Big Sur, we saw this spot and thought, What a great place for a picnic!" —Ryan Enrico, Clovis, Calif.
This article was first published in Fall 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.