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Here are the five winning shots from Via's Adventure Photo Contest. Each reader receives a $500 AAA Travel gift certificate. 

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Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon and Havasupai tribal lands in Arizona, picture
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Photo: Nick Hatamiya

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.


wild mustangs settle an argument at Cold Creek in the Spring Mountains in Nevada, picture
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Photo: Ken Trimble

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.


two dogs on granite overlook at Fallen Leaf Lake with Lake Tahoe in background, picture
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Photo: Thomas Leung

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.


Angels Landing at Zion National Park in Utah, picture
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Photo: Candace Kato

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.


coastline view facing south at Big Sur in California, picture
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Photo: Ryan Enrico

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.