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Craggy red rocks house ancient cave dwellings. Sudden dust storms materialize out of thin air. The American Southwest forever conjures images like these. Hungering for a firsthand account, we enlisted adventure photographer Cole Rise, armed with a camera and the new Discovery Sport, to undertake a thorough investigation.

MILE: 01 | Sedona, AZ

“Had a chance to hike the canyons in Sedona for a bit, just before the weather turned nasty... mothball-sized hail certainly quickens your pace to the nearest tree. “ – Adventure photographer Cole Rise.

MILE: 06 | Sedona, AZ

“The view from seven canyons, camera flat on the moonroof, looking towards the remnants of a nasty hailstorm that beat us to a pulp while exploring ancient Native American cave dwellings. I heart Sedona.” – Adventure photographer Cole Rise.

MILE: 12 | Coconino National Forest, AZ

Seeking shade under a rocky outcropping in Boynton Canyon.

MILE: 20 | Coconino National Forest, AZ

The natives are restless. Fortunately, Cole managed to negotiate safe passage for all aboard the Discovery Sport.

MILE: 80 | Tonto National Forest, AZ

Cole takes the new Discovery Sport for a mud bath while off-roading near Tonto National Forest.

MILE: 170 | Apache Junction, AZ

“Found an old ghost town 170 miles south of Sedona, just beyond Superstition Mountain. Didn’t find any gold or get to toot the train horn, but the view was mighty fine.” – Adventure photographer Cole Rise

MILE: 182 | Apache Junction, AZ

Adventure photographer Cole Rise steps out of the Discovery Sport to explore an old Arizona ghost town on foot.

MILE: 378 | Imperial, CA

“You have to try this. Got to Imperial super early & had a few hours to kill before sundown, so we had some fun in the dunes among the buggies and dirt bikes... in the middle of nowhere... on a weekday! Still finding sand in the strangest of places.” – Adventure photographer Cole Rise.

MILE: 550 | Ocotillo, CA

The sun has yet to fully set, but the stars are exceptionally eager in Ocotillo, California, where Cole’s journey comes to a close beneath a heady sky.