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This is a list of the most significant or striking real life locations used in the setting of Horizon Zero Dawn.  For additional locations see Real World Location Info.

General Location

Horizon Zero Dawn is set in the states of Colorado and Utah, parts of northern Arizona and a very small part of Montana in the United States. Colorado is predominantly Nora territory. Utah is predominantly Carja territory.

The Frozen Wilds DLC added the Banuk territory, The Cut, to the HZD map. The Cut is based in the state of Wyoming in the United States, specifically in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Named Locations

Horizon Location Real Life Location
A
All-Mother Mountain & Proving Grounds All-Mother Mountain.jpg Cheyenne Mountain & Pike's Peak, CO

[1]

Cheyennemtn 0126.JPG
D
Daybrink Daybrink.jpg Lake Powell, UT

[2]

Lake-Powell-Utah.jpg
Devil's Grief Devil's Grief.jpg Denver, CO

[3]

20160324 Denver Skylinep1-1.jpg
Devil's Thirst Devil's Thirst.jpg Colorado Springs, CO

[4]

1200px-CC COSPRINGS.jpg
Devil's Thirst Bandit Camp Explorer Museum.jpg Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

[5]

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, in the old El Paso County Courthouse, Colorado Springs, Colorado LCCN2011631819.tif.jpg
H
Hollow Fort Bandit Camp FW Hollow Fort Bandit Camp.jpg NCAR Mesa Laboratory, Boulder, CO

[6]

National Center for Atmospheric Research - Boulder, Colorado.jpg
Hollow Hall FW Visitor center.jpg Old Faithful Visitor Education Center RL Old Faithful Visitor Education Center front.jpg
M
Meridian & Alight Meridian-0.png Eagle Canyon, UT.[7] Eagle Canyon.jpg
I
Icerasps FW Grand teton range.jpg Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, WY RL Grand Teton Range.jpg
R
Red Echoes Red Echoes.jpg Red Rocks Amphitheatre

[8]

800px-Aerial view of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, January 2013.jpg
Ring of Metal Ring of Metal.jpg Denver Stadium

[9]

800px-Invesco Field at Mile High satellite 2004.jpg
S
Shattered Kiln Bandit Camp Shattered kiln bandit camp.jpg Provo Utah Temple, Provo, UT 1200px-Provo Utah Temple 4.jpg
Sunfall Sunfall and Bryce Orbital.jpg Bryce Canyon National Park, UT, possibly Bryce Amphitheater[10] Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Inspiration Point 0663.jpg
T
The Cut / The Frozen Wilds DLC FW The Frozen Wilds Screenshot 2.jpg Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, and possibly Shoshone National Park, WY. F4a2807004.jpg
Two-Teeth Bandit Camp Two teeth bandit camp.jpg Bridal Veil Falls Powerplant in Telluride, CO

[11]

Bridal-Veil-1.jpg

Unnamed locations in game

Horizon Location Real Life Location
Air Combat Academy VP 1 Air Combat Academy.jpg Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO 1024px-USAF Academy Chapel 2.jpg
Ancient Statue in Devil's Thirst Ancient statue in devil's thirst.jpg Pikes Peak Range Memorial Statue in Colorado Springs, CO Pikes peak range memorial statue.png
Arch SE of map FW Roosevelt arch.jpg Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, MT RL Roosevelt Arch.jpg

Inconsistencies

These are discrepancies between the game map and a real world map.

  • The Red Rock Amphitheater is not located directly across from the city of Denver, but southwards.
  • Lake Powell isn't located directly south of Bryce Canyon.
  • Grand Teton & Yellowstone national parks aren't located just north of Denver, but rather to the extreme north.
  • The game pushes the Provo Temple southwards, and completely deletes Salt Lake City off the map.
  • Eagle Canyon is drastically pushed southwards, even south of Lake Powell.
  • The Air Force Academy (including the chapel) is northwest of downtown Colorado Springs, but is depicted as being south/southwest in the game. 

References

  1. Coordinates shown after clip of Aloy, viewed from Olin's focus after Erend's speach, while she was in Mother's Heart from before The Proving: Horizon Zero Dawn™ 20180224174400.jpg
  2. Lake Powell vantage point
  3. Extrapolated from Denver Stadium and Sterling-Malkeet Amphitheater vantage points
  4. Colorado Springs vantage point
  5. Explorer Museum vantage point
  6. See picture comparision here and on in-game location's wiki page
  7. Eagle Canyon]] vantage point
  8. Sterling-Malkeet Amphitheater vantage point
  9. Denver Stadium vantage point
  10. Extrapolated from Bryce Orbital vantage point. It is possible Sunfall is another location in BCNP but the amphitheatre seemed a likely candidate.
  11. Bridal Veil Falls vantage point
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