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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 Cheyenne Mountain & Pike's Peak, CO

[1]

Cheyennemtn 0126
D
Daybrink Daybrink Lake Powell, UT

[2]

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

[3]

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

[4]

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

[5]

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

[6]

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

[8]

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

[9]

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

[11]

Bridal-Veil-1

Unnamed locations in game

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

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 the city off the map.
  • Eagle Canyon is drastically pushed southwards, even south of Lake Powell

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
  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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