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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Located on the southern border of Utah, MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK is a region of the Colorado Plateau, characterized by a cluster of vast and iconic sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The Valley lies within the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway #163. The Navajo name for the Valley is Tse' Bii' Ndziagaii - Valley of the Rocks.
The Valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered Cutler Red siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks get their color from manganese oxide.
Monument Valley has been featured in many films, such as Western by director John Ford ( #4 Overlook is named after him).
Near the entrance to the Park is a Visitor Center, with rest rooms and a large souvenir shop. Visitors pay an access fee of $5.00 U.S. per person which allows you to drive through the park on a 17-mile (27 km) unpaved dirt road. Parts of Monument Valley are only accessible by guided tour, such as Mystery Valley and Hunt's Mesa.
I was soooo looking forward to see Monument Valley for myself as I have heard and read so much about it. For sure, I was not disappointed. It was all and more than I anticipated

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A spiritual place with absolutely stunning views
  • Cons:The unpaved dirt road sucks
  • Last visit to Monument Valley State Park: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2009
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Wow, you've capturred some great photos here Lori. Like you I loved Monument Valley, and you've really done it justice

  • betska's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    Just had to come back for a quick peek at some of these wonderful photos.......I am so excited to think that I might see some of this scenery next year. Wow.......unbelievable!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Lori, fantastic page with brilliant shots of all these monuments. By the way: Hotel George in Lviv is really lovely. You will definitely enjoy it.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Lovely pages, Lori! My husband and did a 2-hour horseback ride here and I'll never forget it. You'll never see "She wore a Yellow Ribbon" quite the same way again, will you??!! :)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    You have admirably described the monuments and great scenery here. Those roads are really washboard rippled around Utah, I found out the hard way on some. Great presentation of wonderful desert area.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    I have never enough of stunning Monument Valley! We did both a self guided tour and a guided one! We enjoyed both! You have excellent pictures that reminds our own visit. I have a half built page breewing but so many newer from other places...

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    Amazing photos and a very interesting page. I'm with you on the pay-for-view.

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Once you're there, you can't stop taking pictures. Really awesome!!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    The self guided driving tour sounds like a good way to see this amazing and beautiful landscape!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    That picture taken from artist's point is hauntingly beautiful -- glad you and Hansi enjoyed MV and it is really an enchanted place...great pages and well-written! Norman :)

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