Monument Valley

“It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep. “– Old West Proverb

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Arizona and Utah near the Four Corners area is a prominent feature on the Colorado Plateau of the Southwestern United States.

The park, sacred to the native Navajo people is truly spectacular and unique thanks to the dramatic buttes and other rock formations jutting into the sky.

The buttes, along with cowboys and covered wagons are probably the most iconic symbols of the old west.  In fact the director John Ford used the area as the setting for many of his classic westerns.

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There are two options to view the park-drive your own car or pay a substantial fee for a private or group tour, both of which include a very rough circular road, which runs through the park. This road is the only option for most people, as the tribe doesn’t allow hiking other than a few feet away from the road.

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11 thoughts on “Monument Valley

  1. Nice photos! Particularly the sunset one. There is something really beautiful about the light out here. It seems to go from super flat to POW stunning! I can’t wait to go see this.

  2. I’ve really been enjoying your site. It looks as though we’ve had a lot of similar travel experiences, though I’ve only been blogging about mine for the last 3 months.

    You’ve got some great pics! How long have you been into photography? What kind of camera do you use? Because I’m not all that good, I’ve always been hesitant to lug around the extra weight of a DSLR. Just bought myself a an Olympus TG-3 with a zoom lense, so maybe this will be a baby step for me. If you have any pointers on where to start, I’d love to hear them.

    One tiny bit of feedback – when I originally looked at this post, it was from my phone and it was very hard to view well. I had to keep moving the screen back and forth. You may wish to tweak this or find a theme that works better across different platforms.

    1. Thanks for the feedback-I’ll look into the possibility of changing themes or tweaking that, so it works better on mobile devices.

      I use a Nikon D-40, which I’ve had forever. I’d like to change to a newer one or at least a better lens, but keep putting that off.

      Tips, I’d say to watch the light-it’s cliche, but true, the light is everything. I don’t really mess with the settings while taking photos, but wait until I get home and do that during the editing process in Lightroom!

      Happy blogging!

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