For me, visiting Monument Valley is up there with Uluru in Australia and Niagara Falls in Canada, you have to see it to believe it. I knew it was going to be a highlight of my trip and I was not disappointed.
We had been up early and weaved our way down from Durango in Colorado with a stop along the way at The Four Corners. This area is the only area in the United States where four states meet, the south-west corner of Colorado, the north-west corner of New Mexico, the north-east corner of Arizona and the south-east of Utah and the perfect place for a obligatory 'I'm sitting in 4 states at once' photo.
Another stop along the way was at the famous stretch of highway that indicates you are well on your way into Monument Valley. This view has been used in many a Hollywood film and the particular spot where the above photo is taken from is pretty much the exact spot where Forrest Gump stopped running and decided to go home!
If you are a John Wayne fan then you may recognise some of the scenery in the photos to follow.
Monument Valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and for a small fee visitors to the area are able to explore the area from the comfort of their own car. We, however, went on a guided tour in the back of a ute which meant we were given access to some areas otherwise restricted. If you are going to the bother of going all the way there, I highly recommend the guided tour.
|Our tour group... Can you spot me?|
Our three hour guided tour saw us weave in and around many of the grand sandstone masterpieces that are spread out as far as the eye can see. The sheer size of the area took me by surprise and my breath away at each and every turn. Our tour ended with a traditional Navajo taco lunch with a monumental view.
Have you been to Monument Valley?
What's your "must see it to believe it" place?
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