|Monument Valley Icons: Left Mitten, Right Mitten and Merrick Butte.|
We're in Monument Valley, first christened "Valley of the Rocks" by the Navajos who have inhabited this valley for centuries. To protect this one-of-a-kind landscape, camping is now prohibited and vehicle travel is restricted.
|Gary tosses a tumbleweed in front of Camel Butte|
in Monument Valley's backcountry.
|I'm walking the sand dune to listen for|
sighing breezes through Ear of the Wind's portal.
|Gary stands in the alcove below Sun's Eye (top photo)|
and plays his drum while singing a song taught him
by his grandfather. The haunting melody and soulful
Navajo lyrics echo off the walls while a raven squawks overhead.
|And… "It's a wrap!" People and horses congregate on John Ford Point,|
the perfect location for director Ford's famous long shots, which framed his
characters against the vast,harsh and rugged natural terrain of
|Our open-air touring vehicle.|
Goulding's Lodge conducts a variety of daily tours of the valley.
|Monument Valley straddles the Utah/Arizona border.|
This view is the approach from the north on U.S. Rte. 163 in Utah.