Monument Valley

Monument Valley

The Four Corners region of the United States is the name given to the intersection of four of our states: Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Near Four Corners is where Monument Valley is located, more specifically, the Utah-Arizona border. It’s also on the Navajo Nation reservation. This reservation contains the largest square miles of all our Native American tribes.

You’ll probably recognize Monument Valley right away. It was made famous by the film director, John Ford, and has come to epitomize the American Western frontier, or the Old West or Wild West. You’ll also recognize it from a scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest ends his cross-country run. Here are more of the films featuring Monument Valley: John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956). Easy Rider (1969), Clint Eastwood’s film The Eiger Sanction (1975), and recently the UK television show Doctor Who in the two episodes “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon”.  (Source)

Here is a wonderful video

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  • Monument Valley is on the Colorado Plateau, a vast region which also contains the Grand Canyon in the southwest section.
  • The Colorado Plateau covers 130,000 square miles of parts of the Four Corners states: Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • The vivid red rocks in this valley are a result of iron oxide in the sandstone.
  • Monument Valley is the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. (Source)
  • The valley covers 92,000 acres.
  • The buttes are towering sandstone rock formations that rise anywhere from 400 to 1000 feet above the valley floor.
  • Monument Valley is in high desert country.
  • Some of the most notable sights are Mitten Buttes, Merrick Butte, Three Sisters, Yei-bi-chai, North Window, and the famous Totem Pole. (Source)

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25 thoughts on “Monument Valley

  1. I am intrigued with picture #3. Maybe because I’ve been up all night at the hospital. My husband was in a car accident . But #3 reminded me of a wolf when I first saw it. The structure in the forefront. Maybe I’ve read to many shifter storie,lol.. I love anything Native American.The pics are lovely Caris. Just the pick up I needed !!!!

    • Marie,
      I’m so sorry to hear that your hubby was in a car accident! My prayers are with you both. Hospitals are tough.

      Glad my blog could give you some relief.

      Take care of yourself,
      Caris from Buckeye Arizona USA

      • Thank you so much Caris. I really do enjoy your blogs. I appreciate the time you take to bring us such interesting material and the many beautiful things in nature we often overlook without a second thought.

  2. Breathtaking photos! We passed through here when I was a kid on a road trip and I just fell in love with the area. I made a journey back there in college for a week of hiking and loved it even more. I hope to make another trip there again. It’s such an amazing place!

  3. Totally awesome video. Loved the accompanying music. I enjoy Native American music and it rather fit the scenic views. I didn’t realize Monument Valley was quite so expansive. Impressive. A wonderful way to start the day with a virtual tour of an iconic part of Americana. Thank you.

  4. I love picture #8 with the monuments and the horses drinking water. I’ve never been and that is something I would love to see. All the pictures are beautiful. Amazing that such a stark piece of the country has such beautiful monuments!

  5. I have never been there, but I have seen many of these pictures or similar pictures of it before. In high school one of my art projects was based off a photo of it, I believe it was basically just like photo 7. I did and image of it in water color and ink. I would love visit and living in az it is not hard to get there, it is just hard because I work so much.

  6. cannot fathom the amount of time needed to cut these monuments from the surrounding plateau. it eeriely seems like an alien world in some of the photos

  7. Beautiful photos.
    Haven’t been there, but would like to see it in person someday.

    Although stark looking, it feels very peaceful.

    The colors remind me of Sedona which also projected a feeling of serenity and quiet beauty.

    I detest bringing politics here, knowing this isn’t the proper forum to address this, but being an environmentalist and a preserver of cultural history I just have to mention it.

    Caris, if you have to edit this out I will understand.

    Some of our national monuments are in danger of being reduced and opened for mining, logging, and other development, from the current administration.

    If you want to protect them please contact your reps in Washington. Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke has submitted the list to President T., whom is in favor of commercial development within these areas.

    Presently: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.
    Nevada’s Gold Butte, Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou, also a site in Maine and two sites in New Mexico.

    Frighteningly, this is just the beginning of a more comprehensive plan. I dread thinking of what could be next.

    My apologies if I have upset anyone.

  8. I love photo #7, the way the sun is moving. I have never been there, have always wanted to go to Arizona. I am intrigued and really want to go now.

  9. I love the framing in the second picture, with the black tree. I have seen some of these and have driven through the Navajo reservation too.

  10. I am reading a series of books by R. Allen Chappell and they take place in Monument Valley. The main characters are Navajo and interspersed with the stories is information on customs, culture, and history. They are fascinating books to read and these pictures are enhancing the written words. Thank you.

  11. I’ve never been to Monument Valley. The closest I’ve been is Red Rock Canyon outside of Vegas. Saw some amazing petroglyphs there.

    During that trip west, I also saw the Hoover Dam. Lake Mead, drove in a small portion of Arizona and Utah, and the Vegas Strip. Was in the audience for a one-segment taping for a Siegfried and Roy TV special–no tigers in the segment. This was in the early 90s.

    Denise from Maryland

  12. Thanks, Everyone, for taking the time to share your thoughts. I enjoy reading your comments so much. Everyone has a different take and response and it’s a lot of fun for me to read your reactions to each blog post.

    I haven’t yet been to Monument Valley. DH and I were talking only this evening about making a trip to Four Corners. There are so many amazing sights to see, not just Monument Valley but many others in the Colorado Plateau region.

    All blessings,
    Caris from Buckeye Arizona USA

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