visit to monument valley

A look at Monument Valley!

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One thing that we love about the high plateau of Williams and Flagstaff is the fact that the summer is very mild.  Travel two hours in any direction and you come down from the plateau into 100+ degree weather.

This week, we decided to bite the bullet and head for the amazing vistas of Monument Valley.

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Yes, it was 102 degrees in the shade.  But we have to tell you that the adventure was totally worth the extra heat!  If you have never gotten the chance to see Monument Valley in person, be sure to add it to your bucket list.

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Monument Valley is about a four hour drive from Williams.  Heading pretty much due north, it is just across the Arizona/Utah state line.

Monument Valley is characterized by vast sandstone buttes, many reaching over 1,000 ft above the valley floor.  It is located almost entirely on the Navajo Nation Reservation.  

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The drive was a long one.  Once we went down into the valley, we passed from the pine tree forests into the hot desert.  It wasn’t long before we started seeing red rock in the distance.

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visit to monument valley

Because it was going to be a very long day, we decided to take the dogs with us.

Seems that they are not as easy to impress as we are.  They spent the entire journey in the back of the car with the air conditioner running.

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 Look familiar at all?

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since as early as the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, including Stagecoach, starring John Wayne.

To many, this is what the old west represented.

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