Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is another intriguing and incredibly weird place. Even from far away, it looks foreign to the landscape; like aliens might have put it there.

We began our tour (after deciding taking a hire car on sand roads was a bad idea) at lunchtime, and it was hot. So beautiful though, and closer up,  you start to resolve the Mesas into shapes. For example, the Mittens:

I was keen to come here, but perhaps not as much as my OH, who has seen a lot of Westerns in his time. Also, according to Wikipedia, this was where Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run. It has been a long time since I saw that film.

Anyhoo, the Valley is also populated by Navajoes - we saw none except our guide for the tour, I don't think you're really allowed anywhere near where they live - and beautiful wild horses, here trying hide against a similarly-coloured rock.

We had a good long tour and covered a lot of ground, and saw many vaguely familiar sights - here is the Totem Pole:

Overall, a brilliant day; I would recommend a tour as you can cover more ground (and don't write off your hire car!). Only advice is to check what timezone they're on here, it can be different to the rest of Arizona and Utah. And remember your sunscreen!

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