Monument Valley State Park Off The Beaten Path

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    The Chief – another formation in the rocks

    by Trekki Written Sep 12, 2005

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    the Chief :-)

    I don’t know if this is really the name of that rock formation within Monument Valley (on Thunderbird Mesa) – but I simply called him “The Chief”, as it resembles a native american, looking to the right side.

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    Natural Bridges National Monument Is Also Nearby

    by George_Close Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    One Of The Natural Bridge Formations

    Situated high on Cedar Mesa, Natural Bridges National Monument shelters three massive stone bridges carved by nature from white Cedar Mesa sandstone. Intermittent streams have cut two deep canyons and the bridges from stone formed from what was once the shore of an ancient sea. Trails descend from Bridge View Drive to each of the bridges. A longer trail meanders along the canyon bottom through oak an cottonwood groves, connecting the three bridges in one loop hike. The park is powered by the sun and the solar array is a worthwhile stop. The scenic Bridge View Drive circumnavigate the park and is open year-round from sun rise to sunset. Overlooks along the drive allow views of each of the bridges. Natural Bridges National Monument is on Highway 95 which intersects with Higway 261.

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    Valley Of The Gods

    by Karnubawax Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Not far from Monument Valley - on the other side of the border and the other side of the freeway - is a place almost as spectacular. It's called the Valley of the Gods. It's like a smaller, greener version of Monument Valley inside of a giant gorge. Unfortunately, I had just enough time to do a little exploring right before dusk, so I didn't get any good pictures. If you are planning on doing 2 days at MV, you might want to make one of them a trip here instead.

    A few cautions - the road, while paved, has some very severe dips and gullys and should not be attempted by any vehicle over 18 ft. long. Also, you'll want to keep an eye on your gas gauge, as filling stations are few and far between. There are no services available anywhere inside the valley, though I think there may be a primitive campground.

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    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

    by sim1 Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Monument Valley


    I was surprised to see these sheeps and the sheep dog crossing the road.

    The Navajo still live in Monument Valley.
    History of Monument Valley : Human occupation is severely limited in hot and arid environments such as Monument Valley, but archaelogists have recorded more than 100 ancient Anasazi sites and ruins dating befor A.D.1300. No perennial streams run through the valley today, and the climate is virtually the same now as it was centuries ago.

    Like other areas in the region, however, the valley was abandoned by the Anasazis in the 1300's. No one knows when the first Navajo settled in Monument Valley. For generations however, Navajo residents have herded sheep and other livestock and raised small quantities of crops. Monument Valley is a small part of the nearly 16 million acre Navajo Reservation, and its residents are but a small percentage of the Navajo population of more than 300,000.

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    If you look at the map above,...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    If you look at the map above, you´ll find a lot more interesting sites in the vicinity. This, too, is Anasazi country - go and look at their cliff dwellings, for instance at Betatakin, learn about their culture and their traditions. Betatakin is very informative.

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    A roundtour

    by sim1 Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    Driving through Monument Valley


    You can have an organized tour through Monument Valley, but I chose for the self-guided road tour I was allowed to take my own car, at my own speed, on this beautiful drive through the rock formations. I found out it did take a lot of time because it is a 17 mile unpaved loop road. You can see on this picture the quality of the dusty red road. My average speed was about 10 kilometers an hour. Especially the first part of the road was bad. But this way I could enjoy the beautiful scenery to it's maximum.

    Monument Valley is territory of Native Americans and you do have to pay an entrance fee. It is not possible to use your National Park entrance card.

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    Elephant Feet by the Roadside

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 20, 2013
    Elephant Feet, Tonalea, Arizona
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    This unique rock formations are just by the roadside and are great for a little photoshoot :) Not sure about the history of these rocks but for sure, they have been there a loooooong time :)

    Address: US Hwy 160, Tonalea, AZ
    Directions:
    On the north side of US 160, either 34 miles east of its junction with US 89, or 16.5 miles west of its intersection with Hwy 98.

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    Look down on Monument Valley from Mulvey Point

    by keithfan Written Oct 3, 2003
    Full Moon Sunset

    Go North out of Monument Valley on UT261 toward Mexican Hat and follow the signs to Mulvey point (Goosenecks). The ride to Mulvey Point takes you straight up the Cedar Mesa with 180-degree switchback turns. At the top you have a spectacular view of Goosenecks State Park and Garden of the Gods with Monument Valley in the distance. a spectacular view. While there take in Gooseneck State Park and ride through Garden of the Gods (approx. 24 miles).

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    Drive to Goosenecks State Park

    by frank_delargy Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Goosenecks State Park

    Head over to Goosenecks State park for a wonderful view of a the San Juan River meandering through 1000 foot deep canyons

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    Sheep

    by sim1 Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Sheep in Monument Valley


    No real need to slow down when you see these sheep cross the road. I was already driving so slow..... the sheep almost went faster than I did :-)

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    Mexican Hat

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Aug 12, 2007
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    Named after the rock formation, this tiny shanty town boasts a river , a trading post and a motel.
    An ice cold beer after the dusty ride thru Valley of the Gods was a godsend!

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