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    Mittens

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    The most popular formationss in the park are the "mittens", so called for its resemblance to gloves only with separation of the thomb. They are seen from the visitor centre, but the inevitable guided tour will lead you along a dirty road, with a navajo explaining you the obvious, and, with luck, the not so obvious.

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    The power of movies

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    How will it be possible that a place where we had never been, so far from home, so different from our natural landscapes suddenly seems so familiar?

    "Movies", is the answer.

    That's the greatest attraction of the park: being physically backed to our memories built by John Ford and other giants.
    And then, enjoying the dusty landscape.

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    Tse Biyi Yazzie and Hunts Mesa

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    Tse Biyi Yazzie is a series of mesa's that consist of several beautiful formations and its sits north of Hunts Mesa, which is at a elevation is 6,365 feet above sea level. Hunt’s Mesa is a popular place for photographers and many beautiful natural arches are located here.

    Latitude: 36.893056 Longitude: -110.071667

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536

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    Three Sisters

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Three Sisters climbs to 5,722 feet (1,744.07 meters) above sea level. Three Sisters resemble three catholic nuns dressed in habits. They are a group of thin pinnacles, eroded remnants of a narrow ridge extending southwards from one corner of Mitchell Mesa. We were there late in the afternoon, so it was a little hard to get a good shot because of the sun. Still it was wonderful to see all of Gods art!

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Camel Butte

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    During our journey it was fun to driving along and take in all the sights of the beautiful buttes and mesas. I wondered who officially named each landmark. Camel Butte climbs to 5,614 feet (1,711.15 meters) above sea level. It did not look a camel so much, but from the east side you can make it out better. As a mentioned before, it is not until certain shadows falls upon them that there feature stand out more.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Mitchell Mesa

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Known as Agathla Peak too, it climbs to 6,575 feet (2,004.06 meters) above sea level

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    John Ford Point

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    My dad loved to watch westerns and war movies. I use to watch for hours old movies with him and found out my love of old movies still carries with me. My favorite and my dads, was John Wayne movies. So to be able to finally see this magnificent wondrous scenery was one of my things to see in my life time. I can remember all the old westerns that John Ford especially loved to use this area as his backdrop. How grand and wondrous. The Searchers is one my favorite, as well as She wore a Yellow Ribbon.

    Here are some movies filmed here: In 1939's Stagecoach through Cheyenne Autumn in 1964, those magnificent seven, which also include My Darling Clementine (1946), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956) and Sergeant Rutledge (1960).

    Yet, the one still scene that for me that stands out is when John Wayne stands in the door way with the Monument Valley in the back drop and he turns and walks away. There will never be a cowboy like him ever again.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Mitchell Butte

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Mitchell Butte was named after Ernest Mitchell another of Kit Carson soldiers serving under him. He too was killed for attempting to mine for silver in the sacred area. This formation is nearest to the entrance road on the right. You can see this formation even more up close on the Wildcat Trail. Mitchell Butte climbs to 6,165 feet (1,879.09 meters) above sea level.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Merrick Butte

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Merrick Butte was named after James Merrick one of the soldiers serving under Kit Carson. He was killed for attempting to mine for silver in the sacred area. This formation is nearest to the valley drive and seen right away by visitor center. You can see this formation even more up close on the Wildcat Trail. Merrick Butte climbs to 6,076 feet (1,851.96 meters) above sea level.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Thunderbird Mesa

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Thunderbird Mesa climbs to 5,525 feet (1,684.02 meters) above sea level and is named for the mythical creature whose form has been etched into the side of the rock by the forces of nature.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    East Mitten Butte

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    This one is the other most recognized formation since it is nearest to the valley drive and seen right away by visitor center. It stand a little farther in the distance, but you can still it since this formations are so huge. You can see this formation even more up close on the Wildcat Trail. East Mitten Butte climbs to 5,594 feet (1,705.05 meters) above sea level.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Rain God Mesa

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Rain God Mesa climbs to 5,932 feet (1,808.07 meters) above sea level. Rain God Mesa was a platform for "medicine men" to pray for rain. Supposely there is a burial ground on top.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    The Hub

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    The Hub climbs to 5,413 feet (1,649.88 meters) above sea level. The Hub looks like the center of a wagon whell, it also is the geographic center of Monument Valley.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    North Window

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    One of the most picturesque spots that is a favorite of visitors and can get kind of crowded. It is framed by Elephant Butte and Cly Butte. It frames East Mitten Butte, Castle, Bear/Rabbit, and Stage Coach Rock.

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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    Yei Bi Chei

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Yei Bichei climbs to 5,325 feet (1,623.06 meters) above sea level. It is a holy figure among the Navajo people. Distinguished Navajo men dress as Yei-Bi-Cheis and dance for healing purposes in a very sacred nine day ceremony called the "Night Way Ceremony". the Yei-Bi-Chei rock formation appears to have a line formation of several different Yei-Bi-Chei dancers. They are unique and beautiful!

    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    P.O. Box 360289
    Monument Valley, UT 84536
    tel: 435.727.5870
    fax: 435.727.5875

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