The mittens! Elephant Butte! Three sisters! John Ford's Point! Camel Butte! Totem Pole! North Window! These are all interesting rock formations you can see along the Valley Drive at Monument Valley in Arizona. The 17 mile gravel road is in poor shape at the best of time. Although I initially tried to drive it myself, I quickly turned around after seeing the state of the road. I would not subject my rental to that road. Fortunately, the Navaho provide guided tours of the route in high clearance vehicles. A word of advice. Tell them the 75$ fee is too expensive. I did, and as I walked away someone came running to me to say that, "for me", I could have the tour for 50$! Go figure. This valley is the site of hundreds of movie productions. Many, many earlier westerns, as well as some more recent movies such as Back to the Future III, the recent Lone Ranger movie, and even Clint Eastwood climbed one of the spires in Eiger Sanction. You may recognize some of the formations from some of these movies; particularly perhaps the scene from Forrest Gump where he decided just to stop running. "I'm pretty tired now.
I think I'll go home". That scene was shot on highway 163. In my first picture, I am driving on highway 163 South toward Monument Valley when the picture was taken. In the movie, Forrest was running North away from Monument Valley but at that exact location. I googled it!
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