Blogs from Monument Valley, Arizona, United States, North America - page 4


There are places you dream about, either because the setting creeps into your mind as a part of a fantasy while dreaming or because they actually exist but you never think you'll set foot there. That's what Monument Valley was like for us. We had a long day of driving behind us and were planning to overnight at Mexican Hat - named for the rock formation outside town and do Monument Valley the next day. But suddenly there it was, rising up in the distance, the setting of so many movies from John Ford westerns to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was nearing sunset when we drove by and we pulled over to just stare at the sight. We booked a tour with a local Navajo outfitters and it was a smart move because we got ... read more
John Ford Point
Leaving Monumnt

Dad and I got up early (4:30am) and drove down to catch the first sunlight over monument valley, only problem was we left the camera on the table at the house! at least we had a phone to take a picture. our new plan is to load the car the night before if we are leaving early. we've got some video to load later tonight. see ya.... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley April 14th 2011

The trip was getting better and better, especially lately. We left Moab behind and headed to our next destination – Monument Valley. But first of all we stopped off in Natural Bridges National Monument to view 3 bridges that were naturally made. The first, Sipapu Bridge, was nearby the visitor centre, and everyone but Sarah, Zoe and me set off down towards the bridge about 1 km away. The three of us stayed near the van and looked out for the others to appear far below at the viewpoint to see the bridge. Sadly it couldn’t be seen from where we were standing, but I wasn’t that fussed. When the others finally returned, we all climbed in again, and headed to the second bridge, Kachina Bridge. This time I decided to join with the others and ... read more
Kachina Bridge
The Road to Monument Valley
John Ford Point and I

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley April 12th 2011

Dinsdag 12 april Vanmorgen vroeg opgestaan voor een ochtendwandeling, helaas was er teveel bewolking voor een mooie zonsopgang. Maar de wandeling was wel leuk, beetje woestijnachtig, beetje klauteren over wat rotsen (oei, ik heb spierpijn in mijn bovenbenen van de tocht door Antelope Canyon ) en een mooi uitzicht over Lake Powell en omgeving! Na het ontbijt op weg naar onze volgende bestemming! Eerst een +/- 70 kilometer lange tocht langs mooie natuur, heel veel kloven en rotsformaties. Nog steeds zijn we op een hoogvlakte , zo ongeveer 1700m hoogte. De zon gaat weer schijnen en de temperatuur stijgt mee! We maken een stop bij Navajo National Monument, via een pad wandelen we naar een kloof waar aan de overkant een grot met grotwoningen van de Anasazi's te bewonderen valt. Onderweg een gezellig praatje met ... read more
Grotwoning van de Anasazi's
Mountain Valley
Rots tekening van de Anasazi's in Mountain Valley

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley April 10th 2011

Avui ens hem llevat aviat perquè teniem un bon camí fins a arribar al Monument Valley. Hem conduit tot el matí i hem arribat a l'hora de dinar. Hoy nos hemos levantado temprano porque teníamos un largo camino hasta llegar al Monument Valley. Hemos conducido toda la mañana y hemos llegado a la hora de comer. El Monument Valley es una vall que s'extén entre Utah i Arizona. Enmig de la vall s'eleven una mena de muntanyes o "mesas". El nom es donat, evidentment, per els espanyols que van ocupar aquests territoris, només veient la forma ya veieu perquè els hi van dir mesas. El Monument Valley es va crear de manera natural fa millions d'anys degut a erupcions volcàniques i l'erosió del vent i l'aigua al llarg dels segles li han donat la forma que ... read more
Monument Valley
Monument Valley
Monument Valley

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley March 22nd 2011

March 22 Monument Valley In Kayenta at the Best Western. Had to get a high dollar room here yesterday to get out of the dust storm. As soon as the dust storm quit it started snowing. But I've been outside and it is clear and cold now so it ought to be a great day to tour Monument Valley. That's the place you see in dozens of westerns. I'm right here at the entrance to it. I probably won't leave till almost 1100 so that will give the snow or ice time to melt off of the roads. Looks like it will be a gorgeous day ! The dust storm of yesterday stopped when it started raining and then turned to snowing finally later in the afternoon. I had sought refuge in the Best Western in ... read more
Kayenta, Navajo Nation
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North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley November 1st 2010

It was a pleasure to awaken to a crisp clear and still morning - with the sun just darting around one of the Mesas immediately outside our balcony. Beautiful hotel this one - run bu Navajo inside the Navajo tribal area. Great but hurried breakfast as we had booked a tour ofr 8. 45 thinking it was 7.30, and when we got down to breakfast, our guide was waiting there wondering where we were. Now this takes some explaining! To get to Monument Valley, you cross (just) from Arizona into Utah. Then in the 4 mile road to the hotel, you cross back into Arizona. There is (at this time of the year until Nov 7),1 hours time difference between the 2 states. As instructed, we had both adjusted our watches to the correct time. Problem ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley October 11th 2010

For some reason, the long blog I wrote yesterday vanished into cyberspace. So I am just checking in. We will leave Monument Valley after four days of relishing the immense red rocks, remembering the John Wayne movies that were filmed here, and head south into Arizona. We are pretty well satiated with canyons, cliffs, red, Anasazi ruins. We even hope to find a bit of green landscape in AZ; might have to settle for golf courses... Best wishes to all.... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley August 14th 2010

Had breakfast in the hotel (waffles, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, sausage and gravy) and then headed out for the valley. Stopped at an Indian market, which are all along the roads and the boys bought a flute (Steve’s split after 5 minutes,much to our relief) and i bought a necklace. Entry to the valley was $5 each. As you get in there is a brand new visitors centre with a small museum and a huge shop with loads of John Wayne memorabilia. His most famous film shot here was Stagecoach. It inspired lots of talk about cowboys and Indians with the boys and Andy and I relived some memories of playing cowboys and Indians and watching Westerns on TV. Steve wanted to know why we played it and they didn’t but it is all to do with ... read more

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