On my day off I was still feeling under the weather but didn’t want to waste a beautiful day in bed. So I decided to take a drive to Monument Valley in Arizona. Muley Point is an amazing viewpoint that few people know about. At the top of the dugway a five mile gravel track leads southwest through BLM land to the Muley Point overlook, where I found a spectacular 360° panorama of Monument Valley, Goosenecks of San Juan River, Valley of Gods and Glen Canyon on the very right side. It is unbelievable that Utah and Arizona can offer so much beauty and variety at the same time.
I drove on through Mexican Hat and onto Monument Valley. There are some places that just take your breath away when you see them and Monument Valley is one of them. Monument Valley is simply one of the most spectacular and iconic sites in the Southwest, a relatively flat plateau of dramatically formed red-rock mesas and buttes, canyons, and free standing rock formations.
In dozens of films stretching back almost a century, Monument Valley has stood as a symbol of the American West. The twin buttes of Monument Valley (“the Mittens”), the “Totem Pole,” and the Ear of the Wind arch, among other features, have developed iconic status. They have appeared in many television programs, commercials, and Hollywood movies including Forest Gump and many westerns.Cinematic travelers have crossed Monument Valley by stagecoach, horse, motorcycle, foot and by wings (The documentary Winged Migration was shot in Monument Valley). Many visitors to the park have said that they loved Monument Valley even more than Grand Canyon. And now I can see why.
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