Monument Valley & the Navajo People

Trip Start Aug 16, 2013
Trip End Sep 03, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, August 23, 2013

With only a short drive to Monument Valley today, we enjoyed a full breakfast with the exception of Tamara who wasn't included in the room rate! We took our time before leaving about 11 and heading towards Kayenta.

After a quick coffee and burger in Kayenta and a look round a Navajo village museum, we headed the 22 miles to monument valley. This is within the Navajo Tribal Nation.

We paid $20 to enter and after eyeballing our hotel - The View, we entered the valley and a 17 mile loop through the famous landscape featured in films such as John Wayne in Stagecoach. This was amazing and the cameras got heavy use. Lightning was seen around us but we only got caught in the rain briefly.

We stopped and spoke to a Navajo family, including the Grandmother (Shima Sani) who is the most important person in any Navajo family. They make a living selling hand made jewellery and souvenirs. Son rides his horse and stands on an overhang made famous by John Wayne (see photo). They also let tourists sit on the horse for $2 a go (see photo's)

The terrain was sandy and rugged with some cars struggling with the ruts. Not us in our large SUV (see video)

After 3 hours we were back at our hotel, The View. It is owned and operated by the Navajo people. Every room has a balcony with spectacular views of the valley (see photo's)

A visit to the Trading Post shop on site provided us with the usual purchases of fridge magnet, bookmarks and local ornaments. Tamara wanted a genuine arrow, but we thought we would have a problem with airport security, so she settled for an arrow head on its own.

We saw a great sunset and had a simple supper on our balcony.

The alarms are set for 6:40 to hopefully see a unique sunrise.

Distance travelled today 137 miles

Total distance 899 miles
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fairygodmother on

These are postcard pictures for sure. Giddy up Tamara.

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