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Utah National Parks

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation Reservation

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After three wonderful nights in our cabin on the Colorado River in Moab, we packed up and headed south to continue our adventure. On the way to our overnight in Keyenta, Arizona, we entered the Navajo Reservation to travel through Monument Valley.

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.

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Posted by rpickett 15:53 Archived in USA Tagged monument valley

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