Our Trip to the West Coast of America 2015 travel blog

Monument Valley

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David our guide with tour jeep

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Graham keeping things steady!

Ruth doing her best also

Leaving the hotel at 8am it was quite chilly with lots of snow on the ground. We drove along the South Rim road, catching glimpses of the canyon behind the pinyon juniper trees.

We stopped at Desert View Visitors Centre where more spectacular views were awaiting. After yet more photos, then it was time to leave the unforgettable Grand Canyon behind.

Driving along the Kaibob National Forest, into the Navaho Reserve the landscape changed again. Homes of the native Americans were dotted along the desert road, often with no running water. As they know how precious water is, the natives use less than a third of other people.

We stopped for lunch at Goulding Trading post, not long after we entered the famous Monument Valley. This area has been used for numerous film locations, including westerns starring John Wayne. More recently TV ads have used the area for car advertising. The natives receive the royalties which supports the income where around 40% are unemployed.

Again the structures have been named, often after the shapes that can be seen from some angles, or after people: El Capitan, The Owl, The Cube etc

We took a jeep tour around the formations for a closer view and photo opportunities. We came back covered in the red dust of the road but with many more photos, a few very dodgy ones as we tried to take them while going over very bumpy roads. The surprising element was snow - the most snow for 20 years fell a couple of weeks previously and was in evidence. The local schools were closed and the tracks were too muddy for the children to be picked up from them far out areas.

The border between the states of Utah and Arizona cut through the area.

Once more we had to leave the area and move on to different scenery, further into Utah and the town of Page for our next overnight stop.

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