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Oct 8, 2012 - Monument Valley

We left Moab behind after 10 days and headed to Monument Valley, Utah which is actually on the Utah/Arizona border and is rich Navajo country. I don't mean rich monetarily, but rich in culture, history and spirit. We are staying at Goulding's Monument Valley Camp Park. A little spendy here at $44/night less Good Sam Discount, but a nice park. We planned to stay for three days and decided to take a guided tour of this area. This would let Dale enjoy the sights and not have to drive. There are many tours to chose from, but we chose the all...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Monument Valley, UT

/// September 28, 2012 Cortez, CO. Later this morning we will be leaving Cortez, CO on a haul of approximately 125 miles to Monument Valley, UT. We plan to stay at the Goulding Resort for two nights while we tour Monument Valley and enjoy what I am anticipating will be an authenic John Wayne experience. // Later: Our route today took us south on Hwy 491, West on Hwy 160, North on Hwy 41 to Utah where this route turned into Hwy 162 to Mexican Hat. Road conditions today were less than favorable. Traffic was light unitl we got closer to...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Monument Valley

Monument Valley. It's hard to find one word or a single photo to describe this area. Spectacular, awesome, beautiful, take your pick. It's one of the most photographed sites in western America, seen in dozens of movies, TV commercials and advertisements. Most of the rock formations are easily recognizable from the various media but to travel thru this sacred Navajo valley is somewhat humbling. Easily the most favorite movie set for John Ford, it was also tops on the list for John Wayne, Henry Fonda and more recently Johnny Depp filming the...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Natural bridges and goosenecks

On the road again, sans RV, north toward Natural Bridges National Monument. The day started somewhat cloudy with infrequent showers. After looking at the maps we decided not to run over to Hovenweep but take the shorter trip to Natural Bridges. We sort of backtracked from the route we took from Moab but knew when we first passed we couldn't drive some of these roads with the Winnebago but we could with the Vue alone. We passed thru Mexican Hat, UT again and were able to photo the town's namesake formation just off the road. A sign along...

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Sep 11, 2012 - Navajo nation

A quick entry today, primarily due to very slow wifi service. We made the drive from Moab to Monument Valley in just a little over three hours, once again bringing out the ooh's and ah's around every turn. Passing thru Mexican Hat we crossed the San Juan River canyon, a very steep canyon area but little water in the river. Like most of the West they are still experiencing drought conditions. However, the weather was changing and looked like rain most of the way. Thirty miles away we could see the rain falling on Monument Valley. It looked...

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Sep 4, 2012 - Monument Valley, Navajo Reservation 4 September

Stopped at Horseshoe Bend for a short hike and photo stop. Then drove onto the Navajo Reservation which is the largest native American reservation in the United States. Our hotel is in Kayenta. Before checking into our hotel we lunched at the Amigo Cafe. Food and service was excellent. Everything on the res is owned by the Navajo people. We drove into Monument Valley and had guide take us around the Navajo village. Just before we were to start the tour we had a thunder storm. Apparently it is the monsoon season. The tour lasted about 2...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Monument Valley

De Page a Monument Valley UT Distance paarcourrue 124 milles Campground Gouldings RV Park Je coucher 2 soirs Il n'y a aucun campground affilié a Passport et je dois me résigner a payer le gros prix mais le paysage en vaut la peine: le parc est situé entre deux montagnes de roches rouges de Monument Valley. En faisant les recherches du voyage j'avais vu ces montagnes rouges qui s'élèvent a intervalle irrégulier dans cette immense plaine désertique. De les voir en face de soi, on demeure bouche bée... les termes spectaculaire, fantastique,...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Monument Valley

This morning I took Goulding's three and one half hour Monument Valley Tour. They are located approximately 48 miles south of the Cadillac Ranch RV Park in Bluff, UT where I am staying. The tour started at 9AM and ended at 12:40PM. They take you into parts of Monument Valley that is only accessible by taking an authorized tour. It was a pretty bumpy ride in places and warm but well worth the tour cost. Water is available at all times during the tour. Some amazing sights. The last photo in the group is Mexican Hat Rock, located just north of...

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May 24, 2012 - Monument Valley, UT

Today, we left Durango around 07:00 for a nice drive to Monument Valley, UT of around 175 miles. Very little wind today, but tomorrow on our trip to Grand Canyon will be another story-forecast is very bad with high wind. We are going to get up early and try to get there before noon. Anyway, back to Monument Valley. We are staying at Gouldings RV Park which is right in the middle of the valley with hugh red sandstone all around. Very, very pretty. We took a tour with a native Navajo guide of the valley. You could almost see John Wayne and...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Monument Valley Tribal Park

Friday April 27 Monument Valley Tribal Park A beautiful sunny day and we head out for a 100 mile drive to Monument Valley on the Arizona/Utah border. The air is much cooler and windy, but the afternoon becomes a sunny solar day for our panels on the roof of the RV. It was amazing how miniature we felt in our car near all of these monuments. As we drive the 17 mile loop in our car among these giant monolith stone mesas, buttes, and towers; our dinner cooks in the RV with solar power. The campground here is now closed temporarily so we drive...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Guided Tour of Monument Valley

Monument Valley is considered one of the natural wonders of the world because of the beauty of the enormous "monuments" of stone that have evolved from nature. Many people state that is or could be one of the 8th wonders of the world. If it is not ,then it should be. Our tour will take us on the 17 mile dirt road loop through the best rock forms in the monument and where John Ford and a young actor named John Wayne, made so many of their western movies. Although many other movies have been filmed in the area, tourists consider Monument...

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Mar 12, 2012 - Monument Valley ,Utah - March 12-14

Nothing can describe the feeling you have when you come over a ridge and Monument Valley is the total view from east to West and all around. Perhaps the only camera to catch it would be an IMAX camera. We are staying at Gouldings Lodge & RV Resort because of their location and the many tours offered . Ed says being here just for a couple of hours has brought him complete calm and relaxation.It must be so because when we pulled in and had almost finished setting up he discovered the sewer connection in the ground was plugged .Found this by...

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