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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley is not a national park or even a national monument, but is a park occupied and run by the Navajo tribe. It is the scene of many John Wayne movies, having that iconic "wild west" image of large buttes and mesas jutting up out of seemingly endless desert country. We took a guided tour run by a Navajo guide so that we could access areas not open to the public. This yielded more photo opportunities and gave us a bit of a historical overview of the area. On the first morning after our arrival, we were greeted by a big snowstorm that dumped about three inches of snow by noon and dropped the visibility to near zero. Fortunately, our scheduled tour was in the afternonn, and the storm passed just in time for us to get the opportunity to photograph Monument Valley with snow. It was a delightful experience! (By the following morning when we left, the snow had almost completely melted.)
Monument Valley Panorama Monument Valley Snowstorm Monument Valley After Snowfall Merrick Butte and Right Mitten Left and Right Mittens Left Mitten
View Through North Window Totem Pole Our Tour Vehicle Sliding Down Mud Path Inside the Sky Eye Indian Pictograph Close-up Rock Sentinels in Early Evening Light