Friday, December 4, 2015

The Utah Saga: Deep into Monument Valley

Cue "Horse With No Name" by America, please.

So I had to pull off this quick detour between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. I had heard of Monument Valley and remember seeing it in typical old cowboy movies. This, is quintessential wild west: Monument Valley (or officially known as the Oljato-Monument Valley) on the Utah/ northeast Arizona border line. Worthy of a stop, take HWY 163 south from Mexican Hat through San Juan County and enter Navajo Reservation land to see stratospheric burnt mesas and rocky buttes rising up across 28.7 sq. miles of desert plains. A slight wind makes it even more lonely. Monumental towers of the earth are hidden somewhere in those low laying rain clouds. Time to get back on the road to reach Natural Bridges National Monument before sunset and the storm roll in. On ward.