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Monument Valley Vista

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MONUMENT VALLEY VISTA

Monument Valley is known for providing the most definitive and enduring images of the American West. A vast sandy desert surrounds the region’s isolated red mesas and buttes and has been featured in numerous movies, advertisements, and holiday brochures. Although the area might seem familiar, even on a first visit, the natural colors are soon evident — just as bright and deep as those in all the pictures.

The valley is not typical but rather a wide, flat, sometimes desolate landscape interrupted by crumbling formations that rise hundreds of feet into the air. These formations are the last remnants of the sandstone layers that once covered the entire region. The Valley is also the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. With towering sandstone rock formations, surrounding mesas, and flat top buttes that have been sculpted over time, the Valley is undoubtedly one of the world’s natural wonders. Landmarks in the Park include The Mittens and Merrick Butte, Elephant Butte, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, and Camel Butte. The mittens (east and west) are the most famous monuments in the valley and are worth visiting. However, this sacred Navajo valley has so much more to explore.

The view of Monument Valley from the Visitor’s Center is the one that most people are familiar with. The East and West Mitten Buttes get their names from how both formations resemble two gigantic mittens rising from the desert floor. When you stop to see this pair of buttes, you’ll also have a great view of Merrick Butte, just to the south of the two Mitten Buttes. The triangle shape formed by the rocky giants makes it seem they were placed there on purpose. The trio stands in beautiful symmetry that you rarely see in nature. At sunrise or sunset, the view couldn’t be better.

Location: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints