Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park



Monument Valley Tribal Park is located within the larger area of Monument Valley (Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii in Navajo). From the visitor center, you see the world-famous panorama of the Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte. Monument Valley has been the setting for many movies, especially the westerns of director John Ford. His favorite actor was of course John Wayne. There is an admission fee to drive the 17 mile dirt road through the Park. Better yet, you can take one of the Navajo guided tours for a narrated cruise through parts of the Park not accessible from the road.



Entrance Sign


Shaggy Goats


The Mittens (1995)


The Mittens and Merrick Butte (1995)


Monument Valley in the rain


Entering Monument Valley


West Mitten, East Mitten, Merrick Butte (2007)


The Mittens (2007)


"Three Sisters" formation


Monument Valley


John Ford's Point


Blacks Horseback Trail Rides


Monument Valley


Susie Yazzie braiding hair


Inbreeding - not good


Sheep Jester


Monumental Sheep

Totem Pole and
Yei Be Chei formations


Ear of the Wind Arch


Ear of the Wind Arch


Monument Valley


Bighorn sheep petroglyphs at the Sun's Eye


Monument Valley


"The Thumb" formation

The North Window
Monument Valley


Gnarly Juniper


Monument Valley


Bonus - Monument Valley High School Homecoming

I happened to be staying at Gouldings Lodge in 2007 the same weekend that Monument Valley High School was having its homecoming parade. The high school's mascot is the cougar and the school colors are purple and gold if you can't tell from the photos below.



Homecoming 2007


Homecoming 2007


Homecoming 2007


Homecoming 2007


Homecoming 2007


Homecoming 2007

Shopping area at Gouldings Lodge
Grocery Store, Gas, and Laundromat


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