Monument Valley is a tribal park administrated by the Navajo Nation. Like Canyon de Chelly, much of the park is seasonably inhabitied. Access is restricted to a self-guided road tour, unless you hire a guide or join a tour group.
|The Mittens - Jenn came out to visit me and Louise in 1994, and accompanied us on a short trip through some of the parks on and near the Navajo reservation. That's her in front of one of Monument Valley's most filmed attractions: the Mittens Buttes.|
|Jenn and me ignoring the magnificent butte behind us in favor of a little clump of broom snakeweed growing in the sand. Such is the inherent perversity of the human animal. Of two of them, anyway.|
|The Sisters - three slender spires of sandstone, typical of the formations in the valley.|
|Cloud shadows slide across the desert plain.|
|Louise and Jenn scramble across the talus of a butte.|
The main entrance to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located almost on top of the Arizona-Utah border on highway 163. For lodging, I'd avoid the inflated hotel prices; Goulding's Monument Valley Campground is situated in a beautiful red-rock setting, and is much more reasonable. For food, I recommend the Golden Sands restaurant in Kayenta, about 24 miles south of the monument. This is where Louise and her friends used to eat when she worked as a park ranger at Navajo National Monument (20 miles southwest of Kayenta).