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Photo shot from the visitor center at 19:00PM with polarizer and -1/3expo.
Scanned from Fuji Superia Reala DIA

Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies, adverts and holiday brochures. Because of this, the area may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit, but it is soon evident that the natural colours really are as bright and deep as those in all the pictures. The valley is not a valley in the conventional sense, but rather a wide flat, sometimes desolate landscape, interrupted by the crumbling formations rising hundreds of feet into the air, the last remnants of the sandstone layers that once covered the entire region.
The area is entirely within the Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah/Arizona border; the state line passes through the most famous landmarks, which are concentrated around the border near the small settlement of Goulding.
The view from the visitor center (PHOTO)is spectacular enough, but most of the park can only be seen from the Valley Drive, a 17 mile dirt road which starts at the center and goes south east amongst the towering cliffs and mesas, which include The Totem Pole, an oft-photographed spire of rock 300 feet high but only a few meters wide. The road is very uneven and difficult for non 4 wheel drive vehicles - it is perhaps deliberately kept in such a state to increase business for the many Navajo guides and 4WD jeep rental outfits.

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