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Monument Valley

Monument Valley, Known world-wide, is the quintessential western landscape and the location of many movies. To the Navajo people it is home. The best way to see the valley and the stunning scenery, is to take a tour with a native guide. Guided tours leave from the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park visitor center or from Gouldings Lodge. Visit the original trading post, see the film "Earth Spirit" eat at a table with a view, see a Navajo weaver at work, and visit the movie museum. Gouldings Lodge offers all amenities, the park headquarters offers a visitor center, restaurant and lodging.

Monument Valley was created as material eroded from the ancestral Rocky Mountains, and was deposited and cemented into sandstone. The formations you see in the valley were left over after the forces of erosion worked their magic on the sandstone. A geologic uplift caused the surface to bulge and crack. Wind and water then eroded the land, and the cracks deepened and widened into gullies and canyons, which eventually became the scenery you see today. Natural forces continue to slowly shape the land. Park Info