If you had to choose one iconic image of the American West it may very well be Monument Valley, which is a popular backdrop for still photographs, Western movies and car commercials. Its prevalence in popular culture, however, doesn’t lessen the impact of actually seeing Monument Valley. This dramatic landscape of red buttes and mesas is sacred to the Navajo people and is located in a tribal park on the Utah-Arizona border, a few hours away from Moab, Utah; Cortez, Colorado, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Here is a photo essay that takes a look at Monument Valley from a few different angles.
Photo credit: All photos by Bob Riel.