Photo essay – Images of Monument Valley

Photo Essays — By on September 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

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.


Monument Valley

The iconic view of Monument Valley.


Monument Valley

Two of the famous Mittens.


Monument Valley

A different angle on the rock formations.


Monument Valley

Another view of the desert landscape.


Monument Valley

A closer view of the Mittens.


Road to Monument Valley

The freedom of the open road on the way to Monument Valley.



Photo credit: All photos by Bob Riel.

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1 Comment

  1. Sue says:

    fabulous photo – I feel like I’m on the open road myself (hopefully one day soon, I WILL Be!)

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