Introduction

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park. The Arizona-Utah border runs about through the middle. We were guided into this rugged country by first-rate Navajo guides with 4-wheel drive vehicles. Abby and I were alone with our guides, visiting areas not seen by group tours which are usually limited to a short 14-mile tour.

Our journey into Mystery Valley was especially exciting for us. This is a large region within Monument Valley which is visited less often by tourists. In Mystery Valley we traveled over vague tracks, rock, and sandy soil. Driving mile after mile, up and down on these rough indistinct paths, the experienced guide knew exactly where we were and where we were going.

Although the landscape is sometimes desolate, at other times the mesas, rocks, and arroyos are filled with brilliant colors seemingly beyond imagination but actually very real.

I hope my photographs convey some of the feeling of wonder that we experienced in this unique natural world with its remnants of an ancient Anasazi civilization. next

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