Stop number 3 on my trip was Monument Valley. The quintessential Western American landscape, Monument Valley’s staggering bluffs showcase how erosion has created the desert landscape.
Monument Valley is owned by the Navajo people and run by the tribe. The whole feeling of the area is surreal, partially since the scenery has been used in movies so many times.
I was lucky enough to get a wonderful campsite at Goulding’s campground. The campsite was on a hill looking into the valley through a crack in the rocks. This is the view from my campsite as the moon rose. Goulding’s was a wonderful campground that I was able to get that day, for a reasonable price. Staying in the park takes much more planning and money. If you’re interested in Goulding’s check out their site here http://www.gouldings.com/campground/
All of these next ones are from sunrise that next morning. I wish I had a better view of scale for you to see, but the formations are huge. You can see a few cars driving on the road that loop through the park. I didn’t enter the park, seeing as how I drive a mini… and the road is quite rough. However from my vantage point I could see all of the main structures like the two mittens.
While most photographers choose to work around the light rings, I enjoy seeing them in the frame, distorting and amplifying the strength of the sun.
What an amazing place and a wonderful solo experience. The desert air, and the color palette of the area are mystical and unlike anything else in the United States. Monument Valley is right by the Four corners, an area which holds so much rare beauty.
“A desert is a place without expectation” – Nadine Gordimer