04/05 Page, AZ Day 3 Monument Valley

April 05, 2018  •  3 Comments

Today started very early.  Since I was going to be in both AZ and UT I wanted to be able to deal with the two different times.  UT is on daylight savings and AZ does not go to DST except in the Navajo Nation areas.  Of course that does not apply to Antelope Canyon.  They have decided to keep in step with Page, AZ.  Therefore, yesterday I did not experience a time shift but did somewhat today.  Confused yet?  I sure am!  Anyway, early this morning the skies were pretty overcast so I did not immediately go into Monument Valley but continued on the highway another 21 miles to the little town of Mexican Hat.  This image should tell you how it got its name.  This formation is just northeast of town.

As I was up that way the skies looked like they might cooperate so I headed to Monument Valley.  The first 5 images were taken on the way out to Mexican Hat.  Notice the difference in the skies with the other images from the valley.  After paying my $20 entrance fee I headed onto what they have called the Valley Road.  This takes you past all the iconic formations you are familiar with from the John Wayne movies.  There is even a John Ford point named after the producer of all those John Wayne movies.  At this point there is usually a Navajo who sits on his horse with the formations in the distance.  As I was approaching the point to negotiate a photo opportunity the guy was riding off the point.  When I told him what I wanted to do and offered him $5 to pose he told me that the signs were wrong and I would have to pay $20.  Well that didn't happen! Anyway, it was a wonderful day in the valley and here are some images so you can get the flavor of what I was seeing and photographing.  I will be going to bed tonight with a smile on my face I think.  The last image is of Horseshoe Bend at sunset.  The phone did not do the scene justice, but still the sunset was less than spectacular.

Tomorrow I head for my second national park of seven for this trip.  Zion NP is in Utah as are 4 other parks I will be visiting.  Only 154 miles to go so I can make a later start since I can't check into the RV park until noon.


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Dave Randolph Photography
Yes, that is the famous Horseshoe Bend. Apparently a must see in China. Hopefully you can see this image which is from my grownup camera.

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Jim(non-registered)
I have been in Monument Valley - love your photos. Is the last photo the same bend in the river you posted earlier? Be careful, some grizzled old fart with a boony hat keeps creeping into your photos.
Rick(non-registered)
In my opinion, you got some great shots. Keep up the good work and continued good shooting conditions! Been kind of busy the last couple of days so this is just a quick peek to see if you really are photographing the park!
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