Heading down dead-straight Highway 161 towards the backdrop of Monument Valley’s broken crags, you might well get the feeling that you have been this way before. And in films, you have – this classic Western scene of unremitting desert scattered with the great, lonely fists of red rock known as “Mittens” has seen many a cowboy and stagecoach ride by.
You can take a horse or go on a tour to reach those places that are off-limits to those on foot. For an authentic touch, consider staying in a hogan – a traditional home of the Native American Navajo people.
Monument Valley, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Utah-Arizona state line, near the Four Corners area. The valley is a sacred area that lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation, the Native American people of the area. Wikipedia