Wednesday, August 05, 2009
A Picture of the Wild Wild West?
Monument Valley, Utah
Monument Valley was one of the places we visited in our Grand Circle Spring 2009 trip. We did not really stay here, instead, we just explored the area for maybe about 4 hours. From Page, AZ, ( where we had a grand time exploring the slot canyon in Antelope Canyon ) we drove North to Moab for Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Between Page and Moab, is Monument Valley. How amazing it is to be able to see different landscape sceneries, all beautiful in their own right in just short distances. I really recommend taking the Grand Circle tour for those who have not tried it yet. The Grand Circle includes Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell, and many more attractions! Just many more! We did the Grand Circle twice already, yet we still have not visited all its amazing parks and attractions. I have featured some of them already in my earlier posts ( you can check the links that will bring you to my earlier posts if you want to take a glimpse of the places). When we came back from our spring vacation trip, I did not really get the chance to feature all the places since I got distracted with all the amazing wildflower blooms in San Diego, which sadly, spring ended, I also was not able to feature all the wildflower fields even :( Then, summer vacation came, and I had too many pictures to share from our 9 days summer trip to Klamath Circle of Parks. I have not also shared all the places yet that we visited from that trip. Too many places, too many pictures, that a lot of the times, like Ratty, of The Everyday Adventurer, Icy, of Reach Beyond Limits, and Ayie, of JIF Photo Journal, what takes me long to make a post is to select which pictures to share first :( So, now, I thought of going a little back from our last spring vacation.
Three Mittens, Monument Valley
Perhaps, the place may look familiar to most because Monument Valley has been a popular location for a Wild Wild West and science fiction theme. Movies such as Back to the Future III and TV appearances such as McGyver had used this place for location.
There are parts of Monument Valley (the beautiful ones you often see in pictures such as National Geographic) that are accessible only by guided tour, but we did not take the guided tour since we find it expensive, and there are other places we still have to explore which are free. Instead, we just pay the entrance fee and did our own tour which is a total 17 miles loop drive, passing through different formations.
Three Sisters, Monument Valley