We would love to welcome you to the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley. While here, you will experience one of the most majestic – and most photographed – points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, and when the angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, the scenery is simply spellbinding!
Monument Valley was created as material eroded from the ancestral Rocky Mountains, and was deposited and cemented into sandstone. The formations in the valley were left over after the forces of erosion worked their magic on the sandstone. A geologic uplift caused the surface to bulge and crack. Wind and water then eroded the land, and the cracks deepened and widened into gullies and canyons, which eventually became the scenery you’ll see on this sojourn. Natural forces continue to slowly shape the land – it is a testament to the ever-evolving beauty of nature.
The tranquility of the land, culture, and traditions infuse the valley with a uniquely Navajo flavor. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. You cannot help but thoroughly enjoy this beautiful land.
On this Interlude you will experience spectacular sunrises and phenomenal sunsets. Your time at the Goulding’s Lodge provides scenic views from every room and the Lodge has terrific amenities to offer the traveler. Who could find fault with a place that provides an unparalleled view of Monument Valley? The view from the Hill House is simply fantastic. The restaurant is really good and there is a very nice trading post with Indian jewelry, rugs etc. It is essentially an historic motor lodge built on the spot of an even more historic trading post. The motel has been recently fully updated and provides an authenticity to this unique adventure. The Goulding’s Lodge Trading Post & Museum is a great stop if you’re interested in the movie history of the area. The building is the original trading post that Harry and ‘Mike’ Goulding built a few years after they first arrived in Monument Valley. Part of the museum is set up like the old trading post, another part is filled with movie memorabilia, and the upstairs- which was originally the Gouldings’ living quarters- is still set up with their furniture and some of their belongings. I think you’ll find this fascinating. When you visit Monument Valley and experience the land of the Navajo you will discover its unique qualities and gain an appreciation of both the land and its people.
Monument Valley is only a small fraction of what you can see and do on this wonderful escorted tour. Arizona, Las Vegas, and some of the most beautiful lands of Utah are part of this western adventure. Please review the attached itinerary and make plans to join us. The Canyon land is incredibly beautiful and you really don’t want to miss it!
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