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5 Pretty Awesome Rock Formations In Monument Valley

By on December 28, 2014

On my three-week tour across the USA, Monument Valley was one of our pit stops! I knew very little about the area and the valley itself but little did I know that I was going to be visiting one of the most beautiful tribal parks with some of the most astounding sandstone rock formations I had ever seen!

About Monument Valley

Monument Valley is located on the Arizona-Utah state line in the United States of America (USA). Monument Valley, a vast, open desert region is not only part of the Colorado plateau but it also lies within the range of the Navajo Indian Nation Reservation and Four Corners Movement.

Monument Valley is well-known for its unique sandstone rock formations. The valley’s vivid red colour comes from the iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone.


How Do I Get To Monument Valley?

Monument Valley is accessible by US highway 163, and visitors may enter by paying a small fee and can drive through the park on a 17-mile (27km) dirt road (2-3 hour trip). Parts of Monument Valley such as Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa, are accessible only by guided tour.

On my 21-day “Coast to Coast” tour with Topdeck Travel, a guided tour around Monument Valley is exactly what we did! Our Topdeck tour guide even provided us with our own bandana to shield us from inhaling a lot of dirt! The many highlights of our guided tour in Monument Valley were the incredible rock formations!

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5 Pretty Awesome Rock Formations In Monument Valley

1. The Mittens

If you look very closely at the photos below you will be able to see two mittens, one for the left hand and one for the right hand, hence the Mittens name. Pretty amazing huh?IMG_4373 IMG_4378 IMG_4385 IMG_4382 IMG_4396

2. The Hand

This rock formation is in the shape of a hand, but I also like to think of it as the Hand of Midas!

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3. The Dragon

In this picture I am in fact kissing the dragon! Where my head is, is also the head of the dragon, then the rest of the rock is his body!


4. The Sun’s Eye

To achieve the iconic photo (pictured second below) I had to awkwardly climb up a huge rock in front of The Sun’s Eye, using my lack of good muscles and then I proceeded to stand on the top. The third picture below shows my journey to the top of that rock!

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5. The Three Sisters

No, for those Aussies out there I’m not talking about our Three Sisters in the beautiful Blue Mountains, but the Three Sisters famous in Monument Valley!


and speaking of being famous…

Monument Valley is also famous for being featured in many blockbuster films! Monument Valley was first featured in the 1939 John Ford film Stagecoach and since then has been featured in some of these well-known movie titles:

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Thelma and Louise (1991) with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.

Forrest Gump (1994) with the amazing Tom Hanks and Sally Field – In the movie, Forrest ends his cross-country run here in Monument Valley running along US highway 163 and on our Topdeck tour, our group was lucky enough to visit this exact spot!

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Mission: Impossible II (2000) featuring the legendary Tom Cruise.

Cars (2006) – Monument Valley was featured in this animated film under a different name called “Ornament Valley”.

The Lone Ranger (2013) featuring Johnny Depp.

A Million Way to Die in the West (2014) starring Seth Mcfarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) starring Mark Wahlberg.

Now it’s your turn!

The next four photos I took in Monument Valley are of unique and interesting rock formations; this time it is up to you to use your imagination and creativity and make a guess as to what they might be! There are no right or wrong answers.

What to do:

In the comments section below write either numbers 1-4 (or whichever specific rock formation you are guessing) and then write your answer e.g. 1. a shoe.

Good luck and have fun!









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  1. ashleawheeler

    January 6, 2015

    Oh my god these photos are fabulous! Monument valley has been on my travel to-do list for years and I hope to finally see it when I head back to USA this year 😀

    • Bec

      January 6, 2015

      Thanks Ashlea! Monument Valley was amazing! The rock formations are just spectacular, unlike anything I have seen before! I spent 10 weeks in the USA last year and loved it! Still never enough time though, I am dying to go back! For me New York and New Orleans were my two favourite cities! Where are you planning to go in the US?

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