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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is one of the most famous and iconic sights of the American West - located on the Colorado Plateau at the Arizona-Utah border, the area has a unique and photogenic collection of sandstone buttes and spires with their distinctive vertical edges, vivid red colour and stratified bands in the rock.

Ever since the 1930s, the area has been used as a backdrop in many movies and other forms of media to depict a quintessential vision of the Wild West, including Easy Rider, Forrest Gump, and The Eiger Sanction.

The area is a protected Navajo Tribal Park, and is an excellent place to learn more about Navajo culture. The Navajo people were semi-nomadic from the 16th to 20th Centuries, travelling long distances to accommodate their livestock, gathering, and trading practices. A traditional dwelling is known as a 'hogan', consisting of a wood and mud contructed hut that always has its door to the east to welcome the surise - more modern hogans can be made from modern construction techniques and many are maintained only for ceremonial purposes.