When you fly into Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, you are instantly reminded of old western movies, such as John Ford’s Stagecoach, starring John Wayne. The views were incredible from the air.
We were greeted at the little landing strip by a Navaho guide with a small bus. Our first stop was to see a traditional mud-packed hogan dwelling and a demonstration of Navaho rug making. The interior picture shows the log support structure. From the air, we were able to spot several hogans still being used today, though most of them are the more modern hexagonal ones with timber sides.
We were shuttled to several vantage points for taking pictures of the remarkable rock formations and shopping for Navajo jewelry. I concentrated on the photography and resisted the jewelry. OK, OK – I confess! I broke down and bought a necklace. But it was a bargain!
There was an older Navajo fellow with his horse stationed at John Ford Point. He would let tourists get on the horse for their picture, but he also rode out to the vantage point for the classic tourist “money shot” of Monument Valley. Who can resist taking lots of pictures of this scene, LOL?
The next adventure topic will be a walk through Antelope Canyon. Oh my!