We previously visited Monument Valley in Utah about 23 years ago. It wasn’t planned, we just stumbled across it enroute from Nevada to Colorado, it was late one afternoon and we drove around with the whole valley to ourselves. It is such a familiar backdrop to anyone who has sat through a cowboy film from the 1960’s you really are waiting for John Wayne to gallop into view!
Quite a lot has changed in 23 years and it is now firmly on the tourist trail. The benefit of this is a small number can camp in the park meaning you get the see the sunset/sunrise and breathtaking night skies close to the rocks. The downsides are there is now a hotel (although small), restaurant, gift shop etc. to cater for the masses so there is much more traffic in the area, however for the Navajo native Americans who run and staff the park that is obviously a good thing! However if you are prepared to get up early as we were, it wasn’t hard to get away from the hoards.
We arrived in a dust storm, worried we may see nothing, but swallow a lot of sand!
Luckily the sandstorm cleared and we got this view before the sun set.
Juanita looking like the small kid who wants to hang out with the big kids…..
and ends up left at the park on her own 😔
Next morning we were up at 5.30 in the hope of some nice early morning views. It wasn’t the best of sunrises but still a pretty special place.
The tripod is back!
A nice spot for tea and porridge.
After all that stunning scenery we headed into New Mexico and stopped at a small state park for the night. It was called Bluewater and whilst it didn’t provide the shopping opportunities of it’s namesake in Kent neither were there any problems parking!
In fact we had the place to ourselves.🙂