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A part of the Colorado Plateau characterized by its dramatically eroded sandstone buttes, Monument Valley along the southern border of Utah and northern border of Arizona is one of the most photographed natural wonders in all of the United States — second only to the Grand Canyon directly southwest of Monument Valley. The valley exemplifies the image of the southwestern United States that most people hold in their minds: painted desert landscapes of red, yellow and shades of purple sweeping upward into the iconic buttes.

Monument Valley Map

Coming from the Navajo word “Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii,” the word roughly translates to “Valley of the Rocks.” Lying almost completely on the Navajo Indian reservation, the area has been held sacred by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Though a part of the Indian Reservation — and technically considered a Nation other than the United States, the valley itself is managed by “Monument Valley…

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