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Monument Valley - Navajo Tribal Park Professional Review and Guide
"Monument Valley is a sublime landscape, one full of astonishing vastness and intangible beauty. Amidst this denuded valley stand rock monuments, buttes, and mesas of fascinating form and rich color. When you pedal past Mitten Buttes, Three Sisters, and Totem Pole; round Rain God Mesa; or stop at Artist’s Point and North Window, you’ll be awestruck and silenced by this ethereal desert tableau. Are these surreal features simply the byproduct of erosion or are they the divine creations of some Great Architect? It is no wonder that the Navajo Indian Nation (who call themselves “the Dinah,” or “the people”) look upon Monument Valley with sacred reverence. Technical difficulty: Level 1 to 2. The scenic drive is sand and washboard with scattered rocks on the first few miles. Drift sand can stall your rotational progress. The moderately steep return climb to the visitor center is the toughest hill."
--Gregg Bromka, Mountain Biking Utah (Falcon Guides).
Monument Valley is like no other place. It is both federal and Navaho Indian land. However, the Indians management the park, I might add, very well. The bike ride is on the auto road and is really for cars, and they have a tough time of it. Understand this, and you can ride the 17+ miles down, around and back up if you watch out for retired folks, campers, and Indian guides all driving on this washed out dirt road. Why do it? Because it is the most, I repeat, the most beautiful place you cannot even imagine. Pictures do not convey the emotions this ancient spiritual land has. I had total sensory overload. That is when there is such a high concentration of beauty, wonder, and amazement that the brain cannot process it. The ride is hot, dirty, and with lose sand in some places. Otherwise it is rock ledge. I suggest not going in the summer and go in the early or late part of the day.
Certainly a better alternative to driving a car through the dirt roads to see the best of Monument Valley. Leave the car parked at the visitor center.
Well worth the trip. You can see Monument Valley in a little over an hour by driving through it, but can take longer to fully appreciate the scenery.
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