This is a portion of the Colorado Plateau that has large sandstone buttes. They rise anywhere from 400 to 1,000 feet into the air, forming the natural equivalent of skyscrapers.
Opening scene of Fort Apache
Monument Valley is located near the Four Corners, which is the intersection of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Monument Valley is located in both Utah and Arizona.
Our Beautiful Visiting Places
The area has been used in a number of movies, as it is a spectacular backdrop for desert scenes. Monument Valley is part of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is the Navajo Nation equivalent of a national park. There is a 17-mile dirt road through the park, as well as a guided tour of certain areas. Most visitors take the two or three hour drive along the dirt road, providing incredible, awe-inspiring views of Monument Valley. There are certain parts of the park that are only accessible on guided tours. One of those areas is Hunts Mesa, which is a large rock formation that provides visitors with a sweeping view of the area. This provides a perfect spot for photography of the rest of the sandstone formations in the area from far away. Hunts Mesa rises 6,365 feet above sea level.