Tse' Bii'ndzisgaii (Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, USA)
The beauty of Monument Valley has been recognized by the Navajo people and their predecessors for hundreds of years.
The area is home to many Navajo holy sites where spiritual rituals are still performed today.
The Monument Valley area is part of the Navajo Reservation and administered by the Navajo Nation -
the largest remaining Native American tribe in the United States.
The Navajo call themselves 'Dineh' which means 'The People'.
For the Navajo, many of the site's features have special religious names with no easy translation into any other language.
Today's rather simplistic names (Mitten, Totem Pole, Three Sisters, etc.)
were given to the buttes relatively recently by European colonialists,
in particular Harry Goulding who set up an eponymous trading post in 1923.
Monument Valley straddles the north-east corner of Arizona andsouth-east corner of Utah. The park is accessible only from Highway163, is around 24 (38km) miles north of Kayenta, AZ, and 22 miles(35km) south of Mexican Hat, UT.
Air:There are no major airports near Monument Valley however privateflights are offered in conjunction with some tours.Below is a list of airports within around 8 hours drive.
Well serviced airports:
Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
Page, AZ (PGA)
Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)
St George, UT (SGU)
Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
Cedar City, UT (CDC)
Grand Canyon, AZ (GCN)
Bus:Bus tours of monument valley are available from Las Vegas, NV, and Flagstaff, AZ.
Car:Monument Valley is located to the east of highway 163, between thetowns of Kayenta (to the south) and Mexican Hat (to the north).
Note: The following links are provided for informational purposesonly and do not imply any endorsement or recommendation of any service.
Bus tours and rides from surrounding cities.
Photography tips and some amazing photographs.
An overview of the Navajo Nation and their territory.
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