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Monument Valley in Arizona and Utah

Chances are, if you asked someone to describe the American West, they would speak of sandstone buttes, long stretches of desert valley, and the stunning colors of the landscape as the sun beats down. That description may well have been influenced by the numerous Westerns that have used Monument Valley as a filming location. Iconic director John Ford, who made several of his most famous films here in Monument Valley, even used it as a stand-in for Texas in his film ‘The Searchers.’

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.