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Monument Valley

[Not a valid template]INFO: Monument Valley or “valley of the rocks” translated from Navajo: “Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii” is the part of the Colorado Plateau streaching over the southern border of Utah and northern Arizona. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

YEAR: Summer 2010

STORY: After leaving Page, our next destination was Monument Valley, which is another part of Arizona. We had to drive less than three hours, around 215 km (133 mi) to reach there. It was a really hot summer morning with a few clouds and not to much traffic on U.S. Highway 98. Entering U.S. Highway 160 the traffic started to build up a little. We had planned to make a stop after the little town Kayenta when we turned left and entered U.S. Highway 163. My plan was to photograph Agathla Peak or El Capitan which is a well known view point just a few miles after Kayenta. The entire passage from Kayenta to Monument Valley offers so many interesting view’s to photograph which made the drive take a little bit longer than expected.

Located inside the park area where a visitor center, a souvenir shop, a restaurant and a hotel, all orientated towards Sandstone buttes which characterize Monument Valley. We decided to have lunch while enjoying the view and gather power for the off road drive insid the park. The drive through the park was a long, dusty and very bumpy experience with endless magnificent scenery’s and objects to view and photograph. It took us  approximately three hours to drive through the whole park (27 km or 17-mile) with our rented Grand Cherokee Jeep.  We had a tight schedule for our Arizona trip and decided to continue to Flagstaff and Grand Canyon the same day.

• Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

• Lens: Canon EF 16-35 F/2.8 L USM + circular polarizing filter

• Lens: Canon EF 24-105 F/4 L IS USM + circular polarizing filter