We took a short side trip yesterday as we continued across Arizona. Anyone who has ever watched a western will recognize the soaring buttes and mesas of Monument Valley. This landscape has provided a backdrop for movies, TV shows and commercials since the 1930s.
The valley is situated on Navajo Reservation land so access is somewhat limited. For a fee, there is a 17-mile drive along a dirt road that will get you a view from down below. Navajo guides are also available for tours. Personally, I think horseback would be the way to explore!
Once you are familiar with this landscape, it’s a hoot to watch American westerns. Some scenes will be shot in the Monument Valley, others at Four Corners, other in Arizona– all for a film taking place in Kansas! It’s “The West.”
Good point, Cynthia. Another take: At one point, Kansas was the West, until the west was “won.”