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Monument ValleyThough not really in Colorado, we visited Monument Valley one day while we were staying in Cortez, Colorado. It's technically part of the Navajo Nation, located on the border of Arizona and Utah in the 4 corners region where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet. The monoliths of red sandstone tower above the valley floor and are some of the most recognized symbols of the old west.

Road thru Monument ValleyThe drive through Monument Valley is on an unpaved 17 mile loop road. Often rutted and bumpy, it can be done by regular personal auto or in a guided jeep tour. We think using your personal vehicle is more comfortable (and air conditioned) as the jeep tours looked dusty, hot and bumpier.Jeep Tours Also, you can spend as much or little time as you want taking pictures if you are on your own. However, we probably missed out on some entertaining stories on the tour. Rider on cliff

There are 11 marked scenic stops on the loop where the formations have been given appropriate names.3 Sisters The drive takes about 2 hours to do. And of course there are many opportunities for purchasing Native American jewelry and pottery at stands along the way. The visitor center also has a large and very nice gift shop.Indian Jewelry Stand







To view more photos from this area click here: Monument Valley Photo Gallery








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