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Epic Monument Valley
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Monument Valley (Tse Bii' Ndzisgaii is the Navajo (Dine) term, which means Valley of the Rocks) is a vast landscape of sandstone buttes and mesas and free-standing formations on the Colorado Plateau. A part of the Navajo Nation Reservation, it was occupied by Paleo-Indians from 12,000 BC, the Archaic hunter-gatherers from 6,000 BC, Anasazi farmers from 1-1300 AD, Paiutes from 1300 AD, and finally the Navajo. The Anasazi left behind some ruins and a number of petroglyphs which are shown in this section.
Many of the huge rust-colored sandstone buttes, mesas and other formations are nearly 1,000 feet tall. There is a haunting sensation that they are waiting for something momentous or cataclysmic to happen. It seems they hold tremendous power, like great slumbering animals frozen in time. They have been waiting, in silent majesty, for millions of years.
Monument Valley's amazing scenery, seen in so many films, truly lives up to its reputation for spectacular views.
October 26th, 2013
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