Here’s a good site with some images from the great southwest parks and monuments. It could be a resource for finding your next shooting trip.
Dan Heller has a nice essay on Monument Valley.
Monument Valley is considered one of the natural wonders of the world because of the beauty of the enormous “monuments” of stone that have evolved from nature: wind and rain chip away at the land over millions of years, eroding the plateau, leaving a vast landscape of tourist opportunities. While the land belongs to the Navajo Indians, the park has been open to tourists since even before the beginning of the frozen yogurt machine. And might I add that one cannot buy higher quality frozen yogurt anywhere else in the Navajo Nation than in the majestic land that is: Monument Valley.
And here from PhotoTravel’s site:
Monument Valley has magnificent scenery with huge mesas, stunning buttes, and delicate pinnacles in dramatic formations on a flat desert plain. These stark formations are the “monuments”–their red colors standing out in sharp contrast against a deep blue sky, while ever changing light and cloud shadows create new images. First-time visitors are surprised to learn Monument Valley is not a national park. It is a tribal park administered by the Cultural Resource Department of the Navajo Nation. Indians still live in Monument Valley, herding sheep and goats, weaving rugs, and using hogans– mud and log structures.
Here’s where I stay when I go to Monument Valley.
Deep in the heart of the American Southwest, Goulding’s Lodge offers lodging with unprecedented amenities, along with providing unique expeditions enabling the guest to search out the mystery and wonder that is the Navajoland.