We were thankful we made it out of of Canyonlands National Park in one piece, even with a flat front tire. After having the issue fixed at a local auto service the next morning,  we headed out of Moab and drove the lengths of US Highway 191 and later linked with US Highway 163 in the hope of reaching the town of Springdale, Utah before the night falls.

My husband, who is behind most plans of this road trip, was just as stunned and as thrilled as I was when we realized that we were indeed passing through the undoubtedly most iconic rock formation of the American West – the one and the only Monument Valley!

Standing in the middle of US Highway 163 in Utah with the Monument Valley in the background.
Standing in the middle of US Highway 163 in Utah with the Monument Valley in the background.
Approaching the iconic Monument Valley after linking with US Highway 163 from US 191 in Utah, USA.
Approaching the iconic Monument Valley after linking with US Highway 163 from US 191 in Utah, USA.
Monument Valley as seen from US Highway 163 in Utah, USA.
Monument Valley as seen from US Highway 163 in Utah, USA.

 

 

Monument Valley, which is not a national park nor a national monument, is known to the Navajo nation as Tsé Biiʼ Nidzisgaii (pronunciation in the audio below), which literally translates to “rock(s)—within—white-streaks-around, or thereabout”. Those white streaks that go around in the rocks is exactly what we see in the various rock layers in this world-famous Valley.

These iconic rock formations have been featured in numerous movies, including the movie Forrest Gump.

A peek of Monument Valley from US Highway 163 in Utah, USA.
A peek of Monument Valley from US Highway 163 in Utah, USA.
Horse grazing at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
Horse grazing at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
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The icon of the American West, the famous Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
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At Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
A lone rock formation at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
A lone rock formation at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
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A horse happily grazing at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.
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A horse grazing at Monument Valley in Utah, USA.

 

We were simply passing through and regretted not having more time to spend at Monument Valley, but who knows what more surprises await us in the future?

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About to leave Monument Valley to head to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah.
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About to leave Monument Valley to head to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah.

Leaving Monument Valley to head to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah.

 

 

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