the Three Sisters
The movie made John Wayne
a super star
and Monument Valley the iconic picture of the American Wild West. The dramatic scenery played a major role in many other movies
The signature red color of the sand and the buttes is due to the high iron oxide content in the rocks. The region is rich
in minerals and metals like copper and vanadium and in the middle of the last century uranium was mined here.
is part of the Navajo Nation
who call it Tse Bii' Ndzisgaii which translates to Valley of the Rocks.
They collect a
small fee when you want to drive the 30 km dirtroad that leads you along the main features.
We visited Monument Valley in May
these three rocks are called the MIttens and can be seen from the visitors center
goats roam free