Monument Valley landscape

Alongside the north conclude of the Monument Valley loop road are two overview points, which truly should really not be missed:
Artists Position at the north conclude of Spearhead Mesa (the place these shots had been taken) and the North Window viewpoint at the north conclude of Cly Butte.

Just after our visit to Shiprock Bisti Wilderness and Aztec Ruins – – it was time to hit the freeway (with a smile) yet again.

On our way involving Farmington, New Mexico and Website page, Arizona (the place we experienced rooms reserved for a few nights), we opted to take two scenic detours. The first was to make the 27 mile Monument Valley loop…a cut price at $five a particular person and then a speedy stop at Betatakin cliff dwellings. The weather was fantastic and we completely loved equally stops. This was Ed’s first time to make the Monument Valley loop and to see Betatakin. For me it was the possibility to revisit two favorite spots. We equally experienced enjoyment.
Right here is a record of motion picture connections with Monument Valley (credit score: Wikipedia listing):


John Ford’s Position in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.Director John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, has experienced an enduring impact in earning the Valley renowned. Just after that first expertise, Ford returned 9 moments to shoot Westerns — even when the movies had been not established in Arizona or Utah (see The Searchers, established in Texas, but filmed below). A preferred lookout stage is named in his honor as “John Ford’s Position”. It was used by Ford in a scene from The Searchers the place an American Indian village is attacked.
The Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Place Odyssey (1968) features footage of Monument Valley. This footage is used as the floor of an alien planet to which protagonist Dave Bowman travels by means of a stargate.
Sergio Leone’s After On a Time in the West (1968), even though shot for the most component in Spain and Italy, features two scenes shot on site in Monument Valley.
1969’s counter-culture common Easy Rider features some footage of Monument Valley toward its starting.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973), starring Robert Blake as a motorbike cop in Arizona, was filmed in Monument Valley.
Clint Eastwood’s motion picture The Eiger Sanction (1975) was partly filmed in Monument Valley and equally Clint Eastwood and George Kennedy had been filmed on major of the “Totem Pole”, which has been off-limitations to climbers considering the fact that the motion picture was filmed below.
Godfrey Reggio’s documentary Koyaanisqatsi (1982) features footage of Monument Valley.
Harold Ramis’ film Countrywide Lampoon’s Getaway (1983) features footage of Monument Valley.
Ron Fricke’s IMAX film Chronos (1985) features a number of scenes of the Monument Valley landscape.
In Back to the Potential III (1990), Marty McFly drives from 1955 to 1885 from a travel-in theatre established at the Valley’s foundation.
Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma & Louise features some pictures of Monument Valley, as well as Canyonlands Countrywide Park, in its latter fifty percent.≈
In Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest ends his cross-nation operate below. He is managing north on U.S. Route 163 prior to he stops managing.
Paramount Photographs 1994 film Pontiac Moon showcased this site as component of the roadtrip.
The opening pictures of Mission: Unattainable II (2000) function Tom Cruise climbing in Monument Valley.
The Return of Navajo Boy (2000), a documentary about uranium contamination of Navajo lands, was shot mostly in Monument Valley the place its central characters reside. Furthermore, the film deconstructs historic media depictions of Navajos and the land the place they reside (which includes Monument Valley).
The opening scene of Vertical Limit (2000) features a number of rock climbers in Monument Valley.
Takkari Donga Opening tune, Telugu Movie, 2002
In Windtalkers (2002), the opening and closing scenes are filmed in Monument Valley.
During the ‘Sorter shoot-out’ scene in Male Ritchie’s 2005 film, Revolver, there is a photograph of Monument Valley on the wall powering the place Dorothy Macha’s henchmen have parked their vehicles outside the dwelling of Jake Green’s elder brother.
In Cars and trucks (2006), a spoof of Monument Valley termed “Ornament Valley” is proven as a when-preferred facet excursion for vehicles entering Radiator Springs from U.S. Route sixty six. In trying to keep with the automotive concept of the film, the peaks are shaped like the hood ornaments of vehicles. A map proven in a flashback spots Radiator Springs in a Peach Springs, Arizona-like position with regard to US66/I-40, but depicts the valley as regional rather of one hundred seventy five miles further north at the edge of the state.
Alex Cox’s film Searchers 2. (2007) is about a road excursion to Monument Valley. The ultimate scenes function a exceptional depiction of the location included in snow.
Location sequences for the documentary Reel Injun (2009), on the background of Indigenous People in the motion pictures.
The rugged desert landscapes for the Coyote and Street Runner cartoons evidently normally takes significantly of its inspiration from Monument Valley.

OMT: In addition to the motion pictures, Monument Valley has been used extensively for tv business. At least two Navajo we satisfied on our loop excursion, pointed out the place “vehicles” experienced been positioned on major of specific buttes and filmed for commercials.


Right here is the link to all photos taken on this March 2014 “White Pocket” road excursion:


2014 Southwest “White Pocket” Street Vacation

I just obtained again household from a 12 working day 3,800 mile road excursion with my very good buddy Ed (oldwrangler on Flickr). This is the 3rd thirty day period of March road excursion the two of us have built collectively, in his Jeep Wrangler (a car I envy anybody, who owns 1).

Right here are back links to the picture sets for our former two road visits collectively:

March 2011:

March 2012:

And, below is the define of our route for our March of 2014 road excursion:

Tu 3.4.fourteen: Left our residences in the state of Washington and drove to Twin Falls, Idaho, the place we obtained motel rooms for the night. We 3.five.fourteen: Twin Falls to Moab – arriving early sufficient to spend late afternoon in Arches Countrywide Park. Th 3.6.fourteen: hikes in Arches NP then up into the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands NP for a hike to Phony Kiva (thank you Sawtoothphoto of Flickr, for recommending that 1). A travel down the Shafer Path and out the White Rim trail to the Colorado River forget about trail. Fr 3.7.fourteen: Moab to Monticello Cortez Shiprock to Farmington, New Mexico. Photograph Sleeping Ute Mountain and Shiprock, from the south, along the way. Sa 3.eight.fourteen: Hike the southern portion of the Bisti Wilderness visit Aztec Ruins. Su 3.9.fourteen: Farmington to Monument Valley loop road Betatakin ruins and on into Website page, Arizona. Mo 3.ten.fourteen: Website page to White Pocket from the north (thank you Ladigue of Flickr for inspiring me, with your shots of this location, to place this spot at the major of our road excursion record) exit to south and along the condor habitat of the Vermillion Cliffs. Tu 3.11.fourteen Relaxation working day laundry working day at Website page. Short excursion out to Colorado River horseshoe bend. We 3.12.fourteen Website page Kanab Colorado City Las Vegas Beatty, Nevada. Visit and photograph Artist Generate and Badwater. Titus Canyon Street closed due to recent flood destruction. Th 3.13.fourteen Beatty, Tonopah, Austin, Winnemucca. Fr 3.fourteen.fourteen Winnemucca, Denio, Frenchglen, Oregon, Burns, Fox (outdated church picture op), Pilot Rock, to Pendleton, Oregon.Sat 3.fifteen.fourteen Pendleton, Oregon to our Washington residences.

We included a good deal of ground, which is the way equally of us like to do road visits. We experienced fantastic weather on the total excursion from lows in the minimal 20s to highs in the 80s. We located appealing items to photograph each individual and just about every working day of our excursion.

The substantial points of this road excursion for me had been: the eagle’s next in Bisti and the excursion into and out of the amazing, fanciful landscapes of White Pocket, and observing a pronghorn antelope very easily leap a 3 one/2 foot fence, anything I have generally been instructed they “couldn’t” do – – but evidently it is a lot more correct to say they can but generally you should not….leap fences.

Right here is the link to, my buddies Ed’s “Old Wrangler” photos on Flickr:

As you can speedily explain to from his photos, Ed has expert quality picture devices and skills. Lookup out his photos from two visits he took to Africa for a authentic take care of.

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Posted by oldmantravels on 2014-03-23 23:fifty five:58

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