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Monument Valley

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Monument Valley was one of the places I was most looking forward to in USA and it did not disappoint! Like Antelope Canyon, the area is owned by the Native American people and not the National Parks Service. This made it all the more special because it has not been over-developed for tourism. We had a tourguide from the Navajo native people who took us on a jeep tour through the desert and amazing rock formations.

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We also stayed the night in the desert and slept in a traditional Hogan - a large mudhut made of wood. We ate traditional Navajo tacos and then watched the sunset around the campfire, all in among the amazing scenery and miles from anyone else! It was a full moon that night , so we went on a night walk through the desert - with no light pollution the stars were amazing! The last two photos below were taken just by the moonlight in the desert.

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We woke up just before 4am to see the sunrise - it was out of this world! The morning shadows were amazing. The rocks below were called The Totem Pole and were right next to our Hogan, where we slept (in the last picture).

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Posted by BensWorld 06:52 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking

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Beautiful pictures! Next time I go, I'll definitely have to try and go for the traditional hut experience. Sounds amazing.

Monument Valley is one of my favourite places in the world. It is just breathtaking and so unique. It feels so spiritual there. I will be going back one day.

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