After a great day visiting Santa Fe we made our way to Monument Valley. We were all so excited to see this with our own eyes, as well as this, we were going on a Navajo 4X4 Jeep Tour!
*On May 29th 2019, I travelled with Trek America on their Grand Trek tour for six weeks around the USA. We began in New York, travelling south to the West Coast, then North back to the East Coast. I am not affiliated with Trek America. Read all my Trek America posts here. *
Monument Valley – Hwy 163
As you get closer to that classic view of monument valley you can see it in the distance for quite some time. When we got closer, we pulled over to get out and take pictures. We managed to get some really good ones without anyone in the background. If you are travelling on your own, this would be one of the better times because you can just wait until people leave. Whereas, we only had so much time to stop and get our pictures. Luckily, some of the people there were nice enough to move and let us take pictures together.
Of course we didnt leave without messing around, we got this picture of Isaac on the floor pretending to be run over by our leader. What we found funny though was that later on we realised how happy our leader looks in this picture!
The View – Campground
This was the most beautiful campsite from the whole of the trip. It was such a surreal feeling, going to sleep with this view and waking up to it was insane. The only downside to this campground was that it was on a hill, covered in sand. But it was really only an issue when we tried to get our suitcases back up haha – but we did it! We were pleasantly surprised that there were showers as we were all prepared for there not to be any facilities other than toilets. It was really nice to have a break from technology – make the most of having no wifi/signal.
We arrived at the campground and got everything set up. I then headed to the store with Isaac, just before we left for the 4X4 tour. On our way back, we found this spot that had a brilliant view of monument valley, which could be captured in wide angle, without being obstructed by anything. When we got back we said we had taken the best pictures of the trip so far, but didnt want to tell anyone where – it was our masterpiece haha!
Navajo 4X4 Jeep Tour
This tour and the Swamp Tour in Louisiana were both well worth paying the extra money for. Our guide was really friendly, providing lots of information and always asking if we had any questions. As he guides you around, you get out at several places and have some time to look around/take pictures. The tour lasts a couple of hours, you get to see lots from around the reservation. I didn’t even realise this area was this vast.
At one part of the tour, we all had a race, running up this huge hill covered in sand. You start off with all this energy, like yeah I’m gonna get there really quick. As you get higher up the hill its get increasingly difficult. This was one of those moments where you just need to get stuck in and enjoy the present and not worrying if you look silly. It was actually a lot of fun!
The picture above, our guide took of us on my phone using the panoramic feature. I have tried to look up where this is in the Navajo Reservation but unfortunately could not find it 🙁
Included in our tour was dinner – Tacos! We even had the opportunity to join in dancing. Overall, such a good experience, one that I am never going to forget. We left the Navajo Reservation as the sun was setting and it was a breathtaking drive back out.
Capturing Sunset in Monument Valley
We returned back to the campground completely in awe of how beautiful the area was. Myself, Isaac and Crystal headed back down into the valley a little bit, with our tour leader, to get some sunset photos. Our leader Joel, is really good at photography and captured some amazing night photos of us, we even saw a shooting star!
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