Arizona Journals

Sedona to Monument Valley to Grand Canyon

A November 2004 trip to Arizona by LA guy

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Photo, Monument Valley, Arizona More Photos
Quote: From the beauty of the Sedona to the vastness of the Grand Canyon and, finally, the majesty of the Monument Valley, this road trip was among the best I have taken.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Attraction | "Visiting Monument Valley"

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Photo, Monument Valley, Arizona
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We drove in from Kayenta, a very small town located roughly 30 miles away from Monument Valley. After we checked in, just before noon, we drove straight to Monument Valley. The scenery on the way to Monument Valley is one of solitary desert beauty, which was even more accentuated by the strong midday sun. But gradually, our surroundings started to transform. As we traveled farther north, we noted more of the "butts" raised out of Earth along each side the road. This is when we knew we were getting close. Then, as we drove past a small hill, we finally saw in the distance those huge pillars of red rock we used to only see on television and postcards! We were barely able to contain our exciteme...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Indian Route 42 Oljato
Monument Valley, AZ 84536
(435) 727-5874

Sedona Experience

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Sedona  Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Our tour of Sedona began as we drove north from Phoenix, where we stayed the previous night. The scenery north of Phoenix was actually pretty boring until we arrived at Montezuma's Castle/Well, where we briefly toured the ancient Indian dwelling and pond before heading north again. Prior to visiting Sedona, we have heard of this popular destination as "the most beautiful place on earth." But once we laid our eyes on it, we instantly realized those words don't do justice to just how beautiful the red rocks of Sedona is. Compared to other arid parts of Arizona, this valley is full of lush vegetations. Its oily green color contrasts sharply to the vibrant redness of the r...Read More

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Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Sightseeing Grand Canyon"

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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The Grand Canyon doesn't need more description. However, seeing the canyon up close and personal is a whole other matter. We arrived at Grand Canyon around 9am, when the chilly canyon wind was still blowing. After paying the $20 entrance fee, we arrived at our first stop, the Desert View Tower near the east entrance of the park. One year ago, we had visited the very same place. But at the time, it was close to dusk, so we didn't have the luxury to truly appreciate the canyon. However, this time, we climbed up the Desert View Tower and viewed the canyon from the top floor, then down and out to the balcony on the second floor, where we were instantly awestruck by the panoramic view this balcony...Read More

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Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888