Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Bridging both southeastern Utah and northeastern Arizona, the timeless Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park lies on Navajo tribal land at approximately 5500 ft. The Navajo called this 91,000 acre area "Tse'Bii'Ndzisgaii" which is translated as "valley of the rocks". This park is considered to be like a National Park within the Navajo Nation and was created by the Navajo Tribal Council in 1958.

Depicted in everything from John Ford westerns to old cartoons, these towering spires surely make up part of the image of the American West that people have today. The spires are made of sandstone and stand up to 1000 ft. high. Curiously, this area was once a lowland millions of years ago and then filled in with sediment and was then uplifted. Finally, it eroded away, leaving the hardest rock in place. Famous locations that you can visit here include John Ford’s Point, The Mittens, Totem Pole and the Three Sisters.

Notable plants in the valley include Monument Valley Milkvetch (Astragalus monumentalis Barneby var. monumentalis), Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla), Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera), Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) and Cliffrose (Purshia mexicana).

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Mojave Yucca

Martin's Giant Skipper butterfly deposit eggs on this plant. Native people used fibers for sandals.

Mojave Yucca plant in the desert
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