Explore Southwestern Traditions in Monument Valley, Utah

Posted April 9, 2010 by Jaclyn Liechti

Monument Valley Located near the Navajo Indian Nation in Utah, Monument Valley offers breathtaking vistas of sandstone formations and canyons. Its unique desert backdrop made it a popular location for filming Western movies, including Stagecoach. The scenery isn't the only reason to visit: The colorful traditions of the Navajo people make Monument Valley a destination that shouldn’t be missed.

The Trading Post at the View Hotel: If you’re searching for a memento of your trip to Monument Valley, look no further than The Trading Post, which offers everything from John Wayne memorabilia to guaranteed authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, and art. Be sure to take a look at the hand-woven Navajo rugs, which are purchased directly from the creators. The Navajo learned the art of weaving from the Spider Woman, and each of the rugs bears a spirit line in the corner to pay tribute to her. Whether you prefer traditional patterns or more modern color palettes, they’ll be a perfect addition to your Southwestern décor.

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Reader Comments

I love that photo of Monument Valley. There's hardly any traffic so it's possible to stop along the side of the road and take pictures.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 06:01 PM by John

This is a fabulous part of Utah. The spirit of the southwest is certainly apparent in Monument Valley. My personal favorite is the local artisan work of the Navajo which every traveller must stop by and enjoy.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 06:29 PM by Windsor Hills Resort

This is my very favorite place in the entire world. It is magical. Because it is not a national park, it is very quiet.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 09:11 PM by Barbara

It is not NEAR the Navajo Nation. It is ON the Navajo Nation and the Navajos are not charging enough money to drive through the monuments.

Posted on August 08, 2010 at 10:03 PM by Diedre

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