valley of the gods, utah

On our way to Monument Valley, we took a 17-mile gravel and clay surface road through Valley of the Gods, administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  Because it’s not a National Park, there would be no sticker or stamp for me!


Seven Sailors

The beautiful Cedar Mesa sandstone monoliths, pinnacles and other geological features of this enchanting area are known as a Miniature Monument Valley.  These sandstone sentinels were eroded by wind and water over eons of time, dating from some 250 million years ago.

A number of the monoliths here have been given local names.


Setting Hen Butte

The 1,200 foot thick sandstone was cemented by calcium carbonate interspersed with lenses of red siltstone and was deposited in huge sand dunes near the shores of an ancient sea.  Erosion by water, wind and ice over millions of years chiseled rock formations into the unique shapes seen today.


Setting Hen Butte

The Navajo interpret the rock formations as follows (according to Sacred Land, Sacred View by Dr. Robert S. McPherson):

Rock formations are places of power in which spirits reside, and the formations in Valley of the Gods are some of the most distinctive.  These imposing monoliths are Navajo warriors frozen in stone, who can be appealed to for protection.  They are guardians whose power and strength aid young servicemen going to war.


Battleship Rock

Though you can’t tell it in my photos, a vehement wind was blowing dust everywhere as we drove through this arid landscape.


Rooster Butte


Battleship Rock


Rooster Butte


Castle Butte


Road through Valley of the Gods


Road through Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Balanced Rock / Lady in a Tub


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods near the West Entrance


Valley of the Gods near the West Entrance

*Saturday, May 12, 2018*


“PHOTOGRAPHY” INVITATION:  I invite you to create a photography intention and then create a blog post for a place you have visited. Alternately, you can post a thematic post about a place, photos of whatever you discovered that set your heart afire. You can also do a thematic post of something you have found throughout all your travels: churches, doors, people reading, people hiking, mountains, patterns, all black & white, whatever!

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I challenge you to post no more than 20 photos (fewer is better) and to write less than 350-400 words about any travel-related photography intention you set for yourself.

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