Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
#8 National Park/Monument for this trip
Monument Valley, AZ
May 18, 2017

I just love this view approaching the park!

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Same view, screenshot from my dashcam.

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And the same view I had in 2002!

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Getting closer

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The entrance road

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Time to pay!

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Wow, the Visitors Center is twice the size it was in 2002, and now there is also a hotel!

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And the parking lot is all paved!

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Perhaps they should have spent some of this money on the Valley Road:
(See The Monument Valley Road drive below.)

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One of my all-time favorite views: "The Mittens" and "The Elephant"

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I wanted to try to recreate this shot from my last visit, with the new car,
although I knew I'd never get those vapor trails a second time!

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Because of the changes in the paving and landscaping, this is as close as I could get to that scene.

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One of the tour truck drivers kindly offered to take this shot for me!

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The Monument Valley Road drive

The sign in 2002 only said "Light and low-clearance vehicles discouraged" - in 3 languages!

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It is MUCH WORSE now!

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A lot of it required constant lock-to-lock wheel winding to avoid the potholes and protruding rocks.

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A "Mitten" and "The Elephant"

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In 2002 that was called "The Harp". Now it is labeled "The 3 Sisters".

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From the Park Exit Road - looks like I got out just in time!

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