I got into Kayenta, Arizona around mid-day and immediately took a drive to Monument Valley about 20 minutes or so away towards the Utah border. I decided to take the 17 mile drive around the Valley over the rough and tumble road which took me to some truly fantastic places. Among these was John Ford’s point named after the famous movie director who shot a number of westerns with that setting as a backdrop. I also drove to get a view of the “Totem Pole”. I once saw a spectacular photo of this landmark from a slightly different vantage point which had sand dunes in front of it. I didn’t go to that part of the valley. I learned that you need to go with a Navajo guide and it just didn’t work out for me especially since I wanted to go before sunrise. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the view from the spot that I got to and I took a few photos although none of them are anywhere near as beautiful as the one that first inspired me to go there. Check it out here.
The next morning I set out for Moab and Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. I had to drive by Monument Valley and then past it towards Mexican Hat to the north in Utah. I knew that the road would pass by the point where Forrest Gump stopped his cross country run with the iconic view of Monument Valley in the background. As I drove, I kept looking in the rear view mirror until I recognized the spot. I stopped the car and put my camera on a tripod in the middle of the road and took the photo. I attached a few photos of this area including my “Forrest Gump” moment. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them.