I recently returned from a trip to Arches, , Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, Hovenweep and Mesa Verde. Wow - spectacular. I have long wanted to go to Monument Valley. On the way we visited the above locations as well. I finally hiked to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park and the scenery was wonderful. Start early on the hike because this location attracts lots of hikers but the hike is moderate and beautiful.
We then headed south towards Monument Valley but on the way we stopped at Natural Bridges park. Very nice, we were on a mission to get to Monument Valley so we did not hike the trail that hooks all three bridges together but it is amazing to see what mother nature can create,
So to get to Monument Valley you have to drive down Moki Dugway. It looked quite a ride down but in the end it was not bad and the views of the valley were just beautiful.
We got to Monument Valley and camped at Goulding's camp ground and I would recommend it to anybody. The campground was nice ,scenery great and the staff was excellent. We found that all the folks that work at all the locations at Goulding's to be nice and helpful. The museum there is really interesting. The story of how the Goulding's came to the valley and how they proceeded to get all the John Wayne and John Ford movies shot there is neat plus all the other history of the area - Navajo Tribal Lands. Then on to tour the park was spectacular. There are not very many hikes allowed in the park but we did hike the one available plus drove the 9 mile tour.
We continued on to Hovenweep which was amazing too. The Puebloans built round structure right on the edge of the cliffs and it is out in the middle of now where but worth the drive. It is a international dark space with skys that show off the stars.
Finally Mesa Verde - it is always interesting to visit here. We visited Spruce Tree House then headed out but along the way we saw lots of beautiful scenery.
Image below is Artist View Point in Monument Valley