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23 April 2024
Alan Morris stood by small plane.

I flew over Monument Valley when I took a sightseeing flight on a De Havilland Canada aeroplane as part of my holiday in 2011. The people I was going with boarded the small aircraft for the flight in which everyone had a window seat.

Monument Valley.

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterised by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona & Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation & is accessible from US Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films.

Visitors may pay an access fee & drive through the park on a 17-mile dirt road, around a two to three-hour trip. Parts of Monument Valley, such as Mystery Valley & Hunts Mesa, are accessible only by guided tour.

My flight over Monument Valley.

The flight wasn't very long, but it was terrific to see Monument Valley below us & look at how vast it is. It gave us all a completely different perspective than that given to us when we passed through it in the coach.

We took off from Page Municipal Airport near Lake Powell. The flight took us over Lake Powell, Monument Valley & the Navajo reservation. We saw the West & East Mitten buttes,  Merrick butte, Hunts Mesa, Rainbow Bridge, The Three Sisters, The North Window & the Totem Pole. I took many photos on this beautiful flight but can not find them on my computer. I will add my Monument Valley photo album to this site soon.