Alan Morris stood by small plane.

Whilst on my National Parks & Monument tour in 2011 I had the opportunity to fly over Monument Valley in Colorado on a small jet.

Monument Valley, Colorado Plateau.

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 U.S. 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, which is around a two to three-hour trip. Parts of Monument Valley, such as Mystery Valley & Hunts Mesa, are accessible only by guided tour.

Photos from my flight over Monument Valley.