The American Southwest is a region full of spectacular landscapes, but they don’t get more iconic than Monument Valley. Around 60 miles west of the Utah-New Mexico border, welcome to the valley of the rocks, Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii.
We headed North through Black Canyon City, climbing the steep, winding roads bordered by cactus trees, plateaus and rocky peaks. For the first time on our US adventure, it felt as though the country we were exploring was beginning to show us its true scale. The roads were fast, the horizon expanding; scattered micro storms danced around us as we drew ever closer to Sedona.
As we entered the quaint little town, towering walls of red rock greeted us, an awe-inspiring sight unlike anything we had experienced before. Recognised by Native Americans as a place of healing and spiritual energy, the surrounding peaks were a stunning glimpse at what was in store for our adventures in this breathtaking part of the Southwest. We stopped briefly at Garlands Navajo Trading Post to admire some of the beautiful handcrafted turquoise jewellery and Navajo artwork before pressing forward through Slide Rock State Park.
The desert was waiting.