Tse' Bii' Ndzisgaii, or “Valley of the Rocks” - better known as “Monument Valley”
One of the most majestic, almost timeless, and certainly unforgettable places on earth; countless movies have been made in this iconic land steeped in Native American traditions, lore, and mystery.
Wind and water conspire to slowly erode ancient deposits of sandstone, revealing towering buttes and pillars that defy gravity, rising up through a vast desert floor and drawing the eye across a seemingly limitless vista.
Some of Monument Valley’s monolithic stone formations tower as high as 1,000 feet above the windswept valley floor. Wild horses roam among the cacti, brittlebrush and fragrant purple sage as light and shadow dance delicately across the rippling sand dunes and fragile, awe-inspiring columns. In the dark of night, twinkling stars blanket the sky, silhouetting the monuments as the magical Milky Way sets gently on the southern horizon.
Come with PAC, on this guided hands-on photography workshop, and capture the enchanting beauty of this desert jewel.
Monument Valley was created as material eroded from the ancestral Rocky Mountains, and was deposited and cemented into sandstone. The formations you see in the valley were left over after the forces of erosion worked their magic on the sandstone. A geologic uplift caused the surface to bulge and crack. Wind and water then eroded the land, and the cracks deepened and widened into gullies and canyons, which eventually became the scenery you see today. Natural forces continue to slowly shape the land.
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