A Monument Valley sunrise, March 6, 2012, taken moments before sunrise on a very cold morning. Major rock formations all have 'names'; from left to right: West Mitten, East Mitten and Merrick Butte, each nearly 1,000 feet tall and more than a mile apart.
Image taken along the 17-mile long Monument Valley Loop Drive, a rough, dusty primitive sand road that starts just below the visitor's center. The road is open in daylight hours for unguided self tours of most of the well-known formations (you have to remain on or next to the road at all times.) The road can be difficult to drive in a vehicle with low ground clearance, but it can be done if taken slowly and carefully in dry conditions. The valley is horribly dusty on breezy days. Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens at 35mm.
ArizonaMonument ValleyMonument Valley Sunrise East MittenWest MIttenMerrick Butte