Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, called Tse'Bii'Ndzisgaii in Navajo, is a Tribal Park located within the Navajo Reservation on the Arizona-Utah border near the Four Corners area. The park covers an area of the Colorado Plateau featuring clusters of immense sandstone buttes that tower over the landscape at heights reaching from 400 to 1,000 feet. A sacred area to various indigenous groups, Monument Valley's impressive geological formations, isolated mesas, and sandstone pillars have also been used extensively as scenery in movies, commercials, and music videos since the 1930s, becoming the iconic representation of the Southwest.

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"Monument Valley, Arizona, at dusk, 2009" by John Fowler is licensed under CC BY.