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, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles” have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.”
Monument Valley is officially a large area that includes much of the area surrounding Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park
The park is located just outside of Moab,Utah, and is 76,359 acres (30,901 ha) in area.
Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visito center.
Forty-three arches have collapsed due to erosion since 1970. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average
Administered by the National Park Service, the area was originally named a National Monument on April 12, 1929. It was redesignated as a National Park on November 12, 1971.
This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
In the late 1800s, John Wesley Wolfe, a disabled Civil War veteran, and his son, Fred, built a homestead in what is now Arches National Park. A weathered log cabin, root cellar, and corral remain as evidence of the primitive ranch they operated for more than 10 years
text taken from
wikipedia & http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm