Originally our trip was going to be a simple matter of flying into and out of Phoenix. Then of course we realized that we needed to take a roadtrip to the Grand Canyon. That turned into consulting a map and deciding Monument Valley was another must-see… so in the end we flew into Salt Lake City, had an incredibly whirlwind visit there, and then drove 6+ hours by night to reach our hotel in Monument Valley. We stayed right inside the Valley – on Navajo Tribal land – at The View, a hotel that certainly lives up to its name. Waking up to a snow-covered desert was a remarkable experience (and feeling the sun as it burned that snow away over the course of the morning was great for these snow-weary souls!), as was driving around the Wildcat Trail.
In the afternoon we left Monument Valley, en route for the Grand Canyon. The stunning landscapes we saw along the way were nearly as magnificent.
Next stop, the Grand Canyon.