Sunrise at Monument Valley

The landscape of Monument Valley, straddling the state line between Arizona and Utah, is spectacular at any time of day. But at sunrise it’s simply magical.

In the predawn – from left to right: East Mitten, West Mitten and (my favourite, for obvious reasons) Merrick Butte

Mitchell Mesa in the foreground, with Elephant Butte, Camel Butte and Spearhead Mesa in the distance

Waiting for the dawn

First sign of the Sun

The tension builds

Sunlight starting to creep across Sentinel Mesa

The Big Reveal!

What a magical moment

What you don’t get told is how cold the desert is before the Sun comes up in November!

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This week’s post was inspired by the themes Colour of Your Choice (Red, in my case) from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Red from Debbie’s Travel With Intent, Valley from Patrick of Pix to Words, and Crepuscular from Paula of Lost in Translation.



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19 Responses to Sunrise at Monument Valley

  1. Sarah 🐼 says:

    This is my road trip goals!

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    I almost posted some red rocks for my challenge. I’m glad you did, it is so beautiful 😀

  3. Beautiful photos, Jaspa. 😍

  4. Debbie Smyth says:

    Red rocks were a great idea. I love them and am so pleased to see these. It is many, many years since I saw Monument Valley and i loved it then. I’ll have to return one day with my camera!

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  6. Robert says:

    Amazing captures! I need to travel and see these places!

  7. There are so many spectacular places in the American Southwest, and this one ranks highly among them in my books. That viewpoint overlooking the three buttes has to be among the most inspiring places I’ve been. Thanks for the the memory nudge. =)

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  9. Hammad Rais says:

    Kindly excuse me while I search on the floor for my displaced jaw 🙂

  10. Paula says:

    Beautiful, Jaspa!

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